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#1 Ketzerfreund

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:43

This is just a minor mod that I've made for my own use, but maybe it's of use to someone out there, too.

I've fiddled around with the unit and nav icons to make them not superimpose themselves over everything like they usually do. Unit icons have been redesigned, the X and the giant light bulb are gone. The arrows on the screen edge indicating the position of planes around you are transparent now.
Nav icons have been resized to be smaller and made transparent.
Unfortunately I have found no way to manipulate the font for distance and name.

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Unpack into the Rise of Flight folder or make a new folder in JSGMEMODS and unpack therein for activation.

[Update:]
Added a plane-icon-only-variant as well as an empty 1-pixel-file. If you prefer your own choice of icons to disable, overwrite unwanted icons with this empty one.

Each unit icon and also the arrows come in black, blue and red. Here's a list:

[Update 2:]New unit icon file names with Ver. 1.029!
f101-0, f101-1, f101-2.dds - Plane
f102*.dds - Balloon
f103*.dds - Ground unit
fa*.dds - Arrow

Nav icons also come in three variants. When an icon gets activated in game, it flashes through the second and third variants. The list:

f11*.dds - Waypoint
f12*.dds - Target (mission objective)
f13*.dds - Area of activity (patrol areas & stuff)
f14*.dds - Escort objective (blue shield)
f15*.dds - Landing site

:S!:

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#2 elephant

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:47

I usually don't use icons, but I'll give them a try…
Thanks!
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#3 Ketzerfreund

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:51

I'll probably make myself a unit icon set that only keeps the little dash for planes at some point, just for a visual aid, since planes that should be in visible range can't really be spotted at 1680x1050 on a screen for mere mortals without the use of a looking glass. ;)
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#4 W1ndy

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 02:05

I like it. Thanks
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#5 robin100

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 17:54

This will be useful, thanks for sharing your mini-mod!

Could you please make a version with arrows indicators 100% transparent i.e. no arrows in the game at all? I was trying to do it myself, but I have no experience with DDS files and creating transparency.
I wish the icons in RoF would be customizable in any way, at least as it was in IL-2!
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#6 BADMUTHA

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 20:46

I'll probably make myself a unit icon set that only keeps the little dash for planes at some point, just for a visual aid, since planes that should be in visible range can't really be spotted at 1680x1050 on a screen for mere mortals without the use of a looking glass. ;)

I was just thinking about this last night, if you can do this I would love to use it.
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#7 robin100

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:06

Ok, I've managed to do it using DXT Bmp program. Easier than I thought at first!
So, if anyone is interested, here's the Ketzerfreund's mini-mod with arrow indicators on the screen edge completely removed. No more info that someone is on your six!
And I agree that actually a little dash for planes at some point would be the best option.

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#8 BADMUTHA

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:50

Can you make it so the only icons seen are the small black dashes or dots or whatever for the planes? I don't want to see balloon icons or vehicle icons.
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#9 Ketzerfreund

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:08

At your service; OP updated.
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#10 W1ndy

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:11

You guys are frikkin awesome
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#11 BADMUTHA

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 16:42

Awesome, thanks.
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#12 robin100

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 13:13

I've played with the "plane icons only" mod, and it suits me fine, so thanks again for you work! :)
I wonder whether it is possible to get rid off the planes icons in the in-flight map? Could it be done in the similar way by replacing the icons with empty 1px files? But where to find those icon files in the game folder? I really don't like this radar-like feature of the in-flight map. The only way I know to turn it off is to set "enemy icons = off" in the game settings, but that way I also lose plane icons in the air.
Any help is appreciated!
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#13 Trooper117

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 13:42

Don't use icons but very interesting stuff.. you modding guys have everyones appreciation :)
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#14 Ketzerfreund

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 17:11

I've played with the "plane icons only" mod, and it suits me fine, so thanks again for you work! :)
I wonder whether it is possible to get rid off the planes icons in the in-flight map? Could it be done in the similar way by replacing the icons with empty 1px files? But where to find those icon files in the game folder? I really don't like this radar-like feature of the in-flight map. The only way I know to turn it off is to set "enemy icons = off" in the game settings, but that way I also lose plane icons in the air.
Any help is appreciated!

Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the graphics for the map icons. I'd also be very interested in that, as the location markers on the map are too big and indiscernable, overlapping each other, when zoomed out. I'll keep looking for a solution.

