Sunday, 19 October 2014

LCARS 47 Version 6.5 Update

Hi guys. Here's a quick update regarding the development of LCARS 47, version 6.5. The development is going well and we are pleased to announce that both Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX will be fully supported. The features will be consistent between the Windows and OSX versions. The only exception will be the VoiceCommand feature, which will require a bit of creativity on the OSX platform.


 Here's a quick list of confirmed features to hit 6.5.
  • Multiple monitor support as standard
  • Drydock version III
    • Multiple ship class customization (with five ships available at launch and more to follow)
  • Multiple ship profiles, which allows you to have more than one ship saved. This includes
    • Multiple ship classes
    • Independent names and registries for each ship profile
    • Independent logs for each ship profile
  • Theatrical mode, which disables the deactivate and settings buttons inside LCARS 47. This feature was added for those that use LCARS 47 at conventions and want to prevent the application being closed by users
  • Ambient sounds are making a return. This was a feature that many users requested be re-added
  • The "Jukebox" media player (below).
There will be many more features added and more information will be posted as we work through our list.

Drydock III

In Drydock-related news, I can also confirm that the artwork is coming along nicely. We're nearing completion of the first five ship classes, the Galaxy, Nova, Intrepid, Sovereign, and Prometheus. 

As part of our quality assurance, we've optimized the way we do our artwork, which means we can add way more detail (as seen in the image to the left) than in the previous Drydock iteration. And yes, in true LCARS 47 traditions, Easter eggs are plenty. Have fun finding them all (although we will not be keeping a record of what, how many, and where they are).









Please note: these screenshots are of a current development and may include errors or omissions, and may not reflect the final product.

14 comments :

Alex Clark said...

I know you're very busy with all the work that an update must involve, but do you have an ETA for 6.5?

James Hooker said...

How to us update like LCARS 47 version 6.5. ?

James Hooker said...

I want this Lcars Version 6.5 please .

Åsmund Ødegården said...

Be finich wit it im tired of wayting..............

Åsmund Ødegården said...

Nag nag il find so otter systemthat is better il promise lcars isnt the only komad system. Just Google for future sytem Security.

Eleanor Catherine Davenport said...

You know, LCARS 47 is free, right? We do this in our free time and never ask for anything in return... But there's always one with entitlement issues, I guess.

Eleanor
Project Manager

Adam Workman said...

I just have to say how awesome this is. I have the LCARS 6.3 and am also excited for 6.5. The video's of the interface on YouTube look absolutely amazing! I await the rollout of the next iteration!

Awesome program!

A saiah2005 said...

Please be patient people. You want it right the 1'st time don't you. Perfection takes time. A specially when it's on there free time. I'm sure the waite will be worth it..

Elijah Sketches said...

Is there a possibility of an IOS version? I know that to put apps on the IOS app store it costs some money but I know that my self and most likely many others would be willing to pay 99c for the program on a touch screen device. If not I completely understand. I know you guys like having the software 100% free. What ever happens I support this program all the way. Awesome software guys! :)

Unknown said...

I think thay dumped the idear :C

Eleanor Catherine Davenport said...

Hi Elijah, it would cost us £299 per year for the Apple Developer licence compared to the one-off £25 licence we get from Google. It's not something we have the budget for. We really appreciate that you'd chuck us a buck for the end product, but we made a promise to never sell the stuff we make. So much so, that it's against our organisation's constitution to charge users for our apps. Moreover, CBS would likely have a problem with us if we did, because it's their sandpit, we're just playing in it. There's a few other things too, namely Apples restrictive development guidelines which would mean more cost as we'd have to maintain another separate build of our mobile apps, as well as hardware limitations of iDevices. Though this is the case for now, who knows what the future will hold. Things could change.

Hello unknown commenter! We're still here, we're still working! We're just so busy with the things under the hood.

Eleanor
Project Manager

Terry Saunders said...

Wow, unless the Lcars server for this site has it's date wrong, the 6.5 update was dated 2 years ago, and the last comment was April 10th 2017, and since the announcement back in 2014, I don't see any other development posts, just comments and the replies, soooo, what is the 411 on the 6.5 development?

Eleanor Catherine Davenport said...

We've had a few setbacks. We had to build a whole new engine (Eventus) to run the network stuff and persistent events across the suite. We all have full time commitments elsewhere too, which fund our project so we don't have to ask users to help out with costs.

At the moment, we have working Eventus and now we're working on adding ship class specific assets to the software. Bear in mind that each complete class takes a full month of planning and design. We finished the Sovereign's warp core system control last week (clicky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=341uYw-E68U), and we should have another video update out later tonight.

I know it's a pain, but it's the nature of doing something this large scale on zero budget.

Regards,

Eleanor
Project Manager

Russell J said...

Well we DO appreciate everyone's hard work on this. I would rather not complain because we have 6.3 and still fun to play around with. I will continue to wait for 6.5 as long as it takes while knowing that great effort is being put into it. Thank you

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