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We are very excited that our recent news on what GM Standard 8.1 has been positively received! We are very close now to to being able to release this and wanted to make sure you have what you need to upgrade.
If you already have purchased Game Maker 8 Pro, then you can upgrade for FREE. What you need is your “Purchase Reference”. If you don’t have your Purchase Reference, then...follow this link and enter the email address you used to register Game Maker- http://www.softwrap.com/page.aspx?section_id=9 it should automatically send you what you need. If you no longer use that address or the link sends you an email without any details, then email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will deal with this within 24 hours (weekdays only).
If you have Game Maker 7 or earlier, you do not qualify for a free upgrade BUT you can still get the new version for only $25 if you get it BEFORE 1st June 2011!
We will announce here when Game Maker Standard 8.1 becomes available and the processes involved to make this a nice and easy, smooth transition.
The YoYo Team
Please note: The Game Store will be closed for a number of hours on Friday 1st April (no really) from 2.30pm GMT onwards, this is to allow us to test a few things out. The Store will resume as normal the next day.
YoYo Games have had a very busy 2010 and it's taken us a year to update Game Maker 8, but we can now give you good news! Game Maker 8.1 is now almost ready, and coming real soon! It will feature the new update mechanism that has proven to be so popular with Game Maker for Mac, and this will allow us to deliver more updates, quicker in the future.
Many of you will be aware that we've grown the YoYo games team significantly in the last 12 months. To help pay for this we have decided to increase the cost of Game Maker, but we believe that current and future updates will continue to represent real value for money, and will continue to allow you to make great games, with a constantly evolving and improving product. So, for a limited time; until June 1st 2011, you will still be able to get Game Maker Standard, 8.1 for just $25 !
Game Maker Standard, 8.1 replaces Game Maker Pro, 8.0 and will be required as THE version for the Game Store publishing (which we are working on the opening very soon), and so we recommend everyone upgrades as soon as possible.
Game Maker Standard 8.1
No more Softwrap!
Changed room editor RIGHT mouse click priorities. Menu for normal, CTRL+RMB for delete
You can now RIGHT CLICK an object and EDIT it from within the Room Editor
You can now use the mouse wheel to ZOOM in/out in the Room editor.
Middle mouse button PANS around the room
A customisable background grid has been applied to the room editor.
The Image Editor has been updated to use the mouse wheel and middle button for better zooming and panning.
You can now PAN around inside the PATH editor using the middle mouse button.
You can now change the default background colour for rooms (when no ROOM background has been set)
You can now disable background room filling, so you can see the background GRID when no ROOM colour has been set
A new and improved NEWs system, bringing together news and tech tips from across the community.
New, more secure .EXE encryption.
New GML commands such as draw_self() and d3d_light_define_ambient.
Some custom YoYo extensions brought into the fold, such as os_type and os_device to aid multiplatform coding.
Better 2D and 3D support with a 24bit ZBuffer and faster rendering.
Improved code editor features include;
Better accented character support
Easier to use Code Completion support
Customisable background colours.
On top of these great new features, we have also been busy fixing some of your most annoying bugs, and as always there will be a free, Lite version of Game Maker 8.1 for those of you beginning your game development careers, and who want to test the waters with this fabulous product before taking the plunge!
What does this mean for current Game Maker users?
Those of you who have already purchased Game Maker 8, you will be able to upgrade for FREE! If you are a new customer or currently using Game Maker Lite, you will be able to upgrade to the new Game Maker Standard 8.1 through our store. This will stay at the low price of $25 until the 1st June 2011. After this time, Game Maker Standard 8.1 will cost $39.99.
Current users of Game Maker 7 will still be able to continue using their product, but will have to pay to upgrade to Game Maker 8.1.
We appreciate your support and feedback and our aim for the rest of 2011 is to maintain and improve Game Maker and service, so a big thank you from us to you, from all of us here at YoYo!
The YoYo Team
With the releases of Simply Poker Squares last week, both the paid and the ad supported free version on both iOs and Android have done really well. So carrying on in this vein, we wanted to let you know that we released 3 more free games on Android;
We want to make everything available to all devices to suit all budgets if possible. So we are shooting to getting the catalogue onto multiple platforms with both (ad-free) paid versions and free (with ads). In the pipeline these will be;
They Need To Be Fed
So if you haven't had a chance to play them all yet, now you can! We love hearing feedback so encourage you to rate and review them & let us know and we'll even post them up on our social networks. Announcements on when and where the new releases will be through twitter (@YoYoGamemaker) and facebook first so add us on if you want to keep up to date on the latest.
We are nearly at 938 members now on Facebook, wow, thank you! Small acorns and all that, we'd like to celebrate the 1000th person to join with a little something. So please share the YoYo page with your friends if you think they might be interested in so we get can reach this landmark.
The YoYo Team