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CHANGES SINCE r5686
- Synthesia for PC now requires a 64-bit version of Windows.
- Lots of improvements to key labels and markers (see below).
- Settings → Advanced → Zero Volume Key Lights: sends a "channel volume 0" message to key light channels (so you won't faintly hear them anymore).
- Settings → Advanced → Reduce Motion: defaults to your OS's equivalent setting and prevents things like the new marker bounce effect and the title text slide-in at the start of a song. This will be expanded to include more things over time.
- The mouse cursor now auto-hides after a few seconds of no movement. (Disable via Settings → Gameplay → Auto-Hide Mouse Cursor.)
- BASSMIDI has been updated to the latest version, which now supports loading SF3 SoundFont files.
- Non-MusicXML files with a .xml extension should no longer appear in the song list.
- Adjust "Midi.A4TuningStandardHz" advanced setting to finely control the A4 tuning pitch. This causes Synthesia to send out MIDI Registered Parameter (or RPN) messages that many digital keyboards respond to.
- About 10 other small fixes. See the readme for the complete list.
New Marker Animation
There is now a subtle scale "bounce" when a key marker is first shown. You'll also notice that labels and markers are now overlapping (and when they appear together, the label's color is inverted to increase the contrast).
This is one of those intangible "it makes it feel more fun" things. If you prefer, the animation can be disabled via Settings → Advanced → Reduce Motion.
Labels Remain Visible
You guys have been asking (for years!) for labels that remain visible while the keyboard is mostly tucked away. This was more work than you'd probably expect, but now the white key labels automatically get narrower so they fit on the little key isthmus, alongside the black key labels. This was the main reason for combining labels and markers: so they could appear simultaneously when the keyboard is nearly completely hidden.
It's hard to make everyone happy with how close the labels get to the bounding boxes of the keys/notes, so now everyone can tweak it to their own preference.
One of several invisible changes this time around is a great efficiency increase in the label drawing system. I mentioned it last month, but when labels are enabled Synthesia now asks the operating system for memory something on the order of a quarter million fewer times per second than it did before. There's still a long way to go in this area, but this was Synthesia's most egregious abuse of our modern, handheld supercomputers. I could probably pitch this as a slight battery life increase for tablet users, but really I did it because knowing it was there made my brain itch.
Again, 10.9 isn't very focused but it should end up being a nice bag of quality of life updates while we continue our inexorable march toward Synthesia 11. Coming next: a quick Free Play recording polishing pass. Step one is to get the pedal recorded, too.