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Fretuoso 6.5 is out with iCloud support and deprecated instrument editions

11 Aug 2019

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Today, we are releasing version 6.5 of the Fretuoso app, with an important new feature: iCloud support.

This means that all of your app data, from your settings, custom tunings, and statistics to your instrument purchases are now safely stored in your connected iCloud account.

If your device is set up with an iCloud account (and it really should be!), your data is automatically imported and synced with the cloud. It will also automatically propagate to any other devices running Fretuoso you may have connected to the same account.

You will now be able to practice the fretboard on your iPhone and your iPad, and can pick up from one device to the other transparently.

This new support for iCloud also brings all of our various editions of the app together for the first time, as your iCloud data is also shared between them as well. So if you are using both our Banjo and Guitar editions, for example, your data will be preserved between these versions of the app.

As a consequence of this change, since your purchases are now automatically shared between all editions of Fretuoso, we are officially deprecating the various instrument editions, as well as the Complete Edition.

From now on, we will provide feature updates only through the main app (previously known as the “free” edition). In the coming months, these editions will stop receiving any updates besides iCloud support, and will eventually be removed from the App Store.

If you are using one of the paid editions of Fretuoso, or made purchases in any of them, just make sure to update it to at least version 6.5 and start it once while logged in with your iCloud account. Your purchases will be automatically unlocked in the main Fretuoso app as well, and you can switch to it immediately.

This consolidation is bringing more clarity to our app offering, and will simplify the life of both our users and ourselves as developers.

We have more important new features coming soon to Fretuoso, so please stay tuned!

Fretuoso 6.5 is available today and requires a device running iOS 10 or newer.

Download on the App Store


Christmas and End Of Year Sale for Fretuoso

19 Dec 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

To celebrate the end of 2018, and in the spirit of the holidays, we are again offering deep discounts on our Fretuoso® apps. Stuff the stocking of your iOS-enabled budding musician this holiday season! The reduced pricing will be effective starting on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and will go till the end of the year.

During this time, the following prices will be reduced:

  • The bundle with all instruments in Fretuoso will be down to $3.99 (from the usual $6.99 - 43% off!).
  • Many individual instruments will be on sale for just $0.99 (down from $2.99) - in the Fretuoso app only.
  • The Complete Edition will also see a similar drop in price to $3.99.
  • Other editions will go down to just $0.99 for the base app price (down from $2.99 - 66% off!). This includes editions for Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Mandolin and Ukulele.

Download on the App Store

Happy Holidays to all!


Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale for Fretuoso

23 Nov 2017

The holidays are upon us again! This year, we are giving thanks to our budding musicians by reducing the price of instruments significantly over Thanksgiving weekend, specifically starting with Black Friday (November 24) till Cyber Monday (November 28).

During this time, the following prices will be reduced:

  • The bundle with all instruments in Fretuoso will be down to $3.99 (from the usual $6.99 - 43% off!)
  • The Complete Edition will also see a similar drop in price to $3.99.
  • Other editions will go down to just $0.99 for the base app price (down from $2.99 - 66% off!). This includes editions for Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Mandolin and Ukulele.

Download on the App Store

In related news, the latest version of Fretuoso (6.1.3) now fully accomodates the screen of the brand new iPhone X.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Fretuoso 6.1, now ready for iOS 11

02 Oct 2017

With the recent release of iOS 11, we are proud to announce the availability of the latest version of the Fretuoso® apps to support the latest version of the Apple operating system.

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Version 6.1 is now available on the App Store for all devices running iOS version 9.0 and later.

We have recently added support for new screen sizes, most notably the latest 10.5” iPad Pro that came out a few months ago, and we have started making accomodations for the upcoming iPhone X, whose larger screen presents some additional challenges for apps like Fretuoso. We will be further refining support for this new device before its release in early November.

This new version of Fretuoso also uses the latest version of the AudioKit framework, the open-source audio library that we have been collaborating with to help developers provide first-class audio applications on Apple platforms. Version 4 was just released, feel free to check it out if you are interested in making your own audio apps for iOS!

Download on the App Store


Fretuoso 6, featuring AudioKit

19 Jan 2017
Today we are proud to announce the availability of a major new version of our Fretuoso® apps.




Fretuoso 6.0 mostly features some significant internal changes compared to previous versions of the app. The most visible are the improved support for iOS 10, and the move to AudioKit as our new audio engine.

