Make your own dynamic signatures just by filling out a form
. Or, if you're a power user, read on!
A little while back I released a small, but useful system that allowed people to show information about their BYOND location and online status as well as their member avatar if they had one.
I got quite a good response out of this and quite a few requests to see how it worked. I decided it would probably benefit plenty of people, and BYOND itself if I let as many people use this system however they felt it fit into their needs. Admittedly, the original system was kind of hacky and a bit messy as I was really just learning how to do some of the things I was doing, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to rewrite it with as much simplicity and functionality as possible for the end user.
The end result of this effort was a nice little framework package written in PHP that allows you to generate images containing the information obtained from the BYOND website, with around 40 different customizable variables you can create any number of images based on exactly what you need. Whether it be showing your status on a website, or using it as a forum signature, this framework will let you customize it to fit in anywhere you want it to. You do need to know a little bit of PHP but I wrote it to be easy for anyone to pick up.
The provided documentation and example PHP file tell you exactly what you need to know to get started, and in no time you'll be producing your very own dynamic images.
You do need the GD library installed on your server to use this system. Most hosting services with PHP support include GD library support. If not, you should contact your host, they should be able to get you setup (if they allow it, of course). You'll also need the fopen() for URL's enabled on your server, which allows for the system to obtain things from the BYOND site like information and images.
I hope to see some pretty cool thing come from this system, and if you have any suggestions or comments just drop them here and I'll see what I can do.
Link to the framework website: http://signature.ncomproductions.com/framework
Link to the framework in action: http://signature.ncomproductions.com
(Note: This interface will be getting quite a few updates over the next week or two, expect far more options and goodies soon!)