VASL6.4.3 Now Available

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The official release of VASL6.4.3 is available here.

New in version 6.4.3:

• New board selection process:
This version of VASL introduces a new twist to the board selection process: when selecting boards for a new scenario, ALL boards will show up on the dropdown list and when selected the most recent version will be automatically download to the player’s local drive.

This will eliminate the need for players themselves to download boards, even new boards as they are issued. You will always have access to the latest version of any VASL-ized board.

Prior to this, the automatic board syncing process only worked if you already had a version of the board on your local drive. The new process also works if you are joining an online game which is using a board not already on your machine or where your board version is out of date. As with automatic board synching, this new process requires an internet connection. If you are playing without a connection you will have access to those boards already on your local drive.

For those who chose not to update to this VASL version (sadface), you will be able to get new boards AND new board versions manually from VASL.info. The automatic board syncing in previous versions will no longer work. Why, you ask? Good question. Because the process of making it work requires a cumbersome, error-prone, manual back-end process that we wish to eliminate so that we can spend our time making VASL better. Seriously; we need to make this change.

Minor detail: if you have boards on your local drive that are not in the VASL.info repository, they will show up in your dropdown list.

• LOS Enhancements and bug fixes:
o Added LOS Checking for Light Woods
o LOS works with multiple instances of the same board
You can now use the LOS tool on a map that uses multiple instances of the same board; those boards can be cropped and flipped and have overlays added as well.
o Red Barricades BSO overlays work with LOS
We received a request to see if we could get Board Specific Overlays (those added by clicking on the Terrain SSR button and then selecting “bdXX special overlays” or “bdXX Terrain Transformations”), to work with the LOS Engine on the Red Barricades Map. Success! We then tried to apply a more generalized solution that would work for all los-enabled boards. Fail. So, the RB fixes are in but that’s all.
o Resolved LOS problem with slopes
o Resolved LOS Hindrance bug with Wreck Blazes

• New overlay
o A re-sizeable blank hex grid overlay has been added to aid in offboard entry placement. But it up against the map edge and place entering units on it. Right-click the overlay to see full range of adjustment. Found in the Draggable Overlay window (not the Overlays extension) under the Hex Grid tab. Same for Deluxe version. Shout out to Al Cannamore for his work on this.

• Counter Fixes
o Remove SdKfz 10/4 & 10/5 under Veh/ht menu. Correct counters are under SPA.
o Remove turret from GAZ-4M-AA.
o Wolverine s# fix.
o Relocate Steeple Counter to Info>Locate.
 
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The official release of VASL6.4.3 is available here.

New in version 6.4.3:

• New board selection process:
This version of VASL introduces a new twist to the board selection process: when selecting boards for a new scenario, ALL boards will show up on the dropdown list and when selected the most recent version will be automatically download to the player’s local drive.

This will eliminate the need for players themselves to download boards, even new boards as they are issued. You will always have access to the latest version of any VASL-ized board.

Prior to this, the automatic board syncing process only worked if you already had a version of the board on your local drive. The new process also works if you are joining an online game which is using a board not already on your machine or where your board version is out of date. As with automatic board synching, this new process requires an internet connection. If you are playing without a connection you will have access to those boards already on your local drive.

For those who chose not to update to this VASL version (sadface), you will be able to get new boards AND new board versions manually from VASL.info. The automatic board syncing in previous versions will no longer work. Why, you ask? Good question. Because the process of making it work requires a cumbersome, error-prone, manual back-end process that we wish to eliminate so that we can spend our time making VASL better. Seriously; we need to make this change.

Minor detail: if you have boards on your local drive that are not in the VASL.info repository, they will show up in your dropdown list.

• LOS Enhancements and bug fixes:
o Added LOS Checking for Light Woods
o LOS works with multiple instances of the same board
You can now use the LOS tool on a map that uses multiple instances of the same board; those boards can be cropped and flipped and have overlays added as well.
o Red Barricades BSO overlays work with LOS
We received a request to see if we could get Board Specific Overlays (those added by clicking on the Terrain SSR button and then selecting “bdXX special overlays” or “bdXX Terrain Transformations”), to work with the LOS Engine on the Red Barricades Map. Success! We then tried to apply a more generalized solution that would work for all los-enabled boards. Fail. So, the RB fixes are in but that’s all.
o Resolved LOS problem with slopes
o Resolved LOS Hindrance bug with Wreck Blazes

• New overlay
o A re-sizeable blank hex grid overlay has been added to aid in offboard entry placement. But it up against the map edge and place entering units on it. Right-click the overlay to see full range of adjustment. Found in the Draggable Overlay window (not the Overlays extension) under the Hex Grid tab. Same for Deluxe version. Shout out to Al Cannamore for his work on this.

• Counter Fixes
o Remove SdKfz 10/4 & 10/5 under Veh/ht menu. Correct counters are under SPA.
o Remove turret from GAZ-4M-AA.
o Wolverine s# fix.
o Relocate Steeple Counter to Info>Locate.
I don't know if this is the best way to express my most sincere for this gem. I have been able to be part of the game thanks to VASL since there are no players in my area. Thanks for the really great work!
 

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Keeps getting better every time out!

If you are taking requests for the next update, may I ask for the ability to select/enter more values on the "0" strength factor DYO counters? Presently you can change the strengths and note class. Broken side morale, assault fire, smoke exponent, spray fire and underlined morale are NA. Some of these are already available like the Assault Fire setting for SS squads from 1944 onwards. Fantastic if we can get the full palette.

Cheers!

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Haven't seen any chatter about this, but experiencing issues often enough that it is time to ask - are there bugs in cropping and overlays in v6.4.3?

What is happening on my screen occurs when there are multiple columns and rows of boards. Cropping or adding an overlay to the board in the lower left quadrant affects the board in the upper right, and vice versa. What's up with this? It does not occur in v6.4.2.
 

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Haven't seen any chatter about this, but experiencing issues often enough that it is time to ask - are there bugs in cropping and overlays in v6.4.3?

What is happening on my screen occurs when there are multiple columns and rows of boards. Cropping or adding an overlay to the board in the lower left quadrant affects the board in the upper right, and vice versa. What's up with this? It does not occur in v6.4.2.
Yes, this is an issue.

See these threads:

http://www.gamesquad.com/forums/index.php?threads/cropping-boards-problem.149875/

http://www.gamesquad.com/forums/index.php?threads/vasl-map-online-problem-suggestion-form.88223/page-27#post-1954914

You can work-around this by using VASL v6.42.

von Marwitz
 

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