I really wonder from where the game gets these icons. I'd be grateful for any pointers someone out there might have. Also about the font used for the in-flight icons: Where is it and how is it rendered?
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#15 J5_Corsaire

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:14

Worked fine with 1.028b but doesn't seem to work anymore with 1.029 (unit icons)
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#16 Ketzerfreund

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 16:43

That's right. They renamed the unit icon files. Opening post and K_uniticons.zip/PlaneIconsOnly.zip updated.
Thank you for notifying.
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#17 TX-EcoDragon

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 18:30

Nice!
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#18 J5_Corsaire

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 21:42

Thks for updating !
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#19 robin100

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 13:41

Thanks for the update!

:S!:
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#20 Rover_27

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:32

Oh Lord, I think I've finally found what I was looking for. Alas, it doesn't seem to work in my case…
Look here, I downloaded planeiconsonly, unpacked it into my jsgmemods (now I have planeiconsonly/data/swf, right?). Ok, I go to jsgme and activate it (the files like f101-0.dds and such go precisely to data/swf in my main RoF folder), I tick Mods on in the launcher. I start the game with only friendly and enemy icons on and I still see ground units, balloons icons, etc. But I wanted only planes with no obtrusive arrows.
Please tell me what I'm doing wrong. Thank you so much.
I actually feel that I'm one step away from what I need
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#21 Ketzerfreund

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 00:49

Are the unit icons beyond the plane icons that you see the standard ones, or did you use K_uniticons.zip before and you see that one's balloon and ground unit icons?

Just to make sure I understand the problem correctly:
- You made a folder named "planeiconsonly" in "JSGMEMODS" and unpacked PlaneIconsOnly.zip therein.
- After enabling mods in RoF and activating the mod in JSGME, "Rise of Flight\data\swf" looks like this (note the file sizes):
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Note, by the way, that PlaneIconsOnly.zip has its bearing indicators overwritten to be invisible. If you do actually want the less obtrusive arrows, overwrite fa*.dds with the corresponding files from K_uniticons.zip, or delete them for reenabling the standard indicators!
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#22 Rover_27

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:53

Dear Ketzerfreund,

Thank you for this very detailed and helpful reply. Now it's all clear to me and it's working. Thank you again for this excellent solution!
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#23 89

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 10:25

I'll probably make myself a unit icon set that only keeps the little dash for planes at some point, just for a visual aid, since planes that should be in visible range can't really be spotted at 1680x1050 on a screen for mere mortals without the use of a looking glass. ;)

Dear Ketzerfreund, I 've installed your mod but I still get range numbers and plane names in the icons. As you can see from my screenshot, the balloon (marked with an arrow) does not have an icon -which means the MOD is working, but instead of the little dash I have the full name and distance of each plane.
How could i have just a dash under each plane?
Many thanks for the mod!

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#24 J5_Corsaire

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 17:35

The little dash replaces the original cross which is a lot bigger. Anything under 1.3 km (iirc) you get the distance in neutral color, anything under 0.70 km you get the distance, name of plane and side color.
This must be hard coded I guess…
Under 0.70 km you don't need the little dash anymore, because you can see the plane. Just turn off the icons with "i" key when they are close enough that you can see them.
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#25 89

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 18:11

I see, cheers for the answer. It's a shame that the rinning numbers are hard coded in- the running letters/numbers HUD ruins the feel of WW1. I hope (already made a topic on this) BOS will give an option of "minimalist icons"- a simple dash without any names/plane data, just to help with eye strain of finding aircraft against the ground without ruining immersion.
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#26 s8n333x2

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 14:15

i like this mod :)
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#27 vonOben.

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 19:12

Thank you very much Ketzerfreund! :S!:

Much better than the default icons!

I've edited the plane icons so they are now only dots, which give a smoother transformation when the "real planes" start to display IMHO.

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Cheers

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#28 WWSittingduck

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 19:51

great work. If you have the time, keep looking for the map icons.
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#29 AussiePilot

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 09:13

Does the original "Plane icons only" still work? I loaded it today and nothing has changed.

Does it work in multiplayer mods on ?
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#30 robin100

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 19:15

Does the original "Plane icons only" still work? I loaded it today and nothing has changed.

The version which I use still works with no problems (attached).
It would be really great if someone finds a way to remove the plane icons from the map too.

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#31 AussiePilot

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 15:17

Thank you very much Ketzerfreund! :S!:

Much better than the default icons!

I've edited the plane icons so they are now only dots, which give a smoother transformation when the "real planes" start to display IMHO.

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Cheers

vonOben

This is great, having the dots show up… any chance you can do that for ground objects as well?

I fly with a crew who need the named icons to show but would appreciate them starting as dots from a distance like you have made the plane rather than a big black butterfly looking thing.
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#32 Winston60

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 04:47

Yeah, anyway to replace the black squares around the ground targets with maybe a black dot?
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