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''Tuesday October 11th, 2005''<br>
Another day, another beta update; please restart Steam again with the beta command line. -- [[User:johnc|johnc]]<br>
[[UIBugs/ClientBetaChangelist1011|Changelog for 10/11 beta update]]

Revision as of 13:55, 11 October 2005

Thu October 6th, 2005
We're going to run a short beta of the new look and feel to Steam, which we're building to accommodate more games and MODs on Steam. To run it, run Steam from a command line with -clientbeta betaui in your command line. If you find any bugs, please edit this page.

Fri October 7th, 2005
We've just released an update to the beta which fixes many issues, including some of those listed below. Restart Steam (using the same command line as above) to get the changes. -- Greg

Sun October 9th, 2005
Another beta update - same procedure as above. (Thanks for helping to test the beta and for contributing bugs to this page.) -- Greg

Mon October 10th, 2005
Please restart Steam again with the beta command line; another update has been released. This is a release candidate -- we're shooting for release tomorrow (Tuesday). -- Greg

View changelog for 10/10 beta update - johnc

Tuesday October 11th, 2005
Another day, another beta update; please restart Steam again with the beta command line. -- johnc
Changelog for 10/11 beta update

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  • Crash Bug (Steam client): Open either the full view or mini games list. Click "Games" >> "Activate a product on Steam." Click "Next" to proceed to the Steam Subscriber Agreement page. Clicking "Cancel" on this page (to exit out of the Product activation wizard) causes Steam to crash.
    • Wow nice catch. That even has some funky side effects as well, namely you have to login again when it crashes this way. —AlphaWolf
      • Update #1: I've asked a few people to confirm this bug. For some reason it does not seem to affect everyone. It might be helpful if a few people here could test this.
      • Update #2: The bug isn't limited to using "Games" >> "Activate a product on Steam." The Steam subscriber agreement is also displayed when the user makes a purchase through Steam. Again, clicking the "Cancel" button will cause Steam to crash.
      • I was able to reproduce this crash.
      • I too was able to reproduce this crash. WinXp x64 --FishBrainX 12:29, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • When you right-click a game and click "update news", Steam flashes to an open browser window, and the "update news" window goes to the task bar.
  • Third party HL1 mods have a launch issue that can cause regular HL1 to launch instead of the actual third party mod if steam isn't already running. —AlphaWolf
    • This bug is caused by a command parsing issue in steam, added a more specific note about it in johnc's discussion page.
  • This is a release candidate -- we're shooting for release tomorrow (Tuesday) - PLEASE DO NOT rush this. I am still having the below problems. --StonedSmurf 05:07, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • Memory footprint is better now. However, after games I went from 5-11MB when steam starts up, to 30++, especially after playing a game. It is slightly better than before, but please work hard to get this memory footprint lower. Thanks! --StonedSmurf 05:07, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • When I set launch options for 3rd party games, HL crashes when starting those games from the small server list. Then all games crash with same error until steam is restarted. Err Sig: AppName: hl2.exe AppVer: ModName: filesystem_steam.dll ModVer: Offset: 0000e66f (winXPsp2)- Still doing this after last patch. --StonedSmurf 05:07, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • The new "News"-links in the full games list below update, sometimes disappears when clicking on them? This might be intended... but it has a very strange behavior?
  • In the menu settings the text "Don't Save Account Information" is just above the checkbox not behind it. --FishBrainX 03:20, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT) [Duplicate]
  • Goldsource mods get their last letter cut off in server browser—ts2do (talk) 22:06, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
    • Here is a screenshot of this happening ScreenshotAgret 23:00, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • Sometimes third party mods get random icons—ts2do (talk) 21:10, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT) [Dup]
  • Going to the properties of a game then going to Updates and clicking "View <game> update history" opens the update history in your default browser whereas right clicking it on the game list and clicking "View <game> update history" opens it in the update history browser/viewer. —Agret 04:48, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • The size and position of the "Full view games list" should not influence the "Mini games list" and visa-versa!
    • Think of them as the same window because that's what they are. —Agret 04:48, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • In the "Rag Doll Kung Fu" purchase-dialog-box try marking the text "Rag Doll Kung Fu*" in the list! That'll eat a letter and look strange!
  • Selecting the "View update news" in "My games"-list makes the "News Update"-window freeze!
  • Creating a svencoop game works, but when another guy joins, it crashes hl. The game works well when changing the listen server from steam beta to regular steam. -Mic2070
  • When you chose to start Steam in Games, it doesn't. It should be possible to start steam in the mini-games list.
