Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

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Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by tetryon » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:00 am

When using the console, especially with multiplayer chat, it's very difficult to read the text, depending on what's happening on screen.

In the image attachment, try reading the 2nd line under the steel, for example - it's very difficult, and for many people, impossible.

We need the ability to set a background color, alter font size, move the text... *something* to improve chat, messages, etc. And perhaps a scrollback while we're at it.

My current workaround is to:
1. Close the console.
2. Open the large map.
3. Zoom all the way out.
4. Open the console.

That way, I get a black background.

Thanks! ~tetryon
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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by Supercheese » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:27 am

This could be ameliorated by darkening the background of the console region; I believe this is done in many games with their chat windows et al.

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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by Koub » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:32 am

Yeah most games that include a chat have an option to set the chat's background opaqueness. Such a thing would be nice.
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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by bobingabout » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:48 pm

I spy a Bobsmods user :P

I also agree with your suggestion.
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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by tetryon » Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:24 pm

bobingabout wrote:I spy a Bobsmods user :P

I also agree with your suggestion.
Thank you for the endorsement, and as an up-until-now vanilla-only user, thank you for the past solid week+ I've spent trying to figure out your tech tree. Mind blown!

Cheers, ~tetryon

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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by binbinhfr » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:48 pm

definitely need this feature too, because the console is very hard to read, an sometimes truncated. I even wonder how MOD authors are doing to debug their mods ?... (if someone has teh answer, it's a true question)
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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by Kane » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:58 pm

I see a lot of gui suggestions these days but no Rseding91 feedback :P I think in 13 hes working on some changes including more modding power or at least I thought he was.

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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by ratchetfreak » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:58 pm

there is a write data to file function that you can use to log. Much easier to read.

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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by Hexicube » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:06 pm

The font already has a black border to allow reading it on practically any background, but maybe it could be thicker. Personally, I could read it fine.

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Re: Console contrast improvement (it's hard to read right now)

Post by Colossus » Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:57 pm

I concur, it's also hard to read in-game chat when watching streams or chat where not everyone is using voice chat

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