Описание патча Steel Beasts Pro PE 4.004


Steel Beasts Pro PE 4.004 (Патч (исправление, дополнение)

Описание особенностей.

(Новая версия Steel Beasts описана на английском языке. По мере перевода английский текст превращается в русский. Помощь в переводе обозначенных заранее частей текста приветствуется.

Текст от автора написан таким вот цветом)

Это патч-исправление к новой версии SB Pro PE 4.0, требует предварительной установки версии 4.0. Steel Beasts 4.0 предназначена для отдельной установки. Строго рекомендуется удалить предыдущие версии Steel Beasts Pro PE отличающиеся от 4.0 и программную среду CodeMeter перед установкой! 

Чтобы быть уверенным в отсутствии старой установки, рекомендуется использовать системные средства удаления программ Add/Remove Programs

Примечание:  Эта версия не запустится без лицензии Steel Beasts Pro PE 4.0!

Steel Beasts Pro PE 4.0 только 64-х битная!

Лицензию можно приобрести на сайте разработчика: http://www.eSimGames.com/purchase.htm

Браузер Edge сообщает о сбое при активации лицензии; рекомендуется использовать иной браузер при посещении WebDepot, чтобы реализовать тикет Вашей лицензии.

Это электронный документ для распространения с Steel Beasts Pro PE, который служит дополнением к Описанию версии 4.0 до тех пока Руководство Пользователя 4.0 не выйдет в печать, вероятно в декабре 2016.

Системные требования

SB Pro PE 4.0 требует 64-битную версию Windows, начиная от Windows 7 и выше.

Скачивание и распаковка самораспаковывающегося архива и немедленная установка, временно требуют примерно 12,5 ГБ дискового пространства. Из них примерно 6 ГБ свободного места для Steel Beasts понадобится постоянно. Выиграть место на диске можно записав дистрибутив на DVD диск.

Рекомендуется многоядерный процессор частотой 2,5ГГц (больше-лучше), 8 Гигабайт оперативной памяти RAM (16…32 рекомендуется для преобразований карт в высоком разрешении), 1 Гигабайт памяти на видеокарте, и основное это поддержка DirectX 9.0с с поддержкой Shader Model 3.0 .

Разумеется мышь клавиатура и монитор. Звуковая карта и интернет соединение строго рекомендуются. Джойстики и манипуляторы игрой поддерживаются.

DirectX 9 включен в дистрибутив.

Антивирусное программное обеспечение в прошлые разы было источником неприятностей для некоторых пользователей. Если установка прервалась с первой попытки, следующим шагом нужно временно отключить антивирус на время установки. Обратите внимание, что некоторые антивирусные программы лишь имитируют закрытие, в то время как службы (или основной файл) остаются активными в панели задач или в перечне запущенных процессов. 

Установка

Steel Beasts использует установщик, который сам изменяет Политики Групп Windows (права доступа) для папки с файлами карт SB Pro. Если вы не хотите чтобы пользователи вашего компьютера имели доступ к папке с картами (имея возможность редактировать их) вам понадобится самостоятельно изменить права доступа к папке C:ProgramData/eSim Games/SteelBeasts/maps 

Популярная рекомендация на интернет-форумах — которую eSim Games не поддерживает — нужно щелкнуть правой кнопкой мыши SBProPEcm.exe в..\Release папка установки Steel Beasts, открыть диалоговое окно Properties, и в «Compatibility» вкладке, выбрать опцию «Управлять от имени Администратора» — или запускать программу установки от имени администратора. Разработчики углубились достаточно, чтобы удостовериться, что изменение ЭТОГО уровня безопасности не нужно.

Этот установщик включает среду CodeMeter версии 6.30.

Временные лицензии

С появлением версии игры 3 0 теперь можно брать программное обеспечение в прокат. Эта возможность ориентирована на пользователей которые пока не имеют USB ключа. Временные лицензии выпускаются на срок действия на 1, 4 и 12 месяцев соответственно.

  • временные лицензии жестко привязаны к компьютеру на котором установлена игра.
  • но одном компьютере может действовать только одна лицензия. Активация нескольких лицензий на одном и том же компьютере расширит время работы существующей лицензии и не добавит возможность запуска нескольких сеансов на одном компьютере. Например если вы купили лицензию на 4 месяца и лицензию на 1 месяц, активация обеих лицензий приведет к тому что будет действовать одна лицензия сроком на 5 месяцев.
  • автоматически лицензия не обновляется, это не бесплатная подписка срок действия которой истекает. Вместо этого при старте программы появится предупреждение о том что лицензия истекает или уже истекла. Из-за некоторых недавних изменений, временные лицензии должны были быть настроены (на данный момент) так, чтобы просто быть добавленными к уже установленным лицензиям на виртуальном Ключе. Это означает, что старая лицензия будет постоянно беспокоить, что она должна быть обновлена, создавая ложное впечатление о том, что активация новой лицензии не была успешной. Разработчики приносят извинения за это.
  • приобретенные лицензии не нуждаются в немедленной активации; на самом деле, они могут более безопасно сохраняться у разработчиков на WebDepot, чем активироваться на локальном компьютере. Вы можете приобрести например 5 лицензий но активировать только одну когда нужно. Вам необходимо сохранить только электронное письмо со ссылкой на «тикет», для использования в дальнейшем.

Онлайн поддержка и документация

Опытные игроки могут уже быть регулярными посетителями официального сайта www.SteelBeasts.com. Если вы читаете это, но еще не были там, настоятельно рекомендуется сделать это. Независимо от того нравятся вам форумы или нет, интегрированная система поиска может привести вас к ценной информации.

Важная часть сайта, хоть и не такая видимая, это коллективные усилия по созданию онлайн документации, SteelBeasts Wiki: http://www.steelbeasts.com/sbwiki/index.php/Main_Page

Даже без доступа в интернет есть серьезное количество документации, включенное непосредственно в SteelBeasts (хотя обновленная версия руководства пользователя будет поставляться только со следующего обновления, намеченного предварительно на декабрь 2016 года. (Эти комментарии написаны 31 августа 2016 года)

Дополнительная документация может быть найдена в меню Пуск Windows 8 в подкаталоге программной группы игры под названием Документы, известно что это один из самых хорошо сохранившихся секретов со времен двухтысячного года. Там содержатся PDF файлы руководств пользователя и другая вспомогательная информация, например американское полевое руководство US Field Manual 101-5-1, использующиеся в игре.

Новости о SteelBeasts обычно сначала публикуются на официальном сайте или на сайте производителя www.eSimGames.com, которые вы можете проверять по необходимости.

