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2. May 2019


Unity are currently running their annual May Madness sale on their asset store.  Over 380 of the most popular assets on the store are currently on sale for 50% off or more.  Additionally they are offering 4 theme based bundles at 55% off, where you only need to buy the items you don’t already own to get the additional savings.  Finally there are daily specials all month, that are up to 70% off.


The bundles include:

Platformer Bundle

Vegetation Bundle

Particle Bundle

Beginner Bundle

Obviously the daily special changes on a daily basis, so be sure to check the asset store daily for the new special.  Watch the video embedded below for more details.

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2. May 2019


OGRE, Object-oriented Graphics Rendering Engine, an open source MIT licensed 3D renderer just released version 1.12 after almost a year in development.  The release is heavily focused on internal rearchitecting for future development.

Key features from the 1.12 release:

  • #include directive supported for GLSL shaders
  • PF_DEPTH support for shadows with the RTSS and the Terrain component
  • RTSS 3.0: vastly improved internal API and refactored shader library
  • Per pixel-shading on D3D11/ GL3+/ GLES2 by default (via RTSS)
  • The GL3+ RenderSystem is now used for rendering the reference Test images
  • More precise timings for built-in profiler and support for external profiling via Remotery
  • unified API for fixed-function pipeline and shaders
  • NEON intrinsics for OptimizedMath on ARM (Android)
  • Stable Material library (Media/) that you can reference in your projects
  • the MSVC SDK now also includes the Python and Java components
  • support for loading 1.7 style terrains (aka “terrain.cfg”)

You can learn more about the release in the New and Noteworthy document available here.  Additionally the source code for OGRE is available here on GitHub.  The book mentioned in the video below that covers OGRE for game engine development is Game Engine Architecture.

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1. May 2019


Starting toward the end of 2018, Epic Games started giving away free developer content from the Unreal Engine marketplace, free for that month.  This May is no exception, with several new assets available for free during the month, as well as a couple more assets now available indefinitely free.


This Months assets include:

With the following assets free forever:

Be sure to “purchase” the assets from the marketplace before April 1, 2019 to get them for free.  If you are interested in a hands-on video with a particular asset, please let me know and I will see what I can do.




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1. May 2019


The PixiJS HTML5 2D rendering library just had their first release in almost 2 years, with the release of PixiJS v5.  PixiJS is an open source, MIT licenses library available here on Github.

The v5 release experienced a great deal of internal refactoring to improve modularity and performance but also resulted in a 20% reduction in size compared to v4.  The API however stayed relatively uniform so migration shouldn’t be difficult, with a supporting migration guide available here.  The new version includes new sprite batching support that should have a pretty profound effect on drawing several different sprites.  The Graphics object also received a few new tricks such as now being cloneable, supporting holes, texture fills and more.

Perhaps the biggest new feature is the new mid level API that has been added, that Pixi itself builds on top of.  Describe in the announcement blog like such:

Ok so I saved the best till last as I think this isn’t far the coolest part of v5. The midlevel API. We created an API that basically abstracts as much of WebGL as possible but still keeping all the power, giving you guys the power to create awesome WebGL that is automatically optimised for you!

In fact all of v5 is built on top of this API. Expect a more detailed post and examples for this one soon.

Additionally, the community created an excellent new tool in the form of the browser based Pixi Playground, a complete editor and runtime environment for playing with Pixi applications.

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30. April 2019


When Cocos Creator 2 was released, a major new feature was the new 3D renderer under the hood.  The 2.1.1 release starts to take advantage of that new functionality with a new 3D scene editor, a game preview panel, new lighting and 3d primitive support and more.  If you are interested in learning Cocos Creator, be sure to check out our tutorial series available here.


Details of the release from the Cocos Creator forum:

Cocos Creator v2.1.1 released!

Since the release of Cocos Creator 2.1.0, we have received a lot of valuable suggestions from users. Based on previously announced plans, we will continue to speed up the iteration of the v2.1 series to implement user suggestions as quickly as possible. At the same time, in order to prevent these changes from affecting the stability of old projects, we only recommend upgrading projects with 3D requirements to v2.1. Other projects can continue to use v2.0, and wait until v2.2 is released before upgrading. This v2.1.1 upgrade mainly supports 3D scene editing, camera preview, lighting system, and also incorporates the latest 2.0.x changes.

What’s New

Support 3D scene editing

The Scene Editor allows you to switch to 3D editing mode with one click, making it easy to edit 3D objects, cameras, and lights. See the 3D Scenes document 4 for details.

