SpaceEngine - SpaceEngineer
So today is 50th anniversary of the historical Apollo-11 mission landing on the Moon. We made a small update - adding the Eagle model to the Moon. Go to the Locations dialog in SE, find "The Eagle has landed" location, and check it out!



Read the full story and see more screenshots on our website: http://spaceengine.org/news/blog190720/

Great news for Chinese users: next update will support Chinese! Implementation is almost ready, so you will lose nothing by buying SE now!
SpaceEngine - SpaceEngineer
Todays update - build 1665 - is in the beta branch (UPDATE: it is in public branch now). Read more about it in the blog-post.

Build 0.990.36.1665 (beta)
- Some fixes in catalogs
- Multithreaded saving of screenshot (no lag on saving to png)
- Multithreaded saving of video frame images
- Updated video saving tool:
-- Option for automatically run a script simultaneously with start of video capture
-- Video capture is stopping automatically once script is complete
-- Options to minimize or close SpaceEngine once script is complete
- Planet emission textures are stored with color textures in the same array to save video memory
- Planet thermal textures are stored with hight textures in the same array to save video memory [experimental]
- Reduced tiling of some terrain textures
- Fixed bug with non-saving of database file of user names and descriptions
- Fixed bug with change of planet atmosphere color after restart
- Improved appearance of red giants
- Improved color variety of planet atmospheres [experimental]
- In HDR photo mode, aurora faded out with distance to not spoil appearance of a planet from space [experimental]
- Fixed dry lacustrine planets
- Fixed missing terraced mountains
- Released new version of the CubeMap tool - 1.15
SpaceEngine - SpaceEngineer
Todays update - build 1660, it is merged with previous beta build 1655.

Build 0.990.35.1660
- Automatic saturation of stellar illumination
- Fixed star corona color bug
- Fixed toggle of the fullscreen mode when "Configure codec" is pressed in the video capture dialog
- VR/3D mode can be toggled by a hotkey / in the main menu
- In VR help about VR controller buttons bindings is displayed on the main menu background (Oculus and Vive, text is in English)
- In VR Solar system browser automatically hides itself after clicking "fly to" button
- In main menu script, buttons, labels and edit can have internal name; if not specified, data from the Text field is used
- Option to make planet hidden by default in the sc file - visible false
- Changed atmosphere model/color assignment rules
- Some fixes in catalogs
- Fixed bug with clusters/nebulae particles always rendered even if clusters/nebulae were disabled
- Reduced star particle wobbling effect of a very distant catalog stars
- Increased lens flare visibility range for very bright star systems
- Changed location preview file name generation method

Build 0.990.35.1655
- Fixed huge lag at startup and on switching graphics quality presets
- Limited paste text buffer size
- Some fixes in catalogs
- Updated exoplanet catalog to June 21, 2019 (Teegarden's star and other updates)
- Fixed abrupt scarps on terrestrial planets
- Fixed high-frequency "penitentes" on icy worlds
- Fixed depth of rayed craters
- Added timeout to the loading screen to prevent getting stuck on it for too long of a time
- Adjusted coefficients in the mass-radius equation for more a precise result [pending for 0.991]
- Updated localizations
- Fixed procedural galaxy/quasar seed change bug
- Disabled loading indicator in VR
- Fixed broken export of planet textures after landing on a planet
Jun 23
SpaceEngine - SpaceEngineer
Hello everybody! Almost two weeks have passed since release, and we can say that the launch was successful! We have collected many bug reports from the community on Steam, Discord, and the SE forum. The most important bugs must be fixed as soon as possible, and I am working hard to achieve this. Today's patch includes a major performance fix, which is most noticeable at program startup: there is no large delay anymore after the main SE window is opened. For some users during that delay the whole system lags, and may even crash with a BSOD! Switching between graphics quality preset triggered the same issue, so that is also fixed now.

This update has not been fully tested yet, but we want to release is ASAP, so I suggest that users join the free public beta. To do this, open the Steam client, navigate to SpaceEngine in your Steam library, right-click on it and select Properties. In the Properties window, switch to the BETAS tab, and select the "beta - public beta branch". The patch will start downloading immediately, you don't need to enter a beta access code.



Please note that the beta could be unstable and have many bugs, some of which may be caused by compatibility issues with installed mods. So before joining the beta, move the entire contents of the addons folder to a safe place (except SolarSystemHD, if you have it). After testing without addons, you may try to copy them back (copy, not move - this will be safer).

