[LAA] Qsynth 0.3.3 Knobs Galore!

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Date: Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 9:09 am

Greetings,

Thanks to Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas and Guido Scholz, this Qsynth release
is now a reality. Main new features are a the new rotating knob style
options, first full translations, German and Spanish and last but not
least, there's this Windows(TM) all-in-one package available (includes
FluidSynth port) for your (sick:) pleasure only. Please read below the
brilliant notes from Pedro about this breakthrouth release. Yes,
before's too late:

Qsynth 0.3.3 (unstable-qt4) is out!

For the clueless, Qsynth is a Qt GUI frontend application to the
excellent FluidSynth (http://www.fluidsynth.org) soft-synth library
implementation for the SoundFont 2 specifications.

Available from the usual place:

http://qsynth.sourceforge.net
http://sourceforge.net/projects/qsynth

There's the change log for this point release:

- Due to some trouble with newer Qt >= 4.4 applications regarding font
size configuration, a new global user option is now available to the
rescue: Options.../Other/Base font size (default is no-op).

- Knobs: graphic styles are now QStyle derived classes, which are
assigned to the knobs using QWidget::setStyle(). Three styles are
implemented in this way, supporting also the legacy QDial:
* Our former look, tweaked and ported from Sonic Visualizer.
* A port of the new look implemented by David Garcia.
* Another ported widget style, designed by Giuseppe Cigala.

- Spanish translation added.

- Attempt to load Qt's own translation support and get rid of the ever
warning startup message, unless built in debug moderr; also introducing
the very first and complete German translation (patching transaction by
Guido Scholz, thanks).

- Messages file logging makes its first long overdue appearance, with
user configurable settings in Options/Logging.

- Only one application instance is now allowed to be up and running,
with immediate but graceful termination upon startup iif an already
running instance is detected, which will see its main widget shown up
and all engines started automatically (Qt/X11 platform only).

Notes about the Windows(TM) package:
(http://downloads.sourceforge.net/qsynth/qsynth-0.3.3-setup.exe)

* It is a bundle of Fluidsynth 1.0.8 (patched) and QSynth 0.3.3,
compiled in Windows with MinGW 3.4.2 and Qt 4.4.0. The package includes
all the required libraries except DirectX-9, which should be installed
before. The setup program itself was created with NSIS 2.37
(http://nsis.sf.net)

* The patch for Fluidsynth (attached) was needed to allow QSynth to
specify the name of a MIDI port to be opened other than the first one.
The patch was sent to the Fluid-dev mailing list, but maybe we could
offer it also in the QSynth web site? Link to the mailing list message:
http://www.mail-archive.com/fluid-dev@nongnu.org/msg00816.html

* Users should not expect the same functionality level in Windows
compared to the Linux version. In windows it is not possible to connect
the MIDI out from one program to the MIDI input of another application.
QSynth/Fluidsynth needs to read MIDI events from a real MIDI device, as
a keyboard. For something similar to the ALSA sequencer routing
capabilities, you can try MIDIOX/MIDIYoke (http://midiox.com)

Cheers && Enjoy
--
rncbc aka Rui Nuno Capela

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