That being done, we have since been working on 3 key areas: Ease of Use, Engine Extensions and App Stability.
Ease of Use
We want to make it as easy as possible to get great results 'out of the box'. That is easier said than done with an app as powerful and flexible as Wotja and where people want to do different things with it!
To that end, we have made numerous small UI improvements (these all add up) and also added a Flow segment and new templates.
The Flow Player mode, made possible because of the new V19 Randomization Schemes, has been getting great feedback. We realised we could further improve it by providing easier access to the Randomization Schemes. If you choose to make your own, perhaps by customising one of the included ones, then these will also show up in this screen.
Templates give you great starting points and are easy to modify.
'TTM1 Players 2' templates / 'TTM Default 2' Randomization Scheme - new templates to take advantage of the new Randomization Scheme capability
V19 Engine Extensions
The last couple of years we have been very busy consolidating all apps into one (Wotja). With V19 now released we are working to extend the capabilities of our V19 engines - and we hope and expect there is more to come, too.
The engine in Wotja 19 that underpins all sound generation.
NEW: 'Macro Oscillator 1' - a port of the popular open-source sound generator from Mutable Instruments; this is a very powerful Tone Generator unit addition to the ISE and significantly increases its sonic capabilities
NEW: Randomization in the ISE Network Editors (Sound, FX) - a dice button allows, from two new Randomization Preset settings (Random Presets - Synth Presets and FX Presets), a Sound or FX preset to be chosen at random (if those are toggled on)
The scripting engine that allows programmatic control over parameters.
We have released a number of bug fix updates since V19 release.
Wotja is a complex system, however, and of late we've been moving forward at quite a pace adding new features and capabilities. Having now added a good number of those we decided it was high time to focus solely on tracking-down and fixing crashes and bugs. We have been working on that over the last month, culminating in 19.5.0 released today. We are calling this a 'stability release' as you should find the app a lot more stable now (thankfully!).
We never like to pre-announce things, but we have some more things up our sleeve for V19 and we hope you like where we are taking Wotja. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please do get in touch via our Contact Form.
We have localisations for Chinese and Japanese, too, and those cater for what is needed in the Wotja Go and Wotja Box Feature Sets.
Wotja Use Case - Using Wotja as a Sleep Aid (updated)
I have been having a bit of trouble sleeping of late (I've had a lot on my mind frankly!). I thought that I might as well use Wotja on my iPhone and give its 'Flow Player' mode a spin and see if that helped me (UPDATE - check out this short Youtube video example).
I chose the new Flow Player mode as it is so simple to use (and is in all our Wotja apps). You just get it going and it creates a succession of automatically generated mixes based on the Randomization Scheme you choose. Once playing it continues doing its thing until either the Sleep Timer or Music Play Time Timeout kicks in.
What I found is that, for me at least, it really DOES seem to help ME get to sleep.
I think it's because what is generated is A) interesting enough to distract my mind, the music being either ambiences, drifting melodies or some combination (depending on Randomization Scheme); B) it sounds harmonious and relaxing and C) I know it's always fresh meaning I can either actively 'listen' to it or not, it's up to my mind what it wants to do. I find it a bit like 'listening' to waves on a beach in that there is a continous ebbing and flowing that is ever-changing; you know it is just there whether you tune in or zone out.
All I do is get Wotja playing on my iPhone, put it into Airplane mode so there it no WiFi/Cellular on, turn the phone volume right down and then put my phone under my pillow.
I tend to use it with the included 'Default' Randomization Scheme (RS) which generates melodies and ambiences. But, if you want just ambiences try the 'Ambient Mixes Box 1'. If you want melodies try 'TTM Piano Melodies' or 'TTM Bell Melodies' for pianos or bells respectively.
There is some degree of customization of RSs in all the apps (they are editable), but in the apps with Box and Pro Feature Sets you can also select the Templates and Sound/FX presets you want to be chosen for mix randomization. What is even cooler, is that in those apps you can edit and save your Randomization Schemes and even share them. That means that you, if you want, can share your 'recipes' for others to try out. I will do a video on that side of things in due course.
