Mobel for Android Release Notice / Change History

Versions 1.0d to 1.0g of Mobel for Android, released May/June 2020 made a number of small improvements to layouts, and fixed some bugs.

Mobel 1.0c for Android was released on 24 April 2020. It improved the consistency of response to screen touches during ringing, and also fixed an obscure crash.

Mobel 1.0b for Android was released on 20 April 2020. It fixed a bug in the Handstoke Gap switch, a crash when showing the blue line for a method with bobs defined but not singles, and one more obscure crash.

Mobel 1.0a for Android was released in the Google Play store on 17 April 2020. For an outline of Mobel's facilities, click here.

Mobel for iPhone/iPad Release Notice / Change History

Mobel 2.2.7 for iPhone/iPad, (May 2019), includes an updated microSIRIL library, and fixes a minor bug when editing methods.

Mobel 2.2.5 (9 April 2018) and 2.2.6 (18 April 2018) fixed more problems caused by invalid methods or compositions.

Mobel 2.2.4 was released 28 March 2018. It fixes a couple of crashes if you did strange things with the peal time, or added invalid methods or compositions.

Mobel 2.2.3 was released 16 March 2018. Methods with rounds in the plain course (eg, Oxford TB Minimus) now display correctly. A microSIRIL update includes many extra Minimus methods.

Mobel 2.2.2 was released 17 August 2017. It provided improved calls for some slow course methods (eg Julie McDonnell SC Minor) when you add them from the microSIRIL library.

Mobel 2.2.1 was released 31 January 2017. It had minor improvements.

Mobel 2.2 was released 6 January 2017. It allowed you to show the blue line for compositions (as well as methods), and to browse blue lines for methods in the microSIRIL library without first adding them to Mobel's library.

Mobel 2.1 was released 21 November 2016. It showed place bells in blue line listings.

Mobel 2.0 was released 14 November 2016. It provided the ability to add compositions.

Mobel 1.3.0 was released on 18 October 2014. It provided iOS 8 compatibility, and updated the microSIRIL libraries.

Mobel 1.2.0 was released on 29 October 2013. It provided iPhone 5 and iOS 7 compatibility, and a number of small improvements and bug fixes.

Mobel 1.1.0 was released on 1 December 2010. The only significant change was the additional option to get a score out of 10 for the user's striking.

Mobel 1.0.0 was released in Apple's App Store on 26 October 2010. For an outline of Mobel's facilities, click here.

Abel Release Notice / Change History

Many enhancements and some minor bug fixes have been made to Abel since its first release on Windows on 3 December 1999. The various changes are described below.

Option files and method collections created with any version of Abel are not necessarily compatible with previous versions, so if you go back to a saved version of Abel and use option files created with the newer program, you might get an "Invalid option file" message. If this happens, Abel will use its built-in defaults.

Changes in Version 10.3.1 (May 2022)

Fixed two user-reported bugs, one of which gave intermittent problems when changing Options>ExtBells.

Changes in Version 10.3 (March 2022)

Major improvements to the blue line display, shown when you click the blue >> button.

Fixed two user-reported bugs, one of which could prevent Abel from running; and a few other minor changes and bugs.

Updated to the latest Central Council (microSIRIL) method library.

Changes in Version 3.10.2b (July 2020)

Updated the microSIRIL library. Made a small change to let Abel work with a new form of place notation in a few obscure methods in the library.

Changes in Version 3.10.2a (24 April 2020)

Key up/down ringing didn't work in version 3.10.2. This is fixed.

Changes in Version 3.10.2 (20 April 2020)

To allow use of Abel with programs that use Abel's bell sound and graphics, when Abel is not ringing (Started), keyboard uppercase A..E, G..I, K..R are now used for ringing from a real or simulated keyboard, up to 16 bells. Upper case keys S..X cause Abel to speak promts Go Next Time, Bob, Single, ThatsAll, Rounds, Stand, respectively. Y has the same effect as F4. F and J continue to work as normal, as do all keys when Abel is ringing (Start pressed). The keymap now shows, and allows, only lower case keys; any existing functions mapped to upper case automatically revert to lower case.

The limit on methods in a spliced composition has been increased from 100 to 127!

Changes in Version 3.10.1a (4 April 2019)

A few people using version 3.10.1 found that the toolbar disappeared and wouldn't come back. This is fixed.

