Thursday, February 15, 2018

Feature Demo: Timeline Upgrade!

Tablet resolution teaser of the new Timeline controls!
As I mentioned yesterday, I've been hard at work for the last couple weeks on redoing the Timeline controls in the Manager (and clearing out the major quests in Fallout 4).

The Timeline was one of the first features that I implemented in the API (back when I started migrating from the legacy webapp to the public API) and, accordingly, it's a hot mess in both places. Long story short, most of what I've been working on has been clean-up and refactor type stuff, meant to give me what I need on the back end to bring the UI/UX up to current standards.

If you are interested in the gory details, the ticket is here.

If you are not interested in the gory details but you would like a preview of how the new controls are going to look and work, please enjoy the animated GIF feature demo in this post.

Finally, it is still too soon for me to commit to a date/time for when I think the new Timeline will be production-ready, but I am pretty confident that I'll get it in before the end of the month.

Thanks for using the Manager!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Settlement Event Icon (vector and PNG)

As part of the project to refactor/redesign the Timeline, I ended up having to create a Settlement Event icon to help recreate the look and feel of the 1.5 Settlement Sheet.

It's become a custom/tradition on this blog for me to share DIY assets that I create as posts and file them under "DIY". If Google Analytics is to be believed, people are finding them useful.

And so, without further ado, the Settlement Event icon:

Use this link to download that PNG.

And here it is as a vector.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Change Log: 2.68.1299 (The "Showdown" Release)

Upgraded Survivor Quick View at tablet resolution!
I've been working on the main feature in release 2.68.1299 for a while now.

In fact, I've been working on this branch for so long, I even gave it a non-numerical code name: I call it the "Showdown" branch. Which, by the transitive property of branch names, makes this the Showdown Release (which sounds pretty cool, I think).

At any rate, I am happy to say that release 2.68.1299 pushes a major upgrade to the Campaign Summary's Survivor "Quick View" feature of the Manager that should pretty massively enhance the general user experience.

In this release, the "Quick View" has been upgraded to allow better survivor management during showdowns: Survival, survivor attributes (including gear and token numbers), the three major survivor status flags (can't spend Survival, can't use Fighting Arts, Skip Next Hunt), armor locations, hit boxes, Courage and Understanding can all be managed right from the Campaign Summary, i.e. without loading the Survivor Sheet.

Otherwise, there's not a whole lot in this release.

Thanks for using the Manager!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

MAJOR Upgrade coming this weekend!

In response to overwhelming popular demand, the next release of the Manager will upgrade the Campaign Summary so that multiple survivors can be managed without having to change over to their Survivor Sheets!

Rather than explaining it, I've created this feature demo to show how much more control over survivors the Campaign Summary's "Quick View" will have in the next release of the Manager:

Campaign Summary "Quick View" upgrade at tablet resolution!

The new release still has a ways to go before it's ready to go, however, so I don't think I'll have it pushed out into production until Sunday (I'm shooting for Saturday, but...that's not super-realistic, I don't think).

Thanks for using the Manager!