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Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« on: March 18, 2012, 03:00:26 PM »
A work-in-progress screenshot of a sun like star in Universe Sandbox 3.

Universe Sandbox 3 is a major update due out later this year for both Windows and Mac. This is a full rewrite of Universe Sandbox in a new 3D engine and will be a free update to everyone who has ever purchased Universe Sandbox through this website or on Steam.

This screenshot represents the work of Georg at IonStar in Germany. He's doing some amazing shader and graphics work.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012, 03:17:55 PM »
Amazing. Beautiful work.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2012, 03:23:06 PM »
Me before opening it: Yay, another screenshot
Me after opening it: *lack of words for the screenshot*

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2012, 03:31:14 PM »
I agree with the above.  :) Amazing work.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2012, 03:32:35 PM »
is it dynamic? (does it move)? it looks nice.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2012, 03:45:02 PM »
Mein gott
Universe Sandbox now seems to be seriously stepping up to the plate now.
this deserves a reaction image.

So awesome it actually burnt me

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2012, 03:49:02 PM »
is it dynamic? (does it move)?

Yes. :)

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2012, 03:51:59 PM »
AWESOME! :D

is it dynamic? (does it move)?

Yes. :)

What about solar flares and loops?

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2012, 03:54:50 PM »
Would this work on a normal computer? Or would it be slow?

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2012, 04:03:12 PM »
What about solar flares and loops?

Also animated. :)

Would this work on a normal computer? Or would it be slow?

It's not actually simulating the surface so it should run just fine. No worries. If you can run the current version of Universe Sandbox (v2) you should have no problem with v3.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2012, 04:05:30 PM »
Will the textures still be able to be modified? What about inserting a .gif? is this currently a gif? Actually i haven't tried using gifs in version 2

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2012, 04:07:50 PM »
Awesome.

*cannot into other words for this*

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2012, 04:10:50 PM »
Will the textures still be able to be modified? What about inserting a .gif? is this currently a gif? Actually i haven't tried using gifs in version 2

I tried using a texture that was saved as a .GIF once, it didn't work.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2012, 05:54:44 PM »
Will the textures still be able to be modified? What about inserting a .gif? is this currently a gif?

Yes. You'll still be able to use your own textures.

You might be able to use gif files in v3, not sure yet.

Is this a gif? No. It's a procedural star texture.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2012, 05:57:10 PM »
What about changing the star's class? Keeping the procedural textures but changing it's colour.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2012, 06:04:59 PM »
I don't think changing the color would be a problem matty.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2012, 06:05:46 PM »
I saw better...... jk it's awsome  ;D

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2012, 06:34:11 PM »
I think Georg should get a raise... :D

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2012, 06:57:06 PM »
I saw the picture and I had no words to describe how.... Shockingly improved the sun looks.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2012, 07:56:15 PM »
Mora PIC!!!!

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2012, 08:43:35 PM »
Awesome.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2012, 10:55:44 PM »
Is there any kind of time line for progress so far we may see? Such as percentage of completion or what has been Improved or added thus far in development? Is there a "Roadmap" of sorts for development? If so what is it?

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2012, 11:06:36 PM »
Is there any kind of time line for progress so far we may see? Such as percentage of completion or what has been Improved or added thus far in development? Is there a "Roadmap" of sorts for development? If so what is it?

Its a complete overhaul of the coding, there is a new (and up to date) engine, better graphics, new UI, the works.

They seem to be somewhere between 25% and 50% on the progress bar so to speak.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2012, 07:59:36 AM »
Awesome work, awesome solar flares and texture...

And lol Matty. ;D

As for progress, I don't think you can really put a percentage on how completed it is. It seems very hard to estimate how much time it takes to program something.

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2012, 09:02:32 AM »
Wow this looks amazing! Can't wait! I like the sunspots a lot!

I have a question.

will the solar flares affect the star or anything orbiting the star?

And does it age? you know you could have separate clock for stars to age without affecting anything orbiting it!

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2012, 09:37:53 AM »
First words out of my mouth:

"Oh my god..."

Then I thought this looked kinda weired for a moment, but now I can give you a thumbs up. Amazing Epic work.

Yay for solah flares!


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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2012, 09:58:00 AM »
Wow this looks amazing! Can't wait! I like the sunspots a lot!

I have a question.

will the solar flares affect the star or anything orbiting the star?

And does it age? you know you could have separate clock for stars to age without affecting anything orbiting it!

Other than technical details involving the magnetic fields, solar wind, unless its a very massive star like Eta Carinae (which I hear nearly rips itself apart with massive CMEs), I doubt it'll affect the star in a way that matters to the simulation.

For flares affecting planets, well, theres the aurorae....

For aging the star, you can't have it age without it affecting things in orbit. It'll change in luminosity as it ages, thus affecting the temperatures of planets. Although given that the timescales involved are long (billions of years for sunlike stars, millions for massive ones) and we can only make the simulation go so fast with planets around it, I don't know....

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2012, 10:06:04 AM »
Wow this looks amazing! Can't wait! I like the sunspots a lot!

I have a question.

will the solar flares affect the star or anything orbiting the star?

And does it age? you know you could have separate clock for stars to age without affecting anything orbiting it!

Other than technical details involving the magnetic fields, solar wind, unless its a very massive star like Eta Carinae (which I hear nearly rips itself apart with massive CMEs), I doubt it'll affect the star in a way that matters to the simulation.

For flares affecting planets, well, theres the aurorae....

For aging the star, you can't have it age without it affecting things in orbit. It'll change in luminosity as it ages, thus affecting the temperatures of planets. Although given that the timescales involved are long (billions of years for sunlike stars, millions for massive ones) and we can only make the simulation go so fast with planets around it, I don't know....
No I mean a separate aging where it doesn't affect planets, you know it could work like the time acceleration we have now but just to age the star, so it could go supernova or a white dwarf!

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2012, 09:32:25 AM »
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looks good

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Re: Third Screenshot of Universe Sandbox 3
« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2012, 07:24:26 AM »
AMAZING