[Feature Prop.] Hand drawn notes & Guides

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Post » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:29 pm

I'm currently making a game with Construct2, and as I use it, I feel the lack of some features.

- Hand drawn notes: I would like to be able to add some hand drawn notes on my layout. These notes should not be visible in the rendered game, neither have a "visible" option, as they will be there for the dev usage only.

Why not to use an invisible text ? Because we need to be able to quickly draw the "correct" path of a maze, surround an element, add an arrow etc. All "standard" notes things.

- Guides : The other feature I'm missing is the possibilit to add some "guides" (as in Photoshop). For example, the game I'm developing will have 12 seamless levels (each 640px width). I've added a sprite for draw my guides, but an option to add a guide at "Horizontal X px" or "Vertical X px" vould be useful

That was my 2 cents, thanks for reading :)Blackyell2012-12-10 17:30:29
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Post » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:00 pm

Hey Blackyell. Nice to meet ya!

In regards to the notes, you could create a layer for 'notes' that is not visible when the game starts. I think this would accomplish the same thing, right? A built-in feature would be the same thing, more or less, so I'm gonna guess it's not high on the list since the functioning for us to do it ourselves is already there.

When you say guides are you talking about dividers? A visible line to mark off certain areas? If that's the case, then creating a line sprite and setting the initial visibility off accomplishes the same thing, no?

I enjoyed reading the ideas, sir. Take care!
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Post » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:03 pm

Guides are immensely useful in Photoshop but I don't think they are as necessary in C2 since we have easy access to x and y coordinates which can be used fairly simply to align objects.
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Post » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:06 pm

[QUOTE=Space Ape] Hey Blackyell. Nice to meet ya!

In regards to the notes, you could create a layer for 'notes' that is not visible when the game starts. I think this would accomplish the same thing, right? A built-in feature would be the same thing, more or less, so I'm gonna guess it's not high on the list since the functioning for us to do it ourselves is already there.

When you say guides are you talking about dividers? A visible line to mark off certain areas? If that's the case, then creating a line sprite and setting the initial visibility off accomplishes the same thing, no?

I enjoyed reading the ideas, sir. Take care![/QUOTE]

Yes, for the notes it's possible to add a hidden layer, and it's what I'm currently doing. But the fact we can't draw on it directly by hand is somewhat painful in certain occasions. For example, with style of game where the player can only follow straight path until it hit something. It's hard to explain, so here is a quick example, made in photoshop (imagine the black squares are Sprites, and the red line is an "hand written annotation" ) :



After that, it's easy to add some "garbage" without blocking the player's path :



And I'm sure hand writing could be useful to quickly add many other annotations, avoiding to have to add a layer, (and don't forget to activate this layer each time we want to add an annotation !!), then to add a sprite, draw a line inside it, then painfully duplicate it everywhere and rotate it ...

(It is difficult to make clear his thoughts in a foreign language)

Considering the guides, yes I know it is possible to use a sprite (and again, it's what I'm doing right know), but if I suggest it, it's because I consider it's not convenient.

One more time, it's only some suggestions, for something that I find tedious. It's not like a "DO IT KNOW"-command :)

Hope my messages are clear.

Thanks for reading.
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Post » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:30 pm

I think both these suggestions would be awesome to have
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Post » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:58 pm

Blackyell,

Ah, that little graphic makes perfect sense now. I can think of a few areas where hand-written marks would be very useful. There might even be a few games where it would be useful for the player to be able to take notes.

Cool ideas!
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