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Victor
Developer
Thanks for the report. We're looking into this and trying to find a proper solution.
Victor
Developer
Thanks for the note. The link has been replaced with a new MS link.
Victor
Developer
Thanks for the report. It's fixed now.
Victor
Developer
fixed
Victor
Developer
Argh sorry about that. Fixed now.
Victor
Developer
Ah, thanks, I forgot to update that number. Done now though.
Victor
Developer
You have to combine your IP with a mask :
12.34.0.0/255.255.0.0

With the mask you say "I only care about the bits that are set [in the mask]".
Victor
Developer
Nice. Yeah I saw the joystick/wheel bit, but .. there was wiggle room Big grin
Victor
Developer
Question :
sudo apt-get install joystick

Is that also for wheel configuration? Perhaps explicitely note that to avoid confusion? I'm seeing myself trying to install "sudo apt-get install wheel" Smile
Victor
Developer
Quote from askoff :Have any of you tried what hapens if you switch the virtual desktop in Windows 10? That might be something to take account as well.

Anyone tried this? I've been wondering the same thing.
Victor
Developer
Quote from Silverracer :I'm wondering if a button would appear if I had needed amount (3 GBP for 50 slots?)...

Yup, it did (if you ran out of slots).
Now there's always a button to add 50 more skins for 1 GBP, or if you do not have sufficient credit, a button to add more credit.
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Victor
Developer
Just get a bit decent keyboard with volume control Tongue
Victor
Developer
Quote from Matrixi :One good reason to go with W10... low-level GPU performance gains.

http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/85385-dx12-unreal-engine-4-elemental-demo-download-available/

That demo ran something like low 40 FPS for me on W7, now it's silk smooth 60 FPS with v-sync, 80-100 FPS when unlimited. Mind boggling difference.

Can't wait for games to start make use of DX12 performance.

Two and a half other things I really like :

Window focus is where you mouse is (a window doesn't have to be active in order for mouse wheel to work). OSX users will be familiar with it already.

Multi desktop - you can create virtual desktops (WIN + CTRL + D) and toggle between them with WIN + CTRL + left/right. Linux users will be familiar with it.

Classic case of better late than never Smile

And the taskbar works on all monitors and can be set to only show the programs that are open on that window.

Really they could've just put those features in win7 and it would've been great os for years. Aside from DX12 that is ..
Victor
Developer
Thanks. Fixed that by shortening long urls.
But fixed it better by now doing an url check before storing it. So the page needs to actually exist. And if it does, I believe the urls should be short enough in the first place (as per the format google uses).
Victor
Developer
Good one, added.
Victor
Developer
Thanks for the explanation, but I did know how png works and differs from jpg Wink
Though I did not know that LFS (or I guess directx) will load png just fine if you give it the jpg extension.

We'll see about all this when Scawen makes some time to do the skin download updates.
I like the idea of converting skins to dds on the server and gzipping them. The filesize is about the same as jpg then (even for 2048) but without lossy compression. It also has the added bonus that the LFS client doesn't have to do any conversions, leading to faster skin downloading / processing.
Victor
Developer
Quote from Victor :Ah, that's because the thumbnails are now stored with double dimensions. Will fix tonight.

Done.

Quote from troy :Not sure if I should post a new thread with this but while reuploading some skins in 2048 I've noticed an error when you upload a skin that is already uploaded by a different person.

XFR_BonsaifighterS.jpg : A skin with the same filename as your skin already exists.
Please rename your skin.<div id="skinPrev725570" class="z100 lyr_shadow1 w_128 h_128"
style="background: transparent url('/dynamic/skinthumb/XFR/725570-0.png') no-repeat
top left;"></div>


Thanks, fixed.
Victor
Developer
Quote from Gutholz :How would uploaded 2048 be converted to 1024?
I sometimes wonder if 512 look blury only because of lower resolution. It seems a bit like compression artifacts too. (Not so noticable on Whiskey's gif, in general)

Degats' suggestion to store everything as gzipped dds actually would work very well. Even for 2048 skins. So I'm discussing this with Scawen to see what we can do. Then there wouldn't be any lossy compression at all and you could upload skins even as png for example.

Quote from nacim :Thanks Victor, so much time I was waiting for it ! Smile

Bug report, with high-res skin uploaded, skin preview in cars section is bugged, see screenshot :

Ah, that's because the thumbnails are now stored with double dimensions. Will fix tonight.
Victor
Developer
Quote from Degats :I've noticed one bug - previously uploaded VWS skins are showing in the XFG list.

Ah, fixed.

Quote from Zaabis :2048 is good, but we need to get rid of 512, they look terrible.
By the way, why can't I upload skins with # symbol in it's name? I deleted low res skin and now I cant upload high res again because of that.

I'm now allowing that character again.
The full set of allowed skin file name characters has been limited though. There were some annoying characters being used previously.
Currently accepted characters are a-z A-Z 0-9 ._-# SPACE
Victor
Developer
Quote from Gutholz :So the option to upload png-files to LFSworld might be useful?

I don't think LFS can make use of png files at the moment, so png uploads (and in particular downloads) will not be possible. Unless I'd convert them to jpg on the server, but then what's the point of uploading in png in the first place Smile
Just make sure you don't use too much compression on your jpg files. Imo the quality is totally acceptable then for this purpose.
Victor
Developer
We've not yet made up our minds about that. Though it's likely that there will be 3 options in LFS. 512, 1024 and 2048 skin downloads.

Whether 1024 will be a free option, or even the new default, has not yet been decided.
Skin upload now possible in 2048px
Victor
Developer
Being able to upload and download skins with bigger dimensions has been a recurring topic for a while. We have now begun preparation for this and have made it possible to upload car skins with a maximum dimension of 2048 * 2048 pixels and 1024 * 1024 pixels for helmet skins. So, double the previous maximum size.

At the same time I have renewed the skins upload page. It is now located on this website at www.lfs.net/account/skins . The icon on lfsworld now opens this page as well.

Though skin downloads inside LFS will remain the same for while still, we thought it'd be good to enable people to upload skins with bigger dimensions now, so that when LFS supports it, there will already be skins available for download.

As said, we have doubled the maximum dimension, but that does not mean you have to actually use it. You can still upload skins at 1024px as well. So the higher dimensions are optional.

One thing we have been considering is allowing the upload of even bigger dimensions.
We could allow people to upload 4096px skins although these would not become available in LFS, but they would then already be available in case LFS ever would.

So we'd like to ask you what you think : do you think it should be possible to upload 4096px skins as well (even though LFS will not support downloading them any time soon), or would you be opposed to that, as it will be overkill, at least for a while to come? Because even if you have a 4K monitor, 4096px skins would still be twice as high at your monitor's resolution. The increased quality would only be visible on close close-ups. For racing itself it would be pointless, even on a 4K monitor.
Filesizes increase as well - you'd have to download more, and as JPG skin files will be converted to DDS format, it would take around 7MB per skin, storage wise.
Finally, a bigger skin doesn't necessarily make a better skin.

If you have an opinion on this, vote in the poll and / or leave your opinion behind.

If you experience any trouble with the new skins page, please let me know as well.

www.lfs.net/account/skins
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