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Site Admin
Post Aug 16, 2018 19:11
v4.1.2 beta is now available for Windows

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Beta versions definitely contain bugs and incomplete features. Please check the known issues list below and make backups of your important maps before loading/saving them with this version.
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Download (Windows only):

Gamer Edition -- BETA 14

Pro Edition -- BETA 14

Steam users: Right click Grid Cartographer in the game list. Choose "properties". Click the "beta" tab. Opt into the "beta-windows" branch.

Download Emulators: http://gridcartographer.com/download/#clients

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Notes:
  • LibRetro support is for the Windows version only.
  • Hardware accelerated cores are not supported (N64, PSP, 3DS, etc.) -- only 8, 16 and some 32-bit consoles.
TODO before Beta ends:
  • Add support for generic DirectInput controllers with a remapping user interface.
  • Core settings cannot be changed (beyond controller type).
  • The tile clipper needs some additional warning messages to be friendlier.

Complete Change Log:

--- v4.1.2 BETA

New Game Link Profiles (LibRetro)

+ "The Dark Spire" (DS)
+ "Lady Sword" (PCE)
+ "Metroid" (NES)
+ "Metroid II" (GB)
+ "Might and Magic" (NES)
+ "Might and Magic II" (SNES)
+ "Might and Magic" (2) (MD)
+ "Wizardry", 1-3 (NES)
+ "Wizardry", 1-3 (GBC)
+ "Wizardry: Story of Llylgamyn" (SNES)
+ "Wizardry: Legacy of Llylgamyn" (PS1,SAT)

Beta 14 Highlights

* ADDED: Image publishing support for terrain snipper is now implemented.
* ADDED: Rotating and flipping snipped tiles is now implemented.
* ADDED: Scripting support for terrain snipper is now implemented.
* ADDED: Support for Wii Classic Controller, 8BitDo Retro Receiver (Wii), Hori Fighting Commander and NES Classic Controller.
* ADDED: Reload toolbar button for the System Data / BIOS page.
* CHANGED: Tweaked appearance of volume OSD. Added proper mute display.
* CHANGED: Immersive console mode fullscreen button.
* CHANGED: Volume adjustment via keyboard (default: numpad +/-) uses a smaller step, via menu uses a bigger step.
* CHANGED: Slightly darker "on white" theme backgrounds.
* FIXED: Incorrect game count on browser status bar.
* FIXED: Possible crash when selecting Detect Controllers while a game is running.
* FIXED: Support for multiple game controllers of the same type.
* FIXED: LibRetro box art with transparency now has the correct drop-shadow shape.
* FIXED: More controller and light-gun bugs.

All Editions

* ADDED: New edge style: "Trapped wall".
* ADDED: On-screen display when the volume is changed.
* ADDED: Limited import of custom tiles in Windows BMP (24/32-bit) and GIF (static) formats.
* ADDED: Support for importing RLE compressed TGA files (24/32-bit).
* ADDED: Support for importing Windows Icon files (.ICO) - largest available image size only.
* ADDED: New button on the home toolbar to toggle side-panel visibility (shortcut: TAB).
* ADDED: Recent files list on the editor file menu.
* ADDED: Editor file menu has "new blank map for game link" option, if available.
* CHANGED: The main file tab is now the "G" button again.
* FIXED: Clicking 'corner' edge styles no longer switches to the marker tab.
* FIXED: Grammatical error when importing custom tiles with incompatible sizes or shapes.
* FIXED: Major upgrade to Dragon Wars [DOS] Game Link profile by Grauken.
* CHANGED: Removed the "sort_name" field from Game Link profiles. New profiles no longer need this.
* FIXED: Incorrect rejection of duplicate profiles.
* ADDED: List of Custom DOSBox compatible profiles on Link Profiles tab.
* CHANGED: Moved Game Link helper settings to Options > Editor
* CHANGED: Moved Game Link mouse lock settings to Options > Input and LibRetro/Game Link menu bar.
* CHANGED: Dual column input menu.
* FIXED: Prevent editing the ALT-ENTER keyboard shortcut, but allow adding new keys (e.g. F11)
* FIXED: Chance that the status bar cursor position could overlap long messages.
* ADDED: Viewport frames for LibRetro/Game Link. See the Video menu in the LibRetro/Game Link viewport.

