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Hello! It's time for the First Friday's Featured Feature, the weekly news post where I explain new features I've added to the site.

If you are reading this on the site's front page, you probably don't see anything changed. Most of the changes made in this update should be fairly transparent to the user and if something looks different, I probably broke something.

The reason things haven't changed much, is because I focused mostly on the back end of things, meaning that the changes affect the things happening on the server and development side. It might not affect your use of the site much, but it definitely helps me do my work. In the older site version, moving things around and adding new pages meant changing things in multiple files and still most likely breaking something. Considering that I just moved the new site from the test environment to the live server by just editing a couple of variables in the configuration, I'd say the changes were rather successful.

But how does all this affect you? The biggest change you can see at first is that the links in the navigation bar have changed a bit. Help has been divided into About and FAQ, to make their purpose more obvious. The order of the links also changed a bit and the change is probably going to annoy those of us who reflexively click the familiar location to access the forums. Sorry.

Clicking on any of the links you should notice that the format of the page urls has changed somewhat. This might result in some broken links if you've directly linked to the pages somewhere. The sheet archive links redirect automatically to the new system so you shouldn't have any problems there. Also, it's not like anyone would really want to link to the other...two pages we had in addition to the sheet archive.

The new FAQ and About pages have changed a bit from the older Help page. They don't contain that much information at this point, but I've made updating them a bit easier so they will actually be updated as time passes. The Staff page was also redone. Now it gets the data from the forums, so it instantly updates when someone gets added to the Staff group on the forums. It's rather plain looking right now, though. Look and layout weren't exactly the focus of this update today.

There's also one extra feature that might actually be of some interest: Arrangement popularity. If you go to the sheet archive, you should see a bar next to each download link. The bar represents an arrangement's popularity with a scale from 0 to 10. The popularity is based on the number of downloads in the past week and it is updated weekly. The popularity feature will be expanded later in the form of top 10 lists or something similar.

And that wraps it up for today, thanks for reading. Also, if you notice any errors caused by the updates today, please report them for example by replying here. Stay tuned for more updates next Friday!

This means your Finale version is older than the one the arranger used for that *.mus. You just need to download a newer version of Finale Notepad from the Finale website.

Site News / Plans for 2014
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:44:46 PM »
I promised more details on upcoming changes in my previous post, so here we go.

First, I'd like to introduce a new kind of update: Friday's Featured Feature. What is it, in addition to sounding incredibly dumb? Well, let me explain. As you might have noticed, NSM's website itself hasn't changed much in the past few years and it really needs a nice upgrade. There have been attempts to make some fancy new NSM but as you can see, we haven't had much progress.

So, to make this website upgrading progress a bit more painless, I'll try a slightly different approach: making small upgrades to the site on a weekly basis. I'll also be writing a small news post (known as the aforementioned Friday's Featured Feature) explaining the added site feature and some thoughts behind it. The main purpose of this is to split the process into smaller pieces, give me a solid deadline for site upgrades and to finally get the website to this decade. Hopefully the news posts themselves are also of some interest to you.

To give you some kind of idea what kind of features we'll be adding, I'll mention some here (spoiler alert!). The most significant feature is the new sheet admin meant to ease the updating process. With that ready and installed, our updating team should be able to give you guys more frequent updates. The sheet admin is the most important and also the most complex of the upcoming features, so it might take some time before it will be available.

Another upcoming feature are piano performances. Piano performances are a way for you to submit YouTube videos of you playing the arrangements on this site. The submitted videos will be linked to the sheet database and listed in the sheet archive alongside the sheet music. For the people looking for sheet music, it should work as an additional preview feature so you can hear what the arrangements actually sound like when played. If you record videos of you playing, submitting it to the site might be a nice way to get more views.

Once that feature is implemented, we'll be starting a new weekly news post. In the post we'll be featuring all the submitted videos, similar to the traditional sheet updates. Hopefully this small way of promotion ends up being helpful for the pianists performing our arrangements.

Other smaller features and small quality-of-life website upgrades are also expected, but I won't go into any details here yet. We're also discussing small changes to the forums. Some anniversary stuff might also be happening in April.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment if you have any questions or other comments.

See you next Friday!

Site News / Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2014, 02:21:20 AM »
Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great year. 2013 has come to a close and it's time to get started with 2014. And as it turns out, 2014 marks the 10th year of NinSheetMusic, with April 11th being the actual anniversary date. A year like this definitely needs some special treatment.

