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Time for a new snapshot! The major changes are....

Posted by Warner on Jan 12th, 2013

Time for a new snapshot! The major changes are:

  • Textures for blocks and items now have individual image files (read more below)
  • Improved death messages
  • Improved naming (using the anvil) of containers and mob eggs
  • Trapped chests now give off the redstone signal through walls
  • Improved hoppers and made them controllable by redstone
  • Updated language files
  • Language files can now be updated via the background downloader (no need for a new Minecraft release)

Get the snapshot here:

Report bugs here:

Notes about the new texture pack system

Starting from this snapshot and forward, blocks and items will no longer load their artwork from one big sheet of sprites. Instead, they’ll have individual files for each image they’re using. The benefit from this is that it will be easier for us to support custom blocks and items in the future. It will also allow us to mix and match block artwork resolutions, and make sure that you get graphics for blocks that your current texture pack isn’t updated for.

We’ve written more information about the new texture pack format in the Minecraft wiki, here:

// The Minecraft Team

(Mojang blog link)

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TheirSavior Jan 12 2013, 9:25pm says:

I'm excited for the trap chests and hoppers.

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bens68 Jan 12 2013, 9:55pm says:

you haven't added mod support yet its been years, you call yourself a community game but you neglect the most vital aspect of any community game MOD SUPPORT in favor of cats and a different colored tree. so many mods have died because of this bull crap. You will create a basically pointless update that adds features that mods already have made which makes hundreds of previous mods unusable. please add mod support instead of this crap : )

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SalesKital Jan 13 2013, 2:30pm replied:

roughly 2-3 years really, since Minecraft started... If each version lasted one year then about 3 years, assuming Indev, and infdev were in the same year. Alpha one year, then Beta most of last year, and now full release.

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BluishGreenPro Jan 12 2013, 11:44pm says:

I already know how I'm going to use Trapped chests in an adventure map! This update can't come soon enough.

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KorbisBarkly Jan 13 2013, 3:07am says:

I love the new Texture Pack change. This will greatly improve compatibility :D

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mechwarrior24 Jan 13 2013, 3:15am says:

Ooooooh no... I might be missing something here, but wont this kill compatibility with all of the older, and until they're updated, NEWER texture packs?

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ADGeneric Jan 13 2013, 8:00am replied:

According to the Wiki there's a system in place, so "Existing texture packs will "automagically" be converted".

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SalesKital Jan 13 2013, 2:31pm replied:

There's also the conversion thing from the previous snapshot's post. It can convert any texture pack to the new format.

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Foreskin Jim
Foreskin Jim Jan 13 2013, 2:55pm says:

"Textures for blocks and items now have individual image files" WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

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