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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9:07:36 PM

3D viewer zoom + old viewer toggle
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hey guys!

Since I added this message quickly, I just wanted to remind everyone that a new version of the viewer allows you to zoom in.  See the previous update for more info.

I did, however, allow players to "fall back" to the old Unity viewer if it is not working for you.  Go to account and, at the bottom, you can select the "Best" or "Outdated" viewer as your 3D option.  The Outdated one is the viewer everyone was using up until I changed the new one.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 1:48:10 PM

Viewer 20140910a - Zoom in on this!
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hey guys!

A new version of the viewer is up!  Now, if you click on a horse, you will see some things pop up on the right hand side.  They will allow you to control your camera angles.  The top 6 buttons simply need to be moused over and will change your angles, heights, etc.  The bottom 3 are default views you can use (the ones that currently exist as of the last update).

There's a little dirt around the buttons for now, but we'll clean that up with an update (functionality rules)!

Also - for players that want to default back to the previous build (which has less functionality and renders results incorrectly sometimes), I am still working on allowing that.  It may be a few more days.



Monday, September 08, 2014 at 11:07:41 AM

3d Viewer Back In Action... :P
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

...I rebooted the server and... voila!  

Anyway, I am still having a PC that is showing the "liederhosen" horses (the ones with no eyes..),  but it has Display Adapters that date back to 2009.  What that means.. not sure, but the PCs that work tend to have newer ones.

Either way, I am going to try 2 things.  I am going to try and see if I can set the Unity compiler to compile a "less graphic intense" version, as well as allow for players to roll back to the old version.  One of those things should happen within a day or so.

Thanks again guys!


Monday, September 08, 2014 at 10:37:00 AM

3D Viewer Issues - Update
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hey guys!

Well.. I don't know exactly what has happened.  A lot of people were able to view the races up until recently, and now a lot of people (myself included) seem to be having problems.  Moreover, the old version of the 3D viewer doesn't respond anymore when I tested it.

I'm not convinced the update has anything to do with this problem; I am leaning toward the feeling that the update was coincidental to this occurring.  I am attacking things in a different direction, and will start by looking at the server.

Anyway, I am on the case.  It may take a day, it may take several.  But it is my top priority to get the viewer operational again.  Until then, we do have our 2D viewer.. it's no barn-burner.. but it's something.  I'll keep you guys updated.

Thanks for your patience.


Sunday, September 07, 2014 at 9:38:27 AM

New Viewer Updated again - Quick Notes..
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hey guys!  I've been messing with the viewer again, and I'm getting some cool results.

Quick note : There is now a version on the main splash screen.  The most recent update is : 20140906a

I have added a couple of extra camera angles.  If you click extra times on the horse, you will get the side angle as well as the "down the stretch" angle.  One quirk is that when you click on a different horse the angle doesn't "stick" (it moves to one of the alternate angles).  I'll be working to correct that.

Finally : I have received a few e-mails that the new version is "washed out."  Some things aren't skinning correctly, etc.  If that is the case, can you do me a favor?

Send me a screen shot of the problem with the race ID to viewerproblems [at] smartacre [dot] com.  (@ = [at], . = [dot].. no spaces).  Also send me what type of vidio card you have on your machine if you know.  I am not having any problems on my laptop, but was able to duplicate the issue on an older PC... I think it may have to do with the newer version of Unity I am using to compile things.   I may have to allow players to switch back to the original viewer if they need to, but I'd rather solve the issue first.   If I get no traction in a day or so I'll allow people to "fall back" to the older version.

Thanks, and sorry for the blips.


Friday, September 05, 2014 at 6:38:30 PM

Viewer Patch Up!
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hey Guys!

The viewer has patched and should now be much more (hopefully always) correctly now.   Sorry it took longer than anticipated - the guys who wrote it did an great job fixing it, but had a few things that needed patching still. I was able to patch them for the most part, though there are a couple of little squirrelly things still (the winners scroll up from the bottom sometimes.. i changed the rails a bit and the new ones are a little washed out).

