Jesus in Space CD Tech Page

Flinger reports no known tech problems with Jesus in Space CD v1.1, but here are some notes....


STEP 1: Create a Jesus in Space folder on your desktop
STEP 2: Put the CD in your drive. It's folder/files should appear.

STEP 3: Drag JiS_OSX.zip to the Jesus in Space folder you created on your desktop
STEP 4: Unpack the JiS_OSX.zip by clicking on it.
STEP 5: Run the Jesus in Space .app and enjoy!

Why these steps? Because of the way we built this thing.

Go to www.sundaysoftware.com/site/jesus
for our latest description of this CD and links.

WackaMAC error "PowerPC applications are no longer supported."
This means you have the original edition of JiS CD. Some time ago we updated it to run on newer MacIntel chip powered Macs. You'll need a new CD.

Okay....this was never reported, but just in case you try to run Jesus in Space on a really old spaceship....

Jesus in Space is modern, but it can run in Windows 98!  If you have Win98 and get a ddraw error, you may need to install the flash player for W98. We included a copy in a folder on your CD for you. 

Version 1.0 Error:

If you have version 1.0 and choose autocomplete in the Babel 4000 (Baptism), and the machine puts in the word 'squirm' the program may freeze on page 2 of the story.  If you see this word, click it and change it to something else.

Go to www.sundaysoftware.com/site/jesus
for our latest description of this CD and links to its printable resources.

Jesus in Space CD is fun interactive lesson software for ages 5-15.

Email Neil with your questions, neil@sundaysoftware.com




The Story Behind Jesus in Space
by Neil MacQueen, its creator

I admit it...  I'm a space nerd. I grew up watching Lost in Space. Was disappointed when they cancelled Star Trek Enterprise. Ben our programmer and Colin our music guy are also space nuts. A statue of Gort the Robot from The Day the Earth Stood Still presides over our recording studio. So you might say Jesus in Space was "predestined" to happen.  ;-)

Over the years, I've had fun imagining with students how you might "tell this story to an alien from outer space who didn't know anything about the Bible." It's an entertaining trick that always gets the kids talking. In 2005, I began scribbling notes for a series of Jesus Story CDs focused on key Jesus stories. I asked some friends if they thought "Jesus in Space" would be considered blasphemous by non-space-nerds. "No, it's a great idea!" they said. And so, Jesus in Space was born.

Jesus in Space is fun and intentionally campy. Look and listen closely, --you'll see us paying homage to various space shows and space shtick, including: Star Trek, Lost in Space, the Jetsons, Star Wars, Close Encounters, even Spaceballs. This 'touch' also helps older students feel like the program is for them.

The program is a visual feast as well. Look in the backgrounds to see where Ben our animator/programmer has stuck all sorts of random space gadgetry.

Other subtle tributes:
The aliens on Ice Moon Alpha speak a strange version of Canadian, with a tweak of Scottish. --A tip of the hat to my Canadian relatives. The "world tribe" motif on the planet Whammo is my very subtle tribute to my denomination's mission history, and to one of my great great grandmothers who was a native American. The "Jesus in the Snow" activity goes way back to my youth group days and is one of my all-time favorite lessons. You don't see it in materials these days, so I'm hoping to preserve it in my own way by putting it in software.

Other things of notice:
It's no accident that the captain of the Tarsus is named Paul and is guided by Great Commission Control. We thought it worked right into the evangelistic nature of the first three stories. Baptism, Communion with Jesus, and "how do you see Jesus today" (Road to Emmaus).  And whether you baptize by sprinkling -or the whole pool, you'll feel comfortable with our presentation.

You may also note in JiS that we continue to stretch our age range down a bit, --making sure our software stretches a little easier to the younger children, as well as up to young teens. Having said this, even my own  teenagers have been giggling at JiS everytime I show it to them. John the Baptist with a crab-hair coat and sucker-fish belt will do that to you. The older kids will get a kick out of our space theme and sense of humor.

(OSU fans: Listen carefully to the drums on Whammo.)

A huge amount of credit for this epic goes to Ben our programmer and illustrator, and Colin our sound and music guy. Ben's humorous creativity is evident everywhere in the program. Colin's soundtrack and character voice modifications are terrific.

<>< Neil     


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