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Construct 3 r198

New beta cycle: nested timelines & lots more!

04 May, 2020 ()

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It's the start of a new beta release cycle, and we have a big update for you today! The main new feature is the ability to use nested timelines. The Timeline Bar now supports adding an existing timeline at a position in another timeline. Nested timelines can also include further nested timelines, so it is quite easy to create complex structures. This is particularly useful for things like chaining timelines together - previously you would have to set up events or use keyframe tags, which could be cumbersome. While in the editor, a nested timeline becomes part of the main one, so the preview works as if it was a single timeline. At runtime everything continues working as before, so no changes there if you don't need to use this feature. This has been quite a long time in the making and we hope you find this useful!

Other key changes include:

Cloud Save with Google Drive now shows shared folders that you have write access to. This should be useful for conveniently sharing your work with others.

Physics now defaults to framerate independent. This is to ensure it works at the same speed on devices with different display refresh rates. However it also means it can be non-deterministic due to variations in frame times, which means physics can work slightly differently each time even with the exact same inputs. You can always opt back in to framerate-dependent mode with the 'Set stepping mode' action, but this will then cause physics to work at different speeds depending on the device. It's probably best to use framerate independent mode, and adjust your project to be more reliable if necessary.

Worker mode has a new default mode Auto, which means Construct decides whether to turn it on. Currently this means it is turned off if you use any scripting at all in your project, otherwise it's turned on. This is intended to make sure beginners using scripting don't run in to unexpected problems due to the code running in a Web Worker. You can still force it enabled or disabled by changing the Use worker property to Yes or No.

• Note a potentially breaking change in how timelines handle absolute result modes.

There's even more in the full changelog below, including the new ability to access sprite collision polygon points, physics contact points, and more, and as ever a batch of bug fixes. Happy testing!

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New Features

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Nested timelines

New Additions

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Google Drive cloud save: now also lists shared folders that you have write access to
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Sprite: expressions 'PolyPointCount', 'PolyPointXAt' and 'PolyPointYAt' to get collision polygon point positions
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Physics: expressions 'ContactCount', 'ContactXAt' and 'ContactYAt' to get list of contact points
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Move To behavior: specify image point for 'Move to object'
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Line-of-sight behavior: specify image point for 'Has LOS to object'
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Browser: 'Set hash' action, 'On hash changed' trigger
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Browser: 'Port' expression

Changes

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Timelines: a timeline using absolute result mode now overrides all other changes (breaking change)
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Physics: now defaults to framerate-independent mode (possible breaking change)
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'Use worker' property has new default 'Auto' mode
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Layout View: drag-dropped SVG files now use a more appropriate size
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Mobile advert: update Google Mobile Ads SDK to 7.58.0
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Animations editor: improve the flood fill tolerance algorithm

Bug Fixes

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Tilemap bar: tile collision polygons not drawn after using the eraser tool
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Tilemap bar: show error feedback when loading invalid map files
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Animations editor: minor color changes when swapping between the primary and secondary color
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Animations editor: possible crash using the rectangle select tool
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Sprite: 'On frame changed' could incorrectly trigger at end of animation
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Mirrored/flipped objects rendered incorrectly with background-blending effects
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MoveTo: ensure stops on solid closer to solid
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iOS: did not always show on-screen keyboard when focusing a text input
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Pressing 'Escape' to cancel a dialog in a popup window did not always work

Scripting updates

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Sprite: getPolyPointCount(), getPolyPointX(), getPolyPointY(), getPolyPoint() methods
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Sprite: getImagePointCount() and getImagePoint() methods
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Physics: getContactCount(), getContactX(), getContactY(), getContact() methods
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Fix crash autocompleting localVars inside a function block

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  • Good Job Construct team

  • Man, I'm glad to be back around Scirra, it's so satisfying how frequent these updates are.

    Many thanks Ashley!

  • Somebody's been busy, thanks!

    I think a guided tour for Timelines is a real good idea now.

  • Hi , Is It Possible improove the srites editor with Bezier curves and other features like Inkscape does ? Thanks and Great Job

  • Many thanks

  • I don't really want to have to make an entire bug report for this, it's pretty simple, if you use the paint bucket tool in the sprite editor on a sprite, it crashes.

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      I just tried it and it worked fine. Please do file an issue, because we usually need much more information than this to solve problems, and it also avoids the problem being lost and forgotten.

      • Oh yeah weird, it's working now. I guess it is more obscure than that. It was on an empty project though. If I manage to replicate it again I'll file a bug report, thanks Ashley!

  • Add posibility / feature to make easy parralax to rotating platformer type game

  • New "Sprite: expressions", does such things add overall for sprite performance, increased memory usage if sprites has 10+ poly points?

    And c3runtime did got update some time ago to lower memory usage, as it uses new method for memory save, when you don't use some features it does not cost memory. Then if some sprite expressions/settings are never used, it will not impact memory, but if i use it for once it will add a bit extra memory overall? Is it still like this, or it was only for scripting?

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      I'm not quite sure what you mean. But if you are wondering what the performance or memory usage impact of something is, measure it. That's the only real answer.

      • Anyway it's more wider topic, but to make it simple and which i know:

        "features that are not used do not allocate memory"

        "things like instance variables, behaviors and effects do not allocate memory unless they are actually used"

        Does this also applies to new sprite expression.

        From this: does it applies to imagePoints?If i got 1000 copys of 1 sprite with 10 imagepoint, and i only use 10 imagepoints on 5 copys, will it impact all copys? Same for instance var, will it allocate memory for all instances or just thous sprite copys which i use instance vars on?

        Just my random thought!

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  • ALRIGHT THIS WOULD BE SO FUN THIS TIME .

    I AM EAGERLY WAITING FOR UPDATE TO COME.

    THUMBS UP ON CONSTRUCT