A Beautiful Beta-Stopping Bug

While working on the HDR pipeline, I ended up with these.  Clearly not what we want to ship, but I do think they're pretty cool looking.

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About Ben Supnik

Ben is a software engineer who works on X-Plane; he spends most of his days drinking coffee and swearing at the computer -- sometimes at the same time.
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20 Responses to A Beautiful Beta-Stopping Bug

  1. Chris Serio says:

    Lucy in the sky....with diamonds...

  2. Alejandro says:

    Stealth mode on, but remember to swith off the lights!!!

  3. chris says:

    No good, hope this bug(s) doesn't delay beta much longer 🙁 anxious to see

  4. Premek says:


  5. vonhinx says:

    Those pinpricks ain't photons, they're XPlions — sub-particles of the Supnik boson.

  6. snagar says:

    A new meaning for stealth fighter ?

  7. Alpilotx says:

    Ben, admit it ... you are planning for the post-xplane times, where you want to live from your artistic work ... nice try 🙂

  8. Daniel_L says:

    We have already a small version of the stars under the ground bug in 10.05 today but it is only for far distance, not very close like in your screenshots.


  9. carrotroot says:

    My god ... it's full of stars!

  10. Charles says:

    That could make a nice plug in, something add in something to point out constellations and it's good to go!

  11. MaxWaldorf says:

    That just looks like the rendering bug I used to have (and maybe still there) when Heavy fog was on...

    Seeing stars thru the fog and below the ground !

    Hope you'll be able to fix it soon 😉

  12. chris says:

    are we going to see 10.10 this week, as austin said last week that 10.10 was only a few days away?

    seeing that in an earlier post Ben you said Mac users ( in regard to performance and crashes) will need 64 bit, how much of a priority is it to get 64bit pushed out? Sept October?

    • Ben Supnik says:

      Beta 10.10 when all beta bugs are fixed and we cut a build on compilers. 10.10 is driven by quality milestone, not a date.

      Months are not an answer to priority. A priority doens't give a feature a release timeframe - rather it decides whether resources go to that feature or a competing feature.

      64-bit is a very high priority. It will be _the_ driving feature of 10.20 I think.

      Don't ask for any more dates - I am not going to give any future date predictions to you.

      • chris says:

        alright, but sooner the better for a stable, rendering fun, non crashing sim.

        • vonhinx says:

          Dream on, my friend. In the Vs 9 run, 9.1 > 9.2 < 9.3 in usability (imho) so always have a back up plan. 10.05 is already quite amazing with a few known bugs and unknown docs. Just keep rendering options below crash level, and when or if you push a setting beyond the boundary, open preferences and set it back a step.

  13. NLS says:

    Can I ask something semi-off-topic to the experts?

    The night sky in X-Plane resembles real sky at all? If yet to what level? Are there true major constelations? Do they rise and set?

    • vonhinx says:

      Just stand outside at night and press the time advance or retreat key and watch the sky.

    • simonW says:

      It can be very accurate! Find out where the ISS flies over a location at night, go there at the same time and look up, it might take a few mins but you will be VERY SURPRISED what you see. Turn all your lights off first of course.

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