Lol, yeah I was gonna ditch the forum cos Numsgil was talking about opening a board here. What issue are you having?
EDIT: Turns out "approve all posts" was enabled, I've approved it now.
Well I'll start with the good stuff:
The program is based around IM which is really cool.
Now the not so good stuff:
1.) I would like sample DNA codes I can load into the simulation.
2.) I would like to have a zoom feature and also be able to select a robot to view its current DNA (The mouse modes are really confusing , and for now I only got the 'random' mouse mode to work)
3.) In create agent what does 'genus' mean?
4.) A document will be nice to explain how the DNA is structured and how do mutations work (i.e. is it all copy error or what).
5.) I am guessing there are chloroplasts in the program because the robots must be getting energy from something?
Yeah, these are some serious usability issues. It was initially intended as a research tool, so I never really thought about it.
1) I'll make a list of commands/what they do + a couple of examples
2) If you set your mouse mode to "Sample", that allows you to view the state & DNA of any agent you mouse over. For zooming, I generally just use Windows' magnifying glass thing (in accessibility tools). It's surprisingly effective.
3) Genus was just a number used to indicate common ancestry. When the sim was populated initially, each created agent is given a random number which is passed down to it's offspring. Just makes for easy determining of what came from where. I'll remove that from the interface and just make it a random number, since it doesn't really work like that anymore. Now it's just used to calculate the colour the agents show up in, and varies ever so slightly with each mutation. For now, just type in a random number.
4) That is all in the research paper, but if you don't feel like poking through a 15,000 word document I can understand
I'll clip it out and summarise it somewhere.
5) Again, that's specified in the research paper. Again, I'll clip it out and summarise. Short answer: yes.