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FATpick v2.3 for Windows, MacOSX and Linux was released on Friday, March 19.

This release adds auto-update support for Windows and refines some of the image and sound assets used within the app.

Visit the downloads page to get the latest version of FATpick. Read on for a list of notable changes in this release.

🎁 Auto-Updating Installed Windows Application

FATpick for Windows is now distributed as an installer (FATpick-Setup.exe) rather than an a stand-alone portable app.

The "one-click" installer is simple to use. When run it will automatically install the appropriate version of the FATpick, add Desktop and Start Menu shortcuts you can use to launch the app, and then run the newly installed app for the first time so you can get started immediately. The process only takes a few seconds.

Distributing FATpick in this way has a few advantages:

  1. Since the installer is able to select the appropriate binary for your specific hardware (rather than an a "universal app" that includes code you won't use) the size of the installed application (FATpick.exe and related files) is smaller.

  2. An uninstaller ("Uninstall FATpick.exe") is also included, which will fully remove all traces of the app from your computer. No preferences, application settings or other configuration data is left behind.

  3. The Windows application will now auto-update when new versions of FATpick are deployed. When running, the app will periodically check for updates, and quietly upgrade itself when a new version is available. The next time the app is launched you'll be running the latest version.

Visit our knowledge base article on installing FATpick on Windows for more information.

Note that the installation process for OSX and Linux has not changed. FATpick is still distributed as a DMG disk image for macOS and the installed application updates automatically. The portable AppImage is still available for Linux.

🎁 17 New and Improved Virtual Instruments

A couple of new real-audio-based digital instruments have been added: one for banjo and another for harmonic effects on guitar.

Refinements have also been made to the audio samples used for several of the pre-existing instruments, including acoustic guitar, electric bass, bassoon, cello, clarinet, contrabass, flute, french horn, harmonium, harp, piano, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and violin. While the difference is sometimes subtle, the changes improve sound quality for those instruments and in some cases may improve the overall efficiency of the audio engine.

🎁 New Song/Album Covers

The "placeholder" cover art - displayed when no custom cover is added to an imported song - has been expanded with a dozen new images.

Note that by virtue of the cover art selection algorithm the introduction of these new images may "re-shuffle" some of the previously assigned placeholder covers. That is, you may notice that some songs now use a different placeholder image than they used to.

We're trying a slightly different art style with these new covers, so let us know what you think.

FATpick is a smart tab player that "gamifies" the experience of learning new songs. Open any GuitarPro file - or hundreds of songs already shared by others - in an animated music reader that indicates exactly when and where to play each note. Backing audio tracks are automatically synchronized with each song, and can be customized with DAW-like audio and instrument controls. FATpick listens to your performance as you play along with any guitar to provide instant feedback on your pitch and timing accuracy.

You can download FATpick right now and be up and running in just a couple of minutes.

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