Orca 8

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Orca 8.3 at launch
Orca 8.1

Orca 8 is the 8th version of SBC design, being the upgrade to IP.Board 3. It was also concurrent with Oceans 9. It was first announced on April 26th, 2012 by tvguy347. It was released on June 15th, 2012, and like vBulletin, many features were added as time went on. It featured a massive launch party leading up to the release on the Xat Chat. The release became the most successful in history and revived the Community after the disastrous second half of 2011 and early part of 2012. Activity rebounded considerably after the release of Orca and the release is responsible for setting the course of SBC in years after. Orca continued to be updated even as succeeding skins were launched, proving its continued popularity. It was one of the skins recreated when SBC updated to ipBoard 4.0. Tiki replaced Orca on January 1st, 2014, but the skin still remained in the selector. Orca was exclusive to Loyal Customers from September 25th, 2015 to January 15th, 2017. It was removed due to lack of usage, along with the skin becoming too old. However, it later returned for SBC's 10th Anniversary as a main skin, and has been kept for Loyal Customers since.

On June 8, 2012, it was announced that (like in v7) there would be a change to the way we refer to versions. The V# was dropped, so that it would be referred to only as Orca.

New Features

Orca (Released June 15, 2012):

  • Reputation (aka Like/Dislike system)
  • Store (central area for Doubloons)
  • Status Updates
  • New background and banner
  • Teams
  • Arcade
  • Brand new buttons
  • New layout
  • New category headers

Orca 8.1 (Released August 19, 2012):

  • Time Control
  • Streamlined category headers
  • New icons
  • Streamlined, new chatbox
  • Teams 2
  • New server
  • Sparks
  • Support for foreign currencies in Donations
  • SpongeBob Wheel of Fortune

Orca 8.2 (November 1, 2012)

  • Weekly banners
  • Cleaner category headers
  • New background
  • Fixed icons
  • Fixed navbar
  • New YouTube feature
  • Bug fixes

Orca 8.3 (January 1, 2013)

  • Completely redesigned forums
  • New gradients, colors, and category headers
  • Brand new navigation bar
  • Speedier performance
  • Fixed bugs

Orca 8.4 (November 4, 2013)

  • Shoutbox
  • Bug fixes
  • Updated background

Development

The concept of Orca has been largely developed by tvguy, with infrastructure and custom features being scripted by hilaryfan80. tvguy has also said that Orca is not only design changes, but also includes the Orca Initiative, which includes such new sites as SpongeBob Universe, which is a creation founded by tvguy and AMK from the SpongeBob Wiki.

Gallery

  SBC Versions  
V1 ClamV2 CrabV3 CoralV4 OctopusV5 DolphinV6 SharkV7 ClownfishOrca 8Oceans 9Tiki 10Starfish 11Squid 12Sponge 13