Mutant Jackalope

Voice Card  -  Volume 17  -  John Card Number 10  -  Thu, Nov 22, 1990 3:00 AM

I've been waiting for months for an excuse to present this snapshot of a mutant jackalope. It's from a seriously twisted game called "MAC SPUDD! Adventures in the Potato Zone."

My excuse? I just wanted to test my modifications to the Picture feature. As Paul pointed out to me in a recent converation, their are two problems with the way picture cards like this one were handled.

First, the indication that a card contains a picture (black coloring around the reply boxes) is rather subtle, and some members might not notice that there IS a picture. I have attacked this problem by having the picture automatically reveal itself when the card is first read. Upon subsequent readings, the standard black coloring will be used, since it is also important to see any replies that may have accumulated. ALSO, I now place a special camera icon in place of the usual bullhorn icon in the upper left-hand corner. This is just an extra little hint that there is a picture attached.

The second problem is that some members may forget how to view a picture or create a new one (that is, by simply clicking on the black area between the reply boxes or on the edge of the screen to the left of the reply boxes). This is easy to forget since picture cards are few and far between.

The old method still works, but I have added an alternative method. Simply hold the mouse down on the Menu button. If the card does not contain a picture, a new item "Create Picture" will appear on the pop-up menu. Select it to create a picture. If the card already has a picture, the new item will read "Show Picture" and you can choose that item to show the picture. To put pictures away, just click on them; if you don't they are automatically put away whenever you leave the card.