RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

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RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by par » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:46 pm

Hey, friends!
A new feature is ready for your testing.
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We have come up with an idea of launching hot air balloons once in a while over YoWindow landscapes.

Pay attention it is available in Release Candidate only.
Download YoWindow Release Candidate

The launch of a balloon is a rare event.
We are afraid of overloading landscapes with fancy objects.
A balloon is launched once an hour in average.

I'm sure you don't want to wait for so long.
So we have added a secret shortcut.
Press Ctrl-B to instantly launch a new balloon.

The balloon will be launched either from left or right, depending on wind direction.
Make sure the wind is strong enough.
Balloons are not launched if wind speed is less than 2 m/s (2.23 mph)

The balloon is flying over all landscapes - Village, Seaside and Airport as well as picture landscapes.
Just like small white jets.
However, we are still not sure about this rule.
Probably, balloons are not applicable for some landscapes.

Ballons can fly in any time of the day or night.

Sometimes a balloon has a Sun picture over it, sometimes not, this is not a bug, just to increase diversity.

Pay attention that a balloon is randomly floats farther and closer, its speed depends on the wind force.

If you to launch too many balloons with Ctrl-B you will notice that their distance order is not correct.
It's ok, this problem will not happen under regular YoWindow usage.
Ctrl-B is a secret key combination :)

Pay attention how balloon altitude is controlled by a well qualified pilot ;)

As usual, we will be happy to read your thoughts.
Guys, do you like balloons?

Yura and Pasha.
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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by Mallorca » Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:44 pm

Hi Yuri & Pasha,

great idea!!!! :Yahoo!:
Perhaps you remember one of my first landscapes "balloons over the alps" ... but they are static and now we have driving balloons 8)
So have a :beer: together
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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by hermanz » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:30 pm

Hi Pasha and Yuri :good:

This is a nice feature


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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by FvE » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:16 pm

Hi Guys,

Great feature once again.
Thanks a lot!

And thanks for the shortcut.
You were right, I wouldn't have had the patience to wait that long :wink:

It runs perfect in my landscape!

I specially love the rising flame effect!!
And of course the Sun picture every now and then.
But should you ever consider another picture, maybe this could be one?
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Thanks again guys!
I'll join Hemanz idea: :beer:

PS: One little side remark: I downloaded RC 467 which shows up as 469 under 'about'.
Fred

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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by SmileySunrise » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:07 pm

Very nice! It's fun to have something new to look at! And I just realized it's the YoWindow logo. I didn't realize that right away! :) Thanks!

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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by par » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:12 am

Thanks, guys!
Werner, I wish our air balloons to be as diverse and beautiful as on your landscape.
Fred, we have an idea of generating many different air balloons, I wish Yura to draw more, please encourage him.
Build number is not a problem, sometimes our automated software fails to update the build page.

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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by Don » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:05 am

Hey all,
par wrote:The balloon will be launched either from left or right, depending on wind direction.
Make sure the wind is strong enough.
Balloons are not launched if wind speed is less than 2 m/s (2.23 mph)
Also I think the balloons shouldn't launch if the wind speed is too fast; more than 10 or 12 mph or so. The balloons shouldn't launch when it is raining or snowing or in dense fog.
par wrote:The balloon is flying over all landscapes - Village, Seaside and Airport as well as picture landscapes.
Just like small white jets.
However, we are still not sure about this rule.
Probably, balloons are not applicable for some landscapes.
The balloons probably should NOT be floating around the airport, they could interfere with take-offs and landings.
par wrote:Guys, do you like balloons?
Yes! :D

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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by max » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:06 pm

Hi guys,

Nice addition. Well done!

One comment: the balloons fly a little bit too fast, I think. With a west (or east) wind 10m/s, they cross the entire screen in just 30 seconds. Often, they move even faster than the clouds, which are closer to the user's view point.

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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by par » Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:11 pm

RC 471 - balloons corrected and improved
Download YoWindow Release Candidate 471
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We have decided not to launch balloons under severe weather conditions.
Balloons will not be launched if
-it's raining or it is snowing
-temperature is less than -15 degrees Celsius
-wind speed more than 15 m/s or less than 2 m/s
Anyway, you can launch balloon whenever you want with Ctrl-B
Don, thanks for pointing at this.

Fixed: move balloons not so fast when the wind is too strong more than 10 m/s
Thanks, Max.
What do you think, is it ok now?

We have decreased balloon launch interval, they will be launched every half an hour in average.

We have moved balloons from background to a middle plan in Village and Seaside.
In Airport the balloons run in the fartherst background to make sure there is no collision with planes.

We have added more colors and varieties of balloons.
And we are going to add much more varieties in the near future.

And a little surprise.
Type "fiesta" on the keyboard, wait 5-20 seconds, see what happens next

Do you like it? ;)
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Re: RC 466 (and later) - Hot Air Balloons

Post by ikarus1969 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:15 pm

Hi Pavel!

i get an error during installation of the new RC:
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