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Feb 2016

The TerreSculptor HMES Alpha build for Feb 16 2016 was released today.
It is available on the HMES Alpha page on the LCS website.

The most notable item in this build release is the ability to now open and save projects.
The application areas that are currently saved in a project file are the current state of the Generators, the Modifiers, and the base Datamap heightmap.
In the next build release, the following areas will be added to the project file open and save: the Extractors, the Scene objects (Backdrop, Grid, etc.), the Colorset, and a few other application areas.

The project file format is highly engineered to allow for full backward and forward compatibility across all versions of the software, and to allow for a future feature of being able to save or open-merge user-specified areas only.  This will allow for such abilities as merging only the Generators from an existing project file to the current project, for example.

At this point in time it is not recommended to completely rely on the alpha level project file format for any commercial projects, as any bugs found at this stage may break the project file format in a future alpha build.  By the time the software reaches beta in a few months, any project file issues should be fully exposed and resolved.

Additional features and fixes new to this build are noted in the text file included in the HMES zip file.
The main areas to note in this build are in the Extractors, the Generators, the OBJ file importer/exporter, and the Project file format.

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