To exit the beta, just select "NONE - Opt out of all beta programs" in the BETAS tab of the Properties window.

Other changes includes fixed glitchy landscape features, added newly discovered exoplanets, and fixing a bug with galaxy/quasar seed change (which sometimes destroyed saved locations).

The full changelog of today's patch:

Build 0.990.35.1655 (public beta)
  • Fixed huge lag at startup and on switching graphics quality presets
  • Limited paste text buffer size
  • Some fixes in catalogs
  • Updated exoplanet catalog to June 21, 2019 (Teegarden's star and other updates)
  • Fixed abrupt scarps on terrestrial planets
  • Fixed high-frequency "penitentes" on icy worlds
  • Fixed depth of rayed craters
  • Added timeout to the loading screen to prevent getting stuck on it for too long of a time
  • Adjusted coefficients in the mass-radius equation for more a precise result [pending for 0.991]
  • Updated localizations
  • Fixed procedural galaxy/quasar seed change bug
  • Disabled loading indicator in VR
  • Fixed broken export of planet textures after landing on a planet
SpaceEngine - HarbingerDawn
Build 0.990.34.1645
  • Stereobase adjustment disabled in 2D mode (for real this time)
  • Fixed mass of Luhman 16 A and B

Now that the stereobase issue is fixed, those of you on the "stereobasefix" branch can come back to the main public branch. The "stereobasefix" branch will be removed at a later date.
SpaceEngine - HarbingerDawn
Hello everyone! We're sorry about the mix-up with stereobase functionality in the latest patch. A true fix will have to wait a little while longer, but in the meantime there is a workaround.

If you are having issues with the stereobase not adjusting properly in 3D/VR modes with the latest patch, the previous build has been restored in a separate branch that's open to the public.

To use this version, right-click on SpaceEngine in your Steam library, select "Properties", go to the "Betas" tab, and select "stereobasefix" in the drop-down menu. If it doesn't appear, restart your Steam client; it should then show up in the list. Once you've clicked on that and exited the window, Steam will automatically download and install the previous build with working stereobase adjustment.

Sorry for the inconvenience!
SpaceEngine - HarbingerDawn
Build 0.990.34.1640
  • Fixed interface disappearing in fish eye mode when "Distort interface" is checked
  • Added Polish localization
  • Stereobase can now only be changed in VR/3D modes
  • Fixed Haumea's rings
Jun 13
SpaceEngine - SpaceEngineer
Hello SpaceEngine fans! We are thrilled about our successful launch on Steam! Not everything was perfect, and there have been some negative reviews and refunds, but this was expected! Those typically came from users with technical problems, and those with VR-related issues. The most overwhelming thing has been the volume of support messages we have to manage somehow. HarbingedDawn, DoctorOfSpace, Duke, Phunnie, retro-visor, BambusDude and other SE team guys have been replying to support messages for up to 12 hours a day each, but they can't keep up! Please be patient - there are only a few of us and we're dealing with a very heavy workload right now. Someone will respond to your message as soon as they can! I have not responded to many support messages myself because I am focusing on the code, sorry.

Today's patch fixes some issues that are easy/quick to fix:

Build 0.990.33.1625 (this was a day 0 patch, but I didn't made a post about it)

- Fixed crash if SDL reports invalid joystick instance ID (-1)
- Texture compression is disabled by default for high and ultra graphics settings

Build 0.990.34.1630 (today's patch)

- Fixed missing terrain on integrated Intel graphics
- Fixed glitch with eclipse shadows on rings
- Completed Spanish localization
- Dimmer nebulae
- Main menu button "Exit" is changed to "Exit VR" in the VR mode
- A note added to the tutorials menu that they are not designed for VR
- Added a "main menu" button binding to the first Vive controller
- Ship manager automatically appears when entering the Simulator mode if there are no ships built

If the update does not download automatically, restart your Steam client.

It also seems that, for some people, Steam did not automatically download and install the Visual C++ 2015 and OpenAL common redist packages. If Windows gives you an error message when trying to launch SE, download the Visual C++ 2015 redist package from here, and OpenAL from here, and install them.

INTEL USERS: Textureless planets has been fixed, which means that you can now explore just like everyone else. However, performance will most likely still remain dismal at best (reminder, Intel GPU's are far below the minimum hardware requirements).
SpaceEngine - SpaceEngineer
So, SpaceEngine 0.990 has been released today! This is very exciting time for us! Very long development, almost 3 years, lead to enormous size of the changelog. Take a look on it below, and enjoy all new features (about 400!) implemented in this version!



