MIDI interface works
Able to download songs from library
What does not
Videos don't play
Unable to use music (lessons or downloaded songs)
What was not tested
Did not try running standalone Flash installer to see if that improved video situation.
REQUIRES: Java, Adobe AIR EMAIL SENT TO PUBLISHER on 3/31/2011: I finally got time to play with the software this evening. Good news: *Very* quick & easy to install under Wine. Bad news: Critical functionality missing DETAILS: I tested on my personal computer; it is faster and more convenient than any of the machine it will actually used on, and, not being familiar with the software, I also wanted to be able to try a "control installation" in a Windows VM on the same machine if I ran into problems. I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit w/ whatever version of Wine its repositories provide. I downloaded the .exe installers for Java, AIR, and PianoMarvel, gave them execute permissions (Wine requires that the execute bit be set these days, to protect against Windows malware executing unknowingly), and ran them in that order. They all installed so fast (10-50x faster than my WinXP VM -- and a lot faster than the Linux version of AIR had installed a few weeks ago when I used it for the 1st time) that I was afraid they hadn't worked, but when I launched PianoMarvel, it came up just fine! After allowing outbound TCP port 80 through my firewall (normally I force the use of a proxy) the program allowed me to log into my account, and I was live. I figured that MIDI setup was going to be a nightmare, but it too "just worked". I bought a super-cheap USB MIDI interface a couple of weeks ago, which I'd verified worked fine under Linux with no drivers needed or anything. I expected to have to do some sort of MIDI device mapping under Wine, but to my surprise, when I went into PM's MIDI Instrument setup, "USB MIDI Interface MIDI 1" showed in the device list. I connected to my piano using about 25' of AT Keyboard extension cables, and it correctly detected the bottom/top keys. The screen looks fine -- program windows behave as they should and all I'm able to go into "Repertoire", browse the library, and add songs. WHAT DOESN'T WORK: 1. Videos don't play. The video opens, but it has a plain white background with no side of the Flash player. I thought that AIR included Flash, but it seems to be a stub, so I may investigate this further. (I confess to not having high hopes for the video, though, esp. since Adobe still doesn't even have a good 64-bit version of Flash...) 2. Any time I try to go into a lesson (or a song I've added from the library), it shows the animated metronome and says "Loading Music Data" for 2-4 seconds before displaying: ERROR ----- An error occurred while loading music data: The data could not be downloaded or was an invalid type. Any thoughts as to what may be different about the music download vs. the other Internet downloads that might cause it to fail? PS: Both video and music downloads work in the XP VM, ruling out a temporary server issue.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 31 2011||1.2.2||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Charles Boling|