[LAA] ROSEGARDEN 10.02 RELEASED!

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Date: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 1:50 pm

[Forwarding D. Michael McIntyre's release note from the Rosegarden
devel list...]

====== ROSEGARDEN 10.02, codename "Thorn" RELEASED ======

The Rosegarden team is proud to announce the release of version 10.02 of
Rosegarden, an audio and MIDI sequencer and musical notation editor for Linux.
This release on 14th February, 2010 marks five years to the day since the
release of 1.0 (which would be be called 05.02 using our current numbering
scheme).

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

With this release, we finally bring an end to the long and difficult job of
transforming Rosegarden from an obsolete KDE 3 application into a modern Qt 4
application. There was no precedent for an application following this upgrade
path, and so we had to begin this process by writing our own custom porting
tools. From there, we spent an entire year chipping away at an immense
mountain of compiler errors before we could even get a glimpse to see if our
new code was going to work. From that first peek until now swallowed the
biggest part of a second year, digging into every dusty corner, and putting
everything back in order.

Along the way, we found plenty of opportunities to improve Rosegarden, and get
this new codebase turned into an exciting landmark release that rivals 1.0 for
the sheer amount of collective effort that went into its making. We have
fixed hundreds of bugs, including many old bugs that had been around for
years, and we have introduced dozens of new features.

===== Usability Enhancements =====
* With its bold new custom look, including hundreds of new icons, Rosegarden
ensures all of its interface elements are usable, freeing you to configure the
rest of your system any way you like
* With its more compact, netbook-friendly interface, Rosegarden gets more
done with less screen real estate
* Rosegarden has a low installation footprint, and creates local, user-
editable copies of all example and library files
* Expanded translations (varies by language) put more of Rosegarden in your
native language than has ever been possible before
* You may now run as many instances of Rosegarden as you like, in parallel,
and can even install and run different versions simultaneously
* Enhanced device management support, including an all-new MIDI device
manager, finally addresses a number of long-standing usability issues and bugs
* Control rulers (notation and matrix) completely redesigned from the ground
up to use primary editing tools (eg. pencil) and present controller data as a
series of connected points that may be manipulated very fluidly and easily
* Control rulers share a selection with their associated editor (notation or
matrix), allowing control events to be cut, copied and pasted along with notes
* A number of non-critical warning dialogs about system configuration issues
have been moved out of your way, and onto a compact health indicator at the
bottom right of the main window
* You can add, display and access what we hope will prove to be an
effectively unlimited number of MIDI controllers in the instrument parameters
box, eliminating the need for an alternative tabbed layout mode
* New streamlined interface merges the insertion cursor functions into the
playback cursor, so Rosegarden has only one cursor at long last
* All new integrated project packager provides built-in, native support for
Rosegarden project packages, eliminates a number of obscure dependencies, and
provides a cleaner user experience
* Document modified status is indicated in the title bar
* Markers text entry fields have been renamed to make it more clear which of
the two editable texts is the functional one
* The simple event editor now handles notation-quantized notes more
intelligently
* All but a few keyboard shortcuts are now exposed through menu entries or
tooltips, to facilitate learning
* Improved controller manager dialog now opens the editor automatically
after creating a new controller
* Grace notes are scaled correctly relative to full-sized notes (in a way
that may lead to true support of cue-sized notation in the future)

===== New Features =====

==== General ====
* Most windows have special function-related icons associated with them, so
it is easier to use your desktop task manager to find the window you seek
* Improved flashing metronome mode and more realistic looking LEDs for the
transport
* Rosegarden comes bundled with a library of composition templates (.rgt
files), and any file can be saved as a template with the new File => Save As
Template option
* New support for Frontier Design Group’s TranzPort™ contributed by Immanuel
Litzroth
* The MIDI device manager can now import bank and program information from
LinuxSampler .lscp files
* The automatic clef guessing feature (used in a variety of contexts, such
as when importing MIDI or splitting a segment by pitch) now adds transposing
clefs to its repertoire in order to avoid excessive ledger lines in parts that
extend to the extremes of reproducible pitch

==== Notation ====
* Higher quality on-screen rendering removes the annoying chromatic
artifacts that have afflicted all previous versions, and provides crisp, clear
rendering
* New pan and zoom allows you to move around quickly, and zoom the window
contents as far in or out as you like, or zoom either axis independently
* You can now add a layer to the part you're editing with just one click.
The "Add Layer" function uses the currently active segment as a template for
creating a new "layer" segment in the same place, with the same clefs and key
signatures, but in a contrasting color
* The segment changer (located with the pan and zoom controls) provides a
visual indication of which segment is currently active for editing, even in
continuous page layout mode, and allows you to change segments without
removing your right hand from your mouse
* Print and Print Preview are both performed through LilyPond, which
provides extremely high-quality output
* Expanded range of point sizes (from 6 to 30) available for LilyPond export
* New interactive LilyPond Print/Preview allows you to configure your
preferences for which applications you prefer to use for printing files and
viewing PDFs, and compares the result of the LilyPond conversion operation
against your LilyPond export options in order to offer intelligent suggestions
for what steps to take when things go wrong
* New support for notation symbols, giving Rosegarden the ability to display
(non-operative) segno, coda and breath mark symbols
* New marks for open, stopped/muted, and harmonic/flageolet
* New cycle slashes function allows you to use the **/** shortcut or the new
toolbar icon to cycle through from 0 to 5 slashes on selected notes
* All marks are exported to LilyPond now, and mark placement has been
aligned with LilyPond's placement rules, following the philosophy that they
have spent vastly more time studying best notation practices than we have, and
where we disagreed, we were wrong
* Add Trill With Line moves from Note ==> Marks... and the marks toolbar to
Phrase and the group toolbar, reflecting an internal change that transforms
this from a mark attached to a single note into a more flexible indication
that can span any number of (usually tied) notes. The mark version still
exists internally to preserve compatibility with existing compositions
* Even quicker and improved keyboard access to inserting notes and rests,
with the default duration determined by the denominator of the current time
signature
* More compact notation toolbar layout combines note and rest entry in one
place, freeing up space, and improving efficiency
* When using the notation editor to insert notes, long notes are tied at
barlines by default, so red barlines are less common

