SC4 Devotion Exclusive - The NORO Cooperative.....Where the world of MDing meets collaborative play.
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-There is no such thing as just getting the info from the examplar, you'll have to write back to the file and don't screw the users files ( remember on SC4TF days how many times I've thought I had the writing file code correct but was proven wrong ? ), or the V.08a of SC4DatPacker where some users experiments brown boxes ?
-To make the tool effective, you'll have to load all the maxis files & plugins, so think about RAM ( python which is the language I'm using is not effective on that subject, so it was a bad choice ), any language with a Garbage collector and out of coder memory management will suxs ( look at all my tools but the latest SC4DatPacker, they all use way much too RAM but I can't control it, the language control me ), and do lazy code ( XTools testers can attest how "funny" it is to have to wait for loading ), and handle the correct file loading order
-Remember that there is a awfull big number of totally screwed modded files out there. some that are not readable, some that will have menu information, but proved to be growable lot, some that are plopable but don't have menu information or missing some of the needed properties
-Remember that there is not only english/us lot makers, so support unicode from the start ( see how many problem I have with unicode with my tools ? )
That is, as NAM and creators of similar ilk have shown, it is possible to "bundle" parts of a plug-in into a single icon, asking the user to use the TAB key to select which lot to plop. If, and I am really dreaming here, I guess, everyone who made lots that go together - such as trails or parkways, etc., used that single-icon approach, half the problem would be solved.
MML is the closest thing we can get to a TAB-ring icon. Unfortunately, it takes alot of modding to create an MML and a complete update of the set of lots the MML is dealing with. It would be much nicer if we could use this, but it just isnt possible.
Unfortunately what you have just isolated is a function that is only available to Network Puzzle Pieces... It is not possible to put lots into such a menu icon. The menu icon for the TAB-rings are defined in the Transit RULS and cannot reference Lot Exemplars or anything other than Puzzle Piece Models.MML is the closest thing we can get to a TAB-ring icon. Unfortunately, it takes alot of modding to create an MML and a complete update of the set of lots the MML is dealing with. It would be much nicer if we could use this, but it just isnt possible.