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#1 TwiliteGarden

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:25 PM

I was bored this weekend and needed to learn a bit of C# programming so I made this app.

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It's a utility that allows you to determine how many gems, chemicals, crystals, and hearts are required to craft any grade gem. All you do is select the gem type, the grade you want to make, and the grade you have to start off with (for example, make a D7 from D2s).

Feel free to try it out and provide me with feedback if you wish.

Thanks!

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Gem Utility v1.0.0.4

(Click the link above and save to your computer and extract using a zip program such as WinZip.)

Update notes 1.0.0.4: 5/6/2012
- Gem selection pull down can now be sorted alphabetically by name

Update notes 1.0.0.3: 8/19/2011
- added chemical analysis dialog to help determine which specific chemicals and their amounts are needed

Update notes 1.0.0.2: 8/16/2011
- Gem select box now defaults to Garnet.
- Tab index only toggles between pulldown menus.
- Improved spacing between group box and labels.


Edited by TwiliteGarden, 16 September 2013 - 05:03 PM.

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#2 calaaniwygen

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 06:36 PM

You might want to re-locate Text fields so they don't go over the drop down menus.
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:00 PM

You might want to re-locate Text fields so they don't go over the drop down menus.


do you mean relocate the text fields so the drop down menus don't cover up the text fields? i realized they were getting covered up but only while making a selection.

thanks for the feedback!
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:13 PM

Feedback:

Target Grade and Supply Grade, can't fully see all the text.
Also slightly covers the drop down boxes.

As calaaniwygen already suggested, Ideally relocate :waddle:

A typo for White and Gold Hearts :handshake:

Is it possible to increase the size of the fonts/text?
I'm personally having to difficulty reading the numbers and text.
Perhaps another font colour would be ideal instead of white.

Overall the program looks well made.
Keep up the good work :P
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:20 PM

Feedback:

Target Grade and Supply Grade, can't fully see all the text.
Also slightly covers the drop down boxes.

As calaaniwygen already suggested, Ideally relocate :waddle:

A typo for White and Gold Hearts :handshake:

Is it possible to increase the size of the fonts/text?
I'm personally having to difficulty reading the numbers and text.
Perhaps another font colour would be ideal instead of white.

Overall the program looks well made.
Keep up the good work :P


Thanks for the feedback!!

- I don't see the typo. Can you please elaborate?

- I will update the font sizes right now. and also fix the labels and just do an overall user experience update

thanks again!
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:24 PM

Easier if I showed you a picture.

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That's pretty much what it looks like for me when I start the program.

Actual Size too :handshake:

Have to really squint too see.
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:25 PM

I think it's possible that, depending on your windows version and/or theme you are using the labels and font change their relative locations. If this is the case I don't have any other systems to test it on and I will require your feedback and a screenshot if possible.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:26 PM

Easier if I showed you a picture.

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That's pretty much what it looks like for me when I start the program.

Actual Size too :handshake:

Have to really squint too see.


LOL i just posted to add screenshots you beat me to it... i see the problems now and I am on it! :waddle:

Thanks!!
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:42 PM

This is what it looks like on XP SP3.
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As you can see, Target Grade is almost completely covered.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:51 PM

The current OS I use is Windows 7 Ultimate.

If you need more tests and feedback for it, I'm happy to help.
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:58 PM

This is what it looks like on XP SP3.
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As you can see, Target Grade is almost completely covered.


Thank you!!

New version coming in like 15 minutes... would appreciate another test on your systems. Thanks again! :handshake:
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 08:18 PM

Okay guys, I updated the Application to make the font sizes bigger and to fix the issues with the labels and such.

Please download the new version (1.0.0.1) from the link on the first post and let me know!

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:42 AM

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So far it's fine from what I can tell on my OS.

Main suggestions:
Try having a "Please Select" on the Gem Type Drop down menu instead of a blank box.
Some things have to be "Fool Proof"

Minor suggestions:.
The parts where "Crystal Required" and "Hearts Required" appears close to the "Red and White" text.
You could stick the pictures of the coloured crystals and hearts below their appropriate text boxes.
Also maybe a picture when selecting a gem the appropriate gem picture appears in a box.

