Edit (speculative discussion removed as I am now done) ...
A brand new utility is born for HTTR/COTA/BFTB: PGE (Panther Games Enhancement).
Well, since the days of RDOA, I always wanted map hot spots added to the interface. When you are playing on a big map or a large scenario, you frequently spend a lot of time just going back and forth between different locations. I wanted a way to bind the current map position and zoom to a key and then recall it.
Additionally, this utility has an option to make HTTR's function keys behave in a manner that is consistent with COTA/BFTB. Thus, making it much easier to switch back and forth between these games.
You can download PGE from here. The zip includes an executable which you can simply run, the source code if you want to make changes yourself, and detailed instructions on PGE's use.
You can simply run the PGE.EXE while you are playing one of the games. PGE is not a mod or patch, and will not alter your games in any way. (It behaves more like a programmable joystick program.) To exit PGE, simply right click on the big green H in the System Tray and select exit.
You have to keep the left mouse button depressed in the Strat Map when you press the function key. The left mouse button down while the function key is pressed is what triggers the special code to save the location. Otherwise, I just pass the function key to the game to set whatever unit info box option the user expects.
Again when you recall the hot spot, the right mouse button must be down when you hit the function key (this one you can do on the main map). Otherwise, the function key is again just sent to the game to be processed for setting the unit info box.
Quick cheat sheet:
Load hot spots from INI? = No (resets all hot spots), Yes (reloads previous settings)
LMB+FKey (in Strat Map) = Save hotspot
LMB+Number = Set zoom level last accessed hot spot
RMB+Fkey (Main Map) = Recall hotspot
RMB+Number = Set zoom level default and reset zoom of all assigned hot spots
LMB+Left/Right/Up/Down = Nudge hot spot in the given direction
* Initial default zoom is level 1
I hope that helps.
Set a zoom level: With the left mouse button down, press 1-6 (1 = max zoom in). The zoom level will be saved for whatever hot spot (F key) which you either set or retrieved most recently. So, you can set/reset the zoom level whenever you want. You will hear a double BEEP confirmation.
The default zoom level is set for 1. You can set/reset the default zoom level at any time. With the right mouse button down, press 1-6 (1 = max zoom in). This will reset all zoom levels to whatever you choose. Meaning it will override and individual hot spot zoom levels which you have already set. You will hear a triple BEEP confirmation.
HTTR consistency option:
USAGE - HTTR Consistency Option
The behavior of the function keys were changed after HTTR. If you are actively playing all three games, this could be quite an annoyance. This utility can make HTTR's keys compatible with COTA/BFTB.
You must start PGE.EXE with the following switch: HTTR+. Like:
C> PGE.EXE HTTR+
The following adjustments were made:
(1) Reverse mouse wheel handling
(2) Swap keys F1<->F4, F2<->F3, F7->F10
(3) Kill redundant keys F8, F9, F10, F11, F12
(4) Overload F5(F5|F6), F6(F7|F8|F9)
< Message edited by MarkShot -- 1/18/2011 9:45:33 PM >
Never more! (I've had enough. Sliterine has raised mediocrity to an art form!)