Senior Bulletin Board
A private messaging app for challenged seniors.
We don't share any of your information.
Known Bugs in version 1.0.1
If you start the app with the iPad in portrait orientation the user interface is messed up and it doesn't reorient properly when you rotate to landscape mode. Work around: kill the app entirely*, then start it again in with the iPad in landscape orientation. *to kill an app entirely, double click the home button at the bottom of the iPad, then swipe the app(s) you want to kill off of the screen.
- For the eyesight challenged: text enlarges to take up available space
- For the computer challenged: simplest possible interface
- For those vulnerable to fraud: highly secure system with your own administrator interface for a family member or friend
- For those confused by ads: ad free, always will be
This app is for private messaging for seniors and their younger friends and family. Configure the senior app on one device (iPads are good), by entering a name and email for the senior, choosing the Senior interface, then entering your own name and email as administrator.
On a different device (your iPhone), configure the app to be administrator by entering your own name and email, then choosing Admin. From the admin screen, add a senior. Then add yourself as an authorized sender. Go to the send screen and add that senior as a friend. Then you can send them a private message!
We don't share any of your information. You choose when to message other users or publish your musical material.
Working with Chunks
Use your fingers to finger-paint notes on a grid. There are three types of grid: percussion, multi (MIDI instruments), and sampler. On the percussion grid each hrorizontal row represents a percussion sound. The vertical columns represent beats. The entire thing is referred to as a chunk, which is important because you can keep adding chunks.
When you choose the Multi tab from the tab bar at the bottom, you get another grid, for normal instruments, that behaves differently than the percussion grid. These instruments need pitch values for each note, so each horizontal row represents a pitch. The columns are the same as for percussion; they represent rhythmic beats.
A third grid type is found on the Sampler tab. Here you have the ability to record audio clips using the microphone, than assign them notes, including pitch shifts which are represented again by the horizontal rows. Most vocal sounds will make you laugh. They sound like The Chipmunks, or like Darth Vader. Other recorded sounds could be more serious. Like the sound of a glass clinking, or the pop of a champagne cork. The Sampler is pretty experimental.
You may notice that there are three play buttons (each with a corresponding "paws" button). The one near the top of the screen is for playing the current chunk. It will loop until the "paws" button is hit, allowing you to add (or erase) notes while it is playing. I will explain the other two when I explain tracks, and arrangements.
Working with Tracks
The horizontal area just below the grid is for creating and editing tracks. There are eight very small buttons on the left, followed by an area to the right of that where chunks are sequenced into a track. The small buttons left to right are: Play, and below that Paws, New Chunk (+) and below that Delete Chunk (x), Begin repeat, and below that End Repeat, Increase Repeat Counter (up arrow) and below that Decrease Repeat Counter (down arrow).
Working with Arrangements
The row of controls right above the bottom tab bar is used for controlling playback of arrangements. Arrangements include percussion, instruments, and samples.
Saving and Sharing Jams
The Share tab allows you to save and load locally to and from your device, add friends and send them a jam (which they can edit and send back), and also to publish jams for all users to see, and maybe add to and republish under a new name (yours stays uneditied).
A musical instrument designed for Jazz