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Alpha 3 Release

Alpha release of BeatVortex

This release is now available on Nexus Mods.

This release marks the next full alpha of the BeatVortex extension. If you can install and test this extension, all feedback (on Nexus Mods or GitHub) is very appreciated!

This release adds some big new features and fixes to the previous alpha release including:

  • Dependency tracking! Vortex will now warn you about missing dependencies when you install BeatMods mods, and offer to install them automatically.
  • Playlist support: BeatVortex can now install playlists, including from OneClick links, and install maps from an installed playlist.
  • Integrated OneClick Settings: settings to enable/disable OneClick link handling have been moved into the Settings page, on the Download tab.
  • Automatic BSIPA unpatching: Vortex will now prompt you to revert BSIPA when you purge mods to restore things to default properly.
  • Support for translations! Check the translation docs to see how you can help translate BeatVortex into your language.
  • New preview feature: Playlists interface for managing installed playlists. Enable it from the Interface settings.
  • New reworked installation logic to cut down on errors and improve metadata.

A few of the changes introduced in this release including dependencies, metaserver integration and custom mod types require some new features and fixes included in Vortex 1.2.12 and 1.2.13. As such, we strongly recommend only using this version of the extension with Vortex 1.2.13 or higher.

Dependencies

As covered in the developer docs, dependencies is a trickier problem than you'd think. As of 0.3.1, Vortex will warn you about missing dependencies and let you check dependencies for individual packages. It will also automatically attempt to download and install the required dependencies when you install a new mod. However, this requires Vortex 1.2.13 or later.

What happened to 0.3.0?

There was briefly a 0.3.0 release, but it wasn't in a state I liked so we skipped straight to 0.3.1 with some more big changes folded in.

A note to Mod Assistant users

In the pre-alpha release, Mod Assistant and BeatVortex had no real overlap so there was no compatibility concerns. With the new OneClick supportpreview, we finally have our first real compatibility point: who gets launched when you open a OneClick link. Ideally, BeatVortex should not pick up OneClick links until you specifically turn it on in your settings and restart Vortex. Likewise, once you've turned it on, Vortex should replace Mod Assistant to handle these links.

If you're encountering problems with OneClick installs, I'd recommend turning off the OneClick support from whichever application you don't want handling your installs. This is still in preview so if you encounter problems, please open an issue on GitHub with as much detail as you can.