    • This happened to me after some playing with opening and closing the list. --StonedSmurf 05:07, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)
    • This happened to me after I loaded Steam for the second time with the beta UI. It fixed itself when I expanded the mini games window into the full window and back again. [Bwmathis]
  • Are the translations in their final state? For example, the german translation is a bit "ugly" at some points.
    • Translations of new text hasn't been done yet
  • Rag Doll Kung Fu says it's $14.95, when it should be $12.95 for pre-orders.
  • The store windows inner border is flickering if you move the mouse over the hover table columns.
  • Uninstalled games have color icons
  • Pressing CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+R (Reload Skin?) when the small games window is open causes the text in the list to turn from white to black.
    • This only seems to occur for that particular control, and not for list controls in general.
      • If you put it to full size then back to mini it appears to restore the colors. Also if a game needs updating on the list it will go back to orange if you reload a few more times then go back to black if you keep pressing. How on earth did you find out this key combination anyhow? —Agret
  • When trying to pre order RDKF it tells me that the game is already owned, steam shows no other signs of me 'owning' it at all, except having it in the installed section of the mini games menu. I had to reload into steam 2 to pre order. --Draco 21:10, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • After the Friday update, dragging the Store tab around the screen makes the embedded page flicker violently.
    • Does not occur for me. —Agret
      • It does for me, kinda —Pon (talk) 02:27, 8 Oct 2005 (PDT)
        • Could somewhat duplicate this, mine only flickers a little bit. Not sure it's a "steam bug" though. --StonedSmurf 05:07, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)
          • I think it's more related to the IE control than to Steam —Agret
          • I get this also running windows 2000 Dredfurst
  • When switching to the mini games list from tools or store Source mods names appear as "Half-Life 2" and many icons are wrong (eg the Half-Life 2 icon is the old DOD icon). [Duplicate]
  • In "Settings" my favorite window is set to the Games window but Steam opens the big UI box on the Store tab. It should be open on the Games tab of the big box. —Agret
  • Pressing Alt on the main screen acesses the default window menu (maximise/minimise/close/etc.) and not the Steam File/View/Games menus.
    • Alt has no effect for me other than the standard Alt+Space for the system menu. Side node: Keyboard accellerators /underscores for the menus and Windows XP-style "hide the underscores in the top level menus until the user taps Alt" would be nice. -The MAZZTer
  • Somtimes selecting the "View Update News" in the right click menu will cause Firefox to spasm or switch between multiple open browser windows (Windows, not tabs. Though the browsers both have several tabs each) --UndeadScottsman
  • Space bar and enter pushes in a selected button but does not trigger the click function—ts2do (talk) 20:53, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • Verification of cache files
    • GUI of other Steam window does not respond when verifying cache files
      • by design, there is an error sound clicking on other dialogs to indicate that it's modal now
    • Progress indicator can go backwards
  • There is now no way to tell if the HD pack is enabled.
    • For me, it still shows up on the Properties window for the game, much like it did in the old version.—ATimson
  • Window positions for both the "full UI" and the "mini UI" should be saved and restored upon changing UI mode. (Different positions and dimensions)
    • This is still a problem
  • The monitor function isn't inserted yet, or is this feature removed?
    • Removed, it's been merged with My Games.
      • Where? Can't find it.
  • The new checkbox graphic doesn't look to good in the Backup wizard
  • Progress bars are offset since the Monday update: there's an unused gap at the start and the last square is cut off halfway.
  • Update News frames force the webpage to scroll (something to do with people still using the old UI?)
  • When creating a desktop shortcut for Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Steam gives it the default black Steam icon.
  • For not yet released games, like 'The Lost Coast', the install-button should be grey out, cause u can click on it, but u cannot install it
    • No, but they should have their own comming soon section, or "upcoming games" would be better, since Valve and release dates dont always mix lol --StonedSmurf 05:07, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • No third party source mods are loading with the new 10/09/05 gui update. It just says launching then says hl2.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. without even launching at all. -nba1341
  • When you start steam and then install or uninstall a modification while it is running the My Games list does not update itself!!!
  • Context menus go behind the Taskbar if the mini games list is the right position.
  • 'Disk space Required' fields on the Install dialogues are outdated. e.g. CS:S is apparently needs 807MB, but is in fact 1GB+.
