From: My Own Private Hell
yeh leartn my lesson. i use edit if i just want to view without changing. even saving would make a new design even tho i didnt change anything.
Must admit the design layout buttons are a little confusing but once you get used to them its pretty straight forward.
For example, I make an Escort design by using 'add new'. I then research the quantum reactor so I now want to bring my design up to date so I go into the design screen and click on the Escort design then click on 'upgrade selected' the reactor on the escort design will have been replaced with the new quantum design.
So the 'upgarde selected' will replace any current design components with updated ones but will not add any components to the design.
Back to our example of an Escort design. Due to size I could not add the torpedos I wanted when I first built it so I cant click the 'upgrade selected' as there are no torpedos in the design so it wont update, so click on the 'manually upgrade design' button and add the new torpedo components. In future I can just click on the 'auto upgrade' button and my torpedos will be upgraded.
So the 'manually upgrade design' button will allow you to add new components to a design so that in future you can just use the 'auto upgrade' button. Do not use this button to view designs (see below)
So back to our escort design. If I wanted use the design as a base for our new frigate design, I click on 'copy as new' the escort design comes up and I go to the top left and change the class from escort to frigate, make all the changes I want and click save, I now have my escort design and a new frigate design based on the escort design.
The 'copy as new' button is also very useful if you just want to view the design, just remember to click cancel and not save to exit, you can use edit to view the design as well, your choice (just get a warning if you already have ships built of the class using the 'edit' button) sometimes you cant quite remember if you added a component or just want to have a look to make sure the design is ok so if you use this method you avoid any problems with duplicating designs and getting the whole thing in a mess.
So use the 'copy as new' to copy a design to use as a base for a new class or a sub class (like escorts with lasers and a sub class of escorts with area weapons, love to spam the area weapon escorts into enemy lands ) or use the 'copy as new' button to view designs, remembering to click cancel, not save to exit. This avoids the annoying thing of making the class obselete like it would by looking with the 'manually upgrade design' button.
Now back to our Escort design and dealing with the 'edit' button. The auto upgrade does tend to get a little confused over whats hot and whats not so thats when to use the edit button. So for example if you research fission reactors and quantum reactors, phaser cannons and phaser lances, proton engines and accellorous engines ('scuse spelling im doing this off the top of my noggin) the auto upgrade button gets into a bit of mix up and doesnt put the right ones on the design, accellorous engines are faster but weigh more, the auto upgrade wont put the accellorous engines on even though there faster. Same goes with the cannon and lance, sometimes it wont put the lance on in favor of the cannon, reactors it will put a fission on in favor of a quantum one, I found this out when I was wondering why my new shiny ships were not firing, the reactors had been replaced with 'auto upgrade'and it was under powered . So use the edit button to change anything on a new design before exiting the design screen or if there are 0 ships with the new design use the edit button to view the design.
< Message edited by Darkspire -- 12/10/2012 8:31:12 AM >