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Built with Flash for iPhone technology.
Simple Metronome for developer tutorial.
It demonstrates animation and interactive programming.
The source code will be available after actual CS5 shipping date. For the future announcement please follow my twitter account, takayukifukatsu
-next ver 1.01 supports more improved UI and, disabling auto sleep feature.
What's New in Version 1.01
- Minor UI improvement.
- Disable auto sleep feature.
Pretty & slick GUI, but ultimately not useful
From the dev's personal writings, I know this was an experiment for him to get Flash on the iPhone. The GUI is slick and functional, just like a real metronome. So kudos for interface. However, the app fails in one regard: as a working metronome.
As a musician I have experimented with many metronomes on the app store (My favorite being Visual Metronome by One More Muse). I have been very surprised to find so many metronome apps drop the beat as this one does. With frequent skipping/glitching, the timing on this metronome was the worse I've used by far. Drove me crazy. I can't say that Flash has served the dev very well in this regard.
To be fair, I am using a 2G iPhone, so perhaps the animation is wreaking havoc with the timing. However, I suspect Flash is more likely the culprit. The GUI is so close to the real deal, that an improvement in the timing would make this an ideal metronome app. Here's hoping the dev gives timing some focus.
An unusable demo
While this is an interesting demonstration of Flash to iOS technology, it is exceedingly unfortunate that the author chose a metronome as the subject matter. I see two glaring issues with this. 1) The animation is not smooth. I'm not going to pretend to guess as to why this is, but it's definitely not on par with other native metronome apps that emulate a physical pendulum. And more importantly 2) It doesn't keep proper time! Beats are delayed by random amounts, especially noticable at higher tempos.
I applaud the effort, but next time maybe pick something that does not require precision audio timings and smooth animations. The app provided makes a poor showing of the technology.
I downloaded this mostly because I was interested in the fact that Flash was used. I have to agree with some other reviewers that it does get off the beat a little bit, on my 3g iPhone anyway. It's a very nice design experiment anyway, and I'm sure the bugs can be worked out of it.
- Category: Music
- Updated: Jan 28, 2010
- Version: 1.01
- Size: 8.1 MB
- Seller: Art & Mobile
- © Takayuki Fukatsu
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.