Monthly Archives: September 2015

New Release: Nut Collector 1.0

Time for a new release and one named after my first ever favourite card, Nut Collector!

Before I get into the specifics of this release I’d like to talk a bit about the Champion Program and my commitments to the community. As many of you will know I recently surpassed my Part Time Goal on Patreon (www.patreon.com/cubetutor – THANK YOU again!) so this means that I am officially working 1-2 days a week on Cube Tutor building new features and improving existing ones. Part of this commitment is to ship two releases of new features and bug fixes each and every month which essentially means a release every two weeks or after every 2-4 working days. For each release I like to focus on 1-2 decent sized Feature Requests (www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/vote) whilst also finding time for small bug reports/other suggestions from the community. What I’ve found so far is that 2-4 days just isn’t enough time to build, test and deliver some of the larger items requested through the new voting system. Indeed some of the most requested items (‘Simulated Drafts’, ‘See picks after saving deck’) are large enough to perhaps take longer than a months worth of part time effort.

What all of this means is that I’d like to build some flexibility into my commitment to accommodate some of these larger features. This means that each month on my Part Time Tier I will deliver either:

A) Two Medium Releases, one every two weeks.

B) One Large Release, once a month.

C) An update on an Extra Large release. For cases where I simply cannot complete a large feature in a month (for example: A new UI for Mobile!).

All of these releases will be accompanied by their ‘bugfix’ releases, e.g. Nut Collector 1.1, Nut Collector 1.2 etc.

Please let me know what you think of this proposal, and feel free to send me a [SPOILER ALERT] message through the new Conversations system [/SPOILER ALERT] with your thoughts.

On to the release, and this one’s a doozy. Under the new classification system it would certainly be considered a Large.

Cube Tutor is essentially a social network but you wouldn’t really know that at the moment. Many users have complained that they don’t feel connected to the people who are interacting with their content. One user even went as far as to say that leaving a comment on a deck felt like “throwing it into a black hole”. This release has been all about improving the community aspect of Cube Tutor to make it easier for you guys to communicate with each other and collaborate on building your cubes.

New Features

  • Cube Tutor Conversations – You can now send personal messages to any other user on Cube Tutor! The interface should be fairly familiar to anyone with a smart phone in 2015 and acts more like a chat window than an email messaging system. The profile bar has a new Envelope icon that will notify you of any new messages. You can send a message to a user by either:

  • Email Alerts – Whenever someone interacts with some of your content, or whenever one of your followed cubes is updated you will receive an email notification. Please ensure that your email address is correctly set up here: http://www.cubetutor.com/myaccount/mydetails. You can configure which email notifications that you want to receive here: http://www.cubetutor.com/myaccount/myemailpreferences/. In this first release, emails will be sent out when:

    • Someone comments on your deck, cube update, forum thread, feature request or Castle AI pick report.

    • Someone comments on a deck built from your cube.

    • Someone builds a deck from your cube.

    • Someone replies to a comment that you’ve made.

    • A cube that you follow is updated (if that update has a title).

  • Primary Cube Id – If you have multiple cubes, you can now specify through My Account which of those cubes is your Primary cube. This will be the default cube that you are redirected to after login. It is also the cube that people will be able to draft when they click on your username.

Bug Fixes/Minor Fixes/Other

  • The deck page now has a link to the user who drafted the deck.

  • The cube menu now has a link to the user who owns the cube.
  • Fixed an annoying scroll in Chrome when editing your cube.

  • The card image window now appears in a visible position when you hover over a card name at the bottom or right of the screen.

  • Filtering by sub type on the Top Cards page now works properly.

  • The My Account pages no longer revert the active cube back to “Ben’s cube”.

  • Fixed a bug where new members were not able to post a new topic on their forum.

  • Fixed a bug where forum topic replies could end up on the wrong topic when using multiple tabs.

  • You should now be able to click on a username everywhere on the site. Let me know if you find somewhere where you cannot.

  • Implemented a new process for gathering card information and images for new sets and those which do no appear on MagicCards.info.

  • Fixed a bug where changing a card’s set to Beta (B) would sometimes set it to Beatdown (BD) instead.

  • The ‘Reset Cube’ and ‘Delete Cube’ operations have been sped up significantly.

  • New Featured Cube: Medieval Cube!

Castle AI

The tags on over 1000 additional cards have now been approved meaning that Castle AI should now perform better on Pauper and Peasant cubes. In addition I’ve reviewed every report so far and provided my own feedback.

New Sets

Using the new system for gathering card information I have added the following sets to Cube Tutor:

  • From the Vault: Angels

  • Ugin’s Fate Promos

  • Duel Deck: Zendikar vs Eldrazi

  • Magic Online: Tempest Remastered

Note that we are still (sadly) missing the following as they don’t appear on MagicCards.info OR our new source.

  • Origins Clash Pack

  • SDCC 2015 cards

  • Game Day Languish

  • Origins & M15 Intro Pack Promos.

Resolved Feature Requests after this release

  • Feature 80 – Set the own cube as landing page after log in

  • Feature 95 – Link to Name of Drafter

  • Feature 104 – User Pms

  • Feature 114 – Card Image Window – Show up where visible

  • Feature 134 – Email Notifications when Cubes you Follow have a Blog Post

The Future

This is just the start of my improvements to the social aspect of Cube Tutor. I will be adding emails for more ‘events’ in the near future as well as moving towards a global Cube Tutor Forum.

I hope that you like this release, and as ever please get in touch with me through the usual channels if you have any suggestions or requests.

Happy Cubing!

– Ben

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