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  • It's September time! Welcome everyone, time to see your monthly blogpost, this month has been a bit chill as we're getting close to the end of 2021, now let's do this:

    TinyFoxes Status

    Speaking as the TinyFoxes creator, this project/organization has become bigger and more than I ever expected it to be, at the moment of writing this, we have 43 open source projects that range from translations to themes/noteskins/judgments/guides/tools/templates..etc. To think that this started as an organization to host OutFox language files, it obviously became more than that, and it reflects on the community vision of Tiny-Foxes.

    As a community manager of Project OutFox, I always keep a look at community comments, ideas, and how they see us and that gave me the opportunity to also see how TinyFoxes is seen as, some believe that it was created to control modding on OutFox so we can control the quality of those contents as an Alpha product, I want to clarify that this isn't my or OutFox Team intention, no content is forced to be on TinyFoxes to exist or to be considered by us, TinyFoxes is content approved and looked upon that will be showcased as officially verified community content, it's why we showcase at our official website.

    Anyone can submit content to TinyFoxes, you only need to contact the OutFox Team to verify if the content is allowed. Now, let's clarify some things:

    • Any content that is made for OutFox will be considered to join.
    • Content that is not made for OutFox but works will also be considered, but we will expect maintaining content to be future proof. (For example: CMD removal)
    • "What is considered OutFox content/Allowed on TinyFoxes?"
      • Themes
      • Tools that interacts, creates, updates, deletes OutFox files.
      • Noteskins
      • Judgments
      • Chart Pack(s)
      • Announcers
      • BGAnimations
      • Backgrounds
      • Toasties
      • OutFox related Guides.
      • Programming code made for OutFox.
      • OutFox Documentation (Research also counts)
    • "What is NOT considered OutFox content/Allowed on TinyFoxes?"
      • Exclusive SM5.1/5.2 or lower content made explicitly not to work on OutFox.
      • Non-original edits of created content.
      • Unlicensed content.

    With that out of the way, I'd like to announce that starting next year, TinyFoxes blogposts will be released every 4 months instead of each month, I hope this gives the community more time to finish their content before being featured.

    Project Updates

    OutFoxPTBR

    Archived lines for OutFox Alpha 4.9.10.

    Aqui-Alpha-Noteskins

    Had a major September 2021 update

    <- 2021 UPDATE ver 2.1 ->

    • Revised 8th note colour to better contrast against holds
    • Reverted Holds and Rolls to colour-coded blue and green
    • (help aozora can't reconcile with it for some reason)
    • adjusted mine colours

    New 2.1 tag created.

    RyutoSetsujin-Customizations

    Added new "popira" noteskin.

    Tiny-Web

    Updated RyutoSetsujin member information.

    OutFox-Web

    Updated to math recent website changes.

    Tiny-Webini

    Updated to match OutFox-Web.

    Released 1.9 Beta

    Matches websites changes after serenity pack release.

    • Removed FAQ page. (We have wiki now)
    • Updated About Page
    • Added Serenity Pack page (You can't translate everything)
    • Fixed missing "=" on elements properties.
    • Updated home page to showcase latest website elements
    • Removed the old move-freely page, will be supported again later.
    • Updated home page title (and as such, the program title)

    OutFox-zh-CN

    Updated contents for OutFox alpha 4.9.10.

    OutFox-Translations

    Updated zh-CN content for OutFox alpha 4.9.10.

    smtheme-soundwaves-community

    • Updated theme to match 4.9.10 soundwaves content/features.

    a4.9.10 tag created.


    That's it for now everyone, hope you all have a nice month, see ya.

  • Dear OutFox Community,

    As we move closer towards the release of Alpha V, and after the issues we had with the release of 4.9.9, we would like to address some of the things that as a team we have noticed over the past few months. As a community, we're not sure if the addition of a Discord server has caused some of these issues and behaviour, or if it's the fact that we are more easily accessible than if we were on a forum or IRC channel. We are writing this post to make our stance and that of our staff and volunteers, as well as those who contribute time or content to make the game better.

