PhailRaptor Posted November 13, 2017 Share Posted November 13, 2017 Something I've been thinking about for a while, thought I'd throw it out there. Consider this room. We can tell there's a healthy amount of Oxygen in there to breath. We can also see some CO2 building up in there, too. Hard to tell much else, though. We can make a guess that there is probably a trace of another gas in there, causing a lot of turbulence at the O2/CO2 interface, but that could be just the normal interaction of that interface. We can't really tell. So naturally we'd switch to the Atmosphere Overlay to clear things up, right? Well... Unfortunately, this tells us even less than standard view. You'd expect that the gases would be color coded, but they're not. The O2 is coming up teal, and the CO2 is coming up red, but that's only because O2 is breathable, and CO2 is not. We already knew that information, it's not relevant. We also have no indication of what our mystery gas might be, if it's even there. Also worth noting, vacuum doesn't look any different than the CO2 does, despite the substantial difference in implications of both. Frankly, the Atmosphere Overlay doesn't provide any relevant information, and what information it DOES provide is redundant. Excuse my rudimentary skill with Paint, but this is more of what I had in mind when I first saw the tooltip "Atmosphere Overlay". Here, we can easily tell what gases are present. In addition to a clear identification of where the line is between CO2 and O2, which was absent in both of the other images, we can now also see that there is indeed another gas present. Chlorine. Not drawn here (because I'm not even remotely talented enough for it) would also be a series of lines across each region of gas, like the elevation markers on a topographical map. Say, every 500 g or so? These lines are also able to mash themselves together when enough of them are adjacent, as I tried (and failed) to differentiate -- the line between the Chlorine and both other gases should be noticeably thicker than the line between the CO2 and O2, because the pressure difference of the CO2 and O2 is much smaller than it is compared to the trace of Chlorine. This format would give significantly more information than the current Atmosphere Overlay, and should convey it in a manner that is very easy to understand. Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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