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Minor bugfix, it'll compile now even if you don't have gtk-2.4
We got LFOs now, and they rule. The next few releases are going to focus on cleanups and bugfixes, and we are going to simultaneously work out a roadmap for the future. If there's anything you want to see in Specimen, let me know. The features which get the most request will have higher priority than others. Once we work it out, the roadmap will be posted on the site so you have an idea of what to expect from future releases.
It figures. You go to make a new release of your Really Cool software, and what happens? Your house gets struck by lightening, frying your motherboard to a crisp. And when the only replacement you can afford at your local CompUSA won't work with your case unless you use IDE cables greater than 18 inches, you wind up pretty much forced to build the release tarball on an ancient 133mhz ThinkPad. Nothing makes you appreciate Moore's law quite the way that waiting over 30 seconds for Mozilla to load does.
That sucked. The new release of Specimen, on the other hand, doesn't. Sporting a brand new bank building interface (gtk+-2.4 required to enjoy the glory), a graphical piano note assigner, extensive repairs (including, but not limited to, the waveform display, panning model, and filter code), LASH/LADCCA support, and a completely revamped audio rendering system, it's a real thrill the whole family can enjoy!
I'd also like to welcome a new addition to the team, Loki Davison (ltdav1 at student dot monash dot edu). Say hi to the nice people, Loki!
Loki is responible for the LADCCA support, the uber-leet bank building system, the piano note assigner, and convicing me that's it's still OK to write software in C (although I think he'd rather do it in Lisp ;-)
We decided to jump ahead to 0.2.9 because this is really almost ready to be branded 0.3.0, we just want to do some more internal cleanups and fix any bugs that our dear userbase has to report. Expect a new release shortly, with the long-awaited LFO support to boot.
OH! You know that part below about my new and wonderful vaporware being a possible April Fool's joke? It is, with me as the fool. On the bright side, Specimen's new and superior rendering system is derived from this experiment, and a few other ideas that I toyed with during this detour might be incorporated post 1.0.
No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth. The C++ branch of Specimen is actually almost completely unrelated to Specimen, so pretend it doesn't exist for now. And by "simplicity" I don't mean featureless, just easy to use and uncluttered. All the good stuff is still going in.
I somehow managed to worm my way into college, where I'm currently getting edumacated on C++/OOP. Considering that it's all the rage, and that I do see the potential for real benefits, I've started working on a C++ branch of Specimen that will strive to be nifty and uber and such. I'm going to keep working on "vanilla" Specimen, but the focus is going to be on simplicity and efficiency more than anything else, since those seem to be it's main selling points.
I'm not sure if this is an April Fools joke or not.
Eric Rzewnicki <eric at zhevny dot com>