by David Burnett • Tuesday October 14th, 2008
Posted in Developer's Corner, Oxidizer Blog

As I’ve fixed a few bugs, I’ve decided to release a 0.5.5 version, That means you get to play with a new sneak preview.

The bugs I’ve fixed are….

  • Image save dialog maintains previous settings.
  • Changing the height now updates the width again when the aspect is locked.
  • Conistant labels for co-effs
  • xform window now titled Transformations.
  • Drag and drop from main window to Gene Pool would render a full render for the thumbnail rather
    than a preview.
  • Allow drag and drop from Breeder Result Image Well to Gene Pool.
    Having no comment would crash conversion of genome to Lua format for scripts.

Since I’d also started development for 0.6 you get to play with a couple of new features too.

  • Auto-preview extended to all windows, although there are still a few controls that have not been adjusted to use it.
  • Auto-preview setting persistent between sessions, can be set in preferences.
  • Render Movie as Stills now has jpeg, with quality setting, and 16 bit png options.
  • Preview/Thumbnail Render preferences, allowing you to set the size of the longest dimension of the preview and limit the quality.
  • Bigger preview image wells
  • A few parameters now have sliders.
  • Window size / positions are persistent between sessions.

It should be available now from SourceForge as usual for a sneak preview expect bugs and report them if you find them.



  1. David Burnett
         October 18, 2008

    Okay, I’m going to release 0.5.5 properly next week so now’s the time to shout out if you’ve hit any problems.

  2. ralf
         October 19, 2008

    No direct problems spotted, but how about a flam3 update? I’m really looking forward to the new interpolation features (e.g. the “log” type), and I understand Eric has made some improvements in flame morphing with final xforms. Also, a slider for the variation weight with auto-update would be cool :-)

  3. David Burnett
         October 19, 2008

    I’d love to update flam3 but this time its too big a job for a ‘minor’ release. Too many settings and been been changed, two of the variations ( ‘move’ and ‘split’) have been depreciated, Julia and Juliascope variations have been changed with visible differences and I’ve got a feeling its going to cause major breakage for a lot of existing flames. I’d much rather do that with a major point release.

  4. ralf
         October 21, 2008

    Aww bummer, what a pita. They changed the julia definitions? That could be serious! But keep us posted when you have a beta version in CVS, even if some stuff is broken.

  5. David Burnett
         October 22, 2008

    The julia(scope) change was something to do with reducing the ‘wedge’ effect whatever that was.

    Oxidizer 0.5.5 should be out shortly, once I’ve confirmed that some changes I made last night have got it working on Tiger again.

  6. David Burnett
         October 22, 2008

    Okay there’s now an Oxidizer available.

    The only noticeable difference is that this version should work on Tiger. I’d appreciate Leopard users downloading this first however if they want to report a bug.

    If all goes well I’ll release Oxidizer 0.5.5 officially over the weekend.

    BTW when Paul reported the issue with Oxidizer not launching on Tiger he also commented that the Tiger version is much slower than Leopard. Has anyone else noticed this especially with equivalent versions since I changed to the round progress indicators ?

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