Friday, July 31, 2009

New Feature: Keyboard Shortcuts

The latest update of Songsterr Player introduced a really useful feature: Keyboard Shortcuts. While this feature is probably not a major one, it can be really handy sometimes. By using the shortcuts, you'll be able to use Songsterr in much faster and convenient way. Here is the list of available shortcuts:
  • Space - starts/stops playback
  • Shift+Space - starts playback from the beginning
  • Backspace - rewinds to the beginning
  • Left Arrow - move cursor one measure backward
  • Right Arrow - move cursor one measure forward
  • Up Arrow - move cursor one line up
  • Down Arrow - move cursor one line down
  • "L" - turn looping mode on/off
You can also use shortcuts to adjust the selection in the looping mode:
  • Shift+Left - move border of the selection one measure backward
  • Shift+Right - move border of the selection one measure forward
  • Shift+Up - move border of the selection one line up
  • Shift+Down - move border of the selection one line down
  • Left/Right/Up/Down Arrow - reset the selection to the size of one measure and move it in the given direction
These are all keyboard shortcuts to date. But we have a lot more in the plans - one for each new feature! Stay tuned!

New Feature: Looping Mode

We've just updated Songsterr Player with a major new feature (that will be available to all Songsterr Plus users) - the Looping Mode. Looping can be very helpful for training when you're learning particular part of the song.

To use looping on Songsterr just click on the "Loop" button and select the area to loop using your mouse. Note, that you can either drag the selection by holding the left mouse button down, or you can adjust the selection borders by clicking within the tablature with keyboard's shift key pressed.

When you're in the looping mode, only the selected area will play - over and over again, until the power runs out (or you press the pause button). If you have the count-in mode turned on, then player will count in using the metronome before each iteration.

Well, hope you like the looping mode and... stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New Feature: 100% Width Fullscreen Mode

We've just updated Songsterr's tablature player - and we have a great new feature to announce: 100% width fullscreen mode.

Now, when you click fullscreen button, the tablature will stretch across the whole screen. In some cases you will even be able to see the whole tab at once! This feature is especially handy when you're learning particular song with the guitar in front of your computer.

This release also contains tons of small improvements and bugfixes. Some highlights among them:
  • Player was optimized for better performance. It will load faster and will produce smoother sound.
  • Toolbar was redesigned and "forward" button was removed.
Stay tuned!