The Week in Review 3/17/12 2012-03-17 - OlderTroll

Look, you can read news in four languages! It would be great if we could get volunteers to write Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi versions. If you would like to make news posts in your native language, then please send Lgromanowski a private message on the forums and he’ll help you get started. You may either do a direct translation from the English news OR you may write a more detailed one yourself. sir_herrbatka prefers people write their own versions because:

Thank you all! I’m proud of you.

a quote from our main writer, sir_herrbatka, about the additional news languages.

Let’s turn now to development news.

Coding for OpenMW is easier than ever as submodules have been merged into the mainbranch repository. Werdanith presented the idea to Zini and he happily agreed but corristo is the person who did all the job. The submodules were a remnant of a bygone, they were not useful, and complicated maintaining code. Here is a quote from Chris about the change,

“… that’s actually what drew me back to start hacking on OpenMW again. Modifying and maintaining those submodules was rather bothersome.”

There you have it; all you c++ programmers have one less excuse for joining the OpenMW team.

This brings me to my topic, welcome back Chris (KittyCat on irc)! Chris was previously a developer with openmw and is returning in grand fashion by undertaking a large redesign of the openmw sound system. The current design is a mess with the mwsound subsystem, openengine, mangle, and the output and input backends all used in various capacities to render sound. The redesigned sound system will have the soundmanager handle all sound rendering instead.

scrawl made another commit on github to the skybox and is now working on adding the minimap. At this stage there is no arrow functionality. Terrain is also missing because terrain rendering is in a separate branch. Here’s a screenshoot.

zini has finished with the inventory backend and distinguishing armor types (which determines the correct sound effect after pickup). There is still no auto-equipping for npc’s, which means no clothed npc’s. Hopefully this will be done shortly.

werdanith completed the task for rendering sounds when picking up items and also solved the sound regression from openmw 0.12.0.

Corristo continued working on path grid rendering, a feature needed for debugging AI in pathfinding.

jhooks1 is still on the monumental physics redesign. He recently got movement to work in noclip mode and will soon start working with collisions. God speed jhooks1!

gus is getting close to finishing his work on dialogues, but filters still need to implemented.

There has been a lot of linux love this weekas artorius created 32 and 64 bit rpms for Fedora. Detailed instructions on getting things setup can be found here; viewtopic.php?f=8&t=599

Also on the linux front, K1ll and brotherbrick finished making the ubuntu ppa. You can now install openmw on Ubuntu using Automagic and also, hopefully, update it.

With the help of K1ll we now have a few PPAs that people can use.

I’m proud to say that our ‘official’ Ubuntu packages can be found here:
^– includes 32 and 64bit packages from Lucid to Precise that is statically compiled and does not need users to worry about libbullet nor libogre.

For those wishing to use static (*.a) libraries:

For those wishing to use dynamic (*.so) libraries instead:

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The week in retrospect for 3/11/12 2012-03-11 - sir_herrbatka

As you’re probably aware, we recently debuted OpenMW 0.12.0. to gamers across the world. It was delayed by bugfixes and documentation, but not nearly as much as some of our previous versions. We are very proud of it, but as the saying goes, “There’s no rest for the wicked,” and this first post-0.12.0 week proved quite productive for the team! So let’s talk about this week’s news.

The website received two new features thanks to Lgro. The first is the link on the top right of the page that says “#openmw”. This will take you to our irc channel at freenode. The second new feature is a button that swaps languages for the news section. These both continue our trend of lowering barriers for user engagement with the team and our community.

Up next, Werdanith finished cleaning up the soundmanager which allows for the addition of new features! Scrawl got right to work and successfully added water and rain sounds. Werdanith is in the planning stage for enabling sound effects for picking up items.

Gus continued his work on dialogues, a task made possible after Zini got dialogue scripts working. This is good news as dialogues are one of the main feature for version 0.13.0

Our leader Zini has taken two new tasks. The one that interests me most is item equipment. Once it is implemented the current “underwear party” you’ve seen in the 0.12.0 demo video will come to an end, and NPCs will begin dressing more modestly as we finally see jhooks1’s fine work on animating clothes (robes were especially tricky).

Meanwhile jhooks1 continues refining the physics system and already the changes are extensive. J’s using the physics of Project Aedra (another Morrowind reimplementation) as a model and should soon have a solution to the issue of players falling through floors.

Pvdk continues working on the launcher. A regression on linux platforms has been addressed and will soon be fixed. Also the launcher will no longer spawn unnecessary consoles on windows platforms.

Corristo is also active, but his engine work is not visible to end users, but are indeed necessary.

K1ll and BrotherBrick are preparing an Ubuntu ppa for openmw. Lot’s of work have gone into making it work correctly and risk free, but it’s almost done for all you Ubuntu users out there.

News again! 2012-03-05 - sir_herrbatka

Good day to you all!

OpenMW 0.12.0 has been in feature freeze for a while now and is currently being packaged up neatly for your consumption and joy. Thank you packagers! It will likely be available in a matter of days, so just hold on another 48 hours…

Testing and fixing packages on our three supported systems has eaten up a lot of time, but exciting work has continued on OpenMW 0.13.0. Its progress has been so remarkably fast that I dare say development is going smoother than ever before.

Scrawl has finished work on the sky for now. Weather effects are limited since they composed of particles and we haven’t implemented particles just yet. The sky looks very impressive, just like in Morrowind. Once again, I’m very happy with the progress in this area. It was a fast, smooth and elegant job and the result is a beautiful working skybox (we kicked cealum to the curb!). Take a look at this screenshoot.

And now! Quote of the week:

I have only the tiniest understanding of what you guys are talking about. Let me be more clear by “understanding” I mean it’s like waking up in a UFO and overhearing two aliens speak to each other about some an amazing glowing device in the room. You know they are having a discussion about said device because occasionally one or the other points at it. It’s like that level of comprehension…

ElderTroll expressing his feelings on the forum thread where the massive work being done by Yacoby and Scrawl on terrain rendering is discussed. These two are doing a truly fantastic job. Yacoby had a succesful idea for a workaround for vertex colours (quote: “OMG! I don’t believe that it’s working!!!!!!!!!!1111oneoneoneeleven”) which had not been working previously, but which are needed for terrain rendering. Meanwhile scrawl implemented terrain material, which improved performance.

It brings me great happiness to say that terrain rendering is finally feature complete. Its inclusion as an enabled feature in OpenMW depends on the release of Ogre3d 1.8 as we can’t put an unstable lib as requirement for a stable OpenMW. The wait for Ogre 1.8 gives the team the ability to do performance improvements like shortening loading times and generally polishing it for version 0.14.0.

Werdanith the brave has started exploration of the Dwemer ruins containing the soundmanager code. The code was not touched for aeons and is in pretty bad shape. The situation is similar to that of the rendering refactoring that happened a while ago ─ without refactoring no new features.

Jhooks1, our Isaac Newton, continues his work on physics. That’s another 0.14.0 task and with its release months away,  I’m very hopeful that the major kinks will be sorted out.

Also, the above post should be free of the most scandalous spelling and grammar mistakes thanks to ElderTroll who volunteered to correct the news section. A number of users on forum said the errors are charming and adorable, but those compliments come from a bunch of ugly nerds. So sorry guys (which certainly most, if not all, of you are), but I don’t care about your opinion 😛

This image is from yacoby. You can see terrain and sky enabled. It’s amazing!