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Post #81 · Posted at 2018-01-15 02:16:54am 8.3 months ago

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The assist options (clap, metronome, etc.) seem to be missing when this theme is active. Are they going to be added?

I do not intend to add them, but discuss how you might in this GitHub comment.

The F7 keyboard shortcut (which I suspect is hardcoded into Stepmania and just 'left behind', so still accessible from the theme) will do the job well enough, while I go about trying the suggestion in there. Thanks so much!

Post #82 · Posted at 2018-01-18 03:14:13am 8.2 months ago

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dbk2,

First and foremost I want to once again thank you for your work in bringing updates and revisions to Simply Love. This out of the way I want to take a moment to speak directly to something about you that has impressed me. When someone asks you for assistance, you never simply give the answer. You teach a man to fish, if you understand the expression. I wanted to (with a decent sense of pride) share a link to a thread i submitted on reddit where i provided a guide based on a feature request I made. (Adding Letter Grades to the music selection wheel)

https://www.reddit.com/r/Stepmania/comments/7q72jx/guide_how_to_add_music_selection_wheel_grades_to/

You were, very politely I will add, not interested in adding this feature to Simply Love but instead pointed me in the right direction. I did a bit of digging and got some advice from another themer. I can say that I am VERY happy with the way things turned out.

All and all, I am just thankful for your work and developers like you who remember that we all once learned how to crawl. Additionally, you seem to be aware of the fact that no matter how much someone may have learned on their own in the past, being helpful to someone else can motivate and inspire, even if it may not put them down the same path of "hard knocks" that you or another dev may have taken.

Thank you, and I hope to see your work continue

Post #83 · Posted at 2018-01-20 03:05:24pm 8.1 months ago

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write that and let me know. Your words are kind and heartfelt, and they put a smile on my face.

As is the case with most creative endeavors, the majority of the work and effort is thankless. As is the case with most things on the Internet, a disturbingly high percentage of interactions are negative if not toxic. Work on and commentary surrounding Simply Love itself has thankfully been pretty reasonable, but there is a lot of seemingly unreasonable hostility and vitriol surrounding StepMania development coming from the outside in.

I'm so glad you undertook this project yourself and succeeded in making it a reality; you have every right to feel proud of your accomplishment. I'm equally glad you took a moment to write some kind words to a stranger on the Internet. Thank you, for that.

And, hey, the work you did made its way into the newest formal release of Simply Love today. Smile

If you have further interest in tinkering with StepMania theming, you might find this comment I wrote in another thread some years ago to be helpful.

Hope to see you around.

Post #84 · Posted at 2018-01-20 04:09:15pm 8.1 months ago

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Post #85 · Posted at 2018-01-20 04:39:41pm 8.1 months ago

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Post #86 · Posted at 2018-03-15 05:49:35pm 6.3 months ago

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By the way, I actually helped him out with the original implementation.

Yeah, I gathered it had been you. Thank you for helping with your code and your words, Lirodon. Knowledge is better shared than trapped in the minds of a few.

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Simply Love for SM5 v4.7

Simply Love for SM5 v4.7 is out. It contains bug fixes and will (hopefully) be the final release of this theme.

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About

The theme can be downloaded from GitHub. You can and absolutely should read the release notes here: https://github.com/dguzek/Simply-Love-SM5/releases/tag/4.7

Screenshots of the this theme's aesthetic and features can be view here on imgur.

Please note that this requires StepMania 5.0.12 or StepMania 5.1-beta1 to function properly. Future releases of SM5.1 should also work fine.

Older versions of SM5 are not supported. SM5.2 is not supported.

If you need help installing SM5, I can point you to the Troubleshooting SM5 section of the included README. The FAQ section of the same README may also be helpful.

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Changes

To briefly summarize what changed in this release:

🧡 In-gameplay StepStatistics now work with a centered playfield if you're using Widescreen
💛 NoteSkins with Lua errors no longer break ScreenPlayerOptions
💚 ColumnFlashOnMiss fixed for double mode
💙 EventMode Timer correctly displays hours
💜 other small fixes

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Thanks

Many thanks go to GitHub user andrewipark for submitting useful pull requests and feedback that shaped this release.

Additional thanks go to all the GitHub users that submitted pull requests over the years, including but not limited to: djpohly, kyzentun, Kauhsa, OmnipotentEntity, FishamanP, itg-abby, camsta4, fent, and dj jack.

You can get a sense of each individual's contributions on GitHub here: https://github.com/dguzek/Simply-Love-SM5/graphs/contributors

I also need to acknowledge all those who contributed by offering insight and technical knowledge over the years, including but not limited to: freem, Mad Matt, shakesoda, midiman, jousway, and tertu.

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A Note on Licensing and the Future

Simply Love's code was previously listed on GitHub as having "no license." It was pointed out this actually meant no one was allowed to reuse any of the code! Oops.

Simply Love now uses the MIT open source software license. You can basically do whatever you want with this code as long as you don't hold me liable.

With that established, I strongly encourage everyone reading this to stop working on Simply Love. Stop forking it. Stop sending me pull requests. It has been an honor to work on this project and serve the post-ITG community across the last five years, but it is time to move on.

