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01-06: Wait, where did 2014 go?
12-02: December already?
11-05: A Late Octoberfest
10-09: Brief downtime
09-30: A Back-To-School Post
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08-18: By popular demand, the Screen Editor has been made l...
06-30: Added a Total Word Count in Screen Editor.
06-26: Updated Screen Editor to show which screens are empt...
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← December already?   
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Wait, where did 2014 go?

Jan 06, 2015 at 18:40

We've thrown away all the old calendars and found ourselves forgetting which year to write... I guess it must be a new year!

2015 promises to be full of exciting fiction developments, not least of which (ok, probably the least of which) is the impending release of Choosology!

It's been over a full year of work on the new site, and though going has been slow at times (including over this past month of work deadlines and holidays and sickness), it hasn't ceased. The visual editor is all coming together, and once it's complete, the rest of the site is just gravy. It's still too early to announce a release date, but I'm confident that "this year" won't turn out to have been a monstrous lie come December 31.

What are your plans for this year?

- The Grasssmith


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December already?

Dec 02, 2014 at 19:07

Boy, November sure flew by quickly. I hope you are all warm and safe this holiday season, even if you're in the topsy-turvy December summers of the southern hemisphere.

After a long period of difficulties with the visual editor, I've finally gotten it to a stable place and have been able to make more progress than re-doing things over and over. The pie menu from last month's update has been re-worked to look better and be more space-efficient. In addition, the first saving functionality has been implemented, allowing me to update the positions of each screen on the page. I've also figured out a good way to handle small animations without much trouble, which means that the page's responsiveness should be high (in an appropriately subtle way, of course).

You can see the new pie menu here:

The other things aren't really visible, but I'm excited to see what sort of progress I can make this month now that all the groundwork is laid. Hopefully the next update can report that adding and removing screens and connections is complete!

In any case, have a great December and don't forget to make a New Year's resolution to write more!

- The Grasssmith


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← Brief downtime   
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   December already? →

A Late Octoberfest

Nov 05, 2014 at 19:22

Greetings, all!

It's been a busy month here at Grasssmithery Worldwide. Alas, a lot of that busy-ness was in pursuit of unexciting goals, like optimizing HTML 5 draw times. I know I can't release a visual editor that skips around and lags for people on low-budget computers, even if it is fun to have fancy stuff all over the place. So I've been experimenting a lot, seeing what makes a difference and what doesn't, trying different computers and browsers... and it all is valuable, but not especially interesting.

In any case, one of the new things that has been worked on is the addition of a new pop-up menu when you click on a screen. Right now the "pie menu" is incomplete, but you can see an idea of how it'll work here.

This will replace the drop-down menu currently on CYOCYOA. As an added bonus, it should make it easier to navigate the Visual Editor with only a keyboard, if you're so inclined.

In other news, now that November is here, it's NaNoWriMo! It's a great month to write the great American (or Chilean, or Australian...) novel -- in choose-your-own form, of course.

- The Grasssmith


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   A Late Octoberfest →

Brief downtime

Oct 09, 2014 at 16:39

The hosting company has informed me that they will be upgrading the servers the site is hosted on this Sunday, 10/12. It's supposed to be at 8:00PM PDT for 30-40 minutes, but having performed these updates myself before, I know it can sometimes take a lot longer than anticipated.

It shouldn't cause any issues with the site afterward, but it might, and if it does, please let me know!

- The Grasssmith


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A Back-To-School Post

Sep 30, 2014 at 22:45

Hello, all you authors out there!

It seems the school year's started up again and we're getting some new stories pouring in. Awesome!

One reminder: We can tell when you're commenting on your own adventures about how great they are! And we will delete anything we feel is spamming or gratuitous self-aggrandizement. Please save your compliments for the other authors on the site!

As far as progress on the new site goes... well, there's not much to report. Work has been progressing, but mostly in invisible ways that wouldn't be visible in any sort of screenshot. It's important that the new site be easy to use and fancy, but accessible through lower-end computers and even tablets and phones, so that's taking some time to work through.

I'm looking forward to a more exciting post next month!

