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Work in Progress / MPL3D Solar System

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Morcilla
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Posted: 2nd Feb 2013 11:16 Edited at: 2nd Feb 2013 11:21
The new version of MPL3D Solar System has arrived!!!


Now including spaceship mode with newtonian physics for space flight!!!


Touch enabled control for simulation and spaceship modes!!!


MPL3D Solar System (Touch)” includes now touch enabled capabilities and a customizable spaceship mode, allowing the user to flight all around the galaxy with Newtonian physics for the space flight.

Made with DGDK, this is the 5th version of the MPL3D saga, that keeps on with a continuous improvement of the original idea: An astronomy tool for the whole family.

Better textures for celestial bodies and improved graphic effects, including 7 combinations of HDR/Bloom, Heat Haze for stars and spaceship engines, and revised effects for nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.

Touch control adds a new feeling of intuitive, natural handling, bringing a new experience to the final user.

Spaceship mode enhances the entertainment side of the simulation, and even a fabulous 3d asteroids mini-game has been included.
Spaceship control mode has all the common options in this type of simulations, which also include joystick and touch control, to allow a better control of the spaceship.

On the spaceship graphics side, seven configurable cameras, dozens of effects and up to eight light sources. The cockpit includes all kind of gauges for the three crew members, like gyroscope, g forces indicator, mission time, and even a 3d radar of the solar system.

Please watch these videos produced with the new version:








Image of the spaceship leaving Tokyo behind:



These are the well deserved credits for this version:


MPL3D TEAM
Matthew Alvarez - Astronomy consultant
Carlos Wilkes - Graphics specialist
Jim Burridge - Graphics specialist
Bruno Gallego Martin - Sound engineer
Maite Cambronero Hellin - Quality management

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS
Bertone Ermes
Ian Mold
Jason Clogg

MEDIA CONTRIBUTORS
Real images courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
Enhanced real images courtesy of James Hastings-Trew and Bjorn Jonsson

DATA CONTRIBUTORS
Centre de Donnees astronomiques de Strasbourg
CDS service for astronomic catalogues
IAU / IAG Working Group
JPL HORIZONS System
SIMBAD Astronomical Database

KNOW-HOW CONTRIBUTORS
Sixty Squares
Mark Blosser
Mista Wilson
Ed Filby
Brian Macintosh
Paul Schlyter
Keith Burnett
Mikkel Fredborg
Dan 'Scilynt' H.
Dave 'Sephnroth' Burford
Matthew 'Ninja Matt' Lawrence
Evolved
CuCuMBeR
Phaelax
Philip

SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
John Whatmough
Jean Schneider
Andrei Tokovinin
JPL Solar System Dynamics Group
Richard Powell
Nick Strobel
Roger Dymock
S.E.D.S.

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Lee Christopher Walder
Steve Vink


Many many thanks to the whole community and to The Game Creators.


Available at the Intel AppUp® store.


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Posted: 11th Feb 2013 19:48
I watched the first video and then the last videos.
True compliments for your work Morcilla! BIG QUALITY!
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Posted: 16th Feb 2013 15:48
Many thanks Alduce!!!
It is great to find another ten-year forum member like you!!

Yes it's been a long road. I think someone like you must know, and those videos show the evolution of the software.
I think that they also show that, when you keep on working on something, it finally becomes something worthy

Many thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.

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Posted: 16th Feb 2013 21:36
Elegance is refined with time as they say.

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Posted: 11th Mar 2013 17:36
The price is pretty awesome.
Looks very nice!
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Posted: 19th May 2013 19:36 Edited at: 19th May 2013 19:44
Thank you all

Please enjoy this scientifically calculated representation

MPL3D Solar System - Earth flyby at the Speed of Light



More to come

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Posted: 20th May 2013 16:16
I love the blueshift and redshift there - very scientific indeed.


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Posted: 28th Aug 2013 02:10
Thanks Indicium

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Posted: 17th Nov 2013 18:49
I would like to prevent this thread auto-closing to keep on posting future enhancements of MPL3D Solar System.
Thank you.