Major updates:
- Procedural volumetric raymarched nebulae
- Improved resolution of planetary terrain rendering up to sand grains level
- Physically-based rendering of terrain materials and space ships
- Full VR support: native for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with controllers, and all Steam-VR compatible HMD
- New post-processing effects
- New animated main menu, combined settings menu
- Built-in tutorials, based on a scenario scripts
- Unified settings menu
- New planet classification system
- Ported to 64 bit

Terrain:
- Geometry is independent of textures, faster loading of mountain silhouettes
- Nodes/textures loading priority: closer to camera are loads first
- Changed terrain error metrics to higher level of detail
- Meshless terrain rendering (vertex shader texture fetching)
- Optimized texture transfer to and from GPU
- Optimized VRAM storage of generated/loaded terrain textures - texture arrays
- Support of compressed formats for generated/loaded terrain textures
- All Solar System textures updated to be supported by a new terrain engine
- Large-scale detail textures - "biome sample textures":
--- Old texture atlas is replaced by sample textures which are stored in the texture array
--- Biome preset system to configure detail textures and palettes, replaces the planet palette system
--- Biome preset editor, embedded into the Planet editor
--- Big collection of sample textures and planet class presets
- Small-scale detail textures - "soil materials":
--- Complex terrain materials, assigned to a surface based on its color and slope
--- Soil preset system to configure materials
--- Soil preset editor, embedded into the Biome preset editor
--- PBR rendering of soil materials
--- Displacement mapping of soil materials
--- Big collection of material textures and material presets
- New landforms, based on Rodrigo's mod: rivers/canyons, rifts
- Better continent/sea trench shape function

Planets:
- Clouds on gas giants and emission textures on stars cannot be switched of
- Updated close-up noise effect of rings
- The "rings winter" effect for Saturn and procedural planets
- Introduced new parameters for the planets scripts: SemiMajorAxisKm, PericenterDistKm, PeriodDays, MassKg
- Opposition effect increases the analytic brightness of a moon or planet, thus affects lighting
- Limited tidal heating of moons
- Thin dust rings around procedural planets like Saturn's E ring
- Uranus-like narrow rings around procedural planets
- Number of eclipse shadows per planet increased to 8
- Separate specular power for water and icy surfaces on planets
- Probability settings for a very massive moons and binary planets are moved to the config file
- Planets with a large moons with a mass ratio less than 20 are classified as a binary planets
- Binary planet and its companion are named "a" and "b"
- Custom models for asteroids and other planetary bodies
- Support for 3-axial ellipsoid planetary bodies, new script parameters: Oblateness (x,y,z) and Dimensions (x,y,z)
- Support for Hapke BRDF for custom planetary body models
- More realistic moon system generation for gas giants
- Added parameter "humidity" to control vegetation spread on planets with life
- Jupiter-like polar cyclones on gas giants, and script/editor parameters to control them
- Equatorial ridge on airless moons and planets
- Equatorial ridge on small moons orbiting inside parent planet's rings
- Generation of hot gas giants on polar and retrograde orbits
- Life of planets is originated based on their surface volatiles, not the class (so carbonia and ferria can produce organic life, frozen aquaria or terra can produce exotic life, etc)
- Aerial organic life on some terrestrial planets (planets which have develop a runaway greenhouse as a result of life changing atmosphere composition)
- Improved density and size distribution of small craters
- Captured outer moons may not be tidally-locked to their planets
- Updated exoplanets catalog up to June 4, 2019

New planet classification and chemistry:
- Bulk composition classes: terra (rocky planet), carbonia (carbon planet), ferria (iron planet), aquaria (water/ice planet), neptune (ice giant) and jupiter (gas giant)
- Size classes (based on planet mass): micro-, mini-, sub-, (no prefix), super-, mega-
- Surface volatiles classes: airless, arid, lacustrine, marine, oceanic, superoceanic
- Wide diversity of a possible ocean composition on planets: water, ammonia, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrocarbons and others; mixtures are also possible
- Updated planetary chemistry code generates not only the composition of the atmosphere, but also composition of oceans and surface ices
- Composition of ocean is in consistence with the temperature atmospheric pressure
- Supercritical ocean planets (where water vapor is a supercritical fluid) are classified as minineptunes
- Terrestrial planets with atmospheric pressure greater than 1000 atm are classified as minineptunes
- Conditions on the ocean bottom is calculated to determine whether it is rocky or covered by ice VI or ice VII; it is used to determine habitability of the planet

