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Nighthawk0973 08-11-2011 04:28 PM

[QUOTE=zero00;40584]Incredible game! :D
Also, good job using Arty's IO Tool! Wish I knew how to use it! :p

Also, I thought I could help out with the game a little. I took a copy of your game and changed the main menu a little. I replaced the 3D text objects you used in the main menu and replaced them with billboards. Nothing else was changed. If you want, I could do some more UI design.

You can download it [URL="http://www.mediafire.com/file/0bpmqts5v4nyqwg/Flight%20Simulator%207.0%20Beta%203%20Windows%20-%20Zero00.a2w"]Here![/URL]

BTW, regarding the warning in the main menu about not clicking on anything while the IO Tool is working. Could you make the main menu buttons invisible until the IO Tool is finished, then fade them back in the view?[/QUOTE]

I'll upload a world showing how to use it the best way for your games.

Dj Tech42 08-12-2011 12:37 PM

7.0 Beta 4!
-Loading at start is now very quick
-New Main Menu UI (created by zero00)
-The main menu fades in after the game is done loading preferences, high score, and calibration
-High score (Best time) saving is enabled (not for each difficulty yet, but overall)
-Shooting bug, where the game freezes up for a short time after every time you shoot or the enemy shoots, is fixed
-Tutorial goes at a slower pace

Download 7 Beta 4 for Windows:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.0%20Beta%204%20Windows.a2w[/url]

Download 7 Beta 4 for Mac:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.0%20Beta%204%20Mac.a2w[/url]

Nighthawk0973 08-12-2011 12:49 PM

Wow! You fixed pretty much everything the review mentioned. Great game design. That's a patch worthy of a new score... (the other score will stay there but we can have this score for the patch) Not a whole review however. That would be a nightmare. Downloading.....

zero00 08-12-2011 04:38 PM

UI Update 2!
 
I made a few more changes to your game!
======[B]List of Changes[/B]======
-Options Menu Changed (a lot!)
-Save Warning Changed
-Plane HUD Elements (speed, altitude, etc)
---------Font Changed to Arial Narrow
---------Fully Opaque (100% opacity)
---------Words are now white
-Throttle Changed to look more like a 2D HUD Element
-Individual Game Start Methods replaced with a Single Method
(If they don't work the way you wanted, I kept the originals :D
If they do work, you can delete the "Easy Start", "Normal Start", etc. methods)
-A little "4!" added to the Title :D
=========================

Download [URL="http://www.mediafire.com/file/uhqx5xwidx32wd7/Flight%20Simulator%207.0%20Beta%204%20Windows%20Zero00.a2w"][B]Here![/B][/URL]

Dj Tech42 08-13-2011 11:52 AM

Everything looks really good with the UI update. However, your version is lagging for some reason on my computer. It freezes up every 2 seconds on the menu and every half second when in the game. Not sure why because the only method that was changed is the start of the game modes. It shouldn't affect the menu at all. :confused:

Nighthawk0973 08-13-2011 01:13 PM

Probably zero adding a bit much to the game ;)

He tends to do that. Wow I'm definately goign to have to clean out my Alice Save Folder after this though, 40MB :O :p

Dj Tech42 08-13-2011 02:44 PM

Sorry for the large size, haha. It think the textures and music take up a big chunk of it.

zero00 08-13-2011 03:40 PM

:D Do you want me to make another version with lower-res textures?

Dj Tech42 08-13-2011 08:18 PM

[QUOTE=zero00;40686]:D Do you want me to make another version with lower-res textures?[/QUOTE]

Sure, but the file size doesn't necessarily need to go down. The lag is the main problem (at least for me). In Beta 4 (before the UI changes), the mouse control makes the dogfight mode lag a little bit for me. The UI changed version lags and freezes up every second. I like the UI, but the freezing needs to be fixed before coming out with the actual 7.0 release. I hope we can fix this. :(

It may just be a problem for me. Did it lag at all on your computer? Hopefully, we can get some beta testers. :D

Nighthawk0973 08-13-2011 08:22 PM

err... the game runs smoothly on my computer. Are you opening up your web browser at the same time as you are running alice? If so, don't do this, close all your programs and than run Alice. Works a whole lot better that way. ;)

Dj Tech42 08-13-2011 08:25 PM

[QUOTE=Nighthawk0973;40692]err... the game runs smoothly on my computer. Are you opening up your web browser at the same time as you are running alice? If so, don't do this, close all your programs and than run Alice. Works a whole lot better that way. ;)[/QUOTE]

Yeah, usually I have the web browser open at the same time. :o But, I have 8gb of ram (which I think is a lot) and a 64-bit version of Alice 2.2.

Nighthawk0973 08-14-2011 02:23 PM

well close your browser anyways. I have the 32 bit windows version and I have less than 1Gig of ram and it ran perfectly.

Dj Tech42 08-14-2011 05:33 PM

7.0 Beta 5! Last Beta!
-Pressing 7 will reset the calibration and pressing 8 will delete all the save files.
-Foundation of game recoded to fix lag issues
-Pressing N will go to other maps (Probably won't be a feature until 7.5)
-When HUD is hidden, the assists stop processing to help performance
-Sound effect when you crash into enemy plane

Can you guys tell me if the lag has been reduced in this version? This version really helps performance on my computer. If it made the lag worse, make sure you let me know so I can fix it for 7.0.

