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Improved Army Printing

Postby lackattack on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:19 pm

We made a very important change to the way troops on are printed on the map.

What has changed? (Geek talk alert! :ugeek: )
Instead of downloading a transparent image with armies printed on it to your computer, the armies will be printed by your broswer's JavaScript engine.

What does this mean for me?
  • No more delays for armies to appear
  • No more missing armies
  • The font is slightly different... (same size as before and most numbers are identical in most browsers)
  • This will reduce load on Conquer Club servers which is always a good thing!

Community scripts affected
Thanks to the cooperation of our most excellent Tech Team, all community scripts were tested in advance and updates were prepared for the two that broke: BOB, CM, and Assault Odds. If you use these scripts please upgrade to the latest version. Although it is a minor annoyance to have to upgrade, the new versions will perform quicker thanks to the changes:
Assault Odds: Upgrade here
BOB: Upgrade here
CM: Upgrade here

Font issues
Unfortunately the font might look quite different for some users depending on their browser's zoom level and computer's OS. If things don't look right, there are 2 things you can try:
  • Set your browser zoom level to normal
  • Install Tahoma font (this font already comes standard in Windows and most Mac OSX installations)

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UDPATE: Performance is greatly improved now that it only redraws armies that actually changed during your turn. The Hive and other large maps should be much more playable now.

UDPATE: I tweaked the font some more, should look better in Opera.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby caymanmew on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:50 pm

thanks for at lest checking ahead
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby ManBungalow on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:50 pm

Awesome, everything seems much quicker now!

Good job, Lack.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby grainbelt on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:56 pm

the font is not slightl;y different it is way different and this is horrible way way slower, really buggy like
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby phantomzero on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:57 pm

Thanks for keeping the updates rolling. Anything to take load of the server and speed things up is a good thing.

Of course I'm very used to the old font, but I'm finding this one VERY difficult to read, especially with colour codes on (which I use all the time). Are there any other fonts available? Could a user script use make use of a different font?
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby phantomzero on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:57 pm

grainbelt wrote:the font is not slightl;y different it is way different and this is horrible way way slower, really buggy like


Upgrade your user scripts as per Lack's first post in this thread.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby sherkaner on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:58 pm

phantomzero wrote:Thanks for keeping the updates rolling. Anything to take load of the server and speed things up is a good thing.

Of course I'm very used to the old font, but I'm finding this one VERY difficult to read, especially with colour codes on (which I use all the time). Are there any other fonts available? Could a user script use make use of a different font?


Not implemented yet, but yes, this is possible now.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby caymanmew on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:58 pm

you messed up the clickes!
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby dakky21 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:58 pm

Even updated BOB doesn't work anymore ? :-(
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby Machiavelli39 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:00 pm

Not a bad change :)
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby lackattack on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:01 pm

I just got word that there is a problem with the new BOB... stay tuned we are working on it!
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby caymanmew on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:02 pm

lackattack wrote:I just got word that there is a problem with the new BOB... stay tuned we are working on it!


what about the clickes there broken to!
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby sherkaner on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:06 pm

caymanmew wrote:
lackattack wrote:I just got word that there is a problem with the new BOB... stay tuned we are working on it!


what about the clickes there broken to!

4.0 should work, did you reinstall?
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby Industrial Helix on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:06 pm

Is it any bigger than the previous font? It seems so but perhaps its me.

This would be good to know for mapmaking purposes...
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby jricart on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:06 pm

For some reason, the font look BOLD and sometimes is UNREADABLE! Specially when you have large stacks of armies.

Also, the black outline/stroke on the font doesnt help as well.

Bottom line: I DONT LIKE IT THE WAY IT IS NOW! :D
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby Army of GOD on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:07 pm

Ok, good. I went to one of my games, and thought there was seriously something wrong with my eyes because the font of the armies looked different.

I don't get how it's harder to read. I think they're a lot bigger and easier to read.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby safariguy5 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:08 pm

Nice update, BOB is much faster now.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby jbr on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:09 pm

~_~ This new font is bothering me right now, but presumably I will get used to it. In any case, it was a glaring enough difference that I immediately decided to check these forums to see what had been changed to cause it to look this way.

Font changes (and broken scripts) aside, this sounds like a good change from a technological standpoint, and ought to allow greater flexibility in the future, which could be interesting.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby PoohsTuger on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:10 pm

I like it :)

Good job lack :D
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby lackattack on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:10 pm

The font is the exact same size and most numbers are exactly identical. The number 2 and 7 are slightly different now.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby lackattack on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:12 pm

UPDATE: new working versions are available for all affected scripts: BOB, CM, Assault Odds. Please use the normal upgrade method, not the link I had posted :)
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby sherkaner on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:12 pm

jbr wrote:~_~ This new font is bothering me right now, but presumably I will get used to it. In any case, it was a glaring enough difference that I immediately decided to check these forums to see what had been changed to cause it to look this way.

Font changes (and broken scripts) aside, this sounds like a good change from a technological standpoint, and ought to allow greater flexibility in the future, which could be interesting.

Yeah, it's a very interesting change for me.

About the font changes: it's now decided in the CSS which font is used. This should normally be about equal to what it was, but there could be browser differences etc. that didn't show before (since it was an image before). If you think the font looks very strange, please provide a snapshot.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby jricart on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:15 pm

BOB is all messed up! Even with the update!

No Snapshots available, Stats are all messed up, and font still unreadable! Maybe is just my Mac and the change might be intended for PC users only.
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby alex951 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:18 pm

the control panel for clickable maps does not show up so i cant upgrade :(
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Re: Improved Army Printing

Postby c224! on Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:20 pm

Thanks for making it faster. The font is differant though, and the texture of the font. It almost looks blurry. I'll get used to it after a while. :D
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