Solar System:
- Complete list of moons of all gas giants
- New textures for almost all planets and moons
- Analytical model of orbits of Saturn's trojan moons Helene (trojan of Dione), Calypso and Telesto (trojans of Tethys)
- Analytical model of orbits of Saturn's co-orbital moons Janus and Epimetheus, swapping orbits every 4 years
- Analytical fit of the DE-431 model for 8 major planets
- Increased texture resolution of some planets in default installation (Earth, Mars etc)

Stars:
- Integrated Cirax's binary stars catalog updates 1 and 2
- Updated catalog of S stars orbiting Sagittarius A* black hole (ESO)
- More precise stellar data for all potentially habitable exoplanets
- Dense and bright corona for Wolf-Rayet stars (imitation of the powerful stellar wind)
- More realistic distribution of sunspots
- Experimental black hole jets based on comet tail particle system
- Updated data for septuple star system Nu Scorpii
- Procedural open cluster is generated in the center of a procedural diffuse nebula
- Procedural white dwarf/neutron star/black hole is generated in the center of a procedural planetary/supernova remnant nebula
- In the HDR mode star surface automatically become darker on approach to reveal details

Ray-marched nebulae:
- Volumetric nebulae rendering using ray-marching technology
- Editor for ray-marched nebula
- Fully customizable shader for ray-marched nebulae: config file describes parameters/uniforms, witch automatically added to the shader, editor and scripts
- Ability to replace model of a certain galaxy or nebula with a custom shader effect using a special script
- Presets for procedural volumetric ray-marched nebulae

Sprite nebulae and galaxies:
- Gamma-corrected rendering of E galaxies
- Hi-quality (bicubic) upsampling for rendering of volumetrics (galaxies, nebulae, comet tails, aurora)
- Galaxy/nebula sprite texture atlases are extended to 4x4 tiles
- More aggressive LOD switching for galaxy and nebula sprite models to save performance in clusters
- Integrated nebulae addons by BambusDude and Phunnie
- Integrated galaxies addon by Kexitt
- Parameters Brightness and Transparency for galaxy and nebula sprite model script

Space ships:
- Ships are separated from Planetarium and moved into Flight Simulator game mode
- Introduced mass of a ship modules and thrust of an engine modules, recalculated total mass and thrust of all default ships
- Updated ship editor
- Uncontrollable space ships on a pre-defined orbits
- The "Hold altitude" command while landing starts the starts takeoff sequence
- Experimental PBR + IBL rendering
- Added fake aerodynamics model with just a drag force, to use with UFO cheat
- Added ability to switch off (hide) space ships: a button on the Filters toolbar and a checkbox in the Settings menu, also script commands and console variables
- Script parameter 'Type' for space ships and custom planetary body models to filter them out in the Ships manager (controllable, real static, game static, custom model)
- Packed (smaller) formats of *.sm models, console command OptimizeSM to convert between them
- Support of importing obj saved in 'quads' (no need to convert to 'triangles' anymore)
- Support of DXT5-YCoCg compressed textures and BC4 compressed normal maps for space ships
- Camera binding mode is automatically set to "Follow" if ship HUD mode is changed to "Orbital" or "Warp", and to "SyncRot" if changed to "Horizontal" or "Docking"
- Hold altitude autopilot uses aerodynamics (ailerons and elevator) to keep flight direction horizontal
- Custom sound file for every engine effect, including warp drive
- Sound of nearby ships in the atmosphere

