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29 minutes ago, davidwhitt said:

It would be great to be able to save units, and load them when creating a new scenario. It would be a great time saver. Do you think that is something that might be doable one day?

If you were going to replay the same scenario, you can save a separate version just after creating the scenario.  For example, I always set up the units then save the file as "setup.json" before starting the scenario.  After starting, I use the default "Referee.json" to play.

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On 2/7/2020 at 4:57 AM, EnsCahalane said:

No luck with running the new macOS version of SimPlot2; I just get the following error message "The alias “SimPlot2” can’t be opened because the original item can’t be found."

Do you know where the SimPlot2.app file is located?  Ideally, it should be in a folder in the Applications folder.  I was trying to create a unique folder the the .app so future versions will not overwrite the existing folder (in case you had maps and scenarios).

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6 minutes ago, kmart494 said:

Do you know where the SimPlot2.app file is located?  Ideally, it should be in a folder in the Applications folder.  I was trying to create a unique folder the the .app so future versions will not overwrite the existing folder (in case you had maps and scenarios).

Well, I just downloaded it myself to discover it opens in a mounted drive folder.  It seems the .app file is just an "alias".  I will create another .dmg file.

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31 minutes ago, kmart494 said:

If you were going to replay the same scenario, you can save a separate version just after creating the scenario.  For example, I always set up the units then save the file as "setup.json" before starting the scenario.  After starting, I use the default "Referee.json" to play.

I realize that is an option, and I do a separate save before actually starting. It would be nice to someday have the ability to essentially create a database of units. Perhaps that’s outside the direction you envision for your wonderful piece of software, but one can always hope.

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3 minutes ago, davidwhitt said:

I realize that is an option, and I do a separate save before actually starting. It would be nice to someday have the ability to essentially create a database of units. Perhaps that’s outside the direction you envision for your wonderful piece of software, but one can always hope.

I see what you are getting at.  A database of units is not out of the question, but it could not include anything from copyrighted Harpoon material.  As is, the only real difference between units is the domain (air, surface, etc), the affiliation (Red, Blue, Neutral), and a specific sub type (warship, civilian, etc).  Everything else, such as location, heading, speed, perception, name, circles, etc has to be created within the scenario as they are unique to the scenario.   A database would be useful if I could someday include things like rates of turn, climb, acceleration, max speeds, altitudes, and all the things in the Harpoon rules that would help automate unit movement (or even detection).

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On 2/7/2020 at 4:57 AM, EnsCahalane said:

No luck with running the new macOS version of SimPlot2; I just get the following error message "The alias “SimPlot2” can’t be opened because the original item can’t be found."

After spending the morning fighting with the Apple Notarization process, I think I may have success.  I just uploaded a new .dmg file.  Please download it and let me know if it works.

NOTE:  It may open into a mounted drive in Finder.  You should create a new SimPlot2 folder in the Applications folder, then drag and drop the SimPlot2.app file there.  This way, you will not lose any saved scenarios when the mount disconnects (it will when you power down).

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I had to temporarily disable the color change feature.  The symbols were originally drawn in code, but I converted to using bitmaps instead.  This made at least some of the color changers not work (and crash the program).  For now, there is no way to change the colors.  I will reinstate that feature later, but I want to create a map making utility program first (in progress).

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Darth,

Here is a quick repaint of the Santiago map using AEGIS colors.  I hope this helps you to see the units and tags better.

I included modified .jpg and .txt files.  The text file has the cities in it, so you will have to select the "Cities" button on the display bar in SimPlot to see them.

Kevin

Map Battle Santiago Cuba 1898.zip

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