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Map XML Reader Tool

Postby kevinc on Sat May 06, 2006 6:41 am

Hey,

Inspired my Jota's excellent Map Assistant and Map Maker tools I thought I'd write something that should help too.

Announcing: Conquer Club: XML Map Reader

It allows you to see the links between countries easily. So, once you've created your XML and map, and just want to debug it, you can just pop them in there, and you'll be able to see if you've made all your connections correctly.

Hope it's useful to some of you map makers! :)


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I only own Flash MX 2004, so it currently only imports jpegs at the moment. I'll export it to Flash 8 so it can loads pngs & gifs when I'm in work in teh next few days. In the mean time, if you want to use it, then just upload a jpeg for testing purposes.
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Postby PaperPlunger on Sat May 06, 2006 7:05 am

AWESOME!
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Postby Haydena on Sat May 06, 2006 7:24 am

Wow... I must say... That is great...

No more moaning about attacking and fortifying bugs... Well done!
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Postby kevinc on Sat May 06, 2006 8:33 am

Thanks! :)

Also, I just realised it can be useful for general users too.

Just go to: http://www.conquerclub.com/maps/ and get the XML and image addresses, if your not sure if something is connected or not, and you can check yourself.
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Postby Derwiddle on Sat May 06, 2006 8:45 am

Wow! Genius. :wink:
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Postby ThuMp on Sat May 06, 2006 9:56 am

Very nice!

...maybe ad a link back to the begining? (using Firefox 1.5, I cannot back up)
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Postby kevinc on Sat May 06, 2006 10:03 am

ThuMp wrote:...maybe ad a link back to the begining? (using Firefox 1.5, I cannot back up)


The code is pretty quick and dirty. Just hit Refresh is you want to check another file. I might get a chance to make a better version in the future.
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Postby Jota on Sat May 06, 2006 7:51 pm

Excellent.
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Postby AndyDufresne on Sat May 06, 2006 8:12 pm

Adjective! But seriously, I'm sure it will be a very handy tool for everyone.


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Postby Mr. K on Sun May 07, 2006 2:20 am

Looks like a great program. I couldn't get it to work for some reason on my map, though. My map showed up but none of the lines or dots appeared, even though I had already tested my XML alright.
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Postby Hoff on Sun May 07, 2006 2:23 am

Thats because you did a map of ancient greece and they didnt have fancy computer lines back then.
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Postby kevinc on Sun May 07, 2006 10:58 am

I've updated it slightly now:
  • Should be able load all XML maps you throw at it (any trouble pm me)
  • Can loads pngs & gifs too
  • Can load new map without hitting refresh
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Postby Jota on Wed May 10, 2006 8:17 pm

Just used this to check over my XML before sending my Space map to lack. Thanks!
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Postby kevinc on Thu May 11, 2006 11:24 am

Cool. Glad to hear it's been useful to ya!
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Postby fluffybunnykins on Thu May 11, 2006 6:19 pm

that's mighty fine
(I thought blowaway was cool too)
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Postby kevinc on Sat May 13, 2006 9:18 am

fluffybunnykins wrote:(I thought blowaway was cool too)


Thanks man - we had great fun working on it! :)
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Postby fluffybunnykins on Sun May 14, 2006 12:57 pm

off topic, i know, but how did you make the round screen? was it a projection?
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Postby MrConfigT on Sun May 14, 2006 6:28 pm

I can't get to the tool anymore...

looks like the domain might have expired?

If you need me to host it I can :)
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Postby fluffybunnykins on Mon May 15, 2006 5:24 am

¡yo tam poco!
¿por qué en español? no tengo ningún idea...
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Postby kevinc on Tue May 16, 2006 7:33 am

MrConfigT, I was just switching hosts and stuff. It's back up now.

fluffybunnykins, yea, it was a rear projection system with 2 mirrors. Quite a pain to work out all the angles. You can see the setup here: http://www.blowaway.org/project/table/
http://www.blowaway.org/media/images/setup_tests/
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Postby Fantius on Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:58 am

Very cool, but it would be even better for general users if we could hit your page and select the production map from a drop down instead of having to type or paste file names.
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Postby smithkt on Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:51 pm

I'd like to echo Fantius' suggestion. That would be a great upgrade to this. In addition, when I use the World 2.0 map, it cuts off the right side.
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Postby JMan424 on Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:04 pm

Is there any way to get this functionality in the game itself?
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Postby ericisshort on Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:37 pm

I think it might make the map in the game a little busy... but when you click on the small icon of the map, this handy dandy doodad should pop up instead of the current icon.

Seems to have a bug in it for larger maps, like arctic and world2.0
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Postby Stoney229 on Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:01 pm

how do I find the xmal file for a certain map that I want to check the paths for?
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