It should start in the middle, then by clicking a mouse button or key it will rotate around the point, camera should be able to be be moved with arrow keys, if you do the click thing again it will rotate around that point, ect, now the bad thing was, your camera also moves in y when using the arrows, I'd be much better if you could seperate moving and zoom.
i somewhat disagree about locking by default; although i can see the benefits of having a locked height camera, i'm more used to the "true fps" mode (a lot of the 3d work i've done has been in 3ds max or in the half life map editor.)
defenitely a being able to lock the camera on ANY axis would be good... perhaps if you're going to include the option for multiple windows, have the option within the window (as a button etc) to lock any of the axis for scrolling. this would put me right back into the environment i'm used to working in, with three "straight-on" orthographic views and a fourth angled view so i can actually see what i'm changing
in any case, i managed to get my map to compile properly (minus the featuremap) but have yet to test in a game for a proper release...
now for some mini bugs, probably my fault rather than something from SpringMapEdit.
1) when i export my heightmap in 8 bit mode to put it into my imaging program for editing (using macromedia fireworks, i had to do this in order to mirror the map) and then bring it back into SpringMapEdit, it gets all chunky and bumpy, the nice smooth hills i had are now rougher terrain. i have a feeling that this is because i need to be using a different (better?) imagemode, such as 16 bit, but the only other option i had in terms of export were those .raw files. this problem didn't effect the gameplay, pathing seemed the same afterwards, but it's still a cosmetic issue. (yes, i could have smoothed after re-importing, but it would have killed my sexy buildings.) re-saving from the imaging program as a 16 bit bmp did not help.
2) related problem with the metalmap; i saved half of my metalmap in order to mirror it in my imaging program, could have sworn it came from SpringMapEdit as an 8bit image, but when i tried to save it as such and load it back in, it was as if i had loaded a blank metalmap. was able to fix this problem by exporting from the imaging program as a 16 bit bmp, so it all turned out fine in the end, but you should specify that the 16 bit metalmap is what SpringMapEdit needs, to stop future noobs from shedding tears
working on another map, larger this time, and i'm going to get some features in the mix (or at least attempt to)
thanks again for such a wonderful program!
again : would you like me to make you a logo / start screen sort of thing? i feel like i need to contribute to this, and that's really all i can think of that i'd be capable of doing (besides making the readme or a tutorial to go along with it, but im sure that's not going to be necessary until a beta release)
Hi,are there any size restrictions to the maps we wanna load? Im trying to load a heightmap of a 28x20 map and it wont load. The heightmap is about 1700x1200. And the camera really makes it hard to wrk with. Or am i missing some camra control keys hidden somewhere? As a request id add the ability to make all kinds of noizes like perlin noize both with a brush and and the ability to apply it to the entie map. If that is done maybe add to it some restrictions like slope...if slope dependencies etc...
Last edited by Gota on 20 Oct 2008, 15:01, edited 1 time in total.
@KaiserJ: Downloaded your map, looks interesting. (But a bit to small for my taste)
To 1: Yes, you need to use RAW, if you do not want to lose heightmap detail. Bitmap bitdepth is always divided into 3 (or 4) color-channels. So at max you have 8bit per color-channel, which is bad. (16bit BMP uses 5-6-5 bit per channel, even worse than 8bit BMP for our use.) RAW uses all 16bit for a single channel.
To 2: You may save the metalmap as 8 or 24bit BMP from SME. Import works for 8/24/32 bit BMP. (i just checked 8 and 24bit BMP) My bitmap loading code just supports "Windows V3 BMP"-Headers, but nearly all programs just use this header. If something went wrong, you may check the console window for some info.
Startscreen logo: It is not on my high prority list to include a startscreen, but if you make a nice image, I'll definitely include it.
@Gota: The sizes are limited to even Spring map sizes. (2-4-6-8 etc..) There should be an error message within the console window, stating what went wrong. 28x20 would be exactly: 1793x1281, which loads fine for me. Did you forget the 1 extra pixel?
I forgot to add "HOLD SHIFT" for faster camera movement to the readme.
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