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Sunday, December 9, 2012
New Applet for Griddlers - Updated


New and Old Applets
On December 9th we installed a new applet to solve Griddlers. The old applet is based on old technologies and we can't support it anymore. Every day more users have problems with Java updates that made it impossible for them to solve puzzles.
 

  While you get used to the new applet, the old one is available as well. At the top of every puzzle you can now see the line: Show Old Applet. Click it to have the puzzle in the old applet format.

However, keep in mind that the old applet will stop working one day because it is based on old technologies. We can't support it anymore, we can't add new features to it, we won't be able to help you when the next Java version will be released and things will stop working. Therefore, we advise you to try the new applet and learn about the all the features it has.

Tell us what you would like to have in the new applet, in which ways you still miss the old one and we will try to change it according to your wishes. Use the forum to discuss this and find out what's possible.

The first new feature we added is based on to your requests (Gravedigger's request to be precise): in the view tab for multigriddlers double-click on a part of a multi to open the puzzle. Let us know what else you would like!

What is new in the New Applet?
The following features are available to everyone - subscribers or not:

  • You can change the color of the Solving Area by double-clicking on the number [ 0 ] in the Palette Panel. You can select any color, not just gray.
  • You can add a pattern of question marks to the solving area. Go to View and select Show Pattern (Ctrl-Q).
  • You have three modes of drawing: Free, Line, Area.
  • You can toggle between the drawing modes by using the space bar.
  • You have 3 (instead of 2) options to check out clues and/or mark O, X, and OX on the grid.
    For example:
    Shift+Left-Click - places a "O" on the clues and/or the grid area.
    Shift+Right-Click - places a "X" on the clues and/or the grid area.
    You can also place "O" and "X" together on one clue or cell and get a 3rd option to mark your clues or cells on the grid. View More
  • There are a lot of shortcut keys to use, like Ctrl-S for saving, Ctrl-P for pausing, Ctrl-H for hiding the MCR, and more.
  • When closing the puzzle window the system asks whether you want to save, so you won't lose your work.
  • The new applet provides more info about every MultiGriddler: Total time of solving the whole MultiGriddlers.
    Total number of users who solved all the parts.
  • You can zoom in/out a whole MultiGriddlers.
  • If you want to know the author better, get more info about them or send them a message - click on the name of the author in the applet.

The Benefits for Subscribers
All the benefits provided to the subscribers by the iGridd Applet and Webstart are available in the new applet, like:

  • Save up to 50 puzzles online.
  • Save locally an unlimited number of puzzles and solve them offline.
  • Printing puzzles to solve on paper.
  • Use a Locked Clues feature.
  • Use a Square Counter.
  • Use Ctrl-Y to redo 1 to 1000 undo steps.
  • Have two kinds of Guides.
  • Have the applet paused automatically if it is idle for 10 minutes.

Saving Records

Puzzles you saved via the old applet can be solved only by the old applet. They are stored in the tab Old Save.

Signed and Unsigned Applets
The reason we added a certificate to sign is the wide tools we can provide. Unfortunately the text you see is not ours. It comes automatically with the certificate. In other words - we don't need to know what cameras or microphones you have. We have no use for it.
We are trying now to create two applets - one without a certificate and another one with a certificate to sign. The unsigned applet will have less tools and the signed one will provide everything that you have now and more in the future.

How to Use
A detailed manual of the new applet is available in HERE. Please take the time to read it, not only to know the new applet better but to make sure you don't miss any cool feature.

Enjoy!  

Comments

To jest koszmarne!!! Kompletnie nieczytelna grafika. Nie da się na to patrzeć! Od razu męczą się oczy. Powinna być opcja dawnego wyglądu, do wyboru. W tej grafice nie będę rozwiązywać obrazków w ogóle.
Posted on 12/9/12 5:54 PM.
i dont like it, is there any way i can keep using the old layout?
Posted on 12/9/12 6:15 PM.
For MultiGriddlers there should be a "Solve"-button in the "View"-tab so you don't need to switch back to the "Details"-tab
Posted on 12/9/12 6:28 PM.
Agree, don't like the small font on the left/top - please keep the old one available.
Posted on 12/9/12 6:38 PM in reply to jenny1.
The keyboard controls don't work at all. It used to be that they didn't work at first until I clicked save, and then they'd start working. Now they don't work at all. Worse than useless.
Posted on 12/9/12 6:46 PM.
I don't like it too... My eyes hurt. Smal font, i cant see background - the white one - i don;t see differences betwen white and grey. Do something fast, please...
Posted on 12/9/12 6:48 PM.
ik vind dit echt niet plezant!!! het ontspannende is totaal weg! heb een tweede bril nodig om alles te zien!
Posted on 12/9/12 6:50 PM.
Is April the First in another calendar or culture??
Posted on 12/9/12 6:52 PM.
nice way to make things even worse. background gray and white are barely different. we cant change colors. keyboard shortcuts dont seem to work.
Posted on 12/9/12 6:52 PM.
Tato zmena urcite nie je k lepsiemu!
Posted on 12/9/12 6:55 PM.
For B/W puzzles and solvers with bad eyesight, the combination of white blocks on grey background makes it an exercise in frustration. Please darken the grey color or have a high-contrast option. Similarly, a problem shared with the old interface was the visibility of the guides. Sure, you can change the guide colors, but it's still hard to see. Rather than coloring the grid lines as a guide, I suggest tinting the entire row.

I like the effort, however, and had no attachment to the old interface. The new interface seems like it'll be a definite improvement once a few kinks are worked out. Thanks for the hard work.
Posted on 12/9/12 7:04 PM.
değişiklik yapacağız derken herşeyi berbat etmişsiniz. kayıtlı bulmacam bile silindi gitti. Eski arayüzü geri istiyorum.
Posted on 12/9/12 7:08 PM.
Totally agree about the contrast between white and grey--and the fact that the grey cannot be changed except by subscribers! Bring back the old! Please!
Posted on 12/9/12 7:16 PM in reply to Noni.
What happened to the Alt+Drag to color large blocks (over multiple rows AND columns)?!?! This was one of the best features of the old layout, and one of the only things that separated griddlers.net from other options!
Posted on 12/9/12 7:27 PM.
Do not like it at all. Griddlers have such other sites and they really are not good
Posted on 12/9/12 7:28 PM.
The contrast between the grey background of unfilled squares and white filled squares is too low. Can this be changed?
And in general: afwul. The font is afwul, the whole layout is awful. Please get the old back.
Posted on 12/9/12 7:31 PM.
This applet is awful! Please, return to the previous one!
Posted on 12/9/12 7:32 PM.
ı can't see background
Posted on 12/9/12 7:53 PM.
You can get darker background color from menu View->Reset Colors.
Posted on 12/9/12 8:14 PM in reply to fremnia.
This feature is now Area Mode, In fact I have Area mode on all the time. Not need to press Alt button.
Posted on 12/9/12 8:14 PM in reply to firemage13.
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