Allegro.pas is a wrapper to allow Pascal language to use the Allegro game programming library to create your own games in good old Pascal or the modern Object Pascal programming languages. Read more details on the introductory page.
Yesterday, Allegro 5.2.0 was released. I tested it and it's quite nice. It fixes suff from 5.0 and adds new things, like the new 3D API that avoids the need of OpenGL or DirectX. It is much like the 3D routines used in pre-5 versions but using hardware acceleration.
So, Allegro.pas TRUNK will drop 5.0 support and go to the 5.2. Actually I want to release a new beta before TINS 2006, announced by Amarillion few days ago. This is, before Friday May 13.
Few time ago, Free Pascal version 3 was released. Sometime later, Lazarus 1.6 was released. I didn't test them 'till today, and I found a few issues. They're not major issues, just some warnings here and there. So I did a few changes and uploaded to the SVN.
On the other hand, I was thinking about what demonstration game to ship with Allegro.pas 5 branch. I was thinking in an old idea: first person snowball battle. So may be I'll create a prototype using version 4.4 then port it to version 5.0 (or may be 5.1).
Note: This was published in other of my current projects: Gesbit.
Some days ago, Leo has posted a comment asking why does Gesbit stay in SourceForge. I ansered that I know that GitHub is the trend and SourceForge have a bad reputation, but I prefer SVN over GIT and SourceForge did work for many years.
Later I found that new owners of SourceForge posted an article in his blog on day before Leo posted his comment. You can read it, but they recognize SourceForge's bad reputation proble, and talks about planning how to fix it. And they started by terminating the DevShare program, which was one of the main sources of that bad reputation. They also promised that there will be more changes in the future.
That's mean that I'll keep my SourceForge projects here for a while.
As I said in previous news, I've moved the TRUNK to BRANCHES/4.4, then moved BRANCHES/5.0 to TRUNK. So now TRUNK is version 5, and a new beta should be released next year.
This doesn't mean that development of version 4 is finished. I'll update version 4 if necessary, fixing bugs and adding stuff if I find it useful. Also, if somebody send me patches, fixes and addons, and they fit the project, I'll add them too.
I've finally uploaded stable Allegro.pas 4.4.5 version. It is a major update
of the library, but the first two version numbers are keept to be coherent with
original Allegro Game Library.
This version has some API modifications, as well as a lot of improvements that
makes it faster (and sometimes smaller) executables. Most important changes
from version 4.4.4 below:
Also note that in near future I'll move TRUNK to BRANCHES/4.4, and BRANCHES/5.0
to TRUNK. This doesn't mean that I'll forget version 4.4: I'll update it if I
find bugs or somebody sends me interesting patches or additions, but it's time
to take version 5.0 seriously.