Vector Roadmap: 1.3 and 1.4

Now as the world didn’t end we have to keep working on our apps. That’s why I’m presenting to you the official Vector Roadmap.

Vector 1.3

Many of our users told us that they want either more effects or more control over the file format – or both. That’s why we’re implementing these things first in Vector 1.3.

Version 1.3 will have a few additions to the Effects menu:

Vector 1.3 Effects Menu

You will now be able to change a document’s sample rate, bit depth and channel layout (stereo/mono).

We also added those options to the File Export dialog where you will be able to change these settings for the exported file:

File Export Dialog

This is a really often requested feature.

We have also a new advanced file creation dialog with said settings:

New Advanced File Creation Dialog

(Please excuse my bad coder art for these dialogs. They will be redesigned before we release the update.)

Vector 1.4

Vector 1.4 will be a major update for the wave view. Many users felt unsatisfied with the low max-zoom level in Vector. Also they felt that the app should be resizable. So that’s what we’re working currently on.

Here are some screenshots of our new prototype wave view. Alongside the current display of a filled wave form there will be a wire frame zoom level for high accuracy that will allow you to zoom in on individual samples and to select those:

Zoom 1

Zoom 2

Zoom in on individual samples

Zoom in on individual samples with 2 samples selected

Release Dates

Version 1.3 should be available really soon. The new dialogs only have to get a nice design and then we’ll submit version 1.3 to the app store.

Version 1.4 could take a little longer as it’s a little more work. But it should be available within the next 2 – 3 months.

Conflict of Interests

This is a software business blog entry and really doesn’t have to do anything with our products. If you’re not interested in the business of software leave now ;)

There’s currently a little storm brewing in Apple’s iPhone developer forums. Developers lament the bad app discoverability in the iOS6 Appstore. There even are some conspiracy theories floating around how Apple is interested in pushing free apps. But that would be just silly. Wouldn’t it?

Actually no. It’s in Apple’s interest to offer many free (super cheap doesn’t cut it anymore) apps for their devices. Simply because customers will prefer the platform with the most free apps available. And as Apple’s main revenue stream is hardware sales it should be obvious to anyone where Apple stands.

If you’d like to learn more about this concept there’s a great blog post: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/StrategyLetterV.html.

Now the thing is that developers start to blame Apple. But there’s nothing to blame. Apple naturally is committed to their interests first. Like we are to ours. So don’t hate – just know where you stand and what you can expect for the guys running the market place. As always the old rule with eggs and baskets applies :)

Vector 1.2.2 has just been submitted to the App Store

I’ve just uploaded version 1.2.2 of Vector to the Mac App Store.

The patch features:

- New Effect: Fade Out Selection
- New Effect: Fade In Selection
- New Effect: Silence Selection
- New Effect: Insert Silence
- Bug Fix: Error fixed that could lead to corrupted files when exporting short audio clips
- Bug Fix: Effect names are now displayed correctly in the Undo/Redo menu items

As always the patch should be available to you in 3 – 4 weeks. (Thanks Apple grmbl).

If you can’t wait for the new version to become available through the App Store you can drop us an email to get a download link.

Interface Builder and Advanced User Interfaces

If you design advanced user interfaces Apple’s Interface Builder is far less useful than it is for standard UIs. It’s still a great tool but the WYSIWYG aspect just isn’t there anymore.

This:

becomes this:

The most tedious task is to perfectly pixel align the elements without any clue how they look. IB’s outlined views are not much of a help if we have shadows and glows rendered into our controls.

Vector 1.2.1 hotfix available

We just fixed a crash in Vector that occurred when copy and pasting between documents with different sample rates. If you encounter any crashes during copy and past drop us an email at support@fluxforge.com and we’ll send you the Vector 1.2.1 hotfix.

We have to go this unusual route because Apple’s current review times are just too long (around 25 days) and this hotfix might be critical to some users. (We can’t use an expedited review request as we already used 2 this year.)

Vector is our newest product. It’s an awesome audio recorder with editing capabilities and a freakin’ nice UI.

Vector 1.2.1 update pushed to Apple

A few hours after the 1.2 release I have uploaded the new 1.2.1 version of Vector to Apple. It is “waiting for Review” now.

1.2.1 significantly improves playback under high system load and fixes a bug in the ‘Reverse’ effect which could lead to bad performance.

Regarding the current Mac App Store review times 1.2.1 should be available to your in 3 to 4 weeks.

Vector is our newest product. It’s an awesome audio recorder with editing capabilities and a freakin’ nice UI.