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Old 10-11-2008, 07:13 AM   #41
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Great work Jim! Very Pleasing to the eyes!!
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:27 AM   #42
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I did some button pushing..

X - Hide Fish
T - Timing Clamp
F5 - Pause Fish
F6 - Frame skip (if it can be called that)
F7 - Fullscreen / Windowed
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:27 AM   #43
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Fantastic!

Jim,

Congratulations on all your hard work!

Everything looks great and is working perfectly on my system: Macbook Pro 2.2GHz 2G mem. NVidia GForce 8600M with 256M of onboard memory running Windows Vista 64bit via Bootcamp.

After opening up the program it looked so good I HAD to immediatley hook the computer up to my Samsung 40" LCD. Everything just popped up automatically and worked perfectly.

And WOW the artistry is incredible.

Thank you!
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:34 AM   #44
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Stew,

Those are testing controls that we used before. Most likely they will be removed in the final release version.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:24 AM   #45
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running fantastic on my system sofar but was hoping to add some of my own music...what format does it have to be in to work....already tryed to add an mp3 file and that locked it up solid.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:28 AM   #46
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I have had several mp3's in the list and they all seems to work fine over here. Maybe your mp3 file was DRM protected?
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:54 AM   #47
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I tried mp3 and it didn't work. midi files work though.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:57 AM   #48
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New background BETA1

I am reporting BETA#1 works well on my Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop. The graphic and PC specs are:
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700, 32 bit, 1920 x 1200
Windows XP Pro, SP-2, 1GB memory, about 4GB remaining disc space.

It runs full wide screen at about 70 fps.

Although the background is more expansive and better, I am a bit disappointed because during forum in past years, we discussed about Marine Aquarium may get "animated" background (moving anemones or live coral movements etc... The new version does not have that as far as I can tell. I like the music, and it would be wonderful if it can be selectable from MP3 files.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:59 AM   #49
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Wonderful!
Even better than the real thing!
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:31 AM   #50
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lannp - I know that with so many messages, it's hard to keep up, but as I've often said - The purpose of the Beta is to work out the major bugs and to allow the fans to be a part of the development process. Once the bugs are fixed, I'll replace the fish with my new-style models which have higher resolution, working mouths and gills, and a far greater repertoire of behavior. After that comes the process of bringing the background to life, one object at a time. Many people enjoy watching this development process, and wondering what new additions will be introduced each week.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:35 AM   #51
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Will we be able to zoom in and out in a later release?
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:51 AM   #52
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Probably not. All the objects are like a Hollywood set - they only make sense when viewed from one angle. If the camera goes into the scene even slightly, major gaps and holes show up between objects.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:53 AM   #53
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Thanks Jim, looks super.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:53 AM   #54
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Additional Backgrounds

Beta works without a hitch. Excellent job. The only thing that would make it better is to be able to change the backgrounds like Dream Aquarium.

Thumbs up!!!
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:58 AM   #55
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So maybe MA4 will have full 3D with panning camera?
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:06 PM   #56
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Originally posted by Stew2000:
So maybe MA4 will have full 3D with panning camera?  
Nah, Jim's going holographic for MA4!
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:09 PM   #57
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It will also feed the dog, put the cat out, clean house and pour you a cocktail, all at the same time.

Let's get one working perfectly first, before even thinking about the next one.
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:16 PM   #58
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
tomek - I haven't put the anamorphic factor back in yet. For now, you'll just have to hit F and stretch the window to any shape you want.  
I am really looking forward to viewing the entire aquarium at once. IMO slowly going back and forth is not realistic at all. I really appreciate all your hard work, and I am glad to finally get a glimpse of MA3.
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:24 PM   #59
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You can always just switch to window mode and stretch the window wide.
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:34 PM   #60
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
You can always just switch to window mode and stretch the window wide.  
That's what I've been doing. Thanks.
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