Pro & Steam Editions

* ADDED: Snipper Tool - click to remove one side of a block edge or corner tile.
* CHANGED: Mesh Export: Subdivide terrain geometry when block edges / corners are placed on top.
* FIXED: Missing geometry when exporting custom terrain as a mesh.
* FIXED: Allow the side-panel toggle (default: TAB) to work in first-person view.
* CHANGED: Moved 'publish image' into the export sub-menu on the region bar context menu.
* ADDED: Export sub-menu on the editor file menu. This matches the region bar right-click menu.
* ADDED: File menu to first person viewport toolbar.
* ADDED: Compressed block format for smaller .GCX files
* CHANGED: Removed 'COLOR' console command in "HERC" mode.
* CHANGED: Removed 'EXIT' console command, unless running command as a child process.
* CHANGED: Removed 'SIZE' console command. Use 'DIR'.
* ADDED: Console environment variables system. Added 'SET' console command.
* FIXED: Pass current virtual drive selection to child processes.
* CHANGED: Removed console aspect ratio option, the console always uses a fixed aspect.
* ADDED: Drag&drop support for console scripts (.NUT) and executables (.GCX)
* ADDED: UIKit text menu support for keyboard shortcut display.
* FIXED: UIKit menu ampersand tagged characters can now also be numbers.
* FIXED: UIKit: Message box multiple options, option centering, line break support.
* FIXED: UIKit: UITextCursor is now a singleton and other UIKit classes auto-detect it.
* ADDED: UIKit: TextBox form control.
* ADDED: mkdrive and rmdrive console commands. Create and remove a virtual drives in the virtual file store.
* ADDED: Scripting support for the terrain snipper. See GCTile.Get in the scripting manual API reference.

Windows

* ADDED: LibRetro front-end (WINDOWS ONLY). Run emulation "cores" in split-screen while mapping.
* CHANGED: Rewrite of the full-screen mode to be more consistent with user expectation. Added new icon on Home toolbar.
* FIXED: Initial paths for file selector boxes weren't being used.

macOS

* FIXED: Multiple extension options were broken. e.g. .JPEG and .JPE files on Custom Tile import.
Site Admin
Post Aug 16, 2018 19:49
KNOWN ISSUES:

Box-art won't work in this version due to a required folder not being automatically created. To fix box-art support go to the following folder and create a folder called Thumbs

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\David Walters Development\Grid Cartographer 4 Pro Edition\LibRetro

This is fixed in beta 1.1
Site Admin
Post Aug 17, 2018 16:20
--- v4.1.2 BETA 2

Pro Edition

* ADDED: Drag&drop support for console scripts (.NUT) and executables (.GCX)
* FIXED: Allow drag&drop onto LibRetro browser while script is running.
* FIXED: Console UIKit message boxes now handle line breaks properly.
Site Admin
Post Aug 18, 2018 16:56
--- v4.1.2 BETA 3

Pro & Steam Editions

* ADDED: Compressed block format for smaller .GCX files
* CHANGED: Removed 'COLOR' console command in "HERC" mode.
* CHANGED: Removed 'EXIT' console command, unless running command as a child process.
* CHANGED: Removed 'SIZE' console command. Use 'DIR'.
* ADDED: Console environment variables system. Added 'SET' console command.
* FIXED: Pass current virtual drive selection to child processes.
* CHANGED: Removed console aspect ratio option, the console always uses a fixed aspect.
Site Admin
Post Aug 21, 2018 23:11
--- v4.1.2 BETA 4

All Editions

* ADDED: Game Link profiles for Might and Magic II on SNES (E, J and T-ENG versions) and Mega Drive.
* ADDED: Viewport frames for LibRetro/Game Link. See the Video menu in the LibRetro viewport.
* ADDED: Initial scan of LibRetro core on import.
* CHANGED: LibRetro browser now shows all platforms supported by a profile on the right-hand-side.
* CHANGED: Streamlined LibRetro game properties editor.
* CHANGED: Game Link profiles list now dynamically grows to show all profiles.
Site Admin
Post Aug 22, 2018 14:11
Beta 5

Scripting changes mostly as I've been developing the LibRetro memory analyser tool.
Benefit of this is that Wizardry 1 on NES is now supported in Game Link.
Site Admin
Post Aug 23, 2018 17:04
Beta 6

I've updated the first post with a complete change log to date.
Site Admin
Post Aug 25, 2018 10:59
Beta 7 is now available
Site Admin
Post Aug 29, 2018 21:44
Beta 9 Changes

* CHANGED: Further streamlining of the add game flow. Pick a game, choose a core (if needed) and you're done!
* CHANGED: Removed the game properties page, use options from the context menu instead.
* ADDED: Pause button to LibRetro browser toolbar.
* ADDED: Rename toolbar option to LibRetro game list.
* CHANGED: Raised maximum game name length to 255 characters.
* FIXED(Windows): Reject content files > 2GB. (No DVD based cores are currently supported)
* ADDED: UIKit: TextBox form control.
Site Admin
Post Sep 03, 2018 09:25
Beta 10 is now available!
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