ALLOW MANUAL SAVE
The game is always automatically saved when you quit.
If this is set to "AT SELECTED SITES" (which is the default) then you can also save the game manually while landed at a motel, nexus or your home (you will see a "SAVE" button next to the "ADIOS" button at those times when saving is possible).
The load-menu in that case will list all saves instead of just one save for each character / game you started.
Those saves that TAXINAUT made automatically (e.g. when you quit) are shown with a greenish strip at the top. "CONTINUE" will load the most recently used (created or loaded) save.
Similar if this is set to "AT ALL SITES" then you can save while landed at mostly any site.
(The rest is the same as above for "AT SELECTED SITES").
If you like more of a challenge you can set this to "NEVER" (this is actually how TAXINAUT was originally designed).
In this case you will not be able to save manually anywhere.
As before the game will automatically save when you quit.
The load-menu will show only one entry for each character/game you started and clicking it will do the same as clicking "CONTINUE".
Continue will still load the most recently used save as it did before.
This setting cannot be changed while a game is running and you will need to restart TAXINAUT for it to take effect.
Note that TAXINAUT never overwrites any save-game files.
Every save, whether automatic or manual will create a new file and leave the old save-game files.
You might find the starting planet, Yamo, to be too fussy and prefer a more relaxed experience while still on Yamo.
In that case you can set this setting to "ON" to make Yamo more laid-back.
It will, among other things, make Yamo have less traffic (and less Yrah birds).
DISABLE MOUSE WHILE FLYING
This is for when using a game-controller like a gamepad or joystick: when set to "ON" the mouse-pointer will be disabled (e.g. your cab won't turn towards it) and hidden while the game is NOT paused.
The assumption is that your game-controller will turn your cab (e.g. with a d-pad) and the mouse-pointer will just be a nuisance.
For example, if you leave this "OFF" while using a game-controller every time you unpause, your cab will annoyingly start turning to where the mouse-pointer is.
The default is "OFF".
During an action-sequence (e.g. a fight between you and an NPC) this determines the time in milliseconds an effect is shown before the sequence moves on.
If these action-sequences seem to run to quickly to make sense setting this to a larger number will make them run slower.
The default is 1000ms.
HIDE OPTIONS WHILE TALKING
By default (when set to "ON") when in a dialog your response options are not shown until the dialog's text is fully shown (i.e. when the NPC is done "talking").
Setting this to "OFF" will show the options immediately as soon as any text starts showing.
SIGHTSEEING MODE (UNSUPPORTED)
When "ON" (the default is "OFF") this will add a "Sightseeing" item to your item-panel.
The sightseeing item can be left-clicked to toggle the main-view to cover the full screen.
The control-panel will slide to the right off screen and can be temporarily slid back by hovering the mouse over a small widget at the right-side of the screen.
This mode can be toggled at will mostly at any time during the game (except when landed somewhere).
ATTENTION: Flying around in sightseeing mode can result in low framerates and / or stuttering in some zones.
There is no way for me to improve this (I've done all I reasonably can there).
The sightseeing mode will be functionally fully maintained but there will be no improvement to the framerate or stutter.
It is therefore UNSUPPORTED.
If you want to use the sightseeing mode and are getting low framerates or stutter then you can try and turn down some other things like rendering quality or limit decorative site density.
If you are having trouble with the audio, you can try a different audio system here.
The audio capabilities of Java are limited so I wouldn't expect much here anyway.
"NO AUDIO", "JAVA CLIP", "TINYSOUND" and "MIXED" are mutually exclusive but "CACHE" can be independently toggled with any of the others except for "NO AUDIO" (it turns caching of audio clips on or off).
Note: This setting can only be changed before starting / loading a game and after changing it you will have to quit and restart TAXINAUT to start / load a game.
The volume of everything except music (e.g. effects, UI sounds and ambient sounds).
The volume of music.
TAXINAUT uses a fixed 1920x1080 area centered on your screen.
If your screen resolution is not 1920x1080 then TAXINAUT will normally automatically scale and center itself to fit on your screen while keeping TAXINAUT's 16:9 aspect-ratio.
This means that if your screen's aspect-ratio is not 16:9 then TAXINAUT will either have black borders at the top & bottom or at the left & right of your screen.
If the display is not to your liking (e.g. it appears jittery) there are different settings you can try.
If experiencing low framerates or excessive stutter on a laptop with both an onboard GPU and a separate "High-performance" GPU read this.
