I am planning to upgrade/overhaul a site that I help out on soon. The site currently consists of a single front page (with various forum content displayed using SSI), a gallery and the forum.
I have decided to use a portal for the overhaul/upgrade since it would allow for more flexibility and tighter integration. We currently have the Ultimate Shoutbox mod installed (slightly modified to use the database instead of a text file), but last time I tried upgrading it to SMF 2.0, it broke things for reasons I never did figure out. Since we'll be using a portal, I'd rather just use the shoutbox included with the portal. Since the site is also using the articles mod, I'm considering using TinyPortal since it has a great articles system (and that's one less mod I have to install and keep up with).
However, TP's shoutbox won't work for our needs - it works great for a vertical layout, but it's horrible for a horizontal layout. Is there any way to improve the layout to be similar to the old Ultimate Shoutbox or at least work in a block that's only about 150px high?