FREE EDITION LIMITATIONS - beta

Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:51 pm

First of all, Scirra, congratulations on construct 3, it works...
But does it?
Almost all the features that were highlighted in the dev blogs - blocked in the "free edition" and can't be tested.
No onion skinning, no live preview, no remote preview, not even search! And the list is going on...

We can't buy the non-free version, we could try the non-free version at 15-21 of may... But what is the point to giving the full version to participate in NewGround's contest if it will be full of untested features full with bugs. It will be such a bummer to develop a game in biggish version...
Scirra, you don't want that the first experience of construct users will be "Frustration"

Just some thoughts.
Open topic...
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:57 pm

According to you, we are looking forward to testing the new features and we can not, please, we are looking for an excuse to buy Construct3, but it seems that you are pushing us to other engines.
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:58 pm

Hi,

I think that "beta release" is useless until Scirra really want us to test their build. What's the point of a free/very limited feature beta ?

Or may be Scirra is pretty sure that their software works as expected ? so what is the aim of the beta if so ? It's not a public beta, it's just a tech demo for me.

I was sceptical but I wanted to give a chance testing the software but I didn't have anything to test, all features are blocked and more : this is less what C2 has to offer in his free version.

Scirra : if you want to make a beta test, let people test your software in a full version, if you want them to tell you what's right and wrong, that will be usefull. But now, it is a non sense. You don't give good reasons to buy a subscription later.

Sorry for my english.
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:09 pm

I agree, this not a beta test for the C2 pro users.
From my perspective, this is a downgrade from C2
I opened C3, I was interested in the search feature, Array editor, live preview, none of them work. Closed after 5 minutes. Back to C2
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:15 pm

It's a beta test. We're expecting lots of bugs. When someone sends us a bug from a huge game, it's insanely time consuming to try and reduce the project to the root cause. Keeping it feature restricted will help us fix more bugs faster.

Also, we are going to be unlocking all features in the final week for the game jam when everything is a lot more stable.

Understand you want to get your hands on everything, but we don't think it's the right choice at this stage.
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:32 pm

Tom wrote: but we don't think it's the right choice at this stage.


Neither do I => I don't think, I will going further so. Too bad, 8 weeks of beta tech, can't understand the goal.
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:35 pm

The goal is to stamp out as many bugs as possible before we start selling it - we think people would be more upset buying buggy software.
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:40 pm

Tom wrote:The goal is to stamp out as many bugs as possible before we start selling it - we think people would be more upset buying buggy software.


Hey Tom- I think I figured out the Chrome cache issue and I posted it in the bug reports.

I have a 64 bit system that came with chrome installed so I assumed it was the 64 bit version. Turns out it was 32 so I updated to 64 bit and lag seems to have went away but have not tried it enough to know for sure.

May be an issue other users have so you probably want to look into it and tell users having lag to check their Chrome version and update.

Hope that helps!
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:46 pm

I have to agree that a very limited C3 version is not going to be an adequate test for bugs or how the system operates under load with lots of events, sprites and effects running.

If this is what the free version after the beta test is going to be I don't see much use in using it but maybe other people will.

I would suggest a full version with limited events to 100 like Scirra did with C2 so we can really dig in and see if it is worth paying a subscription for.
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Post » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:49 pm

They have said a few times now that the limitation is to squash bugs quicker. They will then open up all the features in the eighth week so everyone can go all out and do final testing.
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