Great Idea but Useless for Users of Traktor 2.7 and Up
I purchased Xtreme Mapping almost two weeks ago and have held off writing a review of any kind until now. Regrettably, it is a decidedly negative review due to my utter frustration in the apps IN-compatibility with Traktor Pro v. 2.8.x in SPITE of the claims on both the developer’s website as well as the product details page in the Mac App Store which, to omy mind, is false advertising. Nonetheless, the issue here is that in order to get a so-called compatibility file, one must subit one’s name and email address via a form on the developer’s site. You can submit it once, you can submit it ten times, you can submit it using different email addresses — no response whatsoever, not from an autoresponder, a human, no one. In trying to resolve this issue using the developer site's so-called ‘Xtreme Mapping Support' link, I, again, received no reply which, at least, was consistent with my experience trying to request the compatibility file in the first place. I was under the impression that in order to offer apps through the Mac App Store, there had to be some sort of FUNCTIONING means of contacting the developer for support or what have you. I must have been mistaken as there clearly is no one at the switch in this situation and I guess I just have to absorb the $8 loss and be bitter with both Xtreme Mapping and the App Store, alike for allowing developers to offer their products for purchase without having to provide any sort of responsive, active product support.
Don’t Believe the Hype! (A lot of Headaches)
Everyone seems to be praising this program but it is far from great.Long summary Short:Cons:No ability mass edit button interactions, LED interactions, comments and there is no way to view LED.A lot of workarounds needed to complete simple tasks.Critical Value changing error.No stated Traktor Pro 2.6.7 supportWell need of an Update(Personally I am back to using Traktor’s mapping to edit)Pros:Looks like it is good for people creating mapping for a new controller.My goal and purpose of using this program was to quickly rewrite a mapping for my controllers. I have been mapping my controllers for the past 3 years many from the ground up. I was drawn to this program from all the online reviews of how simple it was and how it could do soo much more than Traktor could’nt do. Now the design is alot simpler than Traktor’s with the ability to drag and drop the location of the mapping and to use the up and down arrows to scroll besides that it can be just as much a pain as Traktor. First off if multiple commands are highlighted you would think that the learn button would work… It doesn’t…You have to got to something you mapped copy the mapping then go back to settings and paste it again. There are a lot of workarrounds like this that you will have to learn that really shouldnt be in an “extreme mapping” but this is a minor inconvenience…There is no options to mass edit button interactions, LED interactions, comments and there is no way to view LED so it becomes a lot easier to just stick with Traktor for functions like this (LED color functions is important especially on my launchpad with over 100 range of colors). Bust still these are all very small inconveniences, as I was working on my Launchpad’s effects I noticed that when I tested it through traktor and tried again with extreme mapping it would change values 1’s to 0 or true to false in all 32 of the effect slots I was working with every time (it is a good thing I had a backup). This may not seem like a bit problem but when you cannot mass edit the values It becomes a very very huge problem. With this headache I though it might be time to update to 2.6 (now 2.7) and now the program say it does not even support this version. It still looks like it might work but I have since stopped using this program and gone back to Traktor because it is a lot simpler to have the confidence that Traktor as cumbersome as it is just works. I have had a little less than a month of use with this program on Mavericks. Again I want to state that my purpose of using this programs was to edit mappings and not create ones from scratch. It seems as if this program may be great for people creating a program from the ground up but for me it is at this point totally unusable. Hope the developer plans a update very soon! Any questions or help contact me carelesswreck @ gmail and I will be glad to help
Missing needed events
This is an excellent app BUT.. where is the Scratch command and Direct Mapping. This app crashes so save often as I personally have about 3 or 4 different map versions open to reference. Some very nice and needed mappings are missing but for the most part you can do a lot in here. I'm waiting on an update so I can give it 5 stars. Not much left but to add the few mappings that are new in the version and to put in Scratch along with a the Remix Deck modifiers. If you set up any mappings outside of what this app can do for you it will not show up when you open the map and will overwrite with missing mappings if you save. So again.. save different versions, and save often! Sometimes dragging from one map to another will cause the app to crash also. Just warnings but by far extremely useful for everything else it's not missing.
Remix Deck support was fine for what I needed.
I finished mapping out a remix deck on my APC40 and was not ready to do it all over again. Obviousalias initially scared me away because I thought the program woudn’t even open a .tsi file that had remix deck stuff in it. But what hes talking about is the “Add in” and “Add out” menus in the program to add new controls are still outdated and don’t have all the new commands for mapping out the remix deck. But the program opens .tsi files with the new commands just fine. Its not really a big deal, just do the initial mappings in Traktor.I was able to open my .tsi file, bulk duplicate all the new midi controls I made for the remix deck, bulk reassign them all to remix deck D, and change the midi channels that were different in groups. Being able to do that saved me several tedious hours of work. But I was not able to change all the modifier values from M3 to M4 all at once like I needed, nor was I able to change Deck value on the Slot # Cell # State modifier. That was kind of agrivating that I had to sit here and do all that, but its better then doing all of the mapping by hand. This app will be worth a full 5 starts when I can bulk edit any mapping controls that share any common setting. Until then its still a work in progress. But for now, its still a big time saver.
Good, but needs more Remix Deck mapping features
This is a good update, and has added MOST Remix Deck mapping functionality. Unfortunately, there isn't a Direct Mapping In/Out for direct mapping sample cells, and so if you've taken the time to fully map a remix deck to a controller, and used direct mapping for any of the cells, your mapping cannot be loaded into Xtreme Mapping and updated unless you are willing to lose ALL of your direct mapping commands (which you may know is at least 128 mapping lines per remix deck, each line including at least one modifier state; if you are deck specific, you also have to update the Assignment for each command). Big time hassle to have to re-do that work in the Traktor controller mapping editor…But for everything else, this app drastically speeds up your mapping workflow, and many of my mappings would have taken ages longer without this app.