The Updates Button: One-click installation of snapshots and updates!
I was on a topic about the texture pack button being removed and placed in the Options menu. I've opted to place a new button in the main menu.
I've got you the updates button.
Wait, there is already a snapshot feature in the Curse Client!
The Snapshot implementation in the Curse Client is different from the Updates menu interface in this suggestion. Minecraft is not equal to the Curse Client.
What does it do?
It redirects you to the updates menu which allows you to download the latest updates and snapshots without having to restart the minecraft launcher and use the Force Update button, or just manually download a snapshot.
What are the buttons doing here in the updates menu?
Snapshots button allows you to download snapshots with one click.
Back button brings you back to the main menu.
Back button in the snapshot menu brings you back to the updates menu.
Mojang's website button brings you to the domain mojang.com with the currently default browser you're using.
How does it download an update?
Click on an update to download it. It will show the details of the update and a download button.
However, before downloading the update from the updates list will ask you if you want to quit Minecraft first. There will be a warning saying "Playing on a different version of Minecraft can make worlds from upcoming versions unloadable! Are you sure you want to continue?"
If clicking Yes then it will close the game and show a progress bar.
If clicking No it will bring you back to the updates menu.
An update with an orange "COMING SOON" banner means that is not released yet.
An update with a blue "Click here to download" banner means that it is released and available for download.
An update with a gray "Outdated" banner and its icon grayed out means that it is outdated.
If you are playing Minecraft and a new update is released, there will be changes to the title screen:
The Minecraft version at the bottom left will turn red, and put Outdated on it.
At the bottom right corner, there will be a balloon saying "A new update is released! Click here to download it"
In the updates menu, the new update will slowly flash red and yellow. The previous update is outdated.
There will be no changes to the in-game worlds.
(suggested by NitrogenSnow) The updates button will turn green indicating there is a new update.
The previous update will be grayed out.
How does it download a snapshot?
There's a button at the bottom that says Snapshots. When you click it, it takes you to the Snapshot list menu, where you can download all of the snapshots. Click on a snapshot to download it. It will show the details of the snapshot and a download button. Press the download button.
However, before downloading a snapshot it will ask you if you want to quit Minecraft first. But also it will show a warning saying: "WARNING - Snapshots can delete inventories, or corrupt your maps! Please backup your stuff first before testing a snapshot"
(as said by Sambaru, if the warning wasn't implemented then too many people will just mess up their worlds, thanks for the information)
If clicking yes then it will close the game and show a progress bar.
If clicking no it will bring you back to the snapshot menu.
You can play all of the snapshots if you like. If there is a new snapshot. you can check back.
Will it be a better way to download snapshots with one click?
Of course. It can be useful for newbies. But however, if they don't like this idea, then they can choose to download the new snapshot manually.
Will it be a better way to download updates with one click?
Partially yes. People will prefer using the force update feature. Some may use it rarely. Or just simply Yes.
Is it the same as MCNostalgia?
No! It's different from MCNostalgia. MCNostalgia is based on command prompt and the Updates button is based on Minecraft.
I'm a beta tester of Minecraft Realms, but the Updates button belongs in the empty spot!
The Minecraft Realms button will replace the Texture Packs button if you're a beta tester of Minecraft Realms. If you are, then the updates button will be under the options button instead.
Does this interact with my worlds?
Of course not. However, downgrading to older versions can cause some worlds to break so you'll need to take caution when doing a downgrade.
If clicking on "Mojang's Website" button, which browser will it use?
Any browser that is your default browser will be selected automatically, or, if you don't have a default browser, you will be opted to pick a browser before visiting Mojang's website.
There's already snapshots and updates on Mojang's website!
However, Minecraft will lose focus when trying to visit Mojang's website, so if you want to focus only on Minecraft, you can install updates straight from the game.
Checking if worlds needed a higher version:
If you're downloading a world for 1.5 and you're using 1.4.7, the world will be grayed out and there will be red text saying "Has 1.5 content. Please update to Minecraft 1.5" when you try to play the world. This is to prevent crashes and corruptions when using other versions.
Do I need to downgrade to Beta or Alpha?
Since they are outdated, you can't.
If I have a world that uses a snapshot's new features, can I still load it when I downgrade to a previous version?
Of course not. Your Minecraft will crash if you try to load a world that has a snapshot's features.
For example: You download snapshot 13w21a and play around with your world spamming horses and creating a stained clay house. You downgrade to 1.5.2, then when you try to play your world, the game crashes.
Can I use the Updates button in the Minecraft demo?
You can still use the Updates button in the Minecraft demo.
- Makes updating Minecraft simplified as it should be!
- Snapshot testing is much easier!
- Can be available in the new Minecraft launcher.
- The button is always available to all users (non-premium and premium)
- Is also available in demo mode
- Breaks the force update feature in the Minecraft launcher.
- May be obselete when the Mod API is out.
- If the people don't follow the warnings, of course their worlds will break.
The Updates button in main menu.
The menu shown when you click the Updates button.
I like this idea/I don't like this idea.
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Will it be added in the next update?
If Dinnerbone finds out about this, then he will.
As long as the original snapshot posts stay on the news page I'm happy. I tend to not play for awhile and then just skim the news for updates in a new tab whilst browsing the web. I play Minecraft on a seperate computer than I use to browse, so having to load up the client just to check for updates isn't going to happen for me I'm afraid.
No support, the snapshots are for people who can at least install them, too many people would mess up their worlds.
A cat posting in my suggestion saying No support.
There's a warning if you are downloading snapshots. If you download one it will say
"WARNING - Snapshots can delete inventories, or corrupt your maps! Please backup your stuff first before testing a snapshot"
How about, the snapshots will first say "Warning: You are about to download a test version. You are unable to use non-snapshot mods and there is a risk of your maps getting permanently damaged or even corrupted. Download at your own risk."
Much support! Though now snapshots will become much more mainstream with the non-forumgoing Minecraft audience, so a disclaimer will have to pop up that goes something like this: "You are about to install an unfinished version of Minecraft! You may experience crashes, bugs, and world corruption. Would you like to continue?" So then noobs (hopefully) won't flock to the forums thinking the glitchy snapshots are updates. (Which you already have in the post so total support)