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The new mission presentation page on the wiki states that overviewText and overviewPicture can be used instead of the old overview.html.

While the text is displayed, the image is not.


Legacy ID
Operating System
Windows 7
Ingame UI
Steps To Reproduce
  • Create a new mission
  • save an appropriate overview picture in the mission folder
  • create a description.ext referencing the overview picture in overviewPicture
  • export to single player
  • go to scenarios and select the mission. An error window is shown
Additional Information

When editing a multiplayer mission with an overview picture, the picture is not shown when starting the server and selecting the mission. When clicking on edit and immediately exiting, the picture is shown. If two missions are referencing the same name, all of those missions use the same picture.

Event Timeline

Varanon edited Steps To Reproduce. (Show Details)May 28 2013, 2:22 AM
Varanon edited Additional Information. (Show Details)
Varanon set Category to Ingame UI.
Varanon set Reproducibility to Always.
Varanon set Severity to None.
Varanon set Resolution to Open.
Varanon set Legacy ID to 307516630.May 7 2016, 2:19 PM
Moricky added a subscriber: Moricky.May 7 2016, 2:19 PM

Please add support for loading images from the local directory.

Varanon added a subscriber: Varanon.May 7 2016, 2:19 PM

This seems to be fixed now ?

It seems this still doesn't work for images contained in pbo's that are not local, i.e. only a server has the mission .pbo. Clients connecting to this server won't see the overview image

Shuko added a subscriber: Shuko.May 7 2016, 2:19 PM
Shuko added a comment.Sep 28 2013, 6:02 PM

Pictures are not loaded in the mission selection screen on dedicated servers. However, they are shown once you have actually played/loaded the mission, but the missing picture error will be back once you reconnect to the server.

Still present in version 1.02.110424

i can confirm this issue, bug happens on dedicated server, please fix it!

L3TUC3 added a subscriber: L3TUC3.May 7 2016, 2:19 PM

Still an issue with 1.24 on dedicated servers.

R3vo added a subscriber: R3vo.May 7 2016, 2:19 PM
R3vo added a comment.Sep 10 2014, 7:12 PM

This is STILL an issue in 1.28. The great thing is, I've just tried to fix that issue for over an hours, because I thought the reason for it is on my end. God Dammit. Not even the simlest things are working as they are supposed to.

overviewPicture is not working in MP (dedicated). Arma3 v1.28 Hotfix 2:

  • Create a new mission
  • save a 1024 x 512 PAA overview picture in the mission folder: overview.paa
  • create a description.ext, include: overviewPicture = "overview.paa";
  • Save as multiplayer
  • Start dedicated server
  • From client, Log in as server admin.
  • Select mission. Error: overviewpicture not found
alef added a comment.Feb 21 2015, 7:04 PM

Same for 1.38. It works for hosted, but not for dedicated.

For dedicated servers, the picture seems not to be shown at all. For local multiplayer (subscribed scenario) it shows the Workshop-image (1920x1080) and not the overviewPicture. When hosting a scenario locally (export to multiplayer) is the only time the overviewPicture is shown correctly.

1.46 This is still not fixed.

R3vo added a comment.Jun 12 2015, 6:27 PM

In SITREP 108 they stated how important a good mission presentation is - with pictures and proper description - yet, overview pictures do not show on servers, instead they produce an error message.

I always use them and i'm always disappointed because the work i put in doesn't show up in the mission selection lobby.
How can something so evident stay unsolved for so long?

and still not fixed

ivosh_cz added a comment.EditedOct 23 2017, 10:52 AM

version 1.76.143187 - Hotfix (23.10.2017)

place lobby.paa 1024 x 512 overview picture in the mission folder

1 - in description.ext: overviewPicture = "lobby.paa";
2 - mission attributes screen in the eden editor: write down "lobby.paa"

Save as multiplayer
Start dedicated server
Select mission in missions selection screen.
Error: overviewpicture not found.
(Doesn't work for admin and client too)

dedmen updated the task description. (Show Details)Aug 14 2020, 1:45 PM
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Cyprus added a subscriber: Cyprus.Sep 18 2020, 3:09 AM

I can confirm what ivosh_cz said. However, I dug a bit deeper and was able to get some more relevant info and test cases that should narrow down the cause. Why I wasted so much time on this I'm not really sure, but it was interesting.

