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Updates to the Upcoming World Sharing Features

Last week we wrote about the new features to share your single player world with friends over LAN. In the latest snapshot (12w25a) there has been an addition of a GUI with some more configuration options.

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Share Your Single Player Minecraft World with Friends

A new feature in the latest snapshot allows you to share your single player world with other players over LAN. There is no knowledge on how to configure a server required - just the ability to run “/publish”.

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Ability to Pause in Single Player is Added

Previously, the only way to pause the state of your Minecraft world on single player would be to save and exit your game but a feature introduced in the Week 22 Snapshot may become the solution to this.

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Tripwire Added for Redstone Circuits

The tripwire item which has been introduced in the Week 22 Snapshot allows you to activate a redstone circuit upon the event of a player, animal or mob walking over a piece of string. This seems like something which will come in very handy when building mob traps and other defense systems.

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Get a Kickstart on Survival with Bonus Chests

We may be seeing bonus chests in a future edition of Minecraft. The feature, included in the latest few snapshot releases from Mojang, spawns a chest surrounded by four torches near to the player’s spawn.

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A New Inventory Layout Is Introduced

The problem that a lot of people are faced when in creative mode is finding their way through the extensive list of available items. It appears that this issue may become something of the past from the new inventory included in Minecraft Snapshot 12w21b.

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How to find your Minecraft directory

Your Minecraft directory is created when you first launch the game and it stores pretty much everything that Minecraft needs to run. It also contains the screenshots you have taken and the worlds that you have created in single player. Finding it is different on each operating system, so in this guide we have included Windows, Mac and Linux.

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How to Install Minecraft Snapshots

Almost every week Mojang (the developers behind Minecraft) release a new snapshot of the game onto their website. These snapshots are basically previews of the new features that are going to be included in the future versions of Minecraft.

Anyone can download these snapshots but it can be a bit confusing installing them since you are just given the .jar files. To install a snapshot you are going to need to already have a copy of Minecraft on your computer as well as the launcher for it.

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