Todays build 0.990.38.1730 is released in the beta branch, so if you want to test this, feel free to join the beta. Changes:

  • New Titan textures by retro-visor
  • The new textures are based on Ian Regan’s global infrared map, but with overlayed radar maps of Titan’s lakes, which have much better resolution than the IR map.

  • Adjusted gamma of Jupiter and Io textures
  • Adjusted photometric properties of Jupiter and the Galilean satellites for increased accuracy
  • Screenshot of the Jovian system with adjusted gamma/brightness and Hapke parameters. Now it is as close to real as possible, thanks to HarbingerDawn. Jupiter and its moons should have realistic relative and absolute brightness in auto/manual exposure mode now.

  • Gamma correction for planet textures: parameter in catalog scripts and slider in the editor
  • When using the editor, gamma is not updated in real-time, i.e. you must press the “Update planet” button. This is because gamma correction changes the color of the surface, and this affects how detail textures are applied. So gamma correction must be done during texture loading or generation, not at render time. Gamma adjustment can be applied to both real and procedural planets.

  • Added ability to specify a threshold for the bloom effect (doesn’t affect anything by default).
  • You can experiment with it using the console command BloomThreshold (e.g. set BloomThreshold 0.5 – the default value is 0 (all pixels bloom, like previously), and a value of 1 means that only pixels with values that exceed the dynamic range of the scene will cause bloom. Note: values greater than 0 will produce subtle color artifacts near the threshold level on surfaces that are not colorless, due to the way the threshold is currently applied.)

  • New music by Lokijar
  • Fixed bug with selection of wrong screenshot file format at startup
  • Fixed displaying of incorrect axis tilt for procedural planets
  • Fixed generation of too many extremely tilted procedural planets [pending for for 0.991]
  • Updated localizations
  • Updated exoplanet catalog (September 10, 2019)
  • Added comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) and other minor bodies
  • Added names for 5 recently named satellites of Jupiter
  • Solar system browser: fixed empty (globe) previews in the very long list of satellites
  • Fixed model of the galaxy ESO 510-G13
  • Fixed bug with displacement and flickering of star lens flares in fish eye/cylindrical/cube modes what happened in distant galaxies
  • Fixed bug with displacement of autoexposure metering zone (other autoexposure metering bugs still exist)