User Interface Changes
Generally, a lot of changes have been made since version 3.0 to give the user a wider span of control over dismounted infantry. The eye view now lists all ele-ments of a mechanized platoon – both vehicles and organic infantry, down to infantry teams. This allows to direct squads in very much the same way as in-dividual vehicles in a platoon, including commands to apply suppressive area fire, to target (moving) units, and more. To open the command menu simply left-click the sub-unit’s tactical icon in the lower right hand corner.
Overhead View
An option was added to in the Mission Editor enabling a bird’s eye view of the battlefield for the user at regular runtime (previously possible only for Instruc-tor Host mode, or while testing a scenario). To access the view (if available), press F8 while already being in the external observer’s position. Holding the right mouse button allows adjusting the camera angle, the mouse wheel or the regular “up” and “down” hotkeys will set the camera elevation.
Note that the “fog of war” is maintained in this view; enemy units that have not been spotted by computer-controlled units will remain invisible to the player even if his elevated camera position has line of sight.
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Infantry
Dismounting mech platoons will now form a platoon command section of four, including the platoon commander, the platoon sergeant, and a medic. This medic can be sent to squad locations where casualties occurred, with a sub-stantial chance to restore the casualty back into fighting condition.
Infantry squads will now generally apply first aid with a chance to revive casu-alties; depending on the troops’ assigned quality level (see Mission Editor) the chance ranges from “minimal” to “not so great, but noticeable”. The platoon medic always has a much better chance.
The ‘Shoot at unit’ command has now a hotkey, which by default is ‘T’.
Formations, Movement, and Pathfinding
‘Column’ and ‘Line’ formation hotkeys now also work for infantry units. There is now also an (by default unmapped) ‘Dual Column’ hotkey. Both Line and Dual Column formations will be staggered for a more realistic dispersion of troops.
All ‘weapon teams’ may now use all movement modes (crawling/sprinting/etc); however their movement speeds and stamina will be restricted.
On pressing ‘W’ to command a weapon teams with already disassembled weap-ons to start moving the soldiers will use a walking rather than a crawling pos-ture.
Infantry will now dismount vehicles running. Dismounts should get up less of-ten now, making the whack-a-mole game a bit harder.
The assembly/disassembly order has been improved in some cases (AT-3, AT-4, BILL, Milan, TOW, mortar) to reduce the number of floating components.
Civilians
Civilians created without a weapon start in ‘standing’ posture
• Fixed a bug preventing the «Suppress At…» command to work for armed civilians
• Fixed bugs making civilians refuse to crawl on the ground if manually commanded to do so (but would rather stand up)
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Engineers
Added the «Engineer team» infantry type. They are equipped for breaching a range of obstacles; they can sweep lanes for mines, and will automatically de-fuse IEDs while doing so. ‘Engineer’ infantry squads may be split into teams.
Engineer infantry will now mark defused IEDs and Claymores.
Gun Artwork
Added the following assault rifles and MGs for dismounted squads, or updated their models:
• AK-5C
• C7A2
• C8DK
• FN-FAL
• L85A3
• M4
• M16A3
• M60E
• M240
• MG3
• PKM
• SCAR-17
Adjusted the RPG-7s so that they have a booster effect.
The MG3 guns for all combatants but the Centauro will now be using the ‘ground’ front and rear aim posts (the Centauro will keep using the ‘Air’ ones). Note however that the gunner’s POV remains unchanged (aligned to the ‘Air’ sights so that actual aiming using the ‘ground’ sights will be more challenging.
Fixed a bug where the equipment of ‘weapon team’ soldiers would only be dis-played while they were moving, not while being stationary.
Heavy Machine Gun Teams
Added MG3-HMG (tripod, sights)
By using the ‘toggle reticle’ hotkey (‘R’ by default) the MG3-HMG gunner may tog-gle the reticle illumination.
Light Machine Gun Teams
LMG teams are defined as MG teams with a bipod supported weapon, not by ammunition caliber. Some teams (e.g. M60E) will carry 200 rds ready and 400 stored, while others (PKM) will carry 100rds ready, 500 stored, or even just 50 rounds ready (MG3).
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Missile Teams
AT-3 Sagger, AT-4 Spigot, Milan: Changed gun data so that soldiers will now setup the weapon while laying down.
Corrected the ATGM assigned to the US1990 soldiers.
Added the Dragon ATGM as a new optional weapon type for the missile team.
RPG Teams
Corrected the default RPG assigned to the US1990,2000 and KR2000 soldiers.
Sniper Teams
With version 4.0 sniper teams are added to Steel Beasts Pro PE; you may occu-py the observer’s position and designate targets to the (computer-controlled) shooter. In addition, snipers will automatically engage (only) non-vehicle tar-gets that have been designated as “High Value Targets” in the Mission Editor.
The sniper teams’ Ammunition dialog implicitly sets the weapon equipment. Engagement ranges are listed for man-sized targets.
o M2 Barrett (cal .50)
o TRG-42 (.338 Lapua Magnum)
o Dragunov (7.62mm x 54R)
o M24 (.300 Winchester) (insufficient squinting may fool you into seeing a TRG-42)
o G3 with scope (7.62mm x 51) (too intensive staring may make it look like a Dragunov)
Character Artwork
Vehicle crews will only use custom selections of appearance if they are config-ured to be ‘general infantry’. Vehicle with ‘specialist crews’ require a separate, explicit override (use ‘Set look for crews’ option in the Mission Editor).
Generic crew textures for various different nationalities were added, including North Korean infantry, several Israeli nationality textures, and a 1970s US and ‘Soviet Russian’ soldier, as well as a non-camo face texture for the USSR sol-dier. The latter will be the new default for the ‘red’ side in SB Pro PE.
Use better looking stand and walk animations for the weapons teams
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The various AFV crewman meshes (US/DE/RU style) can now be assigned to infantry and civilian characters. Note that one limitation is that they will only use the AK47 rifle.
Buildings
Updated all buildings’ maximum occupancy parameter. Buildings will now be limited to capacities divisible by two (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16…) increasing the chances that infantry will deem a nearby building suitable to take up positions there. Some buildings are still at a low capacity of just two or four soldiers. The very small ones may only be taken by small teams like snipers. Four-position huts are intended for team sized units to prevent unintentional overcrowding. This should help avoiding micromanagement and helps computer-controlled units to disperse better.
Note: Infantry units usually refuse to enter a building only because the ca-pacity is too low, or because some positions have already been taken by some other unit (friend, or foe).
When ordered to take position in a building, the SB Pro will now show how many firing positions in the target building are still vacant. Waypoints may now be placed directly on a building in the map view to let infantry take up posi-tions inside. In the past the battleposition marker had to be outside of the building, which was counterintuitive.
In the Mission Editor and in the Planning Phase it is now possible to set user preferences for default behaviors – both for movement routes and for behavior in buildings depending on the chosen waypoint tactics.
Hotkeys
‘Extended keys’ (the INS, DEL, HOME, END, PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN, and arrow keys in the clusters to the left of the numeric keypad) will now be referenced correctly in the ‘hotkey configuration’ dialog – in previous Steel Beasts versions they were confusingly identified as Numpad keys. Also, we localized the names of the ‘Shift’, ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Pause’ keys.
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Road Leveling
In SB Pro version 4.0 just-in-time, low-resolution ‘road leveling’ is applied automatically whenever the scenario is being loaded; it does however not change the source files. The process is fast and usually delivers reasonable results.
Depth of Focus (DOF) for Thermal Imagers
Revised focus handling for vehicle TIS. (excluding RWS). All thermal sights will now appear more blurry and require focal adjustment. To simplify things, in the Personal Edition there is but a single hotkey to adjust the focus named «Fo-cus Imaging System» which defaults to (Num Del (Decimal)). In addition the im-age may be adjusted by holding ALT and scrolling the mouse wheel.
Press the hotkey once to adjust the image to the object in the center of the crosshairs.
Note that on some vehicles, e.g. the CV90/35, a permanent autofocus is active, obviating the need for manual adjustments.
Map Screen
Formation Handling
It is now possible to assign multiple (up to 240) units to “preset groups” – e.g. a company team. It is then possible at runtime to enter a New group route that will automatically get copied over to all other members of that preset group; the first route leg is always on hold to allow individual route adjustments before then a “group proceed” command can be given.
Groups can be composed at runtime (both Planning and Execution Phase) while in the map screen, System menu, Edit preset groups. This will open a dialog box listing all units owned by the individual player which he can the move into his groups. Every unit can be member of only one of the up to six preset groups.
Other
The battleposition icons now support text labels.
The map view may now show a relief map shading effect (if so enabled in the MISSION EDITOR). Irrespective of the per-scenario settings this option is always available in the MISSION EDITOR, and in the AAR mode.
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The waypoint/battle position context menus have been unified (i.e. always showing «Formation» and «Spacing» menus now).
High-tension power lines are now shown on the map. They appear as solid lines featuring ticks at the position of power pylons (the ticks will disappear at low zoom levels).
Fuel supply vehicles will now also display a supply radius indication for each individual vehicle (in configurations supporting such a display).
Legacy SB1-style anti-tank ditch objects are no longer rendered in the map screen.
Multiplayer
A “remote screenshot” functionality for session hosts was added: While in the map screen, the session host may now access a new top-level menu «screen capture». It lists all players in the current network session. By selecting an entry a screenshot will be taken at the client (Steel Beasts win-dow only, not the whole desktop) and sent to the host. Its file format is always JPG, irrespective of the normal screenshot settings, to preserve network band-width. These screenshots will be saved on the host’s usual screenshot directory, with an additional «Remote» subfolder. Screenshots will be named as usual, with the addition of the client name. Example: <screenshot folder>\mm-dd-yy\Remote\SS_<clientname>_HH_mm_ss.jpg
When hosting an online session, the ‘remove’ button will be hidden if the marked player is the host (which cannot be removed!). In addition the list of combatants will be switched to read only if any player but the host is selected.
«Package loss» is an additional metric shown with the frame rate counter over-lay.
FPS/memory info overlay enhancements: the overlay will now stay active even if the network is considered «overloaded». Additionally, on the host, the overlay will now show ping time and bandwidth in/out usage for the individual clients.
Fixed a problem allowing clients to still join a session even after the Host had already started the loading process … or which could deny clients to join a session when the ‘join mission in progress’ wizard was in use.
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Nav Meshes
Version 3.0 nav meshes are invalid and will be ignored. We recommend open-ing old scenarios in the Mission Editor, to add a new nav mesh, and then to save the file. Nav mesh generation is now much faster than in previous ver-sions, and should generally yield a better quality too. The SB Navmesh Builder is at the moment without function (…but will come back with the high-res terrain engine, ca. Q1/2017).
Note that “a nav mesh” now actually comprises of several nav meshes – one for infantry and one (or more) for vehicles. Infantry nav meshes will ignore certain types of obstacles such as hedges, fences, and smaller walls because they can be climbed; infantry will “diffuse through” these obstacles for lack of detailed climb/crawl/jump/equipment handling animations.
Vehicles will attempt to honor light obstacles but may still crush them if driven manually (or by accident) if the vehicle is massive, and the obstacle is not.
All road types have now “travel costs” applied to them, favoring (somewhat) longer routes on multi-lane roads over narrow roads and forest service trails. If you want to force the use of secondary roads while entering a new route, click more often to set manual waypoints.
General Changes
You may hold the Shift key in the main menu when clicking the Map Editor or the Mission Editor to be immediately prompted for the file to open and edit. This can save time otherwise wasted to load a blank file; Alt+click (on the Mis-sion Editor menu item) opens an existing scenario file in test mode.
The AAR now records the state of the vehicle crew, ie whether they’re inside the vehicle, peeking out of the hatch or all the way out of the hatch. The crew hatch positions are assumed to be coupled to the crew state (which might not 100% conform to what happened in the scenario but was judged to be ‘close enough’); if a crewmember is all the way in the hatch it will be shown as closed. For the CDR, the ‘open protected’ position will be shown if he was just peeking out of the hatch and the ‘all the way open’ position if he is com-pletely out of the hatch. Also recorded are the position of the troop hatches and troop doors; as cur-
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rently in the execution phase, an open troop hatch implies infantry looking out of that hatch. Old AARs will of course still work; for them all crews should be in the BUT-TONED position, all crew hatches hence be closed and troop doors and hatches likewise closed.
Any changes to connected input devices (like joysticks) will no longer be auto-matically picked up but require the user to enter the ‘Controls’ dialog and to press the ‘Refresh Joysticks’ button. Doing it this way will hopefully reduce the occurrence of application crashes in the (Windows) joystick device handling code whenever such changes occur. Also increased the size of the ‘Press a hotkey’ notification message and made that message actually configurable.
Every (military) vehicle may now tow any other (military) vehicle – except heli-copters. They must however move closer to the target vehicle (no winch, just fixed length cables), it takes longer to hitch (and disconnect) a target, and the towing vehicle must be of the same or higher weight class. At the moment there are also unresolved issues connecting a target vehicle to the front of the towing tank – it works … but it doesn’t look pretty.
A few more status messages have been created to complement the various progress bars, giving you (hopefully) a better idea about what is going on.
The user can now paste text into ‘editbox’ controls by right-clicking the mouse while the input focus is set to this control (note that the ‘Ctrl-V’ hotkeys re-main functional of course).
Text list widgets, such as those in the File selection windows, will scroll the contents of the list when rolling the mouse wheel, instead of selecting the pre-vious or next item in the list.
Error messages describing the case of missing heightmap or terrainmap files are now more verbose, with direct recommendations how to deal with the situ-ation.
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The default eye view position on vehicles is no longer “unbuttoned”, but the lowest position (which offers the best protection).
For ultra-wide screen setups with triple monitors, we fixed a scaling issue with tactical map displays in 3D vehicle interiors.
All ‘advance to’, ‘retreat to’, ‘hitch to’, ‘shoot at’ and similar commands will now center the cursor in the SB Pro window. This eliminates inadvertent scrolling and might also be more comfortable since there’s likely less mouse travel required.
Also the right mouse button will now cancel any of these ‘special’ modes … rather than having to press (any) keyboard button, or to click into the status bar (which often enough slewed the view). Finally, when in the overhead view, rotating the view (using Shift+right mouse button drag) does not cancel whatever command mode is currently selected.
Graphics, Audio Settings
The ‘Volumetric Clouds’ graphics option now defaults to off.
A graphics option was added to enable ‘high detail/3d tank tracks’ which will show an effect on some vehicles — like the M60A3 or the facelifted T-55.
The black bar at the bottom of the screen will now also be removed when the HUD is disabled (Alt+H) while in the 3D view (hover camera).
Version 4.0 introduces a new hotkey (Alt+S) bringing up the ‘sound configura-tion’ dialog. There is also a (rudimentary) ‘audio’ dialog in the 3D view’s ‘File’ menu allowing the user to set the master volume; two commands to increase and reduce the volume are enabled, but by default no hotkey is set for them.
Updated all vehicles so that their engine and movement sounds now fade away at a more realistic distance. Their distance now depends on their classification and weight.
Localization
Updated Austrian & German strings. Updated various English strings. Updated Danish, Finnish, and French strings. Added Greek strings. Updated Russian, Spanish, and Swedish strings.
Russian and Greek localized text should now be displayed correctly.
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File Formats, File locations
For the initial version 4.0 release the handling of map files and scenario files remains unchanged (aside from the discontinuation of version 3.0 nav mesh-es). However, the scheduled transition towards high resolution terrain is bound to put an end to these practices. The ability to embed heightmaps in scenario files is scheduled for removal in Q1/2017; the sheer mass of terrain data no longer makes embedding a viable option. Also the compression functionality for heightmaps in the Map Editor has already been removed (which seems to have been available only for the long discontinued ‘.raw’ heightmap file format anyway).
AAR files may now exceed 2GByte in size. The new size limit is of rather theo-retical nature, somewhere in the Exabyte range.
Unit and Callsign Templates have been moved into their own dedicated folders, ‘My Unit Templates’ and ‘My Callsign Templates’ respectively. The ‘common’ version of these folders (located in the %PROGRAMDATA% hierarchy) is called simply ‘Unit Templates’ and ‘Callsign Templates’.
These newly created folders will only hold templates created by the user; the ones shipped with SB Pro will from now on only be located in the %PRO-GRAMDATA% hierarchy (see above).
Note that the user’s Windows access privileges to the ‘common’ folders deter-mine whether Steel Beasts offers that functionality. For ‘unit templates’ this may be a bit obscure as the user interface hides most of these details (when loading Steel Beasts the content of ‘common’ and ‘personal’ folders are merged).
• Entirely new templates are always saved in ‘My Unit Templates\Default’
• When changing or renaming an existing unit template, its location depends on the user’s access privileges and the original file location.
o If the original file was located in the ‘My Unit Templates’ hierarchy, it will always remain in that hierarchy.
o If it was located in the ‘Unit Templates’ (=shared) hierarchy, it will be cop-ied into the ‘My Unit Templates’ hierarchy if the user does not possess suf-ficient rights to change/rename the original file.
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Note that for ‘callsign templates’, if the user elects to replace the existing files in the ‘Unit Callsigns’ hierarchy, there is no guarantee that the installer will not overwrite them whenever an update is being performed!
Also note that, if the user creates a new scenario, the program will initialize the parties’ callsign templates from the ‘My Callsign Templates’ folder with priority, and fall back to the (shared) ‘Callsign Templates’ if the first doesn’t contain the neces-sary files.
Changes to the Steel Beasts installer:
• SB Pro will now create ‘minidump’ data
• The Windows Start Menu has been rearranged:
o all but the ‘ordinary’ Steel Beasts shortcuts have been moved into a ‘Troubleshooting’ subfolder of the Steel Beasts menu entry (which will open in Windows Explorer so people have an easier time choosing en-tries)
o a shortcut to the folder containing the minidumps (which might differ depending on Windows version and -settings) has been added to the ‘Troubleshooting’ folder
o renamed the web link shortcuts
o renamed the ‘Other Documents’ shortcut to ‘Documentation’
Simulation Rules
When reloading a (ranking) soldier’s ammo while inside an IFV, SB Pro also re-stocks his ready ammo — now including AGL and mortar rounds.
Infantry will use their ‘ordinary’ binoculars (so no gun sight optics) while riding in vehicles.
Rain has an effect on the terrain’s dustiness, traction, and drag now (read more on the mobility effects in the MAP EDITOR section below).
Mines that were cleared by engineer troops are now exposed on the map screen as well as in addition to the red ground markings.
The sink-in effect has been reduced for wheeled vehicles.
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NVG will now double the detection range of AI rather than set a fixed range of 175m.
When confronted with multiple targets, members of a formation will attempt to choose different targets rather than concentrate on one.
Also, a few minor issues on various ARM files were corrected.
Vehicle Suspension
In preparation of high resolution terrain, added code to simulate the behavior of vehicle suspension
For motorbikes the effect of the centrifugal force is the opposite of nonmotor-cycle vehicles (to simulate the drivers leaning into the turn)
Ballistics
The (Steel Beasts-internal) Fire Direction Center will now check an artillery unit’s minimum engagement range when deciding which battery should service a fire mission. This should solve the issue where rocket artillery units were as-signed to fire missions outside their range envelope. If no other arty units are available, these missions will remain ‘Waiting for approval’.
New Munitions
Added ATGMs
o AT-10b (Stabber/Arkan+)
o AT-10c (Stabber/ Arkan+)
o AT-11b (Svir-M)
Added ammunition for the BMP-1, T-55, BMP-3:
o 73mm PG-15 HEAT
o 73mm PG-15VNT HEAT
o 73mm OG-15 HE
o 100mm 3UOF-17 HE-F
o 100mm 3UOF-19 HE-F
o 100mm 3UOF-32 HE-F
Added surface-to-air missiles:
o RBS-70 Mk.0
o RBS-70 Mk.1
o RBS-70 Mk.2 BOLIDE
o FIM-92B Stinger
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Munitions adjustments
• Configured the .30-06 LMG round to use a 3D tracer.
• M240: changed the ROF to be more realistic.
• Updated the properties of some RPG rounds; old scenarios featuring the «RPG-7L» round are automatically changed to use the «PG-7» now (which has identical properties of the old ammunition type).
• Reduced the HE power of the 20mm DM81 HEI-T and 23mm OZT HEI-T
• Updated Dragon ATGMs
o «M47 Dragon» HE value
o «M47 Dragon II» HE value
o changed designation to «M47 Dragon III/Superdragon»
o changed its HE value and its warhead type to ‘tandem’
• Internal changes to the 120mm «DM11 HE-T»
• Corrected origin of the «M392 APDS-T» round from UK to US
• Adjust burn time for:
o AT-2c
o AT-3d
o AT-4a
o AT-4b
o AT-4c
o AT-5a
o AT-5b
o AT-6
o AT-7
o AT-13
o HOT 2
o lePzF
o Milan 2
o Milan 2T
o PzF-3
o PzF-3T
o S-8D
o S-8KOM
o S-8BM
• Adjusted speed/range/burntime values for FIM-92B and SA-9B.
• Renamed the Hydra 70
• Adjusted crosswind drag for L31A7 HESH-T
3D Projectiles
• Added the AT-2 Swatter ATGM and 275 HE FFAR ordnance actors.
• Added new animations to ATGMs AT-3 Sagger, AT-4 Fagot, BILL, Jave-lin, and Spike.
• Added the Hellfire, Milan, BILL and RBS70 3D missiles.
• Added the AT-3 Sagger 3D missile.
• Added the Javelin and Spike-LR 3D missiles.
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• Added 3D ATGMs for TOW-1, ITOW, TOW-2, TOW-2B and improved the existing TOW-2A. Also removed some obsolete textures relating to the original TOW-2A.
• Added Dragon ATGM artwork
• Added a 3d missile for the 40mm grenade.
• Added a 3D missile for the 20mm DM63 APDS round.
• Added a missing TIS texture for the AT-4 Spigot missile.
• Increased the size of the MG tracers.
• Changed the TIS tracer image to be brighter.
• Updated some 3D missiles to use a new tracer mesh, and added a few more.
• Linked the RU 14.5mm ammo to a 3D tracer.
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Map Editor
Added ‘style’ options to all (scaled) texts displayed on the map screen. The user can now specify that the text is displayed either in ‘normal’, ‘bold’ (the previously single available option), ‘italic’ or ‘bold & italic’ styles. The resolution of these texts also has been noticeably increased.
Map Annotations
It is now possible to add text elements to a terrain map. These text ele-ments will appear in the Mission Editor for all parties as regular text objects (so they can still be edited). In addition there is a dialog allowing you to set the default size, color and rotation of ‘map annotations’. These values are used both when creating new annotations manually, and when importing them via Shape import.
Note that currently, Windows-1252 encodings are assumed (with the ex-ception of the ‘Russian’ locale).
Allow to select multiple ‘map annotations’ when using the Map Editor.
Hit the ‘Escape’ key when editing a map’s annotations or mapgraphics text to cancel the editing mode.
A small change was made to the ‘text rotation’ menus in the Map Editor — if a text is set to ‘rotate with the graphic’ its rotation offset will be reset to 0°.
Powerlines
A single power pylon may now connect to multiple wires. This is done by placing multiple (well, up to two at the moment!) pylons at identical map coordinates; upon generating the map, Steel Beasts will take note of this and connect all wires (up to four — two ‘in’, two ‘out’) to a single pylon. Note that simply having two powerlines cross is not enough — two powerline ver-tices (ie the ones that explicitly place a pylon!) have to be used. Note that all wires need to be of the same type (ie you cannot put a high-tension and a low-tension line on the same pylon) and that the pylon’s ori-entation is not adjusted to account for the additional wires that connect to it.
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Area Covers
There is now an option to cover larger areas with Asphalt, Concrete, or Gravel textures; in addition, an area may be created without texture, to show up in the map screen (e.g. to denote the boundaries of built-up ter-rain. These areas may be created manually, or imported from Shape files.
‘Area cover’ objects can be configured in their color in the map display. Four sliders are available to control the red/green/blue color components, plus transparency. The chosen color may be applied to either the currently se-lected polygon, or all polygons of the currently selected type (ie gravel, concrete, asphalt or ‘area’).
Terrain Themes
With version 4.0 the “wet” ground conditions option is now enabled. While it’s raining, dry ground will make the transition from “dry” mobility parame-ters to “wet” conditions. Ground will absorb water quickly, but dry up very slowly. In other words, the mission designer can set weather conditions to make the transition from dry to wet within minutes, but not from (fully) wet to dry in an equally short duration.
High Resolution Heightmaps
For the initial release of version 4.0 no high resolution maps are available. An update is scheduled for Q1/2017 to add this functionality. Some chang-es made in preparation of this update already have an effect however:
— At the borders of mapped area, the terrain is now mirrored, eliminat-ing the need for the (sometimes quite noticeable) elevation transition zones
Minor Changes, Bugfixes
• The Map Editor should now ‘save to BMP’ … again
• Fixed a bug in the Map Editor where the ‘selected road’ would not be drawn if the user entered the 3D preview (F1)
• It is now possible to split roads. Mark a road, then hold Alt and click a point to cut the road in half. On a selected road, Shift+click creates addi-tional vertices, Ctrl+Click removes a node. Shift+Ctrl+click lets you select multiple roads.
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Mission Editor
Split and Merge
One major new feature in version 4.0 is the option for splitting scenario files (and merging them back together). It is now possible to split an exist-ing “seed” scenario into multiple files. These files can be edited inde-pendently, and later merged back into the final result. This can be a time-saver for the development of large scenarios, as well as an option for multi-player events to hand out a split scenario to each party’s commander to develop his battle plan without being able to check out what the other commanders are doing. Before the start of the actual exercise the individual parts would then be merged back into one common scenario that is then distributed to all clients.
The scenario must be defined first by setting up the parties, and placing units to each party. After saving, split the file into one “*.mastersce” and a number of “*.splitsce” files. Hand them out, have them edited, the put them back into one common folder. Load the *.mastersce, then select “merge” to pull all *.splitsce files in. Save it as a new scenario file.
Notice that the original mission designer may impose limits as to what the individual parties’ commanders may change. Certain things must remain the same (like time, map, or weather conditions), others may not be desira-ble to be changed (like the force composition and artillery support).
Ctrl+mouse click will immediately open the Mission Editor’s dialog to merge scenarios.
Weather and Mobility
Weather settings will now influence the terrain mobility properties by inter-polating between the extreme conditions set in the terrain theme (see Map Editor). The initial precipitation will prime the water saturation of the ground, where
• ”no precipitation” means “dry ground”,
• “extreme” precipitation at mission start sets the ground to fully “wet”, and
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• Intermediate precipitation levels set the starting conditions of the ground to 10%, 50%, and 75% water saturation respectively.
• Technically, a fully saturated ground will dry up within four days. For all practical considerations in a Steel Beasts scenario, once that the ground is wet it won’t dry up in a noticeable manner.
• “Drizzle” type precipitation will require 150 minutes to change the ground from “dry” to 10% water saturation. “Extreme” downpour will wet the ground to 100% water saturation within 100 minutes. The other set-tings will be somewhere in between. “In between” means that the pa-rameters for ground hardness, traction, resistance, and dustiness will make a transition from the values specified in the terrain theme. Up un-til now the “wet conditions” never actually had an effect, so it may be that legacy scenarios contain values that make little sense but which went unnoticed up to now.
Mission designers are advised to check their old creations and adjust accordingly.
Sounds
Scenario Events may now play sound files when the condition is true. Cur-rently only WAV files are supported. The sounds will be embedded in the scenario file. The ‘event’ logic window allows playing back a test sound sample for the Mission Designer to compare their custom sound sample’s volume; the volume may require to be adjusted by an external program.
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Unit Templates
Improved the ‘unit template’ dialog
o it will select the just created template if the user creates a new template via the map screen
o it will not automatically change its position back to the center of the screen if it was already open when a new template was created
o it will warn the user if there are unsaved changes in either the tem-plate’s filename, title or description
Code was added to check against version mismatches with template files. Where incompatible files are detected, SB Pro no longer attempts to load them. A warning message will be added to the log file.
Obstacles, Engineers
Engineer squad units may now clear minefields on foot by using induction coil sweepers. Dashed blue lines will appear on the ground denoting lanes that have been swept; red marks will appear where mines have been found. (As a simplification, these mines are actually removed right away rather than requiring a dedicated attempt at blowing them up with small demoli-tion charges.) Put the engineers on a “breach” route and they will sweep the ground.
A new obstacle type has been added – concertina wire. They can be created in the Mission Editor, or at runtime by (dismounted) infantry, if vehicles are nearby carrying concertina rolls from which to construct the obstacle. No construction animations will be shown, the obstacle will automagically ap-pear in phases, as long as there’s sufficient supply of concertina rolls; in-fantry will start with their own vehicle but will also plunder units in the vi-cinity that have more.
When placing concertina type obstacles (one, two, or three rolls strong) in the Mission Editor, note that you can right-click an object to copy and to paste it. Also, mobile bridges, minefields, abatis, iso containers and bun-kers may now be duplicated by right-click based copy and paste.
We rearranged the context menus for obstacles and fortifications to be more consistent.
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It is now possible to place (invisible) command-detonated Claymore frag-mentation mines. Note the map screen’s display of a rear danger zone, and the trigger cable length of only 25m (=command radius). Own infantry must be within that radius … but not too close either! It’s probably best to place them behind some cover when claymores are being detonated. Claymore explosions require explicit conditions like IEDs and a trigger man within (uncomfortably close) range.
Minor Changes, Bugfixes
An Option was added to let the mission designer disable the automagical tank clock in the player’s 3D view HUD that lets him estimate the direction into which he’s looking. Instead the user would be forced at runtime to stop for a moment and press a hotkey for determine the azimuth manually (defaults to ‘K’). After a few seconds the current direction in mil is shown at the top of the screen which will fade out if the view is panned too much, or if the play-er starts moving again.
(Only) Non-vehicle type units may be marked as a ‘High Value Target’ (via right-click). Only HVTs will get engaged by (hostile) sniper teams under computer control.
The ‘Operation spawn zone’ region’s text label is now read-only.
When creating or saving an operation, Steel Beasts will now automatically create the operation’s ‘save’ folder (which also holds the operation’s scenar-ios); you are no longer required to do that manually.
There was a bug in the ‘text options’ menu that would allow to set the text rotation if the text was unscaled and disallow if it was not — which is now inverted, as it should.
Reduced the default visible range (for newly created scenarios) from 6000m to 3000m
The ‘set look of crew’ dialog now allows applying this setting to all for-mations comprised of the vehicles of the same type as is currently edited. Note that this functionality is not available for infantry formations since these should be changed via the ‘character mesh pool’ feature instead!
Improved the ‘Camouflage’ dialog in the Mission Editor:
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o it will no longer allow the user to close the dialog or switch parties if he configured a party to use custom characters … but failed to actually specify any characters
o it will now warn user trying to switch to a different party without first applying any changes he did
 renamed the ‘OK’ button to ‘Close’
 the list of characters is now alphabetically sorted
The ‘Set mission date and time’ dialog, if displayed in the Mission Editor’s 3D preview (‘Alt-S’ hotkey) will now indicate whether the light level at the configured start time will overload night vision goggles; this dialog is not available while in the map view.
• Fixed bug related to using or creating scenarios using non-georeferenced maps (coordinates displayed were inconsistent between the ‘pick map’ mode, and those possibly referred to in the scenario briefing
• The Mission Editor’s ‘extract map’ functionality should now extract maps … again
• There is now a zoom function when selecting the mapped area for a scenario
Known Issues
The LEOPARD 1A5-GE (cast turret) has the 3D interior of the LEOPARD 1A5-DK (welded turret). The LEOPARD 2A6-GE has the 3D interior of the LEOPARD 2A5-DK.
The BMP-2’s missile sight cannot be damaged.
The DRAGON missile gunner shows minor clipping with the missile launcher.
The Marder’s shot counter doesn’t count shots but displays a static num-ber.
For the ERCWS-M some simplifications with respect to focus handling are in place, based on the assumption that ‘autofocus on/off’ is a global, shared set-ting between CDR/GNR panels and day/TI view channels, and that while the autofocus is active, all manual focus change is disabled.
