First, sorry I haven't sent a kickstarter announcement in such a long time. Anyway - a lot has been happening and it is going well, as you may know if you've been following me on facebook and the blog, though in the end, there was a lot more to do than I expected, as is quite common in programming. Pretty much all of that sorted out now.
Here is a video I did about the status of each of the programs on the Mac:
So, to summarize the situation:
* First, I've got all six programs on the Mac, and Virtual Flower and Lissajous 3D are both releases now.
* Bounce Metronome and FTS Lambdoma are late stage betas. Particularly quite a few musicians are already using Bounce Metronome on the Mac.
*Tune Smithy and Activity Timer are early stage betas
I encourage you to try out any of them if interested.
Then - in more detail for the betas:
* Bounce Metronome - nowadays most musicians who download it find it just works, with no issues at all. It may very well do everything you need.
* FTS Lambdoma may well do everything you need also. Well worth giving it a go. Needs more testing but I don't know of any significant issues with it so far.
* Tune Smithy - first impression is that it is working reasonably well, similarly to version 3 - with not too many bugs. But it is a vast program, and is a major update of FTS 3, on both the Mac and Windows. This update is mainly untested so far, which is the main reason it is an early beta.
That's especially important for the fractal tunes for future compatibility.
Chances are that most tunes you save will sound exactly the same in the release. but I can't guarantee that at this stage.
* Activity Timer is at a very early stage - both early stage beta on Windows, and also has significant technical issues on the Mac. Only worth downloading to get a first idea of what the program is like - not yet fully functional for what it is meant to do.
* For all the programs: the worst the programs can do is to freeze inside the Wineskin as far as I can tell. Its wineskin keeps functioning like a normal Mac program, and is easy to close it with Force Quit. Also, most of my programs now have automatic freeze recovery - you start the program up again it will normally offer to recover to your settings before the freeze. I'm very impressed by Wineskin - a robust program that never misbehaves in my experience.
I also have versions to download for Leopard, tested on OSX 10.5 in a virtual machine on my Mac. That's the first release of Leopard, and the earliest Mac that the method can work for. They are done in an earlier version of Wineskin and will only run on Leopard.
Where to get them
You can get them all here:
Details on the download pages.
Most of you have probably got your unlock key by now. But if not do let me know. Some of you haven't yet responded to the survey question - I need to know what name to use for the unlock key to send it to you. But if I don't get replies say in the next week or so I'll send unlock keys anyway to everyone who pledged for one as a reward and just use your Kickstarter user name.
For PayPal pledges, if I haven't yet got in touch with you, expect to hear in the next few days. But do feel free to contact me at any time if you need an unlock key right now. My email address is email@example.com
If my programs do anything buggy be sure to let me know. Also any issues such as - it just not running on your Mac at all. Or if you just want to know where to find something, for friendly support, just get in touch with me.
Many bugs get fixed very quickly, often by return of email.
If you want to know more about what I'm looking for in a bug report, see
Beta testing - Future Timetable
First, if you haven't heard from me yet - that's because I have had quite a few beta testers who were just keen early adopters, who downloaded early stage betas and reported the issues they found. I got so many bug reports that I didn't need more beta testers at that stage. It would just have meant many more copies of the same bug reports.
However that stage is over now. I get very few bug reports now.
So - probably some time in the next week or so I'll send emails to all of you who offered to beta test Bounce Metronome. Then we can see if there are any other issues to fix. And then after that, however long it takes, will move to a release of Bounce.
Things to know about my programs on the Mac
There are a few things to tell you about. Some things that worked better than expected and somethings that were issues I hadn't expected.
Voice Assist still an issue - not accessible for blind users
First, no progress at all with compatibility with voice over, so as I said before it's not going to be accessible to blind users. Unless anyone has any ideas for a solution. For details and some ideas I had for possible approaches to investigate further, see Bounce for Mac screen reader issue details
If anyone who pledged depends on Voice Assist I will of course refund your pledge.
Message about unidentified developer - signing the apps
First, I was surprised to find that, though I got an Apple developer's license, I still can't sign the apps. The problem is that the wineskin was developed for version 1 signatures, and Apple brought out version 2 earlier this year. since I'm not a developer of Wineskin, there is nothing I can do to fix this, as far as I know, and the developer of Wineskin didn't have a solution.
So anyway - this means that I won't be able to put the apps on the App store even after release.
And when you download the apps, you need to give them permission to run.
I.e. - after download, first move the app to wherever you want to put it (e.g. your applications folder) Then use Ctrl + click, chose Open in the drop menu that pops up, then click Open. You only need to do this the first time you run it. After that it will start fine without a message. If anyone here has any idea of a way I might be able to sign the apps - any work around or anything - do say!
Why top menu and close work a bit differently on the Mac
Just to say, that you will find that you use the top menu rarely for my apps, instead use menus within the program, because of origins as Windows programs. For reasons and details see this tutorial video.
Other video tutorials
Also got some general Bounce tutorials now, on the tutorials page - tips and tricks and introduction to various ways of using Bounce. See Tutorials (Bounce wiki).
I plan to do lots more tutorials like this for Bounce, and also for my other programs.
If you want a tutorial for anything particular, just let me know.
Happy festive season everyone
Thanks, hope this is helpful, and Happy Christmas (for those of you who celebrate it) and also Happy New Year.
If you want to follow me in detail be sure to visit the bounce metronome blog and bounce facebook page - and for more frequent updates, I tend to post about how it is going on my personal page on facebook (though the personal page tends to have lots of other stuff on it not at all to do with the kickstarter).
Here is the download page for the Mac versions again: Mac Releases and Betas page.
I'll keep you in touch with any significant developments, for instance the release of Bounce Metronome whenever that is.
And any questions please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven't got your unlock key yet, as I said, should be on its way soon, am going to go through the list checking that I have sent them to everyone. Don't hesitate to remind me of anything like that if I forget.
And will be in touch about beta testing soon, you can of course send in bug reports and beta testing results any time though, no need to wait to hear from me if keen.
Here is the video I just did to help beta testers for when I send the email around: