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Hi there!

Time sure flies fast, doesn't it? It has been a while since the last post from us so we would like to give you an update on what has been going on recently with MTA:SA. We have got two highlights for you this time.
 

The community 

Do you remember our Community website? It has served us well over the years but has also caught some rust in the process. Therefore, we would like to re-visit it and improve your experience with discovering and publishing resources. 

Our plan is to build a new community website from the ground up using modern technologies, and we would like to hear from you what you would like to see on the new platform. Please respond to this thread with your ideas and suggestions.

Technically inclined users can take a look at the first pass of our specification document.
 

Development progress

As for the mod itself, we have received many pull requests (patch contributions) on our GitHub from open source contributors lately.

One of such contributions is a brand new feature: custom IFP animations support, coming from one of our community members, Saml1er. He managed to get this to work nicely in MTA:SA, while ensuring that our coding standards are met so we could include it without too much hassle.

Saml1er even made a video which showcases what this feature is all about. You can find it below:

 

We intend this to be a part of our upcoming 1.5.6 release which we hope will come soon, but you can try it out now by using a nightly build:
https://nightly.mtasa.com/

Tips for using this can be found on our wiki: https://wiki.multitheftauto.com/wiki/EngineLoadIFP
 


 

That's all for now. Take care and enjoy the summer!


— MTA Team

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so 1.5.6 coming soon , keep on mta team

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Right! Its the time to re-new that community website into something modern. I will surely give some suggestions when I have them ready :P

and good job finishing the custom IFP animations system!

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2 hours ago, Equis said:

I will surely give some suggestions when I have them ready

Yes, please do when you have them ready ! We will read every suggestions/ideas.

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Great job! I hope the new community will be open source so we can contribute and keep the updates and feature additions frequent. :)

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Would be awesome if the community would be open source.

Plus the con "security by obscurity doesn’t “work” anymore" would be solved if a framework is used like Laravel in combination with Vue or something for better security.
And the con "
slightly more effort (as we’ve to separate stuff like the decompiler)" can be solved with a private backend repository.


Keep u the good work!

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I donno I kinda wanna see a dark theme.

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19 hours ago, CodyJ(L) said:

I donno I kinda wanna see a dark theme.

this x100

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21 hours ago, IgorRodriguesCo said:

That's great!

It would be nice if the design of the community was similar to the one forum.

Ideia:

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Very interesting approach... thanks for this.

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I don't know, default forum theme is kinda fugly.

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In my opinion, the worst part of the forum design is the background. And they could change, perhaps making it clearer.

Like this:

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As for the mod, I expect the custom IFP animation support to be implemented with good synchronization with the server, otherwise, it would be better not have. With this, it would be interesting also to extend the system of peds, adding new functions and improving others, always paying attention to the synchronization with the server.

MTA is one of the most complete multiplayer mods, if not the most. It is even difficult to find things that are impossible to do. But for me, there are two paths yet to be explored, the system peds, as I have already said, and the properties of objects. If we could manipulate the goal properties more, I'm sure it would generate very creative ideas for resources and servers.

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Sync is already good, you just need to use it properly..

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And I'd kinda like to see a color scheme similar to the website I was working on.

 

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37 minutes ago, CodyJ(L) said:

Sync is already good, you just need to use it properly..

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And I'd kinda like to see a color scheme similar to the website I was working on.

 

I dont say the sync is bad, I just looked at the fact that applications like the ones I mentioned are very likely can be unstable, and deserve great care.

Just It.

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The custom animations are not unstable.

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8 hours ago, CodyJ(L) said:

The custom animations are not unstable.

This is what I expect, because it will probably be used on large servers.

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Few of the suggestions for community:
- Making a bootstrap resource website with different kinds of categories. Make the global categories, e.g: Roleplay, DM, Racing. Whenever a person is uploading resources they can then choose from that category. Tags can be made by an uploader, and so you can make tag cloud of most used tags.
Few examples from Bootstrap for designer help:
List of resources, this is actually for album but can be easily modified: https://getbootstrap.com/docs/4.1/examples/album/
Login/Register: https://getbootstrap.com/docs/4.1/examples/sign-in/
Two types of account, one can be normal user, and one resource uploader. The resource uploader can view the stats of their resources (This would be optional but really great!). Above you can see the dashboard for resource uploader
https://getbootstrap.com/docs/4.1/examples/dashboard/
- Featured place on home page of community (So people can promote their free resources and MTA:SA can earn money through this), and as always under the featured resources, showing the newly uploaded, updated resources and most rated resources.
- Approval of resources manually by an administrator, there are some resources that shouldn't be on community, it would be good to raise the standard of it.
- Making it more user-friendly, when i was new and i tried to register on community i wasn't even getting any error or any message regarding registration
- Please don't use IPS Downloads, it is worst for resources as i have used this before. Pretty much limited.
- To show the resources in a better way, square box showing main image of the resource, and the name under it.
- Better resource page - Left side can show some images of screenshot and on center description and download button. Tabs could be added under the download button for "Video", "Detailed Description", "Review". And also better reviewing system. When showing the resources, rating could be shown under the name of resource.
- Using the header & footer of main website would give it a good look!
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Good luck, I was expecting something like this for years

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Wow really great that animation part by samiler is really great that will trend MTA again ,great job MTA team !

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