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Jan 15: Staff Update, and Rules Update

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Desktop Ponies 458[View All]

8 bit ponies on your desktop.

Full Download (v1.60 released 2016-07-15)

Another year, another thread - and as always even more ponies than before (Old Thread >>45984).

Check out the deviantART community:

Also check out the OC thread for more ponies, and information about creating your own OCs:

Your can find the program source code on github:
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poni³ 2452

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I'll leave /oat/ briefly (and maybe more often) to report, after going back to the July 31st commit, everything seems to make, load and work well on El Capitan on rMBP here. Cheers for that.

As for the progress bar, it seems to work overall, but a bit off center maybe comparing pictures? Doesn't matter to me, but if you wanted to know..


Yaaaaaaay~ :3
Damn, I was afraid of exactly that. The rescaling potential of the brave new NSProgressIndicator happens to end at 2x, so I guess I`m now forced to draw adequate progress bars by hand — at least on 10.1x branch of OS X.
Nothing that worked before (like, say, setControlSize: and NSProgressIndicatorThickness) remained functional on Yosemite and further on, which is why I turned to hacks in the first place. Well, maybe it`s just me, because writing in C under a pure Objective-C environment is not unlike black magic… In case I really missed a way to correctly increase NSProgressIndicator height, please direct me to proper functions or code samples.
As for the more recent commits, I`m in the middle of turning my GIF loading code into a separate project usable outside of DPE, so the architecture is again a bit inconsistent on the Mac branch; will be fixed by Monday.

…And by the way, is this normal that there are no scroll bars visible in areas that are subject to scrolling? On initialization, I explicitly request them to be visible.

[UPD:] Patch ready! Doesn`t fix the progress bar yet, but it is now able to show preview loading progress. Although I don`t think that it`s a noticeable process on modern Macs with fast SSDs, here on a VM over a slow external USB 2.0 HDD, it may take up to two seconds.
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poni³ 2454

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Cloned the latest and built. I do actually see the loading bars, at least every so briefly.
I have a feeling I'll be mostly worthless from a code perspective.. I haven't written any code for years and never in OS X before.

Scroll bars are setup to show/hide automatically for me and that functionality appears to work in the GUI. Picture attached or something.

Also, if I try to close the app without choosing a pony and hitting GO!, it seems to hang and I have to kill the process.


> Also, if I try to close the app without choosing a pony and hitting GO!, it seems to hang and I have to kill the process.
Hm. Now that`s interesting! Can you please run macos.app/Contents/MacOS/DPE executable directly from the console and show the output?
This is most likely a free-before-use, when the rendering engine gets released without ever being created. I remember having fixed a similar bug quite a while ago, but on OS X it got an another twist, since the renderer is also in charge of allocating my own tiny implementation of ObjC.
> I have a feeling I'll be mostly worthless from a code perspective.. I haven't written any code for years and never in OS X before
Even if so, your feedback does help! I`m developing the OS X branch on a virtual machine, so the OpenGL codepath has, in fact, never been tested before. Need to update my CV to include «experienced in blindfolded OpenGL enabling under OSes previously unknown» ^__^
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poni³ 2456

Can do, eeyup. I don't think we have code tags and I was a little too lazy to put it somewhere that does, so... truncated results below:

[bunch of other ponies load]
[ 276 UR] Zephyr Breeze/zephyrbreeze-idle-right.gif
[ 277 UR] Zipporwhill/zipporwhill-idle-right.gif
[ 278 UR] Zipporwhill's Father/bigpegasus-idle-right.gif
[ 279 UR] Shadowbolt/shadowbolt_stand_right.gif
[ 280 UR] Marble Pie (Filly)/idle_right.gif
[((RNG))] seed = 0x57AFAD90
[**INI**] /Users/expoti/Library/Application Support/DesktopPonies/core.conf
Terminated: 15

Seemingly no console output between GUI load and me clicking the close button until killing the process.

In other news, I did the same and actually let a pony start. Upon exiting the pony and closing the GUI, apparently I get a segfault.

[GRABBED] Rainbow Dash
[DROPPED] Rainbow Dash
[ 24.975]
[ 18.852]
[ 0.000]
Segmentation fault: 11


Gah… I know what this is. There is an entry in the global NSAutoreleasePool (and, in the first case, more than one) that gets double-freed on exit.
Well, at least I can fight this. I just need some time to disable all release()-s throughout the code, and see which ones trigger the segfault, but not today.
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Roger that. If for some reason I disappear into the abyss, feel free to try and get in touch with me at my derpymail.

