IMPORTANT!!! Make sure you using the latest driver for your graphics card! Otherwise SpaceEngine may not work or work poorly.
1) Download the installer using the links above.
2) Run the installer and follow instructions. Do not merge this version with the old one!
1) Download the zip archive using the links above.
2) Extract the contents of the archive to the folder of your choice (e.g. C:\Program Files\SpaceEngine 0.9.7.1). Do not merge this version with the old one!
3) If desired, add a shortcut to the SpaceEngine executable (SpaceEngine.exe, in the system subfolder) to your desktop or taskbar.
Copying to another PC
SpaceEngine is a portable application. You may simply copy all content of the SpaceEngine folder to another location and run SpaceEngine.exe, located in the system subfolder.
OK, I think I never posted anything in here, so, it is time to do so. First of all, congratulations for this project, it is probably one of the most innovative and complex space simulation engine ever. It made possible to common people to simulate the entire space, something that before was possible only with complex calculations and supercomputers. SE brought to the common enthusiast of space adventure more than a tool for exploring fractal worlds, it brought to us a tool to take imagination to a brand new level. Instead of the limits of thousands or hundred of thousands, it brought to us an almost infinite universe astronomically plausible, with (generally) accurate data about known celestial bodies and a whole universe of possibilities beyond human knowledge. Now I'll comment about what I think about the SE based in my experience with it:
Pros: 1) Nice graphics 2) Immensity 3) Astronomical and astrophysical accuracy 4) Seamless navigation 5) Time control 6) Spaceship mode 7) Easiest navigation through a 3d universe since 3d was invented 8) The pleasure of exploration and discovery
Cons: 1) Heavy video requirements 2) Random crashes with no reason 3) Anomalies (like overlapping stars) 4) Buggy effects that doesn't work in many video cards (mine, for example, don't show evaporating planets or comet tails - and guess what? It is NVidia!)
OK, now I'll do like they do in specialized websites and give you degrees for every aspect of this app: GRAPHICS - 10 SOUND - 7 CONTROLS - 10 INNOVATION - 10 STABILITY - 6 AVERAGE - 8,6
WORTHY OF INVESTMENT? SURE!
EASY TO BE FORGOTTEN? NEVER!
THERE IS SOMETHING SIMILAR AROUND? NO!
CAN ANYONE DO SOMETHING SIMILAR? HARDLY!
MUST IT BE TRANSFORMED INTO A SHOOTER? SHOOTERS ARE PLENTY, UNIVERSES ARE FEW.}
FINAL WORDS: stop giving money to Limit Theory, it is the same crap we seen in the past with better graphics. They say that they have an endless universe, but it exists just to support the shooting and you cannot explore the planets freely. IF YOU WANT INFINITY, SUPORT SE, THEY ARE ASKING LESS MONEY AND OFFERRING YOU MUCH MORE.
Ah, did I mention that they are asking 80 thousand dollars for a software that is being distributed for free to anyone- even those who hadn't contributed? THEY DESERVE COLLABORATION, SE CAN'T STOP, NOT NOW THAT THEY CAME SO FAR!
Lucky you, I have GTX 760 with latest drivers, and it barely runs. Glitches are all over the screen, and it seems to be leaking memory a lot too. Sometimes freezes are so hard, I have to kill it hard from command line - blindfolded, as I can't see the screen. Remember this is not a game, and it has no game elements. It's basically a universe browser. Limit Theory is a game, so you can't compare it to SE.
Can somebody change the RED warning on this page, to read "This version of SpaceEngine is incompatible with the latest version of nvidia drivers", rather than the opposite please? It only makes sense taking into account the statement from nvidia about incorrect use of shader definitions by SE. Also, I noticed the donations have not increased for the past month or so. Don't you think it may have something to do with the fact people can't even try it now? New version is really really needed.
The patch for the latest Nvidia drivers is really needed asap. I couldn't keep the old ones installed, as Elite Dangerous and WoT requires new ones, so I'm stuck with SE not working for the past month now.
I'll hang on for a *NIX (Linux/Mac/UNIX/BSD) compatible version rather than suffer Microsoft's shoddy OS's, you may have time to fritter away dealing with Windows nonsense but I don't. However it won't take long for me to completely forget this project exists.