The Catloaf Software Blog

Black Friday Sale!

23 Nov 2011
We will be having a special 24-hour sale on Friday, November 25, 2011 in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US (and its infamous following Black Friday).

The Guitar Trainer HD and HDx apps on the iTunes App Store will be deeply discounted worldwide for this one day period :
  • Guitar Trainer HD will be available for 66% off (down to just $0.99 from $2.99 in the US).
  • All guitar instruments in Guitar Trainer HDx will also be available for 66% off. This includes the regular 6-string and 7-string electric, as well as the new acoustic and 12-string guitars.
  • The "all instruments" bundle in HDx will also be deeply discounted so you can get all instruments at once for a real bargain.
So get ready to save, gear up and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Circle us on Google+

07 Nov 2011
We have just created a new Google+ page for Catloaf Software. If you use this new social network, please add us to your circles so you may be notified of new things happening with us.

More things to come as this develops, but expect future promotions for our Google+ followers in the coming weeks!

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Guitar Trainer 1.2 for Java ME and Blackberry

13 Sep 2011

The original Guitar Trainer app for Java ME and BlackBerry has just been updated to version 1.2.

The main changes in this release are a full Chinese localization (both traditional and simplified), as well as some other cosmetic changes to bring the app more in line with Guitar Trainer HD for iOS.

This app is still widely in use around the world and is available for purchase straight from our website at, or at a variety of App Stores, including the BlackBerry App World store.

You may also want to check out the free demo version if you haven't already.

We are continually expanding the international reach of our apps with new updates. More languages are coming soon to Guitar Trainer HD for iOS, please stay tuned !

Guitar Trainer HD v3.0 is now available

02 Aug 2011
We are proud to announce the release of version 3.0 of Guitar Trainer HD and Guitar Trainer HDx, the first universal version of these educational apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

While previous versions worked fine on iPad, they were not native to this tablet. Version 3.0 now brings it to scale with a full iPad interface tailored to the bigger screen.

This new version of Guitar Trainer HD also includes a number of bug fixes for the iPhone side of things, and sports a new look.

The app is a completely free update for existing users, and pricing is not changing either, so if you haven't yet had a chance to try Guitar Trainer HD out, now is the time!

Guitar Trainer HDx now available. Free app for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad!

06 Jul 2011

We are proud to announce the availability on the iTunes App Store of Guitar Trainer HDx, a free version of our popular Guitar Trainer HD app.

The features included in HDx are identical to the ones included in the HD version. Both versions of the app will be updated in parallel, as new features are added, including full universal iPad support coming later this month.

The main difference between the HD and HDx versions of Guitar Trainer is the pricing model. The new HDx version includes limited versions of all instruments, which allows you to try before you buy. Each instrument can be unlocked via in-app purchase, either individually or as a discounted bundle. Individual instruments however are priced higher than in the HD version.

This new pricing model is especially advantageous if the instrument you intend to practice is not the 6-string guitar, which is the only full instrument included with Guitar Trainer HD. Now you can get the app itself for free and unlock only the instruments you need.

Here are the instruments included in both the HD and HDx versions of Guitar Trainer :
  • 6-string guitar (full version included as part of Guitar Trainer HD)
  • 7-string guitar
  • 4-string bass
  • 5-string bass
  • 6-string bass
  • Ukulele
  • Mandolin
  • Banjo
We have more features and instruments planned for the near future. Please let us know if you have any requests!

Apps on sale for July 4

03 Jul 2011
In honor of the national holiday in the US, we are running a special promotion over July 4 on a couple of our apps :

Have a happy holiday, and enjoy!

Guitar Trainer HD - FREE over Memorial Day Weekend!

28 May 2011
It is a long holiday weekend here in the United States, and to celebrate the beginning of summer, we have decided to make our latest application for iPhone and iPod touch, Guitar Trainer HD, available for free!

If you play any stringed instrument (guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele or mandolin), you will want to take advantage of this limited time offer to get this great educational tool.

The regular price ($2.99 in the US) will come back into effect on May 31. So don't wait and get your copy right now!

Guitar Trainer HD for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now available

05 May 2011
We are proud to announce the release of our first major new iOS app, Guitar Trainer HD.

While the original Guitar Trainer app has been available for a few years now for legacy Java platforms and BlackBerry, this new version of the software is an important evolutionary step forward and provides musicians with a beautiful tool to improve their knowledge of their instrument.

For a quick overview of the features and look of the new Guitar Trainer HD, just take a look at this video demonstration:

The app features 8 different instruments so far: guitar (6 and 7 strings), bass (4, 5 and 6 string variants), mandolin, banjo and ukulele, each with their own custom sounds, a variety of built-in tunings, and the ability to define your own custom tunings.

All available instruments in Guitar Trainer HD

Like the original Guitar Trainer app, both a training mode and a game mode (with levels) are available. 

The game mode also takes advantage of Game Center on iOS 4.0 and later, allowing you to compete and rank with your friends. Achievements can also be earned throughout the application as you make progress.

Additionally, a Free Play mode allows you to simply play with the instrument as you wish.

Fretboard statistics

Statistics on your progress are kept in great detail - for each fret in each available tuning, and the training engine automatically focuses on the parts of the fretboard where you are either untrained

Guitar Trainer HD is available worldwide and retails at $2.99 in the United States, which includes full support for the 6-string guitar. Additional instruments can be purchased from inside the app.

A universal version of the app will bring full iPad support soon. Get your copy now and you'll be eligible for a free upgrade when it becomes available!

If you'd like to review the app, we can provide you with a promotional copy of the software. Please contact us directly with your request.