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# key problem in Runner

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 9:30 am
by Lazzah
Hi all,

When playtesting any game using the ADRIFT Runner and running a transcript, on my laptop pressing the # key changes the cursor in the text input box to a hand holding a pen, whereupon you can insert a comment which the author can read, it starts with "@". I am running Win 10, BTW.

My playtester in The Netherlands, whose name will not be revealed to protect the innocent ( :haha: ) tells me that pressing the # key on his keyboard does nothing. ISTR this problem some years ago when everyone was using WInXP.

Does anyone know which key must be pressed?

Re: # key problem in Runner

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 10:15 am
by P/o Prune
Without revealing his name (also to protect the innocent) I can inform you that your Danish play tester has the same problem. :wink:
A theory could be that, like you suggest, the # key is positioned in a different place. Your Danish play tester, for instance, is using a Danish keybord with the letters "Æ, Ø, Å"


Gave it a quick test. On the Danish play tester's (may his name forever stay secret :roll: ) keyboard, pressing "Alt Gr" and then the letter "Ø" will change the cursor to the hand holding a pen.
So I guess the other mortals will have to go by trial and error too :wink:

Re: # key problem in Runner

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 11:00 am
by Denk
I found something online called virtualkeyboard.biz

Here you can figure out which keys corresponds to which keys in other countries. For instance I found that "ø" on a danish keyboard corresponds to "#" on an english keyboard. This fits with ADRIFT since I have to press "ø" to bring up the hand holding a pen (unlike P/o Prune I do not need to press "Alt Gr" at the same time for some reason).

Similarly, on a dutch keyboard "@" corresponds to "#" on an english keyboard (if I understand it correctly). So I think that your tester in the Netherlands needs to press "@".

It is important that nothing is written in the keyboard prompt when pressing "@".

Re: # key problem in Runner

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 11:09 am
by P/o Prune
Denk wrote: (snip) For instance I found that "ø" on a danish keyboard corresponds to "#" on an english keyboard. This fits with ADRIFT since I have to press "ø" to bring up the hand holding a pen (unlike P/o Prune I do not need to press "Alt Gr" at the same time for some reason)

How did you know it was me? :shock:
I never did try just pressing the "ø" key (did just now and you are right. :yeah: )

You solve one problem, then create a new.
If you change your mind and don't want to write a comment after all, how do you get the cursor to revert to "normal" ?

Re: # key problem in Runner

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 12:14 pm
by Denk
P/o Prune wrote:If you change your mind and don't want to write a comment after all, how do you get the cursor to revert to "normal" ?
You can press "arrow up" or "arrow down", then previous typings comes up which you can then delete.

Re: # key problem in Runner

PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:03 am
by DazaKiwi
I'm using a British or US standard keyboard/configuration and # nor @ changes to the a pen icon (although i have accidentally done this in the past and never knew what it meant or what key(s) i had pressed).

Anyone else with British or US keyboard configuration know what the key is to turn on this pen/comment function?

(Of course we still can comment if we want to, but this pen functionality means a turn wont be counted right i believe.)

*Update* Finally worked out how..see post below..

Re: # key problem in Runner

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:16 pm
by DazaKiwi
I accidentally stumbled onto finding the hotkey for being able to make comments in a transcript:

This hotkey will work for US and UK keyboard layouts.

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Toggle Comment mode, Press the following keys: Shift  "
both shift and " keys have to be pressed together. The icon on screen where you type will change when you do. If you want to exit out of this mode without writing anything press spacebar then enter key. It will go down a line and return to normal.

You will to be able to write a comment or note without Runner computing it.