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Minecraft snapshot 12w30a released ahead of 1.3 update

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With the Minecraft 1.3 update set to go live on August 1, Mojang has plans to release one or two more snapshots beginning with today's 12w30a update.

The 1.3 pre-release will be available by Wednesday or Thursday.

"The pre-release is intended to be identical to the official release next week, in order to give modmakers and server admins a week’s head start," lead developer Jens Bergensten explained. "That’s why we need to do a snapshot first, since we can’t do changes to the update after the pre-release is out."

Shortly after the release of 12w30a, Mojang updated it to 12w30b. Here are the combined bug fixes introduced in today's patch (via):

  • Made creepers stronger
    • Depending on difficulty, creeper damage is scaled now
      • Easy: ~50% less damage
      • Normal: same damage as before
      • Hard: 33.3...% more damage than before.
    • "In full diamond armour + hard difficulty a creeper can knock you down to 2 hearts" [4]
  • In F3 mode, the y coordinate now shows both the feet level and the eye level.[5]
  • Added Snooper Settings [6]
    • Allows you to toggle whether your data are sent to Mojang for analysis and improvements, shows which data will be sent to Mojang.
  • Improved performance
    • Accelerated chunk loading.
    • Decreased lag spike frequency.
    • Made the Nether less laggy.
    • Made chat work smoothly even when the server is lagging.
    • Decreased unnecessary world updates.
    • Decreased packets sent between client and server.
  • Added Vertical Synchronization
    • Has to be toggled manually in options.txt.
  • Fullscreen mode setting is now persistent
    • Has to be toggled manually in options.txt.
  • One can now use decimals when /tp'ing to specific coordinates.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed null pointer exception.
  • Fixed being unable to right-click on blocks.
  • Fixed chests stacked on top of other chests not opening.
  • Fixed existing signs not showing text
  • Fixed Mob Spawners all looking like pig spawners
  • Fixed cmd+c, cmd+x & cmd+v not working on OS X
  • Fixed sneaking players' nameplates not staying hidden when loading the chunks the sneaking players are in
  • Fixed multiple chunks often not displaying
  • Fixed trying to spawn an entity that is not a mob via spawner editing crashing the game
  • Fixed higher server-set view distances instantly kicking joining players
  • Fixed sections above Y=191 becoming invisible when loading worlds
  • Fixed not completely generated chunks not updating to visually when walking into them
  • Fixed compasses not pointing to spawn but to X=8 & Z=8 after respawning
  • Fixed other players' fishing lines looking like they start from their feet
  • Fixed a bug with Unbreaking-enchanted tools and destroying blocks
  • Fixed being able to move LAN servers in the server list and crashing the game
  • Fixed opening SP worlds to LAN, saving and quitting it leaving the server running and showing up in the server list
  • Fixed pushing a minecart with the movement keys causing the camera to shake in the direction pressed
  • Fixed potion effects losing their graphical effects when traveling between dimensions
  • Fixed ghast's fireballs getting stuck mid-air when unloading their chunk, might apply to fire charges and blaze's fireballs as well
  • Fixed the last slot in the opened creative inventory's hotbar being one pixel too short on all but the survival inventory tabs and a few pixels being off on the survival inventory tab
  • Fixed blocks disappearing when you placing them under yourself and jumping
  • Fixed the client trying to trample crops instead of letting the server dictate trampling

Notable Bugs

  • Frequent null pointer exception.
  • Unable to right-click on blocks.
  • Chests stacked on top of other chests not opening.

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