FreeSO launcher

Discussion in 'Contribute' started by kickout29, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. kickout29

    kickout29 New Member

    I was thinking about working on a FreeSO launcher that allowed users to download updates and revert older builds with a single action.
  2. pisarz1958

    pisarz1958 Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    There is my concept on the forums already, somewhere in LRB's thread, if you need an idea for UI.
  3. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    hm?
    I already made it, but then nobody used it and it pretty much just lost attention. I turned your concept into a fully working demonstration and even made it so that you could retrieve the latest master branch update, still nobody used it; don't know if you remember, but you complained about crashes and I never managed to fix 'em (I don't have Windows 10). Heck, even Rhys gave me advice instead of shouting at me and being all Rick and whatever. Here.
  4. pisarz1958

    pisarz1958 Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Well, since it's crashing on startup, it's kinda hard to use it, but that's just my opinion. I mean, I usually prefer stuff that crashes a while after startup. And my favs are the ones that don't crash at all. It just feels more useful.
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  5. RHY3756547

    RHY3756547 FreeSO Developer Staff Member Moderator

    Yes, generally things that don't crash are pretty swell.

    We'll have an official launcher closer to the time, when the patch iff game structure has been worked out.
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  6. bennerman

    bennerman Member

    Considering "Titanic" is literally the least offensive "crashing" reference I can make, LRB's launcher isn't in very good company XD
  7. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    Xezno's Titanic Sims Online
    I'll probably refine my own launcher later with a design/layout I've been working on for a short while now (combining the best parts of Metro, Material and the Mac layout - whatever the fuck that's called - as well as some extra modernisation).
  8. Tirea

    Tirea Active Member

    It's called Aqua (Though Aqua itself is not the design philosophy anymore...)

    Just a little tip, don't combine to many different designs... some things better stay separated.
  9. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    Material's colours + Metro's layout + Aqua's icons = nice
  10. RHY3756547

    RHY3756547 FreeSO Developer Staff Member Moderator

    Everything depends on the execution. You really need to have experience with graphic design or it'll always come out looking off, or unprofessional.
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  11. Driesje44

    Driesje44 Active Member

    I can help with design ;D But I've got only expertise with Photoshop, Pixlr editor and en bit of Illustrator.

    I would would prefer a launcher in TSO-style though?:D:D
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  12. pisarz1958

    pisarz1958 Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    I'd prefer TSO-style and I'd also prefer LRB not trying to create something that makes your eyes... uhm... bleed.
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  13. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    I'll post some screenshots when I get home
  14. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    It's not finished (news items haven't been implemented but will be fetched using the blog RSS feed), but here you go:
    upload_2015-12-22_19-10-32.png
    Everything works apart from the aforementioned news section, but the settings cog is temporary and the blue tile hasn't been decided yet - suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  15. Ianbow

    Ianbow Member

    Suddenly, LRB makes Titanic Sims Online.
    Actually, the game snaps in two.
  16. Tirea

    Tirea Active Member

    I know it's not finished and all, but I just want to suggest some things that would improve the "mockup" of you launcher:

    1 - Don't use a blurred background if you put textureless tiles on top of it (even the "designers" of the Windows 8 Startmenu were smart enough to avoid that). It cut's right through the background and makes the tiles feel like "holes" or really bad visual artifacts. Try to make them pop out of the background.

    2 - If you decide to use multiple blurred images as the background of the launcher itself, try to use one image at a time and make the images fade between each other. Don't just use one image in full res and then fill the canvas with various other chopped up images...

    3 - If you have mutiple tiles for different actions/sections in the launcher, either use the same color for every tile or use colors that complement each other, don't use red on one tile and blue on the other. Using different tones of "the same" color is much more appealing and easier on the eye.

    As you said you're not finished and since it's your launcher you can do whatever the hell you want with it, but I just wanted to give you some advice/tips, if you follow them is up to you.
    On a more positive note, I do like the icons you use and you made a great choice with the font!
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  17. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    upload_2015-12-23_8-50-41.png
    I tried it, but it looks a bit like a cheesy 90's advert, so I guess I'll have to keep modifying it until it looks right :p
    upload_2015-12-23_8-54-12.png
    I would much rather have used San Francisco or Roboto, but considering nobody has those installed by default it would be a pain in the ass to load and apply to each label :p
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2015
  18. Driesje44

    Driesje44 Active Member

    Can't you make it that it installs the font when you installatie the launcher? The Sims 2 used Benguiat Gothic I think and that's a n Adobe font I think?
  19. Tirea

    Tirea Active Member

    You could always bundle the font with your application, in this case the launcher.
    The problem is that fonts like San Francisco come with a license that often prohibits the use of the font on any OS where it isn't pre installed or that the license itself states you mustn't redistribute the font with your app, you are only allowed to use it if it's already pre installed.
  20. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    Exactly. Roboto uses the Apache 2.0 license, which states that you can redistribute it as long as some conditions are met.

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