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Old February 25th, 2005, 05:07 AM
I'm not sure if this is even the right place to put these, but if not,
be gentle with me.

Having used CV for a few months, I'm very happy with it overall. But
there are a couple of minor things I'd like to see, if ever you get
around to making such changes.

#1 annoyance: inventory entry. When entering inventory cards, I hate
taking my hands off the keyboard. I can press 'P' to jump to the first
card starting with 'P', but to go beyond that card I need to either
hit the down arrow (which for some reason is very slow, the screen
flickers with an update after each keystroke and there is a
significant lag) or use the mouse to point at a card further down the
screen. What I would really like is the ability to type 'P' [jump to
first card], then 'U' [jump further, to first card starting with
'PU'], etc. (Instead, 'U' jumps to the first card starting with 'U'.)
The incremental search feature should remember that the last
interaction was a keystroke, and build up the search as it goes. If I
type an arrow key, or mouse to the screen, then it should reset.

#2 wish: I wish card sets (in particular, Magic: the Gathering,
because of their reprint policy) had some way to identify when a card
was a reprint. For example, in the Betrayers of Kamigawa set, "Phantom
Wings" is a reprint from Weatherlight. I'd love to be able to identify
such reprints so I can pull them from my old card boxes to use in new
Standard-legal decks.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 01:23 PM
This is a perfectly good spot for posting feature requests. I've replied to
each of them below....

At 02:06 PM 2/25/2005 +0000, you wrote:
>I'm not sure if this is even the right place to put these, but if not,
>be gentle with me.
>
>Having used CV for a few months, I'm very happy with it overall. But
>there are a couple of minor things I'd like to see, if ever you get
>around to making such changes.
>
>#1 annoyance: inventory entry. When entering inventory cards, I hate
>taking my hands off the keyboard. I can press 'P' to jump to the first
>card starting with 'P', but to go beyond that card I need to either
>hit the down arrow (which for some reason is very slow, the screen
>flickers with an update after each keystroke and there is a
>significant lag) or use the mouse to point at a card further down the
>screen. What I would really like is the ability to type 'P' [jump to
>first card], then 'U' [jump further, to first card starting with
>'PU'], etc. (Instead, 'U' jumps to the first card starting with 'U'.)
>The incremental search feature should remember that the last
>interaction was a keystroke, and build up the search as it goes. If I
>type an arrow key, or mouse to the screen, then it should reset.

We considered doing it this way, but opted not to in the end. The reason
was simply a matter of confusion for the less technical user - of which we
have many. Using the method you describe, the "context" isn't shown
anywhere and a user who isn't familiar with that way of doing things would
be quickly confused. The current method used by CV is the same method used
by Windows within Explorer, so it's the "standard" method that users will
be familiar with.

You might consider trying the "Quick Search" mechanism. I'm a keyboard
person myself, and you can get to the card you want pretty quickly without
taking your hands off the keyboard by using Quick Search. Use <ctrl-Q> to
initiate the search, then type in the character sequence you want, then
press <Enter>, and CV jumps to the card. Hit the <Esc> key to jump back
into CV. This is a little bit more work than what you propose, but it's
close, and it also has the benefit of not being confusing to non-technical
users. :-)

>#2 wish: I wish card sets (in particular, Magic: the Gathering,
>because of their reprint policy) had some way to identify when a card
>was a reprint. For example, in the Betrayers of Kamigawa set, "Phantom
>Wings" is a reprint from Weatherlight. I'd love to be able to identify
>such reprints so I can pull them from my old card boxes to use in new
>Standard-legal decks.

You can do this already. Within the Filter mechanism, just click the
"Include All Equivalents" checkbox. This will include all of the equivalent
cards (i.e. reprints in Magic) in the result set displayed. Within deck
construction, you'll need to make sure to disable the option to merge
equivalent cards so that the equivalents are shown, but this method will
always work within the inventory manager.

Thanks, Rob

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