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  1. Hi everyone! With a completely new forum software, it's time for a brand new bugs thread... When reporting issues, it always helps to be as descriptive as possible, such as by including the following info: A summary of the issue. Screenshots / videos to highlight what's wrong (with annotations if applicable). Images are best uploaded to an online image host, and the direct link pasted into the editor. Your system info (e.g. browser version / operating system, device type). When the issue started, or how often it can be reproduced. Any error messages shown? This can help us to reproduce the problems, and then work on finding solutions. Thanks all for your help! Known bugs and issues can be found below in the following post. We'll work and aim to get these fixed ASAP.
  2. Welcome to Simtropolis Personally I'd say the easiest built-in means is by pressing Print Screen, commonly labelled as the PrtSc key. On Windows, this captures your entire monitor's resolution in the active program and temporarily stores it to the clipboard. Then paste it into an image editor such as GIMP or Paint.NET (or even good ol' MS Paint will work). Here it's possible to crop the size, or even do any post-production editing should you wish (brightness, contrast, sharpness, etc). Then the final and most important step is to output the image to file. Depending on your program of choice, this is usually in the File menu, where there's options such as Save or Export. Usually for high resolution and detailed images, JPG is the best format which is optimised for quality vs file size. Then upload it here as you've done, or to a reputable online image host. By the way... A possibly little known trick is to use Alt+PrtSc to capture the currently active window. This saves on cropping it to fit and the image is all neat and tidy right away.
  3. Simtropolis 9.0.x - Bugs & Issues Report Thread

    All local site content (images, style sheets and scripts) should now be hosted on HTTPS. However there may be other content such as external images which aren't served via the secure protocol. By default Firefox blocks mixed active content such as scripts and styles. Since these are what form page layouts and provide interactive elements, to me it sounds like this may have occurred and resulted in the issues you've observed. To check what items have been blocked, try opening the Browser Console (Ctrl+Shift+J). Then reload an affected page and filter for the mixed content detected, typing "mixed" in the box on the top right. For example from the current page in this thread: These two images use HTTP only, resulting in an orange warning shown on the location bar. As these are passive items only (static), they are allowed to load. I'm not aware of any scripts which aren't transferred securely, but this page should confirm whether Firefox is blocking any that might be present. Firefox is clearly fighting a losing battle in that case. We'll get to the bottom of it.
  4. Nasty Popup

    @Fantozzi I believe the preference was asked again due to the site's upgrade to SSL. Last week Dirk added support for HTTPS, which is now used on all site pages to encrypt data requests back and forth. This can be seen from both the URL and padlock icon, which should show on your browser's location bar. What this has meant is in terms of the permissions, Firefox sees a new instance of ST, so (rather painstakingly) asks for your permission again for the push notifications. Checking this out on an IPS Demo site on Firefox, I was able to confirm this behaviour. When changing to the secure protocol, it asked for the permission to be granted once more. For me as per my previous findings, clicking "Not Now" simply dismissed the popup and it resurfaced on the next page load. I'm not too sure why there was an issue setting the Allow or Deny, although that could potentially be due to a blocked script, or a bug with the latest version. On a personal note: I use the ESR edition of FF to buy more time for the changes being made for add-ons (since I use a few which will no longer work from version 57.0 onwards, with the switch to WebExtensions). The ESR basically just provides the latest security updates at the expense of no new features. In terms of the saved permission for notifications, it should be represented on this page: (In the same menu as Cori previously showed above.) As can be seen, there are two entries for the previous HTTP address, and now with the added 's' for secure. A pity there's no built-in way to toggle the values from here, as that would be useful to manage all sites in one place. Sounds like we're all a bit confused about this, including site and browser! If I had to guess, it'd be ST has remembered (cached) your preference from previously, then Firefox has somehow got in a muddle between the non-secure and secure protocols. Ah well, since that makes no sense at all, I'm going to wrap this up by concluding... All's well that ends well.
  5. RRetail Misc Entertainment Relots Pack Two

