The RealTimeBattle Team Framework group released version 1.0.7 in two flavors:
The content of the Standard Edition is similar to the older releases. The new features are:
a completely new and now (again) working installation and configuration system
fixes of all critical known bugs (see Sourceforge Bug Tracker for details)
an improved documentation
The Extended Edition includes all important Add-Ons for “RTB - Gamers”:
the RTB-Team-Framework lets you develop robots that can efficiently operate in a team (tutorial included)
about twenty different robots written in C++, C, Java and Perl (incl. the Japanese Joystick Robot)
more arenas (incl. the official competition arenas)
improved international documentation in English, French, German and Spanish
The extended version contains all features of the standard version.
There is no major change since version 1.0.5 except that this one will compile under gcc3.3 and gtk2, thanks to MrFriendly and Remi Vanicat.
Added possibility to send the robots its position. This is done by a new message:
Coordinates, and is enabled by a new option:
Send robot coordinates. Look in the documentation for more info.
New translation: Spanish by Mr_Tr
The robot rotate_and_fire has been slightly changed to send debug-messages of the position of the mines (this is done as an example of how to use coordinates).
Bugfix: CPU limits should work better now.
Launching child processes is no longer strictly forbidden, since this gave rise to problems for some programming languages. Tournament organizers can, of course, still forbid this by a statement in the tournament rules.
Bugfix: Robots which are executable by owner or group are also listed.
New translation: Galician by Jesús Bravo Álvarez.
It is now possible to create an arc (part of circle ring) in the arena. With it comes two new arena commands,
poly_curve. The latter has been added to make it possible to create a series of
lines. A arena-command
angle_unit has been added to make it possible to use degrees instead of radians.
Two new arenas:
Improved drawing of inner_circles.
Fixed the bug occuring sometimes when using a different language than english.
Fixed bug that caused RTB to crash sometimes when using messagefiles.
Bugfix: command line option '--debug-mode' should work now.
Fixed a bug that caused RealTimeBattle to crash when not using a gtkrc.
Max robots allowed simultaneously. This option allows the user to change how many robots allowed in a sequence. Depending on how many file-descriptors and maximum number of tasks allowed by the system.
RealTimebattle has now been translated to Japanese.
Some bugs have been fixed so Japanese translation works correct.
Fixed a problem with COLLISION giving wrong angle. Thanks to Nathan D Green.
Sorting by sequence in the statistics when viewing individual robots now works again.
No bugs found, thus v1.0.0 is pretty equal to v1.0.0pre1.
German translation added (thanks to Uwe Hermann and Jan Suhr).
A new RealTimeBattle.spec has replaced the older one (thanks to CW Zuckschwerdt).
Bug fixes for some problems under FreeBSD.
The default prefix for the installation has been changed from
Polish translation added (thanks to Zbigniew Chyla).
Portuguese translation added (thanks to Rui Sousa).
Added info in the documentation on what the different things on the robot are.
Fixed so it is possible to configure and compile RTB from another directory than the RTB top sourcedir.
Fixed bug that caused rtb to segfault when it is impossible to open the logfiled supplied on the command-line to be replayed.
Added so a message is displayed in the messagewindow when a robot has not given any name, so it easy to know which robot that hasn't given any name.
Removed a memory-leak when adding messages (Note that there is still a lot of leaking memory but this is gtk+'s fault).
Corrected code that caused a compile-time failure with gcc-2.95.
string.h is included instead of
The missing file IntlDefs.h has been added to the distribution.
Added support for internationalization. If you do not want native language support configure with the command:
% ./configure --disable-nls
Messages are now displayed much faster in the message-window.
More dialogs to inform when something goes wrong (i.e. could not start tournament etc.)
Various minor improvements to the gui.
Logging frequency to make log files less large.
Added two new warning messages: NAME_NOT_GIVEN and COLOUR_NOT_GIVEN.
Robots does get a random colour instead of black if none is given.
Fixed bug that caused rotate_and_fire_select.cc failed during compile on some slackware machines.
Fixed bug that caused the arena window not to be hidden correctly when hiding it at the start of a tournament.
Fixed bug with show and hide windows that caused program failures.
Probably some other bugs too that I have forgot.
A new Robot Option: USE_NON_BLOCKING. By setting this option to false robots input and output pipes are blocked, so that the robot automatically waits for the next message when reading from the STDIN. If you use this, signals are no longer necessary to inform about new messages.
Replay game. You can now replay a game form its log. Note that logfiles made with earlier versions are incompatible with the replay function.
New game option:
Fast forward factor, which determines how fast the game will be when the fast forward or the rewind button is pressed.
The default RealTimeBattle installation-directory is now
EPREFIX/games/RealTimeBattle instead of
Rotate and Fire now exists in three different versions, all functionally equivalent, but using different methods for reading messages: blocking, select and signals.
It is now possible to show hidden windows.