  • The games window doesn't refresh (when you close and reload it) what mods are actually installed anymore. (old ui does) ie: if you delete a mods folder from either sourcemods, or the hl1 folder, the mod still shows up until you reload steam.—omega

Not Reproducible

  • Sometimes when first viewing a games update news (after a steam restart) it will minimize steam as the news is loading (the in-built viewer not external browser links)
  • Somehow decided that my CS:S installation is at zero percent. I think it was because it claimed to be at 85%, with a paused update, and I started and then immediately stopped it again. The client hung, and upon restart, after a considerable wait where it was "Scanning for game updates" it told me I didn't have it installed, which I most definitely do. Upon reverting to the current version, it correctly says that yes, I have the whole thing.
  • Strange Hissing sound when steam CPU Useage is at 100% on "Updateing steam platform Files" - http://ammahls.com/random/strange-sound-bug.mp3 - hardware http://ammahls.com/random/Report.htm (Lattest drivers on all hardware)
    • Why does it eat 100% CPU for 15 minutes anyway?
      • The old Steam did this too. Very annoying...
        • I don't see how steam is allowed to do this. This would most likely hurt most computers due to the cpu gitting too hot and the bios should shut down the computer if it ran at 100% for 5 minutes from gitting too hot.
          • Oh dear. I suppose my running my PC's processor at 100% for hours on end while compiling maps is WRONG and EVIL. Basicallly, if a computer locks up while running as it should then it has a cooling problem, pure and simple. It's not the software's fault. If the software unnecessarily runs at high priority and gets in the way of other tasks, then that is a problem. --Cargo Cult (info, talk) 14:41, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • Unable to recreate but twice I have had a scrolling display suddenly jump back to the top of the page while using the mouse wheel to scroll down. Once in "Store" and once in third party mod list.
  • Back button in Store window always active even if there is no "back" page to visit.
  • When you go into the "servers" menu and then into the "History" section all the servers do not appear correctly.
  • Half-Life 2 does not detect out of date video drivers before launch
  • Trying to load Steam with the beta UI, results in an error message of "Platform Error: bad module 'Friends/friendsUI.dll", not loading" after which time it shows it is logging in and freezes.
  • List of games sometimes dissapear
  • Opening the server browser and doing something crashes my computer to hard reboot
  • There are 2 blank list items in the 'game' filter drop-down box for the server browser.
    • Can't reproduce that. [Koraktor]
  • Third-party Source games crash when started through games list—ts2do (talk) 20:54, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
    • Gary's Mod 8v3b and Dystopia seem to run just fine through the mini game list and the full game list. --FishBrainX 21:05, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
    • same problem i posted about it but somebody deleted it :(
  • Clicking on the Activate Game link at the bottom of the Store tab (didn't click on the text, but the active bit that extends to the right) then choosing Cancel crashed Steam with no error, and required me to re-enter my password when I restarted the program.
    • Yes, I can reproduct the bug [LeBourrin]
  • ! Needs looked at, i find that when playing games (CS Source, DoD Source etc) its jittery since the new update, i have to tab out, close the big steam window, then get back into the game to get them back to normal.

Feature Requests

  • When you start steam and then install or uninstall a modification while it is running the My Games list does not update itself!!!
    • This is because that info is only loaded at startup, old steam was this way also. —StonedSmurf
      • No it wasn't. The old steam did it fine.
  • When icons for third party games are created, use the icon defined for that game rather than the steam icon. —AlphaWolf
  • The option to *remember that you are in offline mode* so that everytime you start steam it dosen't prompt you about it being offline. - User:- Flynia
  • The ability to drag-and-drop games/tools in the game lists.
    • The games as they are look unorganised (only alphabetical) - should be in order HALF-LIFE / CS / SOURCE / MODS
  • Add the possibility to store the password of the favorite servers.
  • Add showing percentage completion of update when update is paused.
    • In addition, percentage completion of update shows the percentage completion of the updated cache files, not the percentage completion of the update to be downloaded.
  • Userrating of games in the shop, we now know what is availible but how much does the community love it? --FishBrainX 21:13, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • XML skinning support like Winamp. --C00lryguy 03:44, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • Properties for Third Party Games allowing you to change the icon and the display name. --C00lryguy 03:44, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • Support for launch options for thrid party mods, like Valve games (-console for example). UPDATE: Done in last new updates, but still buggy as hell. [Smurf]
    • You can already do this, in the full view, hilight the game you want, then in the bottom right corner hit properties. They should allow you to bring up the properties dialog from the right click menu though. The fact that you can't is a bug. —AlphaWolf
    • Seems to work in the 10/9 build. --Koraktor 08:59, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT)
      • Yep, 10/9 build fixed the right click menu having the properties option. Not sure how this made it into the features request area though... —AlphaWolf
  • Option to backup game content for thrid party mods. —StonedSmurf
    • Also to back up the maps and other content you have for you games.
