The Irrlicht team is happy to announce that we just released Irrlicht version 1.4.2
This release contains a lot of bug fixes and improvements, and I personally like the new setAllowZWriteOnTransparent() feature very much. It simply tells the VideoDriver if transparent materials should automatically not write to the ZBuffer when it makes sense (as Irrlicht did before about version 1.3, which made it pretty easy to use the material system) or that users need to set this manually (which gave more options to people extending the material system for example). Until now, we struggled internally in the team which default would be best, and when we decided to switch to the manual version which about 50% of all irrlicht users wanted, the other half of the user base did not like it of course. So now it is simply possible to set the default yourself, which should make anybody happy.
In addition to the Irrlicht release, I also made available a new irrEdit
version for Irrlicht 1.4.2 which now works together with the Vista Aero Window renderer. It did not work with it before because of a - IMO - bug by microsoft which I refused to work around, but as I get about one mail per week complaining about this, I fixed it now. :) Looks nice IMO, Irrlicht 1.4.2 in irrEdit: