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It's time for another round of mini-golf!  Wait, no...it's Snapshot Day!  What lies in store for us this go-around?  Not a revised lighting engine, unfortunately; Dinnerbone has said that the lighting engine is still being worked on, but isn't quite ready for public consumption just yet.  Fear not, though!  While it might be taking a little bit of extra time to optimize the lighting, it is certainly better to take a little extra time and get it right, than rush something that might not work correctly.

In the meantime, let's see what bugfixes await!


Bug Fixes:
  • Slight optimizations to lighting
  • Map item placed in item frame experiences Z-fighting
  • Nametag of certain mobs too low / too high
  • Team colors/prefixes/suffixes are not displayed with "@a, @p\, @r"
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A new Snapshot is out and about, ready for your testing pleasure! Here's what is on offer this week:



Snapshot Bugfixes:
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The following items were corrected, test them and see!

  • Some lighting optimizations, no bug fixes yet sorry :(
  • Pigs constantly jumping, when player control them on half slabs and stairs.
  • Z-fighting of iron bars / glass panes with the block below / above
  • Leaves replace transparent blocks
  • Clouds have a transparency when you are above/in them but not when you're underneath them.
  • Baby mob collision boxes are too large.
  • Village lamp post floating torches
  • Corner Fence Has Incorrect Collision Box
  • Wither skeletons have wrong hitbox
  • Double Trapped chest, makes two sounds when opening and closing.
  • No sound from some trapped chests
  • Villager trade menu missing name
  • Placing a block East of the Hopper makes the inside appear black
  • Piston pushing piston bugs / piston duplicating piston
  • Comparators do not update their output signal
  • Team option "friendlyfire" is not saved to disk; resets upon map reload
  • Scoreboard name duplication
  • FallingSand support for block IDs > 128


Testing the Snapshot:
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Users who wanted to test Snapshots and Pre-releases in the past had to manually download the files, copy over existing files, and run the risk of ruining their single-player games. Want an easier way to test Snapshots, that also guarantees the safety of any and all of your worlds? The Curse Client now has Snapshot support, and using it couldn't possibly be easier! Check it out:

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Literally two steps, that's it. Click the image to see the video!



That's it, you're playing the latest Snapshot! There are also filter options to only see Snapshots, Pre-releases, or full releases. Wait, full releases?! That's right, you can even use the Client to play on older versions of Minecraft, at any time! This feature is good for those who want to roll back to earlier versions of Minecraft for testing, nostalgia, or if their favorite server is still running on an outdated version number. Sweet!

So let's say you're running the Client, but don't want to open it up. What is a fast, easy way to get this Snapshot? Well, if you click the button on the banner below, the Client will do all the work for you (or, if you don't have the Client installed, will help with that as well).

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A new Snapshot is out and about, ready for your testing pleasure!  Here's what is on offer this week:

Snapshot Features:
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  • Added team based functionality to scoreboards
  • Adjusted balancing of bone meal
  • Implemented multiple snow heights
  • Drops more snowballs
  • 4th height fork as slab
  • Crafting recipe for snow

Wait, that's not a very big list of features at all, especially considering how meaty the last few Snapshots have been!  Well, that can only mean one thing: since this Snapshot is mostly bug-fixes and minor tweaks, the launch of the 1.5 Redstone Update is nearly upon us!  Keep an ear to the ground, but in the meantime, give this Snapshot a test run!

Download Links:
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Snapshot Client:  Download

Snapshot Server:  Download

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Click here to update to 0.6.0 in iTunes!


The most recent patch for Minecraft Pocket Edition is now live!  Click on the image above, or visit iTunes (or the Android app store) to update your version now!  If it isn't currently available, give it a few hours, to account for regional distribution time differences.

What is new in 0.6.0?

