I felt clever with blogpost titles today. For those that play with their map settings a lot, there is nothing new here.
When I was going through mail of little things and various things sent to me I noticed one particular thing I could answer immediately.
Malkin Devan said:I asked him if this was what he wanted:
Maps are quite hard to read in this game, add a background clearly marking sovereignty.
I'm going to give him credit for this one because when I discussed the intuitive UI features with others they stared at me in shock, not knowing that this particular function existed. I know about it from a conversation in Eve Uni chat once when someone said that the only way to view the map was tiled. I personally love the three dimensional starpmap and had no idea what they were talking about when they said a tiled map. I dug through the UI and found it.
The bright points on the second image are areas of Sov change. While this is not a map like dotlan, it is a very flexable tool and frankly, its pretty as hell to look at.
In the MoMA exhibit that was shown at Fanfest I believe, CCP recorded a 24 hour view of the star map and sped it up. Over that twenty four hours the map glows and changes colors as each time zone starts and ends. Its absolutely beautiful and I can't find it because I suck at searching video. It is probably in the keynote. It was amazing however and stunning.
I need to write some further chatter on UI thoughts. When asked about one of the most important things needed in Eve, I said the UI. The UI as in the User Interface that cover's all aspects of our interaction with Eve. There is way to much of Eve that we miss out on becuase of it. But, that is the start of another blog post.