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Shut off splash graphic in Vassal 3.0 ?

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Postby bsmith » February 9th, 2008, 2:12 pm

Hey I just thought of something. If I'm working on a new module, the last thing I want to be doing is opening the Vassal Player, hitting Tools, then Edit Module over and over.

When editing modules, you sometimes have to open and close the Editor many times, you don't want to have to click through so many menus; That's going to drive people nuts. In fact, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense to just make the editor entirely separate. I understand Rodney's point about wanting to promote it through the player, but there may be better ways of doing this without interfering with usability.

My final vote:- lets keep the Editor entirely separate from the player.
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Shut off splash graphic in Vassal 3.0 ?

Postby uckelman » February 9th, 2008, 2:13 pm

Thus spake "bsmith":
- On first opening, the splash appears, which is nice. But the main window i
s then in the background. i.e. if I have another app open, the Vassal window
will not be in focus.

I've checked in a fix for this. (We needed to call setAlwaysOnTop() on
the splash window, but also call toFront() on the main window.) Look for
this in the next iteration.

- in prefs, replay is not capitalised near "Ask to ensure logging..."

Whish one is the correct one?

- we need a way to separate the Preference sections, there are so many that i
t's hard to tell at a glance what is set and not set.

Yes, we do. But that's not going to happen in 3.1. (I have a solution in
mind for this. All of the items in Preferences are Configurers, like in
the editor. Right now, Configurers are packed into their parent in
whatever order they're created and with no concern for niceties like
alignment, spacing, or organization. This makes it very easy to create
new configurers, but it also ensures that you get an ugly mess. An ugly
mess isn't so bad for the editor, since only module designers see that,
but it's looks awful showing a regular user the Preferences the way they
are now. As it is, fixing one will fix the other, since they use the same
components.

What we need it a bit more structure that Configurers understand, for
example, columns, groups, and left- and right-alignment.)

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Shut off splash graphic in Vassal 3.0 ?

Postby uckelman » February 9th, 2008, 2:46 pm

Thus spake "bsmith":
- On first opening, the splash appears, which is nice. But the main window i
s then in the background. i.e. if I have another app open, the Vassal window
will not be in focus.

Actually, this isn't fixed. How do you give a window focus on Windows?
Nothing I do in this respect fails in Gnome on Linux, and nothing I've
tried succeeds on Windows.

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Shut off splash graphic in Vassal 3.0 ?

Postby uckelman » February 11th, 2008, 11:00 pm

Thus spake "Rodney Kinney":
One other case to consider: when a user is running VASSAL for the first
time (i.e. there is no Preferences file) they get the
Take-The-Tour/Jump-Right-In dialog. When I tried, it came up along with the
main controls window. Either this dialog should block the bringing up of
the main controls window or the tour should be moved to the Help menu.

I've fixed the "Jump Right In" button so that it disposes of the First Time
dialog now. What's the problem with having this come up with the main app
window? If you take the tour, it should load in the main window, and if you
don't, you want to go straigt to the main window.

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