- The Grasssmith


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Site Updates

08-18-2013, 08:04: By popular demand, the Screen Editor has been made larger.
06-30-2013, 16:21: Added a Total Word Count in Screen Editor.
06-26-2013, 12:26: Updated Screen Editor to show which screens are empty or not.
05-29-2013, 18:13: Comments on non-public adventures are no longer shown in Recent Comments.
05-27-2013, 18:43: Noticed and sorta-fixed a bug which can make adventure editing impossible.
05-22-2013, 23:11: Added a little button linking to our Facebook page.
05-17-2013, 14:53: Added "Send Message" button to profiles, fixed a couple message bugs.
05-16-2013, 17:25: Added node counter and fixed issue with lingering node highlights.
05-16-2013, 16:28: Added loading overlay to prevent some bugs on adventure editor.
05-15-2013, 23:32: Tweaked adventure saving so large adventures are less likely to break.
04-27-2013, 00:07: Fixed minor issue with Beginning Screen choice with disproportionately major rewrite of the functionality.
04-27-2013, 00:06: Added some controls for publishing to help prevent accidental publishing.
04-24-2013, 23:24: A couple styling fixes, especially with how adventures are shown in Recent Adventures.
04-13-2013, 16:26: Allowed deletion of own comments, and fixed comment display on home page.
04-11-2013, 16:35: Made a few fixes to places that were showing HTML code instead of parsing it.
03-05-2013, 15:56: Made a couple of fixes to ratings and description box errors.
01-11-2013, 09:37: Fixed an issue with saving adventure options with a long adventure title.
11-06-2011, 18:15: The visual editor now has an indicator for when there are non-visible screens.
10-07-2011, 15:44: Fixed issue with universal images being used as adventure images.
06-09-2011, 20:30: Fixed some bugs on the Profile page.
06-06-2011, 18:43: You can now log in with your email OR username.
06-01-2011, 22:29: Fixed some bugs on the Account page.
05-31-2011, 23:32: Added semi-experimental video embedding!
05-31-2011, 19:51: Fixed some screen editor errors.
05-30-2011, 19:22: Made registration a little more helpful on success.
05-30-2011, 00:12: Added a "view full picture" option to Manage Pictures.
05-29-2011, 17:16: Made improvements to Screen Editor usability.
05-28-2011, 17:41: Added some browser detection so it's clearer what you need.
05-28-2011, 17:41: Started adding some helpful popup tooltips.
05-27-2011, 21:28: Added a search box on the Browse page.
05-26-2011, 19:17: Cleaned up AJAX saving so it's less choppy.
05-26-2011, 19:17: Fixed some issues related to Adventure availability.
05-25-2011, 23:53: Various updates to button styles and visual editor usability
05-24-2011, 23:31: Made some fixes and improvements to image-inserting, so that an image uploaded in another window will be available the next time you open an Edit Screen window.
05-23-2011, 19:14: Improved detection of background brightness so site buttons and text are visible.
05-23-2011, 19:02: Updated About page and Terms and Conditions.
05-23-2011, 19:01: Fixed bug with screen editing.
05-22-2011, 22:20: 2.0.1 updated! See news item.
05-20-2011, 14:11: Up. Dated. EVERYTHING.
04-16-2011, 16:38: Fixed an error in viewing adventures.
02-08-2011, 22:15: Added the ability to upload .zip files of images.
08-02-2009, 19:23: Added new image-choosing module in all relevant areas.
08-02-2009, 19:22: Added several helpful messages for creating new adventures.
08-02-2009, 19:22: Divided Adventure Editing page into Info and Style sections.
07-26-2009, 23:23: You can now add a profile picture on your Account page.
07-26-2009, 15:36: Updated Manage Pics page with option to change image names, and some styling changes.
07-25-2009, 01:40: Profile pages updated with fancy search box.
07-24-2009, 00:58: Added proto-profiles.
07-24-2009, 00:57: Cannot register with a name solely comprised of numbers.
07-20-2009, 21:36: Added "view all news" option to front page.
07-17-2009, 12:01: Fixed a bug where you'd be warned about not having written "[[pic]]" even if you had.
07-16-2009, 21:11: added some helpful text.
07-16-2009, 20:38: Added "Restricted Only" option to Browse page for people who have chosen to see such content.
07-16-2009, 20:37: Fixed bug when creating new adventure.
07-16-2009, 00:45: Added an option in the Accounts subsection to allow yourself to see Restricted adventures.
07-16-2009, 00:45: Moved Availability options to drop-down, added "Restricted" and implemented security to enforce it.
07-15-2009, 21:14: Allowed editing adventure details on Public adventures. Still can't change its screens though.
07-15-2009, 21:05: allowed Facebook to access images so you can share adventures there. It's still a little hit-or-miss though.
07-15-2009, 11:47: Update to Privacy Policy to reflect multiple cookies usage. Update to Terms relaxing requirements for Public adventures.
07-15-2009, 11:35: Updated "About" section.
07-15-2009, 10:31: more IE6-centric CSS fixes.
07-15-2009, 00:59: Added an option for persistent logins.
07-14-2009, 16:30: fixed layout issues for IE6. In general, I don't consider IE6 to be something i really support, but in this case it was ridiculous not to.
07-14-2009, 00:36: Made several visual and functional updates to the Browse page.
07-10-2009, 15:50: Prevented trying to preview a screen in progress which hadn't been created yet.
07-10-2009, 11:22: fixed a couple rating-related problems.
07-10-2009, 01:15: Can't rate your own adventures anymore.. also, some CSS fixes
07-10-2009, 00:41: Implemented 5-star rating system.
07-09-2009, 16:37: Fixed style problems on Recent Adventures listing.
07-09-2009, 10:41: Parent listing on screen editing page shows screen name instead of title.
07-09-2009, 01:13: Added a "Recent Adventures" listing on the front page
07-08-2009, 15:59: "" now redirects to the forum.
07-07-2009, 23:33: Forum link added.
07-07-2009, 13:48: fixed a bug where an error message was shown when editing adventures.
07-07-2009, 00:20: Can now put hyperlinks in screens.
07-06-2009, 22:53: fixed a bug with displaying some icons on the Adventure editing page.
07-06-2009, 22:14: You can now reset your password if you forget it.
07-06-2009, 20:42: you can now change a picture's category from the Manage Pictures pages.
07-06-2009, 19:05: Picture sizes are now shown on the Manage Pictures page.
07-06-2009, 00:15: Fixed issue where adventures would try to show an icon even if none was set.
07-06-2009, 00:14: picture alignment and borders are now explicit options. This means the old way ("[[pic|center|2px solid black]]") does not work anymore
07-06-2009, 00:13: warn if picture chosen but "[[pic]]" not written
07-05-2009, 21:21: fixed screen display error with HTML entities
07-05-2009, 16:14: Made this cute little auto-magical update listing.
07-05-2009, 16:13: "Manage Pictures" section now has expandable categories.
07-05-2009, 16:13: prevented hotlinking pictures from this site, also prevented anyone trying to find more pictures by digging through directories