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March 9th, 2011
Getting close to releasing our next app, Tympanum. Just posted our first preview video:
January 29th, 2010
Development is finally back on track. The 2nd half of 2009 (after the Pianofly release) really got bogged down, although late in the year we did get some face time with some Apple engineers to solve a couple mysteries. We've held off on major products for the past couple months to see how the iPad would effect our development path, and now we know. Currently our plan is to support the iPhone, iPod and iPad with each product rather than create any iPad only products. We will release "Universal" apps meaning if you buy a miniMusic app, it can be installed on both your iPhone and iPad and support each screen resolution correctly. We might offer ways to do things faster on the iPad (fewer taps to get to a feature or less scrolling required) but no unique features for the iPad only. Click here for Chad's thoughts on the iPad.
July 3rd, 2009
The Pianofly 1.1 upgrade is available now in the App Store. This upgrade fixes all known issues: a bug where the instrument icons aren't displayed at launch, a bug where the lowest few keys don't play while scrolling, and the inability to select a new sound icon while playing notes. The main new feature is a revert function to undo all changes made to a sound since launching Pianofly.
We are trying to complete a new music app by the end of July, and then will release a 1.2 upgrade for Pianofly with recording/sequencing sometime in August. We've been playing with some simple ways to layer tracks or loops to allow a more performance oriented form of sequencing.
June 6th, 2009
A lot of people are asking us about the Palm Pre. It looks like a great phone, but it is not yet clear if it is also a great mobile computer and capable of the same rich software applications that can be created on the iPhone. It is wonderful to see some of the innovation they've brought to the interface and the hardware. If nothing else, we are excited to see some real competition in design that can push Apple to further improve the iPhone!
So far Palm has only offered a few developers the tools to create Pre software; we haven't gotten them yet. When we do, we will be able to evaluate the Pre as a mobile music platform. The tools may or may not give us the capabilities we need to generate rich audio, let the user interact with virtual instruments, or other things we depend on to create music software. We will probably watch the market for a couple months before deciding whether to develop any products for the Pre, and longer before we could develop and release anything. For the near future we expect to stay focused on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Looking forward to Monday's announcements!
All indications suggest that all of our Palm OS software should be able to run in the Classic simulator on the Pre, but we have not yet had a chance to test this. If you have a Pre with Classic installed, we'd love for you to try out our free Palm OS demos and let us know how well they work.
June 5th, 2009
Pianofly has been chosen as a "New and Noteworthy" application by Apple. As a result it has climbed to the #4 spot in the North American App Store's list of top paid music apps. For all of our new users: Thank you for trying out Pianofly! We'd be happy to hear your questions and comments; send us an email.
We are finishing up the 1.1 upgrade for Pianofly. This will add the most requested feature, a way to revert an instrument sound after changing it, and fix the known issue where the instrument bank will sometimes appear empty when you launch Pianofly (until you scroll). We expect it to be available for download in a couple weeks.
May 3rd, 2009
Pianofly is now available from the App Store. This is our first music application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Pianofly is a powerful synthesizer allowing you to create new sounds and play them with a revolutionary scrolling keyboard. Visit the updated Pianofly page for all the details, videos, documentation and more.
April 26th, 2009
We're finishing up the beta testing for our new iPhone product, Pianofly. We are hoping to see it available on the App Store before the end of the month. We've already got some other products in development, so we will hopefully have something new to release in or around July. Look for more announcements soon.
April 1st, 2009
Today is miniMusic's tenth anniversary. On April 1st, 1999, I bought a Newton at the SFSU bookstore (it was cheap because Apple had just discontinued it) and came up with the miniMusic name. It would be about a week later, after some research, that I ordered a used Palm III off Ebay and started learning to use Code Warrior to develop Palm OS applications. You can see in the news archives (link below) that the website went live on May 29th.
I was hoping we could release Pianofly for the iPhone today, but it will be a couple more weeks. Although we've scaled the project back a bit for the initial release, this means it will launch at a lower introductory price until we can get the rest of the features we want added.
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