Interface:
- New main menu design with animated background scene
- New settings menu, combining old player, magnitude, filters, graphics, display, sound and controls settings
- New hi-resolution fonts
- Going to the saved location adds it to the journey log
- Updated loading splash window and loading screen
- New splash window textures
- Quotes of famous scientists on loading splash window
- Click on a planet/star disk selects it
- Mouse cursor is captured in screenshots/video in "record with GUI" mode
- Mouse cursor hides itself after 2 seconds of inactive
- Displaying of orbital resonances with neighbouring bodies in the planet Wiki
- Added asteroid and KBO types to info table and Wiki
- Added credits screen and donate button to the main menu
- Colors of orbits, labels and markers could be adjusted in the GUI skin config file
- Added new soundtracks
- Large drop-down boxes (as like module selector in the ship editor) could be scrolled with mouse wheel, and are adaptive to the screen resolution
- Drop-down box behavior changed to the classic one (the box stays opened until left click)
- Labels are drawn with the big font
- Changed format of localization files, to support the new planet classification
- Added "eng-gui.cfg" localization file
- Added a new overlay - displaying the full phase area of the eclipse shadow
- Esc button closes currently opened dialog window first, then opens main menu
- Editor menu with the "palette" of tools
- Names of axes and buttons of VR controllers in the settings menu
- Graphics settings menu have options to set up resolution of warp and reflection textures, resolution of render buffer for fish eye and 360° projections
- Option in user settings to choose between planetary class name sets: terra/aquaria/neptune/jupiter or earth/titan/ice giant/gas giant
- Word "Catalog" is changed to "Real" in interface ("Catalog stars" -> "Real stars" and so on)
- Displaying azimuth and height of a celestial object when observing from planet surface (in info table and wiki)
- Checkboxes/variables to turn on/off accretion disks and jets
- Magnitude/Camera toolbar have buttons to change FOV and editable values (click and type value using keyboard)
- All sliders on the Settings dialog have editable values (click and type value using keyboard)
- Added 'Take screenshot' button to the Camera toolbar
- Localizations: ability to use custom word order in a planet classification string and make it separated by comma or conjunctive

Updated Universe Map:
- Added ambient lighting to planets
- Automatic adjust of the amount of visible object
- New "Exploration" mode
- The Universe Map have its own music theme
- Option to quickly hide procedural objects
- Smooth zooming of the Map by clicking the Zoom slider
- Elliptical galaxy haze is not rendered on a scale smaller than the galaxy's radius

Updated System Chart:
- New comparison modes: by diameter, mass, density, temperature
- The system architecture mode: 2D map of a system hierarchy
- Better controls, camera movements are limited
- The System Chart have its own music theme
- Smooth animation on changing comparison mode or filters

Updated Solar System Browser:
- The "Goto" button appears on a planet cell on mouse hovering
- When the Solar System Browser is opened and user selects a new star system and presses F2, the Solar System Browser updates the planets table instead of closing itself
- Context menu point "Browse planetary system" opens the Solar System Browser on a currently selected object's hierarchy level
- New displaying style of binary planets: both components are shown in the same cell
- F2 opens Solar system browser at selected object's hierarchy level (so if moon is selected, it opens the list of moons); Shift-F2 opens the system root level
- Displaying of the brief object info when hovering mouse over the table cell
- Displaying of solitary and binary asteroids/comets, if they were previously selected by some other method
- Double-click on the cell to enter next hierarchy level
- If Solar System Browser is opened while planetary/SNR nebula is selected, selection switches to the nebula's core star and SSB opens for it

Updated Star Browser:
- Planet classes filters are updated for the new planet classification
- Added new filters: atmosphere and ocean composition, ocean depth
- A list of a life-bearing bodies is displayed while hovering the mouse cursor over the cell in the "Life" column of the table, as like the "Filter" column
- Consequential selection of the planets in the match list by left-clicking the "Life" or "Filter" column
- New options to search only among catalog and/or procedural stars and only catalog planetary systems

Updated Wiki:
- Displays of the current (osculating) orbital parameters for objects which uses custom ephemerides
- Planet bulk composition is added to the "Physical" tab
- New tab to show the ocean data and its composition
- Displaying of equatorial, polar and mean radius of a planet, info table displays mean radius instead of equatorial
- Experimental procedural description generator
- Ability to create custom (mod) local database files for object descriptions
- New field added to the object descriptions database - Franchise
- Wiki displays info about object type: real, procedural or object form franchise
- Characters '–' (en dash, 0x96, Alt-0150) and '—' (am dash, 0x97, Alt-0151) were added to fonts

Updated Locations dialog:
- New locations browser, turned into load/save menu with locations previews
- Updated the Locations dialog - options to copy and paste a location code or url to/from the clipboard
- New system for sharing locations: a protocol for se:// URLs
- The Player settings dialog has a button to register se:// protocol in your system to be able to open se:// url with SE (administrator right required!)
- When loading location, its preview is shown on the loading screen with the scanline effect

