Showing posts with label MSD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MSD. Show all posts

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Master Systems Display and Unique Starship Abilities

Here she is. The Galaxy class starship. This took an entire month of work. It's loaded with animation and interaction. We're also confirming that this is the finalized user interface for the Master Systems Display Engineering module. This module will probably become the centre point of your LCARS 47 experience because with the rollout of 6.5, this screen will update to reflect the current shipboard situation. 

What does all that mean? Well, you probably already know that 6.5 will support multiple monitors and even have networking features. Thanks to our new event management mechanic, Eventus, LCARS 47 will now communicate with all other instances of LCARS 47, even those running on separate networked computers. For you, this means that if you eject the warp core, the MSD will update, to show that the warp core is not present, the nacelles will show a powered down state, and all systems reliant on the warp core will go offline. The core eject feature is standard across all the ships we'll be including in Drydock, but some ships will have unique abilities. Here's a class specific list of the most prominent unique ability (these aren't the only unique abilities each class will, have, just the ones we're confirming now).

The Sovereign
Those of you with Sovereigns will have the ability to detach the main deflector which will mean that shield systems lose a bit of stability, you won't be able to go to warp, and certainly not be able to navigate an asteroid field.

The Intrepid
If the Intrepid is more your thing, then you can play with the nacelles. They move and unless they're in the upright and locked position, you ain't going anywhere at warp speed. 

The Galaxy
The Galaxy has of course a wonderfully dramatic ability to separate the saucer section completely. You guys don't need details as to what happens during separation, so I'll skip the info for this one.

The Nova
Being a small ship appearing as featured ship in only two feature length episodes, deciding what unique features the Nova has was tough. We're still thinking of things to add, so, ideas on a post card, people.

The Prometheus
MVAM, MVAM, MVAM... MVAM. Plus a megatonne of other tactical systems, not limited to a sassy EMH.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more updates, and don't forget to share the news. Peace!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

LCARS 47 Version 6.5 Update

Hi guys. Here's a quick update regarding the development of LCARS 47, version 6.5. The development is going well and we are pleased to announce that both Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX will be fully supported. The features will be consistent between the Windows and OSX versions. The only exception will be the VoiceCommand feature, which will require a bit of creativity on the OSX platform.


 Here's a quick list of confirmed features to hit 6.5.
  • Multiple monitor support as standard
  • Drydock version III
    • Multiple ship class customization (with five ships available at launch and more to follow)
  • Multiple ship profiles, which allows you to have more than one ship saved. This includes
    • Multiple ship classes
    • Independent names and registries for each ship profile
    • Independent logs for each ship profile
  • Theatrical mode, which disables the deactivate and settings buttons inside LCARS 47. This feature was added for those that use LCARS 47 at conventions and want to prevent the application being closed by users
  • Ambient sounds are making a return. This was a feature that many users requested be re-added
  • The "Jukebox" media player (below).
There will be many more features added and more information will be posted as we work through our list.

Drydock III

In Drydock-related news, I can also confirm that the artwork is coming along nicely. We're nearing completion of the first five ship classes, the Galaxy, Nova, Intrepid, Sovereign, and Prometheus. 

As part of our quality assurance, we've optimized the way we do our artwork, which means we can add way more detail (as seen in the image to the left) than in the previous Drydock iteration. And yes, in true LCARS 47 traditions, Easter eggs are plenty. Have fun finding them all (although we will not be keeping a record of what, how many, and where they are).









Please note: these screenshots are of a current development and may include errors or omissions, and may not reflect the final product.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Drydock Update and Artwork

Good news, boys and girls, we've finalized the UI for the Drydock module. This will also include red and blue alert visual change, plus something that we'll save for you to discover on your own...

Here is the Nova class, one of the first five starship classes that will be released with LCARS 47 version 6.5.



In related news... For those wondering what the first five starship classes will be released, we can confirm that they are as follows...

  1. The Nova class light explorer,
  2. The Intrepid class medium explorer
  3. The Galaxy class heavy explorer
  4. The Sovereign class heavy explorer, and
  5. The Prometheus class medium tactical cruiser.
And for those of you wondering... yes, starship separation will be fully supported in both the Galaxy and Prometheus classes. We may add separation capability to the Sovereign at a later date based on John Eaves concepts.

After the first five starship classes are released, we will be releasing 2 classes each month. Each month will have a specific theme. Details will be posted here, nearer the time.


That's all for today, don't forget to hit share so you can help spread the word.

Friday, 5 September 2014

6.5 and Drydock III

During the development of LCARS 47 version 6.5, we've decided to prioritize Drydock, the feature that allows a user to select their own class of starship to be displayed throughout LCARS 47. The previous incarnation of Drydock was admittedly limited due to the time required to design and animate cutaway diagrams.

Well, that's changing in 6.5. Not only are we gonna release more ship class selections than ever, we're also thinking of including refits and variants further down the line. Moreover, Drydock III plugins will be even more detailed and even more animated. 

Here are two I just finished. They're ready for handing over to Lee for Quality Controlling before being approved for use. It's the Nova class (and its Rhode Island variant below), one of several classes on our highly classified list of inclusions (don't worry, the Sovereign, Intrepid, Galaxy, Defiant and Prometheus are confirmed).


Friday, 17 August 2012

MSD Cutaway Development Videos

If you're with us on Facebook, the chances are, you've already seen these videos. If not, we've uploaded them to YouTube.


