Version 16.1 contains numerous bug fixes over last month's version 16.0. Most notably, it changes the card sizing selection when set to automatic card size to better choose card size in screen resolutions with 16x9 aspect ratios. It also fixes a crashing problem when using the old classic main screen interface (which is largely obsolete). The game play in the new game Spidike Light is fixed to properly play by the rules. And there are many small fixes and help file corrections.
Version 16.1 contains 900 solitaire games and works on all standard versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and of course, runs on the new Windows 10.
Version 16.0 contains 20 new games, bringing the total number of games to 900.
-- The 20 new games are Acute Triangle, Chatham, Cloud Nine, Easy Street, Empire Spider, Feisty Fifteens, Fortress Moat, Guildford, King of Egypt, Klondike Deal 2, Knitting Pairs, Reveillion, Scorpion Row, Seven Saints, Shaula, Spidike Light, Squares and Pairs, Thirteen Out, Volga, and Yukon Twice.
-- There are two new larger card sizes, bringing the total number of card sizes to 7. These new sizes are called Huge and Gargantua and will only be available in large screen resolutions, such as over 1600 pixels horizontally for the Huge size and over 2000 for the Gargantua size. These card sizes are especially for large monitors or new high resolution Windows 10 devices.
-- The Favorites functionality has been changed so that you can unfavorite a game from the Game menu as well as favorite it. In addition, when you move the game from one computer to another, the favorites will now move along with all of the other settings and data in the game's data folder.
-- There are several new larger font sizes on the main screen list of games to make showing the list of games better. To change the main screen font size, go to the Options menu on the main screen or click on the club suit icon to cycle through all the card sizes.
-- Several screens have been made larger to look better in higher resolutions, such as the statistics screen and the game winning screen,
-- This is the first version actually developed in Windows 10, so there are a lot of small changes to make the game work better in Windows 10. Of course, it still works in earlier versions of Windows going back to the old Windows XP.
TO DOWNLOAD You can download Pretty Good Solitaire version 16.0 from http://www.goodsol.com/download.html . Or, if you have a previous version installed, you can run the game, go to the Internet menu, and select "Download Latest Version". Be sure to exit the game before you install.
UPGRADES Pretty Good Solitaire version 16.0 is a free update for those who originally ordered version 14 (ordered after February 9, 2013) or those who paid for an upgrade since that time. However, it is not a free upgrade for those who originally ordered version 13 or earlier.
If you registration code begins with "43", "46", "2g", "2d", or "2a", version 16 is a free update. Otherwise, it is not. If your registration code starts with "42" or "2r", version 15 was a free upgrade but version 16 is not.
TO ORDER Pretty Good Solitaire version 16.0 is US$24.95 for immediate electronic delivery. If you want an additional CD, there is an option to add $9.95 shipping for a CD. In addition to installing the basic game, the CD also installs all of the currently available extra card sets.
It's a new year 2016 (ok, it is nearly 3 weeks old now).
What are we going to be doing at Goodsol in 2016?
Mainly, Windows 10.
Windows 10 is out and it looks successful to me. In the past month, of the visitors to Goodsol.com running Windows, 42% were already running Windows 10. 34% were running Windows 7, 15% were on Windows 8.1, 5% were on Windows XP, and 3% were running Windows Vista. Almost no one is running Windows 8.0 anymore. And then there were those 15 people running Windows 98 (congratulations, maybe it's time for new computer?). It is pretty remarkable for a new version of Windows to be the most popular version after only 6 months.
The first big Goodsol event of 2016 will be version 16 of Pretty Good Solitaire for Windows, which is coming in just a couple of weeks. Version 16 will have 20 new games for a total of 900 games. That will actually be the largest number of new games in a single new version of Pretty Good Solitaire for Windows since 2007 (which, perhaps not coincidentally, is when the Mac version of Pretty Good Solitaire first came out).
But even though the new games alone make this the biggest new release in nearly a decade, there is much more. There will be 2 new larger card sizes in version 16 for very large resolution screens. These new card sizes for screens of resolutions of 1600x1200 or higher, which is true on many new monitors or Windows 10 devices. In addition, many of the game screens, especially the game winning screen and the statistics screen, have been made larger. The entire Favorites system was redone, so now you can delete a game from Favorites from inside the game as well as add it. And there are many more little changes.
Version 16.0 is the version of Pretty Good Solitaire developed in Windows 10, so many of the changes are designed to make the game look better or run better on Windows 10. But for those 5% of you still on Windows XP, don't worry, the game will still work on Windows XP (and Vista, 8, 8.1, and of course the still very popular Windows 7). We won't be giving up Windows XP compatibility soon, but given that there are no more security updates for it people should be moving to a newer system soon anyway.
But going forward it is clear that Windows 10 is the future and building out new versions of our games for Windows 10 will be our focus in 2016. There will still be updates to the Mac and iPad versions (in fact one is in the works), but Windows 10 is our priority this year.
Last summer, it appeared Ace had very little time to live. At one point she appeared to be going downhill so fast, we thought maybe she had only days to live.
But while she keeps getting smaller, she has survived. She has hyperthyroidism and gets fluids every day. She is louder and more demanding than she has ever been (she never made a sound or demanded anything for years, but now she does). She seems to be enjoying life and has become a good lapcat (she never did that when she was young). She is now 16.5 years old and there's no telling how much longer she will go, but she made it into 2016.
Pumpkin had a couple of ear infections over the summer and got another one in the fall, but since then she has been healthy. She is now over 11 years old.
Random hasn't had any problems but really needs to go on a diet.