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Old 02-05-2009, 04:29 PM   #201
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Originally posted by feldon32:
I would make the Aquarium point to an arbitrary redirect like http://www.serenescreen.com/getdirectx9/
and then have your web person keep that link up-to-date with whatever link is currently at Microsoft's website for DirectX 9.  
That would work, of course. But it relies on the "web person" to check frequently.

If the server has enough disk space, and of course if the server and net connection can handle the infrequent bandwidth of downloading for the few people who will need 9.0c, then the redistributable could be on that server, and would always work - although it might not be the most current version.

I'm sure that Jim can sort out the tradeoffs.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:56 PM   #202
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Just wondering... does the installer version expire?.. will the beta's continue to expire even though the newest (next?) version will need a key?

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Old 02-05-2009, 10:10 PM   #203
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The installer version on SereneScreen.com does not expire, even without a Key Code.

My "BetaBetas" on Fish-Byte.com (no installer) will have a 14-day lifespan. We don't want these things running loose in the wild too long.

About once a month, the new features and bug fixes which prove stable will be incorporated into an update of the official Beta on SereneScreen.com.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:54 AM   #204
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
The installer version on SereneScreen.com does not expire, even without a Key Code.

My "BetaBetas" on Fish-Byte.com (no installer) will have a 14-day lifespan. We don't want these things running loose in the wild too long.

About once a month, the new features and bug fixes which prove stable will be incorporated into an update of the official Beta on SereneScreen.com.  
Jim just an FYI but the download on Fish-Byte.com loads a 404 error page not found. Just in case folks go to your site for the demo.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:24 AM   #205
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Originally posted by JamesGreystone:
Jim just an FYI but the download on Fish-Byte.com loads a 404 error page not found. Just in case folks go to your site for the demo.  
I corrected the 8k Installer link at the start of this thread yesterday.
I just corrected the 8k Installer link in the "BETA RELEASE & DOWNLOAD" thread.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:07 AM   #206
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Originally posted by feldon32:
I corrected the 8k Installer link at the start of this thread yesterday.
I just corrected the 8k Installer link in the "BETA RELEASE & DOWNLOAD" thread.  
I believe this site is fine but the Fish-Byte site (http://www.fish-byte.com/) the download link which goes to (http://www.serenescreen.com/download/index.asp) is broken.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:31 AM   #207
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:22 PM   #208
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OK, that one's mine. Fixed.

Also added an updated News section to fish-byte.com.
http://www.fish-byte.com/news2.htm
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:54 PM   #209
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
OK, that one's mine. Fixed.  
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:29 PM   #210
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
Also added an updated News section to fish-byte.com.
http://www.fish-byte.com/news2.htm  
Looks great Jim. I caught a typo though, "invertabrates" should be invertebrates.

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Old 02-06-2009, 05:09 PM   #211
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Thanks, fixed.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:53 PM   #212
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Question

Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
1. Finish clocks.
2. Bring clams to life.
3. New fish models.
4. New fish movement.
5 through 2,543,921 - To be determined.  
I know this is off topic, but i was just wondering... looking at the SereneScreen logo and remembering a thread back in 2001. Are the Butterfly Garden, Terrarium and Aviary still planed somewhere in the steps 5 through 2,543,921?
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:59 PM   #213
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No, those are just the steps to finish MA3. Those other programs come after that.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:12 PM   #214
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
No, those are just the steps to finish MA3. Those other programs come after that.  
Nice to hear, thats what i meant. But didn't you say MA3 will never be 'finished'?
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:26 PM   #215
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That's true, but the curve should eventually start to level off.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:27 PM   #216
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Windows 7 - Installer 8k

INSTALLER TEST, Windows 7

I just used the installer version to put MA3 on an absolutely-virgin Windows 7 Ultimate System. The hardware is an Intel D945GNT mainboard, built-in graphics (no add-on card), 1 GB memory. No "upgrade" drivers from Intel were installed - just whatever drivers arrived with the Windows 7 Beta 1 Installation (and whatever updates it installed automatically).

Oh, it's 32-bit Windows 7.

Good news:

Installer apparently ran correctly.

MA3 version 8k seems to run nicely, There was no sign of the "can't find compatible Direct3D device" message.

Strange news:

A. After installing MA3, the "screen saver" panel shows TWO apparently-equivalent entries: "SereneScreen Marine Aquarium 3" and "PSereneScreen Marine Aquarium 3" - the only difference being the leading "P". This situation survived selection of another screensaver, and survived a reboot. Brief testing - either one worked, apparently identical.

B. The Fish Settings after installation had 14 fish selected, but all of them were on the top row. Quantities in order: 3,3,2,2,2,2. All other fish seemed to have the "disable this fixh" box checked. I don't recall that being the situation in any other "virgin installation", but perhaps I just didn't notice? Is that setting by design? Does it happen with Vista and XP?

There are a few other things that I haven't checked, but that's the initial report.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:56 PM   #217
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The "PSereneScreen" business sounds vaguely familiar, but I could be wrong. I have no idea what could cause it.

The fish settings are normal for an unregistered copy.
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:23 AM   #218
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Sorry if this is in the wrong place.
I have just purchased the upgrade and it is fantastic but i just wanted to know (in simple terms) how i can put a logo on the crystal?
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:53 AM   #219
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Unfortunately, right now there is no simple answer to that. It can of course be done, but for simple, you might need to wait a bit until Jim gets a few more features added.

You have two choices.

1. Tell us what you want and someone here can make it for you.
2. Wait patiently for the simple to be added.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:38 AM   #220
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If you are comfortable with Photoshop, you can use my Logo Creation Guide here to make a PNG-24 file at 256 x 256 pixels.

Name the file AltLogo.png and put it in the Aquarium's data folder. On XP this is c:\documents and settings\(yourusername)\Application Data\Marine Aquarium 3\

The next time you start the Aquarium (by double-clicking, not as a screen saver), press L to toggle the logo.

Note that the Beta is strictly a test, so you cannot set your logo to appear all the time, only by running the Aquarium manually and pressing L.
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