Greetings from an old friend! kindledfyre 2459

Hello! I'm just popping in to see how this has gone since like back in 2011 or 2012, haha. Some of ya'll may remember my dumb 10 year old self's alias, Dogostar. (Yeah, I was 10. I don't know what made me think I could help out with a big fan project at the time????) I've grown up a lot since then, and although I've basically left the MLP fandom, I won't forget the impact this project had on me when I was younger. Thank you, Desktop Ponies team, for everything you do!
- kindledfyre.

P.S. - I still use the ponies. A lot. Though they get in the way when I'm working on things, they're cute and fun to have around.
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ponies on sreens 2460

I am new to this xD please tell me how to do this :P bye! thanks!

Linux Queen Terra 2464

The directory structure appears broken when extracted.


Have you tried running unzip Desktop.Ponies.v1.60.zip from the command line? Works fine for me.
Linux nbk-02 4.6.4-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Jul 11 19:12:32 CEST 2016 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Queen Terra 2470

That worked, thanks!

Though I got another problem, now with mono. I type:

mono Desktop Ponies.exe

Why wouldn't it work?


What does it say in response?
Is it something like that:
bash: mono: command not found
If yes, you have to first install Mono from your distribution`s repository. Unlike unzip, Mono is not something that your system may have pre-installed.

[EDIT:] You may also want to try my touch on the Linux version of DP (see >>2344), but it also needs libraries that might require installation — namely, GTK+ 2.x and GTKGLext.
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I will be your Guinea pig. shrek m8 2484

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>>2437 I'd be happy to test anything out! I've literally got no life, so I'm pretty sure I'll be free whenever. What I'd suggest doing to help the like 5 people who have Macs because they kind of suck and you can't download anything good like seriously can't even get SFM and its killing me and i want a decent computer so baaaaaaaaaaddddddddd *Bangs head on table* COUGH COUGH is adding a little note for mac users to use a better unzipped on the top thread or on the download page or wherever you feel like i guess. But Back to the topic, That picture on the side is my system stuff if you need that. I kind of doubt it. I can also download El Capitan if you need me to. But yeah let me know if you need any help with mac stuff!

PS: I feel like an idiot, but I've got no clue on how to start the mini games. Help?


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plz tell me wat dis means(ps i got a mac)
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Guest 2497

It's basically telling you that an entire folder is missing, and that the program won't start without it. Try redownloading.

Bot-chan 2499

It could also mean that the subfolders weren't unpacked correctly and that's why the Ponies folder is missing, which seems to be a common problem with Macs. In this case, it's been suggested to use a program called "The Unarchiver", which you can find here: http://unarchiver.c3.cx/unarchiver
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Great! I`ll let you know when I finish fixing it.
Currently it works, but on exit, for reasons still unknown to me, OS X wants to free some objects for the second time, and that yields weird errors.
And, no, I don`t want you to update to 10.11 (if it`s okay with you, ofc.): there already is 1 tester with the preview build of 10.12 and 1 with 10.11 — which, coupled with your 10.10, enable a complete 10.1x test coverage.

*Sexy Wiggle* shrek m8 2515

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>>2503 Okie Dokie Lokie!

Pony Requests EpicKitty88 2527

After even MORE Parental Controls issues, I'm back. And now instead of Kitty I go by Minty. But the new name only coincides with the G3 pony name.
Anyway, I am hoping that somepony is working on Tantabus. I tried to do it myself but it kept looking awkward. Also, I'm still trying to get that animation of Pinkie Pie completed, but I'm busy at my new college so I'm taking the easy route for now, working on a simple character: the happy flowers from Dash's nightmare.
One more thing: I'm trying to animate my version of Rainbow Factory, only this one is called the Star Factory. The factory was created by a jealous demon who want Equestria for herself so she can destroy the sun, bring eternal evil to the island, and eventually invade Heaven. She actually disgraces the Light by making the factory inside an abandoned CHURCH! And instead of Rainbow Dash, the enemy is now Twilight Sparkle, who is brainwashed by the demon. More info soon, and look out for some Star Factory OCs when I complete them.
I might also change my screen name to Major Minty, but I'm not sure yet. But anyway, off to make some annoyingly cheerful flowers.

EpicKitty88 2528

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Yeah, it's not quite finished since it's not animated. I couldn't figure out a few things, but I just want to know if I'm on the right track. Can I have a little feedback before I start the next step? And do you want me to make different colors just for kicks?