We have some major changes and updates coming to the site within the following weeks and months. I'll go into more detail later this week in another news update, so stay tuned.

- Jamaha

Gaming / NSM roleplaying group?
« on: October 11, 2013, 11:29:18 PM »
The Gaming board seems to be filled with just video games so far but I guess some tabletop stuff fits here as well.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone here would be interested in putting together a group for a RPG played over the internet? (Using the technology provided by Google Hangouts / Skype and Roll20.)

I was thinking of a game set in the Star Wars universe as 1) it would be familiar to people, 2) I'd kinda like to try sci-fi (or space opera, whatever you consider it) instead of the usual fantasy and 3) there's this recent Star Wars RPG system called Edge of the Empire, which seems rather interesting. It's set during the Original Trilogy, some time after the destruction of the first Death Star. The focus is mostly on the scum and villainy of the universe, the smugglers and the bounty hunters, the Han Solos and the Boba Fetts.

So what exactly am I looking for to make this happen?
  • About four people interested in playing. I'd be the Game Master (GM) so we'd just need more players.
  • Requirements for the players would be a microphone (as voice is preferable to text-only communication) and the ability to play uninterrupted for a couple of hours every once in a while.
  • No RPG knowledge or experience required, learn as we play.
  • Some interest in RPGs would of course be nice. Also a proper attitude. I don't want to see people randomly going around killing things in the game "just because, lol".

Anyone interested?

Feedback / The NinSheetMusic Redesign Suggestion Thread: The Forum
« on: May 05, 2013, 11:54:18 AM »
(For what this is about, see this link)

And yet another thread, this time for the forum itself. The forum seems to work mostly fine so this probably isn't as critical as the others. But still, there's always room for improvement. Obviously with the site update the request and submission forums will see some changes, but are there other changes you'd like made as well?

Would a custom theme improve the overall feel of the forum or is the current one adequate?

(For what this is about, see this link)

This is the thread for the look and layout of the new site. See the link above for how this works.

In addition to adding new functionality to the site, I'd also like to modernize the look a bit. I haven't started with designing the actual layout yet (as I wasn't exactly happy with the ones I made earlier) so all ideas are welcome.

I quite like the light blue color scheme, so I'm quite likely using it in the upcoming version as well. Or would you rather see some other color scheme? Perhaps even the old red/black we had in the early days of NSM? (does anyone even remember that?)

We also need some kind of actual logo, to use on for example our Facebook page. Currently we're just cropping the site banner. I'd also like to get away from just using the Nintendo logo as the base and would rather prefer something original.

I guess most of you are aware of the infamous NSM website upgrade which I've (supposedly) been working on for a few years now. But in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me clarify:

The NSM website itself is seriously outdated and needs some kind of upgrade, both in the server side of things (e.g. database improvements) and just features in general. As I'm the guy responsible for doing that in addition to being unable to finish any kind of large projects, the said updates haven't really been coming along. Once I'm done with studies this semester, I should be able to give this yet another try.

However, before I rush headfirst into the coding aspects of this, I should really plan the whole thing. In addition, I'd like to hear your opinions (as crowdsourcing seems to be the popular thing nowadays) on what kind of features you'd like to see on the site. I'll be creating a couple of topics for different areas of planning. What I'd like you to do is to post some new ideas and also discuss ideas which have already been posted.

This topic is for the actual features and functionality of the site, meaning ideas about the actual functionality of the site. I'll post some ideas below to get things started.
  • The big one: Improved upload system. Removing the need for the submission topics where people have to post their arrangements. Instead they can use an upload form to add their arrangements to the queue, where uploaders can easily approve or reject them.
  • Same for requests. The ability for arrangers to fulfill a request by submitting an arrangement. Maybe even an option for "being worked on" to let the user who made the request / other arrangers know that the request is being fulfilled.
  • Sheet archive improvements. This is also something I'd like to see improved. At least something like browsing by series/console/arranger. Also search function, obviously. The ability to rate sheets would also be a possibility.
  • To power all the previous features: Forum integration. Allowing you to use your forum account on the main site as well, to access these features.
  • One feature I've been thinking about is the ability to link your YouTube videos of you playing to the arrangements. This would give people viewing the sheet another way to listen to it while also letting people promote their YouTube videos here.
I guess those are the main features I've been thinking of so far. Many of them also need to be refined further, for example the sheet archive structure is an important one.

