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Wednesday, December 6, 2000
Wings of Mercury Adds 3D Engine
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An update to the space flight simulator A-OK! The Wings of Mercury is on the way, and it adds a new 3D engine known as REALView 3D. This sim, which accurately represents the launch and orbit of the Mercury-era capsule spacecraft, will reach version 3.0 this February and will debut on the Windows platform as well a few months later. Here are details from the press release:

Today YOU ARE GO! unveiled screen shots of
external and through-the-window views generated with their new REALView 3D
engine. The screen shots feature launch, on-orbit and landing views of both
Mercury/Atlas and Mercury/Redstone vehicles, and can be viewed at the product web site.

"These early screens shots show how much weve progressed on the product
with only couple of months using the new software," remarked YOU ARE GO!s
owner and lead developer, Joseph Nastasi. The REALView 3D engine is now
based on a REALbasic software plugin, RB3D (http://techwind.com/rb3d),
developed by Joseph Strout. "Despite some false starts with other software,
weve got a winning combination that will speed up development and provide
much flexibility."

Nastasi stated that the 3D engine will utilize basic 3D effects so that the
simulator will be usable with older computers. "There are so many systems
being simulated all at once that we need to strike a balance between visual
and technical complexity. A-OK! is intended for a wide audience, not all of
whom can afford 500Mhz G4 and 1000Mhz Pentium IIIs."

The current version of A-OK is on sale for $20 for a limited time and can be ordered from the web site. Visit the site for more details, screen shots and ordering information.

YOU ARE GO! Web Site

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