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Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 8:57:07 AM   
berto


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Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar


At the bottom of the following screenshot, you will see the new-and-improved, revamped Campaign Series toolbar.




Thanks to Warhorse for the splendid artwork!

Here's a crib sheet detailing the button functions:



ON_MOVEMODE,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_BANZAI,
ON_SMOKE,
ON_STARSHELL,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_ARTDIALOG,
ON_AIRATTACK,
ON_RESOLVE,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_LOAD,
ON_DIGGINGIN,
ON_DOUBLETIME,
ON_BUYBULLET,
ON_BUYWHEEL,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_DISPLAYCOMMAND,
ON_DISPLAYVISIBLE,
ON_DISPLAYRANGE,
ON_DISPLAYMOVABLE,
ON_DISPLAYTHERMO,
ON_DISPLAYBASES,
ON_DISPLAYUNITS,
ON_DISPLAYOBJECT,
ON_DISPLAYCON,
ON_OPTIONSOUTLINE,
ON_DISPLAYFLIP,
ON_DISPLAYJUMP,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_HIGHLIGHTAA,
ON_HIGHLIGHTIND,
ON_HIGHLIGHTMINE,
ON_HIGHLIGHTDISRUPT,
ON_HIGHLIGHTFIXED,
ON_HIGHLIGHTMOVED,
ON_HIGHLIGHTFIRED,
ON_HIGHLIGHTNOAMMO,
ON_HIGHLIGHTSPOT,
ON_HIGHLIGHTLEADERS,
ON_HIGHLIGHTHQ,
ON_HIGHLIGHTORG,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_ARRIVED,
ON_REMOVE,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_CLOCKWISE,
ON_COUNTERCLOCK,
ON_TOTOP,
ON_TOBOTTOM,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_PREVSTACK,
ON_NEXTSTACK,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_ACTIVATE_AI,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_OPTIONSMENU,

ID_SEPARATOR,

ON_TURNNEXT



In the screenshot, you will see the "Highlight Indirect Fire (I)" tooltip next to the depressed ON_HIGHLIGHTIND button. Every toolbar button is similarly tooltipped. And every tooltip shows that button's hot key equivalent (in the case of Highlight Indirect Fire, the 'I' hot key). If each toolbar button image doesn't convey that button's purpose perfectly, you still have the tooltip to tell you what each button signifies. You'll get used to them. No nitpicking, please!

So, for many of the most common game actions, you will have at least two and often three different ways to access those actions:

  • toolbar
  • hot key
  • menu

    Everybody plays the game differently. It's important to accommodate all playing styles.

    In the end, we decided to retain all traditional buttons, except the one for ON_ZOOMIN. If you want to zoom in or out the map display, or change from 3D to 2D, you can either use the Display menu else the 1-5 keys as before.

    We could add still more toolbar buttons, but

  • The more buttons, the wider the display, and the more likely the toolbar will autowrap (into two or more rows, depending on your screen resolution), which is not aesthetically pleasing.
  • For some of the more obscure game actions, it's quite difficult to portray those actions in such small icons.
  • Too many buttons and the toolbar display becomes overwhelming!

    Here's another screenshot offering another view of the new toolbar, also a sneak peek at some more recent coder activity:




    Having fun with the game's AI.

    Until the next time ...

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 11:20:36 AM   
    Big Ivan


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    Hey Berto,

    Nice, very Nice!

    I like the new tool bar. Looks good and functional. Can't wait to use the real thing in action. I'm also intrigued by the new A/I buttons (Bold, Timid, Shifting) can you explain more on what they do?

    Cheers!
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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 11:24:32 AM   
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    Thanks for the update Berto! Looking good

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 11:29:45 AM   
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    quote:

    ORIGINAL: Big Ivan

    I'm also intrigued by the new A/I buttons (Bold, Timid, Shifting) can you explain more on what they do?

    Not quite yet. Not ready yet for the striptease.

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 11:50:32 AM   
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    Great work Berto and WH, as always.

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 1:42:15 PM   
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    Looking good. Can't wait to try it.

    Too early in the morning for questions/critique.

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 2:58:46 PM   
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    quote:

    ORIGINAL: berto

    Not quite yet. Not ready yet for the striptease.


    Aww stop flirting and open the door you big tease


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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 4:20:02 PM   
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    it looks pretty good. cant wait to try it out

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 7:06:13 PM   
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    quote:

    ORIGINAL: Crossroads

    quote:

    ORIGINAL: berto

    Not quite yet. Not ready yet for the striptease.


    Aww stop flirting and open the door you big tease



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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 8:11:09 PM   
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    Looks great, can't wait to try it too! Thanks berto & Warhorse!

    Patrick

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 8/22/2013 9:46:47 PM   
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    You're welcome guys, I get the easy part, Berto not so much!!!

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 9/2/2013 12:07:39 PM   
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    Well this is a turn up for the books, was just thinking yesterday it was time to install JTCS again and lo!

    Very happy to see this dev work going on, well done chaps!

    cheers chris

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    RE: Coder Diary #9 -- Revamped Toolbar - 11/3/2013 12:18:39 AM   
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    bump 9

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