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Cursor  V.5 Runner improvements

Issue Type: Status: Priority: Date Submitted: Votes:
Enhancement New Medium Tue 24th Jan 2017 1 vote Vote Up Vote Down
Found in version: Last Updated: Completed in version: Date Completed: Track Changes: Tue 24th Jan 2017 Log In
P/o PruneTue 24th Jan 2017 13:36
This is copyed from David's post in the forum.

I havenít written a game with ADRIFT in a long time but I still find myself wanting to play ADRIFT games. There's just one big problem. I donít like the v5 Runner. I've wanted to like it but no matter how hard I try, I'm always left with the feeling that itís lacking a lot of functionality of the v4 Runner. Does anyone else feel the same way or is it just me?

On the off chance others feel the same way, I thought Iíd suggest a few enhancements / improvements:

The map
The one in v4 clearly displayed up and down exits with arrows which were nice and easy to see. At a glance you could tell which way you could go. The v5 map displays down exits in a southwesterly direction which is confusing because it often looks like there's an exit to the southwest when really there isn't. The v5 map also has this weird 3D thing going on where locations are often displayed under other locations so itís not possible to see them properly. In order to actually see which way you can go, you need to click on the map and drag it around to see the exits. Can this be disabled? Can we please have an option to use the v4 map instead? The v5 map might look prettier, but it's not as useful as the old one.

I can drag the map to cover the entire screen Ė the way it was set up in v4 Ė but when I exit out of the map, the screen has scrolled back to the top and I need to scroll back down each time to get back to where I was. Shouldn't the screen stay where it is? Is it a bug that it scrolls back to the top each time I exit the map?

Could we also have the old v4 shortcut back for the map? Pressing F2 is easier than CTRL + M. F2 doesn't seem to do anything in v5.

Multiple commands
In v4, you could type in multiple commands on the same line separated by a comma and the Runner would understand them. In v5, you canít. You get an error message saying it doesnít understand the command. Why? In v5, I've heard people mention the same kind of thing can be done with macros, but this seems like a lot of hassle compared to the v4 way of doing things.

Text entry bar
This is probably just an issue for me but I thought I'd raise it anyway. I override the default font sizes on my computer. The v4 Runner would automatically resize the text entry bar, but the v5 Runner doesn't so half the text is hidden and you need to manually drag the bar up to reveal it all.

The v4 Runner had them but the v5 Runner doesn't. INC FONT and DEC FONT to increase and decrease the font size came in very handy.

Edit mode
v4 had a handy feature called edit mode which allowed you to select text on the screen and copy and paste it into other documents. To achieve the same result in v5, you need to start a transcript then scroll through it to find the text you want.

That's just a few things off the top of my head. Does anyone else have any possible suggestions to improve the v5 Runner?
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