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Re: [Adonthell-devel] Widescreen format

From: Kai Sterker
Subject: Re: [Adonthell-devel] Widescreen format
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 10:40:16 -0700

On 10/9/07, Andrew Phillips <address@hidden> wrote:

> I've been thinking about whether it's worth it to make the 0.3 branch
> widescreen compatible. I'm rather dubious about it, to be honest.

Yeah. Right now it's my testbed for building universal binaries, since
it is simpler to build/deploy than v0.4. I haven't looked at any of
the code yet.

My initial thought was to add a Widescreen task to the " And Then?"
part of the road map. Maybe we should stick with that for now. At some
point in the future I (or preferably somebody else) might go and
back-port it to v0.3.

I also haven't looked too closely at the cutscene images yet. I think
a number of them can be easily changed by copying a bit of background
and pasting it on the sides. But there might be one or two where it
will be more involved.


> It might be useful as a testbed or a publicity release, but there's a
> good deal more to be done right now. If you do indeed decide to do the
> conversion, I think the cutscene graphics can be left as they are. I
> think stretching them would look worse than having the cutscenes and
> the game working on different aspect ratios. If it can be done quickly
> and simply, or if you're already working on it, there's no harm in
> doing it. But a major and laborious re-vamp of 0.3 graphics seems
> unimportant right now.
> Andrew
> On 10/6/07, Kai Sterker <address@hidden> wrote:
> > One thing that started bothering me with the new laptop is its 16:10
> > (1440x900) display, resulting in black borders when running Adonthell
> > in 640x480 fullscreen mode. Seeing that a number of displays out there
> > have this format, I'd really like to include a "widescreen" mode into
> > v0.4 (and also into v0.3). Provided that it is possible at all to use
> > a resolution like 768x480, it shouldn't be a big deal to update the
> > mapview so that it displays a slightly bigger portion of the map.
> >
> > My main concern (apart from wasting time I could spend on the v0.4
> > collision stuff otherwise) is that all the v0.3 cutscene graphics
> > (maybe with exception of the forest) are not wide enough, giving the
> > whole thing a half-baked appearance. I guess they could be scaled,
> > although that would probably look just as ugly. The only real solution
> > would be to expand them on the edges, and I am not sure whether that
> > is feasible.
> >
> > Any suggestions? Is it worth the time and trouble to update v0.3 at
> > all? It would at least be an opportunity to ensure compatibility with
> > new versions of the libraries (specifically Python 2.5), 64bit systems
> > (I'm going to install Ubuntu 7.10 amd64), and there are some bugfixes
> > in CVS that never made it into an official release ...
> >
> > Opinions? Anyone willing to help?
> >
> > Kai
> >
> >
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