The ToS has been updated. However, all that was changed was a stray parenthesis in the cheating section which has been removed due to it being a typo. No other text has been changed, added, or removed since the last update.
The September event has started!
All players can now access the Swamp area until the end of the month.
You may also like checking out the Seekers this month! There seems to be a lot more than usual, and they are giving out x2 the payments for your unwanted adopts!
The ability to delete your own raffles (if no tickets have been placed) has now been fully released! Any user should now be able to access this option in case of accidental raffling.
There is also a new raffle update that's now available to upgraded players. Instead of just a dropdown to select adoptables for raffling, you can now use the realtime adopt selector that shows images and has searching capabilities. This will eventually be available to all players when it passes a testing period. It will replace the current adopt dropdown menu on the raffle.
The trading feature is now out and available for everyone!
This feature has been developed over the past few months and passed testing phases through staff and upgraded players. It is no longer restricted and can now be accessed by anyone.
If you find any bugs, let us know in the bug reports forum!
Taking its place in early access testing for upgraded players is the ability to open multiple item containers at a time!
Compression for ADOPTABLE IMAGES (not species files) is being turned off until further notice! This DOT NOT apply to items or species files and does not change the way species creation works. When you go to upload a species file in the artwork panel, make sure to select 'do not compress' if you want the file to be uploaded without compression. Keep doing as you would normally. This update does NOT affect creators.
For clarity, there are three types of compression on 4dopt:
- Compression of item artwork when an item is being uploaded by the creator (not affected by this update, these will still be compressed).
- Compression of species files when species files are being uploaded by the creator (not affected by this update, these will still be compressed).
This is what the update is affecting -> When an adoptable's image is rendered, all of its markings and other artwork 'layers' get mushed together into a single image based on species settings. The compression at this stage is being turned off.
Why are we turning this level of compression off?
A) We have more disk space right now and since we already have one level of compression for species files, having the second compression level turned off and getting higher quality adopt images would be a nice way to use the extra disk space.
B) There was a bug that sometimes caused adopt images to not render when compressed. Since Eve was already thinking about turning off the second level of adopt compression, this seemed like a better time than any.
This may be turned back on in the future: If we ever don't have enough disk space on the server, this second level of compression will be turned back on. This is a great tool to keep the site from crashing when not enough disk space is available! But it will need to be debugged if turned back on, and we've include notes on this in the code.
This bug only affects a very small number of adoptables, and we know how to identify and fix it now, so we should have an easier time coming back to this later if the second clevel of compresison is needed again.
What is compression? For those who are very, very confused right now: compression makes images smaller via file size (not dimensions), allowing files to take up less space on the server. We have custom 4dopt code for compression that attempts to get images to be smaller while reducing visual quality as little as possible. Creators can (and always have) been able to opt-out of compression, but it helps save space both for the server and creators who want to use it.