[messages] [General Discussion] VASSAL 3.2.0-beta3 Released

uckelman uckelman at nomic.net
Wed Sep 26 12:56:25 MST 2012

__VASSAL 3.2.0-beta3 released__

The VASSAL Team is happy to announce the release of VASSAL 3.2.0-beta3.


Mac OS X[2]
Source code[5]

__Compatibility Notes__

* VASSAL 3.2 is backwards compatible. VASSAL 3.1 is NOT forwards
compatible. This means that modules, logs, and saves from VASSAL 3.1
should work in 3.2, but there is no guarantee that modules, logs, and
saves from 3.2 will work in 3.1. Therefore, if you write a module, log,
or save file in 3.2 DO NOT expect to be able to load it in 3.1.

* Current versions of VASL and VSQL are not compatible with VASSAL
3.2.0-beta3. Work to update VASL for 3.2 is ongoing.

__New Features in 3.2__

* Levels within a Layer can be moved up or down the level list using
buttons. [RFE 1919]
* Mass Piece Loader activated by 'Add Multiple Pieces' and 'Add Multiple
Cards' options in right-click menu in Editor. Specify a folder of
images, specify a counter template and Vassal will automatically load
the images and generate units. [RFE 1927]
* Description field added to Toolbar Menu and Multi-Action button
components. [RFE 1885]
* Specify Keystrokes by name - Key Commands can be entered as single Key
Strokes as in earlier versions of Vassal, or can be given a 2 or more
character names. Named Key Strokes are essentially 'invisible' to users.
Vassal guarantees that a unique real keyStroke will be allocated to each
uniquely named Keystroke. [RFE 1928]

* Decks can specify by Property Expression which pieces are allowed to
be dropped onto them. Pieces which may not be added are returned to
where the drag started. [RFE 1935]
* Decks can now specify a Hotkey for the Reverse and FaceUp/Down command
and can customize the Reverse and Re-shuffle menu command names. [RFE
* Counters now support the DeckPosition property. If a piece is not in a
Deck, 0 is returned. If a piece is in a Deck, then the position of the
piece relative to the top of the Deck is returned. The top piece returns
1, the next piece down returns 2 etc. [RFE 1937]
* Support for MP3 sound files. [RFE 1934]

* Fix Display/Color handling for Grids and Numberings. Allow Numbering
to be visible when grid not visible in Zones. [RFE 1917]

* Implementation of BeanShell allowing arbitrarily complex Java
expressions to be used in Property Match Expressions, In-line Java
expressions and new Calculated Property trait. [RFE 1801]
* Display the Log File Comments in the Chat Window when a log file is
opened or continued. [RFE 1939]

* Global Key Commands created on a Map now have an option to affect
counters on all Maps, not just the Map they are created on. [RFE 1902]
* Traits that move a counter (Send To Location, Return to Deck, Moved
Fixed Distance, Pivot) now update the same location Oldxxxxxx properties
that Drag and Drop movement does. [RFE 1792]
* Added repeat (loop) option to Trigger Action and Multi-action button.
[RFE 1876]

* Ensure all commands generated by a single user action are undone by a
single click of the undo action. [RFE 2816016]
* Option to allow non-owning players to move Restricted Access pieces.
[RFE 1789]

* Add 'Snap to Grid?' option to HexGrid and SquareGrid, defaulting to
Yes. Allows Grid Snapping to be turned off for the whole grid. [RFE

* Streamlined room creation: automatic synchronization on room entry
[RFE 1784]

* New scenario updater [RFE 1899]

* Allow Dynamic Property Select Value list to be dynamic [RFE 1926]

* All scaling is now high-quality. Low-quality scaling (in hardware)
caused too many graphics glitches on Windows.

* The Invisible trait now supports adjustable transparency.

* Map images are tiled the first time modules are loaded, to create an
image cache. This should dramatically reduce the amount of memory needed
to run modules.

* Improved display of properties in the Editor [RFE 4323]:

  - Display all available properties from all components structured in
    same way as the components of the module are built instead of all
    global properties being dumped in one menu.
  - Available Global properties now appear without having to start a
    Previously, globals like Deck and Zone properties where not
    unless you had started a game.
  - Property and component names are sorted, except for the Piece
    menu where the traits are displayed in the same order they exist in
  - If a menu has too many options to fit on the screen, it is now
    scrollable, instead of stretching off the screen and leaving some
    properties inaccessible.

* Improvements to Layer trait [RFE 4717]:
  - Follow Property name may be a BeanShell expression.
  - Improved layout for Layer dialog in Editor.

The following bugs in 3.2.0-beta2 are fixed in 3.2.0-beta3:

* 4789: ZipFileImageTiler is invoked with too little max heap on Mac OS
* 4788: Resizing "Properties" windows doesn't extend text fields
* 4783: NPE in ServerAddressBook$AddressBookEntry.edit()
* 4696: Embellishment follows property to display first level when
property is null instead of erroring
* 4477: Image tiler invoked with argument list longer than Windows

* Tiles for removed modules are now removed from tile cache.

The following bugs in 3.2.0-beta1 are fixed in 3.2.0-beta2:

* Check for resource paths missing initial slash. This fixes the problem
with resources like moved.gif not being found.

* Include "images/" in tile names when running TilingHandler. This helps
us handle directories nested under images, and archive which have no
images directory at all (such as VASL map archives).

* Property filter built incorrectly in MassKeyCommand.

The following bugs in 3.1 are fixed in 3.2.0-beta3:

* 4818: Hide empty TurnTracker launch buttons
* 4807: Vengine.jar should be readable by group and other
* 4784: Unable to edit regions within an irregular grid via mouse and
arrow keys once created
* 4764: Losing Player Sides when opening module with different language
* 4763: Symbolic Dice button window results do not open correctly
* 4690: Hide Pieces Toolbar button causes Toolbar button icons to move
* 4547: Ensure that image data is integer type before casting to
* 4402: StackOverflowError from recursively generating counter name with
* 4302: Global Hotkey cannot preserve execution order across server
* 3864: IllegalStateException in ReturnToDeck.promptForDrawPile() when
no decks exist
* 3040: ClassCastException in CommandServer.run()
* 2694: Warn (Windows) users to reboot after Java upgrade
* 2671: BMPs are incompatible with memory-mapped images
* 2556: ImageOp does not support paths

For changes prior to 3.2.0-beta1, see the change log.

Please report all bugs in 3.2.0-beta3, even if they are bugs which
you've already reported against other betas. We take your bug reports
seriously---they're the reason we've been able to fix so many bugs.

__Minimum Requirements__

VASSAL 3.2 requires the Java Runtime Envrionment to run.

Linux: Java 6 is required for using VASSAL on Linux.

MacOS X: The recommended minimum Java version for using VASSAL on MacOS
X is 1.5.0_08 (a.k.a. Java 5 Update 8) for Macs where Java 6 is
unavailable, and Java 6 for Macs where Java 6 is available.

Windows: The recommended minimum Java version for Windows is 1.6.0_21
(a.k.a. Java 6 Update 21). Windows users installing VASSAL with the
Windows installer will be prompted to update Java if what they have is
older than 1.6.0_35. After upgrading Java on Windows, you must restart
your computer in order for Java programs to work properly.

__Help us test__

Should you find any problems/oddities/bugs, please tell us so that we
fix them for the next release of VASSAL.

Report bugs here in the Technical Support & Bugs category at the VASSAL
forums[6] or by email to uckelman at nomic.net.



[1] http://downloads.sourceforge.net/vassalengine/VASSAL-3.2.0-beta3-linux.tar.bz2
[2] http://downloads.sourceforge.net/vassalengine/VASSAL-3.2.0-beta3-macosx.dmg
[3] http://downloads.sourceforge.net/vassalengine/VASSAL-3.2.0-beta3-windows.exe
[4] http://downloads.sourceforge.net/vassalengine/VASSAL-3.2.0-beta3-other.zip
[5] http://downloads.sourceforge.net/vassalengine/VASSAL-3.2.0-beta3-src.zip
[6] http://vassalengine.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=3

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