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During quarantine I built myself this virtual cottage to help me get things done again. My goal was to have a super simple desktop app (so that I'm not even tempted to open the browser).

The app is meant to help you get started with your tasks and hopefully get's you into the flow state. You can only toggle music and sound to avoid distraction.

The "lighting" is tied to your OS clock and will change every couple hours.

- Simone (from DU&I)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAC USERS:

If the file "VirtualCottage_1.5.4_MAC.zip" does not work, please download "VirtualCottage_1.5.4._MAC_noadmin_plsreadinstructions.zip"

This file has tweaked permissions and will allow you to execute it, even without admin access. After downloading and opening, you will get the pop up "Virtual Cottage.app cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified" please do the following:
- hold control and then click the .app
- it'll open the right click menu
- click "open" in the menu while holding control, this will give you the option to open the file


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VirtualCottage_1.5.4_WINDOWS.zip 80 MB
Virtual Cottage_1.5.4_LINUX.zip 81 MB
VirtualCottage_1.5.4_MAC.zip 81 MB
VirtualCottage_1.5.4._MAC_noadmin_plsreadinstructions.zip 81 MB

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This is really helpful and pretty great too

This seems like it would be a great screensaver on android and ios.

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Can I join?

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Do you have any plans to update the version that I can see (dog and cat)both?? :)

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It would be nice of there was a mobile version.....

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This has been super helpful for me. Having achievements for being productive has been really helpful to keep me motivated. I have a suggestion to add more achievements for being productive when the software is updated and new things are added.

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Just to be sure but when I use the steam version, will it automatically turn to fullscreen mode? (    Pls answer me :(     ) 

not 100% sure what you mean, but fullscreen is implemented in the itch version as well. Steam has an updated version that you can adjust more flexible :) So you can have it as a tiny window and also in fullscreen. Hope this helped!

Thank you for replying to me! ^^

i love this application, i just have one suggestion, would it be possible to add a youtube feature where you can add links to be played in a stored playlist?

Can you make it where our friends can join the study session & can chat with us please?

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yes but this will unfortunately only be added to the steam version :(

Hello, i love ur game. If i dont check this site fluently, will i be noticed for the next undate?

We unfortunately only update this version every couple of month. If you want auto updates you'll have to use the steam version. We would love to notify users here, but we don't know how. Any ideas how other games do this?

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I have a suggestion to improve this more pls. Can you add a custom playlist so we can put more music in and choose them, pls? :)

P/S: Have a good day!

It's an amazing software! I really hope that developers can port the software to the mobile terminal, such as IPad, etc., so that I can use the software on the iPad and continue to work on the pc side

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Is this you? :d https://twitter.com/LowHighTech1

Nope not us. But we are aware of this game since it launched ^^

great, I'm downloading it :)

Instruction for linux user: mark `Virtual Cottage_LINUX.x86_64` as executable then run it.

this is what i did but it doesn’t work :( i remember getting it to work before the last update but now idk what happened

Yes i wasn't also able to then i saw that in file name there is space between Virtual and Cottage so i renamed the file from "Virtual Cottage_LINUX.x86_64" to "VirtualCottage_LINUX.x86_64"(removed the spaces between them). After that i also removed the spaces between  the filename with extension .pck (did the same as above) , it was "Virtual Cottage_LINUX.pck" now it is "VirtualCottage_LINUX.pck" and then run this code by terminal - - 

sudo chmod +x VirtualCottage_LINUX.x86_64

That's it now you can start it!

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This really helped me get in the flow of working on my projects in a way I never found before so thank you for this amazing tool!

Happy to hear that <3

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Is there any way to zoom in?

Not at the moment. The steam version has a bigger resolution... we'll update the itch.io version sool.... probably.

can anyone explain how i could install it on a Chromebook, I already have linux on

I tried following the instructions on my mac to open it, but it still didn't work-

what should I do?

Hi ! I don't know if your problem is solved but if not you can get the game on Steam for free on mac ! Should be easier 

yeah unfortunately we are not mac devs so we have no idea with some of the bugs on mac :/ Steam fixes a lot of that... it's not ideal, but a way to get the app to run :)

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can you make a version that works for Chromebook? :)

Whilest not as easy, A chromebook is just linux. You might have to activate the ability for linux to play with chromebook. Look up how to run linux files on chromebook

thank you so much!!

how do a get it after it goes into my files?

