Ambiera Office is currently moving. Needed more space after some of the projects need a bit more attention, like CopperCube and irrKlang.
About two years ago, I blogged a picture of the first working infrastructure after I moved to a new appartment, so here is a similar picture showing how the new ambiera Office currently looks like
Still a bit of work to do, but the most important parts are already working. [that is, HTTP and Email :)]
article in which he analyzes Irrlicht with CppDepend, a Static Analysis Tool for C++.
Of course, the blog post is a kind of advertisement for cppdepend, but it's nevertheless quite interesting, I didn't even know that tool exists. Also, issam seems to come to the conclusion that Irrlicht is quite well designed, so it's worth a read
Rammstein concert in Vienna this weekend, and I was quite surprised: I saw a lot of concerts of similar bands already and Rammstein took all efford to make it a great show. I would even say this was the best concert I've ever seen and I'm not a big Rammstein fan.
With 15000 people in the hall and a ticket price of about 70 euros, and estimating that Rammstein gets out at least 50% of the money, they would have earned about half a million euros (!) with that concert yesterday alone. It seems to be good to be a rockstar. :) But they really worked for their money, doing as many new effects and stunts each song as other bands would do their whole concert alone. The atmosphere was great and the beer as well. Also, I expected the concert to be filled by teenagers, but it appeared the average age of the fans was about 30.
So if you have a chance to grab a ticket to a Rammstein concert, I'd suggest to take the opportunity, you won't be sorry.
irrKlang 1.2.0, adding FLAC playback support. The new feature is implemented as plugin, just as the mp3 plugin. Flac playback was the most wished feature, so I had to implement it, and of course it works on all supported platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, .NET 1 and .NET 2)
Irrlicht and irrKlang in the form of CHM files, a file format by Microsoft consisting of compressed HTML files with an index and table of contents.
The problem with this is that .chm viewers are only natively installed on Windows operating systems, users with Linux or Mac OS X usually have to download some external software to read the documentation. Additionally, it seems that because Microsoft now considers its own file format a security risk and instead of fixing the hole, sometimes the CHM Viewer (aka Internet Explorer) seems to refuse to show the content of those files, and in some cases (from my experience) it cannot even be forced to show the file nevertheless.
To begin with irrKlang, the next release (to be released in the next days) will no longer include .chm files.
There are currently two in the CopperCube forum.
released new version of DSDefense, DSDefense 2 has worse ratings than the original first version, although those games are nearly the same. The only difference is a new background of the main menu and about a dozen small improvements, demanded by the players of the first version. Absolutely strange.
See for yourself: on Kongregate, DSDefense 1 was rated 3.37, while the recent, improved version has a rating of only 3.12. Could be a measurement error, but it's the same same on Newgrounds: first version 3.92, second, 'improved' version 3.36.
defense game I published on this blog (updated game already on that page), I now created a second version of that game.
You can play it for example on Kongregate.
The most important, now implemented new features people wished were:
- Adjusted game play values (higher monster levels, a bit cheaper buildings)
- Different Bosses
- 'Send in next wave' button
- Save game reset button
- More detailed building description texts
- Scrolling via cursor keys or WASD
Of course, also playable on the Darkness Springs website.
finally 'thanking' Wikimedia for deleting and censoring all the german Wikipedia articles:
Instead of donating a usual amount of about 50€ or 20€, people are sending in only 1€ and writing why they are angry about wikipedia: the admins of wikipedia are increasingly deleting and censoring articles on the Wikipedia, but ignoring all criticism about this behavior. Finally a way wikimedia will listen, I think.
I guess it's not possible to sue the media for exaggerating this disease?
CopperCube 1.1.0 is now available (download here).
The big new feature is Character Animation.
In addition, in order to reduce the price a bit for hobbyists, there is now a 'light' version available (See the 'buy' and 'edition comparison' page for details) for a lower price.
And because this seemed to be a bit confusing: People who already purchased Coppercube don't need to buy it again. You get the Professional version for free, of course! You only need to type in your license again into the new version.
Happy creating 3D worlds in Flash :)
So, the Irrlicht Hello-World application now is behaving 'suspiciously'? Uh.. drawing.. well... triangles. Very suspicious. :)
example1, example2), but at least it's very interesting for me and I learn a lot of new things.
Last weekend, I tried myself as animator. I created a 3d model (it was a goblin-like monster): created a skeleton of joints, attached weights to the vertices and animated all of it. After a few hours, I proudly presented it to my girlfriend, animated with a nice walkcycle. The result: "Oh, is it injured?" - "Hm.. what?" - "Is it.. sick?" - "No! It's walking! It's a walking goblin!" And then I was laughed at for this bold claim. :/
Because of safety reasons (both for the eyes of the readers of this blog and for the self-esteem of the author), I'm not going to present a movie of the animation here. :)
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From time to time, VS seems to simplly want to entertain me.
'Space Cowboy' :)
Scottish game development companies are getting tax breaks. Well, dear Austrian politicans. *want*