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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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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?

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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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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.

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!

everytime i launch the steam version, it immediately crash for no reason, when i first installed it doing fine for hours and next day it crashed. idk which one is the crash log but here the ss

it seems there is something wrong with your save file. Could you try deleting the whole Virtual Cottage Folder from your steam apps and downloading it again? Sorry for the inconvenience :)

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Will there be any updates to the files here, or should i just use the steam version? ( Love the aplication <3 )

Yes but Updates are a bit slower here, since we usually try to fix all minor bugs after we release for steam. However we always try to have a running version on here for ppl who don't want to use steam

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Is there a way to add custom music?

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Hi! I'm absolutely loving virtual cottage. It makes for a great way to focus on a task.

I have one minor issue: When I work, I need music that has no lyrics or talking in it. The song Signals ends with a very disruptive quote from something or other, and it takes me out of my focus every time it plays. Could this be switched out? Or at least could users be given an option to turn certain songs on and off? That'd be great. Thanks!

That Option will come in a future update. As for now in the 1.5.4 Version the song signals is removed for now. itch.io Updates always lag behind steam updates :)

check it out!

Awesome app 5/5!

Hi! I love this app! So far it's the best focusing app I have ever found! Thank you!

The dimensions of the app happened to be a little off on my laptop (my resolution is 1920 x 1080). I manually change it, but every time I open the app I have to change it again. I have no idea if there is any way for me to sort of "save" the fixed resolution of the app or not.

Have a good day! 

you can change that? You can set --resolution on the command line, but then, it's still very small, centered in the middle of the screen.

When I try and run the Mac version, I get a message saying "The application “Virtual Cottage” can’t be opened.".

I'm running Catalina 10.15.7, not the most up to date, but not super old either.

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if you haven't, download steam, the app will work once you do that. 

Sorry for the late reply! Let us know if you still have this problem with the most recent version

Hi! I'm having the exact same problem here. I'm running Catalina 10.15.14

Hey! We are working on a fix :) It could be that the apps permissions aren't set correctly. So If you're not the admin you can't open the executable. This should be fixed in the 1.5.4 Update

I'm still having the same issue even with the update :(

Hey meccaroon and Melange Co.

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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Any chance of the project going open source? I know the scope itself is quite small, but still, I want to check it out.

Oh and some really small fixes:

· In the itch.io page, the screenshots have the bar at the top, with ShareX you can screenshot the window without that and many more things.

· When the music is not activated, make the text fade away by changing it's color alpha on the font color settings.

Probably not for a while, since this was the first code I ever wrote in Godot :') and its a mess.

Maybe once the project is further in it's development and I feel more confident about what I'm doing

I just tried this. The scene is motivational. The evolving ambience is mesmerizing. I set the timer and went to work on a project. The experience was amazing until the sound went off. Could I get a less alarming tone like a gong? Thanks.

Haha sorry about that! We want to add different options for the end tone in the future, a gong is a nice idea!

also i love the music

i love this so much! it would be cool if u added a to do list or notes feature too.. :PPP<333

We were planning a little list which allows you to write doen 3-5 tasks and cross them off. We just need to rework the UI before this :)

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I have some genuine bad focus, and the horrible tomato layouts online only make me want to do things less, so this a great option! Thanks for making it!

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yay <3 thanks so much for your comment

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Amazing program! I love it so much. The visuals, UI design, music selection, atmospheric sounds, and functionality of it all is absolutely gorgeous. Also the fact that this is your first project with Godot? Astonishing. Can't wait to check out more of your work ^w^!

Hope you're having a lovely day <3

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Thanks so much! My partner and me were using Clickteam Fusion before, but the jump from Visual Scripting to using coding in godot was difficult.
That's why I mainly did a project that utilized the ui components like buttons and such :) But it's getting more complex with every update so let's see how far I can take this.

can you customize your character?

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So cool! thanks

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