Ok, so official comment/question/consideration directed to Square (Since you said they will read the topic):
Many PC users, in fact the vast majority, use the Windower program. The Windower has the optional capabilities of allowing the player to view other party members' TP, a monster's current HP%, as well as distance from the monster, among other things. At the bare minimums, without these addons, the program allows the ability to alt-tab or minimize/window the program. Currently, this is considered bannable, since not only do the plugins provide an unfair advantage over those without them, but they make it easier for people to use other third party tools such as fleetool, POS, and MrArgus.
However, there are non-cheating applications for these enhancements. Consider the following:
-If the game were to crash on loss of fullscreen, Anti-Virus programs (Norton, McAfee, etc) displaying notifications (A harmful process was blocked, the program should be updated, etc) would remove the player from the game. Conisider an unfortunately timed removal from the game of a White Mage healer in a party and its effects on the party members. It would cause otherwise unnessesary death of people who had no control over another player's computer displaying a notice that "Norton AntiVirus has been successfully updated"
-With the ability to change Windows, a player with access to only one PC would be able to check their email or view message boards while waiting for a ship or Airship to arrive/take off/land. Surely there are more productive ways to spend your time than starting at your screen for 15-20 minutes waiting for your boat to arrive in Nahmau?
-While some have access to another computer to view mission guides and maps, not everyone has this ability, and some may not be able to print out these maps. It would be nice to be able to Alt-Tab to check a reference website for where an NM is and Alt-Tab back, rather than logging off, checking, and logging back on while anywhere between 5 and 17 people are waiting on you.
While I personally have access to multiple computers and have no need to use Windower since my Antivirus and Anti-Spyware programs never cause me to lose fullscreen, I understand that these concerns may be important to other players. As such, my question to Square is as follows:
Under consideration of the above instances, and since Square is going to be more harshly punishing third party tool users (including Windower users), will Square be introducing the ability to natively alt-tab the game, as well as remove the idea of a player being removed from the game as a result of a popup that (usually) is beyond their reasonable control?
As an aside, the ability to see other players' TP (via the TParty plugin for the Windower tool) is a good idea; one not currently available in the game, and one I wish I could have access to without having to break the ToS. Would it be possible for Square to also add in this functionality as well if possible?
Thank you for your time,
-Mikhalia, Carbuncle Server
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