This weekend Graham and I spent some time on the UserVoice suggestions forum, responding to a number of requests and tidying up a few that had become moot. Thanks again to everyone who has participated in that forum over the last year or so – your input has been truly useful. Some of you may find you have votes back.
While we were at it, we identified a couple of areas where the core team is too overextended to do the work, but where there is clearly strong community desire to see changes made: extensions handling and version control. A number of other smaller items have also been tagged as places where volunteers could potentially help out. I’ve posted about all these, and some options for getting started, here:
I would be glad to help where I could be useful. I even see a few areas that would apply to me and my personal goals. One in particular is in extensions. I would be glad to help with any projects there since that seems to be the need.
One question though… would a single download of extensions be useful (I see it in the list)? It seems there is a limit to what can be seen in the “Open Extension” list. I have hit that limit many times, and had to remove extensions just so I can see the ones I use towards the bottom of the list. Yes, I read all of the ones I use. I am strange that way.
I tried loading the Blue Lacuna extensions, and lost three authors from the bottom of the list. And one of them was me! (I write my own for my use… I have thought of submitting them, but am waiting till I test them more).
I haven’t heard from anyone else wanting to do it. Votes or no, though, I know of at least two authors who’ve asked for such a thing. ( inform7.uservoice.com/forums/573 … ?ref=title , for those of you following along at home.)
Hm. That is not a problem I’ve run into on the Mac, to my knowledge. (Though I may not have absolutely everything loaded, I do have quite a lot of extensions.) This sounds like it might be a reportable bug on whatever system you’re using.
I have 38 authors and 184 files in the extension folder under “MyDocuments/Inform”. If I add one… one at the end drops off. So that seems to be my limit. I think it is number of extensions though, not number of authors.
I’m willing to help, : I think I can take care of this request:
So I downloaded the osx version of the IDE, then opened “Inform.xcode” which got converted to “Inform.xcodeproj” since i’m using xcode 3.2 (a newer version).
As indicated in “BUILDING.rtf”, I placed zoom’s sources directory next to the IDE’s sources directory. I also added inform63 sources there. (xcode was asking for them, i found them on the inform6 website).
I aslo edited the “ZoomCocoa.xcode” project to “ZoomCocoa.xcodeproj” . It seems like I should do the same for the “CocoaGlk.xcode” project (as of now, it is printed in red) …
I’m only getting one error now, but quite a strange one:
The version of xcode i’m using (3.2) doesn’t support java natively anymore. I added the old java templates to xcode around a year ago (because I like developing java projects within xcode, don’t ask me why) so maybe is the error stemming from this. Could someone try to build the IDE with a “regular” version of xcode, or at least give me some hints as to whether it’s not working for me ?
I’m also willing to help enhancing how inform handles pronouns. I’ve been studying linguistics (with the hope of doing Natural Language Processing later) and I’ve been taught a few theories guidelines about it (focus, topicalization, etc).
Jam is a build utility, and is unrelated to Java. XCode may be telling you that it found a Jamfile in one of the source directories and no longer supports Jam, and therefore can’t build that component.
You may need to get in touch with one of the Inform 7 maintainers to get the most recent compiler sources. I don’t think they are publicly available.