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Golly 3.2b1

Postby Andrew » May 15th, 2018, 6:54 pm

Golly 3.2b1 is now available for testing:

http://www.trevorrow.com/golly/Golly-3.2b1-Mac.dmg (Mac OS 10.6+)
http://www.trevorrow.com/golly/golly-3. ... -64bit.zip (Windows XP+, 64-bit)
http://www.trevorrow.com/golly/golly-3. ... -32bit.zip (Windows XP+, 32-bit)
http://www.trevorrow.com/golly/golly-3. ... bit.tar.gz (Linux, 64-bit)
http://www.trevorrow.com/golly/golly-3. ... bit.tar.gz (Linux, 32-bit)
http://www.trevorrow.com/golly/golly-3.2b1-src.tar.gz (source code)

Main changes to 3.1:

- Three-dimensional CA can be explored using a new script called 3D.lua. I've created a separate thread in the Scripts forum for all discussion about 3D.lua, so please post your suggestions, bug reports, patterns etc in that thread.

- The Larger than Life algorithm now supports circular neighborhoods. See Help > Algorithms > Larger than Life for details.

- HashLife and the other hash-based algorithms are faster and more responsive.

As always, see Help > Changes for the full list of changes.
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Re: Golly 3.2b1

Postby KittyTac » May 15th, 2018, 10:02 pm

Well, mine didn't go in, but hey, 3D CA! Gotta play around with that! Thank you!
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Re: Golly 3.2b1

Postby gameoflifemaniac » May 16th, 2018, 9:16 am

When I run 3D.lua, how to change the layer I'm drawing on?
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Re: Golly 3.2b1

Postby Andrew » May 16th, 2018, 9:23 am

gameoflifemaniac wrote:When I run 3D.lua, how to change the layer I'm drawing on?

From 3D.lua's help:

To move the active plane to a different position, shift-click anywhere in the active plane and drag the mouse. Or you can hit the "," or "." keys. Hit shift-A to change the active plane's orientation.
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Re: Golly 3.2b1

Postby wildmyron » May 17th, 2018, 12:23 am

Andrew:

This is an old bug, pretty minor and easy to avoid, but seeing as it's coming up to release of 3.2 I thought I'd mention it now.

Tested on Golly 3.1 and Golly 3.2b1 on Win7 x64. My shortcut for the "Set Rule" dialogue is Shift-R. I can't remember if this is the default.

With the cursor set to "Draw", press Shift-R to open the "Set Rule" dialogue. Shift temporarily changes the cursor (to "Pick" in this case) but when the dialogue opens it switches to a pointer. Click "OK" to close the dialogue.

The cursor will now be set to "Pick", rather than returning to "Draw".

Press Shift briefly - or any other key - and the cursor mode will return to "Draw".

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Would you care to expand on the improvements to HashLife and RuleLoader? In particular what should we expect in terms of performance improvements and are there any types of patterns where the improvements are likely to be most effective?

Also, are there any plans to incorporate the work Adam and Tom have been doing on CA algorithm performance in to Golly? It seems like lifelib in particular is a promising alternative for high performance CA evolution.
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Re: Golly 3.2b1

Postby Andrew » May 17th, 2018, 1:00 am

wildmyron wrote:With the cursor set to "Draw", press Shift-R to open the "Set Rule" dialogue. Shift temporarily changes the cursor (to "Pick" in this case) but when the dialogue opens it switches to a pointer. Click "OK" to close the dialogue.

The cursor will now be set to "Pick", rather than returning to "Draw".

I can't reproduce the problem on any of my Mac/Win/Linux systems. That pretty much rules out any hope of me finding a solution. Maybe there is some Windows keyboard setting you can change to fix this?

Would you care to expand on the improvements to HashLife and RuleLoader?

Tom did all those changes so best to ask him (golly-test might be a better place -- not sure how often he checks these forums).

Also, are there any plans to incorporate the work Adam and Tom have been doing on CA algorithm performance in to Golly?

Again, best to ask Tom.
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Re: Golly 3.2b1

Postby wildmyron » May 17th, 2018, 1:08 am

Andrew wrote:
wildmyron wrote:With the cursor set to "Draw", press Shift-R to open the "Set Rule" dialogue. Shift temporarily changes the cursor (to "Pick" in this case) but when the dialogue opens it switches to a pointer. Click "OK" to close the dialogue.

The cursor will now be set to "Pick", rather than returning to "Draw".

I can't reproduce the problem on any of my Mac/Win/Linux systems. That pretty much rules out any hope of me finding a solution. Maybe there is some Windows keyboard setting you can change to fix this?

OK, thank you for looking in to it.
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Re: Golly 3.2b1

Postby rowett » May 17th, 2018, 5:57 am

wildmyron wrote:With the cursor set to "Draw", press Shift-R to open the "Set Rule" dialogue. Shift temporarily changes the cursor (to "Pick" in this case) but when the dialogue opens it switches to a pointer. Click "OK" to close the dialogue.

The cursor will now be set to "Pick", rather than returning to "Draw".

I can reproduce this on my Windows 10 system with Golly 3.2b1. I had to add Key Combination: "Shift-R", Action: Set Rule... in File > Preferences... > Keyboard.

I'll take a look at the code.
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