Advanced Free Block Mode

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Posted: July 24 2021

Last updated: September 6 2021

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Game Trackmania
Modern

Advanced Free Block Mode

A utility tool to place blocks pixel perfect in the free block mode.

Features

  • Nudge blocks precisely in every direction and rotation along/around the three main axes via hotkeys
  • Either global axes (fixed to the world) or local axes (rotated with the block) can be used
  • Freely choose the nudge distance
    • in multiples of the grid size (32x32x8) and without limitations
    • with presets for BiSlope and Slope2 inclinations
  • Hide the block helpers at the block boundaries for better visibility if the to be placed block fits perfectly
  • Move your mouse cursor freely without messing up the position of the block
  • Optionally show a coordinate system to help you in finding the global or local axes

How to use

  1. Open the track editor and enable the interface in the scripts menu of Openplanet
  2. Place one block in free mode
  3. Choose a block that snaps to the previous block in roughly the same position where you want the new one
    • Snapping: when two blocks are similar and can connect they snap together at certain positions (e.g. tech road (1-1-1-1) snaps to itself in the direction of the road, sloped platform (5-2-2-2) snaps to the base platform (5-1-1-1))
  4. While your mouse cursor is in the position where the blocks snapped together, press T to save the coordinates of the snapped block
  5. Choose the block you want to place
  6. Tick the box Fix cursor position. Your chosen block appears where the previous block snapped to the already placed block.
    • You can now nudge the block via the keys Left, Right, Up, Down, I, K
    • Toggle between moving the block and rotating it with L. Rotating uses the same keys
    • Switch between global and local axes with J
    • Move the pivot point by selecting the checkbox Nudge pivot point. This moves the point around which the block is rotated
  7. Place the block by clicking anywhere into the editor (like you place a block normally)
  8. Disable Fix cursor position

Note

The hotkeys only work if your mouse cursor is not over any interface of Openplanet. This is a limitation of Openplanet itself.
Also the block may flicker sometimes between the fixed position and your mouse cursor. This is normal because Trackmania isn't built so that the to-be-placed block and your mouse cursor are not together. Just move your mouse some pixels or wait a bit until it stops again.

When rendering the coordinate system and block visualizer on top of each other, some lines may be on top of others when they shouldn't be.

Future plans

  • Maybe render a point on the screen showing the current pivot point in the map. Couldn't get that to work properly yet though.

Contribute

You can find the source code to this plugin on GitHub

Changelog

v1.2.1 - 2021-09-06

  • Fix plugin crash on start because of wrong path separator
  • Tidy up interface
  • Tidy up some code

v1.2 - 2021-08-31

  • Add new nudge mode where the axis is selected depending on the current camera yaw angle
  • Add new nudge mode where the axis is selected by a key (like rotating in the mesh modeller)
  • Add help for the different nudge modes
  • Add ability to remap the keys
  • Changed default keybinding
  • Draw point on screen when fixing camera to pivot position
  • Add button to reset pivot position
  • Display pivot position in interface
  • Fix incorrect display of block frame in block visualizer

v1.1 - 2021-08-01

  • Add ability to move the pivot point for rotations

v1.0 - 2021-07-24

Initial release