Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Version 2.3 Release Notes

Drum Score Editor 2.3

Some far reaching internal changes to the code in this release, mostly to allow the features and fixes below, so please do let me know if there's anything not quite working right for you asap and I'll fix it! Thanks again to everybody who continues to support this project with feedback or financially by buying a license at https://www.drumscore.scot

Note Beams

Note beams can now pass underneath rests, important to allow visual grouping of notes. In the past there was no option but to just leave the notes untethered in groups such as first shown here:

Windows & macOS Integration

Drum Score Editor is now a much better behaved citizen on your desktop. The .ds file type is now associated with the Drum Score Editor app on both Windows & macOS versions. This allows launch from the file manager by clicking on the score file, rather than run the app up and File->Open. Note that it will not run up another copy of the app if it's already running, the file clicked will open in a new tab.

Also, on the Windows installation, it now resides in C:\Program Files(x86) rather than in the users AppData folder. This means Drum Score Editor is now available to all logged in users on a PC and more importantly it's where most folk expect software to go, despite nuances of multi-user servers. A desktop shortcut icon, and a start menu entry are also created.

Just for the curious, the (x86) piece means we're shipping a 32-bit product, rather than 64-bit - reason being there are too many people still running old copies of windows out there that only support 32-bit and it would take a lot more development cycles to build both types and then re-engineer the installer to figure out what you've got. Maybe next year we'll ship 64-bit only.

Changes in Time Signature

Prior to this release, if you dropped a time signature inside a music area (shift-t), it would show as being there but the advanced Beautify and Bar Auditing view would ignore it and keep pretending it's still the time signature in the score properties.

We now consider any changes in time signature throughout the piece, which is incredibly useful if you're writing exercise sheets or maybe there's a few bars at the end of a tune in a medley where there's a fancy show-off segue.

Cut Any Which Way

We now have the ability to tell a cut to explicitly go forwards, in the situations where Drum Score Editor can't decide, or just plain get's it wrong and points it backwards. Select the note and use shift and hyphen (that's a dash to some!).

Is My File Saved

You don't get the annoyance any more where you save a file and it still flags up as unsaved and prompts you again when exiting.

There Be Dragons

An important one for those who've edited .ds files directly to achieve certain effects, the x co-ordinate is no longer stored in the file, and only xPerCent is used to determine how far along a staff line an element should sit, i.e. it's relative placement. If you don't know what I just said, s'ok - you don't need to!

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