Known Technical Issues
Q: Sometimes I get an error message when starting SoliLuxe, and my game in progress is gone.
If you can avoid it, NEVER shut down SoliLuxe by ending the Java session — by shutting down the Java process, killing its Terminal window, or (on the Mac) quitting the "Main" application which runs the SoliLuxe program. ALWAYS use the QUIT button in SoliLuxe itself, or the close button in the SoliLixe main window!
(While developing new solitaire games, program-stopping errors happens once in a while. Usually SoliLuxe cleans up and shuts down by itself in those cases. Just have the "Quick start" option in the Settings tab UNTICKED while developing games, and you should be able to restart without any major troubles or headaches.)
Payment and registration
As of version 2.92 SoliLuxe is no-ads, no-hassle freeware, so this section has been removed for obious reasons!
Q: Is SoliLuxe safe?
In light of all this commotion, some of you may wonder if it's really safe to use SoliLuxe, which is after all a Java program. Luckily, the short answer is: Yes.
The real danger lies in using Java in connection with a web browser. An accidental "mis-surf" can bring you to a web page which is able to activate some harmful Java code that then infects you computer. To avoid this, you should simply disable Java for your web browser, if you have no particular need for it. This is usually done in the browser's internet settings or specific plug-in handler.
When it comes to running stand-alone Java programs from trusted sources, the danger is no greater than with any manually downloaded program, especially if they use their own private runtime like the SoliLuxe Windows version. The Java runtime comes with the program, and no other program is aware that this runtime even exists: They cannot make use of it to infect you computer even if there IS a security hole in that Java version. So if you trust SoliLuxe and the site you downloaded it from, it doesn't put your computer in any more danger than it already was!
If you use a separately installed Java that is "visible" and available to other programs on your system, then once again it is important that you only install and use software from trusted sources. But this is not just a Java issue: Security holes appear and are patched regularly in operating system code and also in other runtime environments and helper programs like Flash, Adobe Reader, Silverlight and Microsoft .NET . The list, unfortunately, goes on. And on...
Q: What does installing SoliLuxe do to my system? How do I uninstall it?
The Windows easy-install version comes with its own uninstaller, which appears in the Start menu. This uninstaller deletes all original installation files (including itself!), but it leaves all altered settings, history and statistics files intact. If you want to delete these files too, just delete the installation folder manually after running the uninstaller.
For the multi-platform version, just delete the installation folder and all traces of SoliLuxe disappear. If you want to do a fresh install but keep your settings and statistics etc., just delete everything but the /settings subfolder, and install a new copy to the same main folder.
Q: On what equipment can I run SoliLuxe, and how?
Unfortunately, mobile equipment like phones and tablets running light-weight operating systems like iOS and Android are out of the equation. Android may be Java-based, but not THAT Java-based! And Apple has stated that full Java support on iOS will not happen. Anyway, the main selling points for SoliLuxe are the huge, detailed graphics and voluminous, "encyclopaedic" approach to Solitaire playing — things that don't translate well to small, mobile formats. So we're pretty much stuck on the traditional, larger, full-featured computers.
Q: What are the minimum hardware requirements?
Q: The game is widescreen, so why are there still black borders on either side of my widescreen display?
SoliLuxe uses the 16:10 ratio. Most displays nowadays use 16:9 (widescreen TV). Thus, on a 16:9 screen SoliLuxe will not use the left and right edges fully.
Q: Can I program any solitaire I like in SoliLuxe?
Q: What's that stupid text window that opens "behind" SoliLuxe?
Q: What's SPRAWL?
Q: What's OGG Vorbis?