Update 81

This past week has mainly been used on minor ajustments both in the code and on the GUI side.

A lot of the ajustments have been made on the cargo part of the game, so now the cargo capacities for airliners have been updated and more airports starts out with cargo terminals and facilities.

One of the new things I have implemented is the use of airliner history, so it is now possible to see which companies have owned a specific airliner. This was a requested feature and a feature we had in version 1 of the game.

For the scheduler I have implemented a feature which asks you to schedule a route for future seasons if you don’t have enough slots for the current season. This is mainly for coordinated airports, where you have to reserve a slot.

I still think the focus of this version will be implementing a lot of the requested feature and optimizing the existing ones. So don’t expect any major (larger) new features.

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Update 80

As written last week I hoped to focus on the new version this past week which has also happened. So far I have look at fixing some of the reported issues like cargo demand, all airlines having the same airline license and not being able to add new airliner classes when they are “invented”.

The current thing I am looking at is the possibility of “refreshing” some of the pages. This means a button which reloads all the data on a specific page, so you don’t have to leave the page before entering again to get the newest data shown.

TAPv2RefreshPage

It is not implemented on all pages and I might have missed some, but if you see the recycle button on a page it is refreshable.

I am currently not sure what my next task will be, but I will look through the forum to see if anything urgent.

 

Update 79

Since last blog update we have used a lot of time testing the newest version, and we have also done the actually release of the version.

I still very much like our new file handling site on itch.io, since it gives me a lot of insight in some stats for downloads etc.

So far it looks like there are not a lot of bugs and issues, since I have only seen a couple reported. I will look into the few reported issues later this week, so hopefully I will be able to start on the new version some time next week.

The first focus for the next release will be on cargo, since it seems like it isn’t working as planned. This is both for the demand part and the scheduling of cargo routes. After that I will focus on some of the user requests and later on I will look into optimizing the AI.

Lastly I am sorry that I haven’t been active in the forum the last couple of days, but I hope that will change soon

 

Update 78

The past week hasn’t been that productive for the game, since I have had a lot to do at work. This means that the planned finished of the task for via routes hasn’t been done, and I hope that it will be done by the end of next week.

I have so far implemented most of the backend parts, so now it is just a matter of getting the GUI parts implemented, which is also why I don’t have any screens to show.

For the data it is very nice to see that the community are contributing with a lot of new data, so now we have a lot of new airliner logos, airport logos and airlines 🙂

Update 77

As written last blog update we are focusing on implementing features requested by the users. This means that we are currently implementing a lot of tasks which might be considered minor, but as long as it brings value to the game it is great.

One of the areas where we have started to add new features is on the aircrafts, where an aircraft now has a condition level which is influenced by the distance the aircraft flies. If the condition is below a certain level, the aircraft will not be allowed to fly, which is why we have also implemented the possibility of doing maintenance on the aircraft.

Another thing implemented is to being able to assign an aircraft direcly when creating a new route and also a button on the routes page where it is possible to quick assign an aircraft to the route.

And speaking on buttons we have also added tooltips for some of the buttons, since it was a little confusing what the different buttons were used for.

TAPv2ConvertToCargo

As you might have noticed on the screen it is now also possible to convert a passenger aircraft to a cargo aircraft.

For ordering of aircrafts we have also implemented so all aircrafts aren’t delivered on the same day, and it is also possible to specify on which day the delivery should start

TAPv2Orders

And we have reimplemented the possibility of selecting to pay on delivery and also a discount if ordering multiple aircrafts at once

The only major thing we have planned for this version is the use of through/via flights which will take a little while to implement. As soon as that has finished I am planning the next release. Before the release I will need a few testers to test the new features for stability and usability, but that will be announced in the forum when the time comes.

 

Update 76

A lot have happened since the last blog update. We have released two more fix packs, so we now consider version 11 to be as stable as possible. This means that we now have started developing version 12.

For now the focus is on implementing a lot of the requested features from the users, starting with the smaller ones. All the changes can be seen in the ongoing changelog in the forum: http://theairlineproject.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=1308

A couple of the new features are the possibility of asking an airport to upgrade its custom to international

TAPv2UpgradeCustoms

And also the feature of assigning an aircraft directly when creating a new route

TAPv2Autoassignment

 

Lastly we have started using https://pjank42.itch.io/theairlineproject to manage the downloading of the game. This is done both because it is possible to get more statistics on the file downloads and also to be able to reach a broader audience. The forum will be still be the main source for information regarding the game.

 

Update 75

In the past couple of weeks we have managed to release the latest version (version 11) as well as releasing a fix pack for the release.

The version has changed a lot to the existing demand model, which means that some part of the game still needs to be tweaked in order to get everything to work as planned. This is a work which will be focused on in the next release(s) where we will also optimize the newly created schedulers.

On the bug side it seems like the fix pack has fixed almost all bugs, but we will wait with the creation of the new version for the next week, until we are sure that the current version is stable.

The roadmap for version 12 looks at the moment like this:

  • Research and Technologies
  • Charter Flights
  • Operating flights
  • Optimized AI (was also a part of version 11)
  • Stopover Flights
  • Countries before 1950
  • Codesharing

Beside those things we will also try to implement as many as possible of the requested features.