Minecraft 1.2.5 is here.

As promised Minecraft 1.2.5 is here. Little has changed between the pre-release and the final version of this patch. This new update is primarily bug fixes and some new functionality additions, most notably shift controls with furnaces. Below are the updates found on the launcher.

+ Added shift clicking support in furnaces
+ Added method to easily acquire blocks you have selected in the world in Creative mode using the ‘pick block’ key
* Made the Direct Connect dialog remember the last IP for the current session
* Fixed issues detected certain links in chat
* Fixed wild ocelots behaving like tamed cats
* Fixed various chat crashes
* Made cats less eager to sit on things
* Made cats less patient
* Fixed world generation failing under certain circumstances
* Fixed issues turning off sound under certain circumstances
* Removed all ghost entities under the command of Lord Herobrine
* Fixed crash when pasting certain characters in chat
* Fixed slash ‘/’ key not behaving correctly in certain environments
* Fixed command matching being too greedy (for example: typing ‘/stophammertime’ no longer stops your server)
* Fixed not being able to click coloured links
* Fixed potential issue with village door detection (which could cause too many villagers)
* Made using a stack of bowls on Mooshrooms not consume the whole stack of bowls
* Made punching a TNT block with flint and steel in hand destroy and drop a TNT block (right-clicking will activate the TNT)

Updating Minecraft via .jar files.

Often times prior to a full release Jens and the Mojang team will release snapshots or pre-releases. These snapshots are designed to give a preview of upcoming content.

Because updating Minecraft often interferes with Minecraft servers and other add-ons snapshots are optional downloads and do not utilize the standard updater. This guide will give instruction on how to manually update Minecraft via .jar files.

The first step to installing a snapshot or pre-release is downloading it. For safety purposes always download the snapshot and from Monjang official website. The downloaded file will be called minecraft.jar. This .jar file can be found in the download folder.

Once the .jar file has been successfully downloaded and located it is time to install it.

The following steps will guide you through the installation.

Step 1. Open the Minecraft folder. To do so open the launcher and click on the option button.

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Step 2. Click on the game location link to open the file where Minecraft’s files are existed.

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Step 3. Make a backup copy of the minecraft.jar file located in the bin folder. 

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Step 4. Place the new minecraft.jar file that was just downloaded into the bin folder.

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Step 5. After replacing the old minecraft.jar file with the new one the game should be updated. To verify that the installation was successful check the version number within the game as seen below.

1.2.5 Pre-release is here.

In a last minute decision Jens announced that rather than releasing a snapshot that Mojang instead would release 1.2.5. The patch is designed to fix some serious bugs that were causing clients and servers to crash. Though the update itself will not officially be released until next week to give server admins and modders to prepare a pre-release version has been posted at their Official Website.

This update will include the following changes and fixes:

  • Added shift clicking support in furnaces
  • Added method to easily acquire blocks you have selected in the world in Creative mode using the ‘pick block’ key
  • Made the Direct Connect dialog remember the last IP for the current session
  • Fixed issues detected certain links in chat
  • Fixed wild ocelots behaving like tamed cats
  • Fixed various chat crashes
  • Made cats less eager to sit on things
  • Made cats less patient
  • Fixed world generation failing under certain circumstances
  • Fixed issues turning off sound under certain circumstances
  • Removed all ghost entities under the command of Lord Herobrine
  • Fixed crash when pasting certain characters in chat
  • Fixed slash ‘/’ key not behaving correctly in certain environments
  • Fixed command matching being too greedy (for example: typing ‘/stophammertime’ no longer stops your server)
  • Fixed not being able to click coloured links
  • Fixed potential issue with village door detection (which could cause too many villagers)
  • Made using a stack of bowls on Mooshrooms not consume the whole stack of bowls
  • Made punching a TNT block with flint and steel in hand destroy and drop a TNT block (right-clicking will activate the TNT)

Minecraft 1.2.5 coming soon.

Jens via twitter announced that minecraft 1.2.5 will be coming soon. Before the update is released there will be a snap shot containing a portion of the update available to download.

This snap shot is coming earlier that the update because bukkit is still working on the finishing touch of the streamlined Minecraft server tools.

The snap shot is set to release tomorrow.

Minecraft 1.2.4 released

Despite Jens vacation the rest of the Minecraft team has been hard at work fixing bugs and preparing Minecraft 1.2.4. Today via his twitter as well as on the official webpage the release of 1.2.4 was announced.

The patch is primarily a big fix patch but, Jens added a few new goodies as promised. In addition th bug fixes this patch includes:

Chat history
Much better chat editing and controls (you can even mark text!)
Some new decoration blocks

New block announced in 1.2.4

Jens revealed some new details about the new additions in the upcoming Minecraft update.

Via twitter Jens revealed that the new block will be a sandstone hieroglyph block. The texture has been part of the game since Minecraft 1.2 but had not been used up until this point.

The specific recipe has not been released but Jens has revealed a few details about the block. The crafting of the new block will not involve the furnace and instead utilize the crafting table.

The new block will be available in both creative and survival mode.

Jens announces upcoming patch to 1.2

Jens is back at work and announced today through his twitter feed that Minecraft 1.2 is receiving another minor patch. The latest release will be patch 1.2.4.

Jens indicates the majority of the fixes will be bug related though in a second tweet he did clarify there would be a few minor additions. More information on what will be in the patch will be announced at a later date. The patch is scheduled to be released on Thursday.