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StratSketch v4 In Development

Hello everyone,

I would like to announce that I am working on a new version of StratSketch to be released later this year! Believe it or not I initially started this project back when I was in high school and I have learned a ton about software development since then. I am not sure if any users from back then are still around, but StratSketch used to be a desktop application for Windows PCs which was re-built into a web application in 2016. A lot has changed since then and it is certainly time for a revamp of StratSketch.

The new version will also be web-based but will be entirely re-written with modern technology and will include some highly requested features that the community has wanted over the years.

Here are some ideas I have for the next version:

  • Some kind of clan integration allowing you to share strats with your entire clan
  • More real-time tools. Meaning when drawing or moving items, everyone will see what you are doing in real-time rather than only updating the screen after your action is completed.
  • Folders! We need a way to organize strats better.
  • Better slides feature, possibly show previews of each slide and allow them to all have different maps.
  • More games (including ability to upload custom images as maps)
  • Better performance during peak times. There have been some crashing issues during clan wars in the past. I will make sure to focus on proper scalability for the next version.

I do not have an ETA on when it will be ready yet, as this is still just a side project of mine as I work full time. I will try to publish monthly updates on our forum to keep everyone updated.

Lastly, any donations to StratSketch would be greatly appreciated to cover the existing hosting costs plus costs for the new version: Click here to donate

StratSketch Custom Maps

StratSketch now has support for custom maps! When creating a briefing, select "Custom Image" for the game and set the image URL. (Note that the image must be uploaded elsewhere)

StratSketch EU Servers

A new server located in Paris has been added to handle the increased load. EU players should no longer be experiencing issues.

StratSketch Improvements

Hi everyone,

Today we are launching five new server locations for StratSketch. While StratSketch is most popular in the US, we are seeing lots of growth in other regions. Players around the world should now be able to plan with less lag, which is especially important for the real-time cursor tool.

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The new servers are launched in areas we are seeing the most amount of traffic and correspond with the regions of the official World of Tanks servers.

StratSketch Update 2.1

Today we are releasing the first major update for StratSketch web, bringing three new tools, a major performance improvement, and many fixes for issues affecting some users.

New Features

  • Three new tools: A circle, rectangle, and measuring tool were added. The size of the map is now displayed in the panel for the measuring tool, and the icons and ordering of the tools were changed. Image

  • New rendering engine: A new, faster rendering engine has been created from scratch. Most users should see a large performance improvement. (Performance stats can now be toggled by pressing D)

  • World of Tanks Blitz maps: Maps for WoT Blitz have been added. Expect many other games to also be added soon!

  • Blank map: A blank map has been added so you can teach strategies by designing your own situations.

Changes

  • The ping tool now only creates one ring, and can be held down while moving to create more.
  • Proper Z-Indexing has been implemented. The layering of items will now be consistent and deleting or moving items on top of each other will act predictably.

Bug Fixes

  • An issue with the map going blank after switching tabs or windows has been fixed.
  • Fix ranks of users not saving.
  • Dialogs on Internet Explorer no longer flash when closing them.

In the next update, we will be focusing on an overhaul of the presentation system, and many visual improvements to the website. Follow the new StratSketch twitter account for more news and updates!

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