Over the past few weeks, I've been hard at work on the next release of Pixel Vision 8 . While I still have a few more loose ends to clean up, I figured I'd give you a preview of what's to come.
First up, I've redone the first-run experience. The Pixel Vision 8's installer is now built directly into the exe. While I was trying to keep the Runner and the OS separate, I decided it was better to make installing and upgrading as easy as possible. The first thing you should know is that I've added an all-new "safe mode" while booting. If you hold down the Shift key, Pixel Vision 8 will revert to its default bios.
This will kick you back into the new OS installer allowing you to reinstall the OS or repair any broken tools.
If you are booting up for the first time, you will get the same installer to do a fresh install of the OS on the Workspace drive. If you ever run into an issue, you can always re-launch the OS installer from the Settings Tool's menu.
Along with the next release, I'll be adding some new Art Packs to the site. There will be two disks. The first disk will contain the two Free Art Packs that were initially part of the OS installer disk.
The second disk contains four new Art Packs only available to Pro Members.
Classic 8-bit games inspire each of these Art Packs. You'll get all the artwork you need to create a new game in one of these styles.
The artwork is designed for three colors per sprite and will work with any of the classic system templates. They are also ready to be used with Pixel Vision 8's new palette system if you are looking to make a more authentic 8-bit game.
Finally, I'll be bringing back the standalone versions of Pixel Vision 8 Draw and Tune. Each one contains all the tools you need to create pixel art or chiptune music based on Pixel Vision OS's core tools with zero installation process. Just boot up and go!
PV8 Music contains an updated SFX and Music tool, which now includes Wav export.
PV8 Draw contains the Color, Sprite, and Font tools.
Also, Draw has a customized Chip Editor specific to configuring a pixel art project's settings.
These two stand-alone tools are designed for those who only have an interest in a specific part of Pixel Vision 8.
I should have all of this wrapped up by the end of the week, so stay tuned. If you have already purchased Draw or Tune, you'll get a free copy, and I'll also make these available to Pro members as well.