Friday, 10 August 2012

Drydock II

As you might have guessed, for the new custom cutaway MSDs to work, you'll need to install them via Drydock. This means we're gonna be updating Drydock completely in successive releases hence the current blog poll. We figured we'd release each starship class in order of popularity (starting with the Sovereign class).

The new Drydock plugins will be installed just like the old ones, but will contain the new MSDs as well as some completely new interactive diagrams—landing struts, saucer separation, that sort of thing.

The image to the left shows the cutaways so far (the Intrepid class landing pad animation is incomplete and the Defiant class is just a quick doodle so far, to get the basic scaling right). The Akira class will be harder, since there are no canon diagrams to work from, so I hope you'll forgive the artistic license that will be used. As for the Prometheus, it's had a slight redesign of the shuttlebay to make it structurally sound during the MVAM animation (big thanks to Greg Mortensen for the input there).

At this stage, I'm still taking suggestions of what to include in the cutaways, so as always, let me know if you have any ideas.


In related news, there will also be a separate Drydock plugin for use with Anticuus that will have all the features of Drydock II but with older ships like the Excelsior, Constitution Refit, Miranda, et cetera.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Prometheus Class MSD Cutaway

If you're with us on Facebook, you've likely already seen the Prometheus class MSD cutaway. If you're not, then here it is. It's almost there; about 50% complete.

This MSD turned out to be harder to work out and draw up than anticipated since we've incorporated the Multi Vector Assault Mode view configuration—this is LCARS 47, baby. The landing pads are also animated (as are the landing pads of all the starships with landing capabilities).

There's a little bit of artistic license involved to make it all work correctly and to make sure it's technically plausible. Although these are still basic draft images, they represent the final outline and layout of the ship. The shuttlebay has been altered slightly to accommodate a Starfleet Runabout and I've added a few extra torpedo launchers for good measure.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Intrepid Class MSD

Another half-completed MSD for you guys. This time, it's the Intrepid class. It's a small ship, so it shouldn't take too long to complete.

Nearly done:

Monday, 16 July 2012

Galaxy class MSD WiP

Here's another progress update for you. This time it's the Galaxy class. Should be complete in a few hours or so.

Later that day:

 Nearly there:
 

Sovererign Class MSD Cutaway Finished


I finished the Sovereign class MSD this morning, so I'll get to work on the Galaxy class tonight. Although by 'finished', I mean I'll probably still be working on it... The LCARS layout behind it is just an example of how it might look in Prolixus.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

New Cutaway MSDs (Drydock)

Nobody has really complained about the lack of cutaway MSDs in LCARS 47, but let's face it, it's a shame they're not included in Drydock. Well, when we release the next update, you'll have them. There will be a dedicated engineering section and a layout similar to the warp core monitor from yesterday's post. The image here isn't finished, but it's an example of what I'm talking about. I figure, if I can move my schedule around a bit, I can complete an MSD per day, and probably two small MSDs per day. Hopefully this won't impact the development time too much. The MSDs are animated, too.

Later that day...



Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Prometheus and Nebula Classes • Drydock Plugins

Another Drydock release for you guys. The majestic Nebula class and the almost sinister looking Prometheus.

The Defiant class should be released soon and work has started on the Excelsior, Miranda, and Oberth classes






Download: LCARS 47 @ theRepository (broken link removed)

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Nova Class Drydock Plugin

Another Drydock Plugin for you guys. This time it's the Nova Class. Probably Starfleet's cutest class—and one of my favorites.

Download: LCARS 47 @ theRepository (broken link removed)

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Vessel Status: The Missing Subsystems

Some new animations ready for the 6.1 update. My current favourite is the "Vessel Status" screen, which was planned since version 5.0. Sadly, the animation never really made it, for reasons I can't remember. Anyways, it's been revamped, works with Drydock, and has a little inspiration from Star Trek: Generations.

On a side note, I'm not sure when version 6.1 will be released, there's a lot of things to fix (mainly the 16,000 frame limit in Flash).

Drydock • Akira

The Akira class Drydock plugin is now available. Such a nice ship; the guys at ILM really did a great job on this one for Star Trek: First Contact. One of my all time favorites.

Download: Akira class plugin (broken link removed)

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Drydock Plugin • Intrepid and Galaxy Classes

Another two Drydock plugins for you guys today. This time, it's the Galaxy Class and the Intrepid Class starships.

Download available here (broken link removed).

Stay tuned for more.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Drydock Plugin • Sovereign Class

Hi guys, sorry about the delay. The Sovereign Class Drydock Plugin is now ready for download. Those of you that want the Intrepid Class, Galaxy Class, and so on, rest assured, they will be released soon. The Intrepid Class will be released tomorrow all going to plan.

To download, click here (broken link removed), and scroll to the "Drydock" section. Install and you're done. The MSD will be displayed throughout Vexillum and Prolixus

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Drydock Delays

Hi guys. Sorry to announce a slight delay with the Drydock Plugins. Rest assured that the Sovereign Class MSDs will be released tomorrow, shortly followed by the Intrepid Class, Galaxy Class and so on.

As always, feel free to leave a comment below. In the mean time, peace, love, and prosper.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Database Module

I've always loved those rapid database screens throughout the years of Star Trek like the monitor on Seven of Nine's alcove in Star Trek: Voyager - "The Voyager Conspiracy". Here's an early Flash preview enjoy.

SWF component removed. Reason 404.