Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

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Auswaschbar
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Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Auswaschbar » 16 May 2009, 17:17

This version is not yet deployed on the server. For online play, 0.78.2 is still needed.

After two weeks full of bug fixes, we think that the new version is ready to be released. As always, it provides lots of new features, performance improvements, new modding capabilities, tons of fixes for old bugs and a (hopefully minimal) amount of new bugs.

Although we are not yet deploying the new version on the server, mostly because some guy who wants to make a commercial release of a Spring mod is just in the middle of finishing his release, and he needs the new version to be tested and approved. If no major bugs are found and nothing unexpected happens, this version will be deployed on the main server around Friday next week.

However, you can already single-player test the new version. If you are a mod maker or similar, you can use it to adjust and fine tune your stuff, although you should have done this already before.

Portable, self-contained archive:
http://springrts.com/dl/spring_0.79.0_w ... rtable.zip
Installer (Does alter your old settings, you need to copy the new font to your old install to make it work again):
http://springrts.com/dl/spring_0.79.0.exe
Source:
http://springrts.com/dl/spring_0.79.0_src.tar.lzma

People who made that happen
-jk-
Andrea Piras (BrainDamage)
Chris Clearwater (det)
Dmytry Lavrov (dizekat)
Karl-Robert Ernst (Auswaschbar)
Kloot
Marek Baczynski (baczek)
Rainer M├╝ller
SpliFF
Tarendai (AF)
Tobi Vollebregt (tvo)
hoijui
revcompgeek
zerver
and all the otehr people who tested and gave feedback

Whats new:

Rewritten AI interface in C
Despite the fact that the old one was a mess left over from the earlymost days of spring, the new interface allows a greater flexibility of AI-development. The old group-AIs where removed altogether, because they had already been replaced by lua-scripts.

Soundworks
Audio effects are another area which lacked love for a long time. Instead of having different sound renderers for unix and windows, there is now a single cross-platform library, so it sounds the same on all platforms spring runs on. Other gimmicks are newly added effects doppler effects, pitch adjustment for gamespeed etc. But the most advantage provides the new "sounds.lua"-file, which gives you fine-grained control over various aspects of sound effects while beeing fully backwards-compatible.

Improved UI-appearance
You will immediately notice that something changed in the interface. The old fonts where replaced by something new and shiny, while the renderer got an overhaul to produce better readable text. This also fixed various bugs, improved the handling of 16:9 displays and provides better window resizing support.

Other noteworthy changes
  • numerous rendering fixes for broken cards and drivers (mostly ATI)
  • raise some engine limitations (now 250 players can play in 250 team with 32000 units)
Summary: 2292 files changed, 149700 insertions, 290245 deletions

For a complete list of all the changes, check out the shortlog:
http://springrts.com/dl/spring_0.79.0_changelog.txt
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Gota
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Gota » 16 May 2009, 17:21

What about aircraft behaviour???:(((((
Is it possible to assign more complex behaviors to aircraft?
Last edited by Gota on 16 May 2009, 17:25, edited 1 time in total.
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smoth
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by smoth » 16 May 2009, 17:23

since you guys are going to hold back on the release any possibility that lurkers draw distance fix can make it in?
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imbaczek
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by imbaczek » 16 May 2009, 17:24

gota: some bugs were fixed, nothing new introduced.
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Masure
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Masure » 16 May 2009, 21:34

Is the dual window patch planned to be merged in the next spring release ? It would also require to add the setting in springsettings.
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Gnomre
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Gnomre » 16 May 2009, 22:40

[15:31:40] <[IW]Gnomre> looks like i only need to update one widget for the new engine ver
[15:34:31] <[IW]Gnomre> [ 0] Error in ViewResize(): [string "LuaUI/Widgets/iw_square_buildpics.lua"]:45: attempt to call field 'remove' (a nil value)
[15:34:41] <[IW]Gnomre> os.remove("modpanel.txt")
[15:34:56] <[IW]Gnomre> presumably a security related change?
[15:35:05] <[IW]Gnomre> i suppose it doesn't matter all that much if it isn't removed
[15:37:06] <BrainDamage> you need to use VFS functions
[15:37:12] <BrainDamage> iirc
[15:37:41] <[IW]Gnomre> well i just copied a trick from one of trepan's very old widgets which used to be included in spring
[15:38:14] <[IW]Gnomre> where it creates a temporary text file, writes some ctrlpanel.txt info to it, then loads it as the ctrlpanel info and deletes it
[15:38:34] <[IW]Gnomre> hell, maybe there's a prettier way to do that now. up until now it's worked so i haven't given a shit :P
[15:39:21] <lurker> what fvs function, though?
[15:39:58] <lurker> it has nothing to make or delete files
[15:40:51] <BrainDamage> oh, sorry, i got confused then
[15:41:02] <lurker> no, that's what I was thinking too
[15:41:06] <lurker> but there isn't one :x
[15:46:27] <lurker> gnomre, you should post in the rel thread
[15:46:35] <lurker> removing that might have been in error

paste shit yourself lurker, you stay logged in all the time :(
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imbaczek
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by imbaczek » 16 May 2009, 22:48

the proper way would be have a function that loads a ctrlpanel string into the engine without ugly workarounds like writing to a file and reading it.
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Anyone
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Anyone » 17 May 2009, 02:14

