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Offline Zeno

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Animated stop graphics test
« on: August 20, 2010, 10:11:53 PM »
I've just made this animated graphic for a stop, to test how the moving graphics look like inside the game. It's a big steel crane over an empty loading platform. You can download it here, and beware when using it, as I used the empty platform icon, you will see two empty platform icons in the menu: just wait for the tooltip to appear and select the one with name SteelCraneStation.

Please I would like to know your opinion guys, not for this station graphic but for generic animated graphics in stations/stops (I thought mostly in goods stops). Would you find them cool? Would you find them tiring because of gfx looping? Do you have other thoughts on it?

Personally, I find them both cool but tiring after a while...
I wonder -writing as I'm thinking- what would it look like having one animated tile in all goods stations. Maybe it could be better if the animation could be configured -example run 1 cycle and sleep 5 or 10- so it's not repeating all the time.

I'm looking forward reading about your impressions on this! :)

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2010, 10:15:37 PM »
I haven't downloaded it yet, but it already sparks an extension request: an option for "animate only while loading/unloading" - or rather, *start* an animation sequence if there's a loading/unloading event at that platform; at the end of the sequence, check to see if unloading/loading still ongoing, and loop again if so.

Hopefully, this would:
- loop animation while loading or unloading
- for convois waiting for more goods/mail/pass, only spark the animation when actual loading happens. :)

So I'll come back and download and test this in a bit, but it already sounds awesome. :D

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2010, 03:24:56 AM »
I love this station and I love the idea!  :)

It adds life to otherwise boring station platforms, a definite plus in my book. Personally I find monotonous stops without any visible activity to be more tiring than seeing the crane move back and forth, would be great with a container yard adjacent to it. ;D

I also like Issac's idea of having the animation activate when a train is stopped at the platform..

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2010, 08:51:23 PM »
Adding an animation only when the loading state of a stop changes (although inclusing passengers and mail) is not very difficult.

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2010, 10:09:20 PM »
How about this possibility - I'm thinking of bus stops:

1. Empty station gets the standard graphic
2. 1/4 full, 1/2 full, 3/4 full, and 100% full (or "overcrowded") gets their own images

You could totally paint passengers waiting for a bus... or freight waiting for pickup

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2010, 12:30:11 AM »
Adding an animation only when the loading state of a stop changes (although inclusing passengers and mail) is not very difficult.
That would be very interesting, and would help avoiding monotony in animations

You could totally paint passengers waiting for a bus... or freight waiting for pickup
That's a ttd feature which I always liked ;D

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2010, 06:57:05 AM »
How about this possibility - I'm thinking of bus stops:

1. Empty station gets the standard graphic
2. 1/4 full, 1/2 full, 3/4 full, and 100% full (or "overcrowded") gets their own images

You could totally paint passengers waiting for a bus... or freight waiting for pickup

Yeah, we could.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2010, 08:57:57 AM by STransMaker »

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2010, 07:57:12 AM »
Adding an animation only when the loading state of a stop changes (although inclusing passengers and mail) is not very difficult.

Maybe you could use the same system as vehicles, with empty and freight images.

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 07:51:49 PM »
Today I have tried to download it ... but no file.

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2010, 08:30:42 AM »
Yes same i tried and google chrome just says "Oops! This link appears to be broken."

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Re: Animated stop graphics test
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2010, 09:40:23 AM »
You are late, SgtSammac. Because I wrote it two months ago. And when it was not there at time of my message, then your one is a bit useless. But don't be angry with me for these words.