16 Sep 2006 ensonic   » (Master)

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Lots of news this time. Also this time I welcome another team member on board - Tommi 'nbd' Sakari Uimonen. His first action was a code review of the core lib and a big patch that const'ified it more. By giving him a quick demo of the application we also uncovered a lot of bugs. Next nbd will work on a pattern editor widget.

Berzerka implemented song-length changing. The list will be dynamically expanded as one scrolls down. Also keyboard shortcuts are coming to set Length and move the loop area.

While we were working on the sequence display, we fixed the step filtering for different rhythms and also implemented many details for rhythm support (other than 4/4). Speaking of the GUI - lots of changes there. The machine view looks a bit nicer and has some zoom and layout fixes. Zoom fit was a bit harder than expected and seems to be still not always be correct. The context menu to add machines is now hierarchical. In the status bar we now show CPU usage. At least during development this is quite useful.

Lots of code has been added to handle error situations better. If you load songs with missing machines or samples, these components will be tracked. After loading we present a report of missing elements. Later we can add machine download or to specify a new location if the sample has been moved or renamed.

Many task were done to prepare a first release. We now have a nice about dialog. It also shows the latest release notes. This dialog will always be shown once after updating. The user guide is more complete. German language catalogues are complete. Finally a lot of cruft code has been removed.

I also worked a bit on the buzz machine emulation. It now also support stereo machines (need more work on the application side). The example buzz songs have been fixed. The now all play again. The gstreamer buzzmachine plugin generates better parameter names. It also maps some parameters to enums. Instead with a slider, they are presented as a dropdown then.

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