Some important improvements have been made in 2018, including the following:
Ring: Random Touches: can be activated before (+during) ringing incl. AutoGo, and Status calls are highlighted to show when active.
TouchEdit: Start At Any Row: has been applied throughout incl. multi-event methods, multi-method touches, part-lead splice, print, preview, Analysis, Ring, RingFromPartWay etc along with a thorough overhaul of touches
Method Import: now from methods.org.uk XML files of 20,000 methods.
Training and Kaleidoscope: Mexican Wave, Mexican Wave + Reverse, Whole Pull Hunt, Treble Bob Hunt and 100 individual Kaleidoscope exercises have been added to the BelTutor.BKL library (free download available), and a new option has been added to Auto-Call Thats-All at the end of an exercise, eg. Mexican Wave and Treble Bob Hunt.
Raising and Lowering: You can practise ringing Devon Call Change competition style (ie. raise, ring test piece and lower), entirely automatically, with Beltower making all the calls etc. or you can ring with the whole band or individually.
There are 3 start styles: All Together, 1-12-123-... and When You Can, and there are 7 rates of speed change. A few concessions have been made to help you start as there are no ropes to follow. You can set the first and double strike stages to suit your bells, either from user entries or simply by tenor weight, and there are options for variable signal-strike delays.
Sensors and Switches: Beltower applies delays with Belfree and optionally with Bagley MBI, to enable odd-striking and variable strike delays with raising and lowering, and inputs from keyboard, mouse, Belfree, Handbell Manager and USB foot switches have been rationalised for method calls.
Touches generally incl. Multi-Method: You can now 'Combine' methods (splice at any row) including Calling Manually. Touches have been completely overhauled: incl. editing, ringing, Ring From part way through, All-The-Work reporting, Half-lead splice, method change at Part-lead rounds (eg. principles), and calling Rounds (eg. at snap lead). There have been extensive improvements to multi-method touch editing, including splicing multi-event methods (eg. Stedman), highlighting errors, less restrictive free-format editing, improved listings and more warning messages.
Ringing: There's finer Speed control and improved timing precision and striking reporting (16 times more precise). There's a new Auto-Stand option, Combined early+late faults in the Striking Monitor report, and a peal is scrollable in Changes. And you can now End ringing with the Ctrl+WdwsLogo keys (handy for portables, laptops etc.)
Striking Monitor Combined Faults has been added, showing the average of all your errors.
Animation: SwingTimes (wheel rotation) now in 2 settings for easier adjustment.
Sensors: raised COM limit to 32.