I'm almost done with a Mac binary of your 1.2.0pre1 snapshot.
No changes need to be made to the source code, but I have two
new files I'd like you to add to the "mac" directory to aid
people in compiling Audacity with everything working. I'll
let you know when they're checked in.
In the meantime, here are some addendums to the release notes.
Could you please try out the one I marked "possibly cross-
platform" on Linux? I want to know if I should be looking
for a bug in Audacity or wxMac.
Many of the bugs I listed below will be easy to fix, but in the
interest of getting pre1 out soon, I don't plan to fix any of
them in the branch, but in the CVS head.
* Online help is about 75% updated for version 1.2.0. Feel free to
browse through it, but don't bother to report broken links or
pages that clearly haven't been updated in a long time - we're
definitely aware of these. You are welcome to report errors or
ommissions in pages that look like they are otherwise up-to-date
Possibly cross-platform? Please test - if not, then maybe Mac-only:
* If you select Quit, but then Cancel the quit operation, then
from that point on, Quit and Preferences will not function.
You have to kill or force-quit Audacity.
* Anti-aliased fonts have been eliminated almost everywhere in
Audacity, because this speeds up redrawing significantly - by
a factor of two or more on some older Macs. We will re-enable
anti-aliased fonts in some limited circumstances only in the
future when wxWindows adds better support for selectively
turning this feature on and off.
* Cosmetic problems in the toolbars - Aqua stripes not lined up,
and the toolbar "grab handles" don't function.
* Find Zero Crossings has a "Cmd-Z" next to it, though the shortcut
is actually just "Z", with no modifier key.
* Online Help gets the shortcut "Cmd-O", which conflicts with "Open".
* If your audio has zero amplitude, Audacity may display nothing
instead of a one-pixel-tall line. A track can have audio content
but look empty. This will be fixed so that the display matches
previous versions of Audacity.
On Saturday, July 26, 2003, at 09:33 PM, Matt Brubeck wrote:
> Here's a draft of some release notes for Audacity 1.2.0-test1. I plan
> to use portions of these notes to update the README file, and to post
> announcements to the Audacity homepage, mailing lists, and web sites
> like freshmeat.net.
> Tomorrow I hope to tag CVS and start working on the release tarballs.
> Audacity 1.2.0-test1 Release Notes
> Audacity 1.2.0-test1 is a public pre-release of the Audacity audio
> The purpose of this release is to allow users to preview and test the
> features that will appear in our next stable version, Audacity 1.2.0.
> Please send bug reports and comments to:
> Your feedback will help us make the final release stable and bug-free!
> hope to release the new stable version in August 2003.
> Known Problems
> The following are known bugs in Audacity 1.2.0-test1:
> * Audacity may crash if audio is edited while the program is
> playing or recording.
> * Some imported MP3 files may have pops or clicks caused by clipping.
> * The volume sliders in the mixer toolbar may reset the volume
> the program starts, on some systems.
> * Audacity can import and display MIDI files, but they cannot be
> or edited.
> * Audacity crashes when trying to convert to a sample rate more than
> times faster or slower than the original rate.
> * Recording in full duplex (play existing tracks while recording) on
> Linux systems causes the recording to sound slowed-down.
> Changes Since Audacity 1.0
> This sections lists the major new features in Audacity 1.2. For a more
> specific list of changes since our last beta version, see the next
> "Changes since Audacity 1.1.3."
> Professional-Quality Audio
> Audacity can now record and edit 24-bit and 32-bit (floating-point)
> Tracks with different sample rates and formats can exist in the same
> and Audacity will convert them in realtime whenever necessary.
> dithering and resampling is used for all conversions. Resampling now
> algorithms from the SRC_ library by Erik de Castro Lopo.
> .. _SRC: http://www.mega-nerd.com/SRC/
> Audacity's sound input and output has been improved. Audacity can now
> more than two channels at once. Latency is reduced, for lower chances
> skipping and buffer underruns.
> Three new effects change the pitch and tempo of a track:
> - Change Pitch raises or lowers the tone of a selection, without
> affecting the speed.
> - Change Tempo makes the selection play faster or slower, without
> altering the pitch.
> - Change Speed alters both the playback speed and the pitch, just
> like changing the speed of a turntable or tape player.
> Most effects now include a "Preview" button, which allows you to try
> different settings without closing the effect window. A new command
> you to repeat the last effect without re-opening the window.
> Other new effects include:
> - Compressor, for dynamic range compression
> - Repeat, to loop samples
> - Normalize, to adjust volume and correct DC bias.
