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v0rtex
10-20-2010, 09:28 PM
http://i27.servimg.com/u/f27/12/57/13/73/spotli10.jpg
As part of the 50th Spotlight celebration, we are unveiling...


Spotlight Search Engine (http://spotlight.lbpcentral.com)
Version 2.0


We've been working hard on a bunch of changes that we think will make the tool even more useful for you, the members of LBPCentral. Most of these changes were based on suggestions and feedback from the first release, so thank you all for the kind words and great ideas!

Some of the changes are strictly aesthetic in nature (new graphics and some animation), while others change and/or augment the functionality. The first thing you may notice is your LBPCentral user name in the upper right. If you are a guest here on LBPC, you will not be able to see or use all of the new features, but the basics will all still be there for you.

New Features:

User authentication, which is necessary for the next feature...
Played Level Tracking System
New configuration options, including:

Randomization options
Filtering of played levels
Group updates of played levels


Level links to Showcase threads.
Help page


Details:

New look and feel:
We've spiced things up just a bit with some graphical buttons and animation:

http://lbpcspotlights.dwbaker.net/images/button_0.png
http://lbpcspotlights.dwbaker.net/images/search_button_0.png http://lbpcspotlights.dwbaker.net/images/clear_button_0.png
http://content.screencast.com/users/v0rtex/folders/Jing/media/cd071386-4a82-4a1a-a9b2-48b8b9784dbe/2010-10-17_0032.png


Level Tracking System:
With the user authentication in place, we are now able to store in our database all the levels that you mark as having been played by you. You can:

Mark levels as played:


http://content.screencast.com/users/v0rtex/folders/Jing/media/970c9589-6a16-4327-98fe-b0d5123065b8/2010-10-17_0040.png

Track your plays:



http://content.screencast.com/users/v0rtex/folders/Jing/media/7dfd39e4-9d9c-4465-adef-33dc533d570c/2010-10-17_0106.png


Filter by played (or better yet... unplayed).
This option is in the Extra Stuff panel:



http://content.screencast.com/users/v0rtex/folders/Jing/media/5106face-abbd-4910-80af-02808de36b5c/2010-10-17_0042.png


Mark all levels in your most recent search as played (or unplayed).
Also in the Extra Stuff panel:



http://content.screencast.com/users/v0rtex/folders/Jing/media/33cdce03-7184-482c-b514-b874442dde02/2010-10-17_0043.png

This feature is really great if you want to mark all the levels of a particular spotlight episode, or all the levels from a particular creator. Just make your selection, run your search, and then in one quick action mark them all.

Randomization options:
The "Surprise Me!" button (shown above) will produce a quick random list of levels to go play.

You can control how many levels are randomly picked.
Again... in the Extra Stuff panel:



http://content.screencast.com/users/v0rtex/folders/Jing/media/784d9b99-7931-4ebf-a829-969a0b575afb/2010-10-17_0104.png


The played levels filtering (above) will affect what's returned on the random lists.



Level Showcase links
Click on any level...

http://content.screencast.com/users/v0rtex/folders/Jing/media/1fe8ae82-a350-4742-b721-38753ba070a5/2010-10-17_0137.png

...and we will open the LBPCentral Level Showcase thread for that level.

Help
The Help button http://lbpcspotlights.dwbaker.net/images/help_button_0.png will produce this page:

http://lbpcspotlights.dwbaker.net/images/LBPCSSE-Tutorial-v2.0.png

That's it! We sure hope you enjoy using it as much we enjoyed creating it for you!

Lockstitch
10-20-2010, 10:01 PM
Wow, again I'm amazed. This makes it so much easier to look through our catalouge of spotlighted levels. I've been trying to slowly get through the whole list. This will surely help me with that task. Thanks again for the effort here guys!

SketchNZ
10-20-2010, 10:05 PM
YAY my level bee keepers is in one of the pics next to blueblox and cardboard island lol

Great new features ill check them out now.

unXpectiD
10-20-2010, 10:06 PM
i was waiting for a bonus feature but i didnt expect this !
AND I LOVE THE RANDOM LEVEL FEATURE!!

Morgana25
10-20-2010, 10:10 PM
Awesome work Vortex! (and Aya) You guys have managed to make finding epicness so much easier! (and before lbp.me even ;) )

Holguin86
10-20-2010, 10:13 PM
This is better than lbp.me - all levels are on there, but in the search engine are only levels that have received the Spotlight's seal of awesomeness :p Thanks for this - although I should say it's not identifying me correctly; I'll keep trying.

tom230889
10-20-2010, 10:29 PM
WOW! as if i dont play LBP enough, with this im gona go mental and play soooo much more XD thank you :D

Chump
10-20-2010, 10:55 PM
Holy Cheese on a cake!
These new features are gonna make our job so much more easier!
You guys are THE best! :)

koneko
10-20-2010, 11:28 PM
oooh... how nifty! Iím definitely liking these new features!! :D Thank you for all the hard work you put into upgrading a tool that was already totally awesome on its own! :D

eagerneph
10-21-2010, 12:27 AM
Thanks for the new features guys! This should help in finding some great levels.

shawneboi
10-21-2010, 01:18 AM
This whole 50th spotlight extravaganza has been awesome!! This new feature is like the TRUE cool level pages! Bravo!

Stoicrow
10-21-2010, 01:24 AM
Cool. If it were not for the efforts of communities like this, LittleBigPlanet would not be as fun. Imagine if all we had we the in-game cool pages... *shudders*

Asbestos101
10-21-2010, 01:28 AM
Cool. If it were not for the efforts of communities like this, LittleBigPlanet would not be as fun. Imagine if all we had we the in-game cool pages... *shudders*

That's how I played for the first 6 months when I got the game back in november 08 ;)

...

