Monday, May 14, 2018

Bingo Master Board Version 1.7

Version 1.7

johnr from PowerPoint Creative promptly informed me of a mistake in the credits. While Hugh J. Ward launched the modern 75-ball version of Bingo, he did NOT create Bingo altogether.

This meant I had to update Bingo Master Board (PowerPoint) and Bingo Master Board PLUS. As I opened the original Bingo Master Board, something felt special about it. With the text-only Bingo numbers, 4:3 ratio, and the lack of PLUS macros/buttons, the original Bingo Master Board had a nice, simple vibe.

As such, I felt compelled to do more than simply re-credit Hugh J. Ward. Here it is, a Bingo Master Board update after nearly three years!

New to Version 1.7

  • Visual improvements (again)
    While the previous version made a considerable effort with visuals, it was far from perfect. Since all faded numbers used the same color, the numbers on the edge of the slide (where the background is darker) were harder to read than the numbers in the middle.

    That's why starting with this release, faded numbers are semi-transparent. This means all the numbers look legible regardless where they are! Take a look at this side-by-side comparison.

    Version 1.6 | Version 1.7

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but the Rainbow theme actually looks good now.

    Version 1.6 | Version 1.7

    Did you notice any alignment improvements? Have a look at this (click to enlarge).

    Version 1.6 | Version 1.7

  • Adds the ability to hide/show Bingo numbers

    This is a backport from Bingo Master Board PLUS. If you click a Bingo letter, you can toggle the visibility of all of that letter's Bingo numbers. This is useful if you're running, say, a four corners Bingo game.

    Unlike Bingo Master Board PLUS, the original Bingo Master Board implements this feature without macros. It makes use of a PowerPoint shape with background fill. (Thanks johnr for introducing this to me.)

  • Adds Creative Commons License

    The original Bingo Master Board now has a license, and I bet you're gonna like it: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.

    Creative Commons License

    That's right, I'm using the least restrictive Creative Commons license. You are free to distribute and modify this project for commercial and non-commercial purposes as long as you credit Tim's Slideshow Games for the original work. Have at it!

  • Adds promotional slide for Bingo Master Board for Web
  • Re-credits Hugh J. Ward as the creator of 75-ball Bingo

Question for you guys: Do you prefer the text-only Bingo numbers here or the Bingo balls from Bingo Master Board PLUS/Web? I may consider bringing this style to the Web version if there's enough demand.

Bingo Master Board PLUS will be updated soon to re-credit Hugh J. Ward.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The first Bingo Master Board for Web preview is here

The stable release is out!

Last Updated: August 28, 2018

I am pleased to announce the first preview of Bingo Master Board for Web, the successor to PowerPoint's Bingo Master Board and Bingo Master Board PLUS.

What is Bingo Master Board for Web?
It's a port of Bingo Master Board PLUS that's fully usable on your Web browser. It scales to your browser window, or you can play in fullscreen. No need to download a file. No need to own paid software. No need to worry about macro security. It's a win-win for all!

Since we no longer have to deal with macros, we don't need the PLUS moniker anymore. There will just be one Web version: Bingo Master Board.

How does this Web version differ from PowerPoint?
The Web version is capable of everything Bingo Master Board PLUS has, along with exclusive features that would be convoluted, if not impossible with PowerPoint. Here's a few:
  • Mouseover effects. Buttons can now react when you hover your cursor over them.
  • Keyboard shortcuts. Manage the master board more efficiently.
  • More to come with future updates!
Bingo Master Board for Web is not yet finished. As such, not every feature from Bingo Master Board PLUS is available yet. Check to TODO list at the bottom of the post to see what I still need to work on.

What are you using to make the Web version?
Bingo Master Board Web uses HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It used to use CreateJS but was removed as of the August 28 build.

Sounds cool? If so, you should give Bingo Master Board for Web a try! While you test, be sure to try out these features:

URL Shortcut: Add ?masterboard to the end of the URL to instantly load the master board.
Keyboard Shortcuts: Press the space bar to draw Bingo balls. Press the r key to reset the board. Press the x key to toggle the Bingo blocker.

I look forward to hearing what you think! If you find any bugs not in Known Issues, let me know what it is and what browser you're using.

Known Issues
  • If you refresh the game with control-R on the master board slide, you may lose your Bingo ball save data.
  • In Safari on 1080p+ displays, if you reset the master board while the blocker is enabled, the G and the O will disappear during the animation.
    • This is a browser bug and is fixed in the latest Technology Preview.
    • Chrome also has this bug, but I added a workaround specifically for this browser. You may still trigger the bug if you mash the reset button.
    • This workaround has a blur side effect, which is why I am only using it for Chrome.
  • The fullscreen button does not work on the iPad.
    • This is unfortunately a browser limitation. However, we may get fullscreen support in iOS 12 according to Apple's release notes.
    • I will not be able to test this until iOS 12 releases.
    • If fullscreen works for iPad on iOS 12, this bug fixes itself. Otherwise, I will need to hide the fullscreen button specifically for iPad.
  • Pressing and holding the space bar draws Bingo balls rapidly, which may not be desirable.

  • Winning pattern
  • How to Use section
  • About/Credits section

I will likely update the game multiple times during the preview phase. Any noteworthy changes will be posted in a separate dev blog post. Alternatively, you can view the GitHub commits.

Try Bingo Master Board for Web [WIP]

GitHub Repo

Supports the latest versions of Edge, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Operation PowerPoint to Web Continues

Longtime readers may recall my PowerPoint to Web initiative back in 2013. During this period, I managed to port Escape a Tower and I am Thinking of a Number. Thanks to that platform transition, these projects gained features not possible with PowerPoint, including save data and mobile device support.

Today, I am pleased to announce that I am porting my more-advanced PowerPoint projects to the Web.

My other PowerPoint projects are more than text-based. As such, I lacked to knowledge to port them a few years ago. The good news is that after researching more about HTML5 canvas, I believe I have what it takes to complete the transition.

The first project I will port to HTML5 canvas is Bingo Master Board. Here's a sneak peek of my progress:

As you can see, this looks and acts just like the PowerPoint version. The game scales to fit the browser window, and it can expand to full screen. Just like my previous Web efforts, you can expect new features that would have never been possible with PowerPoint. Mouseover effects, anyone?

Note that Bingo Master Board for Web is based on Bingo Master Board PLUS. Since we won't need to worry about macros anymore, we're back to just one version of the game: Bingo Master Board.

I really look forward to present a working demo to you guys. But given the scale of this project and how busy I am elsewhere, don't expect a release anytime soon. Also, I'm not done with PowerPoint just yet; I still have a few updates previously planned before sunsetting the platform for good.

I wanted to let you guys know about this early because I'm really excited about it. I hope you too look forward to the next era of Tim's Slideshow Games.