After a long winter of bug fixing, polishing, and cramming in new features, we are delighted to announce that MinecraftEdu has been updated. As always, MinecraftEdu customers can grab the latest version on our Members’ site.
You can see a detailed changelog on our wiki, but here are some of the biggest additions and improvements:
- Based on Minecraft 1.5.1 (we caught up, woo!)
- Support for most Forge mods (this is a big deal!)
- Improved in-game world controls
- Improved teacher’s ‘Give Menu’ to allow any item to be given, including those from mods
- More informative server displays
- Improved Mac support
- Updated WorldEdit functionality
- Ability to automatically upgrade or downgrade (we also changed our version number system to make things more clear)
- Lots of polish including tool-tips, new icons, and more!
- Support for Online World Templates (still experimental)
We’d like to talk about that last item for a moment. One of our dreams for MinecraftEdu has always been to allow the seamless sharing of educational Minecraft worlds. That dream is one step closer to reality with Online World Templates.
The idea is that anyone can make a world/lesson/activity, augment the content with custom MinecraftEdu features, and then share it with teachers everywhere. Teachers can browse what’s available, download a world, and get a server running with that content in just a few clicks. This basic functionality is now working!
We still have a long way to go, and we haven’t made much content available yet… but we didn’t want to keep this feature to ourselves. We think Online World Templates will be an indispensable feature of MinecraftEdu and we can’t wait to hear your feedback!