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The ArcticMac (developer) commented on 19 Jan 2008
For all those who've had issues with the download, I've decided to change to a zlib compressed disk image, which shouldn't cause any problems for anyone. Note that the download URL is the same as always, so you may need to clear your browser cache to get the new file.

Also, for future reference, it's good to know that tip that the admins posted - just remove the .bz2 file extension and open the d/l file directly as a dmg.
[Version 2.0]

The ArcticMac (developer) commented on 19 Jan 2008
A couple things about the new release. First off, it seriously is 10.4 or higher only. I'm so sure of this (like, really really sure) that I even used a format for the disk image that's specific to 10.4 and higher. I'd like to maybe do a 10.3.9 release sometime in the future, but it has to wait until I get access to my PPC box, which won't be until at least June.

Furthermore, for the user who requests more bulb packs - I'm an engineer and a software developer, not an artist. Once and a while I get inspired to draw bulbs, but not very often. I've got some stuff in the pipeline to help folks out creating bulbs, and I'm hosting bulb files on my site so they're easier to find, but I'm not going to be able to do most of the artwork. I'd love it if you'd be willing to contribute. Really.
[Version 2.0]

The ArcticMac (developer) commented on 04 Nov 2006
Just a quick note - I've been getting lots of requests for a UB version. It's coming. Look for one by the end of November.
[Version 1.1.1]


The ArcticMac reviewed on 28 Jun 2006
It works for what it is designed for, more or less. I really only have three complaints with it.
First, it absolutely does not conform to the OS X user interface guidelines. - buttons are in a non-standard font/spacing, preferences aren't in the preferences menu. (points off in playability and graphics)

Second, its slow. I don't know what its doing but sudoku is something that even an old Mac like mine should be able to play without any lag at all.(points off in playability and stability)

Third, it doesn't use an optimal algorithm for checking/solving. From my observations, it would appear that it generates an arrangement to start the game, and then simply hides values from that and checks. The problem with this is that there is a possibility of more than one solution if certain numbers are removed. This means that a person can have a solution that is correct as far as the rules of Sudoku, but doesn't check with the program.(points docked in playability and features)
[Version a.0.0.1]

The ArcticMac commented on 27 Jun 2006
If what you are looking for is basic point-and-click music notation software, NotePad is reasonably good. It's free, and it gets the job done for basic stuff.

You can't do anything like key/time changes, and you can only do basic rests. Grace notes and trills are out, as well.

In addition, it's a bit of a drag to run, at least on my old iMac, as it tends to be slow and less responsive than one would hope.

So, in other words, great, if you want to write out "Twinkle, twinkle, little star", but not good for much that's longer or more complex. But it's free, and it's point-and-click. You get what you pay for.

If you need more advanced capabilities for typesetting, I highly recommend LilyPond (just do a macupdate search). It uses text-based input to create beautiful, complex scores, and, is therefore (provided you are willing to learn the syntax) an excellent alternative for those who would like free, advanced music notation software.
[Version 2006]

The ArcticMac (developer) commented on 04 Dec 2005
Sincerest apologies to all who downloaded the initial release of version 1.1 and were unable to open. Version 1.1(2) is available from my site (and hopefully here too, soon), and fixes a problem with the disk image that made it unopenable under 10.3 and lower.

Version 1.1(2) is also recommended for everyone due to the fact that it contains a Spacer bulb which I accidentally left out of the initial release.

Again, Sorry about that.

Happy Holidays!
[Version 1.1]

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