Asset Updates

Asset Updates!

Hello all, I just wanted to make a short update post regarding our new asset as well as some updates we have pushed to some of our existing assets this week. So here’s what has happened this week:

Build Versions

Our latest asset is still in the review process to go live on the Unity Asset Store. The stores review process time has increased a considerable amount since we last published a new asset so it is taking a while. We are, as of writing, #1448 in the queue. So this asset may take a while to go live. There isn’t anything we can do on our end to speed this up sadly so its just a waiting game. We expect that the asset will be live before December but we can’t give an accurate date at this time. We will post when the asset goes live so y’all don’t miss it!

Audio Manager | 2.5.3

Audio Manager got a small update in the week, we fixed a few issues with the music player script to add a little extra functionality to it. We did make a little bobo in this update and missed a few bits such as the version numbers on some of the assets custom editor code. We will be patching this in a silent update next week.

A silent update is where we push an update without changing the version number of the asset, so you won’t get a notification that a new version is live.

Transform Colours | 1.2.0

Transform Colours has also got a new update! This update adds the option for users to customise the colours that are used in the transform component. Previously if you wanted to changes these you would need to go into our code to edit the colours selected. However after a review of someone doing this was posted we felt we should add a handy tool to make it easy to change. This is also a god send for those who use Unity in the light theme as the default colours are more focused on the dark theme that we personally use.

Closing Notes

That is all the updates we have for nThat is all the updates we have for now. We are now aiming to post a update on a weekly or fortnightly basis from now onwards to keep you all in the loop with that we are working on ‘n’ all. So keep your eyes peeled for future updates!

Build Versions Under Review!

Build Versions Under Review!

We recently annouced a new asset that was going to be released this month, well here it is! Build Versions is an automation tool that is like out other asset totally Free. This tool automatically updates a build number along with some other useful information that you can display in your project.

The asset by default will automatically update the following information in a scriptable object for you to implement if you wish:

  • A unique build number, that starts at 1 and goes up each build you make in your project.
  • The date that the build was made up.

You can also have the asset update the Major/Minor/Patch systematic version number that is commonly used in software development version numbers. Change when the build information updates and whether or not the asset updates the build information.

You can view the documentation here if you are interested and want to get a sneak peak. We will make another post as and when the asset is officially live.

End of 2021 Plans

End of 2021 Plans

With the end of the year fast approaching, we feel it is a good time to announce our plans for the rest of the year. We achieved most of our plans from the summer roadmap, though it did take longer than we initially planned. Because of this we are behind on making a new game project which we will be postponing until the new year.

Spooky Logo

You may have also noticed a logo change recently, this is our yearly bit of fun where we make logo variations based on the time of year. With Halloween fast approaching, we felt we needed to make the logo a little spooky for the fun of it.

The Carter Games 2021 Halloween Banner

The Plan

Those of you who follow our social media will know that we have had a few new assets in the works for a while now. Well we plan to finish these up and release them before the year is up. Those who have looked at our Unity Asset Store page recently will note that the Leaderboard Manager is still out of date. So this is also on the plate for the end of year work. We held off on the Leaderboard Manager for a bit as the asset needed a total re-write, so the new version will be a 2.0.0 release as and when we release it.

So a breakdown of what each asset does and when to expect the update roughlty:

Leaderboard Manager | End of year

Leaderboard Manager is a scripting system that allows users to implement leaderboard into their games with reletive ease. The current asset works, but is rather basic and has some limitations that we would like to remove. Given the amount of work needed to make the Leaderboard Manager work as we want. We expect this asset to be the last one we release this year.

Drop Tables | November

This asset is one of the new ones. The idea is to provided users with a way of creating multiple loot tables with ease with a 1 in X style which are user friendly. So a change of 1 in 4 would be common while 1 in 5000 would be super rare for example. The asset also allows the user to define drops that always get rolled if needed. The asset is currently at the testing stage and we are working out the kinks with the backend to make it usable in projects of any kind of the gate. We expect this asset to be ready sometime in November.

