Posts by john71

by john71
14.12.2019, 15:25
Forum: Ideas & News
Topic: A new Addon Repository concept (Formerly called "Should we make a new Motherlode?")
Replies: 86
Views: 2724

Re: A new Addon Repository concept (Formerly called "Should we make a new Motherlode?")

But I think it would be hard to maintain our status as freeware if we ever make a partnership. That is not necessarily true. If the development team will accept money from Google, then of course it is over, they will dictate. But a separate Google add-on (as an exe file) with separate legal conditi...
by john71
14.12.2019, 14:49
Forum: Ideas & News
Topic: A new Addon Repository concept (Formerly called "Should we make a new Motherlode?")
Replies: 86
Views: 2724

Re: A new Addon Repository concept (Formerly called "Should we make a new Motherlode?")

Well, if you are using Google search or Youtube in any form, then you are partnering with Google. The Celestia code cannot be sold to Google, so it cannot take over this project. But an optional online add-on with Google Earth 3D buildings would be nice.
by john71
14.12.2019, 13:43
Forum: Ideas & News
Topic: A new Addon Repository concept (Formerly called "Should we make a new Motherlode?")
Replies: 86
Views: 2724

Re: A new Addon Repository concept (Formerly called "Should we make a new Motherlode?")

With that kind of addon-making, theoretically we can create Earth with all its buildings and infrastructure. Would be a very gargantuan task though, seeing as there are possibly billions of structures in the world right now Google Earth has many 3D buildings. It would be cool to integrate some of t...
by john71
14.12.2019, 10:51
Forum: Development
Topic: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread
Replies: 740
Views: 169498

Re: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread

I have a question for the developers: do you plan to introduce more eyecandy/photorealictic graphic features? I think a lens flare would be nice, Also a saturation/brightness feature inside the running program would also help to achieve a more photorealistic view. Some kind of automatic water reflec...
by john71
13.12.2019, 09:29
Forum: Ideas & News
Topic: A new Addon Repository concept (Formerly called "Should we make a new Motherlode?")
Replies: 86
Views: 2724

Re: A new Addon Repository concept (Formerly called "Should we make a new Motherlode?")

john71 , I'm curious: why do you never release your addons? You have some great looking stuff there that I'm sure many of us would like to download. My reasons for not to release the add-ons: 1.) it is one gigantic add-on (15 GB) 2.) the old "official" 32 bit Celestia 1.6.1 simply cannot ...
by john71
08.11.2019, 10:24
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Website is now hidden behind CloudFlare
Replies: 25
Views: 1346

Re: Website is now hidden behind CloudFlare

Don't let the Chinese government take over Celestia. Refuse, resist! :) Also, I think Russia should think about which is more likely: the wealthy Europe or the emerging China is the real threat (Siberia has 36 million people versus China has 1.4 billion people).
by john71
01.11.2019, 13:11
Forum: Development
Topic: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1
Replies: 79
Views: 15931

Re: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1

OK, I changed my internet security and antivirus software and the "slow first run" problem disappeared.
by john71
28.10.2019, 08:49
Forum: Development
Topic: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1
Replies: 79
Views: 15931

Re: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1

I don't think so. I have a new SSD c:/ drive and an 8 core processor with 16GB RAM. I suspect it is some kind of antivirus or security procedure, which slows the program down the first time it is launched AFTER BOOTING. After the first run it starts nicely again at the second, third etc. times until...
by john71
27.10.2019, 21:22
Forum: Development
Topic: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1
Replies: 79
Views: 15931

Re: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1

Windows has only an 80% market share...why bother?
by john71
27.10.2019, 07:20
Forum: Development
Topic: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1
Replies: 79
Views: 15931

Re: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1

One more thing: Celestia 1.6.2 starts very slowly at the first time after booting Windows. The second, third etc. times have no problems. Very strange.
by john71
24.10.2019, 10:19
Forum: Development
Topic: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1
Replies: 79
Views: 15931

Re: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1

onetwothree wrote:Because it's not 1995.
OK, but why can't Celestia 1.6.2 overwrite a cel file in the APPDATA folder in 2019? I run Celestia as an administrator, but not from the drive C:.
by john71
23.10.2019, 17:34
Forum: Development
Topic: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1
Replies: 79
Views: 15931

Re: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1

OK, it seems I have to manually replace the favorites.cel file in the APPDATA folder. Why do we need a cel file in the APPDATA folder? Why can't Celestia use the cel file in the Program Files folder?
by john71
23.10.2019, 11:16
Forum: Development
Topic: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1
Replies: 79
Views: 15931

Re: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1

It seems Celestia 1.6.2 cannot overwrite (or use) the old APPDATA/Roaming cel file. Also after the first bookmark the APPDATA bookmark file won't update any longer, but in the Program Files folder favorites.cel is getting updated (but it is obviously not enough).
by john71
21.10.2019, 17:12
Forum: Development
Topic: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1
Replies: 79
Views: 15931

Re: New bugfix release 1.6.2-beta1

Very nice work! Nice fps rates on Windows 10 64 bit, and everything works perfectly. :clap: Only one minor problem: I cannot save any bookmarks. :cry: Celestia 1.6.2 simply forgets the previous bookmarks for some reason when it starts. Other than that it is truly nice! Thank you for the hard work!
by john71
15.09.2019, 09:25
Forum: Development
Topic: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread
Replies: 740
Views: 169498

Re: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread

onetwothree wrote:Why should we care about Wine
Does it mean that you are no longer officially developing a Windows version? Because it makes the whole project a lot less interesting and makes celestia.Sci a better alternative...
by john71
08.09.2019, 09:55
Forum: Development
Topic: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread
Replies: 740
Views: 169498

Re: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread

Well, I used this online antivirus engine. https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload I think if we share a file and we have an antivirus alert we should inform the community. This is the first time I got an alert in years. Jiangmin antivirus produced false alarms in the past, so it is probably not ...
by john71
07.09.2019, 08:36
Forum: Development
Topic: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread
Replies: 740
Views: 169498

Re: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread

I've got a security alert from Virustotal considering the download file:
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by john71
06.09.2019, 12:33
Forum: Development
Topic: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread
Replies: 740
Views: 169498

Re: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread

Cool, thanx.
by john71
06.09.2019, 10:20
Forum: Development
Topic: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread
Replies: 740
Views: 169498

Re: Celestia 1.7.0 Development Thread

Simple "dummy" planet with ctx cloud textures ON (distorted texture!): image2 ctx clouds on.jpg Ctx cloud textures OFF (real surface texture!): image1 ctx clouds off.jpg Ctx and normal cloud textures ON side by side: ctx clouds on.jpg Ctx and normal cloud textures OFF: ctx clouds off.jpg I...

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