SWGAide Help - General
Welcome to SWGAide!
SWGAide presents you with features focused around SWG, for example a mail reader, a screen shot viewer, and many, many tools for Traders, at the panels for Trade, Resource and Schematics with their sub-features.
Vocabulary for the different help texts:Current character – the character who is selected at the Main panel.
Current galaxy – the home galaxy for the current character.
Most options and features are intuitive, I hope; however, here are some hints...
- hover the mouse cursor over an element to display its fly-over text.
- often a mouse right-click at a GUI element displays a popup dialog with various options and features.
- you can safely play around with most features and options, normally you must accept at a confirmation dialog.
- most panels have individual help texts, click F1 at the keyboard.
- many panels, but not all, are reset by the keyboard shortcut Alt-C.
- most text fields support keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, and Ctrl-X for copy, paste, and cut, respectively.
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The Main Panel
To the left hand side is displayed a tree of stations (accounts), galaxies, characters, aliases, macros, notes, and more. Select a character to view its in-game mails, or select a file to open its editor/viewer.
Notice: if SWGAide cannot find an installation of SWG, or if you cancel the dialog to find SWG, some features are temporarily disabled and affected GUI elements are tinted red. When you install SWGAide a valid installation of SWG is required, this is not negotiable.
Notice: you may see stations, galaxies, or characters that you no longer play, perhaps you also have deleted them from SWG. These are displayed because they have left some foot print at the hard disk, that is files or folders within the StarWarsGalaxies\profiles folder. If you want to get rid of them, you either...
- delete or move them away from your hard disk, use for example Window's File Explorer, or ...
- right-click them one by one and select Hide.
Hidden nodes are made invisible in SWGAide. At the menu Edit ⇒ Unhide your restore all hidden nodes.
First of all you must save in-game mails to your hard disk by the in-game command /mailsave so that SWGAide can find and display them. Once mails are saved to disk you can delete them from your in-game mail client.
SWGAide does not move mails from the StarWarsGalaxies\profiles\ folder to its own "mails" folder. See further down on how to improve mail handling.
If /mailsave never complete with a system message, then one or several mails are corrupt at the SWG servers. To resolve this you either...
– execute the in-game command /emptyMail which deletes all mails, or...
– in-game, select one mail after the other, starting with the oldest. If the mail body does not show up within reasonable time, you'd better delete that mail. Rinse and repeat until it works.
Email Folders— SWGAide automatically sorts mails into different folders.
Inbox – all mails that are not sorted into any other folder.
Sent – mails that the character sent to self; remember to add yourself at the TO-field, use ; to separate several names.
Auction – auction and vendor mails.
Trash– mails that you delete from other folders are moved to here.
ISDroids – reports sent from Interplanetary Survey Droids, this folder exists in two fashions, the standard folder and mails look, and a special panel with reporting features. Select the ISDroidPanelcheck-box and SWGAide displays a panel with options to smoothly submit resource data from ISDroid reports to SWGCraft.org; this panel has its own help text.
You may create, rename, and delete custom mail folders; perhaps you want to move all guild mails to one folder.
Email Reader — Menu options:
File ⇒ Save As...– save a selected mail to a file chosen at next dialog.
Edit ⇒ Add folder... – define a custom folder for mails; perhaps you want to move all guild mails to one folder, etc.
Edit ⇒ Rename folder... – rename a selected folder; default folders cannot be renamed.
Edit ⇒ Delete folder – delete a selected folder; default folders cannot be deleted.
Edit ⇒ Move mails... – select one or several mails and this menu opens a dialog to select a target folder for these mails.
Edit ⇒ Delete mails – select one or several mails and this menu option opens a confirmation dialog; deleted mails are moved to Trash (mails in Trash are permanently erased from the computer).
Edit ⇒ Search mails... – open a dialog at which you enter some text, SWGAide scans all mails for the current character and displays a list of matching mails.Options ⇒ Mail optionsCopy mails– select this and SWGAide copies all mails to its "mails" folder; see below.
Delete copied – select this and once mails are copied SWGAide deletes them from SWG; this option is disabled if copy is not selected.
Email Reader — Popup menu:
Add folder...– define a custom folder for mails; perhaps you want to move all guild mails to one folder, etc. (at folders element).
Rename folder... – rename a selected folder; default folders cannot be renamed.
Delete folder – delete a selected folder; default folders cannot be deleted.
Save mail as... – save a selected mail to a file chosen at next dialog.
Move mails... – select one or several mails and this menu opens a dialog to select a target folder for these mails.
Delete mails – select one or several mails and this option opens a confirmation dialog; deleted mails are moved to Trash (mails in Trash are permanently erased from the computer).
Search mails... – open a dialog at which you enter some text, SWGAide scans all mails for the current character and displays a list of matching mails.
Tips: If you play SWG at several computers, or if you want to use SWGAide wherever, you can have SWGAide at a memory stick or at a local network*. Then it is convenient to copy mails into SWGAide's "mails" folder for availability always, otherwise you just see mails you /mailsaved at the current computer (* at a local network, SWGAide does not support several instances to use the same DAT file in parallel).
The option to delete copied mails from SWG does not affect SWGAide much. However, if you have thousands of old mails at the hard disk it decreases performance, this depends on your computer's file and disk handling.
Aliases, Macros, & Notes
Select a file at the Universe Tree to display it in an editor or viewer.
Aliases files and macroscannot be edited; perhaps this will change in the future.
Notes files opens in an editor; text is modified and saved as in a common text editor. Notes files are useful to mediate information between SWGAide and in-game.
In SWG, open the note-pad by the command /note which opens the default file "notes.txt". Open a custom notes file by the command /note myfile. This opens the file "myfile.txt" and if it does not exists it is created. Notes files that are created, edited, erased, or saved in SWGAide are instantly visible in SWG when you open the file again.
Notice – you must not type "myfile.txt", with a file suffix. SWG adds another .txt and the result is a file named "myfile.txt.txt".
Attention – you cannot have a notes file open in SWG and edit-and-save the very same file in SWGAide. Any changes are overwritten by SWG when you later close the in-game notepad. Thus, always close the in-game notepad when you switch to SWGAide to edit the file.