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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:31 pm    Post subject: Connected realms text colour Reply with quote

A very minor gripe here, but since I updated to latest version, the chat window output text at the end of a census run indicating the connected realms, is exactly the same hot pink colour as whisper text, and keeps making me think someone's whispered me, especially as it's so much brighter than the rest that it stands out Wink

I think my UI has the default whisper text colour (at least I'm sure I've never changed it), so I may not be the only one this happens to - perhaps it could be a paler shade of pink or some other colour that blends better with the pale yellow and pale blue colours the other Census output gives? Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same color here. Does make you take a second look doesn't it. I vote for the same color as 'Be sure to upload your CensusPlus data to www.WarcraftRealms.com!' text.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, it doesn't seem to be same color..
Whispers are Shocking Pink, where Census is Light Pink..

Using standard colors, unless Prat change something...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, Census isn't light pink to me, it's so very near identical that I couldn't really tell you which is paler Razz



(Spot the Alliance side census there, figured it'd be a ton faster then waiting for a Horde one to finish Wink)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm open to any color (or colour) suggestions.
The color is determined by using a RGB color code where each of the primary colors is specified in ten steps. (0.1 -> 1.0)

My goal is to have the connected realms info stand out from both the summary information and the upload request.

Summary is (1.0, 1.0, 0.5)
connected is (1.0, 0.5, 1.0)
upload is (0.1, 1.0, 1.0)


default chat color values are unknown to me. But by looking in settings you can see that Blizzard uses lots of different color combinations.

Part of the delay in posting the update was that I did build a script to cycle through all the color combinations to get an idea of what RGB combo actually produced what colors.
My testing was somewhat limited due to the limit in how may chat lines could exist in the chat window buffer.
One of the things I discovered was that depending on your video systems color resolution, one, two or possibly even three step changes in any single primary color might show as only very subtle intensity changes...
that aren't readily apparent on first glance.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've tried a ton of colors and every color I liked was too close to a used color lol. A nice green woot, doh, looks too much like guild or maybe officer. Nice blue, doh, looks too close to party leader. Orange! Doh, looks too close to Raid or maybe Instance. Etc, etc.... Current color, new color, I'm happy with whatever gets voted for or you pick BOYD.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I'm leaning towards a Raid like color... you probably shouldn't be using cycles for Census runs when you are in a raid. Unless you spend your raid time AFK.

For those who are brave.. and smart.

Using a pure text editor, such as NotePad (windows Accessories) and not something that would add fancy formatting code.


In the addon directory Interface/addons/censusplus

edit the censusplus.lua file

by doing a find of "CensusPlus found the following Connected Realms"
(Yes I need to do localization of this!)
and replacing the 1.0, 0.5, 1.0 with 1.0, 0.3, 0.1

the smart part is doing a backup of this file before you start playing with it.. or you will be downloading the addon again.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's where I was trying different colors and nope, wasn't trying to census during either Raid or Instance but the color did draw the eye like the whisper color.

Changed the color values, census, rinse and repeat.

Using RGB #'s like 102, 25, 153 in paint, paintshop or photoshop and converting that to the scheme for the LUA.

102 / 255 = 0.4
25 /255 = 0.1
153 / 255 = 0.6

Even with rounding to the tenth, umm, no I did not try all the combinations but a bunch, yeah.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to say I liked it when it was just white - didn't look like something else but was distinct from the other info. Colours that look like whisper, raid, guild would be too eyecatching for my liking, not so bothered if it looks like party chat as that's a duller shade, but a sudden really bright "look at me" line of text in the window is a bit jarring.

Similar colour to general chat channels may be ok, or if you want it to look different, maybe a pale grey? I might have a play later, though I'll probably just break something Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bringoutyourdead wrote:
you probably shouldn't be using cycles for Census runs when you are in a raid. Unless you spend your raid time AFK.
If I didn't census during raids, I woudn't get a complete census EVER...

It takes an hour for a complete run on Draenor..
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, 1hr seems about normal for peak hours here. Doesn't affect performance anyway., so far as I can see - I always have Census running in the background, no matter what I'm doing.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I'd have a try at the editing the file myself... eek, linebreaks please! What a mess that lua file is atm - the others seem fine but that one has no linebreaks and just a wall of text. I even reinstalled the addon to check it's not my Notepad breaking stuff but it doesn't seem to be my end Razz

Anyway, colours. White works well enough but I guess it looks a tad bland, so onto others.

Pale grey 0.9, 0.9, 0.9 works ok and doesn't look like anything else:



Couldn't really get a pink that didn't look too pale and a bit odd, else too near whispers, best of a bad bunch was 1.0, 0.7, 0.9:



Alternatively, this pale green 0.5, 1.0, 0.7 gives a nice visual gradient through the messages:



Think I like the green the best but the grey's fine too, not so keen on the pink though, looks a bit messy with too much difference in the colours.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows notepad doesn't display the end of line and carriage return the same. Use EditPad or another freeware notepad replacement from download.cnet.com or other reputable shareware/freeware site and it will display properly Smile .

Green or grey gets my vote.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought my latest thought/idea doesn't merit a new thread since it's pretty connected anyway:

The default chat window without addons/resizing displays eight lines of text (at least, it does on my screen res). Census end text with one realm only is already five lines. Now, it won't take many connected realms for the spam to totally fill the window, and if you get a particularly big server grouping, it'll cause significant scrolling up if you were trying to follow anything interesting in chat Razz

So, any plans for some condensing if any groups of realms get big? Like, just say current realm "and X more realms", or something like that? If you beat me to it and already implemented it, then great btw - we haven't got any groups of more than 3 realms over here yet so this is all theoretical on my part Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when things settle down.. I expect that all the connected realms will be handled on one line and I'll just rely on Blizzards auto wrap to handle lines that are too long to display.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good, thanks Smile At present it's alright but the scrolling will get a bit mental if you get like 8+ servers in one batch Smile
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