The anniversary is here and apparently it’s put me in a good mood because I’ve just released this update which includes what I think are about the three most requested additions/improvements to NightLight.
Starting now, you can upload screenshots taken with other methods and platforms than Steam. Note that I said you can upload them, not that they will be detected as matches - this is a rather experimental beta support phase. Some screenshots will work but there will almost definitely be issues with UI locations - whatever happens, I’ve got systems setup to keep track of what works and what doesn’t and I’ll be working on adding official support as screenshots are uploaded.
There are some limitations of the beta support which I’ve written up in this post: Beta Support for Other Platforms and I’ll be adding updates to it as I work on this feature further.
Thanks to the support of several amazing people on Buy Me a Coffee I’m extremely grateful to be in a position where the physical costs of running NightLight are covered. When I first released NightLight I was concerned about ending up with a bill that was greater than I could justify or even potentially afford. Because of this, I’ve held off on adding certain features and added what I think was a somewhat low but still reasonable limit match retention.
Now that I’m at a point where the costs are not only covered but exceeded, I’d like to give something back by of doubling the period matches are stored for. That’s right, matches will now be retained for 60 days by default and 360 for supporters. If for whatever reason support for the project drops too much or usage rises disproportionately in the future I may have to lower this back down but for the time being, enjoy and thank you.
As a bonus, for a couple of reasons including technicalities relating to match sharing, the system that deletes “expired” matches hasn’t actually affected the live NightLight database yet. This means you’ll be able to see any matches that were outside your old retention period but inside the new one.
Ah, the thing that results in me vanishing into the world of tiny icons for many hours every time I go near it. For a while now there’s been issues with the recognition of certain icons, Small Game being the most noticeable on the perk side and certain killers, ranks, and statuses along with it. In this update are some fairly significant improvements to the identifier and I thought it might be interesting so share some numbers.
From the subset of about 1500 matches I tested with these were the recognition rates:
Perks 98.00% identified
Ranks 92.06% identified
Killer 83.73% identified
Status 93.72% identified
Perks 99.14% identified
Ranks 98.00% identified
Killer 99.31% identified
Status 95.96% identified
As you can see, there’s a fairly nice increase in recognition rates. Interestingly the Dev’s seem to have flipped Nemesis’ killer icon from the PTB which accounted for a bit of why the killer recognition was so low. I’d also like to apologise to people who hover around particularly curvy numbers like 3 or 8 as image compression combined with the darkness of the ranks in DBD results in those ranks going unidentified more than others.
- Added support for uploading screenshots that are taken through other methods and are from other platforms than Steam. (Note that there are some limitations of this which are listed here: Beta Support for Other Platforms)
- Increased the upload retention period from 30 to 60 days for everyone and 180 to 360 days for supporters.
- Improved the recognition of many icons
- Fixed a bug which could cause the duplicate status of an upload to be ignored
- Fixed an issue causing killer’s names to be hidden on the Kill Rate graph
- Fixed an issue causing the grid lines on graphs to be slightly darker than intended