SpaceEngineer wrote:I also added a "2D system map" mode, similar to those in ED. It is great to learn architecture of the system. Additional work is needed to make it look nice (better selection of distance between stars, planets and moons).
Awesome! I've been waiting for this since... well, since Celestia, really.
SpaceEngineer wrote:What else could be useful here?
1) Not-to-scale mode? (like in solar system browser)
Yes. Especially if the visualization includes smaller bodies. Maybe make it automatic once a radius difference threshold is reached?
SpaceEngineer wrote:2) Default ambient lighting?
Hm... dunno. I'd have to see how the two options compare to decide.
SpaceEngineer wrote:3) Locked camera? (allowing only scrolling and zooming)
Yes! One of the things that is more frustrating in the current chart mode is the difficulty in maintaining a constant distance from the bodies as you pan around. That option should also be implemented there, imho.
SpaceEngineer wrote:4) Some static background?
I don't see the advantage.
SpaceEngineer wrote:5) Maybe this thing could replace the solar system browser?
I don't think so, no. The browser is fine as it is now and allows you to do some things I don't see how you could do with this system. To compare the planet you're at with some distant world (via infobox), for instance.