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10. June 2019


The Defold Engine was just updated to version 1.2.156.  The biggest new feature in this release is the addition of support for joint constraints in 2D physics.  The release also contains numbers changes and fixes detailed below.

Release notes:

Engine

  • DEF-3025 - Added: Support for 2D physics joints in runtime.
  • #4144 - Changed: Both armv7 and arm64 are included by default when building Android custom engines.
  • #3128 - Changed: Changed precision for the position value in shaders to highp.
  • #3114 - Fixed: Crash when playing flipbook animations.
  • #4149 - Fixed: Crash on Win32 when closing engine window.
  • #4146 - Fixed: Android debug bundles are now always debuggable in Android Studio.
  • #3118 - Fixed: Crash in ares_addrinfo_callback.
  • #4114 - Fixed: Profiler stringtable deadlock.
  • #3116 - Fixed: Font outline disappeared when anti-aliasing was turned off.
  • #4119 - Fixed: Hot-reload didn’t work when redirect server port was in use.
  • #4099 - Fixed: go.set_parent() ignored keep world transform when removing parent.

Editor

  • DEFEDIT-1626 - Added: The Evaluate Lua field in the Debugger now has history you can access using Up / Down.
  • DEFEDIT-1645 - Added: Modernized look of some dialog boxes. This work is ongoing.
  • DEFEDIT-1678 - Fixed: Partial path not clickable when full path exists on the same Console line.
  • DEFEDIT-1682 - Fixed: Search in Files frames match incorrectly on Linux.
  • DEFEDIT-4102 - Fixed: Show nicer error message when debugger failed to connect.
  • DEFEDIT-4106 - Removed: Removed non-working Scene settings tab from Preferences. It will return in a future release.


The Defold Engine is a cross platform free 2D game engine.  You can learn more about using Defold in our tutorials series available here and here.

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6. June 2019


Serif have just released version 1.7 of both of their flagship applications, Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.  These tools provide excellent alternatives to Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator with a much lower, pay once price tag.  The 1.7 update applies to all platforms, Windows, Mac and iOS.

Affinity Photo changes:

  • Big performance increases across Mac, Windows and iPad
  • Pen and dial support for Surface devices
  • HDR / EDR monitor support
  • At least 2x faster loading of RAW files
  • More effective noise reduction, hot pixel removal and wide colour space development
  • New Sub Brushes to combine multiple brushes in a single stroke
  • Symmetry (up to 32-way) is now supported - including on-canvas controls and optional mirroring
  • On the fly nozzle rotation now available with shortcut keys
  • New “Procedural texture” and “Voronoi” filter effects
  • Live filter effects have been rewritten to improve performance
  • An all-new HSL adjustment layer has been added, supporting custom hue ranges, new UI and picker controls
  • Layers studio revamp
  • Alternate futures for document history
  • HEIF images can now be loaded, including loading of any depth map
  • Added support for 12bit and 16bit CMYK TIFF files
  • New Assets Panel available to store and drag and drop regularly used assets


Affinity Designer changes:

  • Big performance increases across Mac, Windows and iPad
  • Pen and dial support for Surface devices
  • HDR / EDR monitor support
  • Create and edit directly in any isometric plane
  • Arrowheads!
  • New transform mode in Node tool
  • Lasso selection of nodes
  • New sculpt mode added to pencil
  • Add unlimited strokes and fills to a single shape
  • New point tranform tool
  • Many grid improvements, including a new cube grid and column guides
  • Many PSD import / export improvements
  • Layers studio revamp
  • Pixel persona now supports sub-brushes and symmetry (up to 32-way)
  • Alternate futures for document history


Learn more in the video below.

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5. June 2019


GitHub have released version 2.0 of GitHub Desktop.  GitHub Desktop is the open source Electron based application that makes GitHub easier to use without requiring developers to drop to the command line to create, use and modify code repositories.  The 2.0 release brings three major new features: stashing, rebasing and new collaborative tools.

