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Beats 1.4.2b

Small update with a fix for the rotate-reset issue as well as a link to the new gameplay video:

Beats 1.4.2bChangeset [237]

  • fixed a rotation-restart issue
  • gameplay video link in Info settings category

And here’s the new gameplay video!
(The Demo page now links to this video while the Tutorial page links to the old tutorial video.)

As always, if you find any other pressing/immediate bugs or would like to help out with testing (particularly the lag and touch-screen issues some users are reporting), please PLEASE contact me (Keripo) via IRC or MSN (see the About page). The developers of Beats (myself and Matt) only own one physical Android device to test things on (my Samsung Captivate), so testers would be greatly appreciated (so will Donations to buy an old Android phone off eBay)!

Enjoy the quick update!

~Keripo

Direct .apk dowload of Beats 1.4.2b here! Post your comments and feedback in the forum thread here!

Beats 1.4.1b

There were tons of positive feedback on Beats 1.4b as well as numerous requests and suggestions for a new release. While we are already working on the next major release (Beats 1.5b), here’s a small update with a few minor fixes and tweaks that were most demanded based on Beats 1.4b feedback:

Beats 1.4.1bChangeset [233]

  • orientation-based main menu layout
  • re-added adjustable Accuracy Level setting
  • reverted accuracy weightings to 1.3b’s scheme
  • fixed multi-touch install restriction?
  • fixed minor notetype parsing issue
  • fixed a few odd crashes

With Beats 1.4.1b, the installation/disappearing-from-the-Market issue some users were reporting should be fixed now and the old 1.3b accuracy level setting is back, allowing you to tweak accuracy difficulty to your heart’s desire once more!

Oh, and for those who didn’t notice, the new demo video is finally up!


(I will probably post a video of me trying to full-combo “Blood Lullaby” on Medium/Hard later)

As always, if you find any other pressing/immediate bugs or would like to help out with testing (particularly the lag and touch-screen issues some users are reporting), please PLEASE contact me (Keripo) via IRC or MSN (see the About page). The developers of Beats (myself and Matt) only own one physical Android device to test things on (my Samsung Captivate), so testers would be greatly appreciated (so will Donations to buy an old Android phone off eBay)!

Enjoy the quick update!

~Keripo

Direct .apk dowload of Beats 1.4.1b here! Post your comments and feedback in the forum thread here!

Install/Upgrading or Multi-touch Issues?

Edit: Install/upgrading issue has been fixed (hopefully), still not sure what the multi-touch issue is… please provide more details on the forums!
If you have an old/laggy/bad-multi-touch phone and are willing to help us with finding and fixing bugs for the next update, PLEASE contact Keripo via IRC or MSN (see the About page).

Remember, I only own ONE phone (Samsung Captivate). I cannot fix a problem on your phone if you don’t tell me about it!

It seems that quite a few people are having troubles finding the latest Beats 1.4b update on the Android Market and/or installing it. For those who do have the update installed, there have also been a few reports on multi-touch behaviour. If you are either having problems installing Beats 1.4b or experiencing multi-touch issues not previously experienced in Beats 1.3b (i.e. multi-touch doesn’t work properly even when Holds are turned OFF), please post in this forum thread. Direct download links for both Beats 1.4b and Beats 1.3b are also in the post.

Hopefully it will be a quick fix and update. Thanks!

~Keripo

Beats 1.4b

After almost two months of development, Beats 1.4b is finally released! There has been MANY improvements and changes, based on your feedback, and plenty of new features to check out as well!

Main focuses of this update was new songs, easy song downloading, improved .sm file support, stability, and a much, MUCH nicer UI. Much of the ToDo List items were complete, but as the Changelog will indicate, much more was done beyond just those. The only thing on there that isn’t yet in this major update is .dwi support – we wanted to make sure the new .sm parser and other stuff was nice and stable first so the .dwi parser will be just as good (if you do find bugs or .sm files causing problems, PLEASE let me know via the Support forums! Oh, and of course, this is the first update that actually uses the website (for song downloading that is), so I definitely hope to see the BeatsPortable forums active and kicking!

With the new website, however, comes the hosting costs. At the moment, I’ve uploaded a ton of songs in the Download forum section (from which you can download and install songs directly from your phone now). I don’t know how much these cheap servers can handle but I won’t be surprised if the website does not last to the end of next month. Upgrading the servers costs money, which we, the dev team of poor univ students, would greatly appreciate help with. If you want to help support the development of Beats and its website, please check out the Donate page or just buy the “Beats (Donate)” app, which is exactly the same as the normal free version.

All in all, I hope you enjoy the new Beats 1.4b and BeatsPortable.com website and forums. I will later be recording and uploading a demo video showing off the features of Beats 1.4b once I am done with the upcoming PennApps Mobile 2011 competition, as well as actually writing up the FAQ page. In the meanwhile, here’s the obligatory screenshots of the newest updates to “Beats, Advanced Rhythm Game”:

Beats 1.4b Screens

So what can you look forward to in 1.5b? .dwi support, mines, “reverse” scrolling, and hopefully Scoreloop integration (aka online scoreboards for boasting to your friends about your high scores!)

~Keripo

Post your comments and feedback in the forum thread here!

Holiday Updates

Just another update in case you were curious.

Winter break! That means free time to work on Beats. I’ve responded to the flood of emails that you’ve all been sending me as well the handful of questions posted on the forums. Beats 1.4b progress is nicely coming along, but expect it to be a big one since much of the internal code structure is being revamped (that mess that we cranked out during those 48hrs of PennApps is finally being cleaned up). At the least, the next version should run a lot smoother, be less buggy, and a with a few more nice features. The ToDo and Changelog pages are being kept up to date, so make sure to see whats been done so far.

For the lazy, the rough expected updates for 1.4b are as following:
- improved UI (new main menu and icons everywhere!)
- direct song downloading and installing via web browser
- added .dwi support and improved .sm support
- more settings!
- standardized point system (prep for Scoreloop scoreboard integration)
- generally smoother and less buggy gameplay
- phone-dependent data storage location
- targeted for Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Possible updates:
- support for holds and mines?
- customizable skins/themes
- scrapper-based song download list (for the forums, not in-game)

On a side note, still trying to decide which image to use as the default background image. I’m tempted to choose an anime ones but I know that the vector art one is more “standard”. Either way, here’s a sneak peak of the new main menu that will be used for 1.4b with the current background images (“Select Song” is being “pressed” in the examples):

Beats 1.4b Background Images

Look forward to the next release, coming sometime in January (hopefully!). Also expect for this website and forums to get a nice makeover right before 1.4b is ready for release. If you’re willing to help out with testing, don’t hesitate to drop by #stepmania-devs and ping me.
To all of you out there, Happy Holidays and an early Happy New Year! \o/

~Keripo

Post your comments and feedback in the forum thread here!

New website + Updates

The new website and forums are now finally up! Aside from a bunch more info copy-pasting, you’ll be noticing some graphical improvements over the next few days as we have a small but talented graphics/web team helping out here on UPenn’s campus.

Beats 1.4b’s progress is progressing smoothly as you can see via the latest Changelog and the To-Do List. As of the moment, on-the-go song installation is pretty much ready to go, a few nice graphical upgrades have been made, and the scoring system has (started to) become stabilized in preparation for Scoreloop integration (e.g. future scoreboards, achievements, etc.). Matt is currently working on implementing holds while I’m working on .dwi and improved .sm support. As well, a lot of inefficiencies/crashing bugs in the code is being ironed out, so expect a lot less game crashes and smoother gameplay in the next release!

The website and forums are also being majorly revamped at the moment. Check out the work-in-progress Downloads forum section, from which Beats 1.4b users will be able to directly download and install new songs.

All in all, welcome to the new Beats Portable website and forums and look forward to the next Beats release!

~Keripo

Post your comments and feedback in the forum thread here!

Beats 1.3b

(copy-pasted from old website)

An update based on some user suggestions. And before you ask, no .dwi support isn’t here yet, but its being worked on and definitely will appear soon. And no reverse play, leaders board, or any of those other major things on my To-Do list. Good news though is I figured out what was causing all those crashes with certain .sm files and have put up a preliminary warning about them. When .dwi support is added, the .sm parser will also be rewritten, so hopefully Beats will be able to support 90%+ of those StepMania/Dance With Intensity stepfiles out there! I’ve also figured out whats causing those lags that prevent you from doing trills/rapidly-alternating-arrows and am working on hacking a way around it…

Read the complete post and leave comments/feedback on the forums here.

Beats 1.2b

(copy-pasted from old website)

A quick update with a few changes that’ll hopefully fix a lot of crashes and make your gameplay experience a lot better ; 3

Going through the crash reports, I quickly realized that there were a lot of bugs that involved simple fixes, or, in the case of .sm file parsing, simple error catches. I admit, the current .sm compatibility of Beats isn’t so great. After all, I wrote the parser (alongside the rest of the alpha build of the app) in under 48hrs (sleep, or rather lack thereof, included), so things are very, VERY buggy. I will be completely rewriting it when I add in .dwi support in the next major release, and that’ll solve all the incompatibility issues. See the middle of this post for an example of what I mean…

Read the complete post and leave comments/feedback on the forums here.

Beats 1.1b

(copy-pasted from old website)

The first release was a surprising success, with a lot, lot more downloads and feedback than I ever expected for my very first Android app. Obviously people want StepMania/DDR for their Android phone – and thats exactly what they’ll get!

In 1.1b are a handful of new settings that I’ve added based on user feedback (a developer that listens, yay!) as well as others I though would be nice. A nifty preliminary pause/resume functionality has been added, and so has an auto-start setting. Numerous things have been tweaked and now crashes/buggyness should occur a lot less (if they do occur though, please post on the forums with more details!). But most of all, a new “INSTALL SONGS” menu item has appeared (in place of the boring Credits page) which will let you directly install .zip/.smzip song packs stored in your phone’s download folder…

Read the complete post and leave comments/feedback on the forums here.

Beats 1.0b

(copy-pasted from old website)

After almost a month of cracking out code (spending numerous sleepless nights using over the Google API) and weeks of closed beta testing, “Beats, Advanced Rhythm Game” is finally out for Google Android! Beats is a clone of the popular cross-platform rhythm game/engine StepMania, which is most well known as a simulator of Konami’s popular arcade game Dance Dance Revolution.

Beats 1.0b (the initial beta release) is now available on the Android Market. Just search using the keywords beats, rhythm, or stepmania and look for the app released by Keripo. If you have a QR scanner app on your Android phone, you may use that to scan the image on the side of this page instead…

Read the complete post and leave comments/feedback on the forums here.

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