Monday, October 23, 2017

EyeSpy 2.0.7 available now on Mac App Store

EyeSpy 2.0.7 is available on the Mac App Store today.

This update slightly changes the design of the app in order to work around a fascinating "bug" in macOS High Sierra (10.13).

When switching between characters using the Command-RightArrow or CommandLeftArrow keys, EyeSpy on macOS Sierra (10.12) would correctly shrink the character down to a pinpoint, swap in the new character, then grow the character back to full size. This was a fun animation effect.

Unfortunately High Sierra (10.13) optimizes the graphics drawing a little too aggressively. The graphics subsystem doesn't swap in the new character until after the animation sequence is complete. We tried about a dozen different tricks to try to convince it that, yes, we really do want to swap in a new image before animating the character growing from a pinpoint to full size.

So, on High Sierra the animation sequence we want never does the right thing. Instead, it always does a clunky shrink/grow/swap-character (which looks odd).

We've replaced the shrink/swap-character/grow animation with a shrink/swap-character-pop-into-place animation. This is less clunky. It's not what we want, but at least it looks intentional rather than accidental.

We'll report this issue to Apple. With any luck we can bring back the intended animation, at some point.

Meanwhile, keep an eye on @illumineX on Twitter. We'll be dropping a few promo codes out there over the coming weeks. First come, first serve! These promo codes will let you get a free character via the In-App Purchase store in EyeSpy.

If you like our fun little cartoon toy, be sure to rate EyeSpy at the Mac App Store! Thank you!

illumineX is in the process of migrating our GamePaX to the Mac App Store!  Keep an eye on this space for further details!
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