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Photon Ceray
Posted - 2011.07.29 20:03:00 - [1]
 

The problem:
On planets with a large number of processing facilities (especially lower tier) comes the click fest of routing from every storage to every facility.
Consider when you have to link 2-3 storage to 20-40 facilities, then again from each to the final storage, and then do this on 6 planets. the result will be hours of pointless clicking.

Solution:
Do the same thing like you did with extractors!
Make a factory control unit for each tier (basic, advanced and high-tech) and then all the processors linked to it.
Each FCU will have 1 schematic selected. the routing will only need to be done from the storage to the FCU and then to the output storage.


Pros:
Reduce click fest by 90%.
Make PI less intimidating, and easier to manage.
Clearer overview of colonies.
Easier to plan and calculate.

Cons:
None that I can think of.

Rented
Posted - 2011.07.29 20:41:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Rented on 29/07/2011 20:41:14
I present to you, the double-click. There are many places in PI where you can replace all that bothersome clicking of buttons simply by double-clicking something. It really doesn't take me all that long to setup factories. About 10 seconds per factory total, no biggie.

Photon Ceray
Posted - 2011.07.29 20:59:00 - [3]
 

Originally by: Rented
Edited by: Rented on 29/07/2011 20:41:14
I present to you, the double-click. There are many places in PI where you can replace all that bothersome clicking of buttons simply by double-clicking something. It really doesn't take me all that long to setup factories. About 10 seconds per factory total, no biggie.


Ever tried running factory planets where you have to put like 40 facilities?
And why on earth would you oppose making things more organized and less useless?

Photon Ceray
Posted - 2011.07.30 17:18:00 - [4]
 

I guess PI guys don't read the assembly hall much. Probably because they're still busy clicking :D

Reaver Glitterstim
Legio Geminatus
Posted - 2011.07.31 01:28:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Reaver Glitterstim on 31/07/2011 01:34:18
Edited by: Reaver Glitterstim on 31/07/2011 01:29:01
I think you're on the right track, but I dislike your idea because a control facility would require a lot of powergrid just by itself. On low-maintenance planets, a typical setup will likely include a lot of extraction (set to low extraction speed) and just a few processing facilities (since they run at a set speed). So the drawback to your method is that it hurts low-speed PI.

I've got a couple ideas though:

1. Allow selection of multiple facilities. Hold down the ctrl key and click multiple facilities of the same type to select them, and any action you make will be done to all of the selected facilities.

2. Have a [Generate Routes Automatically] button in plants that, when clicked, will cause the plant's material requirements to be automatically routed from the nearest connected storage facility, launch pad, or command center.
For tier 2 and 3 materials: if that storage unit is already connected to any processors which are generating the needed materials, they will be routed from the processor to that storage unit. After routing those, the processors will also have their necessary materials routed to them from the nearest storage unit. Finally, it will attempt to link tier 1 materials like so:
For tier 1 materials: If the storage unit is connected to any extractors which are extracting the needed resource, it will be routed from that extractor to the storage unit.

-edit-
So, assuming your whole planet is making materials that all contribute to the same output, you just select all tier 3 facilities, set their production type, select all tier 2 facilities, set their production type, select all tier 1 facilities, set their production type, make sure the extractors are running, then click generate routes. Assuming your planetary setup is logical and efficient, the routes should be generated just the way you want them to be.

Photon Ceray
Posted - 2011.07.31 19:31:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Reaver Glitterstim
Edited by: Reaver Glitterstim on 31/07/2011 01:34:18
Edited by: Reaver Glitterstim on 31/07/2011 01:29:01
I think you're on the right track, but I dislike your idea because a control facility would require a lot of powergrid just by itself. On low-maintenance planets, a typical setup will likely include a lot of extraction (set to low extraction speed) and just a few processing facilities (since they run at a set speed). So the drawback to your method is that it hurts low-speed PI.

I've got a couple ideas though:

1. Allow selection of multiple facilities. Hold down the ctrl key and click multiple facilities of the same type to select them, and any action you make will be done to all of the selected facilities.

2. Have a [Generate Routes Automatically] button in plants that, when clicked, will cause the plant's material requirements to be automatically routed from the nearest connected storage facility, launch pad, or command center.
For tier 2 and 3 materials: if that storage unit is already connected to any processors which are generating the needed materials, they will be routed from the processor to that storage unit. After routing those, the processors will also have their necessary materials routed to them from the nearest storage unit. Finally, it will attempt to link tier 1 materials like so:
For tier 1 materials: If the storage unit is connected to any extractors which are extracting the needed resource, it will be routed from that extractor to the storage unit.

-edit-
So, assuming your whole planet is making materials that all contribute to the same output, you just select all tier 3 facilities, set their production type, select all tier 2 facilities, set their production type, select all tier 1 facilities, set their production type, make sure the extractors are running, then click generate routes. Assuming your planetary setup is logical and efficient, the routes should be generated just the way you want them to be.


Obviously there will be some re-balancing to made so that it doesn't hurt any kind of PI, the point of it is to reduce click fest without hurting any kind of PI.

I presented a proposal here, the exact details are CCPs job, they have the final say of it anyway if they even consider it.


 

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