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2011 m. vasario 21 d., pirmadienis

1.2 Is Out!

Minecraft Beta Update 1.2: Here’s What’s New

On the heels of Minecraft hitting the one million sales mark, Notch released an update for Minecraft’s beta, bringing the version number to a pretty-looking 1.2, and unleashing a bunch of neat new additions to the game, including a water mob, new blocks, and bug fixes.
From the Minecraft Wiki, with screenshots of various items from the update below the list:
  • Music blocks (right click to tune, trigger to play)
  • 15 wool dyes
  • A new water mob (squid, and here’s a video of a trapped squid)
  • Squids drop an ink sack item, which can be combined with wool to make black wool
  • New tree type (birch and pine, which look different, but seemingly craft into the same things)
  • Reeds are now sugarcanes and can make both paper and sugar
  • Sugar, which is now an ingredient in making cake
  • Cake
  • A bunch of new crafting recipes
  • One secret useful block (Dispenser)
  • One secret pretty block (Lapis Lazuli Ore and Block)
  • Default furnaces have a new look
  • Bones added as a drop (possibly only from skeletons) and can be crafted into Bonemeal
  • New grey, light grey, and black sheep, which all drop correspondingly colored wool
  • Tools now provide more uses before they break
  • Sand can now make a block that looks like sand, but acts like stone, appropriately called Sandstone
  • Paintings work in multiplayer
  • Disconnecting while riding no longer keeps the player in the world
  • More state is properly synced in multiplayer
  • Fixed colors going weird on PowerPC
  • Fixed a chunk reload loop in singleplayer
  • Fixed most lighting bugs in newly-generated survival multiplayer maps
  • Fixed a few crashes on load level bugs
  • Falling sand behaves better in survival multiplayer
  • Jack-O-Lantern has correct tooltip
Things that may or may not be legitimate and need further confirmation:
  • Players can not only dye wool, but dye actual sheep
  • The deeper underground the player is, the shorter distance light travels
  • Players can now make charcoal, which acts as regular coal and lasts equally as long, by cooking wood in a furnace
  • Bonemeal can be used as fertilizer by right-clicking the bonemeal onto, for example, planted wheat or saplings, and it causes instant growth of said crops. Larger items, like trees, require more bonemeal than smaller items
  • Spiders can now climb up walls
The following screenshots and videos were taken from Minecraft Wiki Minecraftforums.net, so there’s always a possibility that some of these items are mods instead of the actual in-game items.
Cake and its crafting recipe. Cake is supposedly placed on the ground, and multiple people can take bites out of it, which replenishes health, and it also acts as a halfblock, which technically means you can make a cake staircase:
Black sheep:
Dyed sheep:
Birch tree:
New wood types (birch and pine) mixed with regular wood:
Dye crafting recipes:
The Dispenser can shoot items out of it that are put inside of it, which also works with arrows. If multiple item types are put into the Dispenser, it shoots one out at random. Here is the recipe for the Dispenser:
And here is a shot of the Dispenser in action, shooting arrows:
We’ll make sure to update this post as more things are discovered. In the meantime, have fun murdering squid and terrorizing sheep with dye.

Update, 1/14, 8:45am: Notch has posted the following set of bug fixes in Minecraft Beta 1.2_01:
Fixed various blocks acting really weird when placed (rails, torches, and more)
Optimized performance
Added a new painting that we forgot to include yesterday
Reduced spawn rates a bit
Fixed a whole pile of lighting bugs
No more ghosts at night
Added a temporary fix to get rid of chunk visibility errors

Minecraft Hits Beta!

Minecraft overlord Notch just announced via his Tumblr that Minecraft has entered its beta phase. The accompanying updates are as follows:
  • Working server-side inventory
  • Survival multiplayer servers don’t save chunks as often, and chunks don’t resave if they’ve been saved in the past thirty seconds
  • Moving too far away from a container, or having it blow up, closes the inventory screen
  • Fixed the /kill command
  • Reintroduced leaf decay
  • Egg items are now throwable
  • Added “super exclusive” clan cloaks for Mojan Employees
  • “…and something, which is even more rare”
The last two lines of the update are extremely interesting, in that Minecraft clans might make an appearance sometime in the future, and of course, the secretive “rare” addition will surely trigger rampant speculation.

Other things included with the update, but not listed in Notch’s official Tumblr post:
To show that there doesn’t seem to be anything new having to do with the terrain, here’s a side-by-side comparison of the latest alpha and beta Minecraft terrain files.
Someone over on Minecraftforum.net claims he found a picture of the Mojang cloak:
Now that Minecraft has entered its beta phase, the price only raises a few bucks, but beta-purchasers won’t receive the “lifetime subscription” they would’ve received if they purchased the game during its alpha phase, which means those players may have to pay for future expansions.
Minecraft made over ten million dollars in its buggy alpha phase, so the sky’s the limit for the more public beta phase.

2011 m. vasario 19 d., šeštadienis

InvEdit (Windows)

INVedit is the (more like "some kind of") successor of NBTedit. With it you can create your own porta- wait, wrong game. You can use it to edit your inventory both Singleplayer and Multiplayer, if you're the server host.

Here's some screeny of a regular game inventory opened in INVedit:

Here's a list of features:
• Loads blocks from the enclosed files (items.txt and the .pngs).
• Groups for faster access of individual blocks.
• Search box lets you filter items.
• If possible, displays item damage as bar.
• Stacks items almost like in the game itself.
• Tabs for editing multiple inventories simultaneously.
• Moving items from one tab to another is possible.
• Quick load and save.
• Automatic updating.

But wait, there's more! Please ..

• .. keep in mind that you can only edit your INVENTORY with this.
• .. don't report bugs/errors/crashes to Notch if you're not sure if it wasn't caused by INVedit or similar tools.
• .. include as much data as you can, if there are errors or bugs: A short description of the problem, what you did and if Minecraft itself breakes, include the .dat file so I can fix it as soon as possible.
• .. redownload the full thing, if updating fails.

Download:Click Me! Or Me.

Important note: Some people seem to have problems extracting the program correctly. Here is what to do:
If you open the .zip file there should one folder inside called "INVedit". You have to extract the full folder and not just start the .exe within it. If you do that, only the .exe gets extracted temporarily and it won't be able to find the other needed files. Just drag the folder onto your desktop or personal folder, then you can proceed as usual.

.NET 3.5 is required (Windows). May also work with Mono or Wine (Linux + Mac).
If you're an unexperienced Mac or Ubuntu user, this is probably not the right tool for you.