In my opinion this mod is much better than Pipeworks. It's faster, but it has more features. The on-demand item request system is brilliant, and makes automatic machines much easier to control. And as an added blessing, Logistica doesn't suffer from the documentation-was-an-afterthought disease that plagues many software projects; the wiki is useful and complete. And while the textures might not match the steam-punk vibe of a lot of the Minetest mods, it's well-drawn and consistent. I definitely recommend this mod!
If there's one thing that I find slightly annoying, it's the narrow cables that require a bit of aiming to successfully hit.
What I meant by publishing your source code was that you could create a repository using git, and put your code on a site like GitHub or Codeberg. It would make it easier for other people to contribute to your projects.
Well, for blocky chimneys, you don't have to do 3d modeling; Minetest has built-in node boxes that allow you to build nodes out of smaller cubes and/or rectangular prisms. Of course, I'd be happy to contribute if you're able to publish your source code :-)
As for chimney types, I was thinking it would be nice to add basic chimney tops, like this or this; they would add a more "complete" look to the chimney.
I was skeptical at first of musical instruments that don't allow you to specify the notes you want to play, but it's actually quite functional! The sequence of notes makes it easy to improvise rhythms and melodies that make sense, and it's nice to have both instruments in the same key. It would be neat to see more instruments added!
Update for Version 2.0
It seems that all the instruments are now for "debugging"; for example, the harmonica is now "Debugging Harmonica." They don't have textures, and I can't place the banjo or the piano. However, they still play. I would post a bug report, but the repo isn't publicly available...
Much simpler, yet has more functionality, than the default Minetest screwdriver. The basic Single-Axis rotation mode is so much easier and less confusing to use than the default Rotate Face/Rotate Axis. The Copy/Paste feature means that, in many cases, I no longer have to use the Copier, and the controls are absurdly straightforward. It's safe to say this will be the only screwdriver I use from now on!
I tested this mod, and it works well! The terrain displays correctly, and the player position is accurate. However, there are a few things that could be more clear:
The coordinates are relative to the holo block, they are not world coordinates as I initially thought. So setting the position to (x=1, y=2, z=3) will position the hologram at 1 node East, 2 nodes below, and 3 nodes North of the holo block.
The hologram itself only shows the highest node in a stack of nodes. So if you have a tall wall, you will only see the top row of nodes on that wall. I fixed this as a test, but it produced serious lag, so I guess it's just best the way it is.
It's unclear at times which way the holo block is facing, so I sometimes end up walking around it to see where the little red player cube pops up.
All in all though, this is a neat mod, and it works great!
I tried this mod out, and it works well! Here are a few things I specifically like about it:
The power production/consumption setup is nice; it makes building the circuits more realistic, and hence more enjoyable (at least for me)
The right-clicker is a cool idea, and it works nicely
The batteries are also a good idea, they're a handy way to continue powering things after the solar power source loses light
So, to sum it up, I think this is a good mod, and I'm excited to see more devices implemented! If you're looking for ideas, it would be nice to add more power sources (like hydroelectric and geothermal generators), more sensors (like light sensors), and maybe some motion-oriented blocks (like pistons).
As if being able to set the train color wasn't enough, as if being able to set the colors for multiple areas on the train wasn't enough, as if being able quickly apply identical liveries wasn't enough, as if having the option of multiple different presets wasn't enough, as if packing it all into one user-friendly formspec wasn't enough, on top of all that there's an instant 360° 3D preview!
Seriously though. This mod is extremely thorough, well-thought-out, and easy-to-use! From a player's perspective, the tool is simple to use and everything is laid out in a clean and orderly fashion. The Update/Save/Apply buttons are the tiniest bit demanding, you have to remember to push them in the right order before you exit the formspecs. However the temporary template save feature is very nice; it enables you to save the current livery settings and then apply them to other train cars, for customizing large trains. The 3D preview is awesome, enabling you to view what the customizations will look like on your train before actually applying them, and it can be rotated in all directions!
From a developer's perspective, it has a little bit of a learning curve (partly due to lack of detailed documentation, which is still in progress). However its overall design makes sense; once you figure it out it's easy to add more customizable areas to your registered train cars.
So I definitely recommend this mod! It offers almost limitless livery customization to Advanced Trains, and packs it all into an organized, functional, and fancy UI! Well done Marnack, I admire your work!
I used this to export thumbnails and it works very well! It's quick and the nodes in the exported file come with all their textures attached, and it has virtually no learning curve. You just punch the corners of the area you want to export. The only complaint I would have is that it doesn't support .b3d files, which prevents it from being able to export certain kinds of nodes.
This is a nice step up from the Moretrains Japanese Train; though it's the same model, the MeseJet has a much more refined feel. The subdued colors in the interior, combined with the dark gray/yellow contrast, make this train much more luxurious. The tinted windows are a nice touch! I also like the line number displays on the interior.
The only minor complaints I would have are odd transparency issues; for example, when looking through the windows from the outside, the floor, seats, and some parts of the wall are missing, and I can see the tracks and wheels through them.
This mod is a HUGE step up from the default carts. Aside from having bigger, nicer-looking transportation, the trains can run automatically no matter where you are. I find this very usefull in creating large worlds where walking everywhere is extremely tedious to say the least. I can set up trains that run to various places, and getting where I need to go takes a fraction of the time.
It also includes advanced train control and signal systems so that you can have multiple trains running on the same stretch of track, while avoiding crashes. Also, when installed alongside the Mesecons mod, you get more features like detector rails, which can be used for making station lights, and also can be used for programming more complex train control systems (I have yet to dig into all that myself).
There's a slight learning curve for track placement and the signal system, but once you get the hang of it, it's logical and straightforward. Also, the trains look great!