Hey! I’m the primary developer of Flare, so hopefully I can provide some insight into what would have to happen for what you’re suggesting.
This is not a bug. It’s possible to update it, just difficult because if you set the theme color to white and the text color to white (and the background is white) you can’t see the button. If you don’t believe this is the case please send me your CC URL.
We’re aware of this and we’re in the process of developing our own solution as the previous system of going through the IFVARB no longer works.
I agree. Flare wasn’t built to be pretty - it was built to work. I designed the core UI for Flare a year ago almost exactly, and at the time I was not as good at UI/UX as I am now. That being said, a major goal we’re working towards with Flare is the ability to have themes. They’ll be like plug-ins, you’ll be able to install them from the plug-in store but they’ll completely change the layout and look of Flare. Unfortunately there is some major refactoring required to do this and we’re still in the planning stage, simply because this is a massive undertaking.
Yeah… no. Sorry. Discord is a platform that has years of continual development and refinement up its sleeve, and has more features and a more dedicated team than I could ever get for Flare, not to mention significantly more income. Flare is a Crew Center and supports the long-standing system of using a chat platform (Discord/Slack) for communication and a Crew Center (Flare/phpVMS) for flight logging and other operational functions.
This kind of ties into the theming one. The way Flare was built was pretty bad, if I’m honest. With our current system, designing and coding a new page takes a good 2 days of work simply because of the amount of overhead and repeated code. When we rework everything with themes this will be easier.
See theming section above 🙂
Overall, please just understand that these things take time. We messed up when we first built Flare - we know that and unfortunately we (and VAs using it) are seeing the downsides of that now. But just to use the example of theming again, here’s all the things I have to consider (off the top of my head, there’s probably more).
- Variety of hosts - some may not support nicer looking URLs
- The updater - One of the most important features of Flare is the updater. However the way it’s built means that a major update could very easily go wrong if even one thing is slightly incorrect. There’s no practical way to improve on this either.
- Broken links - Because all the URLs are changing, it may cause some issues if we don’t keep the old URLs up
However, despite all that, I urge you to look on the bright side. Flare has issues, but it also the only Crew Center built specifically for IF, with a free option, and with an active support team and developers. What we’ve seen is that pilots like a nice UI, but they will put up with a bad one, especially if they really like a VA. We hear these sorts of things somewhat regularly, but it doesn’t stop people using Flare because it works, it has support, it has a community, and they know the developers know about the issues, and want them fixed as well.
Feel free to DM me if you have any further questions.