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Construct 3 r172

Auto-tiling, usability improvements & lots more

21 October, 2019 ()

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As we begin a new cycle of beta releases we have a big release for you today with loads of updates! First of all the Tilemap Bar now supports auto-tiling brushes. This lets you define the border tiles that join different types of areas, and automatically fill them in as you draw the tilemap. Note this requires special sets of tile patches to define all possible border combinations. We'll have some more information covering how to set this up soon.

We've also done some work to improve the usability of the editor, particularly for beginners. For example we've noticed beginners often accidentally close the main editor bars and then get stuck, so to help avoid this there's now a confirmation prompt when closing these bars. Other changes towards this include being able to multi-select images in more places in the Animations Editor to make it easier to import animations, and the default SpriteFont image is now white so its color property takes effect as expected.

As ever there's a big batch of bug fixes and other changes, including updates for Mobile IAP, exporters, scripting, and even some performance tweaks in the engine. Stay tuned for more updates!

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New Features

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Tilemap Bar: Auto tiling tool and brush editor

New Additions

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Confirmation prompt when closing important UI bars like the Project bar
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Platform Info: expressions to get screen safe area inset (for notched displays)
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Particles: action to set or unset object to spawn as particle
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Parameters dialog: show descriptions when selecting an instance variable, event variable or function from a dropdown
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Animations Editor: toolbar button to preview the current animation
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Cordova export: iOS 13 & Android 10 in version lists
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Mobile IAP: 'On product owned' and 'On any product owned' triggers

Changes

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NW.js export: now uses project name in main Windows and Linux executable filename
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Remote Preview/Multiplayer: better handling for clients that time out (should fix clients never being removed)
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SpriteFont: default image is now white, with color property set to black, allowing color property to take effect
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Animations Editor: can now load multiple images at once from the toolbar button or by drag & drop into the main panel
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Animations Editor/Tilemap Bar: prevent unselecting current tool when clicking it again
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Split UWP export option in to two separate 'Windows Store' and 'Xbox One' export options
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Mobile IAP: auto retry initialization on Android
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Mobile IAP: updated Google Play Billing library to 2.0.3 (latest)
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Update jQuery to v3.4.1 (only used by legacy C2 plugins)

Bug Fixes

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NW.js exports: exports may not have run on macOS due to changes in required file permissions
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Audio: improve handling of starting a fade during another fade
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Text: could occasionally incorrectly render BBcode outline or alpha style
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Text & SpriteFont: incorrect center/bottom vertical alignment when using varied text sizes
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JSON Plugin: did not restore state when loading savegames
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Android: ensure form controls can be typed in to even if the appearance of the on-screen keyboard moves them offscreen
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iframe: could fail to display a project file URL more than once
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Layout View: possible crash dragging in invalid image file
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Timelines: Possible crash while saving timelines
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Timeline Bar: Possible crash when dragging the time markers
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Timeline Bar: Crash when duplicating a timeline with subfolders
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Timeline Bar: Missing translation string for line path mode
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Menus could sometimes be incorrectly hidden when using a theme
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Animations Editor: animation preview handled frame time of 0 incorrectly
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Mobile IAP: purchase errors could sometimes not trigger 'On purchase failed'
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Mobile IAP: 'registration complete' didn't trigger
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Text Editor: right clicking on the caption opened the editor menu, instead of the caption menu
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Data Editor: scrollbar position would reset when switching between tabs
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Build service: possible crash when showing the Build Failed dialog
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Cloud save: in the "light" theme the loading message was white on a light gray background
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Cloud save: possible crash if error occured while loading subfolders
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Cloud: prevent overwriting a C2 .capx file with C3 project
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Recent projects: could not open a C2 .capx file via recent projects

Performance Improvements

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Improved frame scheduling for smoothness & low latency, particularly in worker mode
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Use lower-latency mouse/touch input where supported in worker mode

SDK updates

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Ensure effects log error if using a reserved uniform name

Scripting updates

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Added layer getViewport() method
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Added interface for Tile Movement behavior

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  • Wow! A big update...! Keep polishing the engine...

  • Love the addition of auto-tiling.

    I like the interface especially that you can create multiple auto-tile brushes within the same tilemap and that you can create variety by picking different tiles with probabilities, even though i don't think this is actually working right now?!

    A problem I found with the auto-tiling brush is that it only considers edges and not corners, so while it is great that we can use bitwise tilesets with 16 tiles and blob tilesets with 47 tiles we can't actually draw all combinations possible with the 47 blob tileset https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/216399185337909268/635857945715933203/2019-10-21_17-09-27.gif

    Are there plans to make these auto-tile brushes usable on runtime via code?

    It's definitely a good start to a long awaited feature, can't wait to have it available in the next stable release

  • Wow thats a lot of stuff.

  • The auto-tiling is a gret addition. Thanks!

  • Love the auto-tiling addition. Can't wait to try it out!

  • thanks! :)

  • wow, i though that the multiplayer user not being removed was my fault :v i had to implement a "good bye" signal to manually remove those who went out of the room but the signalling didnt remove it.

    Question: if i have my own multiplayer signalling server (bought on the scirra store), i have to update the files on it or it was something in the plugin?

  • After so many years of C2 and C3 we finally have auto tiling!! Niceeee! :)

  • I love the auto-tiling brush! Great job!

  • "Confirmation prompt when closing important UI bars like the Project bar" - only god knows how many times i have accidentally closed Project bar and had to re enable it :)

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