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Current Release

The current version of Golems is 0.55.9, released on September 9, 2009.


For help on installing Golems please read the installation guide.

Version History

Golems is a constant work in progress. It is frequently updated with bug fixes and new or improved features. Bug reports should be made in the forums under the appropriate section for the platform you are using.

Version Release DateChanges
0.55.1 September 5, 2009
  • Click-and-drag in wire mode has been updated to move in the plane of the screen instead of in the XY plane, which should make wiring 3D circuits easier.
  • Many typos that were discovered during the translation process have been corrected.
0.55.0 August 30, 2009
  • Force beams: A whole new concept that you should test out. They can attract or repel distant objects.
  • Electrical contacts! Credits for the idea go to MP0011.
  • Partial tubes - you can now make half-tubes, quarter-tubes, etc.
  • A new input system for keyboard presses and slider bars. This replaces the keyboard option in batteries; see how you like it.
  • Fixes for Linux 32-bit
  • Lots of other bug fixes
  • Load/save menus now respond to your key presses, jumping to files that start with the button you push, so it will be easier to find your saves.
0.54.6 August 19, 2009

This minor bug fix improves some selection issues with wires, and also a minor fix to the new precise function editor.

Also, the "HeadVSHelicopter" demo has been split up into two demo files: "Head" and "Helicopter".
0.54.5 July 29, 2009
  • This release vastly improves the efficiency of turning wire mode on and off for large machines.
  • You can now precisely control the position of vertices in the function design menus. Some other minor bugs have also been addressed.
  • Also, this version provides experimental support for 64-bit Linux (tested on Ubuntu 9.04).
0.54.4 July 20, 2009
  • Fixed a major memory leak causing Golems to leave a large RAM footprint.
  • A new experimental feature will now check for available memory at startup. If not, an option is provided to use a smaller amount. You can also force this option by running with the command line option golems.exe -setup.
  • Added deselect mode for ctrl-select feature.
  • The linux version does not work on 64-bit machines with 64-bit java, however there is a workaround to this problem.
0.54.3 July 13, 2009 This is a bug fix release; addresses problems with rotating universal joints, text, and some other minor details. This release also improves support for Mac OS X (10.5+) and Ubuntu (9.04).
  • The linux version does not work on 64-bit machines with 64-bit java, however there is a workaround to this problem.
0.54.2 June 28, 2009 This release adds Universal Joints, which you can create by making a Ball and Socket Joint, and then selecting 'Universal Joint' in their component menu.
0.54.1 June 23, 2009 Adds the ability to write arbitrary text onto the components of your machine. Find this option under the Appearance tab in the component menu.
0.54.0 June 20, 2009 This major release has many additions, new features, and improvements, including:
  • Scrapped the old 'Group mode', and replaced it with 'Layer mode'
  • Interactive physics - you can now pick things up and throw them while your machine is running.
  • New and improved Ball And Socket joints (re-sizable).
  • You can turn axles into Ball Bearings.
  • 5 new textures, including concrete, wood, galvanized metal, barrels, and metal boxes.
  • You can now write text on your machine (find it in the Appearance menu tab).
  • Oscilloscopes, so you can see what your machine's functional components are doing as it runs.
  • You can now name your machine internally and add a description.
  • The ability to organize your machine into several different layers, and lock or hide those layers individually.
  • You can now make video recordings of your machines running.
  • Many, many, many bug fixes and minor improvements.
0.53.12 May 19, 2009 New icons for the main menu, and a much faster/less glitchy save/load menu. Also, a fix to pyramid control points, among other minor bug fixes.
0.53.11 May 11, 2009 Important bug fixes to tubes and slope functions (previously they were not usable)
0.53.10 May 8, 2009 Minor bug fixes from the previous release: pyramids in save files were being loaded at twice the expected size.
0.53.9 May 6, 2009 Minor bug fixes from the previous release, relating to the menus for spheres and textures.
0.53.8 May 5, 2009

We've skipped right over version 0.53.7, which was a testing release on the forums. Many bug fixes and minor improvements (such as more reliable undo/redo). Improvements have also been made to memory usage on large machines.

Major additions:

  • Tubes
  • Backgrounds (ie, Skyboxes). You can now select from a variety of backdrops for your machine, including star fields and clouds. You can also just select a solid colour of your choice.
0.53.6 February 18, 2009 A new type of structure has been added to Golems: Gears. Also, there have been some minor fixes and improvements to how menus work. You can now undo most changes made in windows.
0.53.5 February 2, 2009 Fixed a bug introduced in version 0.53.4 that caused major problems for motors, hinges, and hydraulics, (especially with wire mode).
0.53.4 February 1, 2009 Improved multimeters so that the detected velocity includes linear velocity caused by the angular rotation of an object (and the same for acceleration).
0.53.3 January 31, 2009

Rockets now have particle effects. You can choose from some supplied effects, or design your own.

This release also fixes some minor bugs with deletion and keyboard input, and improves support for linux. Finally, the 'top' demo has been updated to demonstrate the new rocket effects.
0.53.2 January 30, 2009 Fixed a bug that prevented multimeters from reporting values.
0.53.1 January 29, 2009 Fixed a minor bug caused by deleting wires or components with wires.
0.53.0 January 24, 2009

Golems now supports group assignment! Select any set of objects, and then press 'g'. Then go to group view to see and select the groups you've created.

  • Collision detection has been improved so that if one structure is completely contained inside another structure, it no longer 'pops out' in physics mode.
  • Finally, the sizes of save files are dramatically reduced.
0.52.9 December 19, 2008

Design mode now has support for box selection: Hold down ctrl (or comand on Macs), click and drag the mouse select all the objects inside a box.

Made changes that should improve saving and loading times, and cut the size of save files for large machines by as much as 60%. Additionally, some minor bug fixes were made to motors and wires.
0.52.8 December 11, 2008 Fixed a minor bug that caused certain save files to fail to load. Also made some minor changes to the window themes.
0.52.7 December 10, 2009 Golems now has tooltips! (These can be disabled from the menu). An important bug with physics was fixed, as well as a large number of minor improvements.
0.52.6 December 4, 2008 Fixed a bug that caused occasional crashes during physics, and reduced loading time for starting physics. Added more options for the Function Modifier component.
0.52.5 November 30, 2008 Improved graphics problems related to flickering, fixed some minor bugs.
0.52.4 November 29, 2008 Added keyboard controls for batteries. You can now turn batteries on and off, while physics is running, by pressing shortcuts you set up. Note: new save files may not load in previous versions of Golems.
0.52.3 November 29,2008 Fixed important bugs affecting only Macs, and released a Linux version. Also improved cylinder collision resolution.
0.52.2 November 25, 2008 Fixed some important bugs, released an alternate installation option for Windows, and improved Mac integration.
0.52.1 November 22, 2008 Minor bug fixes.
0.52.0 November 19, 2008 First public release!
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