Happy New Year to all the SampleSort users! Here’s to a successful 2015 and the next version of SampleSort!
After a slightly problematic v0.7.1 release we have undertaken more extensive testing and have made a new version available for download.
The issues some users experienced were related to the completely new database engine and whilst every effort is made to ensure that releases are thoroughly tested sometimes an issue makes it through the testing process. We are sorry for any issues that caused for users but the issues that were reported have been fully addressed in this new release and this release has passed testing by those users. I’d like to thank Dubdesciple in particular for his help with this.
Development is going well on the new version and we should be in a position to release this over the coming weeks – very exciting.
There are however a few caveats that come with this new version. Mainly in the shape of a completely redesigned and redeveloped database. We are concerned about the impact on your existing installations of SampleSort but we felt the long term benefits completely outweighed the short term negative effect on users. If you have a previously installed version of the application you will be informed that it requres upgrading. What this actually means is that it is too out of date to migrate to the new version and so will be completely recreated without migrating the data.
Whilst this isn’t a great user experience the features we will be able to now build will make life a lot easier going forward.
We have just setup a nice brand spanking new Google Group dedicated to discussion about JamSoft and SampleSort. It’s open and ready to discuss anything you want to about the software and how you use it and anything you would like to see happen with it in the future.
You can view and join the group here.
The next version of SampleSort (0.7.1) is already in the pipeline and with this release we will be moving to the latest version of .NET (version 4.5) unfortunately this will also usher in the discontinued support for Windows XP (long live Windows XP!). Whilst it was a great operating system in its time it is 12 years since it was released.
Microsoft will also be dropping the Windows XP Extended Support on 8th April 2014 so it really is time to move off this OS. Also we don’t think many people will still be using this OS for serious audio work as lots of audio equipment manufacturers no longer produce drivers for this OS due to the age and support situation from Microsoft.
We may well keep a download of SampleSort 0.7.0 available for XP users for a limited time.