Original or copy?

25th September 2009 – 5.32 pm

It is quite easy to spot the Crane or Manticore BPCs sitting in my hangar, and the corporation's Tengu BPC is a beautiful sight. But when a copying job finishes I have terrible trouble trying to spot the BPO amongst the many BPCs when they all get thrown in to the same bin, as they all look the same, such is the wonder of digital information. However, the original remains more useful than the copies and so I need an easy way to distinguish between the two types of blueprint.

I know that I can call up the information panel for each of the blueprints to see if it is a copy or the original, but it can be quite frustrating to have to filter the original from the copies in this way every time I look in a hangar, especially when the option to 'sort by type' doesn't seem to place the original in a particular position. Even the tool-tip doesn't seem to offer a clue as to the authenticity of the blueprint.

I wonder if I am missing an obvious hint, but I would really like for there to be a graphical distinction between BPOs and BPCs, a way to quickly and easily visually identify a blueprint's type. In the same way Tech II and Tech III items are easily identified as such, a small signifier in a corner of the blueprint would be really useful to highlight it as an original or copy.

  1. 3 Responses to “Original or copy?”

  2. I agree it's a hassle, how about just modifying the color (instead of blue, maybe red, or make copies red, et al) of them.

    One simple change that would make sorting so much freakin' easier on industrialists. Not only that but it would probably be an easy change to implement, even with the artwork.

    By Inglix on Sep 25, 2009

  3. Due to the original game design, there is no difference between a BPO and BPC graphic. It is something millions of us wish existed. :(

    By Kirith Kodachi on Sep 25, 2009

  4. Oh good, at least it's not just me.

    A different colour would be a pleasantly obvious solution. It doesn't strike me as a change that requires a lot of effort either, which makes me wonder why different graphics for originals and copies hasn't been patched in yet.

    By pjharvey on Sep 26, 2009

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