Bot-chan 2530

Well, it's a good start, but since you asked for feedback...
The lower part of the stalk looks a bit too thick, the outlines of the eyes should be blue instead of black and there are too few petals.

Reference pic

Also, is the sprite being hi-res intentional? While it would certainly not be the first sprite like this in the program, it does clash somewhat with the pony sprites in my opinion.

Don't let this discourage you, though. Like I said, it's a good start.

And eh... maybe it's just me and I won't put too much effort into trying to dissuade you from it if everyone else is okay with it, but surely there must be a place better suited for you to plug your fanfic spinoff... thing.

EpicKitty88 2531

Thanks. And I'll post my movie info somewhere else. BTW, my OC Shadowstar is going to look different now. When will you start the new OC thread? I will be sharing some of the OC characters there as desktop ponies.

Mac Desktop ponies 2541

Is there a link which shows me how to use this on a macbook? I downloaded it but then it says that this is a windows program that does not run on a mac. Thanks!

Bot-chan 2542

Eh, I don't think there's enough activity/interest at the moment to justify creating a new OC thread, so if you have some downloads to show of, I'd say it's okay to do so here for the time being.

Gaia Everfree 2556

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Is anyone alive here? Have some SunLight for your time 😉

Bot-chan 2557

Some of us are still here. The lack of activity is hardly a reason to post random pictures.


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Also still alive.
The reason I don`t post is that I`m again busy relocating.

MacGay !RevGiOKgRo 2562

is that desu glasses


Nope. These glasses are from Transmetropolitan.

MacGay [Colorado] !RevGiOKgRo 2567

...I may have to take a look at that.

Anonymous 2586

This also happens to me.
I got 2 Screens. Screen 1 is on the right, screen 2 is on the left side.
The Ponies are 80% of the time on the far right third of the right screen and rarely enter the left screen at all.
Even If I drag and drop them to the far left of Screen 2, they all end up in the far right third of Screen 1 after five Minutes.

But it is good to know that a fix is on the way. Thx for this aweseome program!

MacGay !RevGiOKgRo 2589

That post was from awhile ago, I would hope that a solution came by now.

RoosterDragon WannurSyafiqah 2627

I have a question: Is there a way to delete a pony that you accidentally created in Desktop Ponies' Pony Editor, or is there no way so you'll have to add that to the next update? I tried pressing del on a test to see if I could delete ponies I create and it sadly does not delete it.

WannurSyafiqah 2628

Also the question above was for Bot-chan to answer too if he wants.

WannurSyafiqah 2629

Also, I meant the [DEL] button on my keyboard.

et23 2633

Hi There~!

Bot-chan 2637

Hmm. To my knowledge, there's currently no way to do that from within the program and I can't say wether or not this option will be added in the future as that's up to RoosterDragon.

Bot-chan WannurSyafiqah 2638


MLP 2639


MacGay !RevGiOKgRo 2643



Major Minty 2648

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EpicKitty88 here, under her updated name. I'm having some issues with finishing desktop pony artwork due to the fact that I'm studying for mid-term exams, but I'm just hoping to find more time.
I'm really hoping to finish the flower, but I'm working on an OC from the Star Factory movie and hope to post her soon. I might also update my Sephiroth pony to fit the new, fanmade depiction I will explain later. But otherwise, yeah, things are normal but still kinda slow.
I'll try to post more art soon. But with mid-terms and family in the way, you won't see me as often. I'm dying to see the next release of Desktop Ponies, but I guess I'll have to be patient. But for now, here is the new Shadowstar that will eventually become another Desktop Pony. It's going to be tough with the color pattern, but it's still worth a try.

MacGay !RevGiOKgRo 2650

Is this ironic?

Anonymous 2651

OC stuff do not belong here.


Muito legal demis

Anonymous 2657

Hey! This program is the best, really just my favourite, all the little behaviours and icons are very clever. Hoofball is crazy but it's fun to watch. Keep on truckin'!


Wheeeeee! Finally resolved that issue. The root cause was not quite where I expected it to be: turns out that discarding a subclass definition is only allowed after draining the release pool that holds objects of this subclass.

R34 optional Anonymous 2672

this is just a suggestion and I understand if it get removed

would u do a R34 version of
desktop ponies

Mac !RevGiOKgRo 2673

How on god's green earth would that even be arousing?


Believe me, there are much weirder things humans are able to sexualize than cute technicolor horses.
But yes, I presume Desktop Ponies ver. R34 isn`t going to happen. Not here, at least. Leaving aside the fact that even DP itself is currently in comatose state.

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