September 2010

Monthly Archive

Auto sizing the cards

Posted by on 25 Sep 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

We just found a bug last night that caused the card size auto-detect code to choose the wrong size in certain cases. In particular it was choosing the “ludicrous” size cards when the screen was much too small to support them. It seemed to only affect Internet Explorer (definitely version 6 and possibly 7 and 8 too) but it was intermittent so we couldn’t see it at first.

At any rate, the bug is now fixed and so if you were unhappy with how the “automatic” setting was working we invite you to try it again. Please let us know if it now chooses the correct size for your browser window.

Big update today

Posted by on 17 Sep 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Jim and I have been working on the site a lot more than usual in the last couple months. Today we’ve pushed some big changes we’ve been working on up to the main site. Here’s a list of some of the things we did:

  1. We got rid of the card size popup. Instead of choosing card sizes manually, the game picks the best card size based on how big your window is. If you want bigger cards, make the window bigger; a smaller window makes cards smaller.
  2. We (re)added pause support. It has been improved based on the feedback we got last time. It pauses automatically when you click away from the window, or manually if you click the pause button or press the pause key (Control-P). The auto-pause after 15 seconds of inactivity is not enabled at this time. We may add an option to enable it in the future because we like it, but we realize it’s confusing and annoying to some play styles.
  3. We fixed a ton of Internet Explorer bugs. A huge percentage of our users use Internet Explorer but it’s not convenient for us to test since neither Jim nor I run Windows on our main computers. Side note: we still haven’t tried the IE 9 beta out–if any of you have it we’d be very happy to hear feedback on how the site works with it.
  4. We added new, hopefully tastier looking buttons to the solitaire games. These buttons only show up on newer browsers–Firefox, Safari and Chrome users will see them right now. IE 9 may or may not show them and IE 6, 7, and 8 definitely will not.
  5. We added pause support to Asteroids.
  6. We added a high score table to Asteroids.
  7. Hopeless got its high score table re-enabled after being dead for 2 or 3 years.

Those are the big visible changes. There are, as always, many more changes under the hood that should make our lives easier in the future.

As usual, we’d love to hear what you think. If you find any bugs, make sure you report them.