Welcome PitchPerfector Users!
This page is a quick introduction to some of the feature planning for v3.8 that we hope to deliver late December, 2014. This is ambitious given that we’re just 2 weeks away and there’s also a new foundation tool set that was just released (that could make it go faster or slow things down).
The purpose of this post is
A) To let you know what is coming
B) To collect YOUR input. What would you like to see?
Guidelines for comments:
*) Current version you are using: eg, 3.5
*) How long have you used PitchPerfector?
*) Possible quick easy enhancements
*) Biggest ideas and concept for consideration
Of course we will look at all of these and do our best. We expect to be able to include some of the smaller easier enhancements in v3.8
More complex requests will be deferred to a future release, such as v3.8 or v4.0
Please be lively and courteous!
I look forward to hearing from you!
PitchPerfector v3.8 Planning
Note: I will INTENTIONALLY not list all of the plans for v3.8 here because doing so much squash or curtail contributions and discussions. The items noted could also be considered a point to get the conversation started.
|1) Remove requirement for:Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass Requirement
||This is an easy one as it has never been a requirement, but it was confusing to a lot of users.
The tricky part of this is what to do with the Space removed – which opens the door to helping with a few other features.Also, the intended use of this feature was to help people get a quick sense of where their range might fall on the keyboard. The problem is that it’s very common for people to play notes and sing an octave above or below and part of this problem is caused by the level of sound coming from your computer. That is a speaker emphasizing higher or lower tones might make the pitch sound an octave higher or lower because of it’s emphasis of the overtone series.I get confused sometimes with new gear… So, where/how do we make this USEFUL feature available without confusing newer users into thinking it’s required step? It could be moved to a menu, but then it’s unlikely to be discovered by the new singer who needs it. Your comments on this are welcome and appreciated!
|2) Bigger Keyboard
||YES! Okay, this has been a long time coming and the problem has always been how to best use the real estate of the screen. That is, making the keyboard HUGE is easy, but it means taking away something else.For some the current keyboard is fine. But, for many the keys are too close together. So it will be bigger.Multiple Views of the Keyboard – We can put it above, or below, run the full width of the screen if we like.Do we also need a more realistic keyboard look for the Y axis of the display? Or is the current view fine for understanding? Adding a 2nd keyboard view would eat a lot more real estate, but might help for some.
| 3) Taller View, Bigger Range
|| The current v3.62 offers two views (since v2.5 I believe). The first primary view is what most of us use 99% of the time – it’s the big area taking 75% of the screen.Next, there’s the smaller staff to the lower left – Many don’t realize that this is actually a HIGH LEVEL zoomed out view. So, you can see where you are from a multi-octave perspective.The Problem: The current views do not provide sufficient real time viewing while singing longer patterns, that scale beyond the height of the screen size.Part of this was addressed by offering the Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large Views… but it does no go far enough.Here’s the plan for v3.81) Make the primary display window zoomed out 2X – this will provide ample vertical room for folks with rare exception of using the Small view and very long vertical scales, for example.2) Overlay a Zoom window that is 2X closer/bigger than the current view that only displayes the current note being sung for a shorter duration (eg, the zoomed in effect would require MORE screen space, so to have this we cut the range. Hopefully this makes sense. #2 is a feature that might be pushed to v3.85 just because we’re having quite a debate on WHERE to position it.Longer Term – this leads into the next question, but overall the long term plan (v4.0) is to completely re-write the display engine to allow variable zoom – you size it the way you want it. See next topic
| 4) User Interface is OLD
||Honestly, I felt the UI looked “dated” when PitchPerfected was originally released 5.5 years ago. I was a CAD/CAM Graphics Developer for decades, so working with what i considered an “ugly” interface was a bit hard to swallow.As with many things there are tradeoffs. Other competing tools on the market have nicer “looks’ but their core audio engine has serious problems. For quite a long time we had an exodus of about 20% of our new users coming from a competing product because the graphing results were so bad. Pretty face, broken down engine.So, I opted for the best audio engine I could find and struggle with a User Interface that is subpar. From a marketing and sales perspective, that’s probably the wrong choice. But, I’m an engineer by training and that won the day.So, I continue to look for a replacement system with a better UI that maintains the current excellence of fast reliable audio (which by the way can be fairly easily configured to work with any audio system around – something the competition often can’t do).
| 5) Support for iPhone, iPad, Android, other Smartphones
||Here’s a BIG gap. Five years ago running on a computer was great and it really fit better for serious singers as it was for dedicated practice time, not just on the fly driving down the road entertainment.But, times changed and now I think many people would be better served by running PitchPerfector on a Tablet or smart phone. The down side is that we have a long list of planned high end features we want to bring to PitchPerfector 4.0, but as we move to smaller display devices we’ll need to cut and stream line functionality.I don’t know of an easy solution and welcome any input on this one.I’m in early dialog with one company who develops great apps for iPad – but that would also mean finding another solution for the Android market.This is the #1 top target for 2015
As you can see, I left a lot of room for people to raise smaller topics and put in requests.
SHARE YOU IDEAS! There’s a good chance you’ll get what you ask for!
To YOUR Highest Singing Results!