Hope this feedback helps.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:26 AM

Main suggestions:
Try having a "Please Select" on the Gem Type Drop down menu instead of a blank box.
Some things have to be "Fool Proof"

Minor suggestions:.
The parts where "Crystal Required" and "Hearts Required" appears close to the "Red and White" text.
You could stick the pictures of the coloured crystals and hearts below their appropriate text boxes.
Also maybe a picture when selecting a gem the appropriate gem picture appears in a box.

Hope this feedback helps.


Thanks for the suggestions!!

- I like the idea of "Please Select" unfortunately a drop down box in C# does not allow text there (at least I couldn't figure out how to put it). What I can do is instead of having the program start out with the drop down box "empty" I will make it default to the first selected, Garnet.

- I will make the boxes Crystals Required and Hearts required bigger so they are not so close to the text.

- I will see about the pictures part... i thought about it before but i was too lazy to download the images of each item. :handshake:

Updates tonight after work. :waddle:

Thanks again!
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:35 PM

Based on user feedback I have again updated the program to 1.0.0.2.

- Gem select box now defaults to Garnet.
- Tab index only toggles between pulldown menus.
- Improved spacing between group box and labels.
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:35 PM

Not sure if anyone really cares or if anyone is using my little utility but.... :waddle:

I updated it to now have a "Chemical Analysis" dialog which helps determine the types and amounts of chemicals for each type.

Thanks!!

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 05:53 PM

I just discovered this from reading one of your recent posts! I plan on using it--looks very handy! Thank you!! <_<
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 03:34 PM

I just discovered this from reading one of your recent posts! I plan on using it--looks very handy! Thank you!! :wacko:


No problem! Glad you like it Peppy! :wacko:
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 08:24 AM

I was bored this weekend and needed to learn a bit of C# programming so I made this app.

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It's a utility that allows you to determine how many gems, chemicals, crystals, and hearts are required to craft any grade gem. All you do is select the gem type, the grade you want to make, and the grade you have to start off with (for example, make a D7 from D2s).

Feel free to try it out and provide me with feedback if you wish.

Thanks!

Twilite
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Gem Utility v1.0.0.3

(Click the link above and save to your computer and extract using a zip program such as WinZip.)

Update notes 1.0.0.3: 8/19/2011
- added chemical analysis dialog to help determine which specific chemicals and their amounts are needed

Update notes 1.0.0.2: 8/16/2011
- Gem select box now defaults to Garnet.
- Tab index only toggles between pulldown menus.
- Improved spacing between group box and labels.

nice!
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:38 AM

thx it works good
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:14 AM

Can I recommend you make the Gem List go by alphabetical order? Would make things a little teeny bit easier I think.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:00 PM

Can I recommend you make the Gem List go by alphabetical order? Would make things a little teeny bit easier I think.


Thanks for the suggestion!

I will make it an option. :)

If I remember correctly I based the order on the order they show up in the crafting window.

I might be able to do it later today but right now I am going to take a nap. :P

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:09 PM

Is there any way to lower the amount of memory being used? With the program open it is usually around 7K, which isn't a lot, but seeing as how I push my PC to the limits almost constantly, it would be nice.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:21 PM

Is there any way to lower the amount of memory being used? With the program open it is usually around 7K, which isn't a lot, but seeing as how I push my PC to the limits almost constantly, it would be nice.


The program has been compiled in "Release" mode (for those of you who don't know what this means it basically means that 'extra' debugging information is not included in the binary). Essentially this means that the footprint of the program is as small as I can make it without actually going into the code and finding subtle places to improve memory usage. This, frankly, is not worth the effort.

For any software application one critical thing to watch for are what's called "memory leaks." A memory leak causes a programs footprint (memory usage) to grow over time.

Does the memory used stay fairly constant or does it seem to grow without bounds? If it does grow, that would definately mean I need to re-evaluate my coding.
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:31 PM

Can I recommend you make the Gem List go by alphabetical order? Would make things a little teeny bit easier I think.


Done! Latest version can be downloaded here: https://www.box.com/...e46a19ed2b08139
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