Okay, first of all, let’s talk about the name change. When MapTap was first envisaged, it was just designed for single maps and unpackaged files. Over time we started adding more and more features. Now, MapTap installs mods, so the name “MapTap” limits its perception as useful.
With all that in mind, I decided to re-brand it. It is now called “Gauge”. My thinking behind it is that it fits with the idea of Valve and Steam, without using one of their brand names.
The version numbering will continue from the previous versions. The name change is from this point forward. I will need to make the changes to the sub-site, buttons etc, but those will have to wait a few days.
Visit the gauge homepage for full details and download links.
There are four new features in this version.
- Half-Life and Opposing Force can be installed on different drives from your default Steam installation. Since we now install all Source maps as mods, we no longer need to worry about locations of the Source games.
- Desktop shortcuts can now be created by dragging the map you want to link to, to your desktop. If it is a mod, then the shortcut starts the mod, if the archive allows users to select maps, then you can create a shortcut to that map. Be warned, the name of the shortcut is quite long, but you can rename it to whatever you want.
- For many mods under 25MB, RTSL offers a button that installs directly into Gauge. If you are browsing via Gauge, this is smooth and fast. If you are browsing via a browser and click the MapTap button, MapTap starts. Okay, that’s the background. Now, if you were browsing via Gauge and wanted to save the file as well, you would have to do two things; download and then install. Now, you can click the download button and when it has finished downloading, you can install it immediately. This means you still have the archive AND and installed version.
- Last, but certainly not least, is a search function. Via the VIEW menu, you can now see a FIND option. This opens a function in the top-right section of the application. It search through archive AND map names.
Gauge is a Windows application that allows users to install and manage files download from PlanetPhillip.Com and RunThinkShootLive.com. It does not work with other websites, although single BSPs can be dragged and dropped onto the application window allowing the user to install the map to a game of their choice.
We have a large number of planned features but limited time and resources to develop them.
For a few versions now, Phillip has been using images of paintings by Dutch masters as the featured image of the posts. From the previous version a codename was given to each version, which matches a real painting.
Here is the full image: