I had a little roundtrip through the application, here are a few things
that I noticed, quite assorted... most of them are not very relevant,
but I know that it is hard to come by first-time impressions, so here we

- Playing was fluid and the application did not crash a single time.

- Most toolbar and menu icons are simply too big. My current theme uses
22x22 icons (and 16x16 icons in the menu), where BEAST's icons look more
like 48x48 ... or perhaps it is, at least for toolbars, the captions
below the icons. I'd like to see this reflected in BEAST as well,
especially because with such an application, screen real estate is
important. Explanation of icons can always be solved through tool-tips.

- The 4p filter dsp module seemed to lack a resonance slider.

- dsp module sliders did not seem to move with automation changes, at
least in the demo song.

- The dsp module routing view is too stuffed. Elements are too big.
Captions are too big as well. In my opinion a bit too much of colors.

- In the File and Edit main menu, there is a preferences option that
leads to the same Window. This was a bit confusing at first.

- The file open dialog is not a new standard file dialog.

That's it. :)

On Thu, 2006-12-28 at 01:32 +0100, Tim Janik wrote:
> BEAST/BSE version 0.7.1 and BSE-ALSA version 0.7.1 are
> available for download at:
> or
> Amongst other things, this release fixes a security vulnerability
> that was discovered in artswrapper earlier this year, details:
> An upgrade from earlier BEAST versions is highly recommended.
> This is a development version of BEAST/BSE, the BEdevilled Audio SysTem
> and the Bedevilled Sound Engine. BEAST is a powerful music composition
> and modular synthesis application released as free software under the
> GNU GPL and GNU LGPL, that runs under unix. BSE-ALSA is an ALSA driver
> for BSE.
> The project is hosted at:
> The "Bedevilled" portion of the names has no religious background,
> refer to the About page for more details:
> A mailing list is available at:
> GUI skins, example sounds and instrumets for BEAST/BSE as well as
> screenshots can be found at:
> The 0.7 development series of Beast focusses on improving usability and
> ease of music production. Feedback is very much appreciated, please take
> the opportunity and provide your comments and questions in online forums
> like the Beast Help Desk, Beast Bugzilla or the mailing list, all of which
> can be reached through
> Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.1:
> * Fixed SUID security vulnerability by validating success of seteuid/setreuid,
>    related security advisories, describing the vulnerability:
> # artswrapper
> # X.Org
> * Added factor 2 SSE-optimized up/down resampler [Stefan Westerfeld]
> * Added support for varying musical tuning systems:
>    - 12-TET, 7-TET, 5-TET,
>    - Diatonic-Scale, Indian-Scale, Pythagorean-Tuning,
>    - Pentatonic-5-Limit, Pentatonic-Blues, Pentatonic-Gogo,
>    - Quarter-Comma-Meantone, Silbermann-Sorge,
>    - Werckmeister-3, Werckmeister-4, Werckmeister-5, Werckmeister-6,
>      Kirnberger-3 and Young
>    [Hanno Behrens, Tim Janik]
> * Module changes and additions:
>    Quantizer         - Simulate 1-32 Bit quantization effects
>    DavXTalStrings    - Added semitone transposition function [Stefan Westerfeld]
>    DavOrgan	    - Added semitone transposition function [Stefan Westerfeld]
>    Summation	    - Added difference channel [Tim Janik, Stefan Westerfeld]
> * Fixed exported symbol set to simplify external plugin building
> * Improved startup time by linking multiple plugins into a single library
> * Fixed LADSPA plugin loading to bind symbols only locally
> * Reduced debugging spew for LADSPA plugins
> * Fixed WWW browser launching to cope with launcher script errors
> * Improved performance of floating point block operations
> * Extended test suite and overall test coverage
> * Applied miscellaneous accelerator and cosmetic fixes
> * Improved documentation and label strings
> * Fixed library dependencies in bse.pc
> * Fixed tact numbers in TrackRoll #346916 [Stefan Westerfeld]
> * Fixed all reported beast crashes: #340437 #347319
> * Other bug fixes: #364041 #386862 #387364 #336366 #353135 #353442
> * Fixes for gcc-3.3 and GNU/kFreeBSD
> * Updated Italian translation [Petrecca Michele]
> Overview of Changes in BSE-ALSA 0.7.1:
> * Fixes to adapt to BEAST-0.7.1
> ---
> ciaoTJ
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