Morcilla
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Posted: 16th Dec 2013 22:35 Edited at: 16th Dec 2013 22:36
New download link of the latest version:

http://www.4shared.com/download/qK5pq2uL/MPL3D_Solar_System_Touch_v13_E.zip

Since it is published at the Intel AppUp store, it is needed to download and install the Intel AppUp client software, and register, to be able to download and run the software.

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Posted: 17th Dec 2013 05:21
I haven't been back here for a while, but I want to say congratulations on making it this far with the project! Excellent work!

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Posted: 14th Mar 2014 16:15
I would like to prevent this thread auto-closing to keep on posting future enhancements of MPL3D Solar System.
Thank you.

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Posted: 15th Mar 2014 01:41
Quote: "I would like to prevent this thread auto-closing to keep on posting future enhancements of MPL3D Solar System.
Thank you."


Entirely reasonable

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Posted: 13th Apr 2014 16:31
@Morcilla

I WANT TO SEE MORE!!!!

You haven't posted any new vids on your youtube page in over a year. Give me more eye candy!

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Posted: 26th Apr 2014 22:20
Many thanks for your encouragement Hawkblood

I have so many ideas about improving this project! I just hope that the technology is still there by the time that I'm able to achieve them.

Also I have at least two videos pending of being produced, but I'm afraid that I do not have the required resources at the moment, talking about machines and time.

I'm sorry that personal matters have kept me away from development this last year, but I keep on trying to come back sooner or later.

First thing to do is to repack “MPL3D Solar System (Touch)” version, since the Intel AppUp closing doesn't allow to download it anymore.

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Posted: 2nd Aug 2014 14:41
Hello all,

Many stuff is still pending to be incorporated to MPL3D Solar System. This project still goes on.

Many thanks to all for your support and encouragement.

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Quote: "Many stuff is still pending to be incorporated to MPL3D Solar System. This project still goes on."


Cool!

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(I would like to keep this thread alive. Sorry for the bump.)

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Posted: 3rd Nov 2014 13:47
I wonder, would it be possible to add in support for 3D mice, like SpaceNavigators, SpaceBalls etc - for example:

http://www.3dconnexion.co.uk/products/spacenavigator.html



These are typically used in 3D modelling and CAD software, but I'm having great fun exploring Google Earth, and using mine to fly around Cryengine levels. They really are effective in these programs and I'm sure they'd be effective in MPL3D - spinning planets around, zooming in and out, exploring space. These devices supply analogue 3 dimensional movement and rotation input so could adapt to a number of uses in any 3D software.

Also, these things are great fun to use and become very intuitive - I can imagine them being used more and more in videogames, especially simulation style games like Arma3, Space Engineers etc. Worth considering I think at least.

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Not to worry, we all like this thread If, however, it does end up locked (if you forget to bump it), don't hesitate to PM me and I'll unlock it for you

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Posted: 15th Aug 2016 17:37 Edited at: 24th Aug 2016 09:38
Hi all,

@Van B, @Clonkex, @BatVink, @The Slayer, many thanks for your ideas, support, and encouragement all along.

Glad to announce a new release of MPL3D Solar System

Small changes are visible from the outside, now the different source code modes (development, integration, production) have been merged to be able to produce new versions faster and easily.

Some other small improvements have been included, like allowing full DX effects mode, as well as removing all 3rd parties app store integrations.


Pending to include higher quality modes for objects and textures, that were sized down for the Intel App store versions.


I have detected some issues on Windows 10, happening that the sync() or fastSync() calls are not working right, or so it seems.

Any tests (and/or solutions) for Windows 10 are very appreciated. Please remember that this is developed with DGDK.



At this moment I can only certify Windows 7:

Windows 7: OK, Working as expected.

? Windows 8: ?, Not tested. Any tests would be appreciated.

Windows 10: KO, program starts fine, then it only seems to refresh when an user dialog is raised. Testers wanted to confirm this behaviour.



MPL3D Solar System 1.5 is a full version published for free. It is protected by an authorized code signing certificate and the EULA itself.


