Inform 7 Build 5T18

…is up. This is a milestone in a number of ways: it’s the 15th Birthday edition of Inform, and it finishes a number of things that have been in progress since January of last year. The Mac IDE comes with a simply awesome table of contents, which lets you view just a small section of your code at a time, or zip back up to the top level; this will filter through to Windows as well. I already find this so essential that during the testing phase I hated those occasions when I had to go back to using the last official build to test user problems…

9 thoughts on “Inform 7 Build 5T18

  1. This is good news. I am looking forward to the Ubuntu 8.04 package. Hopefully, it will take care of (re)installing ALL dependencies (the Synaptic manager is lax about phase control.)

  2. Seems to be a problem with Room Description Control v 8 when trying to run with the new build of I7?

  3. C’est magique! By the way, thanks for all of your work in creating this fantastic software. I had been looking for something like this for years. I7 is what I was looking for! I’m a keen creative writer but there’s something even more compelling about writing IF.

  4. I’m using the new build of inform – on a 2ghz intel Macbook running OS
    X 10.4.11

    When I’m editing my source in ‘contents view’ (i.e. I click contents
    and choose a book, chapter, section etc of my source to edit by
    itself) Inform freezes when I attempt to input text. I then have to
    force quit and restart the program.

    This does not happen if I’m editing the final section/book of my
    project but does with all others.

    To put it another way, the sections which crash the program when I
    attempt to input text are the ones which have the ‘ripped paper’
    effect at the top and bottom. The ‘Open ended’ section (the final
    section) as it were, does not cause this error.

    I have tried reinstalling the application (including deleting all
    libraries/extensions) but this keeps happening.

    It doesn’t stop me from using Inform but it means I have to navigate a
    large source manually which is fairly tedious.

    Have you heard of this error?

  5. I’ve seen your posts to RAIF, if that’s what you mean. I haven’t encountered this problem myself (also on an Intel Macbook) and I am not the author of the Mac IDE, so I can’t help with it in either direction.

    What you should do when you encounter a bug is use the bug report form to report it — to Graham if it’s a problem with Inform proper, or to Andrew Hunter (as is appropriate in this case) if it’s a bug in the Mac IDE. The report form contains contact information.

    Posting to RAIF does not guarantee that the appropriate person will be reading and that your bug will be correctly filed.

  6. Hi. I have a question about how to implement a simple multiple-choice menu in Inform 7.

    Is there a way to get Inform to display a menu and then wait for individual keystrokes from the reader/player? Ideally, I would want the keystroke to set a value; then the menu would be gone for good.

    I’ve consulted the portion of the manual devoted to your Menus extension, but I am still confused about how to get from a multiple-choice prompt to an activity that sets or changes values. It could be that Menus already handles this, but I can’t seem to figure it out.

    Please excuse me if this is not the appropriate place to post this sort of question. Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thanks.

    —- Ian K.

  7. This is indeed not the ideal place for those sorts of questions — I don’t have time to keep up with all technical questions. A better bet is rec.arts.int-fiction, which tends to produce someone to answer most questions pretty promptly.

    A menu can indeed set a value (if you look at how basic help menu deals with settings, for instance), but it might be slightly trickier to get it to put the menu away immediately. (And that might also be overkill if you really just want to offer an in-line multiple choice option.) But I suggest you take this up on the newsgroup, as there will probably be someone with more time to work on it than I have today.

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