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Postby roiwirven » 10-29-18 6:58 pm

well in fact when we select the music, we have to wait a few second before the first note fall and we start playing.
my idea is to accelerate that (or maybe add an option to toggle) by placing the notes already there and the music start only when we press the first notes.

In addition it would be great in the training mode 1 if the score not only wait us when we are too slow but also accelerate when we are faster because i just start using the software and the music is very slow so it's very frustrating to have to wait until the note ended cause i think it break the continuity of the music.
Maybe adding a systeme like "too quick 78%" (when the note only last 78% the time it should be) or "too slow 128%" (when it last 128% the time it should) would be better, at least for training mode 1.
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Postby Nicholas » 11-08-18 4:14 am

If you tap the right arrow key (to advance one measure) just after starting the song, that should jump right to the first note. That should help eliminate the delay.

Otherwise, once the rest of TimeWarp Technologies patents on score following finish expiring over the next few years, this is a feature we can consider adding to Synthesia.
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Postby jimhenry » 11-08-18 1:36 pm

What Time Warp patents have not expired?
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Postby Nicholas » 11-08-18 3:11 pm

Admittedly you are much better with all of the terminology involved than I am, but wasn't US6166314A granted as late as Dec-2000? There should still be a couple years left on it, right?

(There really ought to be a more straightforward tool to answer these sorts of questions than this abomination. Preferably something that actually went and checked the PAIR data for you and crunched all the numbers in a single click.)
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Postby jimhenry » 11-08-18 7:13 pm

In the United States, for utility patents filed on or after June 8, 1995, the term of the patent is 20 years from the earliest filing date of the application on which the patent was granted and any prior U.S. or Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications from which the patent claims priority (excluding provisional applications).

US6166314A was filed on January 28, 1998, so the grant date doesn't matter (which is true for almost all patents now in force). This application is a continuation-in-part of patent application Ser. No. 08/878,638, filed Jun. 19, 1997, which is a claim of priority. So US6166314A expired on Jun. 19, 2017. (Even if the older rule of 17 years from the date of grant applied, US6166314A would have expired on December 26, 2017.)

The problem with patent term is that various patent owners have gotten various concessions over the years so there are a lot of ands, ifs, or buts that can alter the normal expiration date. Even experienced patent attorneys sweat a little bit when they have to say when a patent expires.
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