Hi there, i uninstalled 0.78.2 and removed all old folders and files from the Spring directory. Then i installed 0.79, added maps, mods (and the ota base pack) then ran the lobby program as usual. I could select a mod and map, added an AI, clicked Start and...

Nothing. The program does not launch.

Then i deleted everything again and tried to reinstall 0.78.2, it doesn't start neither and reports an error:

http://img34.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wtfc.jpg

Is there a place where i can download that font, google found nuffin
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Neddie
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Neddie » 17 May 2009, 02:29

Auswaschbar wrote:This version is not yet deployed on the server. For online play, 0.78.2 is still needed.
You probably can't run Skirmish through the client either. You might be able to run through spring.exe directly?
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Anyone
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Anyone » 17 May 2009, 02:34

neddiedrow wrote:
Auswaschbar wrote:This version is not yet deployed on the server. For online play, 0.78.2 is still needed.
You probably can't run Skirmish through the client either. You might be able to run through spring.exe directly?
Yes, spring.exe works (in 0.79) but not when i use the lobbies.

I can wait for a proper release that's not the problem, but how can i repair 0.78.2 again so that i can play my Comp-Stomps again, atm nothing works because of the missing font... :cry:
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FLOZi
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by FLOZi » 17 May 2009, 02:36

Althought we are not yet deploying the new version on the server, mostly because some guy who want to make a commercial release of a spring mod is just in the middle of finishing his release, and he needs the new version to be tested and approved.
As if having him in the community isn't enough of an inconvenience. :roll:
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by lurker » 17 May 2009, 02:38

Did you try the reset button in the settings program? If that fails, go delete the config file in your home folder\local settings\application data\springsettings.cfg
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Anyone
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Anyone » 17 May 2009, 02:44

lurker wrote:Did you try the reset button in the settings program? If that fails, go delete the config file in your home folder\local settings\application data\springsettings.cfg
Did both and i still get the "missing font" error. :cry:

Edit:
Woot! Success! I found the font in the 0.79 portable package and threw it into my 0.78.2 folder and it works again! :P

Thanks for your help guys!
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el_matarife
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by el_matarife » 17 May 2009, 05:45

This post is badly mangled on the frontpage in every browser I've tried.
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R-TEAM
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by R-TEAM » 17 May 2009, 06:16

Hi,

first testing -> running nice.
(have installed over the previous version..)

Save/Load is (maybe) finaly here ;)

But have this testet only with an AI as second player and the loading
fail with the AI loading.
Maybe the same problem as with replays with AI.
(have never got this running)

Hope this will be fixed.

Regards
R-TEAM
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thesleepless
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by thesleepless » 17 May 2009, 07:11

hi, just tested it out.

a few little things i've noticed.

when coms explode i get a large red and green quad over the map where the explosion scar should be.

the text during loading is way too big and goes off the screen.
perhaps a checklist or log would be better?

otherwise seems pretty decent.

is there a test lobby server to use for the new version?
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R-TEAM
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by R-TEAM » 17 May 2009, 07:57

Hi,

yup,the loading screen text is realy way to big :)

Its problems know from any widget that run under 0.78.x and with
0.79 not "fine" ?

Have not seen this - but have only 10min played ......

At all i musst say Thank you to the Devs and the Game (the engine)
get more polished and more to a real Game as only a online play
toy .....
(nice to see that mod related widget peferences now possible,dont
know is this too on AI config files ...)

Regards
R-TEAM
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imbaczek
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by imbaczek » 17 May 2009, 10:44

thesleepless: post screenshots please. also, try to reset your settings for the font issue.
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koshi
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by koshi » 17 May 2009, 10:54

If there are urgent adjustments to be made to springsettings, please post them here: http://springlobby.info/issues/show/865

@Auswaschbar: lost the log wrt the sound settings, please give me the new names again
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Re: Spring 0.79 is out (partially)

Post by Tobi » 17 May 2009, 12:45

Fixed some typos in news post and fixed frontpage to handle all the weird BBcode you used ;-)
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