But with that, let's get planning!

Site News / 9 years of NinSheetMusic
« on: April 11, 2013, 01:56:14 PM »
It's that time of the year when I realize that another year has passed from NinSheetMusic's previous anniversary. This time the actual number of years is nine. Not quite a decade but getting rather close.

As I started writing this post, it really got me thinking. Nine years. That's a heck of a long time. NinSheetMusic has been around for about 40 % of my life. For me it's also the website I've been visiting for the longest time (the fact that I own and run it might or might not have something to do with that). If only I had known what me googling for Nintendo sheet music back in 2004 would result in.

It's been fun to watch NinSheetMusic grow these past years. I won't bore you with statistics but there's been steady growth in visitors, sheets on the site and fans on Facebook. Of course as there's no profit in this so I don't really need to worry about the number of visitors. Nevertheless, it makes me glad that more and more people enjoy what we're doing. It feels good to help people play music from the games they love.

The next time I'll be writing an anniversary post like this is for the 10th anniversary. That's quite a milestone. Guess I should plan something special.. ahem, let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

So with that, I'd like to thank everyone who's been visiting the site, be it for a month or for nine years. These have been a fun nine years and we'll see what the future holds.

- Jamaha

Site News /!
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:04:01 PM »
Hey everyone!
Looks like the front page has been rather...quiet lately. First of all, I'd like to apologize for the lack of updates. People have been too busy with their lives to actually update the site, as the whole updating process can be quite time-consuming.

But fear not, things are about to change. Please welcome our new members of the updating team - shadowkirby and Olimar12345! These fine gentlemen are going to start updating shortly and you should see plenty of new sheets on the site soon.

Here's to future updates!

Site News / NinSheetMusic's 8th Anniversary!
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:05:58 AM »
Hello all!
As of today, April 11th 2012, NinSheetMusic is 8 years old! That's a quite long time for a website. And what was I 8 years ago? 13, almost 14.

In those 8 years NSM has come a long way from G-Han's personal freewebs-based sheet music site, (VGSM as it was called in its earliest stages) with over 2000 sheets in the database, over 1000 unique visits a day and over 1000 fans on Facebook (a milestone passed a few days ago)

The past 8 years have been pretty good, but let's hope the following years are even better. We will continue to provide quality sheet music for our visitors and a website redesign is on its way. Yes, this is the part where the older members groan and are like "But Jamaha, you've been promising that for years!" (Maybe not years, but probably quite close) And yes, I know. So true to myself, I make no promises, but if I don't get it done in the following months I'll hate myself.

Anyways, we hope you've enjoyed visiting NSM and continue to do so. See you around!


Oh and happy birthday to my sister as well, because apparently "NSM's 8th anniversary" is a wrong answer when asked if I know what day is it today.

PC / Guild Wars 2
« on: December 15, 2011, 08:39:29 PM »

Just revealed the 8th and last profession. From what it seems, this game is gonna be awesome. Fixing many MMO flaws and not even having a subscription fee.

Anyone else looking forward to this game?

Site News / Google+
« on: November 17, 2011, 07:44:54 PM »
Hey all, sorry not much has been going on lately. But fear not, some exciting news coming later this year. (or in the beginning of the next) Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I made NinSheetMusic a Google+ page. There's not much going on, but the Google+'ers among us might want to check it out. Link in the sidebar.

Site News / We're back, everybody!
« on: October 27, 2011, 08:21:15 AM »
NSM is back online. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

And no, there aren't any visible changes.

Site News / Enter the reserve
« on: July 08, 2011, 02:39:14 PM »
Yeah, that's a huge zero right there.

Anyways, last year on July 12th I started to serve my conscription in the Finnish Army. Now, 362 days later, on July 8th, I have no more days left to serve and thus I am finished with the service.

What this means is A) Yaaay, freedom! B) I'll stop neglecting NSM and work on some new features. So after a slight resting period I'll start to work on some coding. The original intent was to get the NSM revision, dubbed NSM362, done during the service, but it didn't quite work out. Now that I have two month of free time before continuing my studies - expect some progress.

It's good to be back,
Sergeant (res.) JaMaHa

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