Steam Screenshots Feature Now Available

Posted: February 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: updates | Comments Off on Steam Screenshots Feature Now Available
A Steam client update is now available. To apply the update, click the File menu inside of Steam and then select “Check for Steam Client Updates…”. The specific changes include:

New Features and UI updates

Steam Screenshots

  • Added support for Steam Screenshots. Press F12 while in any game that runs the Steam Overlay to take screenshots, then publish them to your Steam Community profile, or anywhere else on the web. Each user is allotted 1 GB of Steam Cloud storage for screenshots.

Library Search capability and related navigation updates

  • Added Search capability to the library for quick filtering of your list. Press Tab to move focus to and from the search field, press Esc to clear the search.
  • Moved access to all library sub views (Games, Media Tools, Downloads, etc.) into the library’s dropdown control

Voice quality improvements

  • Changed microphone voice input from 11 kHz to 16 kHz
  • Changed voice output from 8 kHz to 16 kHz
  • Fixed the settings-dialog microphone test to correctly re-init the calibration client if the active voice device changes
  • Reduced voice prefix buffer size from 200 to 100 ms, but increased trailing from 200 to 400 ms – reduces latency when transitioning from silence to active voice, but still should keep it from sounding like chat is cutting out mid-sentence
  • Increased thresholds for voice activity detection, making it less sensitive
  • Increased amount of gain applied to voice
  • Changed disconnect message when a friend ends a voice call to ‘ has ended the call’
  • Windows: Fixed microphone to reinitialize correctly if Windows signals that a device in the system has changed
  • Windows: Changed voice output device for Steam to be the default communication device

Web addresses

  • Added an option to display the client’s URL address bar, and turned it off by default, given its limited utility
  • Web views now include a “Copy Page URL” command in the context menu, to copy the page’s web address to the clipboard

Game invites

  • Moved game invites from friends outside of the chat stream, into their own panel in the chat dialog for improved discoverability

Account security

  • Added password strength meter to the Change Password wizard
  • Added a prompt to choose a new password if you’ve recently had Steam Support change your password on your behalf

General bug fixes

  • Fixed game invites not working from lobby-based games
  • Fixed games not launching automatically after resolving a cloud conflict
  • Fixed download rate sometimes erroneously reporting very high speeds
  • Fixed a crash on startup or when viewing Games page
  • Fixed client hang which could occur while hovering on links in any HTML-based display area
  • Corrected check box states in the Friends window menu to properly remain in sync
  • Fixed bug where some downloadable content was not downloaded until the client was restarted
  • Fixed a rare and small, but steady memory leak caused by the Steam Overlay in some full screen D3D10/D3D11 games
  • Mac OS X: Fixed a problem where attempting to resume a paused/interrupted download could always report ‘server unavailable’
  • Mac OS X: Fixed password input fields in the Steam Overlay to correctly receive input
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New community maps for TF2

Posted: February 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Team Fortress 2, updates | Comments Off on New community maps for TF2

Updates to Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Source Engine Changes (CS:S, DoD:S, TF2, HL2:DM)

  • Fixed another server crash exploit caused by malformed network packets

Team Fortress 2

  • Added three new community maps:
    • Koth_Lakeside
    • PL_Frontier
    • PLR_Nightfall

 

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Mumble 1.2.3 is out

Posted: February 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Tech stuff, Uncategorized, updates | Comments Off on Mumble 1.2.3 is out

Get it here.

Read all about the new stuff here.

The servers will be updated shortly.

Official release note is here.

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Mumble 1.2.3 this weekend?

Posted: February 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Plugins | Comments Off on Mumble 1.2.3 this weekend?

It looks like mumble 1.2.3 is getting ready for release:

http://blog.mumble.info/upcoming-1-2-3-release/

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Team Fortress 2 update

Posted: February 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Team Fortress 2, updates | Comments Off on Team Fortress 2 update

Updates to Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Team Fortress 2

  • Increased the base damage for the Scout’s Sun-on-a-Stick, and changed it to always mini-crit against burning targets if the attack is not already critical
  • Fixed burning deaths to always use the death notice icon for the weapon that started the burn
  • Updated the RIFT pre-order items to be not-tradable until the RIFT pre-order period is over
  • Updated the burn effect from the Pyro’s Sharpened Volcano Fragment to only last for a limited time on enemies
  • Updated the description of the Well Spun Hat claim code item
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Team Fortress 2 update

Posted: February 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Team Fortress 2, updates | Comments Off on Team Fortress 2 update

Updates to Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Source Engine Changes (CS:S, DoD:S, TF2, HL2:DM)

  • Further improved engine handling of server queries.

Team Fortress 2

  • Added Rift promotional items
    • New items: Sun-On-A-Stick and Sharpened Volcano Fragment.
    • New achievement: Riftwalker
  • Updated several more models with optimizations and new LODs.
  • Fixed seeing a partial health bar in the upper left corner of the spectator menu.
  • Fixed the control point progress bar not being aligned properly when using cl_hud_minmode 1.
  • Fixed the The Essential Accessories hiding the Scout’s hat/headphones.
  • Updated sounds for the Brass Beast.
  • Updated the Scottish Resistance stickybombs to always glow if they will be detonated by a right-click, including the stickybombs under the Demoman’s feet.
  • Changed default crosshair to be more opaque, like the custom crosshairs.
  • Fixed some missing surfaces on the bottom of the Pyro’s mask.
  • Fixed the assister’s name not being listed in the Fish humiliation and kill notices.
  • Fixed the Force-a-Nature not drawing correctly in the character loadout screen.
  • Engineers who hit teammate’s sentry guns with their wrench now get kill assists from that sentry.
  • Made the Jag gift wrappable.
  • Fixed seeing a badge on the player when a noisemaker is equipped.
  • Fixed particle effects on the Hustler’s Hallmark.
  • Added FCVAR_DONTRECORD flags to ‘bind,’ ‘bind_mac,’ ‘unbind,’ ‘unbind_mac,’ and ‘unbindall’ so they can’t be recorded into a demo (fixes having your keys changed when you watch a demo).
  • Updated Cp_Granary
    • Added a new entrance to the mid Red/Blue ramp rooms.
    • Clipping, lighting and perf improvements.
  • Tournament mode HUD fixes
    • Fixed seeing an empty alert tray under the stopwatch timer.
    • Fixed a bug where the time for the tournament mode stopwatch wasn’t being displayed.
    • Fixed the countdown when both teams are ready always reading “0 seconds”
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