  • Option for mod developers to allow updates to their games via steam, having them supply the hosting of course. If this is at all possible, please do. It can only help you to have "one stop shopping". [Smurf]
    • Mods could supply a special field in their gameinfo.txt to limit URLs to allow updates from, to prevent a malicious user who accesses a developer's system from being able to link an update to any file on the internet. The MAZZTer
    • Yea there are several ways to make this a "safe" thing, as safe as you can get, that would allow mod makers a chance to get their products out, etc. —StonedSmurf
  • Add an option to automatically exit steam when you close your game. (a full exit, not just closing the UI menu) —AlphaWolf
  • In the server browser list, add an option to show the number of bots on the servers rather than just a "B" icon. Also consider negating that number from the actual number of players shown to be on the server (since they aren't actually players.) —AlphaWolf
  • Make the favorites list in servers save what your sort your list after, and what order you want them showed ( IE the minor arror going up or down ).
  • Make it possible to add your own sections in the 'My Games' mini list. As mentioned here and demonstrated here.
  • snapping windows to one another still sucks. windows should snap not only to edges of the screen and one another, but to corners as well.
  • detect out of date video drivers before launch for Goldsrc games do not - not only source games.
  • If the cursor is over either the minimize or close window box, it would be nice to see a visual feedback
  • Keyboard access in store.
  • update SDK UI to match new style
  • Have a tab to the news page on the main screen instead of it opening a browser window?
    • I agree with this. In fact, I recommend that you reorganize the Games/Main window's tabs into News (general Steam news and option to browse individual game news), Browse (for downloading/purchasing), Play (for installed games) and Tools (for server, SDK, etc.). This will allow you to remove the unnecessary News option with the context menu and the icon down at the bottom of the Games/Main window. [Bwmathis]
    • Better yet, have a tab to the RSS feed.
  • When you right click on Valve mods you are able to set the launch options (-console for example) but with third party mods, you have to make a shortcut. Is there any way you can add support for that with third party mods? Somwhat fixed with last update, expect for crash errors. —StonedSmurf
  • Add an ETA To all process bars - I.e. updating platform files.
    • This might be an engine update, but add an ETA to Source Games, like what Gold Src has, for when you are downloading assets from a game server
  • Abilty to maximise the storefront window.
  • The account name should not appear in window title. People often post screenshots of their games list on the Internet (usually in the course of trouble-shooting), relieving their account name. Since the account name is one of two pieces of information a nefarious individual requires to hijack an account, it is best not to make such sensitive information so visible. The user can easily view their account name from the Setting window, which is far less likely to appear in a screenshot posted to the Internet.
  • In the Interface Settings, it would be nice to be able to set my favorite window to Tools.
    • Seconded. As someone that primarily uses the SDK this would be very useful, as SDK access is frequent and awkward at times.
  • Tools should also be accessible through the "mini games list"
  • I want the "monitor" feature back
    • It's already back, integrated into the main My Games/Tools windows.
      • Ok, where is the nice bandwith usage graph?
        • Oh. Forgot about that. Guess the Monitor's not entirely there after all. :-/
  • When viewing status of "Not yet installed" games, it would be nice to have an install button. If a game is installed you can uninstall (delete local game content...) from status, so the inverse sort of makes sense to be there.
  • "Mini Games List" Sections should be expandable/retractable menus so we can hide the other sections, particularily "not installed". Mods/Custom Games and Tools needs it's own sections in "Mini Games List".
    • We need a right-click option to "Hide Game" in the "Mini Games List", and be able to add it back in from the full "My Games" menu.
      • Or it should be possible to make groups and add games to them.
        • I would love to see the ability to add custom ones, but if that is not possible at the moment, please at least setup more lists, like "valve" "HL1 Mods" "HL2 Mods", etc. —StonedSmurf
  • It would be nice to have a throbber for the Store to let the user know that a page is loading.
  • It would be nice to chose voices/subs languages ( also different ) about a game from its properties. ( It will be cool also if Mods can do this ... )
  • Add an upgrade option for ATi bundle.
  • One must scroll to see games released before Condition Zero in the Backup wizard's games list. If one right-clicks on such a game - say, Ricochet - the Backup window should open and the list should automatically scroll to revile that game.