Build Versions | End of October

This is a lightweight asset that is designed to just help the developer automate updating their game build numbers. Which will happen automatically each time the developer makes a build. We plan to have options to change when the build is incremented, options to edit the player settings x.x.x number and options to edit the “type” of build. All of data is available in a scriptable object which can be easily implemented into the developers project. This asset is the one we are currently focusing our efforts and we expect this asset to be out by the end of October at the latest.

Closing Notes

So that is the plan 😀 Whether or not we achieve it is another question entirely. But we hope that getting these assets out this year will clear our schedules a little so we can start some new projects going into the new year.

More Asset Store Updates!

More Asset Store Updates!

As of this morning both our Audio Manager & Transform Colours asset updates went live. Both these updates included the improved visual style that we also used for the recent Save Manager update. This just leave the Leaderboard Manager as the last asset that we have yet to update to the new style, which we anticipate will be around by the end of the month.

Whats changed?

Audio Manager 2.5.2

This update added some requested features as well as fixed up some known bugs with the previous version. we also improved some elements of the code base and also added some additional options to play audio that we have found useful while working on our own projects. Below are the official changes:

Store Listing Changes
  • Updated some of the store listing graphics with the new style.
  • Updated store listing description with to better explain the asset.
Asset Changes
  • Re-written the Music Player script to ensure that it works as intended.
  • Added Audio Events to allow users to get when a clip has ended.
  • Added new PlayRange methods to allow users to play ca random clip with a collection of requests.
  • Added a custom inspector for the Audio Manager File scriptable object.
  • Added ability to change the base scan directory so the user can store their audio files in a folder other than Assets/Audio
  • Re-written documentaion to better explain the asset and how to use it.
  • Added basic demo scene, explaining how examples of some of the scripts can’t be provided due to the asset setup, though the music player has an example.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed issues with the music player coroutines not properly working.
Transform Colours 1.1.6

Updates the Transform Colours are mostly cosmetic with some future proofing with the new changes coming in Unity 2021.2. We even got a new 5-star review on the day the update went live which just made it even better.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Good for newbies like me!
If you’re still confused which axis color is which this asset is awesome, just download it, put it into your project and it’s done. You now have a valuable visual hint to help you remember the axis colors.

Below are the official changes to this asset:

Store Listing Changes
  • Updated the store description to better explain the asset and its usage.
  • Updated the store graphics to fit the new style we have made for our assets.
Asset Changes
  • Added support for the 2021.2 scale constrain toggle with a scripting define.
  • Made some minor changes to the asset backend.
  • Updated documentation & changelog to match the new style.

Thats all for this update, more updates soon!

Save Manager Updated!

Improved interface promotional graphic

Summary

Our Save Manager has been updated. This has been a long time coming as the asset had some clear design issues. We’ve address most of these in this update and made some positive changes to hopefully make the asset even easier to use.

The Changes

New Editor Tool Layout.
The editor tool has been updated with a lot of improvements in the layout and functionality. The layout has been simplified to two tabs instead of three. The editor auto loads the infomation from the save data class. The editor also lays out the information in a more concise manor to make it easier to edit values on the fly.

New Operators
We’ve improved the back-end a fair bit to accomide operators. Previously you had to use our Save variats for vectors and colours in your own code to use the manager fully. Now, you can just use the standard vectors and colours and the asset does the rest for you.

New Save Types Supported
We’ve added more support to the asset. We now support the following types on top of what we previously supported;
– Double
– Byte
– Quaternion
– Sprite (In a specific setup)

We’ve also added support for more collection types to accomidate for their use, so you can more save Queues & Stacks of a saveable type as well as Lists and Arrays.

Updated Docs
We’ve been thoguh and totally re-written our documation to better explain the asset out of the box as well as porting it to Notion so ease of editing. We’ve prodiced a .pdf of the page as the offline documation which is much more readable than the old text file.

See the new docs here: https://carter.games/savemanager

Links

Interested? you can get the asset here: https://assetstore.unity.com/packages/tools/utilities/save-manager-cg-176437