What is this thing?
It's a program used to generated customizable in-game mousewheel messages and game option menus with field of view and zoom control. Check out the video at the bottom of this page
It's safe to try
The wheel menu doesn't conflict with the normal mouse wheel weapon selection menu and it only uses one key of your choice for the menu. The fov/zoom feature uses 2 keys of your choice. You can try it with 3 keys you aren't using and if you like it, switch it to closer keys for easier access to the menu.
How It Works
Press the middle mouse button once to bring up the menu at the top of the screen. Use the mouse wheel to scroll up or down to the message group you want. For example, Flag, Attack, Defend, Answer, Other. Press the middle button again to see the messages for that group. Scroll to the message you want and press the middle button to say that message and restore the mouse wheel to the weapon selection menu.
Some messages also set a waypoint sprite. All menus have a cancel option by scrolling the wheel up once, so you can get out of the message menu without saying a message. You can choose from several preset menus. There are menus for CTF, TDM, teaching, etc.
You don't need to Know Console Commands
The generator has several presets and more will be added, so you don't need to know console commands. Also, it is easy to start with a preset and edit or add your own messages and menus using a point and click interface.
If you are familiar with console commands, you'll be pleased to know that you can also execute any console command or alias using the menus. For example, you can have menus for changing video settings, playing demos, controling a server, executing other config files, ... the possibilities are endless and the beauty of it is that you won't have to open the console and type the commands anymore.
When Nexuiz starts up, it tries to load a file called autoexec.cfg. This is called a config file. It is a text file that contains advanced commands that configure the game for your own personal preferences. Don't worry. The config generator takes care of the details. It creates the commands and puts them in a text field on the web page. Then you just copy and paste the text into a config file.
The autoexec.cfg file is in the directory ~/.nexuiz/data/. To find this directory on a Mac, go to the Finder's Go menu and choose Go to Folder... and type in ~/.nexuiz/data/
If there isn't an autoexec.cfg file, simply create a new blank text file and save it in this directory with this name.
Loading and Customizing a Menu Preset
The generator makes it easy to create the commands for the menu config files. You start off with a simple preset for CTF messages. You can use this as is or edit it. There are several other presets to choose from located on the left of the page. You can load a preset or click add if you want to combine presets. This is useful for menu components like the HUD menu preset which lets you adjust the Heads Up Display. Add this to the CTF or TDM preset if you like.
To customize a preset, use the controls on the right and bottom of the page. You can add, edit and delete menus. Use the arrows to the right of the menus to change their orders. You can edit the messages and commands in the actions field. The code buttons let you add color codes, health stats and waypoints to the actions. You can also enter any console commands in the actions field.
Advanced users may want to use the "aliases and commands to include" field for console commands that will execute as soon as the config file loads. This is useful to make aliases that will be used in an action field. See the HUD preset for an example.
Key Binds and Saving Your Preset
After you've customized the menu preset, you move on to the next page where you can specify the keys you want to use to operate the wheel menu and fov/zoom controls. On this page, you can save the preset you've made. you can also overwrite or delete an existing preset.
Generating the Config
On the next page, you'll see a large text field that contains the text that you need to copy and paste into your autoexec.cfg file. The text is already selected, so just copy and paste. When you start Nexuiz again, the menu will be available using the key you chose and the mouse wheel.
Since the menu appears at the top of the screen, other messages that appear there can sometimes push the menu off screen. Scrolling the mouse wheel restores the menu though. Also, the scoreboard can overlay the menu. Since the scoreboard is transparent, you can still see the menu somewhat. I may be able to prevent the interruptions in a future version of the wheel menu, but it isn't a big problem.
Like any other controls, this will take a little practice to become proficient and to be able to select a message quickly. Please give it a chance to get into your muscle memory. Remember that you can still move and shoot with the menu open.
Still aren't convinced?
Check out this video of it in action!