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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby testitemqlstudop » September 11th, 2019, 6:33 am

Can the generation number decrease when the reverse option is active?

Furthermore can the U option be added for normal rules as well, like the "step back" button?
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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby rowett » September 11th, 2019, 9:02 am

testitemqlstudop wrote:Can the generation number decrease when the reverse option is active?

There are a few reasons why it doesn't:
  • the T display shows how many generations have elapsed regardless of playback direction
  • reverse playback isn't really going backwards - it's just running the pattern with a reverse rule
  • decreasing the generation number during "reverse playback" would make Waypoint Scripts very tricky to write
Having said that If enough people want it then I may add it.

testitemqlstudop wrote:Furthermore can the U option be added for normal rules as well, like the "step back" button?

Unlikely.

Normal rules aren't reversible so stepping back involves running from a recent snapshot which can be slow so playback likely wouldn't be smooth. Also once you've exhausted the maximum number of snapshots LifeViewer has to go all the way back to T=0 and rebuild the next set of snapshots which can take a while.

It would also make the undo/redo system more complex.

If you want a pattern to "run backwards" and you have a keyboard then just hold your finger down on the "b" key.
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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby rowett » September 12th, 2019, 9:06 am

Build 406 is now live on the Forums and LifeWiki

Please note: you will need to refresh your browser to use the new build (Ctrl-F5 on Chrome)

Enhancements since the last released build:
  • new script command [[ NOTHROTTLE ]] will disable playback throttling
Fixes since the last released build:
  • allow reverse playback for reversible alternate Margolus rules
  • Margolus rules can now use right hand tile column on the grid
The updated hotkey map detailing the LifeViewer keyboard controls is here.

Comments, feedback, suggestions and bug reports welcome!
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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby rowett » September 13th, 2019, 1:24 am

Build 407 is now live on the Forums and LifeWiki

Please note: you will need to refresh your browser to use the new build (Ctrl-F5 on Chrome)

Enhancements since the last released build:
  • Margolus generation number is now in Help->Info->Grid
Fixes since the last released build:
  • [[ PASTET EVERY ]] now works with Margolus reverse playback when Margolus generation >= 0
  • fixed an issue where [[ PASTE ]] commands weren't happening on step back
The updated hotkey map detailing the LifeViewer keyboard controls is here.

Comments, feedback, suggestions and bug reports welcome!
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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby rowett » September 13th, 2019, 9:38 am

Build 408 is now live on the Forums and LifeWiki

Please note: you will need to refresh your browser to use the new build (Ctrl-F5 on Chrome)

Enhancements since the last released build:
  • added new Reverse direction button to toggle playback direction for reversible Margolus rules
  • improved Population Graph vertical fit
The updated hotkey map detailing the LifeViewer keyboard controls is here.

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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby muzik » September 13th, 2019, 11:04 am

I think a fun addition would be a button in the Pattern tab, that switches a rule to its black-white reversal when used.
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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby muzik » Yesterday, 12:48 pm

Some more aliases that can be added:

https://gitlab.com/apgoucher/catagolue/ ... b3cedfaaac

There's also some candidates for addition over at Mirek's site under Weighted Life, but I haven't been able to work out the notation yet.
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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby muzik » Yesterday, 3:47 pm

I've found that opening an embedded viewer, and then closing it, then trying to open it up again on ipad doesn't work, and it refuses to open the second time.

https://catagolue.appspot.com/object/xq ... anqy5c6ek8
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Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

Postby wildmyron » Yesterday, 11:11 pm

muzik wrote:I've found that opening an embedded viewer, and then closing it, then trying to open it up again on ipad doesn't work, and it refuses to open the second time.

https://catagolue.appspot.com/object/xq ... anqy5c6ek8

For reference:
I see the same behaviour with Chrome 76.0.3809.132 on my Moto G5
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