Updated planet editor:
- Parameter RotationOffset for the Clouds
- Option to link change of orbital period and semimajor axis (automatic re-computation if another were changed)
- Editing comet tail parameters
- Editing procedural planetary rings parameters
- Editing surface and clouds glow map color and brightness
- Editing aurora colors
- Surface or clouds parameter TempMapMaxTemp to define which temperature in Kelvins corresponding to white pixels in the temperature map
- Preserving NO_DATA values of sliders (fix of exporting weird values like -1.#IND)
- Sliders displays NO_DATA values, slider handle is invisible in that case
- To set NO_DATA value to the parameter, type anything but a number into the slider's input field
- Preserving zero values of logarithmic sliders (fix of exporting weird values like -1.#IND)
- Logarithmic sliders displays log(0) value if attached parameter is zero, slider handle is invisible in that case
- To set 0 value to the parameter of the logarithmic slider, type 0 into slider's input field
- Button to toggle the ship editor from the planet editor for the "fake host planet" of a static ship
- Button to toggle the planet editor from the ship editor for the "fake host planet" of a static ship

Controls:
- Ability to bind a change of stereobase on keys and gamepad/joystick buttons
- Removed the "Auto velocity" button
- Joystick/controller bindings are saved to its own config file
- Camera clips at ocean surface if moved faster than 1 km/s, diving is possible at lower speeds
- Switch to a shooter-like rotation controls near surface of a planet (fixed vertical axis)
- Configurable sensitivity of analog actions for keyboard and controller: turns, change of velocity, stereobase, time speed, exposure and interface scrolling
- Configurable controller axis dead zone (in the controller config file)
- Proper names of buttons and axes of XBox360-compatible game controllers
- Default config file for XBox360-compatible game controllers
- Separate keys binding tab in the settings menu for the Map and Chart modes, hotkeys for some of Map and Chart functions

Engine:
- High-dynamic range rendering with autoexposure
- Proper surface brightness of all space objects
- New smooth bloom effect
- Pseudo lens flare post-effect with several preset configs
- Configurable post-processing effects: sharpness, brightness, contrast, saturation, gamma, controls in the setting menu
- Separate brightness, contrast, saturation, gamma controls for galaxies and nebulae (config/console only)
- Optimized lens flare rendering performance
- Lens flares are disappearing smoothly below horizon or behind occluders
- Tone-correct resolving of MSAA buffers (fixes MSAA on bright edges)
- Different mirror modes in VR, with ability to capture video from the main window
- Planet/moon star-like particle is now rendered on the body's crescent rather than in its center
- Improved performance of the envmap rendering
- Updated impostors system for galaxy/nebula rendering
- CPU/GPU performance counters, better debug screen
- Optimized orbital paths rendering
- More realistic eclipse shadow "darkness" and gamma
- Changed the nearest planetary system search algorithm, so now star will not blink during approaching to it
- All auto-generated rendering shaders are changed to the uber-shaders with custom defines
- Compiled shader binary in the cache is updated automatically if shader's glsl source code were modified in runtime
- Smooth appearance of generated stars and galaxies while moving at large speed
- Reduced aliasing of thin atmosphere crescent when planet is far away
- Option to link stars particles size with resolution of SE window/screen
- Hotkey to minimize SE from the fullscreen mode

Scripting:
- Introduced scenario scripting system
- Built-in tutorials, based on a scenario scripts
- Parsing executable's command line parameters - ability to run a script file by double-clicking on it
- Command line argument to launch SE in a specified 3D/VR mode (for Steam launch options)
- New type of object - the waypoint, used in the scripts, works with autopilot
- Variables to control labels and marker size
- All variables can be animated using script command Interpolate
- Customizable main menu, all buttons and actions are described in a special script script data/scripts/MainMenu.cfg
- Ability to create a custom menu with script-running buttons
- Each button in the main menu can launch a custom scenario script
- GUI skin scripts have a link to a main menu script, so each skin can use its own menu layout
- New BB code [LOC]text[/loc], used to translate a text enclosed in it; supported in Wiki, scripts and main menu
- Localizations have the "Custom" section to work with the [LOC] code
- Any text displayed in scenario scripts can be translated by the locale config (implicit use of the [LOC] code)
- Fine-tuning parameters of the Goto script command: acceleration, drift and deceleration duration, acceleration and deceleration exponent power
- Ability to change keys, mouse and joysticks bindings by a script command
- Ability to show/hide for every single constellation by a script command
- Command to switch the audio output device
- Command to load custom image and put it on top of screen as overlay
- Command to Screenshot: options to set the file name pattern, format and GUI capture
- Command PrintTranslations "script.se" types to the log all strings which have/require localization (used in ShowMessage and WaitMessage commands)