> New Editing Features
> The Envelope tool, used for smoothly fading tracks in and out, can now
> be used
> to make tracks louder than their original volume as well as quieter.
> The new "Time track" feature is similar to the volume envelope, but
> changes the playback speed smoothly as a track plays.
> Each track now has its own Gain and Pan controls, for easier mixing.
> Audacity can find zero-crossings, to help create smooth cuts and
> loops. Press
> "Z" to move selection edges to the nearest zero-crossings.
> On Linux, Audacity can now load LADSPA_ plugins.
> .. _LADSPA: http://www.ladspa.org/
> On Windows and MacOS X, support for VST plugins is improved. More
> plugins are
> supported, and some important bugs have been fixed. Audacity can now
> graphical user interfaces for VST plugins.
> Audacity 1.2 features a digital signal processing language called
> which allows users to program new effects in a LISP-like language.
> File Import and Export
> Audacity 1.2 project files use a new XML file format, which will ease
> backward-compatibility for future versions. Audacity 1.2 will
> open and convert project files from earlier releases.
> Audacity 1.2 uses libmad_ for much faster decoding of MP3 files. Erik
> Castro Lopo's libsndfile_ provides improved compatibility with dozens
> uncompressed audio file formats.
> .. _libmad: http://www.underbit.com/products/mad/
> .. _libsndfile: http://www.zip.com.au/~erikd/libsndfile/
> Audacity 1.2 uses the latest version of the Vorbis_ libraries, for
> higher-quality Ogg Vorbis encoding.
> .. _Vorbis: http://www.vorbis.com/
> The import and open dialogs now allow Audacity users to select several
> files at once, and open them into a single project. A new "LOF" file
> provides a way for Audacity to open a group of files with offsets
> listed in a
> text file.
> Improved User Interface
> Dozens of improvements and additions have been made to Audacity's user
> interface. A few highlights are listed below:
> Audacity 1.2 has new Edit and Mixer toolbars for fast access to common
> functions. The toolbars and cursors have been updated with a new
> The new Drawing tool allows tweaking of individual samples or very
> regions, when fully zoomed in. A new Multi-Tool mode gives quick
> access to
> the different editing tools without needing to switch modes.
> Many new keyboard commands have been added, and keyboard shortcuts can
> now be
> customized by the user.
> New commands:
> - Looped play. Type "L", or hold down shift when clicking Play.
> - Type "1" to play a 1-second preview of the audio around the cursor.
> A track can now be zoomed vertically by clicking or dragging in its
> toolbar. Shift-click or right-click to zoom out.
> The mouse wheel can be used to zoom in and out.
> The ruler and status bar can now display time in several different
> including seconds, samples, or video frames. "Snap-to" modes
> constrain the
> selection edges to the nearest sample boundaries.
> Audacity's interface can now be translated into languages other than
> Volunteers have contributed_ translations for over a dozen locales.
> .. _contributed: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/translation/
> Changes Since Audacity 1.1.3
> For users of our previous beta versions, here's what's changed since
> New features
> * User Interface
> - Vertical zooming of tracks.
> - Improved look and placement of toolbars.
> - New custom mouse cursors.
> - Complete implementation of editable keyboard shortcuts.
> - Find zero-crossings.
> - Mouse wheel can be used to zoom in and out.
> - Multi-Tool mode.
> - Amplify using envelope.
> - Labels can store selections (like Audacity 1.0.0).
> * Effects
> - Repeat Last Effect command
> - Improved VST plug-in support
> - Most effects now have a Preview button
> - Compressor (Dynamic Range Compressor)
> - Change Pitch (without changing tempo)
> - Change Tempo (without changing pitch)
> - Change Speed (changing both pitch and tempo)
> - Repeat (useful for creating loops)
> - Normalize (adjust volume and DC bias)
> * Audio I/O
> - 1-second preview command.
> - Looped play.
> * File I/O
> - Audacity 1.2.0 opens project files from all previous versions
> of Audacity from 0.98 through 1.1.3.
> - Open multiple files from the same dialog.
> - Use a text file to specify a list of audio files to open with
> * Updated user manual
> Bug fixes
> * Project files with special characters are no longer invalid.
> * "Scratchy" noises caused by bad clipping are fixed.
> * Audacity no longer exports invalid Ogg files, and does not cut off
> last few seconds of exported Ogg files.
> * Mono MP3 files now export at the correct speed.
> * Many incorrect results from the Envelope tool have been fixed.
> * The "Export Labels" command now overwrites existing files
> * The "Plot Spectrum" window displays the correct octave numbers for
> * Several memory leaks are fixed.
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