The Rosegarden team is proud to announce the release of version 11.11 of Rosegarden, an audio and MIDI sequencer and musical notation editor for Linux. A long time in the making, this release combines a number of bug fixes with two major sub-projects that happened to come together right at the same time, and several completely new features as well. It is probably our most substantial offering since the landmark 10.02.
Ian Gardner and Yves Guillemot have worked together for nearly a year to invent, implement, and refine the new concept of linked segments, which allow you to maintain a master performance in one segment while copying it to other places, or even other tracks.
When manipulating segments in the main window, Ctrl+Alt+drag creates a linked segment from an existing one, and there is a new “Turn Links into Copies” entry on the Segment menu. Repeated segments may be displayed in the notation editor (in gray), and depending on the state of the configuration option, the original segment may or may not be modified in notation from its repeating copies. Redundant clefs and keys may be hidden automatically, within one segment or a chain of consecutive segments. This new work also improves Rosegarden's long-standing problems with anacrusis in notation.
Tom Breton added several new features, and carried out a number of internal optimizations. “Composition → Fit Existing Beats to Beat Segment” takes a beat track and adjusts tempo to put real time and beats exactly on the given notes. “Segment → Expand Block Chord Segments by Figuration” lets you define a bar of figuration and expand it for every block chord in a segment. Finally, “Edit → Clear Range of Tempos” allows you to remove all tempo changes falling within a defined range.
Additionally, Daren Beattie, Alvar Udras, and D. Michael McIntyre formed a miniature version of the original porting team. The 10.02 release saw Rosegarden transformed from a KDE 3 application into a Qt 4 application, but much work remained to be done to remove all lingering remnants of the old code. With this release, Rosegarden improves its chances of long-term survival by eliminating its reliance on the Qt 3 support layer. With these ties to the past removed at last, it should be much less involved when the future arrives, and we find ourselves needing to port to Qt 5.
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