The Catloaf Software Blog

Happy New Year from Catloaf Software!

31 Dec 2012
As 2012 is finally coming to a close, we're happy to wish you all a Happy New Year 2013!

2012 was a particularly good year for us; we made major improvements to our apps and released the last major version of Trainer HD. Besides the popular free edition, we now have editions for Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele and Mandolin - not to mention the latest Complete Edition.

We have more cool stuff planned for the next year, so please watch this space and our Facebook page to be the first to know!

Happy New Year to all!

New Trainer HD Editions

20 Dec 2012
As Christmas is right around the corner, we are pleased to announce the release of the last apps rounding up the various editions of our Trainer HD educational apps for musicians.

First, the Mandolin Edition has been released, joining other instrument-specific editions for Guitar, Bass, Ukulele and Banjo. Like these other editions, the Mandolin Edition is also priced at US$2.99, including the full mandolin instrument.

Secondly, we are happy to announce the release of the Complete Edition, which includes every single instrument in one convenient download. This will be more convenient for users with limited Internet access from their devices, as no in-app downloads or purchases are required to use any of the features.

The Complete Edition is priced similarly to the All Instruments bundles available in the other editions of the app, at US$5.99. A perfect Christmas gift to accompany the iPhone or iPad of the musicians in your life!

Happy Holidays from the team at Catloaf Software!

Cyber Monday Sale: Save Big on all Trainer HD apps

25 Nov 2012
If you missed out on our Black Friday sale this past Friday, here's another chance to save big on all of the Trainer HD apps!

Every instrument edition will be on sale for just US$0.99 (down from $2.99 - a 66% saving!) on Monday November 26, 2012 only starting at Midnight PST.

So get the app for your instrument of choice at a deeply discounted price !


48-Hour Thanksgiving Sale: All Trainer HD apps FREE!

21 Nov 2012
We are excited to announce we will be having a major app sale for Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

This coming Thursday and Friday (November 22 and 23), prices will drop significantly on the entire suite of Trainer HD apps, including the newly released Banjo Edition :

  • Each of the instrument editions will become FREE to download (down 100% from their regular price of $2.99).
  • The price of all individual instruments will drop to just US$0.99 in the free version of Trainer HD (down from $2.99). The bundle to purchase all instruments will also drop to only $2.99 (down from $6.99).
This special pricing will come into effect at midnight PST on November 22 and will end at midnight on Friday evening. So make sure to grab your instrument of choice, free for a limited time!

Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat! version 3.0 for iOS

08 Nov 2012
The first iPhone app put out on the App Store years ago by our team, way before Catloaf Software was formed, has just seen a major update.

First off, version 3.0 of the Keyboard Cat app is now completely free! It was previously being sold for US$0.99, but we realize that even that small price might have been too much to pay for an app that is starting to show its age.

To offset this, the app now includes a few banner ads on the video pages. Feel free to tap on them if you'd like to show your support.

Besides the change in the pricing model, the app has been updated to support the latest software, meaning it takes advantage of iOS 6 features such as integration with Facebook and Twitter to share your favorite videos.

Of course, this new version also takes advantage of the larger 4" screen on the new iPhone 5 and 5th-generation iPod touch! As a result of these changes, the minimum iOS version required to get the app is 4.3, so make sure you have updated your device accordingly.

As a side note: the integration with Facebook has also been simplified compared to previous versions of the app. We no longer have a corresponding Web app on Facebook, so the syncing function between the iPhone and Web version is no longer available and your list of favorites is now solely stored on your device.

The content included in the app continues to be updated regularly, and if you enable push notifications you will get notices whenever new Keyboard Cat videos have been selected for your viewing pleasure!

If you haven't tried it yet, just head to the App Store and get your copy now! Did we mention it's now completely free?

Introducing Trainer HD: Bass Edition

30 Oct 2012
Today, we are proud to announce the release of the Bass Edition of our Trainer HD line of educational apps for iOS.

This new application is functionally identical to the Guitar Edition, the main difference being that it comes bundled with the bass guitar instrument, making it a cost-effective alternative for bass players.

Like the Guitar Edition, the app itself is regularly priced at US$2.99 with additional instruments available for in-app purchase at US$0.99 (a bundle for all 10 instruments is also available for just another US$2.99).

This new app is the first in a new series of apps focused on rebranding the Guitar Trainer HD app and making it more accessible to musicians who are not primarily guitarists.

Guitar Trainer HD is now "Trainer HD: Guitar Edition", and the free app formerly known as Guitar Trainer HDx is now just "Trainer HD".

Following this new Bass Edition, we will release separate editions for Ukulele, Banjo and Mandolin in the coming weeks. These apps will be priced similarly and kept up to date with all the other editions.

All of the Trainer HD apps are now optimized for the new taller iPhone 5 and iOS 6. As a result, we are now requiring iOS version 4.3 or later to be installed on your device.

To celebrate the release of the new app, we will be giving away free copies very soon on our Facebook page. Don't forget to like us on Facebook for your chance to get a free copy!

Labor Day Sale on iOS apps!

31 Aug 2012
This weekend is Labor Day weekend in the United States, which is traditionally associated with the end of summer.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are having a promotional sale on several of our iPhone and iPad apps for the next few days, ending at the end of Monday, September 3.

  • Guitar Trainer HD is on sale at just $0.99 (down from its regular price of $2.99).
  • The bundle for all instruments can also be purchased from within the app for just $1.99 (giving you all 10 instruments!)
  • The guitars in the free Guitar Trainer HDx have also had their prices slashed to $0.99 (down from $2.99), and the full instrument bundle has also been steeply discounted.
  • Our first iPhone app, the Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat! app, is available for FREE! What are you waiting for?
This promotion applies worldwide so these price reductions will apply in your local currency if you are outside of the USA.

Happy Labor Day, everyone! We'll be back soon with more exciting updates for Guitar Trainer HD, stay tuned!

Guitar Trainer HD 4 now on the App Store

23 Jul 2012
We are proud to announce the release of the latest major version of our flagship educational game, Guitar Trainer HD 4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

This new version introduces some major features, making the app more beautiful and easy to use, and also more useful :

  • Now learn to map the notes between the fretboard and the musical stuff with the new Learn Staff training mode!
  • The Musical Staff widget can also be enabled for other uses of the app, including Free Play, regular Training and of course Game!
  • Now includes high-resolution Retina graphics for the new iPad.
  • Much improved Facebook integration to register achievements and top scores on your Timeline as you play.
  • The data files for the instruments are now fetched on demand, drastically reducing the size of the original application download and making it possible to install it over cell networks.
  • Several new training options allowing you to tailor your practice to your needs even more than before!
  • Still supports many instruments: electric guitar (6-string and 7-string), acoustic guitar (6-string and 12-string), bass guitar (4, 5 and 6 string variants), banjo, mandolin and ukulele.

Learn Staff in action in GTHD 4

We are very proud of this new version of the app, which is now the best fretboard training app on iOS, period! And we're just getting started...

The app is still available in two distinct versions with the same functionality, but with slightly different pricing models.

  • Guitar Trainer HD includes the full 6-string electric guitar for $2.99, and additional instruments can be unlocked for just $0.99 each.
  • Guitar Trainer HDx is a completely free download and each of the instruments can be tried in limited demo mode. Unlock just the instruments you need for $2.99 each!