  • Signs
  • Armor
    • Applying process is similar to smelting: choose from armour on the left and see a preview of the player on the right
  • Baby animals: Unclear how they are obtainable, as Breeding is not going to be added in 0.6.0
  • The Sky and Clouds (Appearance varies between fast and slow devices)
  • Improved D-pad
  • Design is more blocky and less rounded
  • When in flight mode, there is a "wing" icon on the jump button
  • Sheep can be colored with dyes
  • Blocks:
    • Netherrack
    • Nether Brick
    • Block of Quartz
    • Chiseled Quartz Block
    • Pillar Quartz Block
    • Cracked Stone Brick (creative only)
    • Mossy Stone Brick (creative only)
    • Stone Cutter
    • Chiseled Sandstone
    • Smooth Sandstone
  • Stairs:
    • Nether Brick Stairs
    • Sandstone Stairs
    • Stone Brick Stairs
    • Quartz Stairs
  • Slabs:
    • Sandstone Slab
  • Items:
    • Nether Brick (item) (smelted from netherrack and crafted into nether brick tile)
    • Upside-down stairs, corner stairs
    • Slabs can be placed in up position (needs testing on small screens)
    • Sand and Gravel are affected by gravity
  • Tweaks:
    • Recipes for crafting slabs give 6 slabs instead of 3 (as in PC version)
    • Nether Reactor spawns Netherrack blocks instead of Obsidian
    • The fog and sky color have changed
    • The Nether Reactor now spawns more items
    • Cows drop Leather
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Melons had several bugs where they would spawn too fast and where they shouldn’t
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Minecraft - 9 Million Sales, and Counting
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That's right, the PC version of Minecraft has surpassed 9 million sales! Minecraft as a game continues to have a phenomenal level of success, with humble beginnings in the hands of Mojang founding member Markus "Notch" Persson, and growing over a period of years into one of the most successful indie game titles in gaming history. In addition, the recent changes to Minecraft in 1.4.7 - and future changes planned the game, including Mod API support, more adventure map options, and all sorts of customization options, including the highly anticipated Redstone Update - Mojang continues to push the game to new heights, even as they get involved in the community, with everything from direct-feedback bug fixing to real-life renewal projects.



Pocket Edition Update 0.6.0 Now Submitted
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That's right, a new update for Pocket Edition was recently submitted! It can take up to a week before the update becomes available for iOS or Android, so don't worry if you don't get it right away! Some of the changes include:

New features:
  • Signs
  • Armor
  • Baby animals
  • Fancy clouds
  • Improved D-pad
  • Stonecutter for crafting stone blocks
  • Sheep can be colored with dyes
  • New block types: Netherrack, Nether Brick, Block of Quartz with 2 variants (pillar and chiseled), mossy/cracked Smooth Stone Brick variants (creative only), chiseled/smooth Sandstone variants
  • New stairs: Nether Brick, Sandstone, Smooth Stone Brick, Quartz
  • New slabs: Sandstone
  • New item: Nether Brick (smelted from netherrack and crafted into nether brick tile)
  • Upside-down stairs, corner stairs
  • Slabs can be placed in up position (needs testing on small screens)
  • Sand and Gravel are affected by gravity

    Tweaks:

  • Recipes for crafting slabs give 6 slabs instead of 3 (as in PC version)
  • Nether Reactor spawns Netherrack blocks instead of Obsidian
  • The fog and sky color have changed
  • The Nether Reactor now spawns more items
  • Cows drop Leather

    Bug fixes:

  • Melons had several bugs where they would spawn too fast and where they shouldn’t


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It's time for this week's Snapshot, and we are edging ever closer to the highly anticipated Redstone Update! So, what lies in store for this week's test client?


Changelog
  • Made Zombies & Skeletons stronger, scaled to difficulty
  • Added a new Dropper block
  • Added a Minecart with Hopper item
  • Added some new chat options (In multiplayer menu)
  • At least 19 bugs squished

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Snapshot Client: Download
Snapshot Server: Download

Don't forget, if you come across any bugs, be sure to report them at the official Minecraft bug tracker, so they can be ironed out before release! Also, if you are a texture pack artist, don't forget that blocks and items will no longer load their artwork from one big sheet of sprites. Instead, they’ll have individual files for each image they’re using. The benefit from this is that it will be easier for Mojang to support custom blocks and items in the future. It will also allow Mojang to mix and match block artwork resolutions, and make sure that you get graphics for blocks that your current texture pack isn't updated for. Back to Top

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Yesterday's Snapshot has a host of patches and fixes, so if you're helping to test out the newest Snapshots, be sure to get this latest version right away!

