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Ralph 09-26-2009 05:47 PM

I think it is important to point out that "all" software is in a beta stage until the author or company abandons it. Note the seemingly weekly updates to Windows and its associated MS programs.. Likely every other piece of software, drivers and the BIOS on your computer can or should or could be upgraded. Jim's screen saver is a work in progress where we are fortunate to be able to witness, enjoy and help in the development.

Those "listed" as betas are available first here on the forum. Time sensitve copies (they will expire) for all members to have a look at .. to enjoy.. break.. or otherwise point out things that Jim may have missed. Or as a group things that we feel would add to the screen saver.

When all the issues raised are resolved (as much as practical / doable ) the time restrictions are removed and that "beta" copy is posted for download from Prolific. And it in turn will be replaced by many other betas.. as the development continues.

As I understand it:D

Ex_Brit 09-26-2009 06:07 PM

Thanks. It would be useful to have some kind of notation on when the last update occurred at least.

Nicki 09-26-2009 06:11 PM

Ralph you are so right . Windows is the biggest ongoing Beta of all time . If only they were one millionth as careful as Jim as to what they unleash on their unsuspecting users . There's never been a security update for Marine Aquarium :) .

Edit - not that I don't love my Windows XP and my Compaq laptop , which would have to be pried from my cold dead hands if anyone wanted them .

Jim Sachs 09-26-2009 10:48 PM

I'll see if I can get Prolific to put the version number on the download page.

Regarding progress on the new fish models and movements - There has been progress on the models, but none yet on the new movement algorithms. To test the detail on the new Yellow Tang, I'm running the program with the fish at double their normal size. The original fish look terrible at that scale, but the new model looks pretty good. The new textures are a lot bigger, but it's mostly the detail on the 3D model that makes a difference. For example, the side fins now attach to "bumps" in the sides of the body instead of just passing into it at an arbitrary point.

rctneil 09-27-2009 05:05 AM

Are we able to see a beta with the new Yellow Tang model?

Jim Sachs 09-27-2009 11:07 PM

No we are not.

Ralph 09-28-2009 07:56 AM


Wizwad 09-28-2009 09:56 AM

It'll probably be ready for public viewing in October - but please note, as per the regular policy, we're not saying WHICH October! :D

cjmaddy 09-28-2009 10:47 AM

No no! .... I can confidently predict that the next beta will be out shortly with the new model of the candy-blue Yamaha Tang.

FrankGuy 09-28-2009 11:27 AM

Well I would have preferred the candy apple red or the bubble gum yellow but if it has the original exposed fin two cycle propulsion then I will be satisfied because I was always a sucker for the smell of half burned oil and gas and in the morning.

JamesMeacham2005 10-07-2009 06:42 AM

Had to post something new this waiting for updates is killing me. I got really excited when I heard about new fish models. Never thought I'd miss beta updates:drool:

MuscadorAlbus 10-07-2009 06:57 AM

Amen, brother :TU: !

Jav400 10-07-2009 07:01 AM


Play a game in the arcade or upload some photos in our member gallery.

cjmaddy 10-07-2009 07:22 AM

Or try guessing what this is.

Jav400 10-07-2009 07:34 AM

yeah, or that.

Sandeman 10-07-2009 11:57 PM


Originally Posted by cjmaddy (Post 116041)
Or try guessing what this is.

Sandeman, you do not have permission to access this page.
:sad: ;)

Is it due to my lack of posting here? :D

feldon34 10-08-2009 11:16 AM

Welcome to the forums, Sandeman!

It might be if you are browsing
instead of

Sandeman 10-08-2009 12:40 PM

Thanks. For the welcome and the solution :D. I checked the address and it works ok now (although I'm on another pc at the moment ;)).

Come to think of it, the other pc had internet explorer 6 for a browser... (yes, I know :|) maybe that had something to do with it.. Oh well.. Never mind :)

issah 10-16-2009 08:30 PM

This program looks very good on my 46 inch LCD TV. I recently hooked up a computer operating on Windows XP to my TV, and this program plays beautifully!

Interestingly, when this program came out last year, I viewed it on a 22 inch LCD computer monitor, and I was unimpressed. The program laid fallow at my house until I got my LCD TV I am very pleased...

Stew2000 10-18-2009 08:08 AM

TV's do have alot more vivid colours then monitors. :drool:

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