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A glimpse into the future of RaceDepartment - Beta Feature | Mod searching

RaceDepartment hosts thousands of mods across nearly every sim out there so finding exactly what you are looking for can sometimes be a little tricky. We have been listening to the feedback and busy working on solutions to improve the site.

We’re currently testing some new features which will not only make finding mods a lot easier but also downloading and installing said mods. We aren't ready to unleash the new tools just yet but we would like to get some initial feedback on part of the solution - mod filtering.

You can now search for ACC skins by filtering by class and car brand. You can also search by keywords like item author name, file name etc. So if you are looking for that perfect skin to start your next league with, it is now easier than ever. Here's how to use the new filter system:

Step 1 - Select the car class - Simply click one of the class buttons, CUP, GT4 or GT3. This will filter all the skins by the selected class.

Step 2 - Select the car brand - Now choose the brand of car you are looking for. A list of results comprising the skins of both the selected class and car brand will be displayed.

Step 2a - Optional search field - If you want to refine your search a bit further you can search the results with keywords.

Step 3 - Choose your skin
- Browse the results for your perfect skin and hit the download button. It will direct you to the download page.

Visit the ACC skin filter beta here

Using the page will give us some data on how people use this beta feature but what we really need is feedback from you guys. There is a number of links to a survey on the page. It's only 10 short questions but the data will be incredibly useful for us. Please take the time to fill out the survey.

Also let me know in the comments below what you think. Just tag me in your comment to make sure I see it.

Things I would like to add which aren't there yet:
  • Car model - E.G. Evo models, Car Years Etc.
  • Linking from author name to their other resources
  • "Last updated" date and version number
Like I say this is just a glimpse into the future of what we are thinking about and you can consider this a 0.5 version of this feature. There is a lot more to come. This beta feature will only be accessible until 31st Jan 2022 by which time we will hopefully have other new features for you to try.

I look forward to hearing your feedback.
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Steve Worrell
A motorsport fanatic and sim racer for over 20 years. Content creator for RD, and MD at Simracing.gp. Favourite sims include ACC, AC, RF2, AMS, WRC9 - VernWozza#7419 @vernwozza

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Very good, Can you add a Filter option to define a single skin and a skin pack please?
 
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Great stuff... thank you so much guys! :thumbsup:

One little piece of feedback: it would be helpful if once you select the class (Cup / GT4 / GT3) only the available brands remain on the lower selection section. But you probably heard this before or thought about it already... :coffee:
 
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Like it!
Little feedback: I hope it makes it possible to search for a championship and a year, and display all results at once so you can complete a set.
 
I'll be the one with the dumbazz question of the day. How to you put them on the cars ?
 
Thats a nice suprise. I really like the tool. I also have some suggestions for further improvement.

Check Box for "Real Life Skin": checked will only give a search result of all real life skins

Grey Out Impossible Choices: When I choose a class I should only be able to choose between manufacturers which have cars for the choosen class.

Step 3: Model: Even ACC has manufacturers which offer more than one model in a certain class. This is often the case when models have a successor. So there should be a searchfilter step to refelct that.

While the manufacturer filter seems to work with a logical "OR", the car class filter seems to work with a logical "AND" That means that you do get no results if you want to search for Car Packs which either belong to Cup, GT4 or GT3.

I would really love to see a filtersystem of the same kind which follows for AC mods (cars and tracks). That would be absolutely great. I often search for track variants from specific periods which can use up a lot of time :)

Thanx
Daniel
 
Great suggestions from everyone but the non-members need to consider the incredibly small amount of money to buy a membership to make all this happen. Memberships help you get what you want. 15 Euro = roughly $17.
Maybe RD should prioritize ideas from paid "Premium" members first. This website is quite possibly the best sim racing resource out there.
 

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