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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

I like this layout - it is much better. You can select 'Area' instead of having to use the ALT key which is great. Having three markers really helps with 3 colour puzzles. For those who are struggling with the background colour - just double click the '0' colour and change it to what you want.

I dont understand all the negative comments at all. Thanks griddlers - keep up the good work!
Posted on 12/10/12 8:18 AM.
The colours don't work for me. I mean left click, right click, same colour. Thanks for leaving the old Applet available. It's easier on the eye anyway.
Posted on 12/10/12 8:39 AM.
Well this new version doesn't work for me either. Another avenue of pleasure closed off!! Good bye Griddlers.
Posted on 12/10/12 9:11 AM.
i don't like it too. please keep the old one
Posted on 12/10/12 9:23 AM.
Since sunday, devcember 9th, everytime I try to load a new griddler, I am asked ti download the new Java version. This new version is now installed on my computer.
But, I am asked everytime to download this new version and can't do ant griddler.
Windows 7 and IE 9
Posted on 12/10/12 9:36 AM.
Ależ jest (na razie) opcja wyboru: wystarczy przed zaczęciem rozwiązywania kliknąć w napis "Show Old applet".; i już można rozwiązywać obrazek "po staremu".
Ale trzeba pamiętać, że jeśli obrazek zapiszemy po staremu, to nie będzie się dało już tego obrazka rozwiązywać "po nowemu)

Ja mam inną uwagę: obrazków nie da się zapisywać "po nowemu) - jak się zacznie go rozwiązywać, to trzeba ciągnąć do końca, bo inaczej obrazek zniknie, i cały wysiłek pójdzie na marne.
Posted on 12/10/12 10:22 AM.
Dzięki ogromne za błyskawiczne zmiany i możliwość korzystania ze starej wersji! :*
Posted on 12/10/12 10:40 AM.
My concern with the new applet is that it says it will have access to all my personal files, microphone and webcam...this is a breach of privacy that I really don't like...
Posted on 12/10/12 10:45 AM in reply to Ra100.
Double-click on a part of a multi to open the puzzle.
Posted on 12/10/12 11:01 AM in reply to Gravedigger.
Button "Zapisz" ("SAVE") nie działa! (be ineffective!).
Posted on 12/10/12 11:07 AM in reply to hagitm.
After a few minutes of getting used to some new keystrokes, and finding the line/area buttons at the top, this is quite clearly a lot better. Many thanks!
Posted on 12/10/12 11:22 AM.
Hi,
the applet is signed by our certificate to get access to data server which is different than www.griddlers.net. And also it stores small amount of info on your local HD in user home directory .gridd . You can review the files.
We are considering to use non signed jar files and also not store settings locally. In Java 1.7 it is possible to access hosts different than the one with applet page. However not all users have Java 1.7 or 1.8.
Posted on 12/10/12 11:39 AM in reply to jgietzmann.
Gravedigger - Double-click on a part. It'll open the puzzle.

Noni - thank you! Yes for the kinks to work out, like the double-click in View tab to open the puzzle.

Iclif, mdeen, Grash, kalimero1982, mdeen, fremnia - You have full control on the color of the solving area grid. Use it!

DrMathochist - Yes, you are right. We are working on it now. I'll write again once it is fixed.

claret - you asked: Why change something that works well? I answer: It will stop working one day because it is based on old technologies.

firemage13 - instead of using the ALT for area use the AREA drawing mode. You can also enjoy the FREE and LINE drawing modes, and toggle between them.
Posted on 12/11/12 9:30 AM.
The change to some of the commands takes a bit of getting used to, but the guide was very helpful. Now my colors are changed, the applet is quite satisfactory. I particularly like that the griddler size is saved - I always make mine huge, and it's nice to get the right size immediately.

I'm still in adjustment phase, and I know my first response to change is OMGNOOOOOOO, but I do see the promise in this. I figure by the time the changes to placing/removing the Xs and Os are second nature, I'll hardly miss the old applet.
Posted on 12/10/12 12:58 PM.
Getting used to the new applet. It has some good features. Would be great if we could change the colors of the grid lines.
Posted on 12/10/12 1:42 PM.
cjkewis - you can change the colors of the grid lines. Go through the menu:
View -->Grid color, Grid5 color
Use Save and the colors will be your default.
Posted on 12/10/12 1:55 PM in reply to cklewis.
One word "EXCELLENT" !!!!! - Well done to all involved with this update. Love the new features, just what the site needed. Congratulations and best wishes for the future x
Posted on 12/10/12 3:16 PM.
I LOVE this update! Thank you, grid_team for this. Perfect for the holidays, couldn't ask for more. <3
Posted on 12/10/12 3:18 PM.
NIE!!! NIE!!! NIE!!!
Posted on 12/10/12 5:32 PM.
@Ra100: dost to taha oci. Snad by pomohlo, keby sa font co najviac podobal na ten stary alebo keby ho bolo mozne nastavit.
Posted on 12/10/12 5:59 PM.
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