Only works with a WebGL enabled browser. (The just released Google Chrome 5 already includes WebGL support, when started with the parameter '--enable-webgl'). It even has sound :)
Opera world record speed test. Result: Opera fast, potato slow (parody of the Chrome ad).
Galactic Gaming Guild just released their first game: The full ace tennis simulator. It's an indie game, but from what it looks like, it could also be a AAA game:
The game costs about 15 €. Full ace tennis doesn't use Irrlicht, but irrKlang, the sound library developed by me. Looks like irrKlang is becoming more and more *the* sound library for indie developers.
SWFDecrypt, a free SWF decryption software wich will unencrypt SWF files protected by various SWF protection software. This is usually done by people who want to pirate SWF files, so why is this interesting at all?
It shows how simple it is to remove the 'protection' by this software, that it is no protection after all. The author of SWFDecrypt also tested it with irrFuscator (written by me) and SecureSWF, and writes that using these tools, your SWF are safe:
That's what I always said: Use an obfuscator such as irrFuscator, all other methods are not safe.
The SWFDecrypt website also features a very interesting blog, where the author for example seems to find out that a company creating a popular SWF Decompiler also creates an 'SWF protector' under another company name. Interesting business, this SWF decryption industry.
But that's a blatant lie; the symbol is defined. Visual Studio just didn't find it. If the message would read "Wasn't able to find the symbol" instead, I wouldn't call Visual Studio a liar here. Maybe a piece of improvable software, but not a liar.
AdBlock. I find this always quite amusing when other people find this out the hard way, like for example about half a year ago the people behind Stackoverflow:
Some years ago I put up google ads on this blog and I learned this quite quickly as well: The ratio between people who visit this blog and people who click on ads is incredible low. That's because nearly only people with a technical background are reading this site.
On the other hand, other sites I run such as Darkness Springs or Bienen und Blumen are quite the opposite: People playing online games or using dating sites seem to click anything which is colorful. :)
Anyway, I never took down adsense from this blog, but because this is quite senseless, I now replaced most of the ads with a small script I just created to show some own images. Where the google adsense 'Wide Skyscraper' images were shown before on this blog, this script now shows images of the software I'm blogging about here. Simply click on the comments or archive to try it out.
Here is the source, if anyone is interested: writeads.js. The script even parses the DOM to find some keywords matching the images.
Do you like the new images instead of the ads? I do :)
Ultima 4 ported to flash. Great! But then, after being through the character generation screen, disappointment. The game is buggy and even crashes some times. (A flash app crashes? Difficult to do this..)
Ribbon in your products, please? It looks nice but slows you down editing documents. And with 'improve' I think I really mean 'remove'.
Woha. Irrlicht's license is about one of the shortest in the open source area. It's about 5 lines long.
just announced, they are basically stopping development of the O3D plugin and rewriting it for WebGL. I received a few mails [ok, there were only two ] trying to bring this to my attention and asking me about a comment on this. So here you go:
When I started developing CopperCube and its WebGL 3d engine CopperLicht, choosing WebGL (and Flash 3D) as 3d rendering technology, some people commented that I should instead go with the then newly announced O3D plugin instead. I didn't do this, believing no new browser plugin would ever have a real chance unless it is named 'Flash', and it seems as this was a good decision. The result was that CopperCube was the first sophisticated tool for creating WebGL content and a lot of people are happy it exists.
So I think this is a great and important step for WebGL and they the O3D team did the right thing. WebGL is getting more attention this way, it gets more popular and it gets more support, resulting in more developers starting to use it. And this is a great thing.
CopperCube to crash at startup when no DirectX 9 is installed on the users system. Embarrassing, because the program also works without D3D9 (falling back to D3D8 or OpenGL). Luckily, only some very few people still live without DirectX 9, as it seems, otherwise I had noticed this earlier, I guess.
Pixel Prospector is for you. Looks nice, clean and useful.