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The Javelin’s arming distance is set to 150m, even if set to direct attack mode.
Gloating about Achievements that You May Not Notice
The Hannover-Weserbergland and Paderborn maps have been updated by our friend Michael “Manteuffel” Sielemann. Unfortunately he did not live to see the results of his effort in the new terrain engine, but died in early 2016. We will remember him.
Performance improvements could be achieved for «very high number of map objects» type scenarios. Still, more work is necessary in this field to handle the ever-growing complexity of our terrain databases.
The recording of AAR ‘snapshots’ (while the simulation is running) was im-proved substantially. Also, AARs now record (tactically relevant) particle lo-cations and vehicle crew positions.
Artwork/Render Engine
Increased the distance at which 3d volumetric clouds are rendered.
Adjusted the stamina bar width.
Day, and Night
Terrain will now be lit between prior to sunrise (and after sunset). This ef-fect includes changes in the sun’s color and ambient color of the scene to loosely replicate the ‘golden’ and ‘blue’ hours. Moon lighting has been added to night scenery, factoring in the moon’s phase to determine brightness. The Milky Way was added to the night sky, as well as a catalog of bright stars (down to 11mag). For the eye view only the about 1,000 brightest stars and planets will be well visible (or less, de-pending on visibility settings), binoculars will reveal objects down to 6 or 7mag, and image intensifiers will fill the sky with bright dots, making navi-gation by stars next to impossible. We recommend a setting with low angu-lar sizes (e.g. 0.2mil; stars are, for all practical matters, POINT light sources), a reasonably large pixel diameter (e.g. 4…5), and then an adjust-ment of the gamma value until things look about right. Results will vary
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from one monitor and graphics driver settings to another, so you’ll have to find your personal optimum.
Note that the sunrise/sunset times do NOT take into account daylight sav-ing time shifts. Also, if a map is not properly georeferenced things may be equally off. Otherwise the astronomy rendering should be reasonably accu-rate for practical purposes within a combat simulation.
Particle System
Version 4.0 comes with an actual, shader based PS. Before that particles were used with fixed texture animations.
• Revised routine that chooses the type of particle effects when a vehicle is destroyed.
• The muzzle blast will now kick up dust proportional to the ground’s current dustiness value (which may change while it’s raining…)
Sounds
Changed the «master volume» sliders in order to reflect human «perceived volume» correctly, e.g. a setting of 50% will now be perceived as «half as loud» as a 100% setting.
Vehicle-specific coaxial gun sounds, and vehicle-specific manual turret traverse/elevation sounds have been added. Also, some attenuation is now applied to the various ‘gunfan’ sound samples if the currently occupied crew position is unbuttoned.
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Bug fixes without database entry
• Updated the CodeMeter runtime to version 6.30b.
• Updated the installer script to check for required Windows Update KB2999226.
• Added a new text document listing the required runtimes (Visual Studio C runtimes, DirectX) along with their download URLs
• Fixed a bug resulting in the error message «A D3D object has a non-zero reference count» when changing between fullscreen and window mode
• TrackIR:
o New head tracking mode ‘TrackIR (alt)’: Here the CDR’s unbuttoned view direc-tion will be relative to the turret, not relative to the hull
o Fixed problem with using TrackIR as CDR of the LMV, HMMWV and others; the view azimuth would automatically move along the turret’s yaw
• Corrected a filename issue that was preventing the KP infantry from loading their correct file (they appeared as the default USSR infantry).
• Recreated the default options file (used if no previous options file exists, i.e. after a ‘fresh’ installation, or if the user starts SB in ‘safe mode’)
• Updated several African buildings to allow easier access for infantry. Note that some buildings intentionally do not allow entry (because they have no tactical relevance).
• Added an option for soft shadows. With soft shadows off, framerates can be sub-stantially higher, especially if fps are already on the high end of the spectrum, or there are many shadow actors in view.
• Increased shadow levels to 10, allowing the shadow radius to be effectively doubled at level 10 vs the old level 5. Also, shadow level 1 (no terrain shadows) is now fixed to hard shadows. Finally, adjusted the shadow depth depending on the ground
• Fixed some thermal sight rendering anomalies
• Fixed a anomalies where random triangle clusters would appear above certain ob-jects at medium and long viewing range
• Vehicle gunners may no longer use binoculars and NVGs simultaneously
• Reduced the HE dust-shockwave effect for smaller HE rounds in dusty conditions
• Adjusted thermal glass textures on buildings
• Overhead View:
o Raised the OV’s minimum view angle to -19.5°
o Mouse control of heading/elevation is now independent of screen resolution
• AAR:
o Fixed a bug that got the AAR playback get stuck on Weather events
• Mission Editor:
o Added option to set the initial ground saturation in the Weather dialog. This means that the initial precipitation level no longer controls how wet the ground is, but this slider. Remember: For all practical matters ground can only get wet-ter. Drying up takes a MUCH longer time.
o Fixed a crash bug that occurred when deleting a unit from a scenario that was previously saved as an “in-progress mission”
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• Ballistics:
o No more tracers for tube artillery and mortar rounds
o ‘OFUM PH 105’ is now of WP type
o Adjusted the minimum range of the «M381 HE» and «M386 HE-frag» rounds
o Some adjustments to Stinger and Strela missiles
o Increased Javelin’s arming distance to 150m
o Applied the minimum (arming) distance to HE rounds also in cases where they hit the ground rather than an object
• 2S6 Tunguska: Added data to have the SAMs launch at their correct location rather than at ground level.
• BMP-2:
o Troops mounting the vehicle will not open their troop hatches (since that would lead to the turret’s speed being greatly reduced)
o Adjusted vulnerability model allowing damaging the illuminated reticle in the primary sight
o Inverted the position of the ‘NB-BS’ switch (controlling the ATGM subsystem’s power supply)
o Commander now must button up to
 override the GNR
 toggle ATGM power
 open/close the ballistic sight doors of his daysight
 change main gun ROF
 toggle the turret speed
• BMP-3: Improved the default ammo loadout quantities to be more realistic.
• Sho’t Kal
o Increased the maingun ammo count to 72 rounds.
o Allowed M456A1 ammo to be assigned to the vehicle
• CV9035-DK, NL:
o Corrected an issue that caused one of the soldiers in the rear compartment to have his head sticking through the roof (the soldier nearest to the turret).
o Air targeting mode
 Fixed the laser pulse mode
 Fixed the lead prediction
 The reticule will no longer fall behind the (air) target on re-lasing
• HMMWV Avenger: Corrected placement of missile backblast
• Infantry:
o Slightly adjusted the markings generated by engineer teams
• M60A3:
o The loader will no longer put the stabilization system in standby while moving at slow speed (<20kph)
o Inverted the DRV’s steering handle bar movement
o Inverted the CDR’s control handle stick movement

