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These are a few suggestions. First, I have a technical question. What is the zip archive download on the homepage? I have saved the webstart link to my computer and run it whenever I need to use Maptool. I get the feeling that there is a much better way to do this, but I don't know what it is. Second, I have some aesthetic requests. First, I would like a way to change the background of the MapTool interface . Second, I can't find a way to change the icon of the jnlp file I am using (see above) and I would rather like to. These two are incredibly minor, unimportant things, but if they are easy to do I would like ot know how to do them.
Oh yes and I would very much like to be able to adjust the grid on an unbounded map because I use some with pre-drawn grids.
p.s. sorry about spelling I was in a hurry
I think you may want to consider either creating a bounded map using your current tile as the background, or perhaps removing the pre-drawn grids to use it unbounded.
adjusting the grid has repurcussions that may require extensive changes to the unbounded map.
To be honest, the original reason I didn't implement grid resize on unbounded maps is I couldn't think of a case where it would be useful, and the calculations were just slightly more complicated than the bounded map.
However, I'm in the middle of building a new Adjust Grid Dialog and I'll see if I can drop in unbounded map support.
The zip archive is for people who can't do java web start for whatever reason. The java web start downloads the individual jar files and caches them. When we release updates we frequently only update one or two jar files so java web start only needs to re-download those that have updated. The zip file contains all the files required to run the tool "disconnected" from our website -- if you wanted to run a dedicated server (e.g. on a system other than the GMs desktop) you could put the zip file on said server and create a small .bat to run the server.
I'll let the others speak to some of your other points, but changing the icon of the jnlp file is particular to your OS. On windows XP, if you've saved a web shortcut to the jws.php URL, you can right-click and go to properties, there's a button there to change the icon.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "change the background of the MapTool interface". Do you mean skin it ? Use something other than the default gray for the control background ?
Yeah, either of those would be very good. Skinning it would probably be really hard to program in though (just a guess), so I was more thinking about changing the control bg from the default grey.
Did you have something specific in mind ?
I would like ot be able to change it to fit the campaign flavor, for what I do now the grey is fine, but it would be nice for a really dark campaign to be able to change it to black or to change colors with planar travel if the GM is up to it.
We currently don't have plans to support skinning (changing out the gray background), although if you have a friend who knows how to write Java Look and Feels, all you would have to do is drop yours in :)