Forum rules - please read before posting.

Version 1.58: New manual, Timeline support and refinements

This release makes a number of minor, but necessary, changes under the hood - so the "Upgrade notes" section is longer than usual.  Please be sure to read them all!  Update highlights:

New manual
With the improvements that each update brings, it was becoming clear that the old manual was becoming a bit long in the tooth.  Talk of new features were added into the old structure, rather than changing the structure properly.  So, the manual has been rewritten from scratch, with improved layout, sub-sections, images (finaly!), as well as pro-tip and note boxes.  Dedicated sections on each of the Managers, menu element types, interaction methods and more are now provided.  If you get stuck or need advice on a particular aspect of AC, please do revisit the manual before posting in Technical Q&A, as I've included a lot of tips and advice to common questions that people have.

Sunsetting / deprecation
Unity 4 is now being sunsetted to aid the compatibility of future Unity releases.  However, if you are using Unity 4 (or pre-Unity 5.34), you can PM me with an invoice number and I will provide you with a private package.  The "Top Down" option for the "Moving and turning" 2D field is now deprecated: it'll still work, but "Unity 2D" is now the intended option for this field.

Speech fixes
This is less of a feature, but more of a fix that needs to be given prominence.  Some issues related to the timing of subtitle display have been addressed, but this will have a knock-on effect if your cutscenes are directly tied to the duration of speech.  Essentially, the Display time factor field in the Speech Manager now behaves differently if you rely on speech audio or scrolling text.  In these cases, this factor only affects how long a subtitle "lingers" on screen once the audio has completed / scrolling has finished.  This means that you may have to reduce this value in order to get the same timing as before.  It is also the case that - since scrolling takes up time - the length of a subtitle does not affect the display time once complete.  This is only by default, however: you can re-enable this in the Speech Manager if necessary.

Texture2D -> Texture
Inventory items, cursor icons, and character portraits all now accept Texture assets - as opposed to Texture2D.  While you may have to be careful exactly which texture type gets assigned, this allows for the display of e.g. Render Textures in your UI.  In other words, 3D inventory icons!

Comments

  • edited July 21
    And the full changelog..

    Upgrade notes
    • Sunsetting Unity 4 compatibility - packages can be made available via email if required
    • The "Dialogue: Play speech" Action's "Wait time offset" value can no longer be less than zero - use the [continue] text token to end speech prematurely
    • If a "Dialogue: Play speech" Action is placed in an ActionList set to "Run In Background", the dialogue is always considered background speech
    • Characters animated with Sprites Unity Complex - Angle float values now range from 0 (inclusive) to 360 (non-inclusive)
    • The "Moving and turning" field's "Top Down" option is now deprecated - users should use Unity 2D mode instead
    • If speech is scrolling, the “Display time factor” will only be influenced by the length of the speech text if “Text length influences display time?” is checked
    • If speech has audio, the “Display time factor” will only affect the duration of text display once the audio has finished playing (overrides scrolling)
    • Cursor, inventory and portrait graphics are now of the type "Texture", not "Texture2D", and now support Sprites and RenderTextures
    • PlayerCursor.GetCurrentCursorTexture now returns a Texture, not a Texture2D
    • Follow Sorting Maps are now set to follow the scene's default Sorting Map by default
    • The "Save game screenshots" feature is disabled for WebGL due to Unity's security measures
    Timeline
    • Added: Engine: Manage Timeline Action - use to control the playback of Timelines
    • Added: Remember Timeline - use to save the playback state of Timelines
    Menus
    • Added: InventoryBox, Interaction and Graphic menu elements linked to Unity UI now support RawImage components
    • Added: Option to prevent Interaction elements from turning invisible if not appropriate for the active Hotspot
    • Added: Ability for Toggle elements to be read-only
    • Added: Option for Input menu elements to accept special characters
    • Added: Ability to enable proportional scaling when an AC Menu or Element's Size is set to Manual
    • Fixed: Crafting menu elements not showing inventory items in Game window preview
    Input
    • Added: "Input: Toggle active" Action - use to enable or disable Active Inputs at runtime
    • Added: Inputs required by PickUps and Draggables are now listed in their Inspectors
    • Fixed: Cursor icon buttons not being listed in "Available input" when using "Choose Interaction Then Hotspot" mode
    Speech
    • Added: [speaker] speech token - replaced by the speaking character's name when used in dialogue text
    • Added: Ability to scale the display duration of scrolling speech text with the length of the text itself
    • Changed: If speech is scrolling, the “Display time factor” will only be influenced by the length of the speech text if “Text length influences display time?” is checked
    • Changed: If speech has audio, the “Display time factor” will only affect the duration of text display once the audio has finished playing (overrides scrolling)
    • Changed: If a "Dialogue: Play speech" Action is placed in an ActionList set to "Run In Background", the dialogue is always considered background speech
    • Changed: The "Dialogue: Play speech" Action's "Wait time offset" value can no longer be less than zero - use the [continue] text token to end speech prematurely
    • Fixed: Not being able to delete a character's expression if it only has one
    • Fixed: Various issues with speech display timing
    Script sheets
    • Added: Script sheets now attempt to list speech lines in the order they appear in-game (requires re-gathering of game text)
    • Added: The inclusion of line descriptions in exported script sheets is now optional
    • Added: Option to remove tokens (e.g. [wait]) from exported script sheets
    Languages
    • Added: If a language is marked as "Right-to-left", scrolling now works in reverse
    • Added: Ability for a game's original language to read right-to-left as well as translations
    • Added: Ability to include a speech order identifier column when exporting game text (requires re-gathering of game text)
    • Fixed: Translation mismatches when creating a new language
    Hotspots
    • Added: If a Hotspot relies on custom scripts for Interactions, used Inventory Item ID numbers are passed as a function parameter
    • Added: Optimisation when merging similar IDs when gathering text
    WebGL
    • Changed: The "Save game screenshots" feature is disabled for WebGL due to Unity's security measures
    • Fixed: Compilation issues on the WebGL platform
    Conversations
    • Added: Option to allow third-person camera rotation during Conversations
    • Fixed: Timed Conversations not deactivating if its dialogue options are overridden in an ActionList
    • Fixed: Ending conversations with the "EndConversation" input not setting the GameState to the correct value
    • Fixed: Game state being incorrect if Conversations are run or ended via script
    Characters
    • Added: List of expected animations to character Inspectors that use 2D Toolkit for animation
    • Changed: Follow Sorting Maps are now set to follow the scene's default Sorting Map by default
    • Changed: Characters animated with Sprites Unity Complex - Angle float values now range from 0 (inclusive) to 360 (non-inclusive)
    • Changed: The "Moving and turning" field's "Top Down" option is now deprecated - users should use Unity 2D mode instead
    • Fixed: Mecanim characters turning inappropriately in rare circumstances
    ActionLists
    • Fixed: Scene-based ActionLists not saving properly in rare circumstances
    • Fixed: Various issues with skipping Cutscenes and "Engine: Play movie clip" Actions
    • Fixed: Game not autosaving when finishing a skipping Cutscene with "Autosave after?" checked
    Cursor
    • Changed: Cursor graphics are now of the type "Texture", not "Texture2D", and now support Sprites and RenderTextures
    • Fixed: "Reset cursor after an Interaction?" option not also resetting for inventory items in Choose Interaction Then Hotspot mode
    • Fixed: Various minor cursor issues

