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Feature Requests

For feature requests, the process is:
  • Skim this stickied thread before posting a feature idea in case it's already been requested
  • Post new requests and ideas here in this stickied thread
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  • If the idea has legs, @Rardian? approves and adds to Jira backlog
  • Backlog prioritization and bi-weekly sprint planning process take effect


Some of the requests that have come in:

Make url links a different color than tags. It's too hard to determine what is a URL and what is a tag and they SHOULD be different as they behave differently.
A calendar-style view of log entries, making use of the calendar tag to place log entries into the correct dates.
Make url links a different color than tags. It's too hard to determine what is a URL and what is a tag and they SHOULD be different as they behave differently.
Currently, 'Copy Entry' copies over the timestamp of the original entry. This is, to my mind, undesirable, as it means that entries based on a template sort incorrectly. It would make more sense for the timestamp of the new entry to be the current date/time.
To have log entries span multiple campaign logs for shared universe entries (places / spells / glossary / etc.)
Allow the sorting from "Go to tag listing", allow a secondary filter...like finding X in Y's tag listing. So far, I've been using the search bar, but refining the list would be better.
Aliases for tags. The ability to link multiple tags to that they reference the same body of entries. This would be useful for synonyms, pseudonyms, secret organizations, identity reveals, language translations, first vs. full names, etc.
Small caps format for text.
Code for horizontal rules
Ordered and unordered lists
Make login more standard so that my browser can login automatically. It is hard to have to type my whole email every time.
Make the Calendar tag (%) accept times as well so that the sorted list can be controlled in a more logical order. If I go back and add an entry with additional info about an event, I cannot group the new entry with the old entry. If I could add a time of day, then I could use time to sort the entries.
 
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Something simple - links to the forums (maybe this thread) from Campaign Logger. Also RolePlayingTips.com so you can easily navigate between the various sites.
We already have the forum linked in CL
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But we are planning a feature to log a forum post directly to CL and a log entry directly to CC. Is it that what you mean?
 
We already have the forum linked in CL
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But we are planning a feature to log a forum post directly to CL and a log entry directly to CC. Is it that what you mean?
Missed the fact in the menus. I was looking for 'forum' not 'community' and my eyes skipped right past it, duh. The ability to link would be pretty cool. I was thinking of something in the help that might take you directly to the 'New Features' thread, but a more general solution should work.
 
I showed some of my players the app, and while they were interested and will check it out, two of them asked for something I'm sharing here. The idea is to be able to mark entries as secret or public, and be able to share the public ones with a link to the specific journal. A more advanced version of this includes a different kind of entry, semipublic, where you can share individual entries with whoever needs the information, so you can share different information with different people.

One important clarification is that this is a no login view only access.

Perhaps this is already in the app or in development and I just could not find it at all.

A more ambitious idea is shared edit entries, so that players can enter how they remember the adventure themselves.
 
Player Accounts created by GMs are planned. As well as shared logging, to some degree.

Do you know streams? (We will likely rename it to feeds BTW) - You can publish selected posts and share a URL with whomever you like.
 
Hi! A couple of notes after watching the vNext video and playing around with vNext for a bit.

* Really nice! I like the way it's going (in general). I'm a long-time professional developer, so I have opinions on things :)

* Would be nice to be able to hide the @^#$ buttons - I don't use those logging on desktop, and it consumes screen real-estate which is at a premium (between character sheets, Zoom windows, my source notes, campaign logger...). Given the unitasky nature of mobile devices, it makes sense to have a dedicated set of buttons, but for desktop it's (for me) redundant.

* Tab traversal when adding new logs is hitting every UI element in Chrome and Firefox. It'd be nice to have it skip the buttons and toggles and go from textfield to textfield like it does in typical HTML forms / desktop apps. There's probably an accessibility setting to let you know the user wants to be able to tab from item to item. So now, if I'm focused on Title, I have to tab three times to skip the X and the prefix/suffix. Safari does behave how I'd expect.

* Should we be able to @ with just numbers? Like if we have a player with a robot named 42? Right now those don't linkify

* What is the green bar graph in the top-right of the Campaigns menu bar?

* I find the tag browser thing (https://preview.campaign-logger.com/logs/819a1f78dfa842f48c9486a3b4543b10/tags/char) to be much less useful than in original campaign logger:
- The saturated orange color interacts badly with my glasses (chromatic aberration) making it fatiguing to read - it's an accessibility issue for me (I don't use colorized code when programming because of how it interacts with my lenses). I'd love to be able to change the ubiquitous orange to something that's easier to read throughout.
- The tag-counts are black on a white background - so they're higher contrast than white on an orange background, so my eye is drawn to those rather than the words. So scanning through things, It's "5 1 15, oh wait @blah @blah 10, 15, 30", I have to work harder to not read the numbers.
- Also, it being a mass of random-sized blocks makes it hard to find what I want - I have to scan through a lot of stuff, where with the old style the per-letter breakdown introduces some whitespace, aiding readability. Essentially now it's a one-dimensional list, like words on a page. But words on a page are hard to randomly access - you kind of have to scan through them linearly. when scanning vertically, it's pretty random what your eyes will light on next.