Add game preview panel

A separate preview panel has been added to visually preview the images seen by the camera during scene editing. Panel Open: Main Menu → Panel → Game Preview, the preview panel can be placed in a separate window or dragged into the main editor window.

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Add 3D lighting and shadows

A Light component has been added to lay out lights in the scene, and a shadow effect can be set in conjunction with MeshRenderer. See the Light Source Component Reference 2 documentation.

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Upgraded EditBox component

Now, developers can set the Text Label, Placeholder Label and Background nodes separately, making them more flexible, simple, and more in line with the component development. See the EditBox Component Reference documentation.

Add text shadow rendering component

A new LabelShadow component has been added to add a shadow effect to the Label component, similar to the LabelOutline usage. See the Label Component Reference documentation.

Support for dynamically creating 3D Primitive models

Added cc.primitive module to dynamically create 3D models at runtime, including: box, cone, cylinder, plane, etc. See the Basic 3D Objects documentation.

Integrated Material System (Beta)

Added support for material systems, allowing users to create Material and Effect (Shader) resource types. It should be noted that the current material system is mainly provided to the internal use of the engine and is only for developer preview. We plan to upgrade the material system in v2.1.2, however it will not be back-ported to this version.

Improved features

Editor improvements
  • Added shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + F to align the currently selected node to the perspective of the scene editor.

  • When you click in the scene editor, you can hold down Ctrl/Cmd for multiple selections at the same time.

  • Improve fault tolerance processing for custom engines to avoid editor startup failure

  • Improve the search performance of the resource manager under very large projects

  • Add menu File -> Open project in new window to support simultaneous opening of multiple projects on Mac

  • Hide the component’s enabled checkbox when the component does not define the enabled associated lifecycle function

  • Upgrade the TypeScript version to 3.3.3333

Engine improvements
  • Make cc.Vec3 compatible with related APIs of cc.Vec2

  • Improved Label positioning accuracy in the editor and on different browsers (thanks to “Dacheng Xiaopeng” for advice)

  • Optimization 3D skeletal animation performance and volume

  • The cc.macro.CLEANUP_IMAGE_CACHE flag is enabled by default on the native platform to reduce texture memory usage

  • Native platform automatically verifies the maximum supported texture size of the current device

  • Add WeChat Mini game XMLHttpRequest support for timeout event [#87]

  • Added cc.sys.HUAWEI_GAME enumeration to determine if it is currently Huawei’s fast game platform

  • Optimized Android 5 system’s WebView compatibility

  • Allow iOS browser to play automatically when VideoPlayer is muted

Bug Fixes

Editor Fix List
  • Fixed an issue where BuildResults.getNativeAssetPath might not get the texture path

  • Fixed removal animation editor error message caused by the Animation Clip being edited

  • Fixed an object already destroyed warning that appears when you repeatedly enter Prefab edit mode

Engine Repair List
  • Fixed an issue where enabledInHierarchy is always false when the component does not define onEnable

  • Fixed an issue where ToggleGroup is not fully disabled when the active node is false

  • Fix Label’s opacity is not working

  • Fix Slider’s anchor settings will affect clicks [#4163]

  • Fix Particle System after playing, hide the node and display the problem of residual particles [#4243] 1

  • Fixed a memory leak issue that could be caused by too many particles in the particle system [#4256]

  • Fix native platform resources Download, XMLHttpRequest, WebSocket, SocketIO possible crash after request [#1721] [#1716]

  • Fix native platform XMLHttpRequest may crash due to timeout [#1724]

  • Fix native platform loading via IPV6 under the telecom network (WeChat avatar) file may fail [[#1713]] (https://github.com/cocos-creator/cocos2d-x-lite/pull/1715)

  • Fix native platform OpenGL draw error #4017

  • Fix native platform Label there may be black border issues when rendering system text [#130]

  • Fixed an issue where the audio file on the Android platform could not be loaded when it was not in OBB[#1611]

  • Fixed an issue where the Android platform received a touch event before the engine initialization was completed could cause a crash [#1715]

  • Fix Windows platform window may report an error when minimizing restore [#129]

  • Fixed Windows platform error when opening window [#1732]

  • Fixed an issue where the volume setting to 0 is invalid on Browser

  • Fix 3D Project incompatibleWeChat game Open Data Domain issue

  • Fix 3D model bone penetration problem [#4188]

Removed

  • Removed the creation entry for the CoffeeScript script. CoffeeScript scripts can still be created manually, and we plan to remove full support for CoffeeScript in v3.0.

See the new 3D functionality in action in the video below.

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