Sleep aids tend to work differently for different people so it is impossible to generalise as to effectiveness. That being so, I would be interested to hear the experience of others who might try this out. It would be good to know if it is effective for you, too.
What Lies Ahead
Now that we have got both the first release and first bug fix release out (19.0.7), we need to stand back, let the dust settle for a bit and then take stock of where we are. The last few months has been a whirlwind of activity and we need to take a bit of a breather!
We will of course be doing some more videos and encourage you to have a go yourselves!
We hope you like where we are taking Wotja. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please do get in touch via our Contact Form.
Our Q3 update blog post is a bit later than normal, mainly because we have been busy working on what we are calling Wotja V19. We had been planning to call it Wotja V6 but we felt that now we have established an annual model we might as well keep things simple by aligning the version number and year!
Much of what is coming in the first release will be related to general improvements. We have spent a lot of time on those and they all stack up. We will be adding features during the product cycle but we never pre-announce those as we don't want to tempt fate. Suffice to say, there will be some...
If you have the paid-for 2018 version then you might want to jump in early, or maybe even wait until later in the year as we add things. It is entirely up to you when or even if you choose to get the 2019 version.
All said and done, we will all have to wait and see what else we have been able to squeeze in for V19.0.0.
Wotja A is going soon...
On December 1st we will be removing from sale the free/subscription versions of Wotja A for iOS and Wotja A for macOS, as well as their 'Unlocked' In-App Subscriptions. We are doing this as we need to have just one variant of the free version to maintain as we move forwards.
Panic not! The free/subscription of Wotja X for iOS and Wotja X for macOS will be updated to Wotja V19 on Jan 1st 2019 or thereabouts, so you can move over to one of those now if you wish and take out the relevant monthly 'Unlocked' subscription.
If you especially need to use a version with enhanced accessibility, then consider getting the paid-for Wotja A 2018 for iOS or Wotja A 2018 for macOS. These "accessibility" versions will not be removed from sale at the end of the year and will remain available for purchase for a time (TBD) but they will get no further updates.
Alternatively, in 2018 you could get the paid-for Wotja X 2018 for iOS or Wotja X 2018 for macOS. To make way for the new versions that are coming these will, however, be removed from sale at the end of the year and will then get no further updates.
We will be running some price reductions on all paid-for 2018 versions in the run up to the New Year. If you want one of those, then don't miss out!
P.S. We know it has been a bit confusing this year, but this will all get easier next year.
At long last we have managed to find a way to be able to sell T-Shirts, and this is via Amazon! They can be purchased for shipping in/to the US, UK and Germany.
We have 4 designs currently available and each comes in a range of colours (see the merch page). Let us know if we are missing your favourite!
Even though we know they are not cheap, we have set the prices as low as we can and we make very little from each sale. However, the quality seems good and they will no doubt be collector's items one day! They will make cool Xmas presents, too, so don't miss out :).
Looking ahead to the New Year
We have already said too much, but we are really looking forward to the new Wotja product lifecycle.
We hope you like where we are taking Wotja. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please do get in touch via our Contact Form.
Since our last blog post we have been continuing to beaver away like crazy on Wotja X, and we are doing that because it uses the UI we will be moving forward with in 2019. We've been continuing to squash bugs, making it easier to use and polishing it to look better on all of iOS, macOS, Windows and Android.
We have of course been continuing to update Wotja A, too, with bug fixes and also improvements where we can. Wotja A has in no way been forgotten, but it is just that the Wotja X UI is where we have had to invest the majority of our time.
As part of our continued improvement we've added some new useful things such as:
We have a few more things that we want to do yet for the Wotja 5 product cycle and we are looking forward to finishing them off. That said, we can't wait to start work on the Wotja 6 product cycle where we hope to add an lot of cool new stuff!
It is also at release of Wotja 6 (coming January 1st 2019 or thereabouts) that we finally have just one app variant per platform - there will no longer be variants of Wotja, i.e. Wotja A and Wotja X, but just Wotja in whatever versions are available, e.g. Annual and Free versions. It is at this point that we will have completed the transition to Wotja and everything gets simpler - we can't wait for that, either!
