Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Enhanced Targeting HUD

Seeing my PvP videos of my fights with Stan, a couple people asked about how I got the enhanced green multiline text to show on my currently selected item. Here is an example:
From BMTHOKK 2
Well, the answer is that a while back there was a pilot who put together an Overview Creator that allowed you to setup your overview through a friendly interface and export an XML file you could then import into Eve. Part of this website's functionality was the ability to customize your selection text into very fancy outputs like the one you see above.

Alas, that website has gone down (was balss-industries.com) and I've emailed the creator to find out if it can be brought back to life. No word yet.

But if you feel adventurous, you can hand craft it. Here's how:

1) In game, right click on your Overview tab and choose to export overview. This creates an XML file in your "My Documents\Eve\overview" folder (or corresponding folder on your machine).

2) Using a nice XML editor program, (or notepad but that is hardcore) you can change the file in the section called "shiplabels" to show something like this:

Note that the xml is actually cleaned up by my xml editor from this in the plain text version of the XML:

Note that the last one is Distance with a type of "None" because the client automatically puts the distance at the end of the ship labels I believe.

In theory you could get creative and have multiple colours, font sizes and effects, or other information important to you. If you decide to try this out, please export your current overview and save it safely somewhere as a backup.

Note: as far as I know, this is not considered an exploit by CCP according to the Overview Creator website that advertised on the forums while it was in operation.

FOLLOW UP:
I made a petition to CCP and here is the response:
Hello Kirith,

While we do not currently consider this to be a violation of the EULA, please note that we do reserve the right to change this decision at a point in the future should we find it necessary. If you have any other questions or problems, please let me know.

Best regards,
GM
EVE Online Customer Support Team

31 comments:

  1. That's mad! I look forward to other people's examples.

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  2. I... might use this. Always wondered how the RvB people had the red one on theirs.

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  3. Hmm... mine is green and such, but runs together on one line. :|

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  4. /me is cracking up . . .why am I the example?

    BMTHOKK event I assume?

    m

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  5. @anditburnedhteheavens.com, to get those same newlines as in the picture, at least on Crucible (though his recent Duel videos were also done on Crucible), I had to use "<br>" instead of an actual newline in the XML. As XML *shouldn't* care about CRLF or just LF, it shouldn't matter that I was editing this on OS X (tried Dashcode and vim).

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  6. Hm. Unless CCP steps in and goes "yeah, no, that's an exploit/hacking," I shall bookmark this and experiment with it if/when I get back into EVE.

    For the record, I would be shocked if they do - all this information is readily available elsewhere in the UI, and while I could see CCP taking the attitude of "we didn't expect people to do that" or "we wondered when you'd catch on to this," handing out banhammers for this would surprise me.

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  7. I will send in a petition asking explicitly about this to assuage any fears.

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  8. Can't get it to work, the second I edit anything in Dashcode, Eve sees the file as invalid. Perhaps it can't be done with OS X?

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  9. @Razzimous, I had the same issue at first with Dashcode. Make sure that you are saving as Text and that you add the .xml at the end.

    Also make sure you use the raw code (as shown in Kirith's third picture) and not the pretty code (e.g. use "& lt;" (no space) instead of "<").

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  10. @SandallE, Awesome that got it to work. Last thing is though that I am having the same issue you described with it being on the same line. Where should I insert the
    ( or "& lt;br:" rather) in order to add line breaks?

    Thanks!

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  12. Well apparently the br code works in comments as well! haha

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  13. @Razzimous, For the BR entries, put them in place of the where you see manual line breaks, like:
    SOME CODE "
    " ;

    entries in the raw XML.

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  14. This is awesome. The fact that someone created a means to edit the UI purely for graphical improvements has me mindboggling as to why CCP hasn't made this a feature themselves.


    Thank you very much for making me aware of this!

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  15. to get it to make a new line you need to ad "& # 10 ;" (no spaces) at the end of the part name post.

    for example -

    part name="post" value="& lt;/c olor & gt;& #10;"/

    (there should be no spaces, i had to put them in so you could properly see the code)

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  16. forgot to mention the "& lt;" and "& gt;" are "<>" brackets.

    It must be written this way or else you will get an invalid file error in eve when u try and import.

    And again, no spaces.

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  17. oh and a few more things.
    you can make each line a different color if you like, the color code is 4 bit hex for ARGB colors.

    lastly you can add the newline code ( & #10;) into the part name post as outlined in above post, of the labels that don't display any info.

    This will create a blank space in between each line of information.

    you can see what i mean by looking at my overview.

    http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/3492/customoverview.jpg

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  18. Very nice ytnite, thanks!

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  19. ytnite could you post your overview .xml here please?

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  20. http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/8580/overviewxml.jpg

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  21. Doesn't seem to work ytnite

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  22. what are u using o edit the xml ?

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  23. firstobject XML editor application.

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  24. and make sure u go through and check there are no typos.

    also to properly load it you haveto import the overview into game, then restart the client

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  25. I did, how do you upload a .jpg of just the code? I'm also kind of confused why you have two open label at the beginning.

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  26. ehh delete one, forgot to remove that label while i was messing around earlier.

    print screen > paste and crop in photo shop or paint goto imageshack.us and upload, then post link

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  28. Horribly done but
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/690/67949793.jpg/

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  29. sorry mate, can't really see any errors.
    -make sure ur saving it as .xml
    -after importing your new overview, restart eve client completely
    -the new hud only appears on player controlled ships, drones and wrecks

    other than that i dunno what else. my screenshot was taken this morning so it definitely works =/

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  30. FOLLOW UP:

    I made a petition to CCP and here is the response:

    Hello Kirith,

    While we do not currently consider this to be a violation of the EULA, please note that we do reserve the right to change this decision at a point in the future should we find it necessary. If you have any other questions or problems, please let me know.

    Best regards,
    GM
    EVE Online Customer Support Team

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