Re: [nbos] [AS] Suggestions for AS 2.1
Sam Orton
Wed Oct 3rd, 2007

Mike Oliver <> wrote:

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Clean Clean DocumentEmail st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} I think you may be expecting a bit much of the program. Its main purpose is to provide users with a means of generating a galactic sector and its entire contents. I believe the graphic displays are intended as a means of showing players the general layout of a star system and the planetary systems within it. I view of the distances involved, I think trying to show the star
system together with all the planetary and satellite bodies within it would prodice such a visual muddle that it would defeat the object.

Oh no, I wasn't trying for all levels at once. Even if you could show it in a fashion that would be useful, I know for a fact the computer *I'm* using couldn't run it. No, I was suggesting single level displays, just like you have now. Only instead of being just parent planet/child satellites or parent star/child planets, I was hoping to include multiples and close multiples in that. Sounds comparatively simple, until you start realizing that the fact there's an empty spot in the center of the system changes *everything* in the calculations.

What I was actually *hoping* for was to be able to give the program the basic orbital elements and have it display something fairly near the level of the Java applet shown on this link:

That applet is ChView2, btw. I'm trying to figure out how to define barycenters in that, but having little luck so far. Then again, I don't claim to be a programmer either. I was close enough to be able to come up with a quick and dirty test of a Navy mainframe, but I've never been able to make a computer sit up and beg like the guys who write this stuff for a living.


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