We hope you continue to enjoy how we are taking Wotja forward and we always look forward to seeing what you can do with it. Please do leave a rating or review whenever you can, as these really do help us reach others.
We are a little bit behind with our Q1 update, sorry. We released Wotja 5 on Jan 1st 2018 and since then have been beavering away like crazy on completing the Wotja X port so that we had a Wotja solution to run on all of macOS, Windows, iOS and Android. That work is now done and Wotja (AKA Wotja A) and Wotja X are now feature comparable (see below), too.
Anyhow, so much as happened in the last few months that it is actually now all a bit of a blur so let's just press on, and keep it brief!
The Intermorphic Forum is being retired
Important notice for our Forum members
HEADS UP: We will deactivate/decommission the Intermorphic Forum on or before 24th May (and it may well be before then). If there is any information on it you wish to refer to then you will only be able to access that whilst it is there, so don’t delay. When it is gone, it is gone.
We have some momentous and sad news for you concerning the Intermorphic Forum.
Intermorphic develops generative music and creativity software and has done so for many years - and we hope and plan to continue doing so for many more years yet (so don’t worry about that); this is about the Forum.
The world of software is changing ever faster and to keep our software moving forwards requires us to give every second we can to it. Our PHPBB3 Forum has just about managed to keep working over the years and has required little by way of maintenance (it has gone wrong a few times and by some miracle we were able to get it going again)! However, as sometimes happens in life, things are about to change in a big way.
Data Protection law is changing 25th May 2018 and new regulations coming into force then. These are referred to as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
GDPR is a very complex piece of legislation with enormous ramifications for businesses of all sizes. Small businesses do not have the resources of larger businesses so it hits them much harder. We are not even a small business; we are a micro business with very meagre resources at our disposal. We are not lawyers, SQL database specialists, PHP specialists or admin junkies - we are a 2 man team working our socks off to make useful and rewarding creativity apps for a small niche audience, and just doing that and managing to survive is plenty hard enough.
A Forum is a complex, multi-faceted thing. Because of what the Forum is and the way it works then to modify it to be GDPR compliant (were that to be even possible) is simply way beyond our capabilities or the time we have available and we simply could not afford to bear the costs we would need to incur to do it (i.e. legal advice). The only thing we can do, therefore, is to remove it all together - so, with a sad and heavy heart, that is what we are going to do.
We will keep an eye out in the future for some new kind of GDPR-compliant ‘watering hole’ that is sufficiently admin free and economical to deploy. However, that would mean a fresh start and we might never find one. We may even be able to use YouTube videos as a kind of hybrid; we just don’t know yet.
We know it may be little by way of consolation, but we are at least relieved that GDPR is coming into force only after we have finally made the transition to Wotja / Wotja X - the future for all our older, now retired apps, e.g. Noatikl, Mixtikl, Liptikl, Tiklbox and the older Partikl Sound Engine.
As a quasi-replacement for the forum we will therefore be working to find a way to improve our Wotja FAQs and we will still retain information on our website for our now retired apps.
Thank you for being forum members, and for your contributions and mutual support over the years. We wish you all the best in your creative endeavours.
With the February 2018 release of Wotja X 5.2.5, which we had been actively working on for many, many months, we were finally closing in on that goal. A few weeks later on April 28th we got to major feature parity between 'Wotja A' and 'Wotja X'.
Reaching that feature parity was a major milestone for us as it meant that we were at last in position where we could start adding NEW features to Wotja, rather than porting them over from other apps. A case in point being the V5.5.0 release where we added a new feature to allow video export. This is fun, see an example below (see also: How do I share a video recording?)
As you can see from the above this is already turning out to be a very major year for us with lots and lots of changes - some of them tough ones. We hope the above gives you a useful overview of where we are at and provides a context that helps to explain why those changes are happening and necessary.
We hope you enjoy how we are taking Wotja forward and we look forward to seeing what you can do with it. Do let us know via social media etc. as it is now easy to create and share recordings!