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Offline Axem

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Scripted Message Gauge v1.2
Boy, look at me. I start something new and push stuff like the Journal and System viewer aside (that's still coming real soon!). How evil.

But anyway, something that always annoyed in FreeSpace was the messages. With all the fancy and awesome backgrounds we have these days, the messages gauge keeps getting washed out. Well, I've hopefully found a solution to those problems with this Scripted Message Gauge, made possible by awesome coder m!m!

Look and be amazed!


(Note I was playing around with the positioning here. That's the BP positions, the default in the download is more FS2 like. You're free to change it of course!)

Super easy to install into your mod, just extract the files and that's it. No special activation required! There's some neat stuff for FREDders too, like modifying the draw speed in FRED by adding !s or .s in the message name. See the wiki page for more details.

Thanks to mjn, Spoon, Darius, The E, and swashmebuckle for helping test this and for using it in your mods!

Here's the download: http://www.mediafire.com/download/d5nplmsz43d32ip/ScriptedMessagev1.2.rar
Here's a wiki page with hopefully enough documentation to get you going: http://www.hard-light.net/wiki/index.php/Script_-_Scripted_Message_Gauge

I'm hoping in a future version, when more hud gauge info is available to lua, I can just grab things like the Font and Position from what is already defined instead of having to specify positions in different areas. Also maybe automatically assigned message beeps and terminations. Please let me know if you have any problems or issues! (I'm hoping I didn't forget anything stupid)
« Last Edit: June 20, 2014, 08:28:40 am by Axem »

 

Offline General Battuta

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
FYI this owns

 

Offline Lorric

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Yeah, this thing got put into BtA and I was blown away when I saw it. :nod:

 

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Impressive! Most Impressive :)
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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
I saw that on your YouTube channel for some time now, but it's released finally! Yay!
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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
Hm. After some testing, Axem, I have some concerns:

There is no queue. When a message is cut off it vanishes. This leaves players unable to review messages except by hitting up the log.

In the BP HUD, the top line of the message overlaps the message sender ID.

Does the message script respect priority? (I suspect it probably does.)

 

Offline Axem

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
Yes, there's no backlog. I'm unsure the best route to go with adding a backlog for messages while keeping things readable. Suggestions are welcome!

And also yes there was a change to how lua string are drawn in the nightlies, its a super simple fix that I will be updating very shortly.

Message priority is respected because the script doesn't handle that, the game still does.

 

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
My idea for the backlog was to try and recreate the default HUD gauge, but leave out the most recent message. So.. Using scripting to get and draw messages of a particular age. I haven't had time to actually fudge around to try and figure it out yet, though.
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Offline Lorric

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
My idea for the backlog was to try and recreate the default HUD gauge, but leave out the most recent message. So.. Using scripting to get and draw messages of a particular age. I haven't had time to actually fudge around to try and figure it out yet, though.
Do you mean the latest message would appear in Axem's gauge, then when it was replaced by the next one, it would drop to the top of the screen in the same way normal messages display?

 

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
Yes, that is my idea. Dunno yet if it's workable.
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Offline Lorric

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Yes, that is my idea. Dunno yet if it's workable.
Well I'm looking forward to seeing you find out. :)

 

Offline Axem

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
I'm thinking what I might do is make a toggle-able back log gauge that shows up at some place. Defaults to like last 2 messages or something. Press Alt-M or something, expands to screen height, press Alt-M again and it'll hide for good.

Anyway script is slightly updated due to mantis 2891 being fixed! See original post for the link.

 

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
That would work. Alt-M would need to be customizable, and something somewhere near the messages should probably showhow hint that it should be pressed? I dunno.
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Offline Axem

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
http://www.mediafire.com/download/d5nplmsz43d32ip/ScriptedMessagev1.2.rar

Now with a backlog and some other minor fixes (like actually hiding that old message gauge!). Documentation for the features will be on the wiki shortly.

Also note that the gauge does not scale like the rest of the hud, so I apologize if you have giant monitors and the text is still tiny. When TTF support goes in I hope to have some semi-intelligent scaling in that regard.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2014, 10:53:40 pm by Axem »

 
Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
This is great for non-voiced campaigns. Just tried it out with Vassago's Dirge and it worked well. Though the version 1.2 I just downloaded doesn't actually hide the old message gauge. Unless I'm misreading something because the old gauge works well as a backlog. Messages don't time out, so I'm guessing this was intended.
Tried it with retail FS2 too just to be sure, same result.
Though it does keep the HUD colour scheme, so It doesn't ruin my artistic 15 colour HUD  :P.
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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.0
The backlog looks and acts very similar to the old messages gauge, except messages won't appear on it until the text scrolling is finished, and the messages slowly fade out.

 

Offline General Battuta

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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.2
New version's great.

 

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Yes, yes it is.
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Re: Scripted Message Gauge v1.2
Hey. Know it's been forever, but there's a long-running bug with the message script. We at Exile (and other campaigns too) could use a fix.

On longer messages, the message gauge cuts off before the message finishes. I cannot into LUA, so could you possibly extend the default time that a message remains on-screen?
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