[LAD] [ANN] Qtractor 0.6.0 - The Byte Bald Beta release!

Rui Nuno Capela rncbc at rncbc.org
Fri Mar 21 17:19:30 UTC 2014

Once again, it's springtime.

Once again, the planet revolved and stepped forward against its mother star.

Hence the <em>three bees</em> release... it won't be that far fetched if 
you find this naming a deliberate pun riddle indeed--the wise will know 
already while the clueless will get it sudden in a couple of days ;)

Well, no big surprises nor earthshaking features are being here pitched 
then, just some small and otherwise humble improvements and fixes and 
what not.

Nevertheless and not just for the record that is, it marks the day of a 
long overdue and severely procrastinated <em>beta</em> phase release. 
Whatever. It's dang official now: one step closer to <em>omega</em>, no 
doubt ;)

Contrary to, maybe, newer generations, I <em>always</em> strive to say 
the least. As to say about literal face-value meaning, as written and 
read on timeless textbooks, it's all left in between the lines or, this 
part is the one I like most, left over as an exercise--in some kind of 
healthy masochism, perhaps :).

No wonder,

   Qtractor 0.6.0 (byte bald beta) is now released!

Release highlights:

* Plugin automation high resolution option (NEW)
* Plugin 'About' page (NEW)
* Native DE dialogs option (NEW)
* Follow play-head slack time (NEW)
* MIDI RPN/NRPN 14-bit controllers input (FIX)


Project page:

- source tarball:

- source package (openSUSE 13.1):

- binary packages (openSUSE 13.1):

- quick start guide & user manual (outdated):

- help wanted (on Qtractor Wiki ;))

Weblog (upstream support):

   Qtractor is free, open-source software, distributed under the terms 
of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later.


- New user option added: on whether to save plugins automation values 
with higher resolution as possible, using 14-bit NRPN: cf. 
View/Options.../Plugins/Experimental/High resolution plugin automation 
- Generic native plugin dialogs now shows an additional "About" last 
page where authorship credits are due.
- A new user preference option is now in place for whether to use 
desktop environment's own native file requester/browser dialogs 
(View/Options.../Display/Dialogs/Use native dialogs).
- A bit of slack have been introduced to put "Follow Playhead" (aka. 
auto-scroll view mode) on hold, while doing in-flight selection edit moves.
- Fixed some user interface related annoyances while on the MIDI 
Controllers mappings (ie. View/Controllers...).
- Fixed port origin on MIDI RPN/NRPN 14-bit controllers input.
- A discretionary plug-in unique identifier have been devised for when 
more than one from the same type are inserted on a bus or track chain, 
avoiding destructive clashing of automation data.
- Horizontal scrolling shift+mouse-wheel direction now reversed.
- LV2 Dyn(amic)-manifest support is now optional (default=off); cf. 
View/Options.../Plugins/Experimental/LV2 Dynamic Manifest support).
- The following options, although decieved on View/Options... as global 
configuration options, were always and still are proper session instance 
properties: (JACK) Transport mode, MMC mode, MMC device, MIDI SPP and 
MIDI Clock modes, are now shown there reflecting the current open 
session state.
- A couple of run-time circumventions have been hacked in, both strictly 
related to when NSM session management is in charge: 1) the new session 
template feature is disabled (was aborting initial NSM new client 
additions); 2) the native (as from the desktop environment eg. KDE) file 
browser/requester dialogs are disabled (were taking too long to list the 
current directory on first time invocation).
- Update current automation/curve nodes selection while changing 
horizontal (time axis) zoom levels.
- One liner's attempt to make it consistent behaviour on resizing and 
moving multiple selected notes or events while on the MIDI clip editor 
(aka. piano-roll; after a ticket request from Daniel MacDonald aka. 
danboid, thanks).
- Introducing tiny quarter-note/crotchet/seminima/beat icon on all 
snap-to-beat selection items get a new icon :).
- Corrected some audio buffering boundary conditions that were causing 
dead-loops/freezes while merging some audio clips.
- Session auto-save period was chronically reduced to one third of its 
user setting; non critical but fixed now.

See also:

See you all on LAC2014 at ZKM-Karlsruhe!

and have a happy new springtime, cheers!

Enjoy && yet again, have (lots of) fun.
rncbc aka Rui Nuno Capela

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