[Doggiebox] 1G09 posted, with new stuff!

Michael Carlyle mcarlyle at charter.net
Tue Jul 20 19:38:11 EDT 2010

Nice, Ben.

Just a quick five minute run through shows that it appears to work well for me. Did the multi file export and got something for the first time ever!

It took me a little while to find the floating transport panel. It was hiding behind the dock, where it opened by default.

On Jul 19, 2010, at 11:39 PM, Ben Kennedy wrote:

> Hey everybody,
> It's hard to believe that ten months have passed since I last posted the
> a pre-release build of the Dog.  Nonetheless that should help to make
> tonight's all the more tasty.
> Simply run a "Check for Update..." in the Doggiebox application menu to
> grab it automatically, or download from <http://www.doggiebox.com/
> development.php>.
> Improvements fall under these four main themes:
> - New floating palette with better transport controls
> - New recording mode for keyboard or MIDI drum input
> - Bug fixes, including the missing export progress indicator
> - Simplification of some prefs options and various cosmetic improvements
> Of important note is that, with this build and moving forward, Doggiebox
> will now require Mac OS X 10.5 or newer in order to take best advantage
> of facilities afforded by the latest OS.  Furthermore, statistics
> gathered from 1G-series testers since last July indicate that not a
> single user with 10.4 has run any of these builds, so it appears a sound
> decision.
> Also, due to a minor change in how registration keys are saved, it's
> possible that Doggiebox will think it's no longer registered when you
> launch this build.  If that happens, simply re-activate with your
> registration key.
> Following, now, is the verbose laundry list of changes and improvements
> in this build (also included as Release Notes with the download).
> New floating palette with transport and editing controls:
> - Play/stop button and loop toggle have been moved here, along with new
> buttons for start/end and forward/back jog, plus record enable.
> - Bar-editing controls (insert/remove beats, tempo and time signature
> adjustments, and zoom) have been moved here.
> - Current location of the insertion point/playhead is displayed, in bars
> and beats as well as minutes:seconds.
> - Looping and monophonic fold-down are now controlled globally and have
> corresponding commands in the Song menu.
> New recording mode:
> - When recording is enabled, drum kit shortcut keys (and incoming MIDI
> messages) will cause the corresponding drum to be inserted at the
> insertion point/playhead location.
> - To switch drum variants via the keyboard, you must now press the
> Option key along with the shortcut.
> Changes to several Preferences options:
> - Removed checkbox for toggling the playhead position indicator; it is
> now always shown (turning this off was an obscure choice of vestigial origin).
> - Removed checkbox for creating backward-compatible files; songs saved
> with this version will be compatible back to Doggiebox 1.3.
> - Removed checkbox for showing splash screen on launch; it is now only
> shown in trial mode.
> - Added new checkbox to toggle MIDI MMC/MTC output; previously this
> always occurred, but can now be turned off if unneeded.
> Bugs fixed in this build:
> - Missing progress indicator during audio file export (temporary
> regression in 1G08).
> - Long-standing potential crash when changing a bar's tempo during
> playback (thanks Charlie).
> - Bug which caused MIDI output to be very late or absent altogether
> (temporary regression since 1G04).
> - Issue which caused "HVURLHandlerErrorDomain error 1003" when
> displaying the Help Viewer on Snow Leopard.
> Miscellaneous changes:
> - Cosmetic and display improvements in the pattern editor.
> - The playhead now keeps moving even when the mouse button is down or a
> menu is being displayed.
> - Improved the reliability of detecting when a drum kit in use by an
> open song has been modified.
> - Key shortcut for "zoom in/out selection" changed from Cmd-Shift to Cmd-
> Option (and +/-).
> I would enjoy feedback, and particularly bug reports, relating to
> anything described above.
> As times goes by I feel loathe to refer to these builds as "beta", lest
> it confirm the old creature has come down with Google syndrome; alas,
> while an official public new release is still premature, it does approach.
> After updating, you may notice that the release version moniker has
> tentatively changed from "1.5" to "2.0".  Owing to marketing and
> technological considerations, I've decided it probably time to up the
> number, and my plan is to target a full public release by the fall --
> which will also be the first pay-for upgrade that Doggiebox has seen. 
> More details will of course follow as the time comes.
> cheers yall,
> -ben
> -- 
> Ben Kennedy (chief magician)
> zygoat creative technical services
> http://www.zygoat.ca
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