Beta versions are not as thoroughly tested as stable

Beta versions are not as thoroughly tested as stable

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Construct 3 r121

New feature bonanza! Three new plugins & much more

08 October, 2018 ()

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We have a huge release for you today with tons of new features! Now the C3 runtime is nearly ready, we've been able to use the new and improved codebase to build a whole bunch of new things. This is a taste of what's possible with a better engine! As mentioned previously, most improvements are only for the new C3 runtime, so to see them you'll need to switch to the new C3 runtime.

See the changelog for the full run-down, but in summary there's a new iframe plugin that can show web pages, embeds like YouTube videos, or custom HTML content; a JSON plugin that can read and write JSON files; a Share plugin that can bring up the system default share action e.g. to tweet or message a link (note currently only supported on mobile), a new mode for Particles spawning objects instead of drawing its own image, making it easy to create impressive new kinds of effects; offset, scale & rotate for Tiled Background's image; Physics prismatic joints; and more! There's also another round of bug fixes for the C3 runtime to ensure as many projects as possible can switch over to it.

We've also been busy doing some architectural work, with improvements to WebGL shaders, some memory optimisations to keep both the editor and C3 runtime's memory use low, improvements to ensure Construct is robust even in the face of loading errors, and some SDK updates. This helps ensure the internal architecture is modern, optimal, and can work for the widest range of users possible.

With many changes comes the risk of new issues cropping up, or things possibly not working smoothly yet with brand-new features. However we didn't want to keep you waiting any longer, and remember beta releases are pre-release software where we're still working to get everything right for the next stable release. So please bear with us if there are any issues - other than that, we hope you enjoy trying out everything new!

New Features

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New iframe plugin (C3 runtime only): display another web page in an iframe, display embeds e.g. YouTube videos, or safely show custom HTML content
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New JSON plugin (C3 runtime only): create, import, modify and export JSON content
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New Share plugin: share text and urls via other apps
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Particles: new mode to spawn an object instead of drawing own particles, allowing advanced control of individual particles (C3 runtime only)

New Additions

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Tiled Background: support for offset, scale and rotate for image (C3 runtime only)
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Physics: support for prismatic joints (C3 runtime only)
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Option to save an access code, allowing it to be used persistently
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System: actions to load/unload object images by a string of the object name
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9-patch: angle actions missing when using C3 runtime
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New GPU preference setting in Advanced properties (C3 runtime only, and depends on browser support)

Changes

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Allow editor to run without WebGL support, although Layout Views cannot be opened. This should avoid broken graphics drivers passing the startup support check but then later crashing the editor.
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C3 runtime: use same maximum spritesheet size as C2 runtime to avoid higher memory usage

Bug Fixes

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C3 runtime: exported projects could fail to load in Safari
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C3 runtime: improve compatibility with Safari 11 by working around Safari bugs
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C3 runtime: possible issue using LOS behavior with mirrored object
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C3 runtime: 'Pause on unfocus' setting not working with new runtime
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C3 runtime: some XPaths in the XML plugin failed to return any values
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C3 runtime: tokencount expression with empty string returned 1 instead of 0
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C3 runtime: fix handling of WebGL context loss events
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C3 runtime: splash loader textures could sometimes be left in memory after loading
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C3 runtime: 'On canvas snapshot' not working
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Minified exports of projects using 'int' or 'float' expressions didn't work
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'Preview' could preview wrong project if multiple projects opened and event sheet view open
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Event Sheet View: could let you zoom text smaller than the browser could display
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Event Sheet View: possible errors dragging and dropping events referencing local variables
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Event Sheet View: crash adding events in popup window
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Noise and Pulse effects did not animate if nothing else was happening in the game
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Addon Manager: possible crash closing dialog before addon install finished
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Nested panes could restore to the incorrect size when the editor is loaded
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Multiplayer: updated to support Safari 12
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Opening projects from the cloud could fail in Edge

Performance Improvements

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Support for asynchronous WebGL shader compilation, helping games using lots of effects start up faster
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Reduce the memory overhead of the editor and C3 runtime, especially on systems with many CPU cores

SDK updates

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Improved diagnostic messages if an addon is misconfigured
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New methods C3SDK_ListAddonIDs() and C3SDK_ListACEIDs() to explore IDs for certain API calls
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Added IProject.GetSingleGlobalObjectType()
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Added IAnimation/IAnimationFrame property setters/getters

Language updates

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Added in-progress Chinese (simplified) translation

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