    We love OutFox, and still love a lot of the things that StepMania was. The name change was needed so we can sign our MacOS (and soon Windows) builds. There is no conspiracy about moving away from the core playerbase. There are no other issues about us 'abandoning' our dedication and efforts on improving StepMania via it's own repository in the future with some form of update from our team as discussed with Shakesoda. There is also no conspiracy theory about us hating 'dance' based games. Just because 4/5 panel is not literally everything we live and breathe does not make it correct for you to throw out misinformation or treat us in a way that moves toward literal cyberbullying to the team. We understand your passion and drive for the modes that you play, but this does not give you any right to try to enforce that view in a negative manner towards us.

    What we don't love at all is continued demands and entitlement - something that over the past two to three months has begun to get extremely volatile from certain communities and individuals. OutFox is not our life or existence. OutFox also is not our job. We code and develop (and support) OutFox as our fun and to drive us to do better. We will always do our best to fix things or do things as fast as possible, including updates, bugfixes, support, handling feature requests, supporting legacy 5.1/5.0 code, providing support for players who don't even use OutFox, etc. This also is true when that demand is your first or one of your only interactions with our team or server.

    Before you ask us, (or anyone else in your life) to do something for you, please take time to carefully consider what you are asking for, and where this expectation has come from. We are extremely patient and generous here at Project OutFox, so some expectation of us for very little in return is something we have become used to; including community support, bug support, even code support and providing test builds to fix issues folks have. What you are not entitled to however, is to expect some defined service level or response time, or to demand information at a whim. We do things as quickly as constraints of life allow. Whether that be minutes, hours, days or weeks, you have no entitlement to expect one or the other. The game gets improvements as and when - if you cannot see the improvements this brings to your specific mode of play, then that is a shame. As we improve the engine it benefits more than just a specified mode, and this is the future of OutFox. It will become more than what it was when we took the reins, and that is to support a brand new rhythm game sandbox moving forward.

    We thank you for continuing to support the project, but for the sanity of the team, we felt this issue needs to be addressed before it gets out of hand, or worse we suffer from the demands of people who do not consider how their actions affect the team.

    ~Project OutFox Team

  • Hi everyone, what a busy month, we managed to get one of our biggest projects done and we're definitely gonna talk about that, so get ready to read!

    OutFox Serenity

    If you haven't seen it already, a community pack was in the works and is now released with OutFox Alpha 4.9.10, the community team worked hard on this with the help from you to make this possible.

    You can read all about it here, but let's talk more about it, the progress, the problems we faced, and solutions, after all, transparency is the source of trust.

    The announcement of a community pack

    A new version of OutFox was coming, and it was one of our best-known versions yet, it added support for many gamemodes, new functions, new features, it was awesome and our team was also hyped about it so much that we came with the idea of a community pack after we saw the old attempts of it. We didn't really expect it to be as big as it is today but many people found the idea awesome so we ran with it.

    Submissions

    Now that we know a community pack is what people expect we need to open the contributions, with the help from Lirodon we created a page to open content submissions (which is still open btw) and saw the wave of people wanting to help, after some time we also created categories and channels for our Discord server as almost everyone who wanted to contribute was already there.

    Chart Organization

    This is the part where things get a bit tricky, we had internal files for up-to-date submissions and templates for our members, it felt good enough at the start but we quickly saw the problem.

    Most submissions included other charts from notes that are not completed yet, attacks were also affecting charts from other people, speed mods, changes, warps, and we had to waste way more time than expected fixing that.

    An unexpected situation happened with one of our community members where helping us manage the content got almost impossible so we had less management than usual which made things slower.

    We also noticed some of our internal files were in an unexpected folder, and more than half the files were missing because of that, WHOOPS.

    The testing week

    After some time we were able to things done to launch a testing week were people to help find missing content/issues with release candidates, it was really important and helped us discover what we couldn't find.

    The first day was a bomb of issues, but it quickly turned into just a few issues here and there later, this means the community is active and helpful and we thank everyone for that, really.

    Oh wait a second, this is a community pack and it includes charts, charts have notes and people want to know how hard those notes are, this means...RATING!!

    Yes...we didn't have a standard rating yet, but thanks to our active community we quickly were able to decide one, for dance, it was very split with ITG and DDR X, we choose DDR as more concrete reasons were given for it. The community then helped by re-rating every chart for every mode, which you can see here, again thanks to everyone for helping.

    Music license

    Some content wasn't licensed with CC, it was only given as a right for Project OutFox to distribute, while is good enough for us to release a game with it, it isn't for us to host on Github, we choose to respect the artist license decision and remove individual files from music that do not include/use a CC license and improved our credits to reach out to more content of the artist.

    Launch!

    With charts, graphics, music, everything ready we decided to launch the pack with next version of OutFox so branding content started to be made, Lirodon created this awesome trailer and the new splash screen which calls back to Serenity, our website was also changed to fit with those changes.

    What we learned

    Making a pack is both fun and rewarding for both the team and the community, it requires great work but it sure pays off. For the next volume, we will be using our Github repository to better manage the files with the content creators so they can interact in real-time with the files we have. With the experience we got, expect fewer errors and more communication between you and the team on how everything is going, this is also true for OutFox Development Team.

    New Project

    konko-module-system (by Sudospective)

    Konko is a module system based on the Kitsu template that allows for beat-based tweens without a gameplay screen or even a song.

    Konko is object-oriented. You can create nodes that act as extended actors that can have beat-based tweens appended to them. You can also create a global-ready or update function to add beat-based tweens to existing nodes.

    Projects Update

    Tiny-Web

    Updated to add konko-module-system

    Aqui-Alpha-Noteskins

    Got a 2021 update (part 1) with updated noteskin graphics.

    smtheme-soundwaves-community

    Got update with Alpha 4.9.9 theme content.

    kitsu-template

    Updated code structure, nodebuilder, and more functions.

    OutFoxWeb

    Updated content to reflect website changes.

    Tiny-Webini

    Update content to reflect with OutFoxWeb changes.

    RyutoSetsujin-Customizations

    Got a major update to its repository, content, and naming.

    TF_Wheels

    Fixed sorts, added new splash, added taiko support, fixed metrics, and new DDR HD note skins.

    OutFox-ja, OutFoxPTBR, OutFox-fr and OutFox-Translation

    Updated to add the new lines for OutFox 4.9.10


    That's it for this month, everyone, the team is gonna rest a bit and update the community pack with leftovers, but this doesn't mean exciting content isn't on the works, something new is coming to OutFox...just wait.

  • Welcome everyone, I'm again late with this post as things have got way busier lately, Project OutFox will finally release alpha 4.9.9, the community pack is reaching the deadline, we have launched many more programs....we are really busy. But now let's see the news.

    A while ago we announced that Project Moondance merged with Team Rizu to create the OutFox Team, this will also reflect in our blogposts now as we will mention OutFox Community Team projects. (Tiny-Foxes is an OutFox Community Team project!)

    Tiny-Foxes

    New Project

    noteskins by JapanYoshi

    This repository was created to host noteskins by JapanYoshi that will join our Community NoteSkins Program. (Will explain more about it down the post)

    Project Updates

    Tiny-Web

    Got updated to reflect the Moondance branding removal.

    Tiny-Webini

    Got updated to match recent changes on OutFox Website.

    OutFox-ja, OutFox-PTBR, OutFox-he, Outfox-fr, OutFox-PL, OutFox-zh-CN

    Got updated to add the new Alpha 4.9.9 lines.

    All repositories that had "Moondance" naming or mention have been replaced with "OutFox", "OutFox Team" or "OutFox Community Team"

    OutFox Community Pack

    The deadline for the first season of the pack is tomorrow! This, however, does NOT mean you can't submit music, charts, or graphics, there are many more seasons to come and the more you help the more seasons are released!

    If you're interested in participating then please join our Discord Server.

    Community NoteSkins

    Recently we released another community project to showcase the community NoteSkins, this means that if you make noteskins for Project OutFox, you'll be able to showcase them on our Website. Currently, we only showcase noteskins that aren't in the game already, this is going to change in the future, but we will be making blogposts of noteskins that do join, so reach out in our Discord Server to submit your NoteSkin!

    Read more about this project here.

    Here are some noteskins that were submitted by the community:

    By Aqui

    Alpha NoteSkins

    By JapanYoshi

    Mikado (Global NoteSkin)

    eigenvectorV2

    eigenvectorV2-blueholds

    This one has blue holds that's why the note is the same!