The window for starting tournaments now remembers the previous tournament which is used as default the next time a tournament is to be played.
It is now possible to load and save tournaments in the start tournament window.
New game option:
Robot startup time, the time between the launching the robot processes and the beginning of the game.
New misc option:
Directory for temporary files, a directory where various temporary files are stored. Defaulted to /tmp/rtb
Possibility to use +,-,0 instead of pushing buttons zoom in, zoom out resp no zoom.
There are various changes in the look and feel, which hopefully improves the usability.
Lots of internal changes, the class hierarchy is completely redone. Hopefully this will have changed nothing in the behavior of RTB, expect for: GTK+ is no longer necessary when compiling without graphics.
Optimizations. At least the non-graphics version should be a lot faster now.
It is now possible to redirect messages to a file or STDOUT.
Clicking on a robots name in the statistics window now results in showing statistics for that robot.
Window resizing is working well for gtk 1.1.x and later.
For gtk 1.1.x and later you can now grab window positions and sizes via a button in the options window.
Two new keywords added to the messaging language: DebugLine and DebugCircle. These can be used to draw directly to the arena when running at the highest debug level.
Everything about loading and saving has been removed. It is now legal to read and write to files without restriction. Note that it can, however, be restricted in competitions if the organizer wants to.
A thin line, marking the angle the robot is facing, is now drawn.
Some extra bits of information are now displayed in the window titles.
The robot 'Rotate and Fire' is more or less remade to be a slightly better robot and a much better example.
The arena is now drawn using a normal right handed coordinate system instead of the one used by gtk+ by default. The result is that everything is turned upside down. Angles do now increase in the counterclockwise direction as they should.
New option: 'Update interval' which determines how often the robot positions and radars are updated.
The installation procedure is completely changed. Now
configure is used to make the program easier to adjust to different systems (thanks to Martin Norbäck)
Log files of games can now be generated. The only problem is that they tend to be very large ...
Added sorting in the statistics. Only available with Gtk 1.1.x or later.
It is now possible to clear the message list and view messages from one robot only.
It is now possible to autostart a tournament. See docs to know how to do a tournament file.
It is now possible to choose a statistics file for saving the statistics when autostarting a tournament.
You can now run RTB without any GUI, either by giving a command line option or by a compilation flag (gtk+ is still required though).
Added window positions to options.
An updating problem with gtk 1.1.x in statistics window was solved.
Messagetypes.h is now LGPL'd instead of GPL'd.
Error handling is improved (by removing exception handling).
The resource-file is now implemented. Please write a
.rtbrc for your favorite settings. The easiest way of setting this is to click the
Save as Default button in the options window.
Changing of window sizes has been implemented. Change your
.rtbrc for new default sizes.
The environmental variables
RTB_ARENADIR are replaced with regular options. Place your default directories in your
.rtbrc for permanent options.
Added some buttons to the options window.
Load and Save buttons now uses the gtk file-selector.
The savefile-options is removed
Break is changed to the correct spelling
New robot option:
SIGNAL, which will replace the old
SEND_SIGNAL. You can now specify which signal to be sent.
A new warning message:
OBSOLETE_KEYWORD. Please replace all the obsolete keywords with the corresponding new version as soon as possible, since obsolete keyword will be completely removed within a number of releases and certainly before 1.0.
Long command line options are now available.
The Message output is changed into a clist and new messages are put at the top of the list. Hopefully this is more readable.
Fixes for floating point problems in BSD (thanks to Dennis Cartier).
Recent Linux kernels seems to block
SIGUSR1, this was fixed by a patch from Oliver Jowett. This bug applies to a lot of robots around, so be sure to add the corresponding code to your robot!
No scrollbars were appearing in the clists when using Gtk+ 1.1.x. This is now fixed.
And a lot of smaller bugs, which I am too lazy to write down (thanks to various people).
It should be working alright with Gtk+ 1.1.x now and problems with the environmental-variables are fixed.
And this time also some improvements:
Enhanced debug-mode, you can now change debug-levels, kill specified robots or the current game. Thanks to Ward & Pieter for the ideas.
When a rotation has finished, the robot will now get a message if it wishes. Thanks to Artur Adib for the suggestion.
The included robots are no longer GPL'd, they have no license at all now! Feel free to (ab)use as you wish, but don't blame us if there is a problem :-)
Fixed more bugs. Thanks to Ronan Heffernan, Oliver Kurth, Adam C Luter and Björn again.
Fixed some bugs. Thanks to Björn Augustsson for a detatiled bug-report.
This is the first ever public release of RealTimeBattle. Even though its the first, it should be pretty stable and regarded as an alpha release of the forthcoming version 1.0. Please report any bugs you encounter. Especially if you have problem with the messaging language, it has to be changed before version 1.0 is released, since thereafter the messaging language is fixed and may not be altered (until version 2.0).