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This chart helps show user-interface feature comparisons between Freeciv clients. This can help users choose their preferred clients, and hopefully motivate client developers to integrate missing features from other clients.

Legend:
Superior, fully implemented feature; one click or keypress; superior visual display.
Implemented: Some features missing; may require many clicks, presses, or menu operations.
Present but inferior; minimal implementation, many features missing; difficult to see or use well.
Absent. Not implemented.

List of Freeciv Client Features, Compatibility, Functionality

Feature GTK SDL QT FCW notes
Stable Version / Features / Compatibility 2.6 2.6 2.6 3.0 Binaries of GTK, SDL QT clients not available for all versions. 3.0 pre-stable/release versions available for some.
NeverProtect/NeverBlock compatibility Fixes (un)reachability bugs/exploits/inadequacies
Fixed Airlift capacity flaw, compatibility Airlift capacity can take values between 1 and ∞
Combat rounds compatibility Can implement combat_rounds and properly report results and update display
Can access multiplayer web games
  • see note 1
Can access non-web remote servers
General
Overall elegance/simplicity of UI ✗+ ✗- Number of clicks/presses needed for interaction. Ease of learning
Translation to languages other than English Native: not all translations are 100% complete / Web: on independent domains only, only Chinese translations
Map links in chat/messages ? ✓+ Focus links to cities, units, and tiles on the map in chat/messages. ★=one-click and additional features ✓=link provided
External-to-internal links Paste in-game reference links outside the game (tiles, units, cities, etc.)
Extended/improved graphics included for most popular tileset Amplio2 graphics upgraded with new release by professional artists
Extended/improved sound effects included
Speech for incoming messages
Performance, speed
Crash frequency / bugs / glitches ✗+ ✗+ Frequency of crash/glitch situations in a loose MBTF / severity of known specific triggers. Crash-and-exit-without-save incidents = ✗+ crash without save-and-exit. Note: Crashes may vary depending on OS. Do not assume your OS will have same issues.
City Features
Highlight cities that have a building ★=advanced functionality to select cities with X and not Y, etc.
Select cities that have a building
Mass-buy buy in multiple cities at once
Mass-change change production in multiple cities at once
Real-time display of improvements in City List see all buildings present/absent/unavailable right from the city list
Secondary sort
Next/Prev. City hotkey ✓+ Peruse cities with single keystroke
City sub-tab hotkeys Ability to switch main/production sub-tab, etc.
City Governor ✓+ AI selection of worked tiles from user inputs
City tile output on map ✓+ ✓+ ★=hotkey + able to display values higher than 9
One-click macro: cycle all Specialists Change all specialists of one type with one click
Specialist control pane Ability to specify specialist type without cycling
Production Choice Filtering ★=one-click filter production choices for unreachable targets, units only, improvements only
One-key Exits Ease of exiting dialog/window/ tab ★=always works from everywhere
City outlines on map -
City colors on main map Accessible through a keyboard shortcut
City buy shortcut One click/keystroke to buy in city from main mapview
Cities List Display Empire list of all cities and ability to trigger actions from this list.
City List: Current→Future State (Happy) City list displays past/current/future state together: celebration at former TC AND upcoming TC
City View: Current→Future State (Happy) City view displays past/current/future state together: celebration at former TC AND upcoming TC
City List column-sort
Production images in city list Allows quick viewing of empire production
City label options ✓+ Customize city labels on map: stats/info/remove/etc.
Trade routes show on map ✓+ stats ★=selection filters (city, nation, foreign, revenue, etc.
Airlift counters on map ★=one-key, source/dest info together
Airlift counter in cities
Interior Improvements View ✗- ✗- ✓+ Immediate visibility and checking of improvements
Interior Units View ✗-
City Happiness Causes ✓+
City Selection Filters ☆=uses Super Panel functionality instead
Paste composite Worklists () ()=effectuated through Empire tab
Economy tab ✓+ Detailed view of city expenses in Economy or Empire tab
Detailed surplus info ✓+ ?
National Production Easily view/edit national production worklists across all cities
National Buildings Easily view which cities have which buildings across whole nation
Building Upkeep ✓- Easily view building upkeep across all cities
City defense/deployment Quickly view defensibility of all cities in one view
Map Canvas
Mouse can move/drag the map Standard intuitive use of mouse to move the map around. ✗=multi-press keyboard substitute
Zoom Level ★-one key
Map grid ✓+ ✓+ ✓+
Mini-map functionality See, click, drag, resize, or close mini-map to get more screen space.
Incoming/outgoing messages from mapview ✗- ✓+ ✓+ Ease of receiving/viewing/seeing/hearing just-in-time alerts/messages.
Unit Panel Functionality from map view Select/de-select/view info on selected units
Rewind Focus to last position ✓+ Return map view to last focus location
Can quickly see/change taxes from map ✓+
Orders buttons for Units ✓- Quick, easily discerned orders buttons for units: (1) ALL orders available; (2) Colour contrast+Icon differentiation compliant with modern UX standards
Rich goto lines ✓+ ✓+ ✓+ See where units end turns for multi-turn GOTO
Supports all map topologies Client can support WRAPY torus worlds and hexagonal tiles
Show tile outputs >9 ✓+ e.g., gold + super highways, wine/river/colossus+s.h., etc.
Tilesets ☆=enhanced default only; others require recompilation =supports non-default; lacks enhanced default (requires installation)
National territory view Map mode to show national territories with filled-in territorial colors.★=one-click/hotkey
Map compass ✓+
Units
Unit move point bar Optional move point bar display for units
One-click unit deselect De-select individual units from a group, with one click
Multiple Unit Selection and Orders ✓+ Overall ability and ease of selecting multiple units and giving simultaneous commands to them
One-Click select all units on tile
One-Click add units to selection
Rewind Focus go back to last focused unit
Smart Loading ability to select which transport a unit loads onto
Cargo Transfer transfer cargo unit from one transport to another on same tile
Issuing orders to multiple units/stacks ?
Mass parallel unit movement multiple selected units can be given command to simultaneously move in parallel cursor direction together
Selecting/de-selectings units in unit panel
Select all of same type functionality
Select all of different type functionality
Select all on same continent/sea
Unit cargo status ✓- ✓- Graphic display of units clearly shows cargo status and quick click/hover info access on transporter unit
Show GOTO paths for all selected units Select and show existing GOTO orders
Accurate unit stat infobars ✗- ✗- ✗- Colors and percentages in unit infobars accurately depict remaining hitpoints and movepoints
Advanced Unit Selection Filters e.g., select only Sentry units, units with full moves, etc.
Hover unit upgrade costs ✓+ can quickly see unit upgrade cost helptext
Delayed GOTO ✓+
Units Tabs ✓+ Views on units, upkeep, geographic deployment, etc.
Diplomacy
Meetings Initiating meetings, responding to meetings, seeing incoming offers
Extended Peace, Trade, Embassy functionality Compatibility with extended diplomacy options re: contactturns/embassy/cease-fire/tech/gold trade.
Intel: basic info ? Gold, taxes, capital, ...
Intel: diplomatic status ? For foreign nations
Intel: shares vision with ? ★=also sortable from Nations list
Intel: techs ? ✓+ Techs that you don't know, techs that they don't know ★=also shows techs you have that they don't have
Intel: wonders Full realization of functional spec: reporting all wonder intel the server gives to the client.
Nations List
Pact/contact state ✓- ? ✓- Full info on pacts and contact ability at a glance
Shared vision info
Jump to Nation on Map
Quick Message from Nations List
Research
Overall scrollable/readable ✓+ Quickly see requirements, possessed techs, drag or one-click scrolling of screen
Setting Current Goal
Setting Future Goal
Visibility/accessibility of requirements ✗-- ✓+ Ease to view requirements tree, "unlocked" buildings/wonders/units info; bulbs required, help, etc.
In-game help ?