    @RRetail @_Alex @9gruntsand1hammer @AsimPika3172 @CaptCity @charlys @dashriprock @Dublin @gustavoamf10 @Huggy-Bear @Jack_wilds @januszszcz59 @manofcash @medit84truth @Mimoso @Mr_Maguee @pangool2 @robertson555 @Silverfur15 @twalsh102 @Wesleytwm Good news. The file should now download successfully, and it was caused by an improper access level being set on the storage server. This has now also been fixed for newly uploaded files. Thanks!
  6. RRetail Misc Entertainment Relots Pack Two

    This is due to a change in the storage configuration for STEX files which was made earlier this afternoon. Sorry about this and don't worry, it was through no fault of your own. We're working on it now.
  7. Welcome! Seeing as we now have a brand new Cities: Skylines section on the STEX, it's time to get the ball rolling. Whether you'd like to see a specific building or change in the game, here is the official place to request anything custom content related! Thread Guidelines When making a request, it helps to be as specific and descriptive as possible (e.g. what you'd like to see & why you think it'd be useful in the game).Pictures & links to resources are welcome, as long as they're directly relevant to the request (e.g. about a building / structure).Please don't request items from another exchange to be uploaded here (e.g. from Steam Workshop).As described in the STEX Code of Conduct, this requires permission from the original author. Such posts may be removed without notice. This thread is intended to be an ideas base for prospective creators. Please remember, this isn't a place to demand content to be made!
  8. STEX CDs and Donations

    Thanks for your support of the site. I'm not the expert in this regard (I'll have to check with Dirk), but I believe Paypal is only setup for the exchange to US Dollars. No worries, I'll also make Dirk aware of your choice so there's no confusion. Yes, HTTPS is now enabled sitewide for all pages including file transfers. It really is a much needed addition in this day and age of security.
  9. Show Us Your Overview of Your City/Town

    @CorinaMarie Delightful subtle use of landscaping as always, and I particularly like how each area of development seems to blend and flow with the terrain. Now, I did spot something hidden away in the forest clearing... And zooming in... So, have I discovered the not-so secret entrance to a secret base, or is it simply a trig point atop the hill summit?
  10. Simtropolis 9.0.x - Bugs & Issues Report Thread

    We're pleased to confirm the error with the industrial file has now been fixed and successfully downloads: Indeed as hinted by the above tech talk transcript, it turns out the Simoleon symbol (§) was responsible here. This is one of many special characters we suspect are among file names, and cause an incompatibility in the database. The problem being the correct download URL isn't being referenced (the character cannot be stored), and that causes the resulting not found error. Basically it doesn't know where to look, and the system has no ability to find the file anywhere other than the location specified. Based on some of the comments on these files, it's also likely to have been a lingering undetected issue for a good few years. From early indications, it seems these files are still intact on the server. So we'll be finding a way to either fix them manually as was the case here, explore the possibility to perform a batch update, or address the issue of compatibility. In the meantime, please keep letting us know of any such errors.
  11. Hi everyone, Continuing on from recent discussions, we think it'd be helpful to start collecting evidence about issues with STEX files. Such as: Broken formatting [Example]. Errors when downloading files (e.g. 3D161/G - File not found). Corrupted archives (e.g. broken ZIPs). Invalid or missing dependency links (e.g. [Old] >> [New]). Missing descriptions / screenshots. Irregular download counts (more downloads than views). Any other abnormality, or function not working as intended. So if you discover any of the above, please reply below with this info. The more examples of evidence we collect, the easier it'll be to determine patterns. Afterwards, it can be used for further investigation, in attempt to find solutions once and for all. Supporting details such as screenshots, abnormalities in the HTML, or error codes are also welcome. The following posts will form index lists. Regarding a STEX overhaul, we've got to begin somewhere. I believe focussing on the more serious shortcomings makes sense as a starting point. Once these are hopefully addressed, it'll become a much clearer picture. Looking ahead, it may then lead onto more ambitious projects including the previously mentioned tagging, and the ideas which @rsc204 and @Tarkus discussed (e.g. here and here), amongst others. We're in this together as a community, and continuing on, any input or assistance would be welcome. Some files are not in a good shape, much like old property that needs a little TLC. Just like an architect, although it's a fact of life, people never intended their creations to reach a state of disrepair. As a result, being fair to authors past and present, it's time to commence action for the benefit of the whole community going forward. Thanks!
  12. STEX Issues - Community Report Thread

