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1.1. Turbulenz SDK 0.28.0

1.1.1. Summary

Turbulenz SDK 0.28.0 is an update for both the Turbulenz Engine Installer and SDK components.

1.1.2. Packaged Components

The following versions of Turbulenz products are packaged in this SDK:

  • turbulenz_engine - 1.31
  • turbulenz_tools - 1.0.5
  • turbulenz_local - 1.1.4

1.1.3. Change List New Features

  • (BETA) Added an API for particle effects running on the GPU. Includes a high-level, data-driven API exposed through the ParticleManager object with verified data-input reporting semantic errors. The GPU particle API has support (for adventurous coders) to plug-in new modules to customize rendering, simulation and emittance of particles using the low-level API. See Particle System for more information. The GPU particle API Works together with existing Scene and rendering objects.
  • Added a sample gpu_particles demonstrating the high-level usage of the GPU particle API.
  • Support for IE11. Work-around fixes have been added to allow the Turbulenz Engine to work due to an incomplete WebGL implementation. Once the WebGL 1.0 specification is completely implemented in IE11, the fixes will be removed.
  • Added a sample subtitles demonstrating the use of different language fonts to render subtitles.
  • Payment support added for iOS/Android Turbulenz apps. Apps built using Turbulenz now allow in-app purchases to be triggered from the game.
  • Minor features:
    • Added viewBox transforms to svg implementation
    • Added support for proposed canvas API resetTransform to canvas.js
    • Added support for tar files to deps.yaml and build process
    • Added support to the Camera for specifying the near/far plane to getFrustumFarPoints, getFrustumPoints, getFrustumExtents query
    • Exposed the ability for the Graphics Device to be created with disabled stencil and depth buffers
    • Added scene extents to the viewer scene metrics
    • Added check when using Workers for processing DDS textures on unsupported platforms
    • Added support for non-ascii characters in makehtml and maketzjs
    • Added support for tslint and fixed basic errors on tslib
    • Added support for building tools with Visual Studio 2013 Changes

  • The plugin-debug build mode has been deprecated. The SDK no longer contains the plugin-debug version of any samples or apps, and developers should not rely upon support for this build mode in any tools. The canvas-debug mode is the recommended way to use the browser debugging tools.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 and Safari 5 are no longer officially supported. This removes the need for any browser plugin on Mac OS X platforms, and so the TurbulenzEngine binary installers are no longer bundled with SDKs or available for download.
  • Updated to Protolib (0.2.1). Minor changes include:
  • Updated AssetCache to version 2:
    • Includes a new get function
    • Modified request behavior to include a callback
    • Improved speed and memory allocations
    • Improved handling of the case where assets are forced out during loading
  • Minor changes:
    • Added debug assertion for draw2D when npot textures are used with mipmaps not supported
    • Request handler now retries if 504 responses are encountered instead of failing immediately
    • Improved handling of non-JSON responses to API requests
    • Updated device_initialization to output to console for fullscreen apps
    • Improvements to fullscreen implementation (also supports IE11)
    • Improvements to DDS loader image processing
    • Removed usage of deprecated event property “event.keyLocation” in the Input Device
    • Changed default materialColor and uvTransform setting behaviour in the renderers to set on the sharedMaterial instead of each renderable
    • Modified MIME types for tar/mp3 files required for IE11
    • Added node pool and extents to reduce number of ArrayBuffers in AABBTree
    • Various memory saving optimizations for scenes, sounds, physics, forward rendering
    • SoundDevice improvements for playing/stoping sources Fixed

  • Fixed an issue in draw2D where sprites were incorrectly scaled around the origin
  • Fixed missing urllib3 from tools/local packages
  • Fixed missing copyright comments
  • Fixed the handling of gamesession create to treat 404s as if services are unavailable
  • Fix for jointMax being infinity in Physics2D Debug Draw
  • Fixed an animation issue in addTime() for animations with zero length
  • Fixed an processing issue for cubemaps with a single mipmap level
  • Fixed support for multiple animation elements targeting the same attribute
  • Fixed scale animation export when stored as separate axis components
  • Fix dae2json referencing a legacy flat effect in the shaders
  • Fixed WebGL extension checking to avoid warnings in Firefox
  • Fixed mipmap initialization and debug checking
  • Fixed an issue in the SoundDevice when gain was ignored on a source before playing

1.1.4. Known Issues New

  • The GPU particle API depends on non-standard WebGL feature (MAX_VERTEX_TEXTURE_IMAGE_UNITS) to be available. It is supported on most devices (with the exception of iOS). In order to use the GPU particle API, check if graphicsDevice.maxSupported(“VERTEX_TEXTURE_UNITS”) >= 4. There is currently no fallback available for unsupported platforms.
  • IE11 has an issue attempting to play sound sources multiple times. This sometimes manifests in sounds partially playing or failing to play at all and sometimes can be experienced in the sound sample. Unchanged

For a list of current known issues see the known issues section.