[REQUEST] Expert Mode

Post » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:59 pm

I get that Construct is supposed to be easy to use and all that, but I'm not sure I really need the extra descriptions on event popups or the event sheet itself. This seems to be an ongoing concern throughout C3 and honestly, that help text just takes up space in popups and I don't really need to see it every time I create an event sheet. I can't imagine anyone who's coming from C2 does.

I'm referring to this:
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I know this text was also present in C2, but it's so prominent in the new look and feel. As a side note, there sure seems to be a LOT of wasted space under the fields:
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Having an "Expert" mode that rids the interface of reminders of what we meant to do in the first place would be pretty great. After all, if we need help, there's already a help button.
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Post » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:08 pm

I'd enjoy this, but a the ability to load local stylesheets from within C3 instead relying on the developer console or a third party plugin would be great and solve this completely.

For what it's worth:

.eventSheetRootView:empty+.eventSheetMiniTutorial {
display: none;
}
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Post » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:19 pm

How about having it like it is, just for the free version?
Take the training wheels off for the subscription.
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Post » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:37 pm

newt wrote:How about having it like it is, just for the free version?
Take the training wheels off for the subscription.


I can see value for newcomers in having this stuff in there even after subscription, but I would also like to not have to see it myself.
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Post » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:15 am

A new setting in the properties to disable these hints could be a good addition. However, as a teacher I just love the basic information appearing on new event sheets. I think it should be there both in the free and the paid version with the ability to turn it off.
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Post » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:23 am

Even after 3 years of usage I still find find myself finding out new things all the time that I never used before, or forgot how they work... so for me they are still quite useful. Option to keep them in or remove them would be good though.
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Post » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:55 am

I could add a setting to hide the empty event sheet info.

Other than that, what's wrong with the tips elsewhere? Even I find them useful as reminders on what to fill for properties, parameters etc. There's thousands of them across the editor, and a small snippet of text that doesn't use up much room and saves you having to remember anything seems like a good feature.
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Post » Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:17 pm

Ashley wrote:I could add a setting to hide the empty event sheet info.

Other than that, what's wrong with the tips elsewhere? Even I find them useful as reminders on what to fill for properties, parameters etc. There's thousands of them across the editor, and a small snippet of text that doesn't use up much room and saves you having to remember anything seems like a good feature.


For me, it's back to catering to different audiences. There's plenty of people at the expert level who are familiar enough that they don't need reminding (count me in too). And, as it was pointed out, you can always click 'Help' if you forgot something. But that's a rare occurrence at this level, so having a Help hyperlink makes UI sense.

It doesn't make UI sense to have it told to you every single time you use a tool, and lessens the experience. It's an important point when catering to the professional tier.

Even little things like aligning the captions and input fields with the buttons make it feel more uptown:

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Or if not, at least dropping the opacity and making the input fields the center of attention would be great:

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Post » Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:25 pm

Well, like I said, I made the software (hopefully that counts me as an expert user?) and I still think it's handy to have them there. For example when you focus the Volume parameter of a Play Sound action... is it in dB or a ratio? Positive or negative? Honestly, sometimes I even coded it and can't remember what I did. The tip clears it up: it's dB attenuation, so ought to be negative, or 0 for full volume. That kind of thing is always useful IMO, whoever you are.
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Post » Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:33 pm

Plz keep those, it is already hard enough to remember if a value is in pixels/second or pixels/tick. Units are essential.
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