Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Snowfall Live Wallpaper v2.1
- New Feature: Occasional shooting stars!
- Bug Fix: Fast day sometimes not working
- Update: Camera pans farther in portrait mode
This is a misc grab-bag of updates that initially got going because a lot of people were having trouble with the Super Fast Day checkbox. That one took a while to track down.
Basically, we have an internal library that attempts to calculate an accurate sunrise/sunset time by looking at your current position, your time zone, and a few things like that. It mostly works pretty well. Calculating the position is expensive-ish though, so I skip that if you're using Fast Day, since it doesn't matter anyway.
However, the renderer still uses the time of day object to get its times. That's fine, but what would happen is if you turned on Fast Day without ever having turned on regular old boring time of day first... it wouldn't ever have calculated a position. This means everything defaulted to 0, which means all the times end up being midnight, which means you don't see any times change, ever.
I updated the time of day library to have some reasonable defaults, so this shouldn't happen again in the future.
What are the other updates? Nothing too big, but you'll get a little more camera panning in portrait mode now. In addition, we've had a lot of people request shooting stars, so those will happen occasionally too. They're uncommon, about once per minute, but you should see them here and there. :)