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    I recently saw folks discussing map design using words where pictures might have been easier, so I thought I'd take a crack at improving that user story. I've created a simple web tool that makes it easy for you to draw lines over a hosted image and quickly share the results, without any need of an image editor on your machine. Others viewing your work can use the same tool to add/remove lines and share the result back with you.

    To say it's niche may be an understatement.

    It's called Penpoint. It's on the TGNS Portal, and I'll not likely add it to the site's navigation. Someone has to link you to it for you to use it.

    Penpoint

    It's not meant to replace forum posts, but rather accompany them.

    For example, if I were trying to express two distinct locations to [MENTION=56359]YerMom[/MENTION], and he's already shared a picture of the map design, I might share a Penpoint that highlighted those two locations, and then I could somehow share the Penpoint in a post, like this:

    [MENTION=56359]YerMom[/MENTION], I think the WhatNot and the HuBeeDoo should be at the pink and green circles, respectively.
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    Re: Penpoint

    Other potential uses: sharing exact stuck spots, places where you can see outside the map, etc. If it's useful to draw some lines over an image online, this tool might save you some time.

    Other considerations:

    ) someone viewing a Penpoint doesn't have to be logged in to Steam

    ) someone creating a Penpoint does have to be logged into Steam (so that I know when to generate a new URL if you're editing someone else's Penpoint, which is very easy)

    ) there's no save button

    Known issues with no fix scheduled:

    ) can't link directly to the image (Penpoint doesn't host images -- the lines are data that's being rendered by the page over the image)

    ) there's no "erase" functionality, as the library I'm using to draw lines has a defect in that feature wherein the removal of the line IS performed visually but NOT in the persisted data -- boo.

    ) the library I'm using to render the lines gives me no way to render text. I could add text, but I am le tired.
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    • #3
      Re: Penpoint

      Another potential use: strategy discussion from a map overview perspective. "You can ARC from /here/ and /here/", etc.

      If someone would create an imgur URL for the overview of each map we regularly play, I'll add those imgur URLs to the tool's main page, to make it easier to create Penpoints for those specific maps.
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      • #4
        Re: Penpoint

        While I have used this in beta, and have yet to find (make) time to test this, the beta version, which was very rough, proved to be very, very useful in just two instances of use.

        I hope to see more use of this when discussing Tanith in the future.

        Thanks for the effort, Wyz.

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        • #5
          Re: Penpoint

          This is handy. Nice work!
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          • #6
            Penpoint's "Share" button now provides an Imgur URL showing what you've created, making it easier to share your Penpoints with folks who don't care the first thing about Penpoint.

            http://rr.tacticalgamer.com/Penpoint

            I still haven't included Penpoint in the TGNS Portal's navigation anywhere. Anyone think it would fit particularly well anywhere on the site?

            Also, anyone know where there's a really nice set of recent revisions of overview map images for NS2 maps we play often? I'd like to modify Penpoint's main page to make it one-click-easy to set a given map's overview image as the background image for a new Penpoint.
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            • #7
              Overviews are stored in .tga format in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Natural Selection 2\ns2\maps\overviews

              The ones for custom maps are located in the various workshop mods of course.

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