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AppGameKit Studio Chat / Feature Request: Make automatic internet/server connection optional!

Snail Bit
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Joined: 12th Dec 2004
Location: Toronto
Posted: 21st Jun 2022 16:02
It would be great if the user could decide if he/she wants to let AppGameKit Classic/AGK Studio to go online, connect to a server and display news or promotion. Sometimes it's useful, sometimes it's distracting. I look at AppGameKit as a PRO tool so I feel any kind of internet connection thingy should be optional.
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Joined: 23rd Mar 2005
Location: Hertfordshire, England
Posted: 22nd Jun 2022 11:53
While I would like to disable the "News" Pop-Up when I start., or like Visual Studio have it as a Tabbed Window that is present until you Start / Open a Project... but beyond that I don't see any real issue.
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Posted: 22nd Jun 2022 15:23 Edited at: 22nd Jun 2022 15:24
The same News popup can be very annoying when it is displayed every time the app is started. Perhaps if it could limited to display once a week it would be better. An option to disable it completely would be good though.
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Posted: 23rd Jun 2022 14:05
I support TGC and love the tools they provide but I would expect advertisments inside free programs but not really in something I payed full price for.
Regards Sph!nx
Virtual Nomad
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Posted: 23rd Jun 2022 15:10 Edited at: 23rd Jun 2022 15:21
they don't bother me much but i remember when the ad functionality was added.

in there, you'll see reference to a timestamp file (installstamp.dat, i believe)

for Studio, see:

and Classic:

i assume AGK/S skims that, downloads whatever graphic & news and displays News/Announcements based on the date inside.

might be worth tinkering with until we get a proper "don't show this again" tick-box/option.

maybe change the date to sometime in the future so it appears "expired" when skimmed?

add: it might not be that simple. i just changed the dates forward and backward and deleted it altogether trying to trigger the News again but "nothing". <shrugs>

...that was studio. changing/deleting on Classic DID trigger the news again which resets the file to 06/20/22 inside so, it's def related.

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