    Seeing as it points to the 'www' location, we might be able to do a rewrite to direct this old URL to the correct format. Just as has been done recently for older STEX file links. Or better still as a permanent solution, updating these instances via a database command. (That's something we're looking into.) Yes, although there is reference to the Opera House Fix, it does seem unlikely given the file was uploaded 8 years before the thread was created. It's possible those old links are so outdated (back when ST used the IdealBB forum software), that the ID numbers no longer correspond to the IPS equivalent today. Along with readme files, this means it'd require a best guess and a manual update as Cori said. It seems those URLs are empty as follows: <a href="" rel="external nofollow noopener" target="_blank">Opera House Fix</a> There is no target in the href, so it just directs to the currently viewed page being the thread. Again with this data missing and without a pattern, it rules out an auto-redirect or batch process. Therefore the only viable way forward is for us to manually fix them on demand, providing it's possible to determine the correct target location.
  13. Sounds like you may have come across the AdFly redirection shown for guests. If not signed into your Simtropolis account when attempting to download, it leads to an advertisement page (at go.simtropolis.com) which is used to help fund the site's operational expenses. There are also other limitations on the STEX without using a registered account, such as only allowing 2 files to be downloaded at once. So it's usually worth keeping signed in whenever possible. Then try downloading the file and it should work directly once clicking the button.
  14. This read-only thread will be used by site staff for posting updates relating to Simtropolis, such as new features or notable changes. Please post any requests or ideas in the Suggestions Box. Or if you'd like to report a bug or other issue, please use the Bugs Thread. Thanks all!
  15. Site Updates & Announcements

    A Minor and a Major Fix We're pleased to announce 2 useful improvements to the STEX: Review Stars Now Editable Written a file review? Want to modify the number of stars you've given? No problem. On the STEX it's now possible to edit your reviews and set a new rating value (1-5). After opening the editor, all you need to do is choose another star and hit the Save button. Bingo! That's it! Your review will then be saved, and after an auto-refresh the file's rating is updated. Preliminary Feedback "Oh, this is great cause I change my mind every few minutes!" –EiramAniroc "1 Star. Not needed. I know what I mean and I mean what I click." –Someone Else "Nice, but where's the edit button?" –Anonymous "A technological advancement beyond rational comprehension. A conquering ground-breaking revolution." –iptech "No comment. All you made me do is test it." –CloneBoom Possible uses may include if a new version of the file is released, and you wish to re-evaluate your original rating based on the changes made. Seeing as previously the ratings were inconveniently locked down, only the review text could be edited. Not any more... not any more! STEX Old Links Now Redirect Here's a fix that will likely affect everyone who uses the exchange. Over the years Simtropolis has used a range of software platforms. Starting out when Dirk built the original STEX from the ground up. Inevitably as software has changed, so has the format and structure. Part of this includes the links for files on the STEX. These were fixed a while ago, but a site upgrade altered the format which meant the existing translation (URL rewrite rules) no longer worked. Until now... Yes, finally those old links on file descriptions will once more redirect correctly. Dependencies will now be reachable without having to manually append the file ID to the URL, or if not aware this was possible, embark on a painstaking search for the files. Just click and you're there. Format Examples: http://www.simtropolis.com/stex/details.cfm?id=26793 http://www.simtropolis.com/stex/index.cfm?id=26793 http://www.simtropolis.com/forum/files/file/26793-network-addon-mod-for-windows-installer/ It also works with or without the 'www', and providing the ID is correct for the file, each will redirect to the correct location: As a result, reference lists such as this one will be useful once more.
  16. Simtropolis 9.0.x - Bugs & Issues Report Thread