  • A "Server" tab in the expanded main window (see Fig. 1). The aesthetics of two sets of tabs would need to be explored. There is also the redundancy problem of having a Servers tab and a link to the Servers window at the bottom.
  • Allow for multiple account managment, fast user switching, or some sort of quick account login or managment tool.
  • For unreleased games, put the "(unreleased)" text in a different, perhaps slightly darker, color.
    • Built in since last update "10/9 Update". -Sturmhaube
  • Allow users to remove games from the main list, so it doesn't appear cluttered. I don't want to see Codename Gordon at the top.
  • Add an option to verify GCF caches when right clicking a game.
    • Added in 10/9 build. --Koraktor 08:59, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • It would be nice if there will be a tabbed browsing ( like FireFox ) of forums on Steam.
  • Release a skinning tool for Steam.
  • Allow full customization through skinning (change window shape, how items are displayed, all colors, spacing, etc. or a mode entirely without a skin using Windows standard looking widgets.
    • Agree: there should be a no skin option to use the standard Windows theme. It would give Steam a more serious look. --Muffin 03:01, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • It will be cool if you add a BitTorrent-like distribution system. If you don't like it for selling products, add it for free products! The user will chose to use it or not. ( and how much upload band to dedicate to it ) You will save a lot of band ( because with a small amout of it you will have a better distribution ) and users will complete it in a shorter time!
  • It would be nice if this nicer looking skin could be applied to when your playing a game or at least have an option to change it. For example, when your joining a Counter-Strike: Source server and the loading bar or the servers list is in this nicer looking skin.
  • Standardised GUI for all Steam platform games so that "one skin will fit it all".
  • Clear history for server browser.
  • Somewhere that says what content server your connected to. This is very important for me because if I get connected to my ISPs content server then the downloads dont go on my download count. Also it would be great if I could change the content server to my ISPs but I doubt that would happen.
  • A working friends list would definitely improve it. Ability to add friends like MSN.
  • Ability to change the Steam skin to High quality(nicer) or Low quality. This can help to reduce memory usage and boost in-game performance. (Beta version requires around 50MB memory usage while the old version requires only 10-15MB memory usage)
  • User can customly change the size of the backup. (Some CD can store up to 700+ MB)
  • Please allow us to change our login username and I don't mean switching accounts, but actually renaming our login.
  • Maybe for some of the more popular mods you can add the developer website link for them. (I think it's a mod file setting, not sure I don't mod that much.
  • GUI option to install optional components, and make it more prominent.
    • The HD-pack (HL/OP/BS).
    • The condition zero models (CS/CZ)
  • Maybe add near 'My games' an extra tab with 'My mods'
  • For mods also add the same menu if u press with right mouse button and in the properties of the mod: the webpage and the possibility to update the mod automatically (everytime when I change this to automatically update the mod and I check back, it is changed to 'Do not automatically update this game'
  • Allow third party games to have their icons in the 'My games' section
  • When installing a backup, it uses the old GUI.
  • URL mouseover for developer websites
  • Could we get the http://www.steampowered.com/status/game_stats.html somewhere, in its own tab or in the store?
    • Maybe put it in the "Games" menu since that has only got the one option? "Activate A Product On Steam..." —Agret
    • Maybe we can have a connection page that describes more network details
      • The current content server we are connected to
      • The current network status (Total/Used bandwidth)
      • Firewall tester (To allow people to see if firewalls are breaking their game)
        • I've got a hardware firewall and the only thing that would disrupt your game is when you are hosting. It's hardly worth coding a tester just for that as people should already know when they are in a position to host or not. —Agret
  • Ability to colapse sections in Mini-games mode [Dwarden]
    • There are no sections in mini-games mode that I can see. What are you referring to? —Agret
      • Added in Sunday release.
  • Ability to define custom game/apz sections in Mini-games mode (ie, creating popular one on top while rest colapsed on bottom) [Dwarden]
  • Add ultra mini mode (toolbar with only game icons or/and small/short text name) in short smaller than actual minigames window [Dwarden]
    • Ultra mini mode could just be that square section of the mini-games list. Have a look, the gray colored small section. None of the surrounding borders or menus. —Agret
  • Add ability to launch games directly thru tray icon (right click on icon choose Play > choose game to play, let say working only for "key" game titles) [Dwarden]
    • It works fine for a large list through the XFire tray icon. I'm not sure why they cant support it for every one of your Steam games. —'Agret
  • Update the in-game loading screen to new style [Ninja]
    • Only in HL2 games please, the new skin looks ugly in the old HL1 games.
  • Ability to download third-party games from your My Games menu, like in WON version [Ninja]
  • A skin menu for your games where you can change/upload your custom weapon and player skins so it is not so hard to get rid of them [Ninja]
    • This would be controlled by the game in question and not Steam. Unless you mean uploading your stuff to the Steam content servers which seems pointless as it works fine the way it is now. —Agret
  • Interface option to choose level of opacity / transparency , color schemes too, font colors/types etc (ie inversion) [Dwarden]
    • Get Steam skin support working again. Maybe let me use my old skins on the new interface somehow? —Agret
  • A refresh button for My Games would be useful for game developers—ts2do (talk) 18:51, 8 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • I actually have a good feature/fix..firstly change game names to be filtered out correctly while playing CS 1.6(not being also to see CS source games), thats pretty annoying.Add more filters like filter "no bots","max players"(to easily find a 0/10,0/32)..better mute player control and mute text option. Also fix "view server info" window being always on top(annoying cause you can't play so it makes that useless in-game).Faster loading times on opening games.[El3]
  • In mini games window give us coming soon section back and tools section --nba1341
    • Ew, no, they should be left out—Pon (talk) 17:10, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
      • with the new 10/9/05 gui update you can now collapse windows so you could just collaspe tools and coming soon if you did not want them there. --nba1341
        • Should be like this. So you can add sections yourself.
  • Store the game manuals (i.e. Half-Life 2 and Day of Defeat) locally on the user's hard drive. I'd prefer viewing the user manual from my hard drive than having to download it from the web site. Also, the Half-Life 2 manual is a PDF file, but Steam doesn't mention anything about needing Adobe Acrobat Reader. Although most people have Acrobat Reader, I'm sure some people do not.
  • Add their manuals for the good old HL1 games.
  • Special category in this list for 'Feature requests for My Games list'. Cause there are a lot of those...
  • Easy way to delete mods: right click and select Uninstall/Delete (this would just delete the mod folder within the half-life directory). --12:25, 10 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • Add feedback to the Product activation wizard windows to let the user know what Steam account he/she is applying the CD key too. See image. (screenshot)
  • Globaly memorise the last open tab in Properties dialogues.
  • When you activate Steam, you see an update screen. It should have the new Steam skin, perhaps the same skin as the log-in screen
  • Option to show list after what engine they run like Half-Life: Counter-Strike, Half-Life Blue Shift, Day of Deafeat, Deathmatch Classic, etc. and Half-Life 2: Half-Life: Lost Coast, Day of Defeat: Source, Half-Life: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch etc.. --Wiak
  • Optimize the speed for downloading and add BitTorrent (Option) into the client so users can help other users on steam -- Wiak
  • Mark games you don't own bold in Store. Makes it easier to pick them out.


  • In the Steam settings (on latest update) "Don't save account information on this computer" is not lined up with the check box next to it —Agret
  • Having "Not Installed" games in the mini-games list is pretty illogical, they can be installed from the full games list anyway.
  • There are 2 duplicates in the 'toolbar'. There is file->settings, view->settings and view->support, help->technical support which basicly refer to the same.
  • Steam should indicate that it is doing a rollback instead of an update when it is in fact doing a rollback. For example, when you run steam without the -clientbeta parameter after you have run it with that once, it says it is "updating" to an older version. —AlphaWolf
    • It is in fact updating to the latest version. The command line switch forces Steam to think there is a new version but the content server still reports the other one as the latest version. —Agret
  • "About" dialog wasn't updated when the October 7th update was released.
  • Third party mods randomly show icons of other games. [Koraktor]
    • I can't reproduce any of these
    • That bug seems to be different for each client. [Koraktor]
      • I get this too. For example, Hostile Intent shows with a TFC logo, MINERVA shows with a CS1 logo. Always is those two, ie not random. This also has NOTHING to do with the mods in question, it's based on their "place" in the list. Remove/Add a mod, and you'll see the logos move to new mods. [Smurf]
  • File menu says "Backup games..." whereas window is titled "Backup wizard"
    • That's because when you want to backup your games you get a wizard to guide you through the process. This isn't a bug. —Agret
  • Menu text versus window title and general window title style inconsistencies...
    • Main window is "STEAM - <username>" (all caps Steam)
    • "File > Backup games..." opens window titled "Steam - Backup wizard"
      • Isn't it supposed to?