Though far from a pro, I have a decent foothold now on Unity now and plan on doing some new things (most notable : NEW CAMERA ANGLES) that should improve things notably. I'll start working on that list very soon.

BTW - You'll know if you have the new version if the rails show up white. If they don't then you have the old viewer. If you don't, navigate completely away from the game in all tabs, empty your cache, close your browser, and reopen it.

Thanks for your patience!


Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:17:58 AM

Viewer update and Viewer Silk Notes
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hey guys!

The updated viewer that renders more (hopefully always) accurate results will be up soon. There was a slight problem with the graphics that shouldn't take long for the developer to fix. I'll post an update when it's up.

Also - If your silks look wrong in the new viewer (particularly if they look swirled) :

Odds are, they were not created using the proper template. There are 3 uploads on your account page : My Icon, My Silks, and Viewer Silks. My Icon and My Silks are simply pictures that show up on your user page - they are simply "for show" and no formatting necessary. Viewer Silks are the ones used by the viewer and must be formatted properly (the format includes the jockey's silk, face, pants, hat, gloves, etc).    I investigated several players having problems and the ones I looked at all had a non-formatted image (and a lot had the same file uploaded for My Silks and Viewer Silks - these files are not intended to be the same).

To rectify :

* Delete the file under Viewer Silks
* An image will appear with the proper formatting - your file needs to conform to this style.
* After creating a conforming image, upload it to Viewer Silks

I hope this helps clear up the problem.



Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 10:24:34 AM

Viewer and Breeding Docs update!
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hey guys!

As many of you have seen, some of the races in the Unity viewer produce incorrect results.  The majority of these races were ones that started "on the turns." 

The awesome guys at BLIT have given me an update that should correct the issue.  I will be unpacking it this week, and should have a new version of it up very soon!

Also - I will be adding a huge set of breeding docs within the next couple of weeks.  Roxyken did a fantastic job on them, and withe Denovo doing an equally fabulous job reviewing them.  These docs are very detailed and thorough, and may be helpful to even the most experienced player.  If you talk to any of these guys soon, give them a shout out. :)

Sorry for being a bit "removed" over the last few weeks.  I've tried to stay on top of my e-mails, but I realize I've been a little quiet recently.  Some of it has to do the back-end stuff, but a lot has to do with me being crazy busy with a new contract job and the "always busy" kids summer vacation.  The contract isn't likely going anywhere anytime soon, but the vacation ends in a little over a week... so I should be able to get a little game-stuff done soon. :)

Thanks as always for playing!


Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:34:00 PM

Upcoming Downtime - Morning of 6/23 or 6/24
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hey guys!

I am going to have to bring the game down for a few hours within the several few days to implement our new back-up MySQL server.  I am planning on Monday, though the "real job" may force me to push it back.  I plan on doing it in the EST AM when traffic is lightest.

This will definitely take at least 2 hours.. maybe as long as 6 (though I really hope not).  I just won't know until I get involved.

Thanks for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 12:44:28 PM

Welcome Players!
Posted by administrator under eHorseracing Blog

Hello folks!

I wanted to take a few minutes to welcome some fresh faces to the game! Thanks to a joint agreement with the always awesome, our current races will be open to a brand new set of knowledgeable racing enthusiasts through!

New players – feel free to look around and get accustomed to the layout. It can take a day or two to get horses up and running (unless you enter Hot Races, which run rather quickly), but feel free to take this time to join our Chat or our Forum. We have a lot of friendly and experienced trainers already here that are willing to help out!

Current players – I am confident we will see some rapid growth in the near future. If you see a new player, remember how overwhelming the game can seem at first and take some time to help out if you can.

Thanks to everyone that has made this a possibility (especially our current player base). I am excited to see our game grow even larger and better than it currently is!

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