It's been a wonderful first month for StaffPad. We've heard from many of you, from all over the world, and I wanted to say thanks for the incredible support that we've been shown over the last 4 weeks. It's an absolute pleasure for Matt and I to hear your stories and experiences with the app. One of the highlights for us this month was being invited to Microsoft's //Build 2015 conference, writing music on stage with the CEO, and hearing it performed at the end of the keynote.
Naturally, we've been hard at work too :-)
Today, we're pleased to release the first update to StaffPad, which has just gone live in the Windows Store. Due to the way the automatic updates work, you might find it takes a few days before your copy of the app is updated. However, if you want to expedite the process, you can manually check for updates in the Windows Store app. You'll notice when you've got the update, since a new "Latest News" box will appear on the home screen. You can close this box at any time, and it won't bother you again until the next app update.
This update adds some useful features, as well as the usual fixes and enhancements to the app itself. Here's a quick rundown of the new features:
You can now change the score order of instruments, by using the new 'move up' and 'move down' controls in the Instruments pane.
StaffPad will now automatically add multi-rests upon printing. You won't see multi-rests in the main score 'infinity' view, but StaffPad will insert them as appropriate during the print process. You can disable multi-rests if you don't like them!
Custom time signatures
It's now possible to enter custom time signatures, like 8/2 or 13/1, rather than having to stick to the predefined tile options. To insert a custom time signature, scroll to the end of the tiles list, and choose the '...' option. A keypad will pop up, allowing you to insert the top number (the numerator), followed by a selection for the bottom (the denominator).
Enhanced tempo support
Tempo markings now playback correctly, and we've added quick insert tiles for dotted markings.
Of course, there's many other fixes and tweaks in this update. Behind the scenes, we've been improving MusicXML export, fixing bugs and increasing the performance of the app. If you're interested, there's a complete change log available here.
We hope you continue to enjoy writing music with StaffPad!