    By yaladre

    See the noteskin on this video

    This one has been submitted to join Project OutFox so that's why you can't see it on the Project Outfox Website.

    Webmasters

    Every translator (who has submitted a translation and got released with any Project OutFox Alpha) now has access to our Webmasters program. This means access to Documentation, Profiles, and Tools to translate the Project Outfox Website to any language, if you also wish to help please contact us in our Discord Server!

    OutFox Wiki

    The entire OutFox Team worked together to create the new version of our Wiki with an updated look, content, and navigation.

    A summary of the recently added documentation is:

    • FAQ has been merged, the FAQ in our Wiki contains the most up to date information and all other FAQs should now redirect here.
    • Preferences File updated, almost all preferences now include the default value, usage, value examples, and description.
    • Installation uses Hugo features to better organize its contents.
    • Dev Team uses Hugo features to better organize its contents.
    • Translation uses Hugo features to better organize its contents.

    We're still accepting community documentation submissions with the same repository as the old wiki Outfox.wiki/.

    If you have any content/community/page that had a redirect to our wiki, check your links, they have changed a lot!

    Read more about the new wiki here


    This is it, for now, more and more announcements are coming so be sure to keep an eye on our Website News!

  • Hello everyone, this post is a bit late to the party as both teams who manage OutFox are really busy lately, as more people join to help with the project, the scope of our plans continues to get bigger and bigger.

    Tiny-Foxes

    If you don't know what Tiny-Foxes is: "In Tiny-Foxes, we host projects that have been made with the community itself, we range from translations all the way up to whole themes for OutFox." Read more at Tiny-Web.

    New Member

    @Nepumi-Jr joins the team! Nepumi is known for working on MusicMemories, full of unique features and exclusive for 5.3's important to note that this theme is very WIP before issue-bomb the repository. See also our Twitter post.

    More members are already coming but that will be announced in our next post.

    New Project

    stepmaniaCheck (WIP) by moruzerinho6

    This is a work in progress tool that will search for useful data for given StepMania and report and it found, here are some WIP screenshots:

    Here, the tool is trying to find installations on each game default installation (usually C:\Games).

    If it doesn't find any game on that path, you'll have to manually give the path otherwise.

    Here it displays all the information is collected (or was supposed to collect), and gives a status based on each property value. A thing to note here is that we used the "Other" options here and the tool was still able to tell this is an OutFox install, that's because it looks at the file structure for the given installation and tries to deduce what it is.

    Now that we have this data, the tool will also save this table on a text file which will be bundled with its releases. This is very useful for platforms like Discord where you can send the text file (Not its contents) and it previews for you.

    Project Updates

    TF_Wheels

    Got its license updated to enable people to use its code.

    MoondanceWeb

    Has been updated by SheepyChris to clarify StepMania versions, update the FAQ with new branding, and correct specific mentions.

    Tiny-Webini

    Got updated to match the MoondanceWeb above.

    Tiny-Web

    Got updated to add our new Tiny-Foxes member, @Nepumi-Jr and DanielRotwind BeatMode-Tutorial repository

    MAKE SURE TO CLEAR YOUR CACHE.

    SoundWaves-Colors

    Got a new color scheme called Golden Dawn. See also our Twitter post

    OutFox-ja, OutFox-PTBR, OutFox-he, Outfox-fr, OutFox-PL, OutFox-zh-CN

    Have all been updated to match the new coming version of Project OutFox.

    OutFox Community Team

    OutFox Community Pack

    The OutFox Community Pack is coming close to its deadline, 1 month away, you can still join and help with Graphics, Charts, and Music by joining our Discord Server

    OutFox Bug Repository

    The OutFox Bug Repository README has been updated with some of our socials and more information.


    This is it for now, sorry for being a bit late, hope everyone has a good day!

  • We are looking for legally-unencumbered music to include with Project OutFox in the future. Submissions must:

    • Be licensed under a free content license that permits modification and commercial use with attribution (preferably a recognized license such as Creative Commons CC-BY or BY-SA)
    • Not contain copyrighted material (i.e. no remixes of copyrighted songs, or use of legally-encumbered samples)

    If you have any questions or would like to submit or suggest music, join us on our Discord server! Our submission deadline is July 31, 2021.