ATTENTION: In the event that after changing some settings TAXINAUT doesn't want to start anymore or you just get a blank screen, you can delete your configuration file and TAXINAUT will revert to the defaults and generate a new default configuration file.
Note: Display settings can only be changed before a game is started / loaded and if you change any display setting you will have to quit TAXINAUT and restart it before you can start / load a game.
Use OpenGL ("TRUE") or not ("FALSE") or attempt to automatically determine a setting ("AUTO") to run TAXINAUT.
Some system run better with this set to "TRUE" others with it on "FALSE".
Sometimes when a system has more than one GPU, TAXINAUT might be using the wrong one.
Regrettably due to changes in Windows, Java now seems to have no way to force which GPU to use.
However setting this to "TRUE" for example on laptops with two GPUs has in my experience forced the use of the "high-end" (e.g. NVIDIA) GPU instead of the lesser onboard GPU.
If you have this on "TRUE" and still experience jitter of low framerates sometimes setting timer lag compensation to "OFF" and / or setting volatile image based display to "ON" will help.
TIMER LAG COMPENSATION
When for some reason (e.g. garbage-collection) the application temporarily freezes, time actually continues.
Because all movement in the game is based on time it can happen that when the game continues after a freeze that your cab appears to jump forward a little bit.
This setting (when "ON") keeps a mechanism running that attempts to detect freezes and if they happen adjust the game time accordingly.
This way the cab doesn't "jump forward" after the freeze but continues from where it was before the freeze (which is arguably less irritating).
A loop continuously checks whether the game didn't freeze by checking the time between it's last pass and the current one.
If it concludes a freeze has taken place then it adjusts the time accordingly.
I can imagine that this on some systems or to some people can be more irritating or doesn't quite work right.
They can turn it off here and see whether it improves things.
This is sort of a "legacy" setting that will attempt to run TAXINAUT in fullscreen ("exclusive") mode and force the display to a 1920x1080 resolution.
Setting this to "ON" (the default is "OFF") will also force OpenGL to "TRUE" and prevent you from changing it because last time I checked TAXINAUT won't start anymore on Windows when this is "ON" but OpenGL is "FALSE".
When this is "ON" you might also find that the aspect-ratio isn't right depending on your screen / monitor and how it is setup.
For example a screen that does not have a 16:9 aspect-ratio and is set to stretch everything to fit exactly to the screen will show TAXINAUT stretched out when this is "ON".
Unless "OFF" this will automatically scale and center TAXINAUT to fit on the screen (if the screen isn't set to a 1920x1080 resolution).
When set to "SMOOTH" the scaling will use interpolation to hopefully make it look "smoother".
If you have some screen / monitor or GPU that already does this or does this better or if you want to try and improve the framerate then you can try setting this to "REGULAR" in which case no interpolation is applied.
Unless your GPU or screen / monitor has some way to take care of this, setting this to "OFF" on a system with a resolution larger than 1920x1080 will most likely make TAXINAUT appear as a little 1920x1080 patch in the top-left corner of your screen.
LIMIT DECORATIVE SITE DENSITY
Lower the maximum density of non-interactive features in zones (e.g. buildings & plants).
Only zones for which the site density is higher than what's set here will be capped; zones for which it's lower anyway remain the same.
This can be a very useful setting in case of low framerates or crashes because the game runs out of memory.
Try and setting this lower (e.g. try 50%) it will improve the framerate in dense zones.
This can also be useful if you really want to use the sightseeing mode but aren't happy with the framerate when using it.
The default "HIGH" attempts to make features like building and plants look less "jittery" while flying over them.
If you have low framerates and / or a more jittery look doesn't bother you then you can try setting this to "OFF".
LIMIT RENDER SPEED
TAXINAUT uses a loop to render itself and do things like determining collisions etc.
As soon as an iteration finishes it starts the next one effectively determining your framerate.
This setting makes sure that each iteration never takes less than what is set here (in milliseconds).
This can be useful to reduce memory consumption and / or if you are concerned about your system overheating because of a very high framerate.
This is set to 5ms by default.
VOLATILE IMAGE BASED DISPLAY
Set to "ON" (the default is "OFF") to use a different method of rendering TAXINAUT.
If working properly it renders the game at maximum speed (or at best to what limit render speed is set to) and won't sync to the screen refresh rate.
(This probably depends on your GPU / system settings too).
This might require you to also set OpenGL to "TRUE" and / or fullscreen (1920x1080) to "OFF".
WARNING: This might cause TAXINAUT to not start or just show a blank screen.
If that happens you can delete your configuration file to revert to the default configuration.