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• Leclerc:
o Corrected the default ammo loadout
o Corrected a vulnerability error in the hull front area
o Corrected the smoke and HE grenade counts. Note that the HE grenades cur-rently fire over the front and not the rear, though, and only one at a time.
• Corrected the missing texture issue on the Mine Roller and Leopard 1A5-DK roof (maing appeared white).
• Added the DM11 HE round to various Leopard 2s that were missing it.
• Updated the Leopard 2A5 DK and DK-A1 models to include the C8-DK rifle behind the TC.
• Corrected the name of the M113G3DK to be consistent with the G4DK.
• Adjusted the gunner eye view on the M113/Eng to help address an issue where the gunner’s eye view was partially obstructed while using the RWS panel.
• M113DK: Adjusted soldier positions to prevent obstruction to the RWS panel when viewed from the gunner’s position (the obstruction to the view was part of a soldier’s helmet).
• MAN 10t: Corrected MG3 ammo loadout, and allowed RWS to have smoke grenades.
• MAN SX45: Corrected an old model issue related issue that caused the wheels on the right side of the vehicle to be be backwards (outer sides were facing towards the in-side of the truck’s body).
• RG-31: Removed an obsolete texture; updated two other textures
• RWS Lemur:
o 2013 variant: Removed depth of focus effect from 50x sniper scope view
o Numpad (decimal) should now work reliably as the autofocus hotkey
• T-62: Fixed a wobble on the left side’s first and last roadwheel
• T-72s:
o Added a number of sound cues to the interiors.
o Corrected the lever used to toggle the TKN-3 IR functionality (on top of the ocular)
• T-72B, BV, B1, B1V:
o Corrected the maximum ballistic range
o Corrected maximum LRF range
• Added a missing KP nationality texture for the T-72M4
• UGV: Corrected suspension parameters
• VEC: Added two OPFOR textures.
• Sinai Operation
o Updated two scenarios to include the Sho’t Kal and other, more appropriate ve-hicle types.
o Updated seven scenarios, re-balancing changes caused by the Sho’t Kal intro-duction
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Abridged Document Version 31-Aug-2016
PE 4.0 Release Notes
Resolved Bugzilla entries
• Fixed bug #3917;
• Fixed bug #4270; Manual Azimuth bar (top of screen) is now reliably visible
• Fixed bug #4676; the BMP-2’s IR sight will now lose its reticle when the ballistic computer is damaged
• Fixed bug #4738; adjusted the image quality of the IR sights of T-72B, BV, B1, B1V Added the ‘interlace’ effect back in to both the T-72B and BMP-2
• Fixed bug #4740; no more floating fire after the collapse of some of the building models
• Fixed bug #4747; helicopters no longer sink through the ground in Network Sessions
• Fixed bug #4749; computer-controlled GNRs are now less fixated on infantry even after losing LOS
• Fixed bug #4751; assigned “click” sounds to some hotkeys in the BMP-2
• Fixed bug #4754; the BMP-2: CDR’s sight (F2) now has an illuminated reticle (R)
• Fixed bug #4759; when HESCO guard towers collapse their crew no longer remain alive, floating in the air
• Fixed bug #4766; in the BMP-2 DRV position, left clicking a vision block no longer created the blitted driver view
• Fixed bug #4769; shooting HE on the ground between the tracks no longer kills vehicles (still creates other damage)
• Fixed bug #4770; human gunner may now change focus in thermal sight The CDR will only override the thermal focus when overriding the GNR
• Fixed bug #4772; exhaust particles will no longer change to weird colors during dusk/dawn times
• Fixed bug #4773; legacy scenario files‘ conditions will now get converted correctly to the current format
• Fixed bug #4776; the «00 Leo 2A5 intro” tutorial briefing will now show the chosen language (if a translation exists) rather than Swedish text. Börk! Börk!
• Fixed bug #4777; scenario file password protection can no longer be easily bypassed
• Fixed bug #4782; in the BMP-2 the user can no longer turn off ATGM power while missile is in flight, and then guide it with power traverse of turret. Instead, the missile will simply abort in case of ATGM power loss (directly or indirectly)
• Fixed bug #4784; the M60A3 CDR may now reload the HMG without the need to unbutton – as long as the player remains in the ‘eye’ view.
• Fixed bug #4789; helicopters have their Klingon cloaking devices disabled in Mission Editor’s 3D preview
• Fixed bug #4792; infantry will no longer walk on the bottom of lakes, but rather with their heads out of the water
• Fixed bug #4795; amphibious vehicles like to go swimming again
• Fixed bug #4796; the BMP-2 CDR’s sight(1P3-3) magnification selection lever position is no longer misplaced
• Fixed bug #4797; something was wrong with the BMP-2 control handles STAND BY switch settings
• Fixed bug #4800; boresighted the M60A3’s auxiliary sight
• Fixed bug #4802; infantry with protection vests are now actually better protected
• Fixed bug #4807; some 3D characters could appear unnaturally stretched
• Fixed bug #4811;
• Fixed bug #4818; RBS70 missile variants will maintain the Air Defense map icon
• Fixed bug #4819; changing the troop type or appearance no longer resets the troop quality
• Fixed bug #4826; MICLICs will be more explode-y for clients in a network session
• Fixed bug #4835; map graphics will now retain their „flipped“ status when copied to other parties
• Fixed bug #4839; fixed the TNK-3 in the T-72s and the T-62. Corrected the status bar notification strings on these tanks as well as the BTR-70/80 and BRDM-2, so to no longer refer to a ‘thermal sight’
• Fixed bug #4842; eliminated a discrepancy with CDR view indicator on the tank clock when in manual azimuth mode
The CDR’s view direction marker will simply show the view direction relative to the hull (with the option disabled it will show the absolute view direction)
• Fixed bug #4843; MICLICs launch animations will now be played on all connected machines in a network session
• Fixed bug #4846; 2S6 Tunguska will launch its missiles from the correct position now, making engagements of targets close to the horizon less futile
• Fixed bug #4859; HE rifle grenades now really conform to the minimum (arming) distance
• Fixed bug #4860; in the Mission Editor, New Unit… Civilian… “Casual 3” now comes right after “Casual 2”
• Fixed bug #4861; „Necromancer“ medics no longer practice their unholy rituals on enemy soldiers
• Fixed bug #4862; infantry type vehicle crews will now use the intended texture sets
• Fixed bug #4864; the BMP-1 has been reminded to cast its shadow onto the ground, hog day or not
4.000 (official release)