Friday, April 10, 2015

Ways to Improve Exploration

Good day!

This post is especially made for the good of Exploration!

I live in wormhole space. Really good experience. I have been learning the basics, scanning, scouting, making bookmarks, using  nice 3rd party apps, doing Planetary Interaction, hauling stuff, bashing Sleepers, salvaging and other stuff. Among all things I see one aspect of these activities that really needs improvements:

Probe Scanner and Scan Results/Bookmark Sharing

Yes, improvements in this sphere. We need them badly. Especially when it comes to sharing a multitude of scan results that we have just spend a long time picking up. From my experience in wormhole space I can tell that when you have to bookmark, say, about 30 signatures, things can get complicated. Basically it means spending a lot of time bookmarking each signature one by one, setting a relevant name and so on.

But what can be done to make things better? I got some things to offer.

Probe Scanner Memory and Coordinates Lists

Have you ever wanted your Probe Scanner to remember your last scan results in a system and keep them for you to view after you leave that system? It is pretty annoying that it currently doesn't do that. Present time when someone is scanning multiple wormholes and wants to check where they lead to, they have to bookmark each sig either from the Probe Scanner list or if they want to know their type they have to warp to each, bookmark them noting down their type and then jump through each to see where they lead to. If the exploring capsuleer decides to go through a wormhole before doing all these things, their scanner will forget the results and when they come back to see where the other wormholes lead to, they would have to do the scan again. Well, it may be a common thing for a seasoned pilot to bookmark first and check later, but again, with multiple things to bookmark it may take a large portion of their time to pick them one by one.

What I suggest is that there should be a small button or ticker box in the Probe Scanner that would make it memorize the scan results in each system that you have scanned and keep them as bookmarks in a neat interactive list, one list per system and all such lists should be stored in a special folder for example. Such folder may be stored in Personal Bookmarks and maybe it would be nice if it could be accessed via the Probe Scanner.