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    I