  • Editor
    • Added: Readability improvements to Sorting Maps in the Scene window
    • Added: Minor UI improvements to Menu Manager
    • Added: UI improvements to Phonemes Editor
    • Added: Right-clicking a variable's "Replacement token" field allows you to copy it to the text buffer
    • Changed: Removed ability to hide the stacktrace of Console logs, to improve compatibility with other assets
    • Fixed: Fields in Speech Manager showing twice under certain circumstances
    API
    • Added:
      GetUIButtonWithItem function to MenuInventoryBox element class - use to
      retrieve a UI Button linked to a given inventory item
    • Added: Static Options functions to more easily get/set sound volumes
    • Added: GetItemsInCategory function to InventoryManager - use to get an array of all inventory items in a given category
    • Added: Functions to StateHandler to determine if the game is currently in a cutscene, or in regular gameplay
    • Changed: PlayerCursor.GetCurrentCursorTexture now returns a Texture, not a Texture2D
    Misc
    • Added: Rewritten Manual - now features images, pro-tips, and better explanations of key features and workflows
    • Changed:
      Inventory and portrait graphics are now of the type "Texture", not
      "Texture2D", and now support Sprites and RenderTextures
  • edited July 21
    GREAT UPDATE!!!!. Nice job Chris. Manual is amazing too.
    Is it compatible with Unity 2017.1?
  • Well this is a great birthday present! Thank you so much!
  • Awesome. Is it weird that I'm really looking forward to the new manual?
  • Awesome job, Chris.  Super thorough.  Hands down best asset out there.  Keep up the good work!
  • @Mehrdad: Yes, Unity 2017.1 is now supported.

    @dude: Happy birthday!

    @Deckard_89: Can't be as wierd as wanting to re-write it..

    @DexterStardust: Thanks, re-doing the manual showed up a few workflow shortcomings, so I tried to address them as I went along.
  • Great update! Although I'm still on the old version it's a really great job Chris, many thank's
  • Great job as usual. I've been meaning to reread the manual since it was becoming quite bigger than when I first read it, so now's the perfect time :)
  • Thank you!  =D>
  • Thanks Chris! :)
  • @ChrisIceBox - are you human? And if so, really a single human being? :)
    Great work.
  • Version 1.58a:
    • Added: Events for character head-turning
    • Added: The disabling of inventory items when used in defined Interactions is now optional
    • Added: InputTouchPosition input delegate - use to override the cursor position in touch-screen games
    • Added: Option to add new items to the front of the inventory when using the "Inventory: Add or remove" Action
    • Added: Optimisations when beginning a game with Unity UI-based Menus
    • Added: The "Variable: Run sequence" Action not longer requires an external Variable, though the current order will not be saved without one
    • Added: The "Variable: Check random number" Action can now be prevented from generating the same value in succession
    • Changed: The RuntimeLanguages' ImportRuntimeTranslation function now requires the text column to import as an integer parameter
    • Fixed: Warning message when using GameCamera 2D Drag prefabs
    • Fixed: Hotpot interactions running automatically in rare circumstances
    • Fixed: Speech menus being incorrectly positioned in rare circumstances
    • Fixed: Minor issues with speech-ordering export feature
    • Fixed: New Game Wizard organising room objects if an AC scene is already open
Sign In or Register to comment.

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Welcome to the official forum for Unity's Adventure Creator.