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)

Weekly wrap up 10 March 2012

Notch, Jens, and development team head to the states for the GDC.

Notch shares his personal insights on piracy. In short, open communication, trust and, keeping your promises turns pirates into customers.

Notch hints that there is a crafting recipe the community has missed but, insist players stop looking for it because they will be disappointed. Go to bed!

Mojang and Bethesba trademark dispute over the upcoming Mojang Game “Scrolls” is settled. Bethesba owns the trademark “Scrolls” but, Mojang will be allowed to use it.

Notch gives fireside chat and answers a few questions.

Mojang and Bukkit team up!

Today Notch tweeted that Bukkit will be joining Mojang to create a brand new API. Bukkit is well known in the Minecraft community for its losing, plug-ins, and server tools. This is Mojang’s first step towards officially supporting the modding community.

Bukkit and report that with their new partnership they hope to create more powerful server tools that are easier to use. The partnership will also allow for bukkit servers to be ready for patch 1.2 at launch.

More news is expected to come about this news partnership throughout the week.