    @Fantozzi I've just tested and can confirm with the images successfully moved to the new storage, profile images should now be editable once more.
  17. STEX CDs and Donations

    Thanks for your interest in supporting the site. I've checked with @Dirktator on this, and can confirm an automatic email will be sent to your address provided after your donation has been processed. If you'd like to opt-out of receiving a STEX disc or digital download, that's completely fine. Please send a quick reply to the email making this known. Should you not receive said email, I'd recommend sending Dirk a PM here at ST. Thanks again.
  18. Simtropolis 9.0.x - Bugs & Issues Report Thread

    In preparation for a transition to a new server setup, image files and resources are being moved to a new storage location. This includes profile photos which are currently in the process of being copied over. As of this post, the migration is about two thirds done, and we estimate they'll be fully completed in 24-26 hours from now. Until then, this will explain the error when attempting to edit profile photos. Sorry about that! Update: This is taking a bit longer than expected due to the earlier site downtime.
  19. Managing Member Albums in the ST Gallery

    Absolutely, you're more than welcome to create albums with the prospect to add images later. This is very much their purpose, and they work like a personal sub-category or folder. Really that guideline is in place since albums take up lots of real estate on the index, and the dedicated categories (below) are more suitable for standalone images. Indeed, the useful thing about albums is they provide a way to group and sort your image collections around a set theme. So yes, feel free to go ahead to your heart's content. Multiple albums for different city-building themes or per game. The only thing I would suggest is to give each image a descriptive title, not ending in the file name and extension. This isn't a hard rule as such, just makes them easier to search and navigate. But checking your image feed, I see you've picked up on this already which is great. (More a tip for anyone who may come across this thread.) Any empty albums are a likely result of an uploading error, so they can be safely removed from the listings.
  20. Club-owners Club Logo

    Aye aye, I approve of this masterpiece!
  21. Site Suggestion Box

    Got some ideas? Here's a place where you can recommend any improvements to Simtropolis. It's about time we had one of these. Even though the site continues to develop, we'd love to hear your thoughts on how it can be further refined and made better for everyone. Whether it be a simple layout/design tweak, or a completely brand new feature, post away in this thread! While we can't promise everything will be possible or implemented, each idea will be read and considered. I'm sure you'll appreciate there are limitations, both technically and financially. To report any issues with an existing site feature, or something not working as intended, please instead use the Bugs Thread. Guidelines For clarity, please keep one idea per post. Double posts are acceptable if you've more than one idea at once. Note: To prevent successive replies from auto-merging, you may need to wait 5 minutes. Give a subheading, describing briefly what the idea is. Explain the idea -- it helps to give as much detail as possible. Pictures or diagrams are acceptable, but not required. Why would this be of benefit to the community? If you value anyone's idea, please Like it to show your support. This helps to give a rough indication of how well an idea is received. If commenting on an idea, please quote/copy the subheading so it's clear what is being discussed. Progress Status Once processed, ideas will be tagged with one of the following: NOT PLANNED - The idea is appreciated, but at this stage, is not feasible to implement. INTERNAL REVIEW - We like the idea, and will pursue whether it's currently feasible to implement. PLANNED - We have decided to implement the idea, and are finding the best ways to go about it. IMPLEMENTED - The idea has been added as a new site feature! This will change depending on ongoing progress with implementation. Thanks all! -The Admins
  22. Avatar Caption Game v2.0

    Designed for subsonic flight, the Boa 848 pictured as a concept design. Thankfully it did knot get off the ground.
  23. Guess Who's Next V2

