Oct 29, 2018
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
We just released 2.5.7 with plenty of new features and improvements



Here is the list of the most important news. The full list of changes can be seen inside the program (Main menu -> Info -> What's new).

  • New flat ride Ranger
  • New flat ride Sky Hawk
  • Script Parameters
  • Video file playback on materials
  • Various demo objects that demonstrate the new script parameters:
    • Area Music
    • Onboard Music
    • Video Screen
    • Fire Effect
  • 360° Equirectangular Video Export option with Professional License*
  • New bottom accented spine type on Twisted Coaster styles
  • Manual focus distance option for field of view effect
  • Improved fog effect with dynamic sky

Both new flat rides are recreations of classic fun fair rides. They are highly detailed with realistic sound effects. Also, they can be operated manually. Check out the Doppel Looping park where both rides were installed.
The new Script Parameter feature is a fundamental new option that will improve the usabilty of new scripted objects in the future a lot. They will allow the user to customize settings of the objects through the scene object instance panel, which can then be processed by scripts attached to the object. There are a lot of possibilities.

* The Professional License upgrade can be purchased on our website nolimitscoaster.com
Aug 10, 2018
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
We recently brought out v2.5.6 which is a minor update with some internal changes and optimizations.

Users with high resolution displays (Retina/4k) who prefer running the program in Window mode, may try out the new Window Half Resolution option, which is available when a display with a high resolution is detected.

Setup -> Display:

Display Mode: Window
Resolution: Half Window Resolution

This special window mode makes the program render at half resolution which can tremendiously improve framerates, especially on laptops (e.g. MacBooks with Retina displays).

Full change log of update can be seen inside the program (Info -> What's new).
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
We are proud to have released a new update for NoLimits 2 with cool new features and all new Mac compatibility.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-lZ6gJTDjI

Here is a list of the most important changes

Mac version is now available

NL2 now fully supports the Mac. Please make sure to check the requirements before purchasing. We recommend a fast graphics card such as a discrete Radeon or GeForce solution, especially when running high resolutions on Retina displays.


New Tilt Track Element

  • Easy to use, just like a transfer track
  • Timing and tilt angles can be customized
  • Works for all coaster styles

New Scenery Objects

  • New set of gray rocks and stones
  • New set of brown rocks and stones
  • New wind power plants
  • New high performance forest objects for backgrounds
  • New high performance pine tree

New Parks

  • Tilt Coaster Park demonstrating the new tilt element
  • Rock-it Man Park demonstrating the new scenery objects
  • Both new parks are fully optimized for VR

Many internal optimizations

  • Better utilization of CPU cores for higher framerates
  • Special optimizations for Ryzen CPUs
  • Lower latency frame times for better VR experiences
  • Higher scripting performance

The NL Dev Team
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
We are proud to announce that we just uploaded a new update with version 2.5.2.0....



Improved Xbox controller support

The full play mode and main menu can be fully controlled using an Xbox controller now. This is expecially important for VR, which is much easier to use now in combination with the improved VR user interface.

More Highlights

  • Improved VR user interface experience
  • New exit view allows proper exiting of rides in walk mode
  • All included flat rides were fixed to make use of new exit view
  • Added customizable Favorites category to all file selection panels
  • Scale fixes to some coaster styles for better realism, especially in VR

The NL Dev Team
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
Most important news in 2.5.1.0:

  • New borderless window mode
  • More optimizations for multi-core CPUs (around 4% higher framerates)
  • Faster loading of DAE files
  • Improved block system scripting
  • Various bug fixes and improvements
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
We are proud to have released the new major update for NoLimits 2 with lots of new features.



Here is a list of the most important changes

New Deferred Shading Renderer

This new renderer allows much higher framerates when having lots of light sources and is optimized for medium to high end graphics cards. Here are some of the key features of the new engine:

Improved Light Source Rendering

  • Engine scales much better with high number of light sources
  • Scales much better with high end graphics cards by reducing driver load (less draw calls)
  • Even light sources that are very far away will be rendered
  • Improved computation using linear color space for more realistic visuals

New Graphics Effects

  • Custom implementation of Screen-space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) greatly improving visuals
  • Bloom effect
  • Sun shafts effect
  • High Dynamic Range lighting with adaptive iris effect (works great together with bloom effect)
  • New underwater caustics effect

Smarter Engine

  • New automatic occlusion detection system (manual occluders are rarely needed anymore)
  • Improved light shafts with higher quality and performance (allows much cooler light effects, such as lasers)
  • SMAA anti-aliasing (Copyright (C) 2011 by Jorge Jimenez, Jose I. Echevarria, Tiago Sousa, Belen Masia, Fernando Navarro and Diego Gutierrez.) for best trade-off between performance and quality

New Park Objects

  • New park lamp set (over 20 new scene objects)
  • New fence set (over 13 new fence types, each coming with multiple variations)
  • New bench set (over 15 new scene objects)
  • New trash can set (5 new scene objects)
  • High Definition foliage set (10 new scene objects)

Improved Sound Effects

  • Various coaster styles have received brake sound updates
  • Moveable magnetic brakes sound added
  • Gate sound added

The NL Dev Team
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
This update includes improvements to the user interface for better VR display. Experimental OpenVR support was added, too.
  • The main menu will now be displayed in 3D space in VR mode.
  • Pressing R will recenter the VR view inside main menu and play mode.
  • Experimental OpenVR support was added, too. We do not own any HTC Vive, so we cannot test properly. We will fix issues as soon as we get feedback from our users.
  • The application will automatically detect and use when an Oculus devce is attached using Runtime 1.3. When that is not the case, it will try to detect a device using the OpenVR API.
  • VR controllers are not supported, yet. Mouse and keyboard are still required for interaction.
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
We just released a new beta with experimental Rift 1.3 support for CV1 and DK2. Opt into the beta branch of NL2 inside Steam to try it out.
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
We released a small maintenance update. The latest version now uses the Oculus 0.8 SDK. That means the Oculus Runtime 0.8 or newer is now required. NL2 is ready for the Oculus CV1 now, too.
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation - nlcoaster
We have a new free update for you...



New features:
  • New Enterprise Flat Ride
  • New Pirate Ship Flat Ride
  • Stereo 3D TV Mode
  • High DPI Aware (Retina) GUI Mode
  • New Mouse Cursors and Icons in Editor

The NL Dev Team wishes you a Merry Christmas!
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