        • The point he's making is that the capitalization of "STEAM" changed from what the main window shows, much like the ordering of the terms changes in the next point.
    • "File > Settings" opens window titled "Settings - Steam"
    • "Games > Activate a product on Steam..." opens window titled "Product activation wizard" (no "Steam" and "activation" not capitalized)
    • "Help > About" opens window titled "About"
      • Yes terribly sorry about that, next time we should make it quit the program. But seriously, what did you expect it to bring up?
        • He expects it to have a window titled something along the lines of "STEAM - About" to stay consistent with the formatting of other windows.
    • Most menu items that open up a new window have text ending in "...", except for "File > Settings" and "Help > About"
      • Don't forget about "View > News", "View > Friends", "View > Servers", "View > Settings", "View > Support" and "Help > Technical Support Page" —Agret
    • Inconsistent capitalization of text in titles. Eg, "Update News" versus "Backup wizard"
      • 'Wizard' is not a part of the title. e.g. "Update News wizard" is a wizard for Update News, "Update News Wizard" is a magician who make patches appear out of top hats.
    • No "Steam - " leadin text on "Video Driver Outdated" dialog title
    • Game property windows are titled with "- Steam" at end rather than beginning of title. Eg, "Day of Defeat: Source - Steam"
    • Loading "Properties" for a game gives you a window titled with just the name of the game (no mention of "properties"). It has a single tab titled "Status". Why not ditch the "Status" tab (one tab makes no sense) and just lable the window like "Steam - Half-Life Properties" (for example).
    • Launch options window is titled "Launch Options - <game name>" rather than the "Steam - " style title.
      • That's because the launch options aren't related to the Steam launch options. They are related to the game in question. —Agret
        • To keep the same style, it'd be "STEAM - Launch Options - <game name>"
  • Viewing update news for a game. Title of window does not contain name of game being displayed.
    • Game name appears just below that in a big line that says "UPDATE NEWS - HALF-LIFE 2: DEATHMATCH" so i'm pretty sure you'd know what game you were looking at the update news for.
  • "Activate a product on Steam..." should only be clickable on the text part and not the width of the window
    • "Activate a product on Steam..." should open the "Product activation wizard" on MouseUp
  • Windows lack any border separate from the dark OD green, which means if you have two windows on top of each other, the edge of the top window vanishes into the background of the bottom window.
  • Opening "Change password..." dialog there is a minimize and close button in title bar ( _ and X), yet "Change contact email..." only has close and no minimize.
  • The font used for the ip address in the "Game Info" dialog should be a bit brighter
    • I second this - it's a small asthetic nitpick that's very annoying! - Hampster
  • There is a space character before the word "Built:" in the about dialog
  • It would be nice if Steam showes the percentage on the status column only if the game is incomplete. There isn't also any reason to show "Third party mod" instead of "Ready" ( like VALVe productions )
  • Only Half-Life 2 and DoD (old version) seem to have "player manual" links when right clicking on game names. Perhaps show that option on other games as well, but grayed out?
    • It's cleaner only showing stuff when needed VS showing a ton of grayed out menu options you can't actually use anyway. —Agret
      • Ideally mod developers could use that link to open a browser to their website's manual for their mod or a locally-stored version included with the mod.
  • The store's html margin values should be checked because on the right the text is slightly truncated.
  • "Settings" is listed in both the File and View menus. Redundant?
  • "Activate a product on Steam..." at the bottom of the Store tab link appears as underlined text rather than a button. This seems to break the aesthetic convention of the UI: buttons are used to open other Steam windows, underlined text is used to open webpages.
    • And on that subject, wouldn't it be better next to the back/home buttons, with the space it is currently taken up used to show more of the web page?
  • In the mini Games list when there is no scrollbar, there is an unaesthetic mix of rounded and straight corners within the window (see Fig. 2).
  • The store's HTML should have doctype declarations to make it valid HTML. On top of this, the HTML should really come closer to validation than it does, Tidy spits out an average of 10 warnings per page.
  • Inconsistent browser launches: Some of us use Firefox exclusively. "view game manual" pops up in Firefox, links to mods from the store pop in IE.
  • The interface is too chunky. The space between the games list and window border (as a matter of fact most of the dead space) needs to be trimmed. You shouldn't have to scroll as much as you do when you have 25 items.
  • Decrease the vertical space between games listed in the "my games" area.
