[Doggiebox] Heeere's 1E9!

Charlie the_lonely_sea at iinet.net.au
Tue Apr 26 09:47:23 EDT 2005


Looks good after the first 5 minutes play...

A minor point, if you open a song and then open the Song inspector, the  
focus is on the song inspector rather than back in the song window,  
consequently, if you hit the space bar (intending to play the song),  
you either get a new beat in the bar you were last in, delete the beats  
per minute indicator or add a bar ( it seems random what it actually  
does, but I haven't done too much looking)

Its a bit confusing (you can always use the MS line, it's a feature,  
not a bug).

It's past my bed time now, so I'll have another play later tomorrow



On 26/04/2005, at 5:20 AM, Ben Kennedy wrote:

> Hey all,
> With no further ado, here are the several long-awaited improvements to
> beat editing now in build 1E9 which is downloadable for your pleasure  
> at
> <http://www.doggiebox.com/distribution/Doggiebox-1E9.tbz> :
> *   A new floating inspector window replaces the old options sheet for
> specifying time signature and tempo.
> Choosing "Tempo/Time Signature..." from the Song menu or "Song  
> Inspector"
> from the Window menu will make it appear.  In the next build, its state
> should be remembered for automatic showing/hiding.
> * New behaviour for Cut and Paste: these operations now apply to the
> instruments laid down within beats only; the physical song structure  
> will
> remain unaffected.
> Thanks to everyone who has weighed in on this design/UI issue recently;
> this reflects what seemed to be the best consensus on how beat-level
> editing should work.  Now it is possible to move instruments and  
> rhythms
> around, within and across bars, without regard for disrupting the song
> structure.
> Currently when you paste, the resultant patterns will be dropped in  
> over
> top of whatever is currently there (beginning at the insertion point or
> the start of the selected region if there is one), resulting in an
> additive effect.  In the next build, the behaviour will be changed to
> overwrite (replace all drums in) the target region by default, but with
> an additional "Paste Over" command to achieve this additive effect if  
> desired.
> * New commands Insert Bar, Insert Beat and Delete Beat(s)/Bar(s) for
> manipulating the song structure.
> These are accessible from both the Song menu as well as buttons in the
> inspector.  Beats may be added and deleted with respect to the time
> signature of the bar; e.g. inserting a beat into a 6|8 will turn it  
> into
> a 7|8.  Only whole beats may be deleted; e.g. in a 4|4 bar if you have  
> an
> eighth-note region selected, the operation will actually take out the
> full quarter-note beat into which the eighth-note falls.  To delete an
> entire bar, select all of its beats.
> Adjusting the time signature using the stepper arrows in the inspector
> will preserve the duration and geometry of the bar.  This makes it
> possible to e.g. overlay a 3-beat rhythm onto a 4|4 bar by temporarily
> switching the time signature to 3|4.
> * Zooming now only affects the selected bars (or the one nearest the
> insertion point).  To zoom everything at once, first do a Select All.   
> I
> think this default behaviour is a little more helpful.
> * Drag-selection of beats is now possible when the mouse is in either  
> the
> "i-beam" or "triangle" cursor mode.  Holding the option key will select
> whole bars.  Support for discontiguous beat selection (i.e.  
> command-click
> with "triangle" cursor) has been temporarily disabled.
> * Fixed a potential crash that could occur after deleting drums from a
> bar, and various other bug fixes.
> I'm interested in any and all feedback on the changes in this build,
> particularly insofar as the wisdom and usability of the new editing
> capabilities, inspector palette, keyboard shortcuts, etc.
> -ben
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> Ben Kennedy, chief magician
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