Ideas for future development of Atmospheric Loading Screens.
Ideas focused mainly on improving compatibility with other mods.
Rarely, mods may alter the original Bethesda loading screen text to reflect changes they make. The Wrye Bash tags on the ESPs (specifically, the Original Text ESP) do not offer a full solution to this issue as, for example, the Original Text ESP actually contains 3 or 4 additional copies of each of the original loading screens, while the tags will only result in the text on the original loading screens being made consistent. Eventually, I hope to release some compatibility patches to address the issue more completely.
Possible, Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul
Some mods (usually quest mods) include their own loading screens. These usually tend to be originally made in vanilla style, and only converted to Dark UI as an afterthought, if at all. Most of these mods also tend to have unique and interesting environments that I would love to have screenshots of for my own loading screens. As I amass a good sized amount of screenshots from each mod, I hope to be able to create specialized, optional replacers (with permission, of course) to replace the vanilla or "basic" Dark UI-conversion screens of those mods. The new screens would be designed for Dark UI, similar in style to the rest of the ALS screens, etc.
Possible, The Lost Spires, Malevolent, Bartholm
Several new UI retextures have been released, providing more options than simply Dark UI or the vanilla UI. The ALS screens may eventually be converted for use with these alternate UIs.
Completed, Up to ALS 2.90, Luchaire's DarNified UI Retextures
Possible, Vanilla UI
Ideas focused mainly on adding additional content to ALS.
A series of theme packs that replace the background texture and frame of appropriate loading screens with a new background/frame made using similar thematic elements.
Completed, Pack 1 - Lost Spires (Spires), Pack 2 - Oblivion Realms, Pack 3 - Ayleid Ruins, Pack 4 - Shivering Isles, Subthemes, The Fringe (4-1), Butterflies (4-2), New Sheoth (4-3), Root Caves (4-4), Ruins (4-5), Order (4-6), Mania (4-7), Dementia (4-8), Pack 5 - Caves
Possible, Lost Spires (Grotto), Lost Spires (Archeology Guild), Nature/Forest, Winter/Ice/Snow, Forts, (Under)water, Cities
Additional ESPs with altered text and/or loading locations may be created eventually.
Possible, Relevant/Themed, Lore, Combination
Additional loading screens should be added to the mod with each new major release.
Screenshots that are similar to existing loading screens should be used less frequently. Unique screenshots should be sought and used more frequently. The ALS readme and site should have periodically updated lists of currently underepresented screenshot themes (locations, mods, etc.).
Ideas focused mainly on making future development of ALS easier, more efficient, etc.
It may be useful at some point to tag each loading screen with keywords relating to their subject matter, mods used, etc. This would be a very time-consuming project, so it would likely have to be a collaborative effort. The tagging would likely be done using some sort of online image album like Photobucket or Picasa Web Albums.
Ideas focused mainly on improving the packaging and ease of installation of ALS.
A complete package in OMOD-ready format, containing all necessary ALS files, as well as the files for all 3 theme packs and the vertical loading bar. All choices (ESP, theme packs, vertical bar, anything else in the future) will be presented as scripted choices with screenshots.
Separate the mod (and ESPs) into three versions. The full version would still be maintained and available. This would allow users without Shivering Isles to use a larger portion of the screens, and would eliminate the need to keep 0.95 around.
Versions, Vanilla Replacer, SI Replacer, Addon
Methodology, Replacers, Favorite Screens, User Poll, Contributor Feedback, Personal Choice, Per Contributor, Overall, Addon
Theme Packs, 1 - Spires, 2 - Oblivion Realms, 3 - Ayleid Ruins, 4 - Shivering Isles
SI Pack Subthemes
New ALS logo?
Descriptions of the icons that may be used multiple times.
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Items which require additional investigation.
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Ideas focused mainly on improving the ALS website.
List of Useful Mods, Poses, Graphics, Other
Ideas focused mainly on improving the hosting of all images related to ALS.
Investigate alternatives to Photobucket for use afte Photobucket's 1 GB account limit is reached.
Required Features, Album functionality, Image title functionality, High storage limit (1 GB+)
Possible Options, Picasa Web Albums