Message #1714

From: David Smith <>
Subject: Re: [MC4D] Re: yet more new puzzles and a prize
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 11:46:19 -0700

Hi Roice,
Congratulations on this new release!  It’s unfortunate that there appear to be some
issues.  I am enjoying running it on 64-bit Windows 7.  If you need any further
information which can help you track down this bug, feel free to let me know.
The hyperbolic panning is great!  I remember you saying long ago that it would
be very difficult to implement, but it looks like you did a fantastic job!  Great
work, and good luck with your further updates!
By the way, this is completely irrelevant, but I loved the messages that appeared
when loading puzzles in the old version! :)  But, your circles animation replacement
is also good.  Did you come up with those phrases yourself?
Anyway, great job!  I look forward to seeing who will win your contest.  This
would give me a great excuse to finally learning how to solve these puzzles,
but I’m quite busy at this time.  One day I promise to teach myself these
puzzles!  I’ll write to you soon, but for now I’m hoping to break my personal
record high I.Q. score on a new test.  The world record is most likely an
unattainable goal, but I can dream!
All the best,

— On Sun, 5/15/11, Eduard <> wrote:

From: Eduard <>
Subject: [MC4D] Re: yet more new puzzles and a prize
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 4:11 AM


I have difficulties as Nan to execute MT V2

— In, "schuma" <mananself@…> wrote:
> Hi Roice,
> I have some difficulty running the program. When I tried to run it without installing .net framework 4, an error message popped out. After I installed .net framework 4 and run magictile again, nothing happens. In Task Manager I can see a process called magictile, but there is no window or anything. I uninstall and reinstall .net framework 4, and I restart the computer several times but no good news. Any clue?
> Nan
> — In, Roice Nelson <roice3@> wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > MagicTile v2 has been coming along well lately, so I wanted to share a
> > preview (not that we need any more puzzles at the moment!). It is a big
> > user experience improvement over v1, mostly due to my favorite new
> > capability - *smooth hyperbolic panning*! Click and drag to your heart’s
> > content.
> >
> > Not a huge number of puzzles in the menus yet, only the ones I’ve been
> > distracted towards or used in development, but they are unique. Also, they
> > are configured in xml and easy to set up, so if anyone would like to see
> > something in particular, just let me know. I’m finding the most difficult
> > (but perhaps most interesting) task is working out the coloring patterns -
> > that is, how to identify cells with each other. So if you request a puzzle,
> > I may turn around and ask for help like I did for the {8,3} tiling.
> >
> > Here’s what is available so far:
> >
> > - {3,7} face/edge/vertex turning
> > - {8,3} 24 Color, 10 Color and alternate 12 Color (The last two surprised
> > me and the 10 Color is especially pretty.)
> > - {4,6} and {6,4} "Petals"
> > - {5,5} - These are seriously strange… non-orientable, 6-colors.
> > Should be awesome, so check them out!
> > - {4,4} Variants
> > - Klein Bottles - There’s a Nan/Brandon/Andrey difficulty-level
> > puzzle that is both face+edge turning :)
> > - {6,3} - A 7-color and a vertex turning 16-color.
> > - Also nice is that you can no longer pan to the edge of the euclidean
> > tilings - they will just go on forever.
> >
> >
> > I like that Melinda gave out a prize in the speed cubing competition, so I’d
> > like to offer to send a MC4D crystal
> > cube<>to
> > *the first person to solve all three of the {3,7} puzzles*. I know there
> > are 115 stickers that move through a twist in the face turning puzzle, some
> > of them tiny. I know there are a ton of colors. I know there are no macros
> > or piece finding yet. I only offered the prize, and didn’t say it would be
> > easy! I hope the challenge will hold the group at bay for a while, maybe
> > until new features are implemented, maybe forever. Yeah right! :D
> >
> > Here are the files (I haven’t made an installer). It requires the .NET
> > Framework 4<>,
> > but I’d only worry about that if it doesn’t work after simply unzipping and
> > attempting the run the exe.
> >
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Roice
> >