TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#31 Post by catventure » Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:46 pm

Hi auraeus,

I'd never come across the "MarkDown" documentation before! Interesting.

Your documentation request is a reasonable one. It's not my strong point, however, it is my intention to investigate ways to improve the layout and readability of the tutorial and userguide.
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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#32 Post by catventure » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:23 pm

Hi aureus,

Today I started to improve the TAB QuickStart tutorial (online version)

http://tab.thinbasic.com/QuickTutorial.html

(Amended link in previous post to above one)

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#33 Post by auraes » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:10 pm

Thank you.
I have made good progress on the French version of the PunyInform 1.7 library which is now in beta version; I will be able to try the tutorial in the coming days. If I have problems under Linux, I would fall back with dismay on a Window 7!

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#34 Post by auraes » Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:01 am

Good tutorial and good software.
A few remarks:
You use the expression "Start Room" in your tutorial whereas it is "Start Location" in your editor.

The entry does not appear in the same order as in the editor:
Description =
Message =
Noun =
instead of :
Description =
Noun =
Message =

Adding a text identifier (ID) associated with a number, for objects and locations, would be more intuitive than a number.
Perhaps the text ID could be the noun.
[GO] 2 or apple

Vocabulary entry, word by word and a bit laborious.
I reported another problem on intfiction.org

Great work.

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#35 Post by catventure » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:36 pm

Thank you auraes,

I have amended the online tutorial in response to your findings.
http://tab.thinbasic.com/QuickTutorial.html

I have also fixed the technical issue you mentioned on the other forum and will post a minor update of the 3 versions of Tab_v68 in the next couple of days or so. (date of new version will be found on the TAB page download links)

Keeping in mind backwards compatibility, I will also think to try on implementing your suggestion for object and location improves. This is something which I really hope to make easier and user friendly.

Thank you as well for your kind comments about the TAB program.

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#36 Post by auraes » Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:33 pm

catventure wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:36 pm
This is something which I really hope to make easier and user friendly.
It is already good. I'll wait for the corrections, and I'll try it under Windows.
You still have two "Start Room" in your tutorial. I'm ruthless!

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#37 Post by Garry » Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:37 am

auraes wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:33 pm
I'm ruthless!
Ha, ha. Believe me, he is. And we're all better off because of it. Keep it up auraes. :thumb:

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#38 Post by catventure » Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:02 pm

Garry wrote:

>>>Ha, ha. Believe me, he is. And we're all better off because of it. Keep it up auraes. :thumb:<<<<

Not too ruthless, I hope! ;)

Hi aureas,

I decided to go with your idea suggestion for a 'Find Object' and 'Find Character' button on those editors. Author can quickly type a valid Object or Character noun (or a synonym) into an edit field. Clicking the button allows the author to instantly edit the selected object or character details.

What u think?

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#39 Post by auraes » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:58 pm

catventure wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:02 pm
What u think?
If you assume that I think then you are doomed. And beware of Garry, he is much more terribble than I am!
I need to take the time to read the documentation and test your software a little. The tutorial is good, but we are on track; everything looks straightforward.
Is your forum operational? I'm not sure that here is the right place to talk about all this. I don't know...

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#40 Post by catventure » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:11 pm

Hi Auraes,

Still gotta do a similar improve for the Location Editor.

Yes it still operational - but not many using it just lately. So, yes we could carry on over there if u like.
- and there's a chatbox too. (once you've joined)

Or if its more to your liking, TAB user and IF author Jason Nicholls (Elven Software) and myself started a FB group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/304337330976465

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#41 Post by Garry » Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:48 am

In the first image above, can you left justify the labels adjacent to the check boxes?

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#42 Post by auraes » Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:13 am

catventure wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:11 pm
Yes it still operational - but not many using it just lately. So, yes we could carry on over there if u like.
- and there's a chatbox too. (once you've joined)
I hadn't even thought about it, but intfiction.org seems good for that; let's go there.
Garry wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:48 am
In the first image above, can you left justify the labels adjacent to the check boxes?
I hadn't even seen; I got older...

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Re: TAB - Windows IF/Text Adventure Maker

#43 Post by catventure » Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:21 pm

Garry wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:48 am
In the first image above, can you left justify the labels adjacent to the check boxes?
Hi Garry,

I've sorted that now for next minor release soon.

Regards,
catventure.

UPDATE: LATEST TAB v68 IS NOW AVAILABLE (27 Nov 2020) at http://tab.thinbasic.com/

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