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SoaS 0.7.6 zipped file updated

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two good suggestions came from Twitter this morning. one is that the Sim-on-a-Stick single region zipped file was not extracting into a single SoaS076 folder as it had in previous versions

this is proof to how untechie i am! =p

i always get confused as to whether unzipping will create a folder named the same as the zip file or not! derr on me but thanks to @batate this is now fixed! =)

the zipped version is a popular download because it’s just a zipped file. installers can be suspicious because they are automated, but the one i use is basically a program that zips all the files, allows me to create shortcuts, sniffs out if you have the proper version of .NET, and adds an uninstall entry to the Windows uninstall program dealio

for the first versions of SoaS, only the zipped files were available and they worked just fine, but buying a $35 installer allowed us to reach more people. the installer version works nicely and seems to have no issues (the only complaints i’ve ever had are that some anti-virus progs freak out, but it did that for the zipped versions as well – only four mentions out of 23,000 downloads) =)

that was one twitter suggestion and the other comes from long time power user @NINK who i’ve known for 3 or 4 years now. he created a batch file (BAT) for his kiddo to use

Sim-on-a-Stick came with an autostart batch file for a couple of versions and is a great way to start SoaS. in fact, Lisa Jacka and Kate Booth include start batch files for their students to use

i’ll pull together a BAT file and post about it in the next week or so for anyone interested in using one =)

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written by Ener Hax

October 23rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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  1. Hi Ener,
    Been a while since I looked at SoaS but I recently had reason to for a student’s project. She needed to make a green screen for a machinima, very cool idea of hers, but needed her own personal sim to work on at home and school. I was really bummed that she had a Mac, otherwise I could have just pointed her to http://simonastick.com/. An hour later we had Mono, MySQL, and OpenSim all playing nicely but what a bunch of hoops to go through. All this is my longwinded way of asking, is there any way to get a Mac version of SoaS going?

    And a second question…I discovered Singularity viewer and am really liking it. Imprudence has been a bit glitchy with Diva Wifi recently for me and the switchover to Singularity has been great. What would you and the SoaS crew think of bundling that on the stick instead of Imprudence?

    Erik N

    30 Dec 13 at 11:47 pm

  2. i like the Singularity idea and that sounds like a good move (bundling it might be a goal of the next OpenSim update)

    as to Mac, the issue is that the MAMP program needed has to install a file to the root of the machine (the equivalent of WAMP or MoWeS), so that prevents SoaS from being a truly self-contained =(

    an individual could install MAMP themselves on their Mac, but that is basically what you did as far as techiness and effort goes

    Ener Hax

    13 Jan 14 at 10:12 am

  3. Ener, thanks for such a clear explanation, that makes total sense. I wish I knew a little more about this stuff, it would be useful to have a version of SoaS for Mac even if it meant having a student install MAMP. Maybe down the road…

    Erik N

    13 Jan 14 at 9:06 pm

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