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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools 1.1.0

Finally a new update. As promised, I would add cut/paste functionality.
Now programs, combis, set lists and also complete banks can be cut and pasted (and of course copying them was already possible and is not changed).

The main advantage is that when cutting patches and pasting them, all references will automatically be changed to the new paste location.
Cut/paste is only possible within a PCG file (otherwise you can use Copy/paste).

Small example:



Cut in this example program I-A000.

Then paste it to location U-G013. Notice that e.g. for the combination I-A000, the Kronos German Grand is automatically now referencing the new location U-G013:



Also some other items have been added or changed.

Of course the manual is also changed accordingly and probably will be updated soon by Sharp.

Below is the full list of changes.

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1.1.0.168   6-May-2012  Feature: Cut/Paste functionality, renamed copy/paste occurences to cut/copy/paste.
                        Improv:  Changed text of hints in Cut/Copy/Paste settings.
                        Improv:  Removed Copy/Paste Help button and dialog text (not needed now manual is available).
                        Improv:  Added Supernatural Heroes to External links window.
                        Bug Fix: Prevented crash when clearing combis for workstation not supporting sub categories.
                        Bug Fix: Fixed keyboard short cut text for Move Up and Move Down commands in menu.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bug fix update

This update hopefully fixes the cut/copy/paste issues, see below.

Code:
1.1.2.172  17-May-2012  Bug Fix: Fixed problems with cut/copy/paste Kronos (1.5 or later) PCG files.
                        Bug Fix: Fixed problem with identical patches (from cut/copy/paste settings) between PCG files.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools update 1.2.0

After more than a month it is time for another update.

Actually it is more an in between update, because this time there is no added functionality, however maybe some of you like to see the new user interface. Also a bug is fixed.

And a new splash screen has been introduced which shows one of the several donators every time the application is launched. It is only shown for a few seconds so I am sure it will not be considered as advertisement. Actually, it is another thanks to those people who appreciated my app and donated a fee.

Below are some screen shots of the new splash screen, UI and thank you screen.

Splash screen example:


New UI example 1:


New UI example 2:


New UI example 3:


Oasys Donators screen:


Hereafter I will fix an M3 problem (if possible) and more SNG file functionality.

The manual will be updated later.

Below is the full change set.
Code:

1.2.0.174  25-Jun-2012  Improv:  New theme/UI look for the complete software (thanks to Vanni).
                        Improv:  Added splash screen with a random donator name/logo.
                        Improv:  New screen for thanking Oasys donators of Korg Kronos voucher codes.
                        Bug Fix: Fixed menu items for setting cut/copy/paste settings and exiting cut/copy/paste mode.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools 1.2.1

Because some people notified me of several small bugs and because I could fix most of them reasonably easily I decided to publish an inbetween update with some improvements and some bugs being fixed.

The M3 v1/v2 bug is still in place and will be solved within the next 3 weeks hopefully.

The most important improvements and resolved bugs are wrapping the widgets in case of making the PCG window small (appeciated by users of small screens probably) as in an example shown below, the splash screen being displayed longer and the program IDs of banks U-AA to U-GG being displayed completely.



Below is the complete list.

Code:

1.2.1.179   1-Jul-2012  Improv:  Automatically wrap buttons in a PCG window to accomodate small screen sizes.
                        Improv:  Improved screen layout of a PCG window (stretched windows and visible scroll bars).
                        Improv:  File Save As now shows the current file name as default in the Save File dialog.
                        Improv:  In the list generator, the output file is not read only anymore.
                        Improv:  In the list generator, file related errors are shown.
                        Improv:  Added Music House (Muziekhuis) Lyana to external links.
                        Improv:  Name added to Oasys donators of Korg Kronos voucher codes.
                        Bug Fix: Widened program IDs of banks U-AA to U-GG in PCG Window (those were truncated).
                        Bug Fix: XSL files are only created in case of XML output is selected.
                        Bug Fix: Double clicking on scroll bar of a PCG window does not display edit window.
                        Bug Fix: Removed column reordeing in PCG windows to prevent other problems.
                        Bug Fix: After saving File As, the new name is shown in the PCG window title.
                        Bug Fix: Splash screen is now shown for 5 seconds instead of 0.1

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools version 1.3.0

As promised I would send out a new version this weekend (ok ... here it is already Monday but still very late Sunday evening for me).

I couldn't incorporate my newest feature (Master files) so you will have that later. It might take even more than a week or two because I encountered some problems with it.

Anyhow, let's concentrate on what is in this new update. Only the most important additions are mentioned, see the history list below for a complete list.

Support for Kronos OS2.0 and Kronos X (OS2.0)

This is the main reason to send out this update so early because it seems the Kronos X has already been shipped. I have not tried files on an actual Kronos X but I assume it will have the same version as Kronos OS2.0.

So yes, this version will also support OS2.0 for Kronos.

Btw, there are not any differences externally ... it just can read and write PCG files for OS2.0.

See below for a screenshot (note the version in the lower left corner).



It is not possible to copy/paste between different versions of Kronos PCG files. Convert your (old) PCG files first on the Kronos.

M3 PCG file does not change the version to 1.0 anymore

Due to some incompatibilities between version 1.x and 2.0 of M3 files, all files changed were saved as 1.0 files. However, this resulted in some awkward problems.

Now the version is not changed anymore and the version is shown in the status bar. However, it is not possible to copy/paste between different versions of M3 files anymore. If you want this, first convert them on your M3 (load and save it).

See below a screenshot:



Assigned Clear Program

Up till now, when clearing a combi, all referenced programs were set to the first program of the first bank (A-000 or I-A000).

However, now you can define your own program which is used for clearing. By selecting a program on the menu it can be changed.

See below for a screenshot.



Especially for Kronos users this is very easy. By assigned a program that does contain a sample that is NOT loaded a red bar is shown on the Kronos for those timbres so you can see in a glance which timbres are used or not in any screen.

Favorites in patch lists

From now on a favorite (fav) column is shown in all patch lists (also for XML, CSV files and tables).

See below for an ASCII generated table.



Workstation model is shown for SNG files

See below.



Manual
Soon also an updated manual will be published.

Full history

Code:

1.3.0.181   5-Aug-2012  Improv:  Added an Assigned Clear Program for clearing timbres in the Combi Window.
                        Improv:  Added favorite column in patch list generation files (ASCII, table, CSV, XML).
                        Improv:  Correctly aligned texts of controls in the List Generator, Filter Set Lists group box.
                        Improv:  Korg Kronos PCG files always shows its OS/PCG number (1.0/1.1, 1.5/1.6 or 2.0).
                        Improv:  Korg M3 PCG files always shows its OS/PCG number (OS1.x or OS2.0 for expanded version).
                        Improv:  Swapped Show and Edit menu options in main menu.
                        Improv:  When copying M3 patches, the version of the file is no longer changed (M3 only).
                        Improv:  Added Options/Settings menu and redirect PCG windows button.
                        Improv:  Settings menu unavailable during active copy/paste action.
                        Improv:  Added (Kronos) AL-1 Editor to external links.
                        Improv:  The workstation model and number of samples used by a SNG file are now shown.
                        Improv:  Removed double menu item 'Show Timbres' in Tools menu in main window.
                        Improv:  Song window size is now also memorized when closed.
                        Bug Fix: Song files could not be closed by the File menu, Close sub menu item.
                        Bug Fix: Widened program IDs of banks U-AA to U-GG in PCG Window (those were still truncated).
                        Bug Fix: M3 patches between V1.x and V2.0 can no longer be cut/copy/pasted.
                        Bug Fix: Show correct error when pasting patches between incompatible Korg workstation models.
                        Bug Fix: Korg Triton Studio shows correct bank names for combis EXB-A and further.
                        Bug Fix: Save last window dimensions of the Combi Window.
                        Bug Fix: The Exit command from the File menu crashed the application in some cases.
                        Support: Support for Korg Kronos OS2.0 generated PCG Files.
                        Support: Support for Korg Kronos X generated PCG Files.
                        Event:   Korg is going to release a new workstation: the Korg Kronos X. 


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michel,

I have not used your tool yet, even though I have had access to it for over 6 months...

Just have been lazy to install and work on it... But, i do need to organize my sounds...

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for being so diligent in making a good product.

I promise you, once I get it up and runnign and using it, I will be sending you a donation for your time and work.

Just wanted to say thanks for your percivernece.

Taki
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

taki wrote:
Michel,

I have not used your tool yet, even though I have had access to it for over 6 months...

Just have been lazy to install and work on it... But, i do need to organize my sounds...

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for being so diligent in making a good product.

I promise you, once I get it up and runnign and using it, I will be sending you a donation for your time and work.

Just wanted to say thanks for your percivernece.

Taki


Thanks for your nice words.

In case you will not use it, please let me know to check what I can do to improve it further.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WARNING: DO NOT INSTALL VERSION 1.3.0

It seems the application only works on my computer but not at others. I already fixed the problem and later this evening I will start sending out a new version (1.3.1) in batches (cannot do it for everybody at once anymore due to hotmail restrictions).
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just send PCG Tools 1.3.1 to the first two batches of users (first 400) which fixes the problem of 1.3.0.

If you belong to the first two batches, you have received PCG Tools already, otherwise you will receive it tomorrow probably.

The reason is that hotmail.com does not let me send emails to more than 400 people a day (yes I am a real spammer).

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG TOOLS VERSION 1.4.0

Finally a new update of the application. Below are the most important changes/additions explained in more detail:

Master files

Everyone using PCG Tools probably knows the problem that if a PCG file is loaded that does not contain global information, that all categories (and sub categories if supported) are shown as numbers instead of the actual names.

Also for the timbres list (from a combi), the program names are only displayed when those programs are part of the PCG file. Also for set list slots, only the programs/combi names present in the PCG files are shown, otherwise question marks have to be filled in.

Now so called Master files are supported, this problem is over. The procedure is very easy:
- Open a PCG file that contains all program banks (except GM), combi banks and set list slots (for Kronos) and global information.
- Then select ''Select PCG File as Master File" in the Tools menu. If the PCG file does not include enough, then it cannot be selected. When you save a PCG file from your workstation with the Save All function for PCG files than you can be sure the file will be accepted.
- When you now load another PCG file that is incomplete (e.g. does not contain all information described above), all missing information is acquired from the Master file. However, both the workstation model and OS version should be equal, so if you use multiple OS versions (e.g. for the Kronos and M3), be sure to select a Master file for each version.

This procedure above you only have to do once. After that, automatically the Master file is loaded together with the file you have selected for opening. This means that default, when you select a PCG file to open, not only that file will open, but also the master file; it takes a bit longer, but gives a lot of advantages and the master file is always shown behind the actual loaded PCG file.



In the screen shot below you can see the menu to set a PCG file as master file and the window (red big box) that shows all currently set master files and if they are loaded or unloaded.

The green boxes show which information is displayed when a master file is loaded instead of displaying question marks.
Set lists are not shown but work similarly (e.g. also show the program/combi names even if these are not present).

Master files can be selected to load automatically, on request or not. This can be changed in the settings, see below:



Show workstation name and OS model in PCG files
In the first screen shot Korg Kronos 2.0 is shown in the title bar. Previously this was only displayed in the status bar in the bottom left.

File name shown for PCG files without PCG file contents
When a PCG file is loaded that does not contain any programs, combis and set list slots, the file name is displayed in the warning/info message box. This is ideally when loading multiple files at once. See below for a screenshot:



Enable all set lists in the set list generator also checks the set list check box
When all set lists are selected, also the accompanied check box for the set lists is checked.

History list
Other changes are trivial and can be found below in the complete history list:

Code:

1.4.0.183   1-Sep-2012  Feature: Show (sub) categories even for files without a global section by master files.
                        Feature: Show program names from timbres in combis from the master file if present.
                        Feature: Set and automatically load master files (optionally in settings file).
                        Improv:  Show workstation name and PCG/OS version in window title of each PCG and SNG file.
                        Improv:  When opening a file without PCG content, the file name is shown in the message box.
                        Improv:  Enable all set lists in the set list generator also checks the set list check box.
                        Improv:  Added Imprezariat.pl to the external links (Adrian Craig has become a donator)
                        Improv:  Added Basari Studios to the external links.
                        Bug Fix: Pure Triton LE PCG files (with ID 63) reads timbres now correctly.
                        Bug Fix  The last line of an empty PCG file's patch list caused an incomplete header line.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:07 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 30, 2012 12:33 pm    Post subject: Hello ;) Reply with quote

Hello Michel,
thank you for sending the PCG Tool!
Finally I can see where is what in my M3 Smile
I'll try it out now for a while.
Nice is the rename and 'tabulate my files' option.

Due to the fact the factory setting is unsorted and messy,
I'm wondering if an option that drag and drop PROGs and COMBIs between different banks could be possible in a future?
(Like e.g. in EXCEL, you can copy and paste or drag cells within the sheet without loosing the reference) Shocked ???????

Have a good one, regards
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Hello ;) Reply with quote

404bekawe wrote:
Hello Michel,
thank you for sending the PCG Tool!
Finally I can see where is what in my M3 Smile
I'll try it out now for a while.
Nice is the rename and 'tabulate my files' option.

Due to the fact the factory setting is unsorted and messy,
I'm wondering if an option that drag and drop PROGs and COMBIs between different banks could be possible in a future?
(Like e.g. in EXCEL, you can copy and paste or drag cells within the sheet without loosing the reference) Shocked ???????

Have a good one, regards


Sorry for the late response, I guess the watch notification was removed somehow.

Thanks for the feedback.

I assume with 'tabulate my files' you mean the table or textual/CSV output?

Dragging and dropping is on the wish list. However it is not as easy as you might think. When dropping combis, afterwards the used programs need to be added to and this is not possible with 'dropping' anymore, at least not in a trivial way.

Kind regards,

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