Stackable BlueprintsPosted: 2012-02-27
When I started doing industry jobs, I found it very annoying to constantly look up the item details for each blueprint and I often lost my BPOs in a sea of BPCs.
After looking on the forums, I found that many people were asking for a icon change. CCP’s response was that their look-up query for blueprints was very database heavy (costs a lot of resources) and there would need to be some major reworking of their database structure and query code to give the client the ability to quickly differentiate blueprints.
Here I was in 2008 getting annoyed while I found forum posts dating back to 2004 asking for this change!
With Incursion 1.5 (May 2011), the icon change for BPO/BPCs hit Tranquility and I rejoiced because my industrial life was forever changed. Simple change with a large impact. I believe than when they transitioned to 64-bit numbers for items, some work was done to rectify the database query and code was cleaned up.
I would like to rally all industry people for another change. For any person that does industry, you work with a large number of blueprints. I would love if there was the ability to stack items of similar ME/PE.
Here is a mock-up of two versions of stacking for blueprints:
The version on the left seems to be easier on the eye as the information is displayed in a banner format at the top.
As a person that performs industry jobs, having a way to organize a large numbers of blueprints would declutter the UI and simplify working with them.
Put that in your backlog and work it into a Sprint planning meeting.