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Old 06-14-2008, 04:07 PM   #1701
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Old 06-14-2008, 05:53 PM   #1702
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So, Jim, how much do you anticipate MA3 will cost when it comes out as a beta, and what will the the price go up to after beta testing is finished?
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:14 PM   #1703
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Prolific and I have different ideas about the roll-out. I was hoping for a "soft" rollout, with a free download of the Beta for any 2.6 owner, and a $5 upgrade fee from MA2.6 when it's ready for prime-time, but it looks like the price will be more like $9.
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:44 PM   #1704
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Don't go for a "soft" roll out Jim. Go for a multimedia blitz "SUPER HARD" roll out. With print ads, radio, and even television spots. The NBA finals are on on fathers day. Maybe Prolific could shell out some money for a movie like trailer announcing to the world the upcoming 3.0 screen saver with special effects and everything. Theirs a lot of fish screen savers out there and their hasn't been any major updates released on any of them. Like I said before I think EVERYBODY is waiting for yours to come out so they can see the REAL competition and then try to emulate it. Their waiting to see how high a benchmark your going to set. Don't set it to high though Jim. Save a little something for..you know..MA 4.0. Shall we say 2015
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Old 06-14-2008, 09:58 PM   #1705
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
Prolific and I have different ideas about the roll-out. I was hoping for a "soft" rollout, with a free download of the Beta for any 2.6 owner, and a $5 upgrade fee from MA2.6 when it's ready for prime-time, but it looks like the price will be more like $9.  
I expect that Prolific will have paid some programmer at least a few hours to develop the fish interface.... seems reasonable that they would want a return on their investment.
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:45 PM   #1706
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enigma - Somehow, I doubt if there will be TV ads for the Aquarium during the NBA finals. (Considering in the past 8 years, we have had no advertising at all.)

Ralph - There are at least 4 people at Prolific working fairly hard on various aspects of the Aquarium. Fish-picker interfaces, music interfaces, playlist programming, multimonitor code, and an installer all need to be done. So yes - Prolific is entitled to a return on their investment of programmer time, especially since it is cutting into their vital Qtask development time.

The jobs I've chosen for myself are the collision-avoidance code and search for MIDI instruments. Hopefully, it won't be long before all these threads are joined and we can start testing a real Beta version.
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:43 AM   #1707
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Any screenshots of the upcomming version to look forward to?

Hi Jim,
I really like what you do and I am eager to see the new version. How far do you think you are from having the aquarium ready for some screenshots? :-)
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:50 PM   #1708
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I think I put some screenshots in this thread about 25 pages ago.
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:28 AM   #1709
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
I think I put some screenshots in this thread about 25 pages ago.  

yeah be sure to have the Hubble telescope handy
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:54 AM   #1710
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There were some larger-scale ones earlier, but just part of the screen.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:08 AM   #1711
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Here you go...
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:16 AM   #1712
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oh wow..I saw a very tiny pic a while ago, but guess I missed the larger ones....it looks awesome...can't wait to see it in actuality...thanks for the links, Cliff....
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:41 PM   #1713
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..also note that the actual fish in that shot aren't improved at all – that will follow after the tank itself looks (and works) alright.
Thanks to Morgan, Tiny Snapshots is up and running again with "Tiny Järvafält" as the latest addition – Go have a look and tell me what you think.

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'Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.'
I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:51 PM   #1714
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I had to say something. Have been a quite reader for a while....!

I hope the beta comes out by this Christmas...!
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:33 PM   #1715
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Wow, you can really see the difference in those sample pics. It looks like fake fish in a real reef. Can't wait to see the fish update too. Nice work!

How are the beta testers chosen?
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:16 PM   #1716
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Actually, the deadline for the release version was yesterday. We're late, but it's not entirely my fault this time. Prolific still has some items to finish up, too.

I've had to rethink my whole collision-avoidance scheme. The better the fish got at avoiding the background, the less realistic their movement was becoming. So, fo the last few nights, I've been walking around my cluttered house with my eyes closed, trying to figure out what mental algorithm I need to use to avoid objects.

The Beta testers are chosen by Morgan from Forum members who have been around for about 8 years.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:34 PM   #1717
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
I've had to rethink my whole collision-avoidance scheme. The better the fish got at avoiding the background, the less realistic their movement was becoming. So, fo the last few nights, I've been walking around my cluttered house with my eyes closed, trying to figure out what mental algorithm I need to use to avoid objects.  
Stubbed toes... bruised shins... Taking programing to a new level.. I seem to recall at some point you mentioned your wife works in a hospital.. that may come in handy.
Hope you come up with an inspiration before you take the next step of beating your head against a wall.
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:04 AM   #1718
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She's in Labor and Delivery, so unless I crack my head open and a baby pops out, she's useless.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:02 AM   #1719
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Only to you Jim, LOL!

I often get my best inspirations at night. Sometimes in dreams, other times right after I awake and lay in bed a moment thinking. This can be anywhere from 2AM to 5AM.

Something I learned is, after lying down and before going to sleep. I will concentrate on my stumbling blocks, that sets the stage for night time wanderings/wondering. Often I will awake with a solution. But if you are one who does not remember your dreams or can not decipher them then this excise may not work for you. It does takes practice.

Don't let the pressure get to you, if need be, take a few hours or even a day away from your tasks, step back and observe it with a different eye.

And good luck, I have you in my thoughts.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:26 AM   #1720
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Useless huh? I hope she doesn't read the forum much or we will never see the finished version.
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