This feature is live and ready to use for all users.
Text Replacements aim to speed up report writing by allowing abbreviations to be auto expanded into full phrases when a report is read.
This helps reduce the time it takes to write reports by;
Allowing you to write perhaps two or three characters for a phrase or unit instead of the full name which may be 20 or 30 characters.
It reduces the time spent checking spelling and looking up unit names. If you’ve set up an abbreviation then you can use that and know the spelling is correct.
The abbreviations are only converted when a report is read, this preserves the report’s original text. The actual content of a report is never changed so if you turn Text Replacements off then the original text is displayed rather than the converted text. This keeps things clean for you as an author because your actual content is never converted – it’s only ever changed when it’s displayed for a user.
This new feature currently works on the following text areas;
Man of the Match
There are three types of library for Text Replacements;
The User library is yours. You set up these abbreviations and you can use them as you please. No one else can. The Game Specific ones are set up by Battle Directory admins and are available for reports for that specific game. E.g. Malifaux abbreviations won’t take effect in 40K reports. And finally Core replacements are site wide and can be used regardless of the game.
Each of the libraries can be turned off or on per report. So if you don’t like (or cannot work with) the Core or Game Specific abbreviations you can simply turn them off and only use your own (or none). Or perhaps your replacements are tailored towards Warmachine but once in a while you also play X-Wing, your Warmachine replacements wouldn’t work (very well) in an X-Wing report – you can simply turn off your replacements so you don’t end up with Warmachine terminology in your X-Wing report.
We even support pluralisation so you can use one replacement for singular and pluralised phrases. This is best shown with an example. Imagine you have the following replacements set up;
HF > Heavy Flamer
LR > Land Raider
Tac > Tactical Marine
Vet > Veteran
And then wrote the following as part of Turn 1, you can use *s after a replacement to pluralise it;
My LR with HF*s moved quickly up the left flank, accompanied by my Tac*s. They were going to burn my opponents Vet*s.
This would be expanded to the following when the report was read;
My Land Raider with Heavy Flamers moved quickly up the left flank, accompanied by my Tactical Marines. They were going to burn my opponents Veterans.
New feature! You can now assign any battle report to a club, tournament or campaign. This allows your readers to quickly find other reports related to the one their currently reading.
You create your own clubs, tournament and campaign names and then assign your reports to those create groups. Then from the Full and Comic Book view modes readers can see which other reports are related to the current report.
This feature is live now for all reports and all users. Find it in the left column when editing a report.
Have you ever noticed how slow the images can be to load on The Battle Directory? If so, you won’t notice no more!
In the past images were generated as they were needed. If you were the unlucky person to visit a report for the first time then you would have to of waited for all the images to be generated and resized based on the author’s original images. This is a pain. Its made worse when new view modes come along, such as the Comic Book style, because these use new image filters and sizes and so images need to be generated again!
From now on each image will be resized into all sizes automatically after its uploaded. This will happen in the background so that the battle report writing experience isn’t slowed at all. The process is off loaded and you’re free to continue updating the report. Meanwhile the server is busy generate 20 versions of each image for you!
Now when your report is published and the various view modes are used by viewers the first timers will not get a slow experience as the images are generated. They will already have been generated and ready to go.
I have also back dated this process, so that all old images are also generated too, ready for the new view modes. Enjoy!
Quick post about a new feature. When you come to save a caption for an image you can Save and Move to Next. This will save the caption and then automatically open the next image caption ready for editing.
This saves you having to open each image to add or edit a caption. I want to improve the speed of the site, to help users write reports faster. It can take me a few hours to write a report, what with remembering everything, vetting images and making it interesting. Anything I can do to improve this will benefit everyone.
Quick update; we have a new layout for the home page and all game system home pages. The changes are slight and just reorganise existing elements on the site to try and tidy things up and remove the “About” style text away from the game system pages and onto the About page.
The new Army Lists let you easily find all Battle Reports for a specific army via one link without needing to use the search feature.
With the new image server up and running its time to tweak it even further and improve speeds even more. The initial implementation of EC2 for image resizing meant that the heavy lifting of resizing images is now off loaded to another server completely – neat.