Thursday, 12 February 2015

Version 2 - Release Notes

Drum Score Editor version 2.00 is here! 

Summary

The major changes are as follows:
  • New tabbed format, keeping all windows and scores together
  • Filename extension standardised as .ds
  • New licensed productivity features
  • Numerous bug fixes and optimisations

Tabbed Format

Instead of Drum Score Editor opening a new window for each open score, all the windows are gathered together in separate tabs. This allows a much tidier workspace for score authors.

All the previous functionality is retained, including new score wizard, proportionally spaced note entry, the familiar select and action approach and a new revised text area insert capability which allows for more accurate placement.

Filename Standardised as .ds

All drum score files are now expected to end in .ds, i.e. name.ds on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X. The File->Open dialogue will only allow selection of files ending in .ds so any existing score files must be renamed.

This is a one-off action, and is in preparation for .ds being registered on both Apple and Microsoft platforms as belonging to Drum Score Editor. This will allow for score files to be double-clicked from the file manager and automatically open in Drum Score Editor.

Licensed Productivity Features

Drum Score Editor takes a large proportion of any spare time I have, and despite the passion I have for creating and refining it, I can't ignore the mounting costs for developer licenses, signing certificates, toolsets and the like. You can help by wiring £15 to my paypal account, alan@whiteware.org, in return for which I'll send you a license key which unlocks the productivity features below. A website is being developed which will automate the process of acquiring a license key.

Rudiment Libraries

These appear on the left hand side of the workspace and allow you to drag and drop your most used and favourite phrases and rudiments ready for reuse. You can open multiple Rudiment Libraries, for example to store phrases from similar time signature together or perhaps different styles - it's up to you. This feature has allowed me to write scores in a fraction of the time it took before.

Export as PDF

This has been a common request, especially for Microsoft Windows users as they don't have a native PDF creation capability, unlike the Apple Mac where it's built in.

Workspace Preferences

The first few features in this category are released in the licensed section, such that Drum Score Editor remembers if you decided to dock toolbars in different edges of the workspace, and also the location and size of the main workspace window.

Bug Fixes

Too many to be useful to list here. Some of the more recent ones are:
  • Saving colour highlighting so it's not lost next time you open the score
  • Applying the generally used convention for number of strikes through the stem of a note to indicate a roll - there's also the ability to override by using the shift-r keys to cycle through number of stems applied to any selected notes.
  • Drag and drop accurately working at different zoom levels
  • Drag and drop would lose ends of ties / binds
  • Performance increase when note toolbox on the right is activated, was a messy the way it lit the buttons up randomly
  • Selecting with the mouse could occasionally use the wrong starting place when the machine is running slow for other reasons

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