The GM Notes system facilitates an in-game collaborative environment for developers and world builders. By creating notes at specific locations of interest, users may more easily communicate details about the area. The GM Notes panel is accessible from the Tools Menu.
When communicating between remote team members, describing how an area should be modified or where visual problems occur, is extremely difficult to explain with words alone. Even screenshots can be tricky when trying to provide a concrete display of the subject matter. GM Notes allows for specific explanations to be made much more clear.
What problems(s) does this not solve?
The ability to have in-game context for user collaboration provides a streamlined interface for communication.
Creating a Note
Removing a Note
Removing a note is done by highlighting the specific note within the list and selecting Remove
Opening a Note
Opening a note is done by highlighting the desired note in the Notes List, then either double-clicking or pressing the Open button.
Once a note is opened, this becomes the Close button and may be used to exit the GM Notes system.
Signaling a Note
In some cases there could be a long list of GM Notes available for viewing. Signaling a Note causes the interface to provide a flashing red indicator next to the note which is currently being viewed.
Once a note has been opened, the viewport will now act as a drawing board. Using the mouse, the user may draw on the viewport to highlight areas that may need work or to whiteboard what the are should look like when completed.
All of the brush tools use the color selected from the color picker when drawing on the viewport.
This slider determines the thickness of the lines that will be drawn when using any of brushes.
There are 5 main brushes that can be used when editing a GM note to draw on the viewport.
- Freehand - this is the most basic brush and allows you to draw just by moving the mouse. Left click and hold to draw.
- Circle Brush - As the name implies this draws circles only. Left-click and hold to pick the center point of the circle, then drag the mouse to determine the radius of the circle, release the left mouse button when it is the desired size.
- Line Brush - This brush draws straight lines. Left-click and hold to start the line and then release the left mouse button where you want the line to end.
- Rectangle brush - As with the circle brush this draw only rectangles. Left click and hold to pick the top left corner of the rectangle then release the left mouse button where you want the lower right corner of the rectangle to be.
- Polygon brush - This brush allows you to draw a many sided polygon based on the sides slider next to it. Currently it can draw polygons between 3-12 sides. This works like the circle brush. Left-click and hold where you want the center of the polygon to start then drag to where you want the polygon to end and release the left mouse button.
These tools allow you to edit the contents of whats been drawn on the viewport
- Selection tool - All lines drawn on the screen are separated according to each brush stroke IE between when the mouse button was pressed down to when it was released. The selection tool allows you to move any of these brush strokes around the screen.
- Eraser - This allows you to select any brush stroke and delete it.
- Clear All - Completely clears anything drawn in the current gm note. There is a warning when using this tool since this action can not be undone.
- Undo tool - Undoes any deleted vectors that were removed with the eraser tool but it does not undo the full GM note clear from the recycle tool.
This section is used to provide specific information about what has been drawn onto the viewport. This could include comments, questions, and suggestions about a Note. You may also change the name of a Note by editing the Name field.