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Suppress piece image or shrink window size in editor

Postby Benkyo » November 26th, 2020, 5:46 am

It seems that quite often I find myself editing a large number of pieces that are too large for both the full image and (for example) the OK button to be displayed on-screen at the same time. Each time I open such a piece to edit it, I have to resize (shrink) the window to view the editor buttons. For really big pieces, the window is over-sized, but the piece image doesn't render until I shrink the window.

It'd be nice if there were some way to disable the display of piece images in the editor. In writing this though, I realise there are no preference settings for the editor - perhaps there should be? (a toggle to turn off single-key command detection would be another nice preference setting, for example).

If editor preferences aren't going to be a thing anytime soon, could the editor at least size windows to fully fit within a detected screen area? Or at least within a "typical" screen height like 1024 pixels with an OS toolbar? This would be preferable to the current behaviour of trying to size the window to fit the full-size piece image, such that editing cannot occur until the window is manually resized.
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Re: Suppress piece image or shrink window size in editor

Postby Brent Easton » November 26th, 2020, 5:58 am

This has already been addresses in 3.5.0 with significant changes to the Editor GUI to try and improve workflow.
- Improved Configurer layouts and kept on screen.
- Reorganized PieceEditor, full alphabetised list of traits, and better handling of large images.
- Key Commands split into two separate, but linked fields Named Key/Keyboard key

We are just putting the final touches to a 3.5.0 beta and will be keen for any feedback on the changes.
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Re: Suppress piece image or shrink window size in editor

Postby Benkyo » November 26th, 2020, 6:07 am

Good to hear, looking forward to it!
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Re: Suppress piece image or shrink window size in editor

Postby marktb1961 » November 26th, 2020, 12:05 pm

Super!
Platform: Vassal 3.5.3, MacOS Big Sur on iMac (27", mid-2020)
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Re: Suppress piece image or shrink window size in editor

Postby uckelman » November 26th, 2020, 12:21 pm

Thus spake Benkyo:
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> If editor preferences aren't going to be a thing anytime soon, could the
> editor at least size windows to fully fit within a detected screen area?
> Or at least within a "typical" screen height like 1024 pixels with an OS
> toolbar? This would be preferable to the current behaviour of trying to
> size the window to fit the full-size piece image, such that editing
> cannot occur until the window is manually resized.

There's an open PR for doing that already; it's likely to be merged today
and appear in 3.5.0-beta1 in a few days.


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