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General Discussion / Controls layout
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:36:15 pm »
I would like to suggest few changes to control panels.
As they are now, some of the controls seem a bit all over the place in my opinion.
I would prefer to have them more organized, like e.g. power controls all grouped together and separated from steering controls (as much as possible of course - can’t do that with azimuth thrusters).

I also think that every ship should be equipped with:
  • some form of precise power setting indication (like rpm gauge for example)
  • fuel quantity and usage information (percentage alone is not very helpful)
and maybe:
  • digital turn-rate gauge

To illustrate what I mean, I'm attaching images with my suggestion for Stena Hollandica and Granit.

I put mooring and anchor buttons together and outside of the panel. That makes more sense to me. If you don’t like that, could you at least put anchor button farther away (safer) from other controls, like power lever or horn?
In digital gauges I made fractional digits smaller to make numbers clearer (making decimal point bigger would be ok too, I guess).
I was just trying to quickly rearrange things within existing shape. Making the panels from scratch could probably give better results.

General Discussion / Path prediction in satellite mode
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:18:45 pm »
Can you make the path prediction line available in satellite mode? Maybe with some switch on control panel to turn it on/off?
Also, could that line not be covered by ship itself? I think it should always be on top.

Improvements / Mission description
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:16:17 pm »
I believe that “Antwerp to Rotterdam” mission description when at anchor could be wrong:
[…] Take the ship to the other side of the dock inside Leuvehaven […]
Isn’t it from this mission:

General Discussion / Panning with ship tracking turned on
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:10:11 pm »
Hello. This is great! Thank you very much for making the game.

Here’s a suggestion:
When tracking is on, view follows ship and keeps it centered on screen. Could it be possible to allow panning around, leaving just the follow part? The ship could then be anywhere on the screen (maybe even off). Because when ship is centered, from navigational point of view, half of the screen is wasted, so I think it would improve navigation.
For example if I’m sailing west I would pan to the left (putting my ship near the right edge of the screen) and see twice as far where I’m going.
To avoid getting lost, every time tracking is turned on it could return to ship being centered (like it does now actually).


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