Details of the release from the release notes:

  • New - You can now choose to bring your changes with you to a new branch or stash them on the current branch when switching branches - #6107

  • New - Rebase your current branch onto another branch using a guided flow - #5953

  • New - Repositories grouped by owner, and recent repositories listed at top - #6923 #7132

  • New - Suggested next steps now includes suggestion to create a pull request after publishing a branch - #7505

  • Added - .resx syntax highlighting - #7235. Thanks @say25!

  • Added - "Exit" menu item now has accelerator and access key - #6507. Thanks @AndreiMaga!

  • Added - Help menu entry to view documentation about keyboard shortcuts - #7184

  • Added - "Discard all changes" action under Branch menu - #7394. Thanks @ahuth!

You can learn more about the major new features of this release on the Github blog.  GitHub Desktop is an open source MIT licensed project available here.  See GitHub Desktop 2 in action in the video below.

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5. June 2019


YoYoGames have just released the beta version of the 2.2.3 release.  In addition to the usual slate of bug fixes and improvements, the marquee feature of this release is TvOS support, which is part of the mobile plan and enables you to target and support iOS based set-top boxes.  They have released three documents in support of TvOS with GameMaker.

Further details from the GMS blog:

  • Desktop targets can now disable the file sandbox from the Game Options for each platform (Windows, macOS and Ubuntu). This permits you to save and load files from anywhere on the target system (within the limits of the OS and any antivirus or other file-permission restrictions on the local machine).

  • The function surface_depth_disable() has been expanded to include all target platforms. This switches off the depth buffer for surfaces, which will reduce the memory overhead. For 2D games, especially on mobile, this is very useful - although for 3D you'll probably want to leave it enabled. For more information see the manual.

  • You can now create Local Asset Packages from resources in your projects. This means that you no longer need to go through the Marketplace to create YYMP files, enabling you to create your own local asset packages of scripts, objects, etc.... You can access this new feature from the Tools menu in the IDE, and the full details can be found in the manual inside the 2.2.3 IDE.

  • New constants have been added to GML for NaN and infinity, as well as new functions to check these values, is_NaN() and is_infinity().

  • Drag and Drop™ users can now add comments to their action scripts. This option is available from the Right Mouse Button menu in the active workspace.

  • The resource tree has new options for sprites and sounds to quickly add one or more resources to a texture page or an audio group - accessed through the Right Mouse Button menu.

  • A new option in General Preferences > Compiling to disable subst drives. When disabled, GameMaker Studio 2 will not create any virtual drives when compiling most platforms.

  • Strings now accept 4 byte wide Unicode characters, allowing you to decode and encode Unicode characters in the upper bounds of the standard (including, but not limited to, emoji). This may adversely affect some users who have been using the \u escape character (see the manual for more information).

  • New error reporting mechanism for submitting crash details to YoYoGames.

You can learn more about future GameMaker Studio releases in the development roadmap available here.  Details on accessing the beta channel of releases is available here.

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4. June 2019


The Xenko open source game engine ( previously covered here, here and in tutorial form when it was still called Paradox here ) just released a complete game demo called Starbreach.  The demo was demonstrated at GDC 2017 and was recently updated to the current version of Xenko and has been released with full source and assets.

Details of the Starbreach demo from the Xenko blog:

Hi everyone, Silicon Studio agreed to release the Starbreach demo from GDC 2017, along with all associated assets as open source (see license), for the Xenko community to use. Code in the project is released under an MIT license, the assets are released under a attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.

Starbreach was originally developed as the Xenko GDC demo for 2016 by Silicon Studio with art support from N-iX production studios. Virgile Bello (xen), Xenko’s lead developer has spent a chunk of time updating the demo and assets to work with the latest release of the Xenko.

You can find the demo and assets here: https://github.com/xenko3d/Starbreach

Check out the demo in action and learn how to get started in the video below.


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