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New Torque2D tutorial by MakingIndieGames

I just discovered MakingIndieGames, a site dedicated to in-depth tutorials on Torque2D development. MakingIndieGames not only shows you how to do things, but also explains why it is done in a certain way.
Recently, they released their latest Torque2D tutorial – Reflection Grid. For the very low price of $12.50 you get a very detailed PDF tutorial on a shooting game with Torque2D, and a working Demo with source codes. Lees verder New Torque2D tutorial by MakingIndieGames

Use Ajax Redirect in ImpressCMS

ImpressCMS introduced a AJAX-based redirect system in series 1.2, which makes your site much quicker to work with. By using this redirect system, notifications and confirmation messages (E.g. ‘Thank you for logging in’) don’t show on a new page any more, but they are presented to the user on a text bubble that is loaded dynamically while the user remains on the same page.

Currently, not that many themes are created that provide this, and you need to explicitly enable it before the functionality becomes available. I’ll explain here the two simple steps you in adding this to your site.

ATTENTION: It has been noted to me that this technique is not needed, as ImpressCMS automatically includes the javascript code required into the <head> section of the page. All that remains to be done then is to enable the Ajax redirect in the settings (STEP 2) Lees verder Use Ajax Redirect in ImpressCMS

ImpressCMS Fetcher

As the current Release Manager of ImpressCMS, I am quite aware of the weaknesses we need to look at in following releases.

One of the major weaknesses that makes ImpressCMS a difficult sell is the fact that you need to use an FTP client in order to add modules or themes to the system. Most systems have a capability of installing those elements directly from the administration interface.

MrTheme just demonstrated the power of open source. While ImpressCMS is in feature freeze during its 1.3 release, he had an itch that needed scratching, so he developed his own solution for it.

Granted  it ‘only’ installs the latest stable (ImpressCMS 1.2.4) or the latest beta version (ImpressCMS 1.3 beta – just released), but it can be used to upgrade your sites without hassle. For me, that’s one first step towards an online updater, but now I hope the community will step in and help MrTheme out.

Torquepowered is dead, long live GarageGames

2 weeks ago by now, the Torque user community woke up under a new reality: the buyers of the Torquepowered part of InstantAction were revealed, operations restarted, and the old ‘GarageGames’ name was assumed again.

The acquiring company, mentioned very briefly and only once in the takeover announcement, is the kind of buyer most of the Torque licensees were hoping for : a games-related company that is more interested in sustained growth and a compatible business plan with that goal, than quick wins or a cash-and run strategy.

Lees verder Torquepowered is dead, long live GarageGames

Kinepolis publishes App for Android

Big News : Kinepolis, the market leader in Belgian movie theaters, launches an Android App. Ter Zake, a major news program on television even made it a big item. It seems companies in Belgium slowly start to realise that other smartphone platforms exist next to the iPhone.

I think it’s sad that this generates as much buzz as it did. I can’t remember any iPhone app launch meriting a mention in a prime-time news programme. It demonstrates clearly that the iPhone is for most people synonym with smartphones, and that other platforms are considered a quaint rarity.

Let’s hope that the current trend continues, and that the belgian Android ecosystem finally starts developing.

InstantAction To Rise Again?

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A quick update in the InstantAction Shutdown saga : Eric Preisz just had a very cool Christmas present for all the Torque community members.

I wanted to let everyone know that we are no longer entertaining buyers at this time. Unfortunately, we aren’t going to be able to make any comments until the new year. Please stand by for more information and enjoy the holiday season. The future looks bright.

he’s not saying much, but he says enough to indicate that Torque will RISE AGAIN! Let’s hope this takeover will be better digested by the community than the IAC one.

Good news, cool!

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Positive sounds from InstantAction Takeover Negotiations

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Eric Preisz had some positive news (although he wasn’t really giving away much) in his latest comment on the InstantAction Shutdown thread on the TorquePowered forums:

I’ve had dozens upon dozens of leads, phone calls, several on site visits, a drive to L.A., and a lot of coffee. Don’t give up hope, things are going well!

Lees verder Positive sounds from InstantAction Takeover Negotiations

Skype installeren op OpenSuSE 11.2 64-bit

When you install Skype on a 64-bit OpenSuSE 11.2 system using the installation package on the Skype Linux page, Skype refuses to start after install. When looking at the command line,you get the following error message:

That seems to be an issue with a bad installation package from Skype.

Luckily, Alberto Passalacqua describes on his blog the  correct installation procedure to get  Skype 2.1 on OpenSuSE 11.2 64-bit. I did this on our older laptop which is still running OpenSuSE 11.2, and it works great.

Thanks, Alberto!