OK, let's backtrack. I'll explain what has changed and why.
Until recently, when you brought up a typical AirOps window at a base or carrier with lots of aircraft, you would see something like this:
Nice and fast, right?
EXCEPT, we had multiple reports from users that, facing this screen, they were not realizing that they actually had to click on the "+" icons to get the detailed list per aircraft type. So they were literally stuck at this point.
So we recently (B998.1) changed the default view to this:
....which, from what we hear, makes it clearer.
The problem? Actually populating the detailed list is CPU-expensive and can take a while (anything from a few tenths of a second to a few seconds, depending on a number of things). This delay has always been there; if you have an older functional build lying around, mark the time between clicking on the "+" on, say, a 300-aircraft grouping and actually seeing the list. The difference from a user's POV is that now (B998.1) this delay is "right in his face" when the AirOps window is brought up, instead of manifesting only when manually expanding any AC type grouping.
So what we tweaked between B998.1 and B988.2 is that, once the AirOps window is brought up, the "populate the 300-aircraft grouping list" task is spun off to a separate thread (so that the UI controls of the window become immediately accessible, instead of having to wait a few seconds), and the detailed list is populated one at a time.
So, three choices:
1) Go Back To The Way We Were (TM): Exactly like the first screenshot. The AirOps window gets shown instantly, and the player must actively click on the "+" to see the detailed list. And someone will have to stick around to explain to newbies what to do. Any volunteers?
2) The B998.1 implementation: Exactly like the second screenshot. There is a delay in showing the AirOps window if the first aircraft grouping is large, because the detailed list is being put together.
3) The B998.2 implementation: The AirOps window itself is shown instantly, and the UI controls are immediately available, but if the first type-grouping is large, the detailed list takes a few seconds to fully populate.
Let's hear it.
< Message edited by Dimitris -- 2/8/2018 8:04:48 AM >