Sorry that I couldn't implement the new UI in this version. I will try to include it in 7.0, but I was having really bad lag issues with it.

Also, zero, can you make a billboard for the title without "beta" in it for the final version?


Download 7 Beta 5 For Windows:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.0%20Beta%205%20Windows.a2w[/url]

Download 7 Beta 5 for Mac:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.0%20Beta%205%20Mac.a2w[/url]

zero00 08-14-2011 06:11 PM

[QUOTE=Dj Tech42;40716] Also, zero, can you make a billboard for the title without "beta" in it for the final version? [/QUOTE]
Ok. :D
Do you want me to just remove the word "Beta" or change the title to something like "Dj Tech42 Flight Simulator" for the final version?

Dj Tech42 08-14-2011 06:12 PM

Just Beta. :D

zero00 08-14-2011 06:13 PM

Ok :D

zero00 08-14-2011 06:35 PM

[QUOTE=Dj Tech42;40716]Can you guys tell me if the lag has been reduced in this version? This version really helps performance on my computer. If it made the lag worse, make sure you let me know so I can fix it for 7.0.[/QUOTE]

I don't really see a difference in the lag. It ran fine on my computer.
Also, my best time is 17 seconds! :D

Dj Tech42 08-14-2011 06:39 PM

[QUOTE=zero00;40721]I don't really see a difference in the lag. It ran fine on my computer.
Also, my best time is 17 seconds! :D[/QUOTE]

Awesome! Mine was 15 seconds (but I did make the game, so I guess that's unfair:D) Nice time!

zero00 08-14-2011 06:48 PM

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[QUOTE=Dj Tech42;40716]Also, zero, can you make a billboard for the title without "beta" in it for the final version?[/QUOTE]

Here's the altered title screen texture (and the rest of UI textures)! Enjoy :p

Dj Tech42 08-14-2011 06:55 PM

How did you replace the objects with the textures before? Do you have to add them manually and reassign the methods or is there a way of doing "replace object?" Just wondering how you did it so fast before. haha

zero00 08-14-2011 07:00 PM

Added the billboards manually and reassigned them. I think I just work fast :p
I wish there was a replace object command though! :D

Dj Tech42 08-14-2011 07:01 PM

[QUOTE=zero00;40725]Added the billboards manually and reassigned them. I think I just work fast :p
I wish there was a replace object command though! :D[/QUOTE]

Wow!

Well, thanks for all the textures! I will have to add a credits section to the game.

zero00 08-14-2011 07:08 PM

[QUOTE=Dj Tech42;40726]Well, thanks for all the textures! I will have to add a credits section to the game.[/QUOTE]
Thanks :D
Not sure if I should make the credits. Knowing me, I'll probably make a billboard with a texture bigger than whole game :p

Nighthawk0973 08-14-2011 10:38 PM

How does making the game have anything to do with how good your time was? If anything it would make you better right?

Dj Tech42 08-15-2011 08:36 AM

[QUOTE=Nighthawk0973;40730]How does making the game have anything to do with how good your time was? If anything it would make you better right?[/QUOTE]

Well, I've played it many times and I know how the game works because I created it, so I have an unfair advantage.

By the way, I imported some of the textures, but the transparency isn't working. It shows up as black, so there are black boxes around everything.

Nighthawk0973 08-15-2011 11:27 AM

ah, now I see :D (about the unfair advantage) I was just looking at your smaller numbre thinking it's a smaller score.

Dj Tech42 08-15-2011 02:23 PM

[QUOTE=Nighthawk0973;40742]ah, now I see :D (about the unfair advantage) I was just looking at your smaller numbre thinking it's a smaller score.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, it's not the score, but the time it took you to shoot the other plane down. So the smaller the number, the better. :D

Dj Tech42 08-16-2011 05:10 PM

Flight Simulator 7.0 Official Version is here!
 
7.0 is out of beta! Here is the official release of 7.0!

7.0 brings:
-Saving of preferences and mouse calibration
-Mouse control of plane (vs. keyboard in previous releases)
-Calibration of screen size for mouse control on first run (calibration is saved, so it only needs to be done once)
-Fixed shooting bug where game would freeze up temporarily
-New Menu UI
-Tutorial goes at a slower pace
-Your best time is saved, so you can try to beat your record each time.
-Foundation of game has been recoded to allow for better game performance
-Calibration and save files can be deleted within the world by pressing 7 for calibration and 8 for all save files
-New maps! (go to settings window to change map)
-When HUD is hidden (pressing 4 toggles HUD), the assists stop processing to improve game performance.

Download 7.0 for Windows:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.0%20Windows.a2w[/url]

Download 7.0 for Mac:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.0%20Mac.a2w[/url]

zero00 08-16-2011 05:59 PM

Good work!

New Record (Easy): 8 seconds! :D
Also, you should add a high score table and individual high scores for each difficulty.

