I've got some exciting news. ATLauncher will be at Minecon this year.
That's right, in less than a month we'll be at Minecon in the United Kingdom.
Our friends at NodeCraft have invited me (RyanTheAllmighty) to come represent ATLauncher alongside them at a booth at Minecon.
We'll have some ATLauncher branded goodies to give away at the booth as well as some cool limited merchandise for purchase. So please feel free to pop along if you're at Minecon and say hello, have a chat or check out some of the awesome things NodeCraft have at their table.
This is an exciting opportunity for myself, and for ATLauncher, so hope to see some of you there.
We haven't changed much, we simply have started to track more stats about users systems and launcher information in order to make decisions in the future in regard of directions and changes for the launcher, as well as being able to see what versions of things users have.
The launcher now collects the following additional information on startup:
- Launcher version
- Operating system name (i.e. Windows)
- Operating system version (i.e. 6.3)
- Java version and if it's 64 bit or not
- The amount of RAM in the system
Just a quick message to let you know about the new Share Code functionality added to the launcher in version 188.8.131.52
You can check what version of the launcher you have in the top of both the console and main window.
In version 184.108.40.206 we added in Share Codes to share your optional mod selections with friends/users. This is great for those large packs which have alot of optional mods (such as Resonant Rise) and more importantly allow servers to hand out codes to users so they have the exact right mods installed to get on that server.
In version 220.127.116.11 which we have just released, we added in the ability to automatically install packs using the share code, which has also been reduced down in size to only 8 characters, which means all old share codes no longer work.
In order to obtain a share code for an instance you've created, simply right click on that instances image and there is a Share Code option which when clicked will copy the share code for that instance to your clipboard as well as display it on the console.
You can still add in these new share codes the old way via the mods selection screen, or you can use our new tool on our site at http://www.atlauncher.com/launch-tool-helper to create links you can give out to other people/users to be able to auto add and install that pack into the launcher.
Now this process requires the user to download and run a small Java application in order to hook into the launcher and tell it what it needs to install, but it should allow simplifying the process alot.
The same link above can also be used to share semi public pack links with friends to automatically add semi public packs to a users launcher who goes through the process described above.
While this has been tested, please let us know below if you run into any issues. But if you do have any issues, make sure you're on the 18.104.22.168 version of the launcher before posting any issues.
Link to post on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/ATLauncher/comments/2ml1ur/why_we_said_goodbye_to_creeperhost_and_hello_to/
As most of you probably would have known, we have been supported by CreeperHost for some time now (about 4-5 months) and while we are eternally greatful to them for providing us with that support, it's time we say goodbye.
Over the past month or so, CreeperHost have been having issues keeping their systems in sync. There would be instances where things would be out of date for well over 24 hours, which for an ever updating launcher full of hundreds of different packs updating, this started to become a real issue.
Now while we can understand this happening a few times and then getting fixed, this situation has been happening far too often for it to go unnoticed and start to become a massive pain. For a single person to run ATLauncher as well as trying to keep track of if someone else is actually keeping everything in sync for your users, well that just became too much, as well as the fact that it was hard for us to work with CreeperHost to fix these issues.
Now don't get me wrong, I have no ill towards CreeperHost, they do a great job, especially thanks to Luke from CreeperHost for being the one around to solve the issues and being an all round great guy.
Now onto NodeCraft, who will be effectively replacing CreeperHost. Jon from NodeCraft was the very first person ever to reach out to me at ATLauncher and offer any help during our early days, and with no strings or labels attached either, just a fellow community member wanting to help out another. At that time I had no interest in any help, being the stubborn person I am, and continued merrily along. Now I kept in contact with Jon from NodeCraft for quite a while, learning more about himself and his company, and he was always a pleasure to talk to, bounce ideas off etc.
You can find out more about NodeCraft on their website at https://nodecraft.com/
NodeCraft is one of those very few Minecraft hosting providers that I can honestly look at and think they are top of the pack. They put effort into their presentation and how they portray themselves as a brand. They are constantly innovating and coming up with new ways to help and furthur the Minecraft community. They are truely one of the good guys in my personal opinion.
For the reasons stated above, and more which are small and don't really warrant going into, we have decided to, as the title says, say goodbye to CreeperHost and hello to NodeCraft.
Effective immediately we have switched over the launcher to use NodeCraft's CDN instead of CreeperHost and have changed all CreeperHost branding to NodeCraft (although it may take some time for all to get the update).
I look forward to working with NodeCraft and their innovative team, to continue to grow ATLauncher and NodeCraft into the future. Of course as I said, I have no ill towards CreeperHost, this is strictly a business decision on what I think is best for ATLauncher now and going into the future.
Lastly let me remind you, incase you aren't aware, that NodeCraft do sell Minecraft servers, with one click installs of many ATLauncher packs. We will be working very closely with them to provide instant updates so you don't have to wait around when packs update to update your server. Give them a go, you may be pleasantly suprised.
NodeCraft have supplied a 20% off code for you to try their services if you so wish. Use promo code 'ATL' to get 20% off your first month. So go check out their deals at https://nodecraft.com/game-servers/minecraft
So that's all from me today, we look forward to what the future beholds, and of course, please feel free to ask questions. I am happy to answer any questions, concerns etc.
If you are interested to know what data we collect, how we share it and what not, please take a look.