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Thread: AngelLoader 1.4.7 (upd. 2020/12/13)

  1. #301
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    Registered: Feb 2008
    Location: Santiago / Chile
    Yep, you're right, I forgot to put on the see all characters on the editor. Now it works as intended.

    Thanks to you.

  2. #302
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2014
    Hey Fen,

    Thank you very much for putting so much work and effort into this program, it's my daily driver when it comes to playing Thief missions and love everything about it.

    I do have one request though, would it be possible to get a darkmode version of the program?

    Thief as you know is typically best played in a dark room with the curtains drawn and the lights turned off, but everytime I finish a mission and go back to AngelLoader i'm blinded by the brightness of a thousand suns.

    I don't know how simple this request is, maybe there's a reason why it's not implemented, but I thought I would put it forward as a request if possible please.

    Thanks,
    Goldwell.

  3. #303
    Actually I would love to implement a dark mode, but for a couple reasons it's not feasible, see here for a longform explanation: https://youtu.be/48DLb4p4n9Q?t=1256

    tldr:

    The main issue is that displaying .rtf files in dark mode is basically impossible because they're designed with specific colored text and when you make the background dark the text often becomes unreadable (and sometimes images too, if they have transparency). Trying to automatically adjust colors to be readable is beyond my level of understanding how one would even begin. Even big apps like Mozilla Thunderbird don't attempt to do it, making dark mode rather pointless for them (half the screen is dark and half is blinding white).

    The other, not-as-big-but-still-a-consideration issue is that WinForms is very rigid and not designed to be able to change its theme. Most of its controls can be coerced into being themeable manually with a lot of work, but some simply can't (eg. calendars, scroll bars), so the UI would end up looking janky with bits and pieces not quite matching the dark color scheme. I mean it would still solve the "blind you on alt-tab" problem at basic functional level, but would not really look professional. But if you had an .rtf readme up, it you would still have half the window being blinding white anyway, so...

  4. #304
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    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Lille, France
    Quote Originally Posted by goldwell View Post
    Thief as you know is typically best played in a dark room with the curtains drawn and the lights turned off, but everytime I finish a mission and go back to AngelLoader i'm blinded by the brightness of a thousand suns.
    Thanks for your explanation Fen!

    Goldwell : I suppose your desktop background is dark too? Here's a trick that i use myself : Just before beginning an FM (I mean you're in the main menu and just before you hit start mission), do an ALT-Tab and reduce the Angelloader window to the taskbar. After completing a mission, you'll return to your desktop screen. (sunscreen not needed anymore)
    Last edited by Stefan_Key; 8th Jan 2021 at 18:56.
    For a true and 1st quality work, I translate FMs in french without using Google Translate!! No cheat, just brain.

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