Firstly, It seems to occur when a mission is placed directly into the "missions" or "mpmissions" folder and the mission is not loaded using the in game "host server" option. I've put the steps below.

  1. Choose any mission with a properly inserted overview picture (activated either through mission attributes or description.ext)
  2. Place mission in "missions" folder or "mpmissions" folder in Arma 3 root.
  3. If placed in "missions" folder, open scenarios and highlight your mission. If placed in "mpmissions" folder, start a dedicated server and then highlight your mission from the mission select screen OR start a local host from within the game and select the mission.
  4. Notice missing image in the single player example and missing image along with error popup in dedicated server example. However, in local "host server" option notice how image loads properly.

Another interesting thing is that the image loads in multiplayer if the full path of the mission is entered. The file doesn't have to be packed with the mission at all. Steps below.

  1. Create a mission with the "overviewpicture" in desctription.ext or mission attributes pointed towards a known file on your computer (for example in my case I used C:\Users\Cyprus\Desktop\Test.jpg)
  2. Export to multiplayer
  3. Start a dedicated server on your local PC and join that server with the same PC or start local host from within the game.
  4. Select the mission and notice that the mission loads the image with that file path.

(NOTE: exporting to single player and then selecting the mission in the scenarios doesn't show the picture)

Two other things I noticed:

Firstly, when using the "Host Server" option If you change the image of the mission your testing, then re-export it to multiplayer, once you're in the the mission select screen the old image will still show. Steps Below

  1. Choose a mission with a properly inserted overview picture (activated either through mission attributes or description.ext)
  2. Join server and notice image loading properly
  3. Disconnect from server without closing the game
  4. In Windows change the picture for that mission, but keep the file name the same
  5. Go into the editor and re-export the mission
  6. Rejoin the server and notice the old image is still there
  7. Highlight any other mission a few times or go to the player select screen of any mission and then back out to the mission select screen
  8. Highlight the mission in question and notice that the new image is loaded.
  9. (Optional) Without quitting the game, quit the server
  10. (Optional) delete the mission in the mpmissions folder
  11. (Optional) follow steps 1-8 (ensure you're using the same mission as before without changing the name) and notice how despite deleting the mission, on first load it's still showing the old picture

Secondly, on a dedicated server, if you highlight a mission that has a a properly placed picture and you select it and go to the briefing screen, if you go back to the missions folder the picture will be there. However, if you quit the server, go to the main menu (with "show static background in menu" option in arma 3 launcher off) and rejoin the image will be gone again. Same issue that Shuko noticed.

this also affects SP missions or its a related issue. see also:

Is this still relevant on the latest DEV?

BIS_fnc_KK changed the task status from Assigned to Need More Info.Sep 21 2020, 11:13 AM

Still relevant on the latest dev branch, I just updated to it and tested it now.

BIS_fnc_KK changed the task status from Need More Info to Assigned.
BIS_fnc_KK added a subscriber: muf.

@Cyprus Could you provide repro mission, I cannot reproduce the bug in internal.

BIS_fnc_KK changed the task status from Assigned to Need More Info.Sep 26 2020, 12:15 PM

Uploaded the packed and unpacked version of the mission. It's the simplest possible test case with just a single unit and a picture from another mission I've played. It shows no picture in the single player scenarios section and it shows an error when selected on a dedicated server. The picture does however show up properly on a listen server started from in game.

Nope, can't reproduce on internal. Could you retest it on the next DEV please (soon)?

Looks like the 2.00 update fixed it in singleplayer but it's still broken on a dedicated server. Is that fix on the next dev branch update you're referring to?

Can you remind me how do you get to mission selection screen on dedicated? What dedicated server set up?

You specify the admin password in server.cfg then connect to it and login as admin by opening the chat box (default / key) and typing in #login (your password here) then you'll be on the mission selection screen.

BIS_fnc_KK added a comment.EditedNov 29 2020, 12:45 PM

Currently there is no support for separate mission picture transfer from dedicated server to client. This is why it works with hosted server as it is all local but not dedicated. Maybe a fix in the future, currently there are too many other more important issues to look into.

BIS_fnc_KK removed BIS_fnc_KK as the assignee of this task.Nov 29 2020, 12:46 PM
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