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Thursday, April 5, 2001
Harpoon3 OS X Status
8:51 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Jesse Spears sent along word that his Harpoon3 site has been updated with news on how the game performs in OS X. While he notes the performace is better, in some cases, than normal OS 9.1, there are some glitches which need addressing. Spears also promises a fully OS X version, though he's waiting for updates from both Apple and Codewarrior before he moves forward. Here's a clip from the update with some tips:

First, the full screen intro movie doesn't play properly. I could hear the sound, but nothing showed up on the screen. The in-game videos worked fine.

Second, I encountered a crash bug in one of the Game Colors dialogs (I'm not sure which one). I can't reproduce it on OS9.1, so it will have to wait till I get OSX on my own machine.

Third, anyone that's playing on OSX will probably want to hide the dock. If you don't have your dock set to Auto-Hide already, try Command-Shift-D to toggle the dock on and off (I think that was it).

Performance wise, it was very impressive. H3 under classic on a 400MHz iMac DV seemed a lot faster than on my G4/450/450 under OS9.1. Most of the speed up seemed to be in areas where the hard drive is accessed (for instance, loading scenarios was nigh instanteous, and loading the Platform Display dialog was extremely fast). I think this is because under OS9.1 (and older), the file access routines have a great deal of 68k code in them, where as OSX has a native file system, and since Classic calls through OSX it gets the new file system for free.

So Harpoon3 fans should be able to get the game running in Classic, just be aware of the issues. We'll let you know when a native OS X version is ready. In other news, the Windows programmer -- mentioned earlier to be looking at the Harpoon3 code -- has been revealed to be his brother. Head over to the Harpoon3 site for more info.

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