Astronomical catalogs:
- Character '|' in planet name in script replaced with '/' in SpaceEngine's interface (useful for names such as "S/2006 S1")
- Character '&' in planet name in script did not printed in SpaceEngine's interface (useful to solve name conflicts with real objects)
- Catalog planet bulk density is taken into account when assigning a class for it (if both mass and radius were known)
- Updated exoplanet catalog, planets with mass > 13 Mj are treated as brown dwarfs
- Some brown dwarfs in the catalog were re-classified as a planemo (rogue planets)
- Planemo could have a dwarf-like spectral class (M9.5P, L7P, etc)
- Added displaying, generation and usage of metallicity data for stars
- Implemented ephemerides for planets and moons: JPL (DE-xxx), VSOP87, MARS1.0, L1.2 TASS1.7, GUST86
- Implemented IAU rotational model for planets and moons, and JPL (DE-xxx) lunar libration model
- Support of all JPL ephemeris binary files up to DE436 from this site ftp:/ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/pub/eph/planets/Linux/
- Parameter RotationOffset in the Clouds {} tag in planet scripts
- Parameters to configure procedural rings in planet scripts
- Surface and clouds parameter TempMapMaxTemp to define which temperature in Kelvins corresponding to white pixels in the temperature map
- Alpha component of ModulateColor parameter in the Clouds {} tag is separated to its own parameter - Opacity
- Added more error checks during the catalogs loading
- New parameters for Star and StarBarycenter in the star catalog:[/h1]
-- ForceSystemLum - force star particle to have lum/appmag provided in the star catalog, ignoring combined lum of components
-- Hidden - hide star particle and ignore attempts to select the system except from the scripts
- Parameter Parallax for star catalogs
- Parameter LuminosityBol for star catalogs to specify bolometric luminosity, this fixes temperature on known exoplanets
- Parameter RadiusInfo for planet catalogs, similar to OblatenessInfo for objects with a global shape defined by elevation map data
- Displaying the file path and line number of any catalog object in the debug mode
- Reduced model radius of asteroids to make them more or less fit the mean radius specified in UI/catalogs
- Parameters venusMagn and venusFreq of the Surface tag controls global shape of asteroids
- Parameters DistLy and RadiusLy to define distance to object and its radius in light-years units
- Parameter NoModel for nebula catalogs (to add named nebulae which are parts of a larger models)
- Parameter GenerateStars for nebula catalogs (to generate procedural open cluster in the center of a catalog nebula)

Virtual reality:
- Full VR support: native for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with controllers, and all Steam-VR compatible HMD
- Controller gesture to change the scene stereo depth (the "God eye mode")
- Gaze controls of the interface in VR
- Mouse cursor in VR with VR controllers is only visible over GUI
- VR controller ray is limited by the GUI plane
- Added "depth" effect to the lens flares and ghosts in VR, controlled by a parameter in the flare/ghost config file
- SE is exiting to main menu if VR helmet is taken off from user head
- Added ability to use super-resolution in VR (VRRenderScaleMax in the config file)
- Separate MSAA settings for VR

Planetarium capabilities:
- New orbital lines rendering, settings menu have options to control thickness of lines for major and minor bodies separately
- Constellation lines, boundaries and names
- Rendering of various celestial coordinate grids: equatorial, ecliptic, galactic
- Displaying geographic coordinate grid on planets
- Ability to change position of labels near planetary and deep space objects (stars, galaxies)
- Separate switches for planet vectors (polar axis, prime meridian, velocity and direction to parent object)
- Added "Hide/show object" option to the right-click menu

Advanced capabilities:
- Updated video capture dialog
- Spline paths for scripted flybys, editor, integration to scripts and video capture system
- More responsive texture export dialog (no hanging while doing job)
- Implemented exporting skyboxes directly to dds cubemap format
- Support of export of 16-bit skybox textures (in png and tiff formats)
- Support of export of 32-bit floating-point skybox textures (in dds and tiff formats)
- Lens flares are rendered in Fish eye, Cylindrical and Cube map modes
- Anisotropic mipmapping for Fish eye, Cylindrical and Cube map modes (improves quality)
- Various frame formats for 360 cubemap output
- Checkerboard pattern for the Fish eye and cylindrical projection modes
- Optimized fish eye rendering: faces are cropped according to used lens FOV
- Checkbox for saving screenshot transparency on the Player settings tab
- Checkbox for saving video frame transparency on the Video capture settings dialog