Dj Tech42 08-16-2011 06:44 PM

[QUOTE=zero00;40795]Good work!

New Record (Easy): 8 seconds! :D
Also, you should add a high score table and individual high scores for each difficulty.[/QUOTE]

That is coming in 7.5. :D

Dj Tech42 08-18-2011 04:39 PM

7.5 Beta
 
7.5 Beta is here!
-Separate best times for each difficulty
-Clicking on "best times" on menu shows you all your best times for each difficulty. (Not a table yet, but it shows [B]all[/B] your best times)
-Some new UI elements from zero00 integrated

To be fixed in final version:
-Moving certain menu objects so they don't overlap
-Make a table for best times

See how it works. If there any major bugs, please tell me. Not all of the UI elements are in yet because the transparency isn't importing correctly. Alice replaces the transparency with black.

Download 7.5 Beta for Windows:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.5%20Beta%20Windows.a2w[/url]

Download 7.5 Beta for Mac:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.5%20Beta%20Mac.a2w[/url]

Mr Kidnapper 08-20-2011 12:21 AM

Try adding an opacity map. Make what you want visible white, and what invisible to be black. Of course, grayscale makes it partially invisible. Diffuse maps were never meant to carry alpha.

zero00 08-20-2011 01:01 AM

[QUOTE=Dj Tech42;40832]See how it works. If there any major bugs, please tell me. Not all of the UI elements are in yet because the transparency isn't importing correctly. Alice replaces the transparency with black.[/QUOTE]The UI looks fine to me. The transparency works fine as well.

The only times when this happened to me was when the computer I used had too little memory or the renderer was set to "JOGL".

Dj Tech42 08-20-2011 01:44 PM

[QUOTE=zero00;40857]The UI looks fine to me. The transparency works fine as well.

The only times when this happened to me was when the computer I used had too little memory or [B]the renderer was set to "JOGL".[/B][/QUOTE]

That's why. I have it set to JOGL all the time because the only other renderer is Java3D, which doesn't even support isShowing (everything is always showing in Java3D). I don't have DirectX since I don't use Windows. Everything, except for the transparency, works in JOGL, so I will try Mr. Kidnapper's opacity map suggestion.

EDIT: It didn't work, unfortunately. I really thought it would, but it didn't for some strange reason.

Dj Tech42 08-23-2011 08:01 PM

If you can't run 7.0
 
If anybody has had errors come up when they run 7.0, look at my first post. It explains how to change the path where the files are loaded and saved.

Dj Tech42 08-24-2011 12:23 PM

7.5 Officially Released!
 
7.5 adds:
-Best time for each difficulty
-Best time window to see your all of your best times from the menu
-New UI elements

Download 7.5 for Windows:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.5%20Windows.a2w[/url]

Download 7.5 for Mac:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%207.5%20Mac.a2w[/url]

Dj Tech42 08-27-2011 06:29 PM

Good News!
 
In 8.0, the game will save the files internally, so you don't have to worry about where you want to save the files!

In the meantime, we should post times!

My best time for normal is 9 seconds. :)

Dj Tech42 09-10-2011 09:34 PM

8.0 Beta 1
 
8.0 Beta 1!
-Internal saving (no need to worry about file paths anymore)
-Support for Linux
-Holding 4 locks steering
-Holding 5 disables mouse control temporarily
-Pressing H will hide the HUD (was previously assigned to 4)

If you are testing this beta, make sure the internal saving is working correctly and warn me if the mouse control lags in this version. As usual, report any bugs you find.

Download 8.0 Beta 1 for Windows:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%208.0%20Beta%20Windows.a2w[/url]

Download 8.0 Beta 1 for Mac and Linux:
[url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9210692/Flight%20Simulator%208.0%20Beta%20Mac%20and%20Linux.a2w[/url]

zero00 09-11-2011 12:20 PM

[B]I made some minor fixes to the game[/B]
-The Settings Windows was showing in the game, so it was blocking some of the buttons. I set it to Not Showing
-Updated the Title with "Dj Tech42 Flight Simulator 8.0 Beta"
-Set the throttle meter...thing (it looks this >----< ) emissive color to "No color". I didn't do the same for the rest of the HUD

Other than that, the game's [B]looks amazing[/B]. I love the internal saving :D You'll need to show how me you did that!

[B]Suggestions[/B]
Have you ever thought about adding:
-Having different profiles (different settings for different users)
-An arcade style high score board (3 letter initials and the like, similar to [URL="http://www.mobygames.com/game/ps2/gradius-v/screenshots/gameShotId,90760/"][B]this[/B][/URL])

Sorry, I haven't been on the forums as much! :D

[SIZE="3"]Download the changed version [/SIZE][URL="http://www.mediafire.com/file/acd5s69xhczvz5v/Flight%20Simulator%208.0%20Beta%20Windows.a2w"][B][SIZE="3"]here[/SIZE][/B][/URL]!

pendragon526 09-11-2011 12:44 PM

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I tried the first version but i didnt like the handeling see if you can put there flight controls into your game.

I programed this for my 6th grade computer science final progect.


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