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Re: Basic Message System

#31 Post by cotton » Fri Dec 27, 2013 2:16 am

Thank you very much for sharing this!!
I was wondering if there's a way to make the area for the message and the links to the message be separate screens?

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Re: Basic Message System

#32 Post by saguaro » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:19 am

Probably what you want is to put them in different types of containers (hbox, vbox) or change the styling. Check out screen language and style properties in the documentation.

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Re: Basic Message System

#33 Post by balldancing » Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:22 am

Hi there!! This is absolutely perfect and a dream come true.
A few questions if you don't mind ^^ I used the basic in-message system before this and I'm really bad with coding, but to achieve this kind of layout for my inbox, I defined styles and then changed the style values to shape and shop the whole thing with this:

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    style.messageWindow = Style(style.window)
    style.messageColumns = Style(style.hbox)
    style.messageListBox = Style(style.vbox)
    style.messageListViewport = Style(style.viewport)
    style.messageButton = Style(style.button)
    style.messageButtonText = Style(style.button_text)
    style.messageScrollBar = Style(style.vscrollbar)
    style.messageBodyScrollBar = Style(style.vscrollbar)
    style.messageBodyBox = Style(style.vbox)
    style.messageBodyViewport = Style(style.viewport)
    style.messageText = Style(style.say_dialogue)
    style.messageControls = Style(style.hbox)
I understand there are styles at the bottom of messages.rpy, but they're a bit vague and I can't seem to piece the styles together with the coding like I did with the other... I really would like to achieve the layout I linked earlier but with this messaging system because the reply idea is really neat *-*
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Re: Basic Message System

#34 Post by storymasterq » Tue May 20, 2014 1:24 am

Hi,

Is there a way to incorporate some sort contact list? I want to be able to add some senders to the list and be able to compose new messages to said contacts. Would it be too hard and/or complex?

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Re: Basic Message System

#35 Post by saguaro » Tue May 20, 2014 6:45 pm

I thought others might also be interested in that feature so I updated the system with a draft feature and I added the queue and a few other things while I was at it. I hope that helps.

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Re: Basic Message System

#36 Post by storymasterq » Wed May 21, 2014 11:58 pm

Awesome! I'll look into it right now.
Meanwhile, I tinkered with the code to add a delete confirmation. Do you think it'd be a good way to do it like so?

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screen mailbox_commands:
    hbox:
...
        if current_message:
            textbutton "Delete" action [Show("yesno_prompt",message="Delete message?",yes_action=current_message.delete,Hide("yesno_prompt")],no_action=Hide("yesno_prompt")), SetScreenVariable("current_message", None)]
I'm trying to learn to code Ren'Py, and by extension, Python. I tried this and it works, but perhaps there's a better way to go about it?

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Re: Basic Message System

#37 Post by saguaro » Thu May 22, 2014 6:48 am

The only other way I can think of would be to make a custom popup, which is only really necessary if you need the confirmation to be styled differently than the yes/no screen.

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Re: Basic Message System

#38 Post by storymasterq » Thu May 22, 2014 8:32 pm

Hmm, custom popup. I'll probably try it this weekend.

Can you tell me why I can't send current_message.subject into yesno_prompt's message?

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Show("yesno_prompt",message="Delete [current_message.subject]?",yes_action=current_message.delete,Hide("yesno_prompt")
This fails with a weird, weird error which I don't have on hand. I discarded the idea and just went with "Delete message".

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Re: Basic Message System

#39 Post by Asceai » Thu May 22, 2014 8:51 pm

storymasterq wrote:Hmm, custom popup. I'll probably try it this weekend.

Can you tell me why I can't send current_message.subject into yesno_prompt's message?

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Show("yesno_prompt",message="Delete [current_message.subject]?",yes_action=current_message.delete,Hide("yesno_prompt")
This fails with a weird, weird error which I don't have on hand. I discarded the idea and just went with "Delete message".
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"Delete %s?" % current_message.subject

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Re: Basic Message System

#40 Post by storymasterq » Thu May 22, 2014 9:02 pm

Oh, yay! Knowledge! Thanks, Asceai!
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Re: Basic Message System

#41 Post by storymasterq » Tue May 27, 2014 2:35 am

Me again, sorry for double posting.

I wanted to ask you to do this for me, but I found it to be such good programming practice, I did it myself :D
Here's a little addition to the Messaging system, Attachments!

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        def __init__(self, subject, sender, body, reply_label=False, delay=False, view=True, read=False, attach=False):
...
            self.read = read
            self.attach = attach
...

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    def add_message(subject, sender, body, reply_label=False, delay=False, attach=False):
        message = Mail(subject, sender, body, reply_label, delay, attach=attach)
I also added a little space between the mail header and body, just to see it better.

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...
                        if current_message:
                            vbox spacing 10:
                                vbox:
                                    text ("From: " + current_message.sender)
                                    text ("Subject: " + current_message.subject)
                                    if current_message.attach:
                                        hbox xalign 0 spacing 10:
                                            text ("Attachment: ") 
                                            textbutton (current_message.attach[0]) action Jump(current_message.attach[1])
                                text current_message.body
                vbar value YScrollValue("view_message")
            use mailbox_commands
The attachment is a tuple of "Attachment text", such as "NotVirus.exe", and "Label_text", which is where Ren'Py should jump to upon clicking the attachment. So, usage would be something like this

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    add_message("Needs something enlarged?", "Penlargement", "Get yourself some woo, hoo", attach=["NotVirus.exe","attach_notvirus"])
So, what do you think? :mrgreen:
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Re: Basic Message System

#42 Post by saguaro » Tue May 27, 2014 7:24 am

For broader usage, two things I would consider are the jump action and modal.

Once the player jumps to a label, how do they get back to where they were in the script? The inbox is a modal screen, so once they click the attachment... what happens? In the case of a virus-type attachment that is supposed to mess with the screen, we can manually hide the mailbox in the label, but what about an attachment of a image or a text document, for example?

So I guess the question is if you'd like people to be able to attach different "types" of attachments.

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Re: Basic Message System

#43 Post by storymasterq » Tue May 27, 2014 8:44 am

Hmm, alright, so something to the effect of call_in_new_context with a return, then?

Attachments of images or text should be handled by the called label, either by displaying the image or narrating the text.
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Re: Basic Message System

#44 Post by pkeros » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:14 am

First of all, I really like this new message system. I've been using the old one for a while, and this one works much better overall.

I'm trying to implement a "Refresh" button. That is, you click the button, and it adds new messages. The idea here is to add a few more messages with each refresh, allowing an email conversation to develop slowly. I'm trying to use the "add_now" function to do it, but it's not working too great. I don't want to have to exit out of the inbox and advance the main text each time I want to add more messages. Alternatively, if there's a way to add messages instantly after I use the Exit button, I can make that work.

Any tips on how to approach this? Thanks!

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Re: Basic Message System

#45 Post by Tayruu » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:40 am

I've discovered that if you open a message longer than the message viewport, scroll to the bottom, then view another message that's also long, the viewport will remain scrolled down instead of reset to the top.

I can't seem to work out how to do it myself. I thought SetVariable("view_message.viewport.top", 0) might do it, or anything to do with viewport.y/viewport.top, any ideas?

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