Changelog
  • The stitcher should now make sure to create textures that have sizes in powers of two (fixes all-white textures)
  • Trapped Chests can now transmit signal downward through one block. This does not apply horizontally (through walls)
  • When powered, the hopper can't receive items
  • Fixed Trapped chests only transmit redstone signal via redstone dust
  • Fixed Crash at 13w02a Startup [Failed to start game]
  • Fixed Hopper item looks odd when dropped
  • Fixed Texture of the furnace and the dispenser in the inventory are not showing the blocks "face"
  • Fixed Biome's grass color does not get applied to the sides of the grass block in 13w02a
  • Fixed Looking at certain items crashes the game
  • Fixed the tnt minecart is missing the ssss sound once triggered
  • Fixed Minecart with TNT fails to return correct items when removed by player
  • Fixed Ghast fireball / Fireball texture
  • Fixed White textures everywhere!
  • Fixed stitched_terrain.png and stitched_items.png on desktop
  • Fixed Cauldrons have no bottom texture inside
  • Fixed TNT Minecarts cannot be dispense from a dispenser onto rails
  • Fixed TNT Minecarts Disappear on Reload
  • Fixed [Regression] Brewing Stand does not show water bottles/potions in world.
  • Fixed Dupe planks
  • Fixed Hopper still duplicating items

Downloads

Client Download:  Click here

Server Download:  Click here

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Even with the official release of 1.4.7, Mojang isn't slowing down one bit - time for another Snapshot!  What sort of amazing stuff lies in store for today's preview?  Let's take a look!

  • Textures for blocks and items now have individual image files
  • Improved death messages
  • Improved naming (using the anvil) of containers and mob eggs
  • Trapped chests now give off the redstone signal through walls
  • Improved hoppers and made them controllable by redstone
  • Updated language files
  • Language files can now be updated via the background downloader (no need for a new Minecraft release)

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A Note on Textures

Starting from this snapshot and forward, blocks and items will no longer load their artwork from one big sheet of sprites. Instead, they’ll have individual files for each image they’re using. The benefit from this is that it will be easier for Mojang to support custom blocks and items in the future. It will also allow Mojang to mix and match block artwork resolutions, and make sure that you get graphics for blocks that your current texture pack isn't updated for.  Pretty awesome!

As always, get your Snapshot files below!

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The 1.4.7 Update is officially live! This patch mostly contains fixes for problems discovered in 1.4.6. Don't forget, if you find any bugs while playing, please report them on the official Minecraft bug tracker!


  • Fixed crash related to arrows fired from dispensers
  • Fixed a multiplayer crash when using fireworks without a fireworks star
  • Fixed long timeout when checking SRV records


Your Minecraft client will automatically prompt you to update on start-up. Just accept the prompt, and you're rolling with 1.4.7! Keep in mind, servers and clients running 1.4.6 or 1.4.7 should still be compatible with one-another, so this patch will not shut down your 1.4.6 SMP servers. Be sure to update them when you can, though! Back to Top

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An update to yesterday's Snapshot was released to address bugs that players found!  Fixes include:

Updates
  • TNT explosion delayed until exiting and re-entering world
  • Infinite rail duplication glitch
  • Tile entity crashing bug
  • Removing a block with a Redstone Torch on it will not remove the Redstone Torch
  • Crash when using new inventory features
  • Infinite loop caused by a comparator (on subtractor mode) feedback loop.
  • Only one block dissappears when an Iron Golem or Snow Golem or Wither is created
  • You can place anything in a container or Minecart or Furnace Minecart with the Hopper
  • New inventory mechanics can break crafting
  • TNT explosions that destroy the chest being viewed causes a crash.
  • You can't smelt the Nether Quartz Ore
  • Yellow text object counter (displaying a 0)
  • hopper does not pick up all items dropped into it
  • Cactus can grow next to blocks
  • Duplications - ingots/diamonds etc.
  • Comparator looks activated but has no output.
  • redstone comparator fixes

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All the Snapshot details can be seen by clicking the picture above!


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