Changes in Version 3.10.1 (28 November 2018)

When you use View>BlueLine to turn off the blue line display, it no longer disappears, but shrinks into a small window (you can adjust the size). Thus the Moving Ringers can use the extra screen width and you can still see a few rows of blue line.

When you show the blue line for a method/composition using the blue >> button, Abel optionally shows it as a print preview as well as in the blue line window. You can turn this on/off using Options>ScreenAndPrint.

If you display the blue line for a method that has rounds in the plain course (eg, Oxford TB Minimus), the whole line appears (it used to stop when rounds first occurred).

Changes in Version 3.10.0 (23 February 2018)

Note that if running on Windows XP, you must have SP3 for x86 processors, or SP2 for x64 processors.

You can now have as many different Moving Ringers as you want; the release includes twelve and you can add more yourself. (To reduce the size of the Abel download, it includes eight ringers; a further four are available as a separate download.)
The old Moving Ringers 1/2/3 are deleted during the upgrade process.

If you "double press" the Esc key during ringing, Abel now stops immediately rather than repeating the Rounds/Stand prompt.

If you click a bell to select it, the line for that bell is immediately shown in the blue line display; you no longer have to ring the bell to make this happen.

Changes in Version 3.9.2 (10 Oct 2017)

When using Abel for silent practice of ringing up and down, on tower bells with bottom-dead-centre sensors, Abel can now 'drop out' the backstrokes at the bottom of the raise/lower.

When you're ringing a bell with the Moving Ringers, Abel can now highlight the bell that you have to follow.

When you're ringing a method with Abel, Abel can tell you your place bell at the start of each lead.

When using manual call changes, Abel now speaks the change.

When using the striking controls (right click a bell), you can now link the handstroke and backstroke controls together, so that changes to either affect both. Also, there are now two independent sets of striking controls: A and B. You can switch between them, to give quick comparisons of different striking errors.

If you set up different start rows for Abel, these are now preserved the next time you run Abel.

The User Bell Sound Delay setting (in the Ringing menu) is now renamed to User Starts Bell Movement, and if you switch between static bells and Moving Ringers, the setting is restored to the value it had when last using Moving Ringers.

The Options>Save menu item now tells you the name of the current option file.

You can now use the Port Monitor with external bells configured as Data in Options>ExternalBells.

Changes in Version 3.9.1 (Sept 2015)

The 'g' key now does Start if the bells are not ringing, and Bob if a method is ringing, as well as the traditional Go if the bells are in rounds.

If you set Options>ExternalBells>SensorDelays>ApplyDelaysInSoftware, and are using data connections (via an MBI), Abel no longer sends the delays to the MBI.

Removed the black title bars under bells in a circle.

Changes in Version 3.9.0b

A bug fixed: The CAS striking analyser expects upper case letters for bells 11, 12 etc, but Abel was using lower case. Corrected it.

Changes in Version 3.9.0a

A bug fixed: in Abel 3.9, if you increased the number of bells by at least two, then rang a bell yourself before clicking Start, you got a strange message.
Also, added one more item to the Learning Exercises method collection, and added a Help page for the Learning Exercises.

Changes in Version 3.9 (2015)

Changes in Version 3.8.0a (2014)

Some users felt the strike point of the Moving Ringers' bells was too late. This update corrects it, and also allows you to set the strike point yourself, via Abel's Options/Screen&Print.

Changes in Version 3.8 (2014)

Note that if you're updating from a version before 3.4.0 and want to use the call change composition facility, you must download the call change prompts as well as the latest Abel update. You will also need the extended voice prompts if you want to ring call change compositions on more than 12 bells.

Changes in Version 3.7.0c

Changes in Version 3.7 (2011)

Changes in Version 3.6 (2008)

Changes in Version 3.5.3b

Changes in Version 3.5.3

Changes in Version 3.5.2

Changes in Version 3.5.1

Changes in Version 3.5.0

Changes in Version 3.4

Changes in Version 3.3.1

Changes in Version 3.3.0

Changes in Version 3.2.1

Changes in Version 3.1.0

Mabel Release Notice / Change History

Mabel 1.0 was released in May/June 2009. The latest version is 1.1.0, which runs on macOS 10.7 (Lion) and later. Earlier versions (1.0.0, 1.0.2) are still available for OS X 10.4 (Tiger) to 10.6 (Snow Leopard); mail for details.

Changes in Version 1.1.0 (30 Jan 2019)

Changes in Version 1.0.2 (14 Jan 2012)