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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I created a PCG Tools page on facebook which also will be used as update information page.

Check/like: https://www.facebook.com/PcgTools
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

michelkeijzers wrote:
I created a PCG Tools page on facebook which also will be used as update information page.

No G+? FB is not my "cup of coffee" Smile OK, i know, only one source is better than more (or zero Smile )
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also have a page on Google+ called PCG Tools. I will spend a bit more time to it this weekend, but everybody can check it already of course.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Translators request for PCG Tools
I have managed a way to be able to support multiple languages in PCG Tools. This does not mean everything is already translated. I need first to fix bugs before I can continue, but at that time it would be nice if people would like to translate all words in PCG Tools to a (probably for them) native language.

I can provide a list with all words (sort of specialized text file). Of course if multiple people would like to help, I can split the complete list of words in the number of people for that language. So far there is one person who likes to do the French translation. I could do Dutch translation myself but I wonder how many people would be interested in that.

Personally I think there will be lots of people who are interested in a German, French, Spanish, Italian and maybe even Russian language, but of course any language (not sure about Chinese/Japanese/Arabic kind of languages though) can be supported, as long as there is at least one willing person to translate.

So if you are interested in helping me with translating, don't hesitate to leave a message to which language you would like to translate.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools 1.5

It has been (too) long ago a new version of PCG Tools has been released but finally there is one.

The application will be sent to everyone but since there are more than 800 users and I'm only allowed to send 200 mails a day it can take a week before everyone got a version. Donators and people who helped me in the past will have priority.

Below are all the new and improved items.

Korg Krome support
I already have written that on my personal development version the Korg Krome was already working, but I found out it was creating incorrect PCG files when editing. This has been fixed now, so Korg Krome users can also benefit from PCG Tools from now on. Thanks to CJ Johansson for help with testing.

Below is a screenshot of a loaded Korg Krome PCG file.



Drum Kits
A very good colleague of mine who also is a member of KorgForums (KorganizR) has created a few nice additions to PCG Tools. One of them is the support of drum kits as can be seen above. All workstation models supporting drum kits now will show drum kits (as long as they are present in the PCG file).

Also, drum kits are shown in the patch list and will be used for difference lists. Also the drum kits will be shown in the task bar.

Wave Sequences
The same colleague also created support for wave sequences, see an example below.

Also, wave sequences are shown in the patch list and will be used for difference lists. Also, the wave sequences will be shown in the task bar.

In addition, the number of selected patches is now shown in the right upper part of a PCG window, making it easy to see how many are selected while being busy with scrolling.



New list generator type: File Content List
He also created a new list type: file content list. It shows a summary of a PCG file. See the screenshot of example output. For each bank the capacity, filled and empty number of patches are shown including the filled range.



Set List Generator
In the screen shot below there are also some added items. Most have been mentioned before: File Content List as list type, and for drum kits and wave sequences, it can be filtered on or off, and empty/init items can be ignored.

Also for set list, now empty set list slots can be ignored.


UI Support
Although a language has not been added yet except for English, Francois Rossi is busy with translating every word/phrase in French. It will be added as soon as he is ready and it has been tested. After that 'pilot project' language is added, more will follow (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German and Dutch).

The languages will be added in the screen below.



External links
Because the number of external links is increasing rapidly, it has been split in three categories:
- Korg related: links to interesting Korg sites (official/non official)
- Donators: Users who donate some money will get there own logo here (preferably music related but not necessary). Also they get other small benefits (like more elaborate answers to questions and new versions a bit earlier, because I can only send 200 emails a day).
- Third Parties: I'm using some helpful (free) tools for developing and this window shows which ones.



Master files & Syncing
There is a slight problem with master files: when master files are changed, the PCG files depending on them are not always immediately or at all synchronized, it does not result in wrong or corrupt PCG files but it might be misleading. Since it is too difficult to fix this in reasonable time I leave it as it is.

A complete list of support items, features, improvements, bug fixes, fixed typos etc. can be found below:

Code:

1.5.0.186  24-Jan-2013  Support: Added support for Korg Krome.
                        Feature: Added drum kits in PCG windows (shows ID/names of drum kits per bank) [KorganizR].
                        Feature: Added wave Sequences in PCG windows (shows ID/names of wave seqs per bank) [KorganizR].
                        Feature: Added drum kits/wave sequences in status bar [KorganizR].
                        Feature: Added new list type in set list generator: File Content List showing usage of banks.
                        Feature: Added support for multiple languages, new languages will follow soon.
                        Feature: Split external links into three different windows.
                        Feature: Added new logo window for third party software (TM-Database, Assembla)
                        Improv:  Added ignore init/empty set list slot items.
                        Improv:  When master file is loaded in PCG Tools, it is only loaded once.
                        Improv:  Added number of selected patches in PCG windows.
                        Improv:  Added drum kits/wave sequences to command line arguments.
                        Improv:  Do not show set list in differences list when set lists are not supported.
                        Improv:  Improved layout of ASCII tables of differences list.
                        Improv:  Set list descriptions are shown in patch list CSV files.
                        Improv:  Added CJ Johansson to thanks list (for testing Krome).
                        Bug Fix: Master file did not show category and sub category names.
                        Bug Fix: Program banks U-AA..U-GG not selectable in command line arguments [KorganizR].
                        Bug Fix: Ascii table not selectable in command line arguments [KorganizR].
                        Bug Fix: Fixed layout of filter program banks in set list generator.
                        Typo:    Fixed typos in command line arguments help [KorganizR].
                        Typo:    Added space in CmbI... or CmbU... in PCG Window when display set list slots.
                        Special: Changed special event into 800+ users.

Kind regards,

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools 1.6.0.

From now on I send newsletters. Everybody who received PCG Tools updates in the past is automatically added to the list. If you want to have PCG Tools and be updated, please subscribe (freely) at http://eepurl.com/u5Hk5

This is the newsletter:


Welcome to the first newsletter of PCG Tools. I will not send this newsletter often; mainly for announcing new updates like now.

MailChimp is a company being able to send newsletters free to a big number of people without me getting into problems due to spamming.

Besides that the advantages are for me that I do not have to maintain a list of emails anymore. And for you the benefits are:

You can subscribe directly
You get the newsletter all at the same time.
You can unsubscribe in a clear way.
If you want to change your email address or name, check the links further down this newsletter.

Main changes
The main changes in this version are new languages and a new installer. Besides that, a new way of delivering the application is announced. All will be explained in detail below.

Delivering PCG Tools
Until version1.5.0, PCG Tools was delivered as attachment. Because this resulted in a rejected mail once in a while (mailbox full) and big emails, I have decided to store the latest version on Dropbox and share the link here. The links can be found below.

This file contains the executable of PCG Tools as a zip file so a rename action is not needed anymore. However, to prevent anybody just grab it from there it is password protected with the password: PcgTools
This password will change after each new update and will be of course shared by this newsletter.

New Installer
Because version 1.5.0 did not install on Windows XP machines, I decided to use a dedicated installer (InstallShield) in contrary to the previous installer (ClickOnce). The benefits are:

PCG Tools is supported for Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, both 32 bit/64 bit.
You can install PCG Tools on a self definable location on your hard disk.
Important note: the first time you use this installer (i.e. when installing version 1.6.0 or later for the first time), MANUALLY remove the earlier installed PCG Tools (details will be in the manual soon).

I will work on the manual soon and explain all details but I'm sure most people will have no problems using the new Installer. Remove the old file by selecting Control Panel, Software, Remove Software, select PCG Tools and remove. It may deviate for non Windows 7 OS's though.

Another benefit of the new installer is that from now on, files with the extension .PCG are coupled to the application PCG Tools. If you double click on a PCG file in the explorer, PCG Tools automatically will start with the selected PCG file. It only works when selecting a single file. If you select more, multiple instances of PCG Tools will start. PCG files will be recognizable with the following icon:



Languages
Due to some very fast working translators, PCG Tools will be supporting six languages (in alphabetical order):

Dutch
English (default language)
French
German
Portuguese
Spanish
I want to thank Honza Mikulik, Mathieu Maes, Francois Rossi, Yuma, .Jens, Rubens Sanches Felicio, 404bekawe, Mario Pablo Gonzalez Soto for their work so far.

Translations on Czech (Honza Mikulik), (David Craig) and Italian (Fabio Grimaldi) have started or will be started soon.

If you like to volunteer for translating PCG Tools in your own language, please reply. It takes about a single day work to translate (and check) all words.

You can change the language by selecting your desired language in the Language menu.

Due to the fact that some words are longer in other languages, a lot of screens have a different layout to accomodate the widest text needed.

PCG Tools Links
PCG Tools Installer
Password: (only shown for subscribers of the PCG Tools Newsletter list)

Social media links / Manual:
See the link in my signature below.

Complete List
Except for the items mentioned above, a lot of smaller improvements, but fixes and other items have been improved. See the following list for a complete list of all changes since the previous release:

1.6.0 15-Feb-2013

Support: PCG Tools is installable on Windows XP again.
Improv: Dedicated installer making it possible to install at definable location.
Improv: PCG files are shown in Windows Explorer with the PCG Tools icon.
Improve: Opening/double clicking a PCG file in Windows Explorer opens it in PCG Tools.
Improv: Fixed Windows icon of PCG Tools.
Improv: Added a few more tool tips in the File menu.
Improv: Screens layout changed due to languages and cleaner layout
Improv: Changed copyright notices from 2011-2012 to 2011-2013.
Improv: Splash screen is now displayed in the center of the screen.
Improv: New windows will default be shown on the upper left top (with cascading).
Improv: PCG Tools will start at same location/dimensions and state as previous time.
Improv: When changing assigned clear program, a message box is shown.
Improv: Widened the Master files window to prevent the last column being hidden.
Improv: Removed word Programs from program banks column in PCG windows.
Bug Fix: When pasting programs, set list slots were not referencing programs correctly.
Bug Fix: When clearing programs, category/sub category were not shown correctly.
Bug Fix: Exit menu was always grayed out.
Language:Some English terms improved.
Language:Dutch added, thanks to Yuma and TODO
Language:French added, thanks to Francois Rossi
Language:German added, thanks to ...
Language:Portuguese language added, thanks to TODO
Language:Spanish language added, thanks to TODO
Language:Translators mentioned in about screen.
ExtLinks:External links screen for translators.
ExtLinks:Logo/link added to Oostendorp Muziek (Music) shop in the Netherlands.
ExtLinks:Logo/link added to Yuma
ExtLinks:Logo/link added to Brazilian Korg Forum added.
ExtLinks:Removed logo for TM-Database since the tool is not used.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new manual is uploaded after being finished with updating it to the latest version of PCG Tools 1.6.
Over 180 pages ... I don't expect you to read it all but if you want to know more about features, there's the first place to look.

Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9d8y8tcyar693zs/Manual.pdf

Note: the link inside PCG Tools to the manual is incorrect (points to the old version; I hope to find a solution for it before the next release of PCG Tools).
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools 1.7.0

A new release with several new features, improvements, bug fixes and a new language.

Korg Trinity Support
From version 1.7.0, PCG files from the Korg Trinity, (both V1, V2 and V3) and Korg TR Rack can be managed. Version V1 will be show as V2 or V3 but behaves correctly otherwise.
SNG files from the Trinity are not supported.

Programs from the M bank can be copied to the S bank and reversed.

Sort
Programs, combis and set list slots (from the Kronos (X)) can be sorted in several ways:
- by Category/sub category
- by Name
- by Title/Artist

The last option might sound strange, but a special character (e.g. dash: - ) can be specified and patches having that character are considered having a title - artist or title - artist form.
The main usage is when you play in a band having the songs of a set list in a range of combis then you possibly order them in the order of your gig.
However, in the rehearsal room it might be easier to have them sorted by title or by artist. Or what you can do is copy the combis to another bank and have a different sorting on that bank.

You also can sort multiple banks at once.

Move through open windows
With the F6 and Ctrl+F6 keys you can easily move through all open PCG or Combi windows.

Synthesis type shown
Until version 1.6.0, program banks and several other generated list showed either Sampled or Modeled programs. From now on the correct synthesis type is shown, possibly different per workstation model.
E.g. for a Korg Kronos: EXi or HD-1 is shown, for a Korg Trinity Z1/Moss or Access, for a Korg M3/M50 EDS and so on.

These types and also the workstation model is shown in the status bar when copying programs.

More list generator options
Text filtering can be performed on drum kit and wave sequence names.


More improvements
Also a lot of other improvements are implemented. See the list at the end for more info.

Bugs Fixes
Several bugs have been fixed. The most important is the Master File support for the Korg Tritons and Karma.

Translations
A new language variant (Portuguese for Portugal) has been added.
Also all new texts have been translated by some great translators willingly to spend some time to perform this task.


More external link
More external links / logos are added.