    Negative. matias93?
  24. Site Updates & Announcements

    Omnibus & News Redesign In a much needed update as part of the ongoing site renovation, we've given the Omnibus and News sections a facelift. Thus far, the notable changes reside on the index page which was previously a dull list of categories and clutter. Submissions are now clearly and more prominently displayed. Images making each stand out whereas previously only the titles and author were shown on the article listings. This approach has also been extended to the category pages. In addition, all categories now show the correct page title and those for SC13, CXL and SCS have been consolidated into "Other Games". There are still a few things to adjust with the design, and this includes the 'hero' images. Making them the correct proportion (some of them are stretched) or adding new ones. Another effort planned is an overhaul of the articles themselves. Understandably as many images were hosted on 3rd party sites, these are no longer available. Since numerous articles are based around the pictures to explain a concept, they are essential to the usefulness. For this reason, we'll be removing these broken images and trying to find replacements to salvage such articles. The same also goes for URLs that may no longer be in the correct format. Either converting or redirecting them to the intended location. Stay tuned for other refinements to the site's design, notably with the homepage over the coming weeks...
  25. Site Upgrade Announcement I'm pleased to announce @Dirktator has confirmed that today, Simtropolis is scheduled to receive a significant site upgrade. In the process we'll be incrementing the site's version to ST9.0. The latest major update to the IPS Suite will be applied to bring a whole host of new and exciting features. Most notably: Reactions This will give more flexibility to describe why you like a content item. It'll allow Reactions to be tailored to best suit our community, such as with custom sets & icons. Recommended Replies A way for helpful, informative or useful replies to be highlighted inside a thread. Will be a way of drawing attention to popular posts, including those providing answers to the OP's question. Content Messages Allow announcements or important info to be seen within a content item. Uses may include thread guidelines, reminders to follow, or even useful info for reference (e.g. links or images). Promoting Content A range of possibilities to improve the accessibility of content. STEX files, CJs, forum posts, the whole lot. Social media options can be explored, such as to connect with the site's Twitter as a content stream. Fluid Forum View Optionally view the forum via a topic list or grid mode instead of traditional categories. This is configurable for all users via a toggle, so it's possible to easily switch between the views. Editor Uploading Improvements Simplified ability to attach images and files to a post. Now possible to drag & drop into specific locations, without needing to insert manually. Gallery Improvements A range of enhancements for uploading Gallery images. Usability improvements also introduced for albums, and also the navigation with the image lightbox display. City Journals Sidebar CJ authors can optionally add a sidebar with information about their entries. This uses the post editor, so text or other media can be added. HTML access available on request. Letter Profile Photos The default avatar replaced with a random coloured background, featuring the 1st character of a username. This will only affect users who haven't changed their avatar from the anonymous grey silhouette. There's also the Clubs feature, which will restore a similar functionality to the old Groups. The advantage here is it's integrated and built into the core software, whereas previously it was a 3rd party plugin that was made incompatible. We won't be rolling out the Clubs immediately, but we have some ideas on how they can be used more effectively this time around, since they'll allow more options. Plus a visual overhaul and an assortment of other minor changes. Along with a few other surprises in store coming soon, so watch out for those too... Expected Downtime Since this is a larger update than usual, the site may be unavailable for a slightly longer period. It's scheduled anytime from 12pm noon EDT / 4pm UTC onwards (view clock), and we anticipate this will be no more than 1 hour. Should the downtime be prolonged, please check our Twitter feed for progress updates. Bugs & Stability The new version has been released in a client beta for several weeks, meaning stability has been tried & tested. However as is common with any new software product, there's a chance for undetected bugs to crop up when applied in unique environments. Please bear with us if there are any instabilities to start with, and report them below or in the bugs thread. Feedback We'd love to hear ways the site and the above features can be improved or best implemented. If you've any ideas feel free to share them below. We'll also be opening threads specifically to gain feedback on specific aspects within the next several weeks. Thanks everyone, and we hope you enjoy the new site!