The new designer can now be entered and used while you are on line.
New designer can now store designs into the on line library and load them back again. Three new menu items on the File menu are Open from Library, Save to Library and Delete from Library.
There are two other new items on the file menu, Open from Gear and Save to Gear. They are not finished so they are disabled. Their purpose is to load a design disk you might have in your gear or to save the current design to a blank disk or paper in your gear. Saving a design to a disk will not have a finalizing effect, as it did with the old designer. This is necessary to enable sharing of partially completed designs or assemblies, like turrets, doors and engines.
These new menu options are not visible when in the single-player designer.
It might be prudent to keep copies of your designs as local .SoH files, to prevent loss if a problem occurs with the new design library.
Someone suggested allocating armor as hull volume. It sounded like a good idea. The report will still aggregate the amount to an armor factor, mainly to fit easily into the current combat system. It could change in the future. The maximum armor factor of 10 is achieved when armor volume equals 1/2 the hull volume. Fractional armor factors are applied properly, so you can have an armor factor like 2.45. Tech level goes up with armor factor like the old designs.
There are now more options for streamlining than simply on or off. Increasing levels of streamlining increase mass, resistance to environmental decay, and maximum speed through various media.
- Unstreamlined - Vulnerable to atmospheric and ocean decay. Slow maximum speed in atmosphere.
Atmospheric - Immune to atmospheric decay. Vulnerable to ocean decay. Equivalent to current streamlined check box, except for the immunity to decay.
Sea Surface - Immune to atmospheric decay and ocean decay while on surface. Vulnerable to decay if submerged.
Submersible - Immune to atmospheric decay and ocean decay.
Subterranean - Allows low speed penetration of the ground, like some kind of digging machine. This was added for fun; I will likely remove it.
Spacecraft Design Exchange
The Spacecraft window now has a Design Exchange tab. It is accessible everywhere. You don't have to go to a specific building to use it.
The design exchange enables you to purchase designs published by others. You can also publish and unpublish your own designs. Currently, the buy button is disabled so you could publish a design but nobody could buy it. I'm not quite ready to let one of these new designs exist on media, though the media commodity objects have been created and they're ready to go.
Publisher of a design has to be the architect of the design. Designs can be Final or Unfinished when published. There are some options for publishing.
- Price per copy of the design. This is the price to buy the design from the exchange. The money goes to the publisher. This is the only compensation the architect receives. The old architect commission feature is going away.
Radio button choices:
Can Copy allows purchaser to do everything with the design. They can copy parts to the clipboard and save the design to a file or the library (as a new design). They could then publish designs based on the design as if it was theirs. Purchaser can manufacture the design if it is Final.
Can View allows purchaser to load the design in a design studio. They cannot copy parts to the clipboard or save the file anywhere. Purchaser can manufacture the design if it is Final.
Can Make allows the purchaser to manufacture the design at a spacecraft factory. This only applies to Final designs, because Unfinished designs cannot be manufactured. The design cannot be viewed in a design studio.
Use Once check box allows the purchaser to build only one ship using the design. It can be a private purchase or manufactured by a process at a spacecraft factory. The media is destroyed when a ship is purchased or a process is configured to build it. When a process builds it, the process is cleared after the ship is made. This option is only available for Final designs.
Stance Restriction prevents people from other empires from purchasing or using the design, based on the political stance of your empire toward their empire. This is preserved with the media, so transferring it to another avatar does not bypass the restriction. Your current empire is stored with this restriction, so you must republish if you change empires. The server checks this restriction when listing published designs, so a design restricted to specific empires will not be seen in the exchange by people from other empires.
Buttons were added to quickly change the orientation of the grid. These buttons were added to the Helpers menu and to the designer tool bar.
FYI. Architect information is not rigidly preserved in .SoH files. The information might be in there but the person who loads a design from a .SoH file becomes the architect of the working design.