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Old 08-01-2008, 03:24 AM   #1761
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Hello,

Long time no speak, read or write in this forum.

Popped back to see if there's a new version, pleasantly surprised to see it's coming soon. Thanks for your years of efforts Jim & Co.

I've been using Dream Aquarium of late, not least because it will run in native screenmode of 1920x1080 (1080 HD screen dimensions) on our 42" screens in my new store, and the resolution is high enough on the textures to maintain realism, there's no real evident pixels or jaggy edges etc - it's polished.

Now I'm eager to come back to MA, but from the screens I saw earlier in this thread I'm a bit concerned the backdrops aren't high enough resolution to be photo-realistic on a large screen.

Also, I'm now very used to the 3D backdrop and tank of DA, is this a feature we might see in MA3?

Thanks guys.
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:19 AM   #1762
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Everything in the new version is true 3D, and it should look great on your large screen.
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:56 AM   #1763
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Good show, if it's as good clartiy as DA then I'll be extremely happy indeed, and won't hesitate to buy.

Jim, ramp up the res my man.

Oh, btw...they now have a customise backdrop feature, will such customisation or other graphic insertion feature be available in MA?
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:24 AM   #1764
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MA3 contains one background which is fully 3D and about 2 1/2 screens wide. There is no customization.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:27 AM   #1765
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Many thanks.

So, errm, without punching my lights out - when's it due? lol

("Are we there yet Dad?")

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Old 08-01-2008, 10:48 AM   #1766
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The super-hiRes 3D background is the whole reason for MA3.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:27 AM   #1767
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
The super-hiRes 3D background is the whole reason for MA3.  

Jim do you have further screenshots? or is it really close to launch?
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:49 AM   #1768
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I'm not sure how close it is at this point, probably only Jim knows. Prolific is working on the user interface at this time, and Jim was working on the collision avoidance routines for fish to background and fish to fish. It is definately making progress overall, but release depends on the "good enough" point Jim decides on for beta release to the public. After that, he will continue to make refinements, and introduce upgraded fish and creatures along with overall tweaks.

I don't think we are a week away or anything, but we're not months either. My guess is after Prolific gets done the testers will need to have a go at it to hunt for bugs/problems to be fixed while Jim continues his part. Maybe shortly after that.

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Old 08-02-2008, 10:46 AM   #1769
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We were hoping to have it in Beta last week, but some difficult multimonitor bugs have arisen. Edgar at Prolific is working on those. I'm currently working on the fish-picker interface. I think the only thing left after that is finding some decent MIDI instruments to go with the default music.
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Old 08-02-2008, 05:33 PM   #1770
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Test

Hi guys... just joined the forum. This is a test to make sure I did it all correctly.

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Old 08-02-2008, 05:38 PM   #1771
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
If I had known you guys were so easily pleased, I would have posted screen shots of a blank screen when I first started.  

That's right... make the new guy (me) spit water on his screen....
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:04 PM   #1772
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I'm brand new....

I started at thread #1 and just finished the last.. WHEW....

Now I'm all up to speed, know everyone, who they are, what they do for a living... wives and husband and children's names, what pets they own, who they dated in highschool.......

SO.... where's 3.0! LOL

WOOT WOOT... can't wait!
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:50 PM   #1773
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I just downloaded 2.6 and installed it. Crashed my system (Vista home premium, 8800 gts vid, 2 gigs ram) in the screen saver menu. It did originally work briefly.... sigh.

Oh well, anyone else have similar specs and the sim crash?
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Old 08-03-2008, 02:17 AM   #1774
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Jim

I think this question was asked before but not answered....Are there any criteria/s set for who would be chosen as the beta testers?


Like all forum members be beta testers or something like that?
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:22 AM   #1775
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maybe a descent screenshot now Jim ?
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:50 AM   #1776
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Vish - Yes, my plan is to open up Beta testing to the general Forum.

As far as screen shots, etc. - it's not really worth taking the time right now.
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Old 08-03-2008, 12:34 PM   #1777
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
Vish - Yes, my plan is to open up Beta testing to the general Forum.

As far as screen shots, etc. - it's not really worth taking the time right now.  

WOO HOO WOO HOO... "General Forum"...

Let me know when and I'll be sure to wear my tux!!!

Waiting sux... lol... oh well, I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
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Old 08-03-2008, 04:43 PM   #1778
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Will the MA stretch over two full widescreen monitors with a dual resolution of 3360 by 1050?
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:57 PM   #1779
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Yes.
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:17 AM   #1780
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Will it stretch further than that resolution?
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