Now Powered By AudioKit

A few months ago, we announced that we were actively supporting development of this new open-source framework for Apple operating systems.

Today marks the first time that we actually ship an application using it. AudioKit provides Fretuoso with a more solid audio foundation which will pave the way for some exciting new features in the near future.

The main reason the switch wasn't made earlier was that using AudioKit forces us to drop support for devices running iOS 8. Today, the vast majority of active iOS devices run iOS 9 and above, and this will be the minimum supported configuration for Fretuoso releases from now on.

Other changes in this release include the following:
  • Taptic feedback on the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.
Fretuoso 6.0 is available today on the App Store and is a free upgrade for all users.


As a side note, both the Catloaf Software and AudioKit teams will be roaming the floors of NAMM over the next few days. Please say hi if you run into any of us!


Texts From Bernie Sanders

27 Apr 2016
We are proud to announce the release of the latest app in our Texts From series, Texts From Bernie.



Focusing on quotes from Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, it follows in the footsteps of the Texts From Trump app we released a month ago, allowing us to cover a wide spectrum of political discourse in the 2016 US Presidential Election.

Better known as the anti-establishment candidate of the American left, Bernie Sanders has been active in political life as an elected official for many decades and has managed to shake up the political world in this campaign cycle with his staunchly progressive rhetoric.

All quotes are gathered from various public online sources, and are drawn from many speeches and public appearances across his career, including of course his 2016 campaign for the US presidency.

It also joins previous apps in the series mostly focused on historical figures, such as Texts From Founding Fathers, Texts From Oscar Wilde and Texts From Jesus.

Like in other Texts From apps, a new quote gets delivered every day to your device as a notification, via a Today Widget or on a paired Apple Watch. Quotes can be quickly “loved”, “hated” or shared on Facebook and other social networks.

Additionally, all quotes are indexed by iOS 9 for quick and easy search.

In addition, we also released updated versions of all the other Texts From apps. These bring various bug fixes, and improvements to the Glance for Apple Watch.

The app is now out on the App Store, and it is free (though ad-supported). Get your copy now!



Texts From Donald Trump

30 Mar 2016
We are proud to announce the release of the latest app in our Texts From series, Texts From Trump.

 Texts From Trump


This new app follows in the footsteps of other popular apps in the series, which includes Texts From Jesus, Texts From Founding Fathers and Texts From Oscar Wilde.

The app is timely as it comes in the midst of a very heated and unusual U.S. presidential election year. Donald Trump is best known for his frequent past and present incendiary statements that have set the media ablaze.

We hope to help contribute to the public discourse on this crucial race by making some of these statements more accessible to users of Apple devices, and the public at large. The app will be updated regularly as new quotes become available.

All quotes are from public statements from Donald Trump, gathered from his famous Twitter account, his public speeches, to newspaper articles and media interviews. A few excerpts from some of his published books are also included.

Like in other Texts From apps, a new quote gets delivered every day to your device as a notification, via a Today Widget or on a paired Apple Watch. Quotes can be quickly “loved”, “hated” or shared on Facebook and other social networks.

Additionally, all quotes are indexed by iOS 9 for quick and easy search.

In addition, we also released updated versions of all the other Texts From apps. These bring various improvements, particularly a much improved Facebook integration.

The app is now out on the App Store, and it is free. Get your copy now!




New training feature in Fretuoso 5.9

16 Mar 2016
A few days ago, we released the latest version of Fretuoso for iOS.

Among the usual set of bug fixes and minor improvements, we also included a brand new feature giving you yet another option to focus your fretboard training: a time limit for guessing each note.

This new option can be enabled by going to the training options, within the settings menu or from the wheel icon that appears in training modes.

The new training option 
This option basically allows you to set a time limit within which you need to guess the note prompted to you. Being a training option, this only applies to the fretboard training and staff training modes, not the game mode which is independent of these settings.

The maximum value is 10 seconds; the option is turned off by default.

In effect, this allows you to make your training more challenging, and adds a time element which was previously mostly relegated to the game mode.

Any guess not made in the allotted time will effectively count as a miss, though you will get a nice TOO LATE sign to tell you you were too slow to answer! We suggest you start with a higher value and progressively lower it as you get more comfortable.

You should have answered faster!

We would like to publicly acknowledge our user Andrew Owen who suggested this new feature a few weeks ago. We are proud to be listening to our users, so feel free to shoot us an email with your feedback and suggestions. We just might turn your idea into a new feature...

Have fun with this and keep practicing daily!