Here is the download link to the english version:

MPL3D Solar System (Touch) v1.5

All feedback is welcome.

Enjoy!!
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Posted: 24th Aug 2016 09:39
Windows 10 issue has been solved, DGDK seems to be fully compatible and program will be re-published in a matter of days.

However, still tracking a resiliency issue at the launcher. It happens that the installer fires again and again when clicking on the Configuration button, and it shouldn't.

Other than that everything seems fine.
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Posted: 24th Aug 2016 17:58
Really nice work, Morcilla! Nice and clean visuals, I like it.

It's not an action packed program, but really nice to explore our solar system.
Didn't get any errors so far, running this on Win10. I haven't explored the entire solar system yet, but I like it so far. Really like the fx you added, like the sun particles, flames, etc. Perhaps give the sun a bit more of a deeper yellow/orange teint?

Hmm...I'm wondering though...does the demo include the spaceship?

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Quote: "Really nice work, Morcilla! Nice and clean visuals, I like it. "

Thank you very much indeed, many hours of work spent here

Quote: "It's not an action packed program"

Well, you can try the 3d asteroids game within the Spaceship Mode and see if that rises your adrenaline. Start it near the Earth (or any other planet) and watch it explode if it gets too many asteroid impacts (or laser hits from your spaceship)

Quote: "really nice to explore our solar system"

Thanks again, but please don't stop here. You may leave to outer space and visit extrasolar planets among 10000 stars, nebulae, clusters and galaxies.

Quote: "Didn't get any errors so far, running this on Win10."

Cool, you downloaded the latest version. However some resiliency issues still persist. Opening certain MPL3D dialogs fire the Windows Installer. In these cases, just press cancel on the Windows dialogs to get back to the program. I'm working on solving this.

Quote: "Really like the fx you added, like the sun particles, flames, etc. Perhaps give the sun a bit more of a deeper yellow/orange teint?"

Thanks a lot. There are many effects all over the simulation. Star colors are real and taken from a database. However, you may disable this at the Visual Options, DX effects menu.
You can also check the 'Solar filter' option, it is like putting a sun glasses
Also, you may disable HDR, that adds extra bright to the stars, so you can see better the real color. Nevertheless, the Sun is quite white (pink in fact), visit some other stars and you'll soon discover a great variety of star colours. If you don't know where to start, just press 'R' for a random travel.

Quote: "Hmm...I'm wondering though...does the demo include the spaceship?"

No demo! This is a full free version!!
Just pending to include highest mesh and texture qualities, but you got spaceship, asteroids, and all celestial bodies.
To start the Spaceship Mode just click at the option 'Start Spaceship Mode' using the top menu. I guess you just scratched the surface of MPL3D Solar System functionalities

Many thanks for your comments and encouragement all along, your feedback is very much appreciated.
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Posted: 26th Aug 2016 07:53
All problems are solved now

Those who already downloaded the software should uninstall and download again.

Here is the download link to the english version:

MPL3D Solar System (Touch) v1.5

I'll be posting some media to show all the features.

Thanks for your feedback.
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Posted: 29th Aug 2016 14:07
Oooops, my mistake, sorry









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Now available at Cnet's Download dot com:
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Next version of MPL3D Solar System is on the way

It will bring back the 4k hi-resolution textures and meshes. This means that all solar system planets and moons, along with galaxies, star clusters and nebulae will be able to look much better and with more detail.

Also, two new spaceships will be available to fly, 'Phoenix' and 'Deep Explorer'. You may already seen Phoenix pictures and videos at YouTube, at 'MPL3D Solar System - Travel to Mars' video, and 'Aldebaran low-level flight' at Facebook MPL3D video page, while Deep Explorer, on its side, is a little surprise for all of you.

We hope to be able to release the new version at some point around Christmas, so please stay tuned.

And please share and support!! Thank you very much.
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Posted: 25th Jan 2017 12:01
Next release is delayed, as usual.
However please expect it to be worth the wait, as usual too
Advance has been slow but the goal is not too far away.

Many thanks for your support all along, I'll keep you informed.

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