Dark days indeed.

RangerZero
10-21-2010, 01:44 AM
TOTAL MADNESS!!!

I love you Vortex.


EDIT: How do I login? I am "guest" when I go on the page...

v0rtex
10-21-2010, 02:39 AM
TOTAL MADNESS!!!

I love you Vortex.


EDIT: How do I login? I am "guest" when I go on the page...

Well now, I thought Aya fixed this issue, but I believe that when you log on to LBPC you have to check the box that says "Remember me". I know you have to be logged on to LBPC in the same browser that you open the Search Engine. If this isn't your situation ("remember me" is checked) then we may have to wait until tomorrow and ask Aya to look into it.

Is anyone else experiencing this problem (Search Engine does not recognize your LBPC identity)?

And, um... yeah, Ranger... ahem... I love you too? :blush:

booXely
10-21-2010, 02:55 AM
Does that mean we must log out, then log back in?

zynax555
10-21-2010, 02:57 AM
Is anyone else experiencing this problem (Search Engine does not recognize your LBPC identity)?

Yeah it's not recognizing me. Also the surprise me button doesn't seem to do anything either. I love the concept of it though!

WESFUN
10-21-2010, 02:59 AM
This looks awesome I cant wait! :)

midnight_heist
10-21-2010, 03:21 AM
Wow, nice work.
Props for adding in all those thread links. :o

jeffcu28
10-21-2010, 03:21 AM
Hey v0rtex,

Great job on the spotlight search engine! This is totally useful, and you made it even better. Thanks again for all your hard work. I appreciate it! :D


Randomizing,
jeffcu28

Aya042
10-21-2010, 03:38 AM
Well now, I thought Aya fixed this issue, but I believe that when you log on to LBPC you have to check the box that says "Remember me".

That should be fixed. This may be a different problem.

To anyone having problems getting the Search Engine to recognize them, can you specify which web browser you're using, and what version?

Ryhas
10-21-2010, 04:21 AM
A huge thanks to Vortex and Aya for all their work! You guys are the awesomes.

EDIT: Oh, and it shows me as logged in fine. For what it's worth, I've got the Chrome Beta at the latest update (7.0.517.41)

v0rtex
10-21-2010, 04:24 AM
Wow, nice work.
Props for adding in all those thread links. :o

Well - credit where credit is due...

Aya put together a nice little script that extracts the thread links from the Spotlight and creates a bunch of SQL INSERT statements. I just run those over my database, and voila! ... links!

So the real credit goes to Aya for the script, but mostly to the Spotlighters for getting all that set up in each and every spotlight thread.
:)

Taffey
10-21-2010, 06:25 AM
Really nice work on this v0rtex and Aya - what an incredible feature! I'm having a ton of fun with the random feature. It's like LBP meets my iPod. :D

mutant_red_peas
10-21-2010, 06:32 AM
When I try and do it it just shows a new page which has some weird dealership thing on the top. It doesn't bring up the [U]actual spotlight.

Please try and fix this.

himoks
10-21-2010, 10:00 AM
I search every level what i have played of those spotlight levels. 105 PS3 and 104 PSP. I have played much much more levels like 1000 PS3 and 400 psp that are not Spotlight.

Gravel
10-21-2010, 02:52 PM
Thought it was nifty before... Now, this is a bonafide valuable feature! Nice work guys!

Plasmavore
10-21-2010, 05:47 PM
Thanks so much v0rtex!

This will make browsing the search engine so much easier and more user-friendly!
*gives cookeh*

PygmyOwl
10-21-2010, 07:19 PM
Its good you are all getting feedback to help make this even better, this shall be so useful. (And sorry Mm, too late! The Spotlight Crew beat you to this awesome idea). :)

kirbyman62
10-22-2010, 07:27 AM
Thanks! I'm most grateful for the 'Suprise Me!' button, it really helps to be given a random level, and I couldn't work out how to do a random search on the last one. Thanks!

RangerZero
10-22-2010, 11:35 PM
That should be fixed. This may be a different problem.

To anyone having problems getting the Search Engine to recognize them, can you specify which web browser you're using, and what version?

I am on Windows Vista Home 64bit using Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18975

No matter what I do, I am always a guess in the spotlight search engine page.

Aya042
10-23-2010, 12:43 AM
I am on Windows Vista Home 64bit using Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18975

A useful bug report. Finally. :)

I shudder to think of all the terrible bug reports that MM must get for the LBP2 beta. :boo:

However, it was kinda unnecessary in retrospect, as I found the forum actually tracks which browsers people are using anyway. :p

Based on that it seems to be only affecting IE (8 or 9) or Safari (4 or 5). I have a working plan on how to fix it, so I just need to wait until v0rtex is available.

v0rtex
10-23-2010, 05:10 AM
OK - After some trial and tribulation, we (Aya042 and I) believe we have sorted out the issue with certain browsers not authenticating correctly.

If you have posted here that you only show up as Guest in the Search Engine, we would greatly appreciate if you could try again and let us know how it goes.

Thanks for your patience and for helping us to get to the bottom of this little bug!

mutant_red_peas
10-23-2010, 07:17 AM
Ok, this time it worked. For the first time I was able to see the pure awesomeness of the search engine :)

Before it just showed the advert at the top.

Holguin86
10-23-2010, 02:14 PM
Thanks - authentication issue resolved. Curse me for using IE ...

Aya042
10-31-2010, 05:36 PM
Locked and archived. :)