Ok, this may not interest SMAUG users because I have not fully added SMAUG capability (yet).
I have developed a very detailed Microsoft Access Database to create, import, and export Rom 2.4 compliant area files. It has been meticulously designed to maintain relational database standards. Also, it will contain tons of custom search capabilities. Now, i have obviously tailored it to suit my personal needs on my QuickMud derivative, however, it does have full Rom capability. Due to its dynamic layout, adding values to lookup tables is easy as pie! If your like me, i'm constantly tweaking things, and IMO OLC is too slow for certain things.
Currently I'm working on a final distro, so it will be uploaded to the Repository.
** Now, its obvious some of you might be thinking "Why Access? It only runs on Windows, and dont you have to have Office???" And to those who are thinking this, you are absolutely right. I in no way am claiming this is the BEST way to do this, but it was quick in development, and ideal for me personally, because at work I have Office, and when it gets slow, I can build away my day!
Anyway, before I upload anything, I'll base that decision on your feedback, as mentioned earlier, i'm only looking for comments or suggestions that are constructive, in other words, i really dont need to be told (thats a bad idea) because as i said, i know exactly what it is. :tongue:
I have Office and I think it's a good idea. Most school/work computers have it anyway so it shouldn't be all that hard to be in a place where you're bored and want to do some building. Add SMAUG support, though, and then you'll have my vote. :)
ROM in general doesn't interest me, but if you upload it somewhere or email it to me (email@example.com) I'll be willing to attempt using it on MS Office 2010 to see if it is future-proof at all as I'm currently running the Tech Review version of Office 2010 that I (legally) downloaded via TechNet.
It has the same feel as Nick Gammon's Area Editor with a more basic look. I loved using it, however it was never (and probably won't be) updated to fit the newer keyed areas for SmaugFUSS. If you can get yours to do this I will bake you chocolate chip cookies. :wink:
Thanks for the replies, it seems that adding SMAUG capability is a must for the community, so eventually i will. As far as mapper, THAT IS COMMING. I've been developing a mapping system that is going to be integrated into the DB, there are several ways to go about doing it.
The whole reason i developed this in Access is that a true relational SQL driven DB is much faster to edit than any of the above mentioned apps. What i personally love about this, is when you export, it creates not just 1 file at a time, but every .are file in the DB, this goes to whichever folder you want, i may even create an SCP capabaility to login to your mud server and upload direct. I've found for tweaking small things, or large, this can be much easier than saving individual files.
Anyhoo, this is going to be an ongoing project, but its nice to know some of you might want a copy! :wink:
In all honesty, i dont really know much about SMAUG area files so that will be part of the process.