[Doggiebox] 1G09 posted, with new stuff!

Carl Edlund Anderson cea at carlaz.com
Wed Jul 21 11:38:16 EDT 2010

Awesomeness -- I'm downloading now! :)  Heaven knows when I'll get a chance to give it a go, as I am now the dad of a 7-month old girl, and this seems to take up a lot of time. ;)  But I do have some DB work that needs doing, if I can find a moment, and so I may as well try to give the new version a spin.  I guess I'll have to see whether I use this version or Ben manages to release another first!


On 20 Jul 2010, at 18:38 , Michael Carlyle wrote:

> 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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