[ANN] Qtractor 0.8.4 - End of Summer'17 release!

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[ANN] Qtractor 0.8.4 - End of Summer'17 release!

Rui Nuno Capela
Yes, it's been like clockwork...

Every two months or so, you stumbled with a brand new dot release,
code-named after some of the same adjective-plus-noun (or vice versa)
code-names. You knew the thrill and yet it lands no more.

First, the code-naming joke has been just a parody--or was it the other
way around?--to some well known Linux-distro 'alimalistic'
code-name series. Then on it got rogue into some directed puns--remember
the date when BitWig Studio 1.0 was first released? Yeah, the "Byte
Bald" was there for the pun, on the very same day :)

Well, that's all gone by now.

Northern hemisphere seasons are the new norm and that's about two main
reasons: first, it's where I live; second, due to an undeniable global
warming effect pervading the globe, all geographical temperate zones are
simply on the edge of extinction. More or less in a couple of decades or
so. For the sake of brevity, I will just leave it like paying homage to
those natural concepts that are facing an inexorable fate.

And yet, there're still the good news:

  Qtractor 0.8.4 (end of summer'17) released!

Change-log:
- Assigned MIDI Controllers to plug-in's Activate switch are now finally
saved and (re)loaded properly across sessions.
- Audio clip panning option property is now being introduced.
- Out-of-process (aka. dummy) VST plug-in inventory scanning now
restarts automatically and resumes processing in case of a premature
exit/crash; VST plug-in inventory scan/cache persistency is now in place.
- Desktop entry specification file is now finally independent from
build/configure template chains.
- Updated target path for freedesktop.org's AppStream metainfo file
(formerly AppData).
- Changing the View/Options.../Display/Custom/Style theme takes effect
immediately unless it's back to "(default)".
- Slightly slower but better approximation to IEEE 32bit floating point
cubic root ie. cbrtf().

Description:
  Qtractor [1] is an audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application
written in C++ with the Qt framework [2]. Target platform is Linux,
where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK [3]) for audio and the
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA [4]) for MIDI are the main
infrastructures to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux desktop audio
workstation GUI, specially dedicated to the personal home-studio.

Website:
  http://qtractor.org
  http://qtractor.sourceforge.net
  https://qtractor.sourceforge.io

Project page:
  http://sourceforge.net/projects/qtractor

Downloads:
  http://sourceforge.net/projects/qtractor/files
- source tarball:
  http://download.sf.net/qtractor/qtractor-0.8.4.tar.gz
- source package:
  http://download.sf.net/qtractor/qtractor-0.8.4-32.rncbc.suse.src.rpm
- binary packages (openSUSE Tubleweed):
  http://download.sf.net/qtractor/qtractor-0.8.4-32.rncbc.suse.i586.rpm
  http://download.sf.net/qtractor/qtractor-0.8.4-32.rncbc.suse.x86_84.rpm
- AppImage [7] packages:
  http://download.sf.net/qtractor/qtractor-0.8.4-2.i686.AppImage
  http://download.sf.net/qtractor/qtractor-0.8.4-2.x86_64.AppImage

Git repos:
  http://git.code.sf.net/p/qtractor/code
  https://github.com/rncbc/qtractor.git
  https://gitlab.com/rncbc/qtractor.git
  https://bitbucket.org/rncbc/qtractor.git

Wiki (help wanted!):
  http://sourceforge.net/p/qtractor/wiki/
- static rendering:
  http://qtractor.org/doc
  http://qtractor.sourceforge.net/doc
- user manual & how-to's:
  http://download.sf.net/qtractor/qtractor-manual-and-howtos.epub
  http://download.sf.net/qtractor/qtractor-manual-and-howtos.pdf


License:
  Qtractor [1] is free, open-source Linux Audio [5] software,
distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL [6])
version 2 or later.


References:

[1]  Qtractor - An audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer
     http://qtractor.sourceforge.net
     http://qtractor.org

[2]  Qt framework, C++ class library and tools for
     cross-platform application and UI development
     http://qt.io/

[3]  JACK Audio Connection Kit
     http://jackaudio.org

[4]  ALSA, Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
     http://www.alsa-project.org/

[5]  Linux Audio consortium of libre software for audio-related work
     http://linuxaudio.org

[6]  GPL - GNU General Public License
     http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

[7]  AppImage, Linux apps that run anywhere
     http://appimage.org/

See also:
  http://www.rncbc.org/drupal/node/1851


Enjoy && Keep having fun.
--
rncbc aka Rui Nuno Capela
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