Complete list of changes
Code:
1.7.0      27-Mar-2013  Support: Added support for Korg Trinity, Trinity v3, Trinity Solo and TR Rack.
                        Support: Trinity programs from the M bank can be copied to the S bank and vice versa.
                        Feature: Sort programs, combis and set lists.
                        Improv:  Move to the next window with F6 and to the previous window with Ctrl+F6.
                        Improv:  In A PCG window, in the bank list, the real synthesis engine is shown.
                        Improv:  When copying programs, the real synthesis types are shown in the task bar.
                        Improv:  In a File Content list, the synthesis types are shown for programs.
                        Improv:  When copying patches, the workstation model is shown in the task bar.
                        Improv:  Added list generator options for text filtering wave sequences and drum kits.
                        Improv:  Show a message box when a PCG file has been set as Master file.
                        Improv:  When PCG file is master file and is loaded, don't ask to load master file.
                        Improv:  Increased with to fit PCG window's column of Triton Drumkits EXB banks.
                        Improv:  Widened several columns in the Timbre window to accomodate title.
                        Improv:  Increased speed of generating a differences list.
                        Bug Fix: Master files fixed for Krome, Tritons and Karma.
                        Bug Fix: Correct (sub) category shown when moving a program up or down.
                        Bug Fix: Combi name text filtering was not taken into account in some cases.
                        Bug Fix: Master Files could not be set for single OS version workstation models.
                        Bug Fix: Fixed differences list for ASCII table output.
                       +Bug Fix: Fixed online link to manual in PCG Tools.
                        Bug Fix: Fixed one menu item alignment in Portuguese.
                        Bug Fix: Several texts/fragments (like Yes/No) were not translated.
                        ExtLinks:Added logo/link to Co-Incidental (band of Michel Keijzers)
                        ExtLinks:Added logo/link to PCGrid from KorganizR, a tool for PCG Files for Kronos.
                        ExtLinks:Added logo/link to MailChimps.
                        ExtLinks:Added logo/link to DropBox.
                        ExtLinks:Added logo/link to Core FTP LE.
                        ExtLinks:Added logo/link to KarmaLabs.com
                        Special: Changed special event into 1050+ users (was 850+)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools now has an own home page ... just one page yet but possibly in the future I will extend it.

From there all important links are gathered. I still will use FaceBook and KorgForums as discussion threads and announcements.

I will only send newsletters for feature releases (like 1.7, 1.8 etc), and high likely not anymore for manual updates. I will anounce manual updates on social media and on KorgForums.

The website is: http://pcgtools.mkspace.nl/

Also version 1.7.1 is released ... the most important change is the fix of the sort bug ... now everything can be sorted (programs, combis and set lists). You can download the installer via the home page. The password is equal as version 1.7.0 (see the code you received from the Newsletter).
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm busy with sorting timbres, but due to lack of time and the added complexity it takes more time than expected. I hope to send out a new version next month.

Also, I calculated the total views for all PCG Tools KorgForums threads (where the main thread of course has the most views), and it has reached 100,000 now.

There are more than 1,200 subscribers (with more than 100 new subscribes this month) from more than 50 countries, spreaded among all continents.

Keeping you informed.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been quite a long time ago an update of PCG Tools has been released and I want to clearify about this. Due to positive personal changes in my life I will have very less time for continuing the development of PCG Tools.

This does not mean there will not be a new release; however I cannot tell about a time frame. I have a few items that I want to release (such as a new language because the translator did not do his work for nothing), possibly partial support of the new Korg Kross and some bug fixes I already have implemented in my development version.

Also, I will keep answering questions and react to every post/email regarding PCG Tools (ok ... questions about passwords can take a bit longer).

Also, I want to stay active here and within KorgForums.

Please keep discussing PCG Tools here and/or on KorgForums. Also please keep subscribed to the newsletter because when there will be a new release, that will be the way to launch it.

So do not see this email as a goodbye, except a more quiet period. I think that PCG Tools can already do a lot to be useful for years.

If somebody is interested in taking over / continuing implementing please let me know.

Kind regards and thanks for all support so far,

Michel
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you know I have annoyed all of you with the password protected zip file for PCG Tools. The main reason was to have a way to make sure everybody got the latest version by using the subscription model.

However, I'm going to change this. Subscribing will still be possible and has benefits, but it is not necessary anymore. The benefit is you get automatically an email when a new version is published or for important communication regarding PCG Tools. The next version I hope to launch in January.

Please always download the latest version through http://pcgtools.mkspace.nl, because only on that website you can assure you have the latest (and virus free) version.

A message for subscribers: in case you don't like the subscription method, you can unsubscribe if you want (losing the notifications of course). Currently there are over 2,300 subscribers, so I want to thank you for that. However, I cannot send any mails for free until the subscribers reach below 2,000. But please don't unsubscribe en masse lol. If in January there will still be more than 2,000 subscribers, I will maybe manually removing the latest subscribers. Sorry for this inconvenience. To get PCG Tools until the next release, you still need to subscribe.

And of course I wish you a happy christmas and enjoy the holiday.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New website: As of today the new website layout is launched at http://pcgtools.mkspace.nl/ . For you the most important is that the password has been removed. Also more information is shown and the information is split into several pages. In the future, I hope to add more useful information whenever necessary. Enjoy the site!.

Because of the password removal, the subscription to the newsletter to acquire the password is not mandatory anymore. However, there still is a benefit: you will get email notifications when a new version is there. However, on the downside, there are currently 2,400 subscribers and due to the Mail client I am using I cannot send any emails when there are more than 2,400 subscribers. So for those who do NOT want to have email notifications, please unsubscribe from the newsletter list ( http://eepurl.com/u5Hk5 ). When I want to release the next version of PCG Tools and there are still over 2,000 subscribers, I will remove anyone above 2,000 to be able to reach as many users as possible. Sorry for this inconvenience.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:11 pm    Post subject: PCG Tools 1.8.0 Reply with quote

PCG Tools 1.8.0

Finally there is a new version of PCG Tools, almost a year after the previous version.

The main addition is the support for the Korg Kross. PCG Tools from now on can read all Kross PCG files and perform the relevant functions for those file.

Also thanks to Honza, the Czech language is added.

Furthermore, several bug fixes are included and a lot of improvements, which can be read below.

Also the website has been improved (see the link in my signature), and from now on Yahoo Group PCG Tools http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/pcgtools/info is used for notifications instead of MailChimp newsletter. In the near future I will send invitations to everybody and when all invitations have been sent I will remove the list completely. For now, I removed 500 people (sorry, no other solution possible), and will send notifications to the remaining while sending update notifications also to here, Facebook, Google Plus etc.

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1.8.0      25-Jan-2014  Support: Added support for Korg Kross.
                        Improv:  Launched new website without zipped executable.
                  Improv:  Add default directory for generated files in settings menu.
                        Improv:  In Timbres window, the width of the assigned clear program text box is dynamic.
                        Improv:  Added Korg TR to Korg Triton Classic/Studio/Rack in all related texts.
                        Improv:  Added ToString() implementations for support for visually impaired application(s).
                        Improv:  Changed all 2013 copyright notifications to 2014.
                        Improv:  Added Honza (Czech translation) to thanks list.
                        Improv:  Paul Hirschvogel to thanks list (for testing Kross).
                        Bug Fix: In disk navigation mode in Kronos, set list and slot names are shown correctly.
                        Bug Fix: In Timbres window, the program ID now fit new Kronos program banks.
                        Bug Fix: Cleaning a Trinity combi does not make PCG Tools crash.
                        Bug Fix: Kronos and M3 SNG files could not be loaded.
                        Bug Fix: Prevented problem when double clicking files containing spaces in folder/file.
                        Bug Fix: Prevented crash for Korg Triton Rack PCG files with program/combi Ext H bank.
                        Bug Fix: Increased width of combi programs in PCG window to accomadate full combi name.
                        Language:Czech language added, thanks to Honza.
                        Language:Added some strings which were not translated in 1.7.1.
                        ExtLinks:Added logo/link to KromeHeaven.
                        ExtLinks:Fixed text from KronosHaven.
                        ExtLinks:Added donators Fred Alberni/Farrokh Kouhang to splash screen.                 
                        ExtLinks:Changed link of band from Mathieu Maes to Deuce entertainment.
                        ExtLinks:Fixed link to Lyana Muziek.
                        Website: Removed the password from the PCG Tools installer zip file.
                        Website: Added the current version number of PCG Tools on the home page.
                        Website: Added names to thanks page.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:41 pm    Post subject: PCG Tools 1.8.1 Reply with quote

PCG Tools 1.8.1 is available for download.

Some bugs have been solved in the Save/Save as and Set list generator for certain PCG files.
Everybody should update to this version (especially after installing PCG Tools 1.8.0 which was released last week).

See for all information about PCG Tools the official website: http://pcgtools.mkspace.nl.

Enjoy PCG Tools!

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1.8.1      27-Jan-2014  BugFix  : Fixed Save function for certain PCG files.
                        BugFix  : Fixed crash for Triton Studio/Rack PCG files in list generator.
                        BugFix  : Fixed alignment of lists from list generator from Triton Studio/Rack PCG files.
                        Improv  : Changed PCG Tools home site menu option in Help menu to correct URL.
                        Improv  : Added web site in Help/About page.
                        Improv  : Added Joost Wilgehof as tester.
                        ExtLinks: Changed KorgForums/Website links.
                        ExtLinks: Added Yahoo groups link (also in main lnks), removed MailChimp site.
                        ExtLinks: Added robbie50 as donator (sorry for the long miscommunication).
                        Website : Added Yahoo groups link, removed MailChimp site.
                        Website : Added part for sending bug reports.
                        Manual  : Added Yahoo groups link, removed MailChimp site.

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