November 25, 2020

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Sononym 1.2 release notes

The release contains a number of stability improvements and bugfixes, with a few oft-requested features thrown in as well - here are the key highlights:

Update Information (v1.2.1) This release fixes a couple of issues which got reported since the launch of Sononym 1.2.0

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Installation Notes

This update is compatible with, and can be installed on top of your existing installation.
However, the minimum supported macOS version has been raised to 10.10 (OS X Yosemite).


What’s New

Modernized Internals

In this release, we have focused on updating the internals of the software. This should bring considerable stability improvements - especially on the macOS/Linux platforms. Additionally, we are now in a position where we can implement new features at a faster pace.

Improved Text Search (Synonyms)

Sononym now comes loaded with a database of related words and terms - also known as a Thesaurus. In practice, this makes it simple to enter a search term - say, “bassdrum” - and have the software search for related terms, such as “bd”, “bass-drum or “kickdrum”.

Fig: The new editor provides a searchable list of synonyms.

Fig: The new editor provides a searchable list of synonyms.

The Thesaurus is a stepping stone towards our goal of making Sononym more aware of non-audio data, such as filenames and embedded metadata. More documentation is available in our online manual

The Thesaurus is fully integrated in the text search.

The Thesaurus is fully integrated in the text search.

Additional Filename Columns

Instead of just a single “filename” column, Sononym now offers three: one for the Filename, one for the Folder and one which contains both (Path). This should improve the readability of the search results, especially when browsing deep folder hierarchies or when you want to sort the results by the filename (something that was previously not possible).

Fig: To control which columns are visible, right-click the search-results table header or head into the View menu.

Fig: To control which columns are visible, right-click the search-results table header or head into the View menu.

More Configurable Collections

Auto-Export Made Optional

We have been told by numerous people that they love the concept of “collections” in Sononym, but hate that all the collected files are automatically copied/exported somewhere. This is now made optional, and the feature is even disabled by default for newly created collections.

You can quickly tell which of your collections have automatic export enabled by looking at the list of collections:

Fig: The ‘A’ on the right side is shown when automatic export is enabled.

Fig: The ‘A’ on the right side is shown when automatic export is enabled.

Collection Preferences

By heading into Preferences > Collections, it’s now possible to specify default and global settings for collections.
This includes where to store collections on disk, whether they should make use the auto-export feature and so on.

Faster Audio Previews

When stepping through search results, audio previews are now triggered much faster. Previously, these selection changes were delayed for performance reasons, but it turned out that the delay perhaps was a bit excessive.

Note that audio latency also affects the time it takes to preview a file.
Head into Audio Configuration to adjust this.

Smooth Scrolling on Touch/Trackpads

Some input devices, e.g. touchpads and trackpads, used to be overly sensitive when scrolling through samples. The application now offers an alternative scrolling method, more suitable for these devices.

To use the new scroll behavior, head into Preferences > Display Configuration

Improved Drag-Drop on Windows

Our custom file drag-drop implementation on Windows (introduced in 1.1) had a couple of issues that has now been resolved.

  • Fixed: when starting a drag operation and then using Alt+Tab to switch to a different application, no file would appear on the target app window.
  • Fixed: Drag a file out of the application window and back - this no longer cancels the drag operation.

Other Tweaks and Bugfixes

  • Faster keyword parsing (background task)
  • Improved text rendering, especially with small/thin text
  • When dragging a folder onto application, open in active tab (library/explore)
  • Explore mode: pick between recently browsed folders
  • macOS: double-click title-bar to toggle maximized state
  • macOS: reserve space in corner for resizing window
  • Linux: use gio trash implementation instead of gvfs
  • Linux: dependency on gconf/dconf is gone
  • Fixed: occasional crash while browsing in shuffle mode
  • Fixed: error when relocating a collection that doesn’t exist
  • Fixed: waveform sometimes not reflecting the selected sample
  • Fixed: broken multiselect in collections on macOS
  • Fixed (v1.2.1): top of GUI could disappear (“layout shift”)
  • Fixed (v1.2.1): crash when drag-dropping folders within a collection
  • Fixed (v1.2.1): (win) crash on doubleclick of some titlebar regions
  • Fixed (v1.2.1): (win) ensure unique names for new collections

Enjoy the release and let us know what you think - see links below 😉.

The Sononym Team

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