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More comments from a newbie

Postby ChiTownMagicGuy » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:00 pm

As I add my cards to the collection I think of ideas on how to improve the overall system.

when entering cards in the collection or a deck you can just type and a key by key search starts.

Pressing enter adds the card to the collection/deck. However, the search has not terminated so going on to a new card require pressing up arrow or clicking the mouse, etc.

Here is my suggestion:
After pressing enter to add the card to the collection/deck, if enter or + is typed, consider this an attempt to add another of the last card. However, if an alphanumeric character is typed, assume that this is a new search.

This allows for entering multiple copies of the same card and going on to a new card without needing any extra key presses. Sometimes this happens already but I'm not sure when or how :(

The same concept applies if you press enter to add a card to the collection/deck and the "increment count or add a new instance of the card" come up if the user selects any of the selection then go back to the Enter/+ state. Again to facilitate easier entering of new cards in the collection or deck.

Also, if enter is press rapidly in succession then don't pop up the dialog box but just increment the count.

Another suggestion is to allow changing the edition of a card in a deck (from non foil to foil, from Chronicles to Legends, etc.) without requiring the card to be deleted from the deck and the added.

The "Edition Name" field is not available on the collection window

Separate pricing for foils.

When entering collection from pool there needs to be an easier way to enter a foil other than select it in the top window and then go down tothe bottom window and select foil.
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Postby Teox » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:48 am

Hello.
I've tried every kind of software for collectors, but mtg studio is the best!
In what he wrote ChiTownMagicGuy I would only add to the database even the Legends series in Italian and a system upgrade price like that of Magic Assistant :!:
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Postby gaddlord » Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:50 am

Wow! Some of the ideas are brilliant. I added your post to my endless Backlog. As soon as I review those will reply.
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Postby Schwanke » Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:33 pm

Separate pricing for foils.


There is a pricing features thread which I would love for people besides me to contribute to so we can get a feel for what the community wants instead of just me. No I wouldnt really mind a program with my favorite feature being personally tailored to my desires lol but I'd rather have studio be more marketed to a well rounded audience instead of just my ideas. :)
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Postby ChiTownMagicGuy » Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:57 pm

Something as basic as different pricing for foils (we already have different pricing for the same card from different expansions) I don't believe this is a favorite feature that only a few would appreciate.

Since card value is a part of the program, the program should be able to handle all different physical cards as each physical card may have a different value. For example Italian Arabian Nights Black Border City of Brass vs. English Arabian Nights Black Border City of Brass. One is worth between $20 and $40 (approx) and the other is worth about $5 and $10 (approx). The same can be said for a Knight Exemplar vs. a Knight Exemplar foil. One is worth about $8.00 and the other is worth about $18.00.

Since the same card can have different values, it is necessary to be able to create entries in the collection/deck that have different values.

If a variant of the card exists there should be a way to create it and have a separate value for it. Possibly even to the point of a Near Mint vs a Heavily Played. As they might have different potential values. This could all be variants of a single card type in the collection.

The expansion and artwork are the ultimate unique identifier of any individual card. Foil, Language and Condition are more variants on a single card then a different card.

I'm not sure how variant artwork would be handled. Urza's Power Plant has 4 different Artworks for the same Card, Expansion and "foilness". There are some Unhinged cards that have different artwork on the FOIL than on the non-foil.

In my opinion the factors that determine whether a card has a its own unique entry in the card pool are:
Card Name
Expansion Set
Artwork

Everything else is a variant.

Well, that is my two cents on how I think card values should be handled.
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Postby Schwanke » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:12 pm

Thats great. Thats all stuff I included in my other post minus the language so thats good confirmation for me that I know what I am talking about lol.

I didnt bring up the language issue cuz I never deal with foreign cards and didnt think of it but thats a good point and what I meant about other peoples input. Definitely something that I think people would want in the long run now that I think about it as the internet is a multi language place now a days.

Ive seen chinese cards for sale on ebay and wondered if there might be investment oportunities there as ive seen them selling much higher per same card in english on websites but didnt want to get into a problem of having to figure out how to 'translate' each card enough to identify it lol.

I speak collegiate english and outdated netspeak lol. These new fangled smilies scare me lol.
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Re: More comments from a newbie

Postby gaddlord » Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:15 pm

ChiTownMagicGuy wrote:Pressing enter adds the card to the collection/deck. However, the search has not terminated so going on to a new card require pressing up arrow or clicking the mouse, etc.

Here is my suggestion:
After pressing enter to add the card to the collection/deck, if enter or + is typed, consider this an attempt to add another of the last card. However, if an alphanumeric character is typed, assume that this is a new search.

This allows for entering multiple copies of the same card and going on to a new card without needing any extra key presses. Sometimes this happens already but I'm not sure when or how :(
Type in the card name the the card is found.
Press Cancel and the current search is cancelled
Press Ctrl+Up, Down and you go to the next reprint of the card from another set
Press Enter or Num + and you add those cards to deck or collection.

I believe the described scenario can be achieved by using the already existing shortcuts. More on shortcuts can be read at http://mtgstudio.com/wiki/index.php?title=Shortcuts.

Also, if enter is press rapidly in succession then don't pop up the dialog box but just increment the count.

I am not intending to add "depended on the speed of entry" input. This may be confusing and will cause complains from disabled users.

Another suggestion is to allow changing the edition of a card in a deck (from non foil to foil, from Chronicles to Legends, etc.) without requiring the card to be deleted from the deck and the added.

Hmm. Interesting one. Feel free to ask for this feature at http://mtgstudio.uservoice.com.

The "Edition Name" field is not available on the collection window

Vote for this at http://mtgstudio.uservoice.com/forums/16948-mtg-studio-suggestions/suggestions/1601895-add-editions-name-to-the-collection?ref=title.

Separate pricing for foils.

There are separated as rows (not as columns).
Do not forget that apart from the Foil-ness there are other factors which can change the Price such as Condition, is is papar or not is it Graded, etc.
To have both foil and non-foil you have to add two rows and assign different prices for them.

When entering collection from pool there needs to be an easier way to enter a foil other than select it in the top window and then go down tothe bottom window and select foil.

Vote for this feature at http://mtgstudio.uservoice.com/forums/16948-mtg-studio-suggestions/suggestions/1601571-add-foil-to-collection-menu?ref=title
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