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Universe Sandbox Legacy 2.2.0.0

Explore our universe - and beyond - with this stylish simulator

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 26 January 2016
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Downloads To Date: 1364
Developer: Giant Army
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Universe Sandbox Legacy 2.2.0.0
Explore our universe - and beyond - with this stylish simulator

Universe Sandbox Legacy is a physics-based space simulator with some unusual fun extras.

The program works well as an educational tool. Open the "Solar System" simulation, for instance, and you'll see an animated view of our solar system showing all the planets, the moons and their actual orbits.

Clicking near an interesting celestial body displays details like its velocity, mass, diameter, density and more.

It's easy to zoom in and out, or click and drag to move your viewpoint in 3D space.

That's good, but you're not restricted to the Solar System. The program has a lengthy list of other simulations to explore, from relatively local (Saturn and its rings, various planets and their moons), to very distant (distant stars or entire galaxies) and historic (Pioneer, Voyager, Ulysses and other spacecraft as they fly past planets).

Best of all, you can play around with any of this just to see what happens. Add Saturn-like rings to Earth, maybe. Change Mars to the size of the sun. Maybe explode something, and watch how the orbits change.

You only get one hour of playing around like this in the free version, unfortunately, so use it wisely. (That's an hour of manipulating the simulations - you can browse them in a basic way forever.). But Universal Sandbox Premium ($9.95) removes that restriction, and allows you to create simulations as well as open them.

Or, if you're really enthusiastic about the idea, you might prefer Universal Sandbox 2. It's hugely improved in every area - graphics, physics, climate simulation and more - and can be yours for $24.99.

Verdict:

This older version of Universe Sandbox looks a little plain, but there's still plenty of educational space exploration to be had here.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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