Thanks!
 
When adding new logs, it'd be nice if I could shrink the text entry field smaller. Right now it's 10 lines high. If I'm primarily logging one or two liners, that's wasted space on the screen.

Also, it'd be nice if completion preserved case. You can see in the screenshot that BozLee and DelianTomb have a particular capitalization. When completing, the case is gone.

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@MarkD thanks for the excellent feedback!

Would be nice to be able to hide the @^#$ buttons - I don't use those logging on desktop, and it consumes screen real-estate which is at a premium (between character sheets, Zoom windows, my source notes, campaign logger...). Given the unitasky nature of mobile devices, it makes sense to have a dedicated set of buttons, but for desktop it's (for me) redundant.
These are for navigation. We're thinking it lets you view all tags by type for scanning/finding. Are you saying this functionality is not valuable?

I'm all for maximizing logging space.


Tab traversal when adding new logs is hitting every UI element in Chrome and Firefox. It'd be nice to have it skip the buttons and toggles and go from textfield to textfield like it does in typical HTML forms / desktop apps. There's probably an accessibility setting to let you know the user wants to be able to tab from item to item. So now, if I'm focused on Title, I have to tab three times to skip the X and the prefix/suffix. Safari does behave how I'd expect.
Cool idea. I'll let @JochenL speak to the tech, but I am also a keyboard/shortcuts style user who prefers not to use a mouse when possible.

Should we be able to @ with just numbers? Like if we have a player with a robot named 42? Right now those don't linkify
I think this is a bug. @JochenL can confirm. I believe you should be able to put any characters in supported char sets in quotes and tag them.

What is the green bar graph in the top-right of the Campaigns menu bar?
I believe that's system status. We used to have unexpected downtime, but that's very rare now.

I find the tag browser thing (https://preview.campaign-logger.com/logs/819a1f78dfa842f48c9486a3b4543b10/tags/char) to be much less useful than in original campaign logger:
I don't know what you're referring to as that link does not share your data so I can't see the full UI. Could you paste in a screenshot?

The saturated orange color interacts badly with my glasses (chromatic aberration) making it fatiguing to read
Great feedback. In future deployments we will have user preferences for styles including colours.

Also, it being a mass of random-sized blocks makes it hard to find what I want - I have to scan through a lot of stuff, where with the old style the per-letter breakdown introduces some whitespace, aiding readability. Essentially now it's a one-dimensional list, like words on a page. But words on a page are hard to randomly access - you kind of have to scan through them linearly. when scanning vertically, it's pretty random what your eyes will light on next.
I'll need the screenshot to help me picture this.

Thanks MarkD.
 
When adding new logs, it'd be nice if I could shrink the text entry field smaller. Right now it's 10 lines high. If I'm primarily logging one or two liners, that's wasted space on the screen.
I had asked @JochenL to increase the size to 10 lines, lol. I was finding small boxes generated too much scrolling around for longer entries.

@JochenL Maybe we make this a user preference? Or, could we have a toggle button in the Log Entry editor for Small (5 line), Medium (10 lines) and Large (25 lines)? A click resizes the box.

I still find 10 lines too small, especially for Campaign Entries.

@MarkD you probably already know this, but you can drag to resize boxes using the grabber in the bottom right corner.

Also, it'd be nice if completion preserved case. You can see in the screenshot that BozLee and DelianTomb have a particular capitalization. When completing, the case is gone.
I believe this is a bug and @JochenL has it in the backlog to fix.
 
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> These are for navigation. We're thinking it lets you view all tags by type for scanning/finding. Are you saying this functionality is not valuable?

This one: Screen Shot 2020-08-15 at 1.25.26 PM.png - where clicking inserts the character for mobile-styles.


> I don't know what you're referring to as that link does not share your data

I figured you had god-powers :)


> I don't know what you're referring to as that link does not share your data so I can't see the full UI. Could you paste in a screenshot?
> I'll need the screenshot to help me picture this.

You bet! describing UI jazz in text is annoying. Say I'm grazing the tags. "oh, I want to find Irulan and what happened last with her" (I put in the first couple of pages of _Dune_ into the system to get a plethora of tags).

