HTML5 Coming to MapTool

The MapTool elves have been busy this holiday season. They’ve introduced two new macro functions to produce HTML5 dialogs and frames. The new macro functions frame5() and dialog5() can be used in place of the HTML3 frame() and dialog() macro functions.

The new functionality allows the use of CSS3 and Javascript within the HTML frame/dialog so your formatting options now include those available to modern web applications. It has the limitation of not being able to access external assets.

You should now be able to do things like conditional displays like the code below.


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Playing Sound in MapTool via Syrinscape

One of the overlooked features of MapTool 1.5 is the introduction of RESTful functionality in the MapTool scripting language – MTScript. For the non-programmers, RESTful is a software architectural style that defines a set of constraints to be used for creating Web services. These take the form of an HTTP call, like when you put a web site URL into your web browser. The industry term for exposing a RESTful interface is called an Application Programming Interface or API.


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MapTool 1.5.5 Released

The RPTools elves have been hard at work bringing you new and wonderous functionality in MapTool. We are proud to announce MapTool 1.5.5 which brings improvements to existing functionality, new capabilities, as well as new and improved macro functions. MapTool versions from 1.5 onward are 64-bit OS only.

Note: It appears this release has issues on Macs. If you or your players use a Mac you should skip 1.5.5 and wait for 1.5.6.


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MapTool 1.5.4 Released

The RPTools staff is proud to announce the release of MapTool version 1.5.4. This release adds a great deal of new macro functionality and cleans up some long-standing bugs mostly thanks to the tireless efforts of the new contributor, Guillaume “Merudo” Filteau. MapTool versions from 1.5 onward are 64-bit OS only.

You can find a complete list of changes on the GitHub Changelog. Note, there were a lot, and I mean a LOT, of macro changes. These should not affect existing frameworks since they primarily added new, optional parameters or fixed bugs in existing macro functions. You can find a full summary of changes Macro Function Changes for 1.5.4 GitHub Wiki page.


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MapTool 1.5.3 Released

The RPTools staff is proud to announce the release of MapTool 1.5.3. You can find a complete changelog here. This version of 1.5 comes closer to becoming our Stable build for general use. Please download and run your frameworks through it to make sure everything is still working as expected. MapTool versions from 1.5 onward are 64-bit OS only.

We’ll probably have one or two more releases before declaring 1.5 stable and moving on to MapTool 2.0.


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