Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint Version 3.0 Has Arrived!

And here it is: a brand new Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint update! It all started as I was watching this year's season premiere when I thought, "I should probably update the wheel values for my Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint template." Then, when I opened up my project for the first time in a long while, many more ideas suddenly circulated around my head. The result? A much larger overhaul of the template than what I've originally imagined. Introducing version 3.0!

What's Changed

  • White tiles - In the previous version, you had to set up the puzzle board by typing underscores, which, while functional, would take a while to type out and didn't look too pretty. Now, with the inclusion of white tiles, we can kill two birds with one stone. Simply click the top of each puzzle tile to toggle green and white, and presto: a more realistic puzzle board that takes less effort on your part!

  • Graphical improvements - Not only can the puzzle tiles turn white now, the puzzle board border has transformed into gradient blue, much like the actual game show aesthetic. Various aspects of the menus should be easier to read now, and there are several alignment adjustments across the board to deal with those pesky pixel inaccuracies.
  • Updated wheel with season 34 values - Courtesy of wheelgenius from Deviantart, we have a brand new wheel that not only is up to date but also looks dramatically more pleasing than the previous version's. wheelgenius, if you are reading this, thank you so much for allowing all of us to bask in the glory of your designs!

  • Multiple rounds support - Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint now provides four different wheels, each corresponding with the ones from the actual game show. That means for the first time ever, you can play the Mystery Round and the Express Round! For the Mystery Round wheel, there is a new Mystery button that randomly determines if the contestant wins $10,000 or falters with a Bankrupt. Click the new tab next to Calculator to switch rounds.
  • Easier to follow How to Use slides - The previous version's How to Use slide was quite cluttered and overwhelming. Therefore, I've divided the tutorial down into four manageable sections. Hopefully for new users, this should make learning the ins and outs a more efficient experience.

  • Various bug fixes
    • Fixes player 1's blue text on the round dollar amount when viewed on Windows XP
    • Fixes broken functionality buttons when played with non-updated versions of PowerPoint 2007 or 2010
    • Improves error handling when clicking on the "buy a vowel" button when there are non-numeric characters in the player box

The following features have been removed from this release:
  • The Bliss and Beta themes - As interesting as they were, I didn't want to spend three times the amount of development converting these themes that I don't think many people use to the new puzzle board/alignment. If you really want these themes back, let me know in the comments, and I'll consider reviving them if there's enough interest.
  • The Free Spin toggle - The Free Spin button, which was phased out from the actual show in 2009, is no longer compatible with the new wheel values. Therefore, I opted to replace it in favor of the multiple rounds tab. If you still desire the Free Spin button, you'll need to keep using version 2.0.1 or earlier, which you can find in the Archive.

I hope you enjoy the new and improved Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint experience. Definitely let me know what you think!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint Solution Cards

UPDATE: Solution cards are no longer needed with newer Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint versions. Click here to download the latest version.

Instead of stumbling to recall how many M's are in your puzzle in front of everyone, how about you prepare yourself beforehand?

That's where my new Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint solution cards come in. This handy PDF allows you to prepare your puzzles in advance, as well as providing quick access to the amount of each letter in that puzzle. Need an example? Take a look at this:

By filling out these cards and bringing them with you to your game night, your rounds should flow much more smoothly than before! Try it for yourself, and let me know how it goes.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint to Resume Development

Good news, Wheel fans! Today, I officially announce that unlike my previous statements, I will continue to develop Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint. A brand new update is currently in the works, so stay tuned to see what's in store!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Dropbox discontinuing Web hosting

Today, I received the following email from Dropbox:

In other words, we can no longer upload Webpage files to Dropbox for hosting purposes.

As older readers may recall, I used to host my HTML5 games (The Masher Series, Escape a Tower) on Dropbox. Then in 2014, I shifted to Github Pages so I can have a nicer looking domain. While I am thankful I have made this change, I still occasionally post pre-releases on Dropbox due to its convenience. This means I'll either need to start uploading multitudes of commits to Github, which I'd rather not do, or find another free Web host. If anyone can suggest a good free Web host, I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Dropbox, thank you so much for being the first reliable site I could find when I started making HTML5 games. It's sad to see your Web hosting feature go, but know you've made your mark for beginner Web developers like me.