If you have been fallowing my blog and read my last post it stated that I would have Release 2 of my xGameConsoleXNA library up and posted within a week. Well a week has come and gone. 2 weeks, ... 3 Weeks, 4 Weeks, ... What can I say. When a person sleeps when there tired and not when social doctrine declares when it is time, the days seem to blend into one another and time passes. 4 whole weeks. Hmm, seems like only yesterday that I made my last post.

Anyway it has been a busy few weeks. The house has been sold and we need to be out by mid July, so we have been packing and getting ready to move. And I am destined to be home less for the next few months until the mushroom season starts up again in late august. Which means my computer use and internet connection will be severely limited for some time.

I have also started working on a new project with my brother these last two weeks. I don't want to say too much about it because it's not finished but suffice it to say I have written some apps that have crawled over 1.2 million page links in just a few days, and out of those 625000+ are blog related. We are thinking about creating a service and doing a search engine designed for a select group of people, that will offer much more detailed info that a standard Google search can. My brother seems to think we could make up to $20,000 a month each if we can get it working and it really starts to take off. It would also be the first project I have worked on whose end result is intended to put some money in my pocket. For someone who can live comfortably on less then $4800 a year, $20,000 a month seems like millions. But until that happens it is a wait and see game.

And lest you think I have forgotten about the xGameConsoleXNA library, check out the xGameConsoleXNA page for the link to the Release 2 download as well as some how to articles. Better late then never!

I have gone back and finally done some more work on my xGameConsoleXNA library for the XNA platform. The next release will be Release 2 and will mainly contain updates to how the user interacts with the console.

  1. It can now do things like scroll through the text that was written out to the console
  2. Pressing the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard you can set the insertion point for typing text
  3. If you type a really long line of text in the entry line that is too long to fit within the console the text will now gracefully scroll left or right depending on where the insertion point is
  4. More comments in the code as well as xml 'summery' comments for the methods
  5. Made a number of optomizations so some parts of the code are more simplified
  6. There are some breaking changes such as some properties have been renamed to better more understandable names. I also moved a few methods and properties out of the console class and into the ConsoleComponent class because they really were more suited being in the ConsoleComponent class.
  7. I also added a WordWrap property to the ConsoleComponent class so that text that gets written to the console will now wrap to the next line if it does not fit.
I should hopefully upload Release 2 within the next week. I would also like to mention that I noticed some of the xGameConsoleXNA code may not be 360 compatible, even though I cannot test it on the 360 because I do not have a creators club subscription. For example the LoadAlias command was using the IO.File.ReadAllLines method and the 360 xna api's do not contain the ReadAllLines method. I will try to keep an eye out for more code like that. I modified the code so that it no longer uses the ReadAllLines method but I will not be able to ensure that xGameConsoleXNA will seamlessly run on the 360 until I get a creators club subscription.

It is my intention to eventually get the xGameConsoleXNA working on the 360 but I promised myself that I would only purchase a creators club subscription after I had completed or had come close to completed a working game. So yeah, being more of a tool developer it might take me a while to get a subscription. :(

I have added a new XNA based project to the XNA page called xMessage. The xMessages component is designed for in game chararacter dialog to be displayed similar to games like Final Fantasy for the NES. This component makes use of xFripperyXNA and StreamContentProcessor. Both are included in the download.

Being the first release ther are some minor issues that still need to be worked out, such as when the component is typing out text if the word being drawn will not fit within the rectangle, the partly drawn word will dissapear from the end of the line and reappear at the begining of the next line.

Other then that the component allows an image to be displayed with the text, and the text is also dynamically changes acording to the size of the dialog. When running the demo use the left mouse button to move the dialog and the right mouse button to resize the dialog.

Future editions will have support for animated images so your game could have a picture of a talking head for example. As well as better text drawing support, and the ability to display the image on the right hand side. Also planning on adding more text drawing animations.

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