Hello, and welcome to Create Your Own Choose-Your-Own-Adventures!
Ah, August. Truly the eighthmost of the months.
Work is back in full swing, and is nearing completion on the new adventure/screen editor. Screens can now be created, moved, connected/disconnected, deleted, renamed, and have their content, choice texts, and background colors edited.
That's right: the new version of the visual editor (soon to be renamed) allows different backgrounds for individual screens! The overall adventure will still have a default background, but now you can do things like:
- Make ending screens super spooky (or joyous, depending on context)
- Subtly darken the background more and more as a reader makes more evil choices
- Provide background tile images suitable to the current location; perhaps a grassy field, castle cobblestones, or rushing river water, as the case may be
There are probably any number of exciting things to be done with this new flexibility, and I'm excited to unleash it in the coming months!
The new site is still planned to be released this year. Plenty of work remains, but with the visual editor nearly complete, all that remains will be the smaller auxiliary or optional screens that are not absolutely required for release. Get hyped (or not, it's really up to you)!
And of course, I will leave you with a new screenshot of the screen editor (still a work in progress, of course!), showing some of the many ways in which you might wish to reformat all the text on your screens, including the choice text:
This past month saw things move back toward normal. The other (some would say "real") job calmed down, personal obligations declined in urgency to something more like personal nuisances, and it's so frickin' hot these days that doing some work in air conditioning sometimes sounds better than going home and melting.
Unfortunately, there's not quite enough visually interesting to show yet. However, work on the screen editor is progressing; a new WYSIWYG plugin has been chosen to replace the occasionally-wonky one currently in use, and integrated seamlessly. This month should see that feature more or less become complete (of course, nothing is ever truly "complete"), and the rest of the work on the site overhaul is comprised of a million little things; the profile pages, account pages, image uploading and management, and so forth.
The end--and new beginning--grow ever closer! Hope you all are having fun this summer!
Still on hiatus this last month due to work and personal obligations. Apologies!
Progress this past month has been very slow due to buying and then moving into a new house.
Turned in the keys to the old apartment today, however, so it should be possible to get back into the swing of things now!
Greetings one and all! April is upon us, and with it a bunch of people and websites who believe they can trick you. We have not partaken of that particular ritual this year, and I hope you all appreciate it.
In any case, what's been going on with the site this month? Well, apart from the Design Post from a couple weeks ago, work has been progressing on the visual editor. The "Connect To..." and "Disconnect From..." functionality is now fully implemented, and the actual Screen Editor (where you can change the text of the screens) is now in progress, beginning with a slick animation:
In addition, the loading animations have been tightened up and navigation throughout the site feels a lot smoother. With the "macro" portion of the Visual Editor (where you create and move around screens) feature-complete, and the "micro" portion (where you edit their contents) relatively straightforward, we are getting noticeably closer to launching this monster of a project! Thanks, as always, for bearing with me and remaining patient!