  • Disabled text is green, so it appears quite out of place when featured against a grey background, such as with the "I agree with the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement" in the Product activation wizard.
    • While you mention it, when you click "I agree with the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement" the Back button is highlighted rather than the next button as though you should go back? —Agret
  • "Server Browser > History" has a "remove server from favourites", instead of "remove from history"
  • "Server Browser > History & Favourites" CTRL+A (Select all) does not work.
  • "Total cost of games bought individually..." in "Valve Complete Pack" shows savings of $200+, but that calculation assumes that every game does not come in a package and bases it off "package price.
  • Application name should not be "in caps", ie Steam but not STEAM.
  • Half-Life: Source uses the old, orange HL icon rather than the new, white HL:S icon
    • same for the old UI [Koraktor]
  • Disparity between "Half-Life: Blue Shift" and "Opposing Force." For the sake of aesthetics, it would be nice to have them both either use the "Half-Life" prefix or not.
    • Prefers to see Half-Life: Opposing Force than just simply Opposing Force.
    • The same does for CS:CZ and the "Deleted Scenes".
  • Launching a HL2 mod in the games list will show the name of the mod instead of HL2(eg "Preparing to play Perfect Dark", but if you launch using an icon it says "Preparing to play Half-Life 2", perhaps make the desktop icons do this too?
    • Desktop icons are launched through command line parameters yet the ones on the list actually know what the game is called. I think that it would have to look at gameinfo.txt while launching to work out the name. Certainly possible.
  • The first update screen (for the exe and dll) still uses the old theme.
    • This is because it is downloading the new theme
      • It's already done that. This is the *second* update. :)
        • If you run with the beta UI from the command line, it'll update you to the next version, which is currently beta and unreleased to everyone. If you have Steam setup to start when you start your computer, it's rolling you back to the current public version, as that won't have the command line switch.
          • That isn't happening either. It's just that the theme information held within steam.exe hasn't been updated yet.
  • You've now got to restart Steam for new mods to show up in the UI. Before, re-opening Play Games did it.
    • You didn't even have to re-open it you could leave it open and just click Play Games again. Please restore this to the way it was. —Agret
  • Should "store" really be called store? I anticipate using it to download a lot of free mods. "Browse" would probably be a more attractive name. [segarch]
    • Maybe "Browse Titles" or "Steam Titles" or "Steam Games"? —Agret
      • Or even... "Browse Games"!!!:D—Pon (talk) 17:14, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • The overall look is nice, but for some reason it seems bulky. Perhaps trim it down a bit, and cut out some of that whitespace, for examle between the "file,view,game" options, the top title, and main list. Hope that makes sense, but basically just trim the borders and unused space a bit. [Smurf]
    • For "some" reason it seems bulky. How about because it's so damn huge? —Agret
  • Better use of capitals, eg : "My games" to "My Games" etc.
  • After right-clicking a game in the My Games window to open the context menu, right-clicking on a different game changes focus to that entry and closes the context menu for the first game. However, left-clicking also does this. If I right click on one game, then on another, it should close the first menu and also open the menu for the second, rather than just re-focusing.
  • The in-game Steam GUI is not consistent with the new out-of-game Steam GUI. In Counter-strike: Source and Half-Life 2 it uses the round-cornered second Steam GUI introduced, while older Half-Life 1-based games all use the original square-cornered Steam GUI. [Bwmathis]
    • I don't think that's a problem, the new skin would look terrible in the old HL1 games.
  • Steams memory footprint while idle is unjustifiably large (upwards of 40MB.) It would be nice to have something more realistic - say 5MB. —AlphaWolf
    • Mine doesn't do this until I run games, usually sits at around 7-9, then jumps to 31+ (stays there after games are closed) [Smurf]
  • Ability to try and install the half life 2 demo even though I already own half life 2, launch obviously fails.
  • Source SDK should feature the link to www.valvesoftware.com for the developer_url and developer.valvesoftware.com for the manual—ts2do (talk) 21:13, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • The dotted selection outlines on buttons, tabs, etc. could do with being swatted. We already know what's highlighted...
  • Error in Minerva's Store page: "Something something, really extraordinary!"
  • After clicking on "Delete local game content" from within a game properties box, the "Delete" button is highlighted. Traditionally, the Cancel button is highlighted to prevent accidental deletion. —Hampster
  • The bandwidth readout in My Games doesn't go into MB/s. Could confuse those who misread it as kilobits/second?
  • The grey outer window of the games list is visually not in sync with the rest of the app. (Example)


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