Thanks for your patience. With this update, I'm eager to start work on V2.0, which I have big plans for. However, I'm happy to address critical problems you may find in V1.70, so don't hesitate to point problems out. :)
------- changes for V1.70 -------
fix problem with comms text color changing over time.
Now engineering has another key (RETURN/ENTER) that resets all the coolant values to zero. Also, pressing the key
that resets all sliders to 100% (SPACE) and then pressing it a second time will do the same thing (reset coolant values).
F9 and F10 will now cycle through all the consoles active on your client.
On Helm, press RETURN/ENTER to center the rudder of the ship. Press ESC to toggle reverse on and off. Yes, Helm now has reverse.
On Science, press Y to select the closest object to your ship. Press U and I to cycle through all the scannable objects on your screen.
Scan selected objects by pressing RETURN/ENTER.
On Science, you can now use the mousewheel to zoom.
On Engineering, there's a dark red bar around the "selected" system of the eight systems you can adjust. Move the selection using
the A and D keys. For the selected system, change the power slider using the W and S keys. Adjust the coolant for that system using
the E and C keys.
You can toggle shields with the Q key, but now you can also use the K key to raise shields, and the L key to lower them.
On Weapons, Auto Beams can be toggled with the B key.
All references to USFP have been changed to TSN.
Scriptors now have more power over the text of a unit that science sees. They can adjust text fields for race, class, small desc,
and science desc. Small desc appears in the info dialog of the science console. So does science desc text, but only after a unit has been
You can now type in values for the jump drive.
Engineering damcon systems have been adjusted, so they (hopefully) don't fall out of sync with the server.
An expression evaluator has been added to the scripting system. Now, everywhere you might use a literal number (like 1, or 3858, or 34.56),
now you can use an equation (like 5+3, 45.6 * 65/ 2, etc.) You can even use variable names in the equations,
(like myVal, 5 * speed - 2.44, etc).
The Comms console now uses the number keys was well as mouse clicks to navigate the menus.
The scripting system has new commands that let you ask certain clients for keyboard input. Those clients will now send keyboard press
messages to the server, which can be used by the script (using the "if_client_key" conditional) to trigger events.
Collisions have changed, from a soft bounce to a hard bounce. This changes how space objects bump against each other, in a subtle but
Vector normalizing code was changed to trap a zero-normal condition
Removed "invisible to sci" from Skaraan abilities
Changed the way torpedo unloading is handled. "tube lock" should no longer exist.
Enemy fighters often showed up with USFP textures and science details. This has been fixed.
The ship option controls on the Helm and Main Screen consoles (when NOT playing) have been changed. there's no longer a "submit"
button; changes are automatically submitted.
The initial dialog box that lets you set a resolution has a new mode; full-screen windowed mode. This makes the screen a borderless
window that covers the entire desktop.
Changed sound code to tolerate a missing sound device (for rackmount servers).
Show/hide arcs in weapons now also has the option to show player arcs only.
Made drones fall into black holes.
fixed problem with comms text color over time.
DAMCON Team Replenish message always poped up when docking, even if no teams took casualties. Fixed.
The warp slider has been recalibrated, so you have to drag it all the way up to reach warp 4.
Clients and servers both now have a toggle button called "3d Chase Camera" that lets you choose a chase cam OR an "out-the-window" view.
On the client login screen, there's now a bit more information about the status of the login attempt.
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