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Lack of OSX binary updates in ‘pioneer space sim’

Some of you may have noticed a lack of OSX binary updates for pioneer space sim lately, and you would be correct with that observation.

lack of osx binary updates

With releases in the past, a .dmg file was manually generated on the 2nd Friday of every month, and the occasional ‘nightly’ builds were generated during the rest of the month.

The last .dmg file that was uploaded was back in April 2013 (tagged ‘alpha 33’) and there hasn’t been an OSX binary uploaded since.

So why the lack of OSX binary updates?

Back in May 2013, the pioneer core development team had decided to change the release process to accomodate a more automated system of releases. The monthly freeze cycle just wasn’t working. There just wasn’t enough people to test the builds, and often a release would be followed up quickly by a patch to correct it.  I fully support this new plan, and have been in talks with RobN on its impact for the OSX builds as I am currently the only one who can create them.

What does that mean for OSX binaries?

It currently means that there are no new app bundles for the time being until an automatic build process is created. The problem with the old process was that by using Xcode to build the application bundle, it was very brittle to new source file additions/deletions and with a fast dynamic project like pioneer. It was very easy for the XCode project file to become broken between git merges.

The new method is to ditch XCode and use the standard build tools (such as automake, etc). The trade off with this though is that the entire application bundle needs to be created manually and all the ‘magic’ that XCode does needs to be re-engineered.

Hopefully when this is done should solve the lack of OSX binary updates by matching the Windows and Linux build scripts.

Why not just manually create an application bundle as you did before?

Believe me, if I had the time I would.  There are currently 2 nightly builds each day and the current app bundle build process is still a manual process (especially when new source code files are added to the project, the XCode project file breaks and I have to manually add the files, recompile and test).

Please be patient, or even better yet if you have ideas on how to create app bundles manually then please give us a hand, I could use some help.

The project is hosted at gitHub 🙂



pioneer space sim – alpha 30

The pioneer team have just released alpha30 of pioneer space sim. As part of this release I’ve just compiled and uploaded the ‘pioneer space sim – alpha 30’  for Mac OSX.

A select few of the new features in this release are:

  • The new model system
  • Improved atmosphere rendering
  • New autopilot

A full change-log can be viewed here.

A special OSX only feature was also added that launches the model viewer when the option key is held down on application launch. Previously you had to ‘compile your own’ if you wanted to launch the modelviewer (it was a separate application). Now it is part of the single app bundle. This should be a big help for those who might want to add mods to the game. Details on how to mod pioneer can be found on the wiki site.

I’ve been part of the pioneer team for the past 2 years and it has been an incredible journey from first OSX release being back in April 2011 (alpha 10) to the present. I will continue to support and maintain the OSX version of pioneer as bringing ‘games’ to the OSX platform.

For full details of pioneer space sim then I suggest you checkout the main site.


pioneer space sim – alpha 25

I’ve recently compiled and uploaded ‘pioneer space sim – alpha25’ release of pioneer for Mac OS X. The team have been working hard and there have been quite a few changes and additions this month.

The Pioneer development team are pleased to announce the release of Pioneer Alpha 25. This month has seen more visual enhancements with gas giant rings, terrains and city lighting all receiving improvements. Full changelog and builds for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (32 & 64-bit) are available from the download page

A list of changes are located on this forum post here.

As always if you find any issues then feel free to log them on the issue tracker.

Philbywhizz update.

Hello Internet, it's been a month since my last update. I've been sick with the flu the past week or so.

I have also been absorbed into playing again, but this time with the tekkit mods. These mods add a much greater level of complexity, and playing on a PvP server also adds to the fun.

Hopefully there will be some more frequent updates soon as I get over this minecraft 'addiction' again. This Friday is a scheduled release of pioneer space sim alpha25, as well as I want to get back into some some blender as 2.64 is rumoured to be released very soon..

Watch this space..


pioneer space sim – alpha22 released

I’ve just compiled and uploaded the alpha22 release of pioneer for Mac OS X. The team have been working hard adding heaps of fixes.

The Pioneer development team are pleased to announce the release of Pioneer Alpha 22. Its been a month for gameplay and engine tweaks, with improvements to system generation, mining, hyperspace and the usual slew of fixes. Full changelog and builds for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux are available from the download page

I haven’t contributed much in this release due to other commitments, but I’m always there to keep the OS X build updated and compiling.

As always if you find any issues then feel free to log them on the issue tracker.