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lincolninspace 01-18-2013 07:42 PM

NEW FEATURE: Costume sharing
 
My idea is this have an online library where authors can share the jpeg save files that are used for custom npcs. Stoacademy.com has a feature for uploading custom aliens but it is glitchy and restricted to aliens only. It would help foundry authors out if they could share their designs instead of reinventing the wheel all the time. Any thoughts from the starbaseugc guys???

nagorak 01-19-2013 02:07 AM

I agree, it would be nice if we could get some sort of database setup at StarbaseUGC where we can share costumes and even entire NPC profiles. I don't know that STOacademy is the right place for that sort of resource.

thay8472 01-19-2013 02:50 AM

not just costumes, we could share races.. maybe someonem akes a epic race... gets in contact with the mission guy and says "oi, Can I use your racwe for X project?"

psycoticvulcan 01-19-2013 10:02 AM

I just had an idea for an experiment.

When I save a costume in the Foundry, the editor exports the costume's portrait to my screenshots folder. From there I can re-import it into another Foundry project, or even into the main game for my alien captain.

I've uploaded one such portrait. Someone try saving it to your STO screenshots folder and see if you can upload it into the Foundry.

If it works, we might be able to share costumes without needing a distinct database.

daveyny 01-19-2013 10:15 AM

IF ONLY...

They would allow us to (legally) Mod this game...

:(

drogyn1701 01-19-2013 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by psycoticvulcan (Post 7550851)
I just had an idea for an experiment.

When I save a costume in the Foundry, the editor exports the costume's portrait to my screenshots folder. From there I can re-import it into another Foundry project, or even into the main game for my alien captain.

I've uploaded one such portrait. Someone try saving it to your STO screenshots folder and see if you can upload it into the Foundry.

If it works, we might be able to share costumes without needing a distinct database.

You can. Its as easy as dropping the image file into your screenshots folder. It shows up with the @handle of whomever saved it.

hippiejon 01-19-2013 11:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drogyn1701 (Post 7551531)
You can. Its as easy as dropping the image file into your screenshots folder. It shows up with the @handle of whomever saved it.

I've been doing this for a good while at this point.

Recently they added an 'import' and an 'export' button to the costume editor in the Foundry.
Costumes you export to disk get saved to your screenshot folder as a headshot jpeg.

Simply use something like dropbox or google drive to get that file to someone else.
They simply have to drop it into their screenshots, and then that costume will be available via the aforementioned import button.

This also addresses the idea Thay asked for above.
Create an Epic Alien.
Share the costume, share the alien design.

It's actually already very easy to do.
There is no need for new feature.

Now , if we're talking about the ability to share maps.
That.
That would be really cool :)


Peace, Love and Happy Writing

lincolninspace 01-19-2013 05:55 PM

I would love to see maps! But my post was about creating a database of custom characters for all authors to use. Would it be as simple as creating a deviantart or photobucket account???

markhawkman 01-19-2013 07:44 PM

I have to say it would be nice to have a web archive of various aliens.

I created some really cool Boslics. :D (the purple haired version)

lincolninspace 01-19-2013 07:55 PM

Yeah I made a real decent Xindi reptillian (only missing the small tusks and the head spines are not canon of course),a yriddian (the yridian npc is not a foundry asset), a betelgussian, Boslic, Tiburonian, Kazon and some other canon races. I like playing around with character creators and even creating custom skins in games.Plus you could share admiral characters so that there wouldn't be new admirals all the time.


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