You can now download and install the pre-release files for Minecraft version 1.2.5. The rundown of additions and changes includes stuff like shift+click support in furnaces, Mooshroom fixes and a way to drop TNT without causing an explosion (fellow Minecraft nerds will be excited about this stuff, we promise).
This comes yesterday after a Tweet that teased the potential pre-release.
Jens Bergenstein, author of the post and lead on Minecraft development, included a bit of a tease regarding what he and the new staff members are working on for the future. Part of that work may include better ways for friends and family to play with one another.
We've discussed our short- and long-term plans for Minecraft, which includes stuff such as the modding API and making it easier to start servers to play with your friends and family on.
Here, as per Mojang's official site, is the full list of changes:
- Added shift clicking support in furnaces
- Added method to easily acquire blocks you have selected in the world in Creative mode using the 'pick block' key
- Made the Direct Connect dialog remember the last IP for the current session
- Fixed issues detected certain links in chat
- Fixed wild ocelots behaving like tamed cats
- Fixed various chat crashes
- Made cats less eager to sit on things
- Made cats less patient
- Fixed world generation failing under certain circumstances
- Fixed issues turning off sound under certain circumstances
- Removed all ghost entities under the command of Lord Herobrine
- Fixed crash when pasting certain characters in chat
- Fixed slash '/' key not behaving correctly in certain environments
- Fixed command matching being too greedy (for example: typing '/stophammertime' no longer stops your server)
- Fixed not being able to click coloured links
- Fixed potential issue with village door detection (which could cause too many villagers)
- Made using a stack of bowls on Mooshrooms not consume the whole stack of bowls
- Made punching a TNT block with flint and steel in hand destroy and drop a TNT block (right-clicking will activate the TNT)
You can snag the necessary files by heading to Mojang's site. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing how to install them; if you're not confident, however, just wait until the full release rolls out in the official launcher next Wednesday.