Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Version 2.0

No, Version 2.0 isn't done yet (and it's still kind of a tossup whether it ever will be), but if you're curious, you can see development screenshots here.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Comet McNaught

My heart longs to see this comet. It's now more or less exclusively visible in the Southern Hemisphere - certainly not visible from chilly Minnesota.

Oh well.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Metadata Interruption; Crappy Java 3D Colors

There's been a pause in metadata updates for the last couple days while I upgrade to a new hardware at Midnight Mars Browser Central Command. I hope to be back up and running later today.

However, I may not mess with brightness and de-vignetting adjustments for awhile, as a new problem has materialized. It seems that in newer versions of Java or Java 3D, the Panorama feature is rendering in "thousands of colors" mode instead of "millions of colors". As near as I can tell at the moment, this is appears to be a problem with Java 3D; and it's really unfortunate because I don't have a lot of time to dink around with it. So if you're experiencing this problem, I'm afraid you're on your own for now; if it's any consolation, I have the exact same problem here. I am slowly working on a (really) new version that will ultimately use OpenGL instead of Java 3D, so we'll see how that goes. Suffice it to say, I think my time is better spent working on MMB2.0 rather than fixing what appear to be Java 3D issues.