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Alpha 1 now available - December 4, 2013
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:33:23 PM »
If you're an Alpha tester, run Steam to update to the latest version.

Please let us know if you run into any problems.  Our preferred method for reporting a bug is the in-game feedback system. Click on the star icon in the top-right corner of the screen.  And remember, the ideal bug report is a step-by-step procedure for reproducing the error.  Most of the feedback we've received so far is exactly that, so thank you very much for helping us out.  

Here's a list of what's new and what's been fixed in this version:

New
  • Improved time-step handling: simulation will automatically slow down if running too fast
  • Hovering the Version Number now shows FPS and further stats
  • Hovering the time-step now shows time-step and accuracy controls
  • Ability to add randomly generated rocky planets & gas giants. Add > Planets > Random Planet
  • Random bodies now have randomly generated names
  • Ability to toggle visibility of clouds & atmosphere
  • Added Rotational Period and Position Lock options to properties window
  • Camera zooms out when adding body if needed
  • Increased font size for improved readability
  • Moderately improved the performance of trails

Fixed
  • Incorrect shadow directions
  • Outlines of bodies retain correct position when the window is resized
  • Feedback window auto-wraps text
  • Adding the star Wolf 359
  • Earth’s moon’s surface no longer randomized

Check out the What's New Google Doc for a full version history.  
« Last Edit: December 24, 2013, 08:44:53 PM by Dan Dixon »

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2013, 07:42:49 PM »
Thanks for submitting all the comments, feedback, and bug reports so far...

If you're bug hasn't been fixed yet, don't worry... we're working on it.

We plan to regularly release new alpha builds over the next few months as we work toward beta.

Thanks again so much for all of your help and support.

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Let us know what you think of the new time step controls and handling... it's still a work in progress and doesn't yet work correctly in all simulations, but is a big improvement over Alpha 0 (the first release) and how the original Universe Sandbox handled time.
« Last Edit: December 04, 2013, 07:49:21 PM by Dan Dixon »

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2013, 08:08:34 PM »
this update is awesome

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2013, 11:05:02 PM »
Can RNG'd planets be terra planets therefore climate simulation?

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 04:30:02 AM »
the stars are missing their solar flares went that will be put in?.  ::)

 http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01653/solar_sun_1653022c.jpg

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 07:22:37 AM »
Improved time-step handling: simulation will automatically slow down if running too fast
that stops the simulation for me :( i had to slow the time step to 1.00 per second(real time) so it doesnt goes red and stops the simulation,theres a topic i created about that

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 05:37:12 PM »

  • Increased font size for improved readability

Thank you! It's definetly better. There is a bit of an issue with the transparency in that it tends to be a bit too transparent depending on the background, but its not too bad.[/list]

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013, 07:43:21 PM »
  • Increased font size for improved readability

Thank you! It's definetly better.

Can you share a screenshot... that shows text. Perhaps there's an issue with your display?
(or link to a screenshot you've already shared and I missed)

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2013, 10:26:33 AM »
This update is great ! Good job !

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2013, 12:39:36 PM »
  • Increased font size for improved readability

Thank you! It's definetly better.

Can you share a screenshot... that shows text. Perhaps there's an issue with your display?
(or link to a screenshot you've already shared and I missed)

It's more of an UI design issue in that the transparent (nonhighlighted) text and icons can be difficult to see on some backgrounds.

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Re: Alpha 1 build now available - Dec. 4th 2013
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2013, 06:10:45 PM »
this is the best space simulator ;D ;D

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Re: Alpha 1 now available - December 4, 2013
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2014, 11:30:18 AM »
how do u get this new type of universe sandbox

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Re: Alpha 1 now available - December 4, 2013
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2014, 02:44:38 PM »
You patiently wait and grow a garden to feed yourself and your family.

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Re: Alpha 1 now available - December 4, 2013
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2014, 02:53:13 PM »
in other words: you can't. signup closed weeks ago