✓ available ✓+ superior ★=hover, 1-click, or similar

Terrain help ? ✓+
Improvements & wonders help ? ✓+
Units help ? ✓+ ✓+ In-game manual, hovertext, other resources
User Interface, Misc
Game Status Panel ✓+ Universal view/access of key national stats
Number of clicks or presses for frequently performed tasks. ✗-- ✗- ✓+
Hotkeys ✓+ ✓+
Extended mouse functionality
Tax rate adjustment ★=lockable sliders, numeric display of tax rate
Orders context menus ★=configurable, show all legal orders
Alternate cursor/numpad input ✗- ✗- cursor support for keyboards without numpad or diagonal arrows
Supports alternates for middle-click
Map Zoom Level quickly alter map zoom level
3D display option
Auto-attack ✓+ ★=append attack or diplomatic order to end of movement order
Map Editor
Delayed Go To / Actions
Waypoints
Connect with...
Trade Planning
Rally point Server-side implementation being worked on (3.1)
Quick Airlift
Mobile Devices ✗-
Warcalc Functionality
NOTES
Note 1 Developmental desktop access to web games has been experimentally achieved (August 2019); currently there is no open source repo with both client and server intercompatibility available. Currently this functionality is not integrated into main branches for FCW server nor main branches/main download links for clients. Follow-up: When above criteria are met, rate each according to the Legend for ease of setup, where =one-click instant, =doable but difficult, etc.

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