Installation

Macintosh instructions - pre “Big Sur”

The current version of Field is Field 33, and is available for download for OS X.

Three very important warnings:

  1. To run Field the first time right click on the Field2.app and select open. This will give you an option to accept the security implications of running things you’ve downloaded.
  2. Do not run Field from inside the Downloads folder on OS X (this folder is very special and ‘sandboxed’ from the rest of the computer);
  3. Running Field from a directory that has a ‘space’ in its name (or any parent directory) is for the brave.
  4. And when things go wrong (and they will), be specific.

Field is tested and supported on Mojave (10.14) version OS X and above. It is likely (but not guaranteed) to work on your laptop, and increasingly less likely to work on earlier versions of the OS. It is also unlikely to work on Catalina without a little tweaking. Many ‘non-pro’ Mac laptops have underpowered graphics cards which make running Field less than enjoyable. You might find that turning off Graphics Switching in your energy saver system preferences helps a little or a lot.

Field currently occasionally has issues with non-US layout keyboards. We’d very much like to fix this, so if you are using a non-US layout keyboard arrange for some extra debugging time.

Macintosh instructions - “Big Sur”

The current version of Field is Field 33, and is available for download for OS X. While Field tries hard to pretend to be a double-clickable app this pretense doesn’t fool the unfathomably secure Big Sur. We are going to have to launch it from the Terminal.

  1. To run Field: First move Field out of your Downloads folder, let’s put it on your Desktop
  2. Next, open the Terminal (you’ll find it in Applications). And type:
~/Desktop/Field2.app/Contents/MacOS/Field2

It is likely (but not guaranteed) to work on your laptop, and increasingly less likely to work on earlier versions of the OS. It is also unlikely to work on Catalina without a little tweaking. Many ‘non-pro’ Mac laptops have underpowered graphics cards which make running Field less than enjoyable. You might find that turning off Graphics Switching in your energy saver system preferences helps a little or a lot.

Field currently occasionally has issues with non-US layout keyboards. We’d very much like to fix this, so if you are using a non-US layout keyboard arrange for some extra debugging time.

Windows instructions

The Windows build is 33 and is here. You’ll need to download this zip file, double-click on it and select “extract all” to get all of the contents out of the zip file someplace.

Two very important warnings:

  1. Running Field from a directory that has a ‘space’ in its name (or any parent directory) is for the brave.
  2. And when things go wrong (and they will), be specific.

Then you can double-click the field.bat file to launch Field.

Field is tested and supported on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Creator’s Edition (the latest versions of Windows). It is likely (but not guaranteed) to work on your laptop. Some laptops have underpowered graphics cards which make running Field less than enjoyable. (You might find that turning on *maximum performance inside your graphics preferences makes a huge difference). Some laptops have super-hires screens that make all the text look too small; some laptops have super-lowres screens that make all the text look too big — there are fixes for both of these, just ask.

VR is only supported on Windows (both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive / Valve Index are supported).

Source code

Field is Open Source! (specifically GPL v3+). Field is actively developed on Github. Formal bug reports, fixes, pull requests, feature requests on Field are always welcome (and, for the purposes of classwork, count as participation).