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[OUTDATED] FreeCol Portable 0.9.4 Development Test 1

This release has been outdated. Please see https://portableapps.com/node/26226 for the updated version.

Application: FreeCol
Category: Games
Description: FreeCol is a turn-based strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization. The objective of the game is to create an independent nation.

Download FreeCol Portable 0.9.4 Development Test 1 [26.7MB download / 37.5MB installed]
(MD5: db0c67e0b854d1f3d6d14697860e8d46)

Release Notes:

Development Test 1 (2010-08-13):

  • updated package to 0.9.4

Development Test 7 (2010-07-30):

  • made extra languages optional (saves English users 7.3MB)
  • removed installer source files

Development Test 6 (2010-07-16):

  • fixed bug with spaces in path

Development Test 5 (2010-07-15):

  • switched language switching from Java options to FreeCol options (special thanks to Gringoloco) (automatic support for Brazilian Portuguese active again)

Development Test 4 (2010-07-13):

  • corrected language switching to be in line with Java command line options (breaks support for language dialects like Brazilian Portuguese)
  • made some changes in launcher options

Development Test 3 (2010-07-10):

  • implemented language switching (defaults to English if language not supported
  • switched from FreeCol command line options to Java command line options
  • moved main Freecol data from Data to Data/freecol (side effect of above point) (if you are upgrading, move freecol and save from Data to Data/freecol)
  • explained launcher.ini

Development Test 2 (2010-07-04):

  • installer now multilingual (app language determined by Java locale)
  • fixed splash not appearing bug
  • moved main Freecol data from Data/settings to Data (if you are upgrading, move freecol and save from Data/settings to Data)
  • made icons clearer
  • deleted useless freecol.exe

Development Test 1 (2010-07-03): Initial release

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Feedback

Works on XP Pro SP3 with admin rights. I think FreeCiv would be a lot nicer if they incorporated some of the ambient sounds from this game. Thanks for developing this portable version.

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Thanks

Thanks for the feedback and testing! That Regshot confirmed that it is truly portable.

Right now, I suspect everything works except language switching, which is a conundrum in itself. Of course, I still need testing to make sure that everything works, so please test!

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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Development Test 3, New View of All Releases

I have posted Development Test 3, see the changelog and download above.

Also, I have made a public repository for all releases, located on Mediafire: http://www.mediafire.com/freecolportable changed below

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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Development Test 4 Posted, Call to Bug Reports

I have posted Development Test 4. See the changelog and download above.

As soon as I figure out how, I will nominate this for Pre-Release testing, as I believe it is ready.

Also, to those of you who have downloaded and have not posted in this thread (there are a good bit of you), please post! I don't want to post this as a Pre-Release and find out that some major bug exists which I didn't know about. Thanks in advance.

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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FYI,

I have finished the custom code for handling xml settings files

See: PalCustomCodes & other usefull stuff

But, I think the way you got language switching set-up now, is kind of good enough !

Maybe you could still implement:

[Language]
CheckIfExists=%PAL:AppDir%\FreeCol\data\strings\FreeColMessages_%PAL:LanguageCustom%.properties
DefaultIfNotExists=en_GB

Note, that I haven't tested the above settings in anyway, but it should be roughly what you need!

Btw: Your link for the current DT is death, quote:

Invalid or Deleted File

Formerly Gringoloco
Windows XP Pro sp3 x32

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Fixed

I fixed the link.

Development Test 5 is coming, with a switch to using the option file for language switching.

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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Development Test 5, 1 Week to Pre-Release

I have posted Development Test 5. See the changelog and download above.

At this point, I believe FreeCol is bug-free. I will recommend it to the release team for Pre-Release in 1 week, if there are no bugs or suggestions.

Thanks to all of those who have downloaded and tested FreeCol Portable!

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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OP needs to be edited as the

OP needs to be edited as the release notes for DT5 are labelled as DT4.

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Fixed

Oops, looks like the entire post got screwed up in the edit.

OP changed back to Development Test format and Release Notes fixed.

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I don't know much

Doesn't an app have to go through the test phase? I mean it is not totally listed as a test app yet? Pre-release so soon? Especially when there are so many apps that were in test log before this one?

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Optimism

I think he was being optimistic Wink

Optimistic and planning on posting the dev test to the Apps Ready For Official Release, Post Here thread.

Good luck Smile

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You Could Say That

You could say that I'm optimistic. However, I think that this is ready, and the fact that nobody's reported any bugs makes it better.

I won't lie: this application was pretty portable to begin with. All I did was adjust it to PortableApps.com Format and implement language switching.

If you don't think it's ready, download it and prove me wrong.

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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Just to be clear, no sarcasm was intended.

When I said Good Luck I meant it in the proper sense.

I want more games in the PortableApps.com Format and have for some time. In fact what originally brought me to PA over 2 years ago was games.

Naturally I have a much broader appreciation of the platform now but still have a soft spot for games in PAF. It is my belief that portable games are a good entry point for a broader group of users. As it was for me.

