My son is five and he really wants to participate in conversations at dinner. “Daddy, what are you talking about?”
So I tried to explain to him that we had worked all week to get X-Plane 10.50 beta 3 ready and that we wanted it to be really good, and then at the last minute we discovered it was broken, so we had to go back and fix it and try again.
Gabe: What are you going to do if it’s broken again?
Me: Probably cry.
Gabe: No! Daddy, you’re not going to do that! I said no joking!
Me: No, I’m being totally serious. I’m going to sit down in that corner and wimper with my head in my hands.
X-Plane 10.50 beta 3 fixed a lot of big bugs – several crash bugs fixed, etc. It unfortunately also had a small problem where it wouldn’t start without blowing up. (This one got by us because it only happens at some airports, and it requires a clean release machine to see- it doesn’t happen on developer machines or some of the more heavily loaded installs that Jennifer tests with. The breaking change also went in late in the game, and thus missed screening.)
So we turned around beta 4, and if it’s unusable, I’ll have to reconsider my life choices.
We fixed three high profile crashes in X-Plane 10.50 beta 3 (now available to you without brain damage in beta 4):
- Crashing at DSF load time if a DSF mesh has a crack in it.Apparently some G2XPL-made meshes have tiny hairline cracks in them. They’re almost impossible to see but they were enough to crash the road code. DSF mesh cracks are illegal (per the DSF spec) but X-Plane now handles them anyway; I don’t think anyone wants to stop using this category of scenery.
- Crashes reading real weather when the .grib2 files are missing on Windows. I’m not sure of all of the different ways this was happening, but it should be fixed.
- There was a memory scribble in the scenery loading code for some scenery pack configurations.
That last one is in its own category of badness. A memory scribble is when a piece of X-Plane code just goes off and writes over random memory (in X-Plane’s memory space – X-Plane can’t splat the memory of other apps on your computer). Once this happens, pretty much anything can explode at any times ,and often it does.
We can’t know how many of the crashes we were seeing via auto-reporting were due to the scribble, so:
- Please do get X-Plane 10.50 beta 4!
- If you reported a crash bug and you still are getting a crash in beta 4, please re-report it.
- Please keep on auto-reporting crash bugs on Windows and Linux – this is hugely helpful. The auto-crash reporter gives us a statistical picture of what’s going on with the beta.
Scenery and Aircraft Authors: I think 10.50 beta 4 should be stable enough to look at your add-ons; airport lights should be fixed and working normally, scenery should not be crashing, and missing taxiways are fixed.
Scenery authors in particular: 10.50 contains extensive changes to the rendering engine under the hood, so please take a careful look at your scenery packs and make sure they haven’t mysteriously changed in how they look compared to 10.45.