Space Engineers

Space Engineers

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HUD Compass
Type: Mod
Tags: Hud
File Size
2.716 MB
Aug 7 @ 5:32am
Sep 30 @ 3:42am
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HUD Compass

It’s a compass! On your HUD! Now featuring a clock!

It works on any planet, of any size, with any FoV setting, at any resolution and with any other HUD mod!

Why Do I Need A Compass?
Not long ago a compass was a not really all that useful, but then the multiplayer patch dropped and suddenly you have a lot of people in one place, and they need coordinating. This is pretty easy in space, you just say what you’re looking at and everyone looks around until they find it, there isn’t all that much stuff there to get confused by. But on a planet, there is quite a bit of stuff, just saying “The same way as the mountain” or “Towards the lake over there” is sure to get a least a few people confused, especially if they are some distance from you and therefore seeing different scenery. Now this is where the compass comes in! With a compass you can just say which direction your looking, and then everyone knows where your looking. Simple ;)

How It Works:
This compass works by figuring out which direction your character is looking and doing a bunch of math to find the direction relative to the planet that you are facing. It then shoves that on your HUD using Text HUD API. It’s important to note that it calculates from your character, therefore the direction your crosshair is pointing is what the compass is telling you. So, it won’t work looking about with ALT or in spectator camera. It’s also a bit hard to read if you’re on an angle or upside-down, because it assumes you’re aligned with gravity.

Degree Mode
By popular demand, this mod now has a degree mode! You can enable it via the following chat command:

/Compass UseDeg [True/False]

A Clock???
“Oi! Dude who made compass mod. Make clock mod!” - W4stedspace, Uncooperative Survival #50 – 3:34:36 -

This mod now features a clock! It is disabled by default and can be enabled with the following chat command:

/Compass ShowClock [24HourDateTime/12HourDateTime/24HourTime/12HourTime/Off]

This clock shows UTC time in space and both UTC and local time on planets, useful for knowing how much longer until you can actually see what you’re doing! XD

Time is dependent on day duration, it is in game time, it is not the actual time ;)

The date on the clock is calculated using some dodgy value Keen supplies us with, I personally don't trust its accuracy, the time is fine, just the date that concerns me.

Your settings (UseDeg and ShowClock) are stored in global storage, that is they are in a xml file in your Space Engineers AppData. This means your settings apply between worlds/servers.
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Mr. Synnystr 18 hours ago 
Have you thought about making a Gyrocompass?
Zkillerproxy  [author] Oct 14 @ 10:43pm 
+Cpt Pillowy Giant, I just gave it a quick test and it hasen't crashed. Can I have a log?
Cpt Pillowy Giant Oct 14 @ 2:36pm 
This seems to be crashing my game now.. Anyone else having this problem?
Darian Stephens Oct 7 @ 12:14am 
It's hard to tell sometimes, especially since the distortion at the edges of the screen make the text a bit blurry and flickery.
Zkillerproxy  [author] Oct 6 @ 11:38pm 
+Darian Stephens I know, missed that in testing and realised later, I was wondering if anyone else would notice it ;)
Darian Stephens Oct 6 @ 10:57pm 
There's some slight weirdness with the clock: It goes from 11:00 AM, to 12:00 AM, then 1:00 PM.
OMoo Sep 19 @ 5:29am 
Thanks a lot!
Zkillerproxy  [author] Sep 19 @ 5:19am 
The stuff in the brakets are your options, "/Compass UseDeg True" for example.
OMoo Sep 19 @ 5:18am 
Hi, I'm trying to use the new clock and degree mode but when I copy/paste the command in the chat it just says "Error executing command." I'm sorry if I'm missing something obvious but I can't get it to work. I even tried redownloading the mod and still no luck. The only thing that works is the compass itself.
Zkillerproxy  [author] Sep 19 @ 12:35am 
Boom! Update!

Added a clock and, by popular demand degree mode. Check out the description for more information!