Skyscraper (software)

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Skyscraper
Skyscraperlogo.jpg
Original author(s)Ryan Thoryk
Developer(s)Ryan Thoryk
Initial releaseDecember 27, 2002; 16 years ago (2002-12-27)
Last release
2.0 Alpha 10 (OGRE) / December 19, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-12-19)
Preview release
"April 14, 2018 (Alpha 1.11/2.0 Alpha 11) build" (OGRE) / April 14, 2018; 9 months ago (2018-04-14)
Written inC++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows 7 or later
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Linux(Ubuntu 10.10 or higher and Debian 7.1 or higher)
PlatformCross-platform (primarily x86, and x86-64)
Available inEnglish
TypeSimulator
LicenseGNU General Public License (Version 2)[1]
Website[Official Website]
An elevator lobby in one of the fan-made buildings.

Skyscraper Simulator (formerly Skyscraper Project[2]), also known as Skyscrapersim,[3] Skyscraper 3D, or simply Skyscraper[3] was a free and open-source 3D building simulator created by Ryan Thoryk, utilizing the OGRE graphics rendering engine, and formerly using Crystal Space.[4] First released on 27 December 2002, development continued until its discontinuation on 3 October 2018. After development of the simulator was discontinued, an unofficial subreddit and a new forum was created for user projects.[5][6]

History[edit]

Skyscraper was originally developed in Microsoft Visual Basic using the Truevision3D graphics engine,[7] and simulated a single hard-coded building (an early design of the Triton Center, the program's flagship building). The first release of Skyscraper was released on December 27, 2002. A 1.0 stable release was released in mid-2004, followed by a gradual complete redesign and rewrite in C++ using the Crystal Space graphics engine with wxWidgets for the graphical user interfaces (GUIs) control panel. The first release of the rewritten simulator (version 1.1, released as 2.0 Alpha 1), which supported scriptable buildings, was released on January 6, 2009. During the development of the Alpha 8 release, the simulator was ported over to the OGRE rendering engine, and the Crystal Space version was discontinued. Skyscraper's latest stable release, version 1.10 (released as "2.0 Alpha 10") was released on December 19, 2016, and is the third major stable release to use the OGRE graphics engine (1 was alpha 8 and 2 was alpha 9).[8] The last version to use the Crystal Space engine was the 19 September 2012 build.[9]
On April 15, 2018, the official Skyscraper Simulator website was pulled from the internet, with users receiving a DNS error. On April 29, 2018, the original website was relaunched and development continued up until its final discontinuation on October 3, 2018. Although development of the simulator has been discontinued, an unofficial subreddit and a new forum was created for user projects.[10][11]

Features[edit]

  • Users can manually hand-design buildings by scripting with corresponding coordination for every object,[4] or use a tool called "Beno Building Creator" made by Beno with HTML5 Canvas element to make them.
  • Fully functioning elevators
    • Some types of elevators are not supported, such as destination dispatch elevators.
  • Fully functioning escalators,[12] using fan-made scripts, most notably "Escalator2011"
    • Support for moving escalators was added in Update 1 of Skyscraper 2.0 Alpha 10.[13]
  • Stairs
  • Fully functioning moving walkways, using fan-made scripts, most notably "GooperWalk2012"
    • Support for moving walkways, in addition to moving escalators was added with the release of Update 1 for Skyscraper 2.0 Alpha 10.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GPL Record in SVN at March 3, 2011
  2. ^ "Old Skyscrapersim Website".
  3. ^ a b "Skyscrapersim Forum". Skyscrapersim Forum. Archived from the original on 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Read Me Record in the SVN at April 12, 2011".
  5. ^ "The Skyscraper Simulator Forum - Index". skyscrapersimulatorforum.createaforum.com. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  6. ^ Reddit (31 October 2018). "r/Skyscrapersim". Reddit. Reddit. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Read Me Record in the SVN at June 12, 2006".
  8. ^ "The Skyscraper Simulator Forum: Skyscraper 2.0 Alpha 10 released".
  9. ^ "The Skyscraper Simulator Forum: September 13 2012 build".
  10. ^ "The Skyscraper Simulator Forum - Index". skyscrapersimulatorforum.createaforum.com. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  11. ^ Reddit (31 October 2018). "r/Skyscrapersim". Reddit. Reddit. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  12. ^ http://forum.skyscrapersim.com/index.php?topic=7470.0
  13. ^ a b "Post at Skyscrapersim Forum".

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