Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Upcoming update


This update is coming around really slow because I haven't had much time to actually work on it. Lots of new code HAS been introduced, but not nearly enough for a functional game yet. Pretty soon I'll be going back to school so that could go either way. Maybe I'll find some extra help, but currently all graphics, logic, design, etc. are all being produced by me and it's a lot to do.


It has been awhile since 2.0b came out and I think it's time for an update.  As you recall 2.0b featured "people" in order to make it more realistic but the output was nearly unreadable because there was so much and the box was so small. However, that version prepared the way very well for the next version.  I will be rewriting a lot of it. This time all code will be self created, no GUI editor. That helps because netbeans was doing some funky stuff where I wasn't able to change the design without breaking the program.

New Features to expect:
  • multiple screens using a cardlayout.
  • Iconic labels displayed at all times to show important numbers. 
  • A graphic animation to display customer reactions. 
  • Lists of items to buy / shopping cart in order to make purchases faster. 
  • A graphic stats page with table, charts, and graphs.

Currently,  there are about 400 lines typed from starting from scratch but there is much more to be done and I am seeking reliable help. Multiple screens and the basic layout of objects is done. Each screen still needs work. There is a lot of artwork to make. With work at my paying job everyday, I anticipate being finished on my own in a month or two. We'll see.

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