[LAA] Qsynth 0.3.3 Knobs Galore!

Rui Nuno Capela rncbc at rncbc.org
Thu Jul 10 18:43:43 EDT 2008


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</a> 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:


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).</li>

Notes about the Windows(TM) package:

* 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 

* 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:

* 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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