After a very long time in development, the VirtualVEX development team and Team 254 are proud to announce the alpha release of VirtualVEX 2013. This new version of the simulator has been greatly improved from the 2012 version and features both interface and engine changes. It also now features this year’s VEX game, Sack Attack. Here’s a summary of some of the latest changes:
*]-Tabbed menu system which reduces the clutter of the main menu. The 3 tabs are: Simulation, which provides simulation settings and options; Getting Started, which features documentation; and News & Updates, which carries the “latest news” box from previous versions.
*]-Customizable simulation settings. Previous VirtualVEX users, take note: in the old version, Robot Skills and Solo Untimed were links to start the simulation. Now the are simply settings presets, which can be applied or customized. You can start the simulation after customizing settings my pressing “Start Simulation.”
*]-Advanced Settings dialog to switch back to Gateway if desired.
*-]Improved physics collision system. Robot parts should no longer “detach” in strong collisions. Please note this engine enhancement is only available on the new Sack Attack robots.
*]-Traditional menubar-based user interface is less cluttered than the old interface while keeping all the functionality.
*]-Fully customizable simulation settings (see above)
*]-Output buffer added to console. This allows print statements to the console. New commands have also been implemented, and you can now press the Enter key to enter commands (instead of having to press the go button)
*]-User code location moved to AppData folder, in accordance with standard Windows procedures
*]-New metro-inspired interface theme
*]-Class hierarchies in source code improved. More information on the new developer API is available on the website.
Finally, we have implemented a virtual version of the new VEX clawbot. This replaces the old VirtualVEX clawbot.
As always, you can download the new version from our website: https://sites.google.com/site/virtualvex/downloads
You will also notice the site has had a facelift as well!
Since this is an alpha version, it is far from complete and as usual any input from our users is greatly appreciated. If you do download and use it, we don’t ask for any payment as it is a completely free program, but we do request that you give some nice critical feedback so that we can work to improve the program.
Also, since this is an alpha version not all features are yet available. Rest assured that there will be more than 2 sack attack robots, we just need to wait around and see what designs become popular