[Gtkradiant] Suggestion: file filter (*.map) in Load/Save/Import for Radiant 1.6

Timothee Besset ttimo at idsoftware.com
Mon Dec 7 15:12:45 CST 2009

If you have little C/C++ experience and no Gtk+ experience, I highly
recommend you stay away from the GtkRadiant codebase because it's 
unlikely you'll be able to do much at all. You'll just get bogged down
in a very tortuous codebase rather than writing in the features you want.

That said, there is really no one working on the GtkR codebase, so I
wouldn't expect those feature improvements to happen any time soon either.


Nerius Landys wrote:
> Let me describe my problem first.
> When using ZeroRadiant 1.6 (which by the way I really really like and
> use a whole lot), I tend to do the operations Load, Import, and Save
> all the time.  I tend to create my large IcyJumps maps out of little
> pieces, and I work on these little pieces by opening the corresponding
> map files.  I then import the small map files into the main map file.
> So I need to open the Import and Load file dialogs a lot, and need to
> find the correct file.  Well, my maps folder is littered with hundreds
> of files with extensions .map, .bsp, .bak, .prt, .srf, .TGA, and so
> on.  The file chooser dialog that comes up only displays about 10
> files, so I tend to drag it up to the top of my desktop and then make
> it really big (tall) by dragging the bottom edge of the dialog down to
> the bottom of my desktop.  This constant dragging and resizing of the
> file dialog takes a lot of time for me.  Also, I need to sift through
> all of the non-.map files to find the file I need, which takes a lot
> of time.  I do this very frequently.
> It would be *really nice* if there were a file filter so that I could
> optionally display only .map files in my file chooser dialog for the
> Load, Import, and Save operations (and any other operations that I
> can't think of right away).
> Also, this would be nice, but it's probably too cumbersome to
> implement (and it's not nearly as important as the file filter): make
> the file dialog taller by overriding the size of the dialog, or
> persist in the user preferences (or at least in memory) the size of
> the dialog when the user resizes and positions it, so that the next
> time it opens it's the same size and at the same location.
> Would someone be willing to write a patch for the file filter?  I'd
> like to know, and if nobody is willing to do it, I'm willing to try to
> make this patch.  However, I have little experience coding in C, let
> alone Gtk.  I do have tons of programming experience, but in other
> languages and GUI toolkits.  Perhaps you can tell me if this is a good
> idea in the first place (to make the file filter that is).
> - Rambetter
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