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    Change the resource canister

    I didn't find anything when I did a search. I probably didn't search properly. I still like my post because it make a suggestion for a small easy change, pretty much just using the functionality that already exists, to fix it. Although it's probably too long. Let's face it, when do you ever need the resource canisters to spill out to all storage?The only thing I can think of is when you want to empty the canister. All other times you just want the resource to sit in the output slot ready to be used.
  2. Finally used Resource Canisters for the first time and I find I can't use them as I'd like too. Normally I would have the Centrifuge, Chem Lab, Small and Medium Printer and as much storage as possible on an Extra Large Platform C. I was hoping to use maybe a couple of resource canisters on the platform but if I have them in output mode they output all their resources onto any spare storage and if I have them in input mode the machines on the platform can't access the resources. Thinking about it, I realize they don't work as they should. Here are 2 examples of the way I've seen them used. I've seen people store lots of resource canisters on platforms and when they need a resource they have to find the canister, take it off the platform, place it on the ground, change it to output mode, take the resources they need, change it back to input mode then finally put it back on the platform. That's ridiculous. You should be able to just walk up to the canister and take the resources you need. I've also seen them used as input to a machine; for instance a copper and aluminum canister on a Large Platform B with a Chem Lab making Aluminum Alloy. Although this works, supplying 1 resource at a time as needed, what's really happening is the canister is trying to output the resource to all available storage but there just happens to not be any. What would be better is if the canister actually supplied only 1 resource as needed. That way you could have more storage on the platform but the canister wouldn't fill them. So my suggestion... At first I thought it would need an extra state; input, output and some intermediate mode; but then I realized all you need is for the output slot to always be full. So when you put the first resource into an empty resource canister it immediately goes to the output slot. This would mean that you would only ever need the input mode as you can take resources from it without changing it to output mode and it would still suck up resources from nearby storage like input mode does. You would no longer need to take the canister off a platform to change it to output mode just to get at the resources and you could use it with machines like printers and chem lab as they would be able to pull off single resources as needed. The only time you would ever use output mode is to quickly empty the canister. So, in summary, I suggest that the input mode of resource canisters be changed so that it always keeps the output slot filled.