Re: [nbos] Astro sector generator feedback
"Cam Kirmser"
Tue Feb 16th, 2010
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From: "NBOS Support" <support2-at-nbos.com>
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Sent: Friday, December 11, 2009 12:10 AM
Subject: [nbos] Astro sector generator feedback


> Hi All,
>
> I'm seeking some feedback on Astro2's sector generator. What sort of
> enhancements/changes would you like to see? New types of objects?
> Particular new data fields? Are there any glaring technical/scientific
> issues to whats being generated?

I can think of two things I'd like to see.

1. A toggle placed on the menu bar to allow switching the view from blazon
view to standard and back. There are times when I need to see at a glance
the political affiliations of systems indicated by graphic blazons, but
don't want to go through each star individually. So,some sort of global
"view blazon" command would be nice.

2. Everything in the starfield is represented by a point - essentially, as a
star - even nebula, supernovae, quasars, pulsars, etc. A way to show these
objects as some sort of graphic, rather than as a star would be nice. I
figure, in the case of a nebula, the extents of the nebula could be defined
and a random seed used to define the image within the extents. Different
seeds produce different nebula shapes, colors and densities (transparency
level). Selecting a constant seed for an individual object would ensure the
same shape, density and colors. I can also see a need for the ability to
select shape, color mix and density for an object, for specific needs. For
example, the Molecular Cloud, Barnard 68. It's a huge black area, so the
color, shape and density would have to be selected by the user.

If I think of more, I'll submit them.

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