The latest outrage is the new set of tool tips released yesterday. Reading the posts, this change was the worst thing since the Star Wars: Galaxies NGE (although not as bad as UO's Trammel) and would result in players shooting monuments in Jita in a few days at the latest. Given the outrage on the official forums, I figured that the new tool tips were causing troubles for OCR bots. Visiting the H-Bot forums showed I was right...
13 May 2014
olaf: "there is a prob when ship is aligning to bm and new baloon tooltip show with speed ..."
H-BOT (forum admin): "Attention! The new baloon [sic] tooltip shown when the mouse hovers an item in overview can cover crucial parts of your drones window and cause problems to H-Bot (if drones window is positioned on the left of your overview). Leave some space between drones and overview to avoid such problems."
|Causes Bots Problems|
I'm gathering that the last bit of advice is also useful for real players to know. I would not have run into the issue, though, because I've moved everything away from the left of the overview so the icons for the ships I've targeted will show up there instead.
When I got home, I had a full night ahead of me as I had neglected my industry and needed to catch up. I'm happy to report that I didn't notice any new tool tips getting in the way of creating manufacturing jobs, renewing the gathering on my planetary interaction colonies, gathering the materials from the customs offices, transporting my goods into Bosena, or creating sell orders.
I'll admit I did not run any data or relic sites last night, but that was only because, due to bad luck, I only scanned down wormholes and combat sites. I would have run the combat sites, but the time was getting late and there were neutrals in system. They were faction warfare dudes, so where I would have risked a Cheetah in a data site or a Procurer in a belt, I wasn't about to risk a Cyclone in a DED site. Why tempt anyone?
|Tool Tip Combined With The Radial Menu|
One thing I was a bit concerned about was groups of celestial objects. The ones that appear so close together in space that they stack. After a brief search I found a cluster and was pleasantly surprised. Not only are the letters easier to read (no more text getting washed out by the sun) but I now have a wider area to place my cursor in order to pull up the radial menu. Before, I had to click on the icon. Now, I can select anywhere along the object's line. Very cool addition.
I still need to find a data or relic site to run and mine in a belt, but given what I've seen so far, I don't expect to have any issues. I might even travel to high sec just to run a level 4 security mission (ugh!) just to exhaust all possibilities of problems. Sometimes people complain just to complain. Others will complain anytime something changes. But for now, I have nothing to complain about and some things to like. Looks like the feature is a win for me.