If you are interested in learning more about SM5 theming to make a new theme, here are some resources to get you started:

The Story of How I Learned to Theme
My Lua Scripting For SM5 Guide
StepMania Theming Wiki Page
TutorialsPoint Lua Guide

Please, take this code and use it to make something new and exciting. I implore you.

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Adieu

Finally, if you observe me working on this theme in non-trivial ways in the future, I encourage you to find me, close my laptop, and go for a long walk in the snow with me.

Post #87 · Posted at 2018-03-15 08:44:42pm 6.3 months ago

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I feel like I've just witnessed the end of an era. I remember when I first tried out Stepmania a couple years ago, and this was one of the first themes I tried out. It was this theme that made me realize just how expansive Stepmania could be.

Godspeed, my man. Thank you for one of the best Stepmania themes out there.

Post #88 · Posted at 2018-03-17 05:28:59pm 6.2 months ago

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dbk2,

I also want to express my appreciation for everything you've done. I just downloaded simply love recently and I really enjoy the ITG feel of it.

Post #89 · Posted at 2018-03-17 09:04:50pm 6.2 months ago

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Thank you for all of your hard work on this one. The theme is amazing and I personally love it 🧡
Because of this theme I finally decided to move from SM3.9 to 5.0 finally.

Post #90 · Posted at 2018-07-09 07:45:44pm 2.4 months ago

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Wierd question, but is it possible to add music to the title screen and music select? I remember the old theme having music and I'd usually throw in some random tracks, but I don't see any file signifying title screen music or anything.

Post #91 · Posted at 2018-07-09 09:37:45pm 2.4 months ago

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Wierd question, but is it possible to add music to the title screen and music select? I remember the old theme having music and I'd usually throw in some random tracks, but I don't see any file signifying title screen music or anything.

Which theme are you referring to when you say the old theme?

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...in other news...

Simply Love for SM5 v4.8

I know, I know, this wasn't supposed to happen, but here we are.

Simply Love for SM5 v4.8 is out. It contains too many new features and fixes to succinctly summarize, but here are some highlights:

❤️ completely new Casual Mode to help get new players into the game
🧡 new Operator Menu layout with better explanations of each setting
💛 SL now fully supports Español and Français
💚 more visual styles to choose from (not just hearts and arrows)
💙 in-theme Acknowledgments section celebrating the many, many people that have helped make this possible
💜 more bug fixes, more better

You can read the release notes and download the theme here:
https://github.com/dguzek/Simply-Love-SM5/releases/tag/4.8


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SCREENSHOTS

http://i.imgur.com/yJ1PUB0l.png
SelectMusic for Casual Mode


https://i.imgur.com/smS8hoOl.png
SelectMusic for Casual Mode


https://i.imgur.com/xUEZFIol.png
SelectMusic for Casual Mode


https://i.imgur.com/tnCbOwEl.png
Operator Menu with Improved Explanations


https://i.imgur.com/EKgERXxl.png
Simply Love Acknowledgments


https://i.imgur.com/2XxdDk8l.png
Simply Love now fully supports Español and Français


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THANKS:

Many thanks go to GitHub users andrewipark, Jose_Varela, HeySora, ianklatzco, and shockdude for contributing pull requests to this release.

Additional thanks to mute, HeySora, and Jose_Varela for testing this release and providing exceptionally helpful feedback over the past several weeks.

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NUMBERS:

Simply Love for SM5 has been downloaded from GitHub over 13000 times. The previous release (v4.7) has over 2700 downloads.

This release adds nearly 10000 new lines of code, making it (by far) the most significant update to the theme since its initial release.

I have worked on this release every day for the last 75 days.

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SECRET CODES:

If you are playing on a public arcade machine and accidentally pick Casual Mode, you can jump over to Competitive Mode with the old "Left,Left,Right,Right,Left,Left,Right,Right" MenuButton code (from ITG) before choosing your first song.

If you are in Select Music in Competitive Mode in the middle of some giant pack, you can quickly close that pack by performing an "Up+Down" jump on your dance pad.

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REQUEST:

Please read the release notes before you message me with questions! Seriously, please. :,)

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It is my hope that you enjoy this release.

Post #92 · Posted at 2018-07-09 10:59:34pm 2.4 months ago

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Wow this update looks amazing!! Sick work!

Also I used to have an older simply love before updating (to 4.7) and I used to have attract music or title screen music also music during song select. It might just be something I messed up though. Cant wait to try the new update on my cab!

Post #93 · Posted at 2018-07-09 11:56:32pm 2.4 months ago

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Not a bad reason to slap SImply Love back on my install. Looks like some good work! Loving Casual Mode.
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Post #94 · Posted at 2018-07-10 01:31:33am 2.4 months ago

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Wow this update looks amazing!! Sick work!

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Not a bad reason to slap SImply Love back on my install. Looks like some good work! Loving Casual Mode.

Thank you both so much! 😊❤️


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Also I used to have an older simply love before updating (to 4.7) and I used to have attract music or title screen music also music during song select. It might just be something I messed up though. Cant wait to try the new update on my cab!

Hmm, so my releases of Simply Love have never had attract music or title screen music. It is possible you were using an unofficial release that had been modified and released by someone else. There are at least a few of those floating around...
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