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Hi again! Long time no see, unfortunately.10 comments | Write Comment
So yeah, It's been rather quiet on the front page for a while now. Turns out my estimation for the amount of time I have available this year was grossly misjudged. I haven't really had the time to work on the site with my studies and work going on.
Friday's Featured Feature is still going to be a thing, just a bit more irregular from now on. As you can see the weekly schedule didn't really work out and I have to admit it was way too optimistic. I'll try to make them as frequent as possible but I probably shouldn't make any promises.
Sorry to disappoint,
Hey, just a quick little heads-up. Despite my promises last week, there will not be an update this Friday.25 comments | Write Comment
The reason being that I just got a new apartment. I'm moving on Saturday so there's a lot of packing and preparation to do. With the already busy university and work schedule, there simply hasn't been enough time to work on NSM. Depending on how quickly I get settled to the new place and get my things sorted, there might be some kind of update next week. If not, I might have to take a couple of weeks off with the site features.
Sorry about that. At least the apartment has a two-year lease so this kind of disruptions shouldn't happen too often in the future.
Hi again! Jamaha here with Friday's Featured Feature Following the First. (Okay, these names are getting dumb. Not that it's going to stop me.)21 comments | Write Comment
This week brings some added features to the sheet archive. Currently, the arrangements can only be browsed by franchise. How about some other options? Sure! After this update these categories will be available in addition to browsing by series:
- Browse by console
- Browse by arranger
- Browse duets
- Browse arrangements for two pianos
People have requested the ability to browse the arrangements of an individual arranger. Consider that request fulfilled. Console listing wasn't exactly requested, but a fun little addition anyway. Also giving duets and two-piano arrangements their own categories should make it easier for people who are specifically searching for then.
Our old sheet database doesn't have any data regarding consoles, so the console category might seem rather bare for the time being. The console information has to be added manually so it'll take some time before all our games have found a proper console to call their home.
Unfortunately if you go check the site now, you don't see the changes anywhere. This is because this update is still somewhat work in progress. The actual changes happen tomorrow but I wanted to post about this today, as scheduled. This was mostly because this week was rather busy in regards to work and studies. Sorry about that.
Another update next week!
UPDATE: The changes are now live! The console listing is still incomplete, but it will be updated during the next few days.
UPDATE 2: Console listing is now done.
Hello! It's time for the First Friday's Featured Feature, the weekly news post where I explain new features I've added to the site.34 comments | Write Comment
If you are reading this on the site's front page, you probably don't see anything changed. Most of the changes made in this update should be fairly transparent to the user and if something looks different, I probably broke something.
The reason things haven't changed much, is because I focused mostly on the back end of things, meaning that the changes affect the things happening on the server and development side. It might not affect your use of the site much, but it definitely helps me do my work. In the older site version, moving things around and adding new pages meant changing things in multiple files and still most likely breaking something. Considering that I just moved the new site from the test environment to the live server by just editing a couple of variables in the configuration, I'd say the changes were rather successful.
But how does all this affect you? The biggest change you can see at first is that the links in the navigation bar have changed a bit. Help has been divided into About and FAQ, to make their purpose more obvious. The order of the links also changed a bit and the change is probably going to annoy those of us who reflexively click the familiar location to access the forums. Sorry.
Clicking on any of the links you should notice that the format of the page urls has changed somewhat. This might result in some broken links if you've directly linked to the pages somewhere. The sheet archive links redirect automatically to the new system so you shouldn't have any problems there. Also, it's not like anyone would really want to link to the other...two pages we had in addition to the sheet archive.
The new FAQ and About pages have changed a bit from the older Help page. They don't contain that much information at this point, but I've made updating them a bit easier so they will actually be updated as time passes. The Staff page was also redone. Now it gets the data from the forums, so it instantly updates when someone gets added to the Staff group on the forums. It's rather plain looking right now, though. Look and layout weren't exactly the focus of this update today.
There's also one extra feature that might actually be of some interest: Arrangement popularity. If you go to the sheet archive, you should see a bar next to each download link. The bar represents an arrangement's popularity with a scale from 0 to 10. The popularity is based on the number of downloads in the past week and it is updated weekly. The popularity feature will be expanded later in the form of top 10 lists or something similar.
And that wraps it up for today, thanks for reading. Also, if you notice any errors caused by the updates today, please report them for example by replying here. Stay tuned for more updates next Friday!
I promised more details on upcoming changes in my previous post, so here we go.4 comments | Write Comment
First, I'd like to introduce a new kind of update: Friday's Featured Feature. What is it, in addition to sounding incredibly dumb? Well, let me explain. As you might have noticed, NSM's website itself hasn't changed much in the past few years and it really needs a nice upgrade. There have been attempts to make some fancy new NSM but as you can see, we haven't had much progress.
So, to make this website upgrading progress a bit more painless, I'll try a slightly different approach: making small upgrades to the site on a weekly basis. I'll also be writing a small news post (known as the aforementioned Friday's Featured Feature) explaining the added site feature and some thoughts behind it. The main purpose of this is to split the process into smaller pieces, give me a solid deadline for site upgrades and to finally get the website to this decade. Hopefully the news posts themselves are also of some interest to you.
To give you some kind of idea what kind of features we'll be adding, I'll mention some here (spoiler alert!). The most significant feature is the new sheet admin meant to ease the updating process. With that ready and installed, our updating team should be able to give you guys more frequent updates. The sheet admin is the most important and also the most complex of the upcoming features, so it might take some time before it will be available.
Another upcoming feature are piano performances. Piano performances are a way for you to submit YouTube videos of you playing the arrangements on this site. The submitted videos will be linked to the sheet database and listed in the sheet archive alongside the sheet music. For the people looking for sheet music, it should work as an additional preview feature so you can hear what the arrangements actually sound like when played. If you record videos of you playing, submitting it to the site might be a nice way to get more views.
Once that feature is implemented, we'll be starting a new weekly news post. In the post we'll be featuring all the submitted videos, similar to the traditional sheet updates. Hopefully this small way of promotion ends up being helpful for the pianists performing our arrangements.
Other smaller features and small quality-of-life website upgrades are also expected, but I won't go into any details here yet. We're also discussing small changes to the forums. Some anniversary stuff might also be happening in April.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment if you have any questions or other comments.
See you next Friday!