==== Matrix ====
* At long last it is possible to open multiple segments (from any number of
different tracks) in the same matrix view
* The pitch highlights on I III and V are now calculated relative to the key
signature in effect, rather than being fixed against C major
* Notes and pitch highlights are always displayed in concert pitch, allowing
you to work with segments in many different transpositions simultaneously on
the same grid, even though they appear as completely different notes in
completely different keys in a notation view
* Cleaner interface leaves the instrument parameters in the main window, so
you have more room for editing what's important
* New pan and zoom allows you to move around quickly, and zoom the window
contents as far in or out as you like, or zoom either axis independently
* The segment changer (located with the pan and zoom controls) provides a
visual indication of which segment is currently active for editing, and allows
you to change segments without removing your right hand from your mouse
* Is is now possible to insert key changes from the matrix
* The standard matrix now allows the possibility of opening the same
segments in a percussion matrix, and vice versa
* New Pitch Bend Sequence allows you to insert a series of calculated,
machine-generated pitch bends to create a variety of vibrato effects
* Translucent event bars make it easier to see and work with overlapping
notes

==== Audio ====
* If the JACK audio server is not already running, Rosegarden will start it
for you transparently
* If you attempt to record to a document named "Untitled" you will be
prompted to name your composition before continuing, so as to promote better
housekeeping over time
* New controls available from the main window and the audio mixer allow you
to give audio and synth plugin instruments (eg. "Audio #3" or "Synth #5")
custom names
* When recording, the composition title and custom audio instrument name (if
provided) are used in the filename in order to make it much easier to work
with recorded audio files outside of their original context. Instead of
**rg-20091123-102030-1.wav** you can now have something like **rg-[Jam Session
12]-[Bobs_Guitar]-2009-11-23_10.20.30-1.wav**

===== Available Languages =====
The following translations are complete and up to date for this release:

* German
* Spanish
* Swedish
* French

The following translations are substantially complete for this release:

* Finnish
* Czech
* Japanese
* Italian

=====The Porting Team=====

We'd like to give special thanks to the following members and contributors,
some old, some new, for their outstanding work on the long and difficult port.
These brave few are the authors of a new chapter in our history.

* Chris Cannam
* Michael McIntyre
* Julie Swango
* Emanuel Rumpf
* Yves Guillemot
* Chris "CJ" Fryer
* Heikki Junes
* Shelagh Manton
* Jani Frilander
* Mikko Vepsäläinen
* Ilan Tal

===== Thanks To =====
* Luis Garrido
* David Willis
* Queen Mary, University of London and Sonic Visualiser for all the useful
code
* Dave Plater
* Michel Munnix
* Mario Moles

==== Bug Fixes ====

* The project packager can now handle spaces in paths and filenames
* Faders can now be moved in both directions with the mouse scroll wheel
* Corrected LilyPond export of double octave clefs
* Corrected rendering problem when moving expanded-height tracks
* Controller editor dialog now keeps track of the color index properly
* Newly created knobs of color "default" now display the correct color,
rather than black
* Rosegarden no longer creates useless, confusing extra devices, which
solves many related problems
* Percussion tracks now sound when importing broken MIDI files that use
zero-length notes for percussion
* The forward and back tab navigation buttons on the MIDI mixer work
properly now
* Problems with the "trill with line" mark solved through the new
indication, which allows a trill to span multiple tied notes, and allows all
of this to export to LilyPond correctly
* Corrected export of sustain pedal notation for LilyPond 2.12
* The main window no longer expands horizontally upon loading files that
were last saved with a high level of zoom
* When grace notes occur at a height that requires ledger lines, the ledger
lines are now drawn at the correct size
* Notation staffs now respect user font configuration choices consistently

====Thanks to====
The KDE translation team took on an enormous number of difficult translations
for us, and we are in their debt!
===Active translators for this release:===
* Heikki Junes
* D. Michael McIntyre
* Thorsten Alteholz
* Yves Guillemot
* Alexandre Prokoudine
* Jani Frilander
* Pavel Fric
* Stefan Asserhall

===Other people who contributed to Rosegarden development:===
* Immanuel Litzroth
* Thorsten Alteholz
* Vladimir Savic
* Alexander Kulikov
* Stefan Asserhall

===People who contributed device files to the Rosegarden Library===

* Greg Lyons
* Georg Balzer
* Theo Smit
* ADR
* Sezer Dursun
* Julie Swango
* Geoff King
* Pietro Pedrozzi
* Alexander Methke
* John Murphy
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