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Technic Presents: Renderer Improvements For Everyone!

Technic has always brought you more Minecraft- lately, we've been working behind the scenes to bring you better Minecraft, too! A few nights ago, we brought you improvements that now allow Mac users to install Java 7. On Monday, we'll bring you the new version of Big Dig, with a custom rendering improvement developed by Technic Staff. From there, this custom renderer will find its way into all Technic products, and we'll even be making the fixes available to all very, very soon.

Check out the following two screenshots- the first is with ordinary Minecraft Forge, build #710. The second is with our custom-built Forge improvement.

Before:

After:

As you can see, they're both pictures of the same thing: a fountain of Thermal Expansion Destabilized Redstone, behind some Forestry Stained Glass, behind some Minefactory Reloaded stained glass. In the first picture, only the closest transparent object is visible. But using our internal renderer fixes, the objects render correctly.

These fixes aren't perfect. Water, entities, tile entities, and particles still have some oddball behavior that's out of our control. However, we hope we'll see a lot of new, beautiful builds that make use of these improvements soon. So on Monday, grab the new version of Big Dig and make something incredible!

If you're interested in using the fixes for yourselves, a modified version of Forge Build 710 will be available on Monday, and in the next two weeks, we'll put together a more permanent home for these fixes.

Tekkit 1.0.6 Is Now Recommended

Tekkit 1.0.6 is now marked Recommended in the launcher, and most users will be asked to update the next time they attempt to launch Tekkit. This release contains some important bugfixes detailed here.

Server owners can obtain the new server file from the following link: http://mirror.technicpack.net/Technic/servers/tekkitmain/Tekkit_Server_v1.0.6.zip

Tekkit 1.0.6 Is Now Available

Tekkit 1.0.6 is now marked Latest in the launcher - it is possible to play it by clicking the Cogwheel under the Tekkit icon and configuring the modpack to always use the Latest build, or by manually selecting build 1.0.6. Most users should remain on 1.0.5 until 1.0.6 is promoted to the recommended build.

This release contains two Tekkit-built mod forks, Buildcraft and Additional Pipes. These two mods have a number of key fixes coming in 1.5.2, so we forked their code and merged in the fixes so you could enjoy them NOW. No other modpacks have these versions yet, because we just made them!

Among the fixes:

  • Deadly Buildcraft Packet Spam has been eliminated.
  • Pumps can once again be powered with redstone engines.
  • Assorted texture freakouts have been fixed.
  • Advanced Wooden Pipes no longer turn into other blocks when attached to a chest.

Server owners can obtain the new server file from the following link: http://mirror.technicpack.net/Technic/servers/tekkitmain/Tekkit_Server_v1.0.6.zip

Additionally, for intrepid souls who want to use the Tekkit-built versions, they can be found here and here.

Tekkit 1.0.5 Is Now Recommended

Tekkit 1.0.5 is now marked Recommended in the launcher, and most users will be asked to update the next time they attempt to launch Tekkit. This release contains a minor bug fix and a configuration improvement over 1.0.4, and should be the final Tekkit version before upgrading to 1.5.2.

The build includes the following changes:

  • A modpacking error which prevented Oxygen Condensers from working has been corrected.
  • Immibis Microblocks have been reconfigured not to appear in NEI.

Server owners can obtain the new server file from the following link:

http://mirror.technicpack.net/Technic/servers/tekkitmain/Tekkit_Server_v1.0.5.zip

Tekkit 1.0.4 Available Now

Tekkit 1.0.4 is now marked Latest in the launcher - it is possible to play it by clicking the Cogwheel under the Tekkit icon and configuring the modpack to always use the Latest build, or by manually selecting build 1.0.4.   Most users should remain on 1.0.3 until 1.0.4 is promoted to the recommended build.

This release contains a number of important bugfixes, and introduces a Technic-built fork of the mod Greg's Lighting, by Greg Ewing.  Greg's Lighting introduces a new spotlight which can be built with glowstone, iron, and gold.  Thes spotlights light a truly massive area for players who prefer clean, smooth lighting in their large rooms.  The tekkit fork has ported this excellent mod to 1.5.1 and removed the IC2 and carbide floodlights.

The build includes the following changes:

  • Corrected a configuration issue with Treecapitator, which prevented MFR Rubber trees from being treecapitated, and which prevented Galacticraft Heavy Duty Axes from treecapitating
  • Added Greg's Lighting version 1.8.1.7
  • Updated NEI Plugins to version 1.0.8.0
  • Updated Open CC Sensors to version 0.1.5e
  • Updated Applied Energistics to version 10 L
  • Updated Steve's Carts to version 2.0.0.a109
  • Updated Dimensional Doors to version 1.3.5.61
  • Updated Galacticraft to version a0.1.34.186

Server owners can obtain the new server file from the following link:  http://mirror.technicpack.net/Technic/servers/tekkitmain/Tekkit_Server_v1.0.4.zip