|August 18, 2013||Due to the integration of new functions to scripts and compatibility needed for future scripts, Map Pack 3.5 is now discontinued!
August 9, 2013 (08.9.2013) is the FINAL version of Map Pack 3.5. 3.5 users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to
Updates (after August 9, 2013) will not be available in 3.5 format!
|August 20, 2013||Terao @ Order is now a database administrator. His expertise on map pack is invaluable.|
Future updates will now be a collaboration, so expect some new exciting updates.
There has been many revamps to the backend scripts to allow maintaining the database by multiple individuals, with flexible searching/editing methods.
This will also contribute to redundancy for future updates as well a broader array of input. Stay tuned for more...
|September 5, 2013||MAP PACK 3.7 IS RELEASED! Since Terao and I have overhauled 3.6 entirely, we decided to push the version up to 3.7.
But don't worry, we made sure it will integrate seamlessly with 3.6. So if you are already using 3.6, you do NOT have to uninstall 3.6.
Updating will still be the same procedures as 3.6. That aspect has not changed. So think of 3.7 as 3.6, but improved!
If you are currently a 3.6 user, simply download 3.7 and unzip/overwrite to your Istaria folder (as usual), to upgrade.
|May 7, 2014||MAP PACK 3.7 is now available in an EXE/MSI installer program! Foolproof installation and uninstallation (uninstall from Control Panel).
Note this page has now been streamlined to show only important info and geared towards the installer program.
Much of the content has been removed to avoid confusion. A copy of the old map pack page can be viewed here: mappack_old.asp
|February 10, 2015||Version numbers are now using a new format!
Please be aware that the version numbers will start using the format: yy.mm.dd . Previously the format was: mm.dd.yyyy
|Last Map Pack Update: March 5, 2019|
|Map Pack Overview|
Map pack behaves exactly like the normal game map. The only thing map pack does is add extra buttons (filters) and adds predefined markers/locations on your map. These 'predefined' locations are simply a compilation gathered by players. The different buttons allows you to hide/show certain categories (resources, monsters, etc) of these predefined markers.
Map pack does NOT intefere with your ability to manually add and maintain your own markers/locations. When you add markers they are saved the same way, it normally does, as if you didn't have map pack installed. New markers do NOT get saved to the map pack folder (resources_override) or add marker/locations to the predefined locations. Instead your markers are saved the same way as if you did not have map pack installed. Map pack markers and your own markers will always be saved in different files. In other words, all of your previously saved markers, will coexist with map pack perfectly. You can show/hide those markers seperately, with push of a button
Whenever you save a location/marker on the map, it saves it to \Prefs\<CHARACTER_NAME>\Uimapmarkers.def file. All map pack markers/locations are stored in the \Resources_Override folder, which is created when you install map pack. So any markers you manually add does not conflict with map pack, and map pack does not conflict with any markers you manually add.
Tip: If you are adding alot of your own markers/locations, keep this file archived (uimapmarkers.def), in case you ever need to reinstall the game. By putting this file back, all of your locations you added, will return. Actually a better suggestion would be just to archive the entire C:\<Your Game Folder>\Prefs folder. This includes the map markers you added, and all of the hotkeys, key bindings, chat settings, that you have updated previously. If you ever need to reinstall the game, then just unzip the contents of the \Prefs folder back into a new install of the game, and everything should be just the way you left it :)
Ok, now that we've covered the fact that map pack doesn't overwrite/modify/remove, nor interfere in any way with markers you manually add and already have on your list. Let's move on...
First Time Installation (using Installer program):
Updating/Patching new versions (you've used the Installer program before):
Uninstalling or Repairing:
No offense, but I do not trust .EXE Installer Programs from Unknown Publishers:
I'm trying to install Map Pack on a 2nd game folder, but the installer won't let me!
Can I change my avatar indicator back to the green dragon marker? Yes!
If you want to change the standard map indicator use the windows explorer and open the folder: ...\Istaria\resources_override\resources\interface\themes\default\textures Rename the file map_indicator_direction.png to map_indicator_direction4.png And one of the files map_indicator_direction1-3.png to map_indicator_direction.png Standard map indicator from the Map Pack is a white dot with cycle and arrow map_indicator_direction1.png is a green dragon with arrow map_indicator_direction2.png is a violet dragon map_indicator_direction3.png is a white dot with arrow
Update Notes: April 18, 2015
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I'm attempting to reduce the exponential memory footprint introduced on the March 9, 2015 update. This was a quick and dirty fix to make sure markers that were searched, were found and focused on, guaranteed, period. This tradeoff of a guaranteed match may have caused issues with lower end machines or users with 2Gb or lower RAM memory. I want to try to reduce the possibility that map pack may be more harm than good to the entire population. To best do this, we need to make sure map pack is using the least amount of resources as possible while still having rich features.
Istaria World Map is the most important map we want to find a match, when searching, for any possible marker names. City/Island maps, are not quite so important. Those have less layers than the Istaria Map, than the City/Island maps, so this isn't really an issue for most part. Since there are less layers to search, you're more likely to find a match with the old school method, anyways.
To accomplish this goal, I am removing the "All Markers" button (and the corresponding map_city_all.def marker file) from all City/Island Maps. There will still be an invisible layer to the Istaria World Map, which will still result in guaranteed matches when searching. map_istaria_all.def will be the only remaining *_all.def file that remains.
Futhur, I'm reducing the memory footprint with this method:
The map_istaria_all.def has been converted from 'image' entries to 'text' entries. This layer is invisible anyways, there is no point on causing it to load images. Instead the bare minimum entries to find a match (tooltip string) are the only entries. I've also stripped out any other unnecessary text in this file. It's bare bones now, but still works 100% effectively.
With the above methods, we'll reduce many duplicate entries that used to load. This should provide not only a reduction in memory footprint, but should speed up the game loading, overall.
103 marker locations has been added/updated/deleted since the last update. See Change Log below: Change Log: