Sorry it’s been so long since we posted an update. Here’s what’s going on…
Lightning Bug 2.9.4
Last weekend we released some patches to Lightning Bug with the following audio upgrades:
– Users with devices running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or greater will now benefit from a totally new audio component for eliminating playback gaps. This new component has much improved stability and provides totally clean playback when the app is moved to the background! If you are using Android 4.1 or higher, Lightning Bug will automatically use the new component as long as you have ‘Lightning Bug Audio’ enabled under clock settings.
– Over the last few weeks we’ve had a lot of complaints from users, especially those on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, of the audio system crashing. So we’ve also made some tweaks and bug fixes to the original audio component for devices running Android 2.3 – 4.0. These changes will also apply automatically.
As always, if you experience any problems with Lightning Bug, audio or otherwise, please contact support AT lightningbug.me.
It’s been a long time since we released a major update! I want to assure you that the new app is under development and looking absolutely *fantastic*! So I think it will definitely be worth the wait. It’s still a little premature to announce a release date, but we will be sending out invitations to beta test the new app soon! Beta seats are limited, but if you would like to participate please contact support AT lightningbug.me!
Since the release of Jelly Bean we’ve gotten quite a few reports of Lightning Bug crashing on startup for some Jelly Bean devices. Unfortunately, we hadn’t been able to reproduce the issue on our Jelly Bean test devices, so it looked like we were just gonna have to live with it.
But then yesterday we were contacted by a user in Germany named Ralph who was gracious enough to run Lightning Bug while his Jelly Bean phone was hooked up to the Android SDK debugger tool. This is an advanced debugging step, and one we would usually try to avoid, but it totally paid off. Ralph sent us the system log from his debugging session and voilà. So, thanks to Ralph the issue is now patched and 2.9.1 has been released to the Play store!
On another note, a lot of you have been asking about the status of 3.0. Just wanted to let you all know that development is in full swing and the new app is looking and sounding fantastic! There’s no release date yet, but should be ready in another month or so.
We can’t thank you enough for your patience, but thanks all the same!
Who is State Azure?
State Azure is a UK-based electronica artist who’s been putting out some killer ambiance lately. If you’ve noticed his name listed as a contributor to Lightning Bug, its because he’s also been sending us some great audio samples and loops to use in Lightning Bug since the 2.0 release. And we’re totally stoked to tell you that State Azure has now published both an album and an EP online!
Check out his tunes and give him a shout!
Continue reading Who is State Azure? + Cubicle Pi: Converging
I Just Want My App To Work!
So you’ve installed our latest update, 2.9, and *still* hear audio skipping when you use Lightning Bug. Please check *each* of the following in the order they appear:
– Are you using the latest version of Lightning Bug?
Launch Lightning Bug and pay attention to the app’s splash screen. The current version number is displayed to the bottom right of the app’s title. It should read “v2.9”. If not, go to the Android Market and install 2.9.
Continue reading I’m Using 2.9 But Still Hear Skipping
More great news on our ongoing problems with looped audio on Android. Our 2.9 release includes a new audio framework just for Ice Cream Sandwich users! You won’t have to do anything, we’ve made it the default just for ICS.
Continue reading Lightning Bug 2.9 – No More Skipping in Ice Cream Sandwich
Thanks so much to all of you that participated in our Bug ReportTwitter campaign, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Continue reading setLooping() Bug Status Update!
Version 2.8.1 has been released to the Android Market. This is primarily a bug-fix release, but before we get to that, a few words about our on-going issue with audio playback in the Android OS. Continue reading Lightning Bug 2.8.1 – Call to Action
GREAT NEWS! The audio skipping issue has been fixed!
In our 2.8 release we introduce a feature called ‘Lightning Bug Audio’. Lighting Bug Audio is a custom audio system we built just for Lightning Bug that effectively fixes the gapskipping issue many of you noticed as of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Continue reading Lightning Bug 2.8 – No More Skipping!
One of our most frequent requests is to port Lightning Bug to the desktop. While we haven’t yet planned a native PCMac port, we do have some great news! A great new application called BlueStacks just went into a public alpha today that will let Windows users run Android and their Android apps on any device running Windows! Continue reading Want to use Lightning Bug on your PC or MAC?
Hi everyone, we wanted to give you an update on the recent outage Lightning Bug experienced.
Around the 9th of June some users began to notice that Lightning Bug was no longer able to download plugin content. Many of you emailed us about the issue and we quickly verified that, in fact, the server we used to host Lightning Bug’s plugin content was no longer online. Continue reading A Note On The Recent Lightning Bug Plugin Outage