Friday, March 14, 2014

Beta 14

Solitaire Till Dawn BETA 14 is now available from our Beta Program page.

This release fixes bugs 71, 72, 74, and 75. We do not expect any crashes in this release! Of course, we've said that before and been wrong before, but the previous release (b13) has only been seen to crash in certain circumstances, and we think b14 will fix that. If you do see a crash with b14, please send us the crash report.

In addition, we've learned that many of you like to undo and redo by (for example) holding down the ESC or Space bar keys, and letting them auto-repeat. This turned out to create problems that didn't happen when using the toolbar buttons Undo to Snapshot and Redo to Snapshot. We think we've fixed those, too, except that the animation may be jerky when you do that.

Osmosis and Peek were triggering an obscure bug that made Undo fail (no matter how you used it), and we've fixed that too.

We still have not restored compatibility with Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.8). I will work on that for the next release. We (and some of you) have also noticed that some games are not very responsive, with a perceptible lag in highlighting available cards or in moving a clicked card. We'll be working on that, too.

A Reminder
Please tell us which beta you are using when you send a bug report! If you report a crash and don't tell me which beta, I don't know whether it's a crash in b14 (which would be important news) or a crash in b12 (which would be a bug I've probably fixed already).

The minimum info we like to see in a bug report is:

  • Version of Solitaire Till Dawn (e.g. "b14")
  • Version of Mac OS X
  • Game you were playing (e.g. "Free Cell")
  • What you were doing when the bug happened (e.g. clicking the "Undo" button)
  • What you expected to see happen
  • What happened instead that looked like a bug
Here's an example:
I was using b14 on Mavericks. I was playing Free Cell. I'd just won a game, and while the cards were still flying up to the foundations, I clicked the "New Game" button. I expected to get a new game of Free Cell, but instead Solitaire Till Dawn crashed.
That's a pretty useful bug report: it has all the important basic info, and a fair amount of detail. If you do see a crash, we also love to get the contents of the crash report that will appear on your screen (but don't bother clicking the "Send to Apple" bug, they'll ignore it).

If you see something peculiar on the screen that isn't a crash, sending a screen shot may be helpful. You can't send attachments or images through the Bug Report Form, but if you tell us you've got a screen shot, we'll write back and tell you how to send it to us.


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