Monday, December 19, 2011

iChromatic Strobe Tuner now in the Mac App Store

I was surprised when I looked in the Mac App Store a few weeks ago, and didn't see any musical instrument tuner applications that were, in my opinion, both attractive and accurate.  So I created a new chromatic strobe tuner app just for the Mac.  The HotPaw iChromatic Strobe Tuner is now available from the Mac App Store for an introductory and fairly low price.

The visual concept is very similar that used in my popular inTuna Guitar Tuners and iChromatic HD Tuners available from the iOS App store.  However, I used the greater processing power available on the Mac to display more attractive circular pitch strobes (two of them), plus a note-on-keyboard indicator and a music grand staff display, as well as usual meter dials and frequency read-out.  It supports a configurable Concert A frequency and several settings to customize tuning intonation by cents.  Check it out, and feel free to send feedback (or bug reports if you find any).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

HotPaw Morse Decoder, now available for the Mac

The HotPaw Morse Decoder app for the iPhone and iPad has turned out to be a surprisingly popular app worldwide, selling copies in almost 50 countries, and getting great reviews.  (Although it never hurts to have more! :)

The Morse Decoder has now been ported to Mac OS X.  Version 1.0 of the HotPaw CW Morse Decoder for the Mac is available from the Mac App Store.  The features are nearly identical to the iPad version of the app, including the narrow band audio filtering and high speed QRQ mode with can decode Morse Code at over 80 WPM in good conditions.

So, the interesting question will be: How many radio amateurs use recent Macs?

UnTouchType for iPad

Version 1.0.0 of UnTouchType is now available as a Free app from the U.S. iOS App Store.  Experiment with chorded one-hand touch text input.  The app can speak each letter on input for audible verification.  But the current version is very plain, and only allows one short line of text input.

I am awaiting a bit more user feedback before updating UnTouchType with a version that will allow the user to customize their preferred keying combinations by uploading a text file using iTunes.