System:
- Ported to 64-bit
- Implemented Steam DLC system
- Implemented SpaceEngine PRO DLC with some exclusive features
- Last used variables can be changed by Ctrl-Shift-Arrows keys in the debug mode
- Implemented graphics quality/performance presets: low, medium, high, ultra and custom
- Automatic VSync uses actual refresh rate of the current display
- Support of encrypted pak files
- Change of SE versioning scheme: 0.990.15.1451 (major, minor, build, revision)
- Automatic cache wiping if current SE version differs from one read from the log file of the previous launch
- Loading splash window is per-monitor DPI-aware (scales itself according to DPI settings)
- Configurable/moddable splash window layout
- SE main window is per-monitor DPI-aware (uses screen-native resolution)

Bugfixes:
- Fixed discontinuities in the fish eye/cylindrical/cubemap projection
- Fixed texture aliasing and cube edges effect on star surface
- Fixed bug with not initialized user name in the user settings menu at startup
- Fixed flipped sign of declination labels on the equatorial grid
- Fixed issues in main menu in 3D modes
- Fixed bug with inability to open a toolbar
- Fixed incorrect initializing of orbital point markers mode
- Fixed too bright planets/moons in a previews in the Solar System browser
- Fixed some errors in catalogs
- Fixed "blackout" bug
- Fixed disappearing of a planet when camera is in it's shadow and planet is unselected
- Fixed bug with wrong calculating of barycenter mass of Sagittarius A* and other supermassive black hole systems
- Fixed bug with cached shader caches when disabling detail textures
- Fixed non-initialized object info in the Journey log
- Fixed a bug with disappearing of lens flares near a surface of a planet
- Fixed discontinuity in lighting on asteroids
- Fixed bug with lighting of a night side of tidally locked planets with opaque clouds
- Fixed z-fighting of clouds on gas giants
- Fixed redundant lines in stars motion blur
- Fixed some errors in the planet script exporting
- Fixed issues with camera rotation on a window resolutions larger than screen resolution
- Fixed inclinations of procedural outer moons of gas giants
- Fixed a crash when rendering a ship module with a detail diffuse texture, but without a main diffuse texture
- Fixed saving of a ship's cfg file into '#' folder
- If music player was stopped, it will not resume after entering the main menu or minimizing and restoring of the SE window
- Fixed incorrect orientation of a planet rotation axis defined by PoleRA/PoleDec
- Fixed incorrect rotation of the Sun
- Fixed Wiki database import function
- Fixed depth of labels in VR mode
- Fixed some bugs in the script parser
- Fixed hot titans/iceworlds bug
- Fixed shifting of the solar eclipse shadow on sky and water on oblate planets
- Fixed inability to specify more than 2048 Mb of the VRAM in the config
- Fixed "horizon" command on oblate planets
- Fixed behavior on the mouse cursor then closing a window beneath it
- Fixed noticeable blocky look of the star surface
- Fixed positions and/or names of 21 star systems in the binary stars catalog
- Fixed vertical seam line in the cylindrical/360 projection
- Fixed "nimbus-like" aurora on planets with thick atmospheres
- Fixed bug with incorrect working of exotic life biome filter in the star browser
- Fixed many artifacts with ocean rendering
- Fixed fading out deep space objects in Wiki preview when using it from surface of planet with atmosphere
- Fixed inaccuracies in aurora ring placement by longitude and latitude
- Fixed wrong final orientation of camera when switching between ship's behind cameras when ship is rotating
- Fixed accretion disk temperature in catalog binary systems
- Fixed incorrect reading of some stellar classes from catalog
- Fixed setting FOV to 90° when leaving the Fish eye mode
- Fixed crash on exporting 8k screenshots/video frames
- Fixed graphical artifacts in giant elliptical galaxies
- Fixed disappearing of near galaxies (like Magellanic clouds) when they are out of the field of view for a few seconds
- Fixed some bugs in generation of a massive binary stars
- Fixed offsetting of the Map mode sphere in VR while zooming/rotating it
- Fixed bug with undocking of all ships if Simulator mode was never used in some of previous launches
SpaceEngine - HarbingerDawn
The date is finally set! SpaceEngine's Steam debut is set for Tuesday, June 11! If all goes well, the program should be available before noon (UTC) on that day.



Please feel free to post any questions or comments you may have. We can't thank our community enough for the love and support you have continued to show for SpaceEngine over the years, and we hope you're as excited for release day as we are!
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