Modern Software Packaging

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by NekoNoNiaow » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:12 am

Dbug wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:43 am
Interesting, did not know these universal game cases, thanks for the link :)

I wonder how a 3" floppy would fit in...
I do not think I have a 3" floppy around in my house but I could check with a meter and the proper dimensions. ;)

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Dbug » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:25 am

I do not think I have a 3" floppy around in my house but I could check with a meter and the proper dimensions.
- 7.99 cm wide (really a tiny tiny bit less than 8cm)
- 9.95 cm tall (really almost perfectly 10cm)
- 5mm thick

That's an Amsoft, can probably expect other to be a fraction of mm different here and there :)

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Dbug » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:17 pm

After the packaging itself, I decided to do some test with the floppy labels, knowing that my main target is 3" floppies... but trying to see how it would look if you tried to put these labels on 3.5" ones.

Here is what that looks like (simulated)
3inch_label_on_3.5inch_floppy.jpg
My first batch of labels is here: http://defence-force.org/download/oric/ ... Page_1.png

If you have a favorite game that exists on floppy (ie: the DSK is available), even if it's some compilation of game, please tell, I'll see if I can collect enough of these to justify making a second page of stickers.

Feedback is welcome :)

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by ibisum » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:32 pm

Its amazing how visceral my reaction is to seeing this kinds of things, in the 21st Century. I truly want to possess a mass library of Oric titles that look this good. However, Cumulus precludes me making the effort. ;)

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by iss » Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:10 pm

Beautiful! I'm really obsessed with Oric's 'dotted' surface :).
@ibisum: you can create SD-Card library with down-scaled labels too ;).
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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Dbug » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:02 pm

You can also use it sideways :)
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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Chema » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:30 pm

They do look terrific! 8)

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Dbug » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:17 am

I'm satisfied by the current style for the games and stickers, so I'm considering going to the print show soon, here is what that looks like:
AllPrintSheets.png
On the bottom right you can see some variants of Oric themed floppy stickers for single sided 3", double sided 3" and 3.5".

You may have noticed that I removed all the 16k/48k/atmos/tape/floppy/... mentions, the reason is that some people don't care, it's kind of messy/busy, and it makes it harder to reuse the same inly for both tape or floppy, so instead I came up with a solution that involves transparent stickers:
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(I've about 200 of the stickers sheets if you are interested)

The place where I'm going to do the printing is basically making me pay a initial high fee for the first sheet, and then a reduced fee for each additional sheet so it's all a question of balance for the final cost.

When I checked a few months ago, the prices for the full 45x32cm pages were of 157 kr for the initial page, then 18 kr for each additional sheet, or 54 kr for sticker sheets (Assume 10 kr = 1 euro, it was not 100% clear if the 157 kr one was a one time fee for the operation, or for each new design, so at best if would be 157+18+18+54+54=301 kr (30 euros) for one set of 8 inlays and 40 floppy stickers, obviously, the more I print the lower the additional cost, knowing that in the mean time the prices may have changed)

At the very least, I'm going to print one of each of these four sheets, for my own usage, and then, if some of you are interested, I can print additional ones, get them nicely cut, and sent to you at the actual cost as normal letter postage to limit additional costs

As you can see, there's one case with a big red "?", which I could either replace with a copy of one of the games (if there's a popular demand so we can double the numbers of inlays for the same cost), or use it for another game (suggestions welcome).

The bottom line is: This is going to be printed, but that's going to only happen once because of the startup-cost.

Feedback welcome :)

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by ibisum » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:05 am

I definitely want a full set of everything! :). Let me know where to send the moolah.

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Dbug » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:29 pm

Gettttttting there...

I did a new pass of cleaning, fixing, centering, etc... and I came up with the four pictures in this folder:
http://www.defence-force.org/download/oric/games/print/

could you guy go and do a quick check, and tell me if there's anything shockingly wrong, strange, etc... I've been looking at these things for so long that I'm almost blind by now :)

Thanks!

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by retroric » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:06 pm

Awesome job Dbug, the artwork & fonts are stunning!!

Just caught a small typo on "PrintSheet_1" for Kong: "barels" is misspelt, should be "barrels" :-)
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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Chema » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:58 am

Did not have time to have a look at the high resolution version yet, but I must say that, it being an impressive job, I miss the Defence-Force logo... :(

I had it on Skool Daze and Blake's7 at least, and it looked quite professional.

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Dbug » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:02 pm

retroric wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:06 pm
Just caught a small typo on "PrintSheet_1" for Kong: "barels" is misspelt, should be "barrels" :-)
Thanks, fixed :)
chema wrote: Did not have time to have a look at the high resolution version yet, but I must say that, it being an impressive job, I miss the Defence-Force logo... :(
I had it on Skool Daze and Blake's7 at least, and it looked quite professional.
I had the original defence force logo on the first versions, I even had it on the printed out prototype, but what I was looking for was consistency across the entire set of games, and the bright blue and yellow was drawing the attention out of the main thing: The game itself.

Also, when you have your collection of games around, it's kind of confusing to have the actual Defence Force game sitting next to another game with the same logo despite not being related at all :D

I came up with the semi transparent "cut out" defence force logo on the back as an alternative: If you look at it, you will see that this is actually the same font, but instead of the 3D embossed golden it's just using the base colors of the actual game package.

But yeah, was not a simple decision.

In any case, the pictures are available, so if you want, you can still print your own versions with the logo back on them :)

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by Chema » Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:28 pm

Dbug wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:02 pm
Also, when you have your collection of games around, it's kind of confusing to have the actual Defence Force game sitting next to another game with the same logo despite not being related at all :D
You've got a point there indeed. I understand :)

I liked your designs very much. I did not find anything strange (I am not the best to look for typos or small mistakes, anyway). I might say I miss the "The adventure game" lettering under the logo on Blake's 7 and also think the DEFENCE FORCE label is not as clearly visible as in the rest, but nothing really important.

Excellent work!

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Re: Modern Software Packaging

Post by NekoNoNiaow » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:21 pm

Dbug wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:29 pm
I did a new pass of cleaning, fixing, centering, etc... and I came up with the four pictures in this folder:
http://www.defence-force.org/download/oric/games/print/

could you guy go and do a quick check, and tell me if there's anything shockingly wrong, strange, etc... I've been looking at these things for so long that I'm almost blind by now :)
These look nice!
In passing, I noticed that one of the printouts shows screenshots of your "road" demo, are you planning to make a full driving game out of it? ;)
I tried my best to read the title of the corresponding printout but that font was really hard to read.. "TURBO ... something?".

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