Anyway the point is when I said you were being optimistic there was no slight implied. I meant you were being positive about the application's chances for progression and wished you well for it. Hence the Smile

Now on a more relevant note, successfully updated to DT5 on XP Pro SP3 with admin rights. Game starts without issue.

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I Read It That Way

I understood what you meant. I didn't mean to sound combatative or anything, but I'd rather have people try to find bugs. Even if it makes me look bad. Blum

Again, I apologize if I didn't come off very well in my response, but all I'm trying to say is that I am a little bit optimistic, and that through my tests everything is portable. If you want to challenge me and make me happy, test it. Find a bug, and I'll give you a cookie. Biggrin

Oh yes, and thanks for being the first tester. It really is helpful.

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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All I meant

Was give it time, I have many apps some over 4 months old, with a total of over 1400 downloads on one. The only complaint was not 2k compatible, I am even in daily contact with the development team of the app. That being said your app has been posted 12 days and it is already ready for pre-release. Me thinks optimism is great but you may want to take it out of fifth gear and coast with it for a while.

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I Understand

I understand. I realize that I shouldn't rush this app off, but I seem a bit too encouraged that my development tests have 100+ downloads with no bugs reported.

Per your suggestion I'll wait a little bit longer, perhaps 2 weeks until recommendation. However, another reason that is why I'm rushing this is because I'll get busy sometime soon, and when that happens this may fall through the cracks.

Again, I apologize if I came off too hard.

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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Hi, ... Your portable software, dont work inside my user name.

Hi, ...

Your portable software, dont work inside my user name.

In clear = i have the user name = Sylvain St-Amand

But when i place your portable package, on the desktop directory, it show an error. Data directory cant be found, inside St-Amand

That error message display only, St-Amand, not Sylvain St-Amand

Please verifiy at your side, ...

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Huh

So you installed it on your desktop, which has a path similar to "C:\Users\Sylvain St-Amand\Desktop"?

Probably malfunctioning due to the path. Will you test an updated release that I post tomorrow to see whether that fixes the problem?

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Hi, ... I try the = v. 0.9.3

Hi, ...

I try the = v. 0.9.3 Development Test 5 , 2010-July-15

(thesupremecommander)So you installed it on your desktop, which has a path similar to "C:\Users\Sylvain St-Amand\Desktop"?

Respond = Yes, the portable package create the directory = C:\Users\Sylvain St-Amand\Desktop\FreeColPortable

Error message = could not find the main class St-Amand\Desktop\FreeColPortableData Program will exit.

I also try on others directorys and it work. (Like "C:\portable\" "E:\")

P.s. others portable apps software, work correctly on the "C:\Users\Sylvain St-Amand\Desktop".

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Quotes

Looks to me like you're missing quotes somewhere in your CommandLineArguments which should be there (read that bit of the manual again, quotes are mentioned quite strongly due to mistakes like this).

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Yes

As soon as I read his post I realized that -Duser.home was not enclosed in quotes. Development Test 6 is coming fixing that and a non-updated launcher source. Stay tuned.

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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Fixed

I will upload Development Test 6 as soon as I can recompile the Installer (not very easy on Linux :().

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Development Test 6, New URLs

I have posted Development Test 6. See the changelog and download above.

Also, I have updated some URLs:

access to all of my PortableApps.com Development Tests (across all apps)
access to the FreeCol Portable Development Tests (note that the original URL no longer works)

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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Development Test 7 Posted, Pre-Release Status Requested

I have posted what should be the final Development Test, Development Test 7. See the changelog and download above.

This release will be sent for Pre-Release status as I said before.

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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0.9.4 Development Test 1 Posted, Call for Testers

I have posted 0.9.4 Development Test 1. See the changelog and download above.

Also, FreeCol Portable needs new testers... If you're interested in making this an official release, please download and test it! It doesn't matter how much you test it (from casually playing to testing every feature), only that you post the results here.

Happy testing!

My Dev Tests: ~ KeePass Pro Portable (awaiting .NET directory) ~ FreeCol Portable (needs testers)

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No go....

Can't even get it to run.

The first time I click on the entry in the pApps menu FreeColPortable.exe starts, I get the splash screen, then FreeColPortable.exe stops a second or two later. Nothing else.

The second time I try to run it, FreeColPortable.exe starts, I get the splash screen, javaw.exe starts, then nothing.

Have even re-downloaded and re-installed, and still the same thing....

I'm on XP SP3, with full admin rights.

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Weird...

Might be another path error in the launcher.

Anyway, since I've been gone so long, I'll be rolling out 0.9.5 once I'm finished hopefully with a fix to your issue.

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The SplashScreen dont display a graphics.

Hi, ...

The Square center SplashScreen dont display a graphics. = Only a background colors.

I have Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, Java x64 and x86 installed.

When it display the Square in the center of the screen, that must contain the SplashScreen, but in real it contain a background color, after i have to click on that square in the center of the screen, to see the main menu and play the game.

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