This tool is incredible, I have used it when I have to study and I love it.

Does it have a version for chrome? i had chrome and i need help. 
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There are threads here describing how to set it up on Chromebook with linux :)

uhhh nice game : )

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Would really love the opportunity to customise the space and character.

It would just add a lovely and cozy personal touch to the space and even use colours that are a bit more "calming" for me :D

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Can we have an update where we can put our own musics in the app ?

I just downloaded this app and I recommend it 100%. It has a really nice selection of music and ambient effects to help you focus. 

I had to use the "fixed no admin" Mac version but otherwise it's running perfectly.

My only issue is with the size of the app on the screen. I wish I could make it much smaller so I can just have it in a corner and not occupying at least half my screen.

we have added this feature in the recent steam version :) might take a bit till it comes to itch. but we're on it!

This is such a great app, i normally have a terrible focus on something. But this helped me out so much. Thanks!

I love this sooooo much!!!!!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I just managed a full half hour on a writing project I have been avoiding for ages.

I would love to be able to add my own music to it :) Are there any plans to make that possible in the future? Love the game!

So about 3 weeks ago the app started crashing as soon as I try to open it. I originally downloaded on steam, tried deleting and redownloading multiple times. I eventually gave up and downloaded the older version on this website. I noticed today that the newer version had been updated on here so I deleted the old version and downloaded the newer version off this website. Now I am having the same problem as before and the app immediately closes when I open it. But now I am worse off because I can't even use the old version anymore. I am on a mac.  

Hey natnat3141,

sorry you are having issues with the game. We are currently not aware of any mac issues on Steam (we had crashing issues on windows though, which was fixable via deleting specific files: https://steamcommunity.com/app/1369320/discussions/0/3104642254789738591/ )

We currently can not reproduce the issue you are reporting, so it's hard for us to find a solution in your case right now. We'll continue looking and poke some ppl we know, so maybe they can help us find a way.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Hey, could you also update the itch version of virtual cottage? I dont really want steam, as I have this on my USB Drive, so I can use it even in the Library. 

Thanks in advance

justTOBBI

Hey! Yeah the 1.5.4 version will be out soon :)

Thank you!

Keep up the good Work!

Hey, so I found a little bug. If I open the executable, and do whatever I want. The app is gonna crash after 2 minutes.

I hope you can recreate the issue.

oh no! which version are you using? we'll take a look right now :D

I am using 1.5.4

fixed! sorry about that. you can download the 1.5.4 now and it should work as intended :)

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This is so cool! It'd be really cool if we could add our own music, that's my only real "issue" with it.

i don't really need it but it is great 

and using godot bold move

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Nice! It was even made in Godot!

its not letting me open it

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then your pc trash ass fuck

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hey! Could you let us know which OS you are using?

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Cute! Will there be any customization options (decor, colors etc) in the future? :)

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Maybe, but we're still trying to work out how to add them so the app doesn't become a distraction ^^

oh, that actually makes a lot of sense! I hadn't thought abt it that way. Thank you <3

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It wouldn't let me open the file :( I kept getting the "You do not have permission to open this application" even after I went through permissions on the app info

Same ;-;

Which OS are the two of you using? :) 

This happened to me too. Mines Big Sur 11.3.1

Hey IsabelaNova, thebeigepandaa and jennyjoy

We finally spent some time trying to figure out the issue. Apparently Mac doesn't let you execute files if you're not on an admin account.

We uploaded a second version of Virtual Cottage that has the permissions tweaked in the .app file. However this will get you another error, because we aren't certified Apple developers.

But by continouisly holding the ctrl key and clicking open on the apps menu, you can force the app to open. Detailed instuctions can be found in the description at the top of this page. Unfortunately there is no clean workaround for this.

The only other option would be to get the app via steam, since steam takes care of the permissions nonsense.

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love this so far! would love to see if spotify could be linked for personal music :-) 

When I start the game it automatically comes up on my main screen, and won't let me move it to my secondary screen. There is no top task bar to move it from. Anyone know how to fix this? Thanks!

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