[Doggiebox] New beta release (universal binary)

Ben Kennedy ben at zygoat.ca
Mon Dec 17 21:20:52 EST 2007

Hey folks,

Here's a Christmas- (or other choice holiday-) season gift for you all,
at long last!

Changes in this build (1F2) since version 1.3.1 (1E15):

? Now a Universal Binary (will run natively on Intel-based Macs).  Mac
OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is now required.
? The framework for loading and saving sound file on disk has been
replaced with entirely new code.

Known issues:

? Sound playback is inconsistent under Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard).
? Exporting to some file types (e.g. MP3) does not work properly.

Areas for testing:

Please make backup copies of your song and drum kit files before re-
saving them with this version of Doggiebox, particularly if running on
an Intel-based Mac.  With this in mind, please test to make sure that
files you create with this build still open and work properly in
Doggiebox 1.3.1.  Please also verify sound file importing and exporting
and note any problems with compatibility of output files or the user

Download at <http://www.doggiebox.com/distribution/Doggiebox-1F2.zip>

The move to Univeral Binary has meant increasing the minimum supported
Mac OS version from 10.3 (Panther) to 10.4 (Tiger).  This is a side
effect of portability; put simply, the routines that Doggiebox has used
since 1.0 for handling sound files (a library called libsndfile by Erik
de Castro Lopo) is hard to build for both PowerPC and Intel without
involving two physically different computers.  Fortunately, starting in
10.4, the Mac OS has provided similar sound-file services.  Thus I made
the decision to retire libsndfile in favour of the OS-provided code. 
Aside from the Universal Binary build, this is the new major change in
this build.

The playback problems under Leopard still persist for the moment, but I
will be addressing those next.

I appreciate the words that several of you have sent to me and the list
lately.  As stated previously I've been busy juggling new opportunities
recently but I do hope to become more involved again.

Happy holidays everybody!


Ben Kennedy (chief magician)
zygoat creative technical services

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