Here it is with the old - UI - very easy to see the segmentation, I can immediately notice I need to scroll down a bit to get to Irulan
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With the new UI - it's overwhelming. I don't know where to start looking, so I have to either read linearly, or I can skip down the left-hand column (@concubine @couldn't @deceived). I could visually skip a couple of lines too, but that will mean "is @frenzy Irulan? no. Letter-I is after that. ok, is @leaving Irulan? no. I need to skip a couple of lines back". Luckily she's at the beginning of the line, but if she weren't, I'd need to skim the rest of the line to find her. I have to be actively remembering and mentally calculating with alphabetization of words all the time, vs "hey I recognize a Letter-H, Letter-I must be right after"
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Thanks! I appreciate your responsiveness.
 
> @MarkD you probably already know this, but you can drag to resize boxes using the grabber in the bottom right corner.

yep! I can make it bigger, but not smaller (Safari)
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Maybe it could start at a small size, then grow vertically automatically as you add more stuff to it?
 
lol!

Ok, cool beans. I understand now. And agree.

Cool idea on the text field expanding as you type!

@JochenL I have bookmarked these requests for my future task of making an overall wishlist. Feel free to make any changes to the app in the meantime, but otherwise I'll add these requests to the wishlist.
 
Is there a way to turn off the pop-up of campaign entries when rolling over a tag? It's easy to rollover a popular tag in normal navigation and pops up multiple things which can't be dismissed as easily as they were created (requires clicking on the X), obscuring existing content. (let's see if I figured out how to attach a gif) (Safari)
 

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Lest thinking I'm only here to gripe - The markdown input plus live preview is *brilliant*. When I've seen them combined (like with Slack's default textfield behavior), it's really awkward and often buggy. The vNext logging text field is a total joy to use.

Also I was a huge fan in the early 90's of a innovate calendaring app on the Mac called DayMaker - which was pretty much arbitrary tags + dates. I was able to use an emergent set of tags to create a really rich hybrid calendar, to-do, and journal. It was totally unmatched in usability and pleasure to use, and I was sad when OS changes killed it. Campaign-Logger (especially the polish in vNext) is giving me that exact same vibe, and that makes me happy.
 
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I think this is a bug. @JochenL can confirm. I believe you should be able to put any characters in supported char sets in quotes and tag them.
It's a feature. We decided some time ago to make tags not numbers only. Due to +42 and -42.
I believe that's system status. We used to have unexpected downtime, but that's very rare now.
It is in preparation for offline work capability. It will likely vanish and I am only using it to show me if I am connected to the server or working offline (that is not yet working, though).
@JochenL Maybe we make this a user preference? Or, could we have a toggle button in the Log Entry editor for Small (5 line), Medium (10 lines) and Large (25 lines)? A click resizes the box.
A setting sounds sensible. Minimum line count, maximum line count. Automatic growing in that range.
I believe this is a bug and @JochenL has it in the backlog to fix.
This is handled by the settings. You can select between TitleCase, first usage, last usage. Although a suggestion of all lower case is weird. It might have to do with Campaign Entries which is indeed in the backlog.
This one: Screen Shot 2020-08-15 at 1.25.26 PM.png - where clicking inserts the character for mobile-styles.
We could easily make them switchable. The navigation buttons Johnn mentioned have been removed and are now living in the category dropdown like in the old version.
I figured you had god-powers :)
We coded the app consciously in a way that won't allow us to look at our users' data directly. No impersonation either.
With the new UI - it's overwhelming
You are totally right. It's is nothing like the old one. Luckily, sorting and grouping can easily be added.
@JochenL I have bookmarked these requests for my future task of making an overall wishlist. Feel free to make any changes to the app in the meantime, but otherwise I'll add these requests to the wishlist.
Yes, please. They should go to the wishlist and then we let all users vote for the schedule of things to come.
Is there a way to turn off the pop-up of campaign entries when rolling over a tag?
No, not yet. But this was reported in the beta-tester sub-forum and we will change that.

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Thank you very much for your feedback!
 
Lest thinking I'm only here to gripe - The markdown input plus live preview is *brilliant*. When I've seen them combined (like with Slack's default textfield behavior), it's really awkward and often buggy. The vNext logging text field is a total joy to use.
@JochenL Another wishlist item is to make the preview area scrollable or synched with the text box.

I often reach a point in Campaign Entries where I can't see in preview what I'm typing because there is too much text.
 
I would appreciate having user-defined name lists. I try to make sure all members of the same faction have names from the same language, and it would be useful if I could access the name lists I've collected through the website.
 
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Hey @Zantan thanks for the feature suggestion! We'll be adding meta data to tags in the future. So you should be able to denote which tags belong to which factions and then list those separately.
 
Hey @Zantan thanks for the feature suggestion! We'll be adding meta data to tags in the future. So you should be able to denote which tags belong to which factions and then list those separately.
Sorry I wasn't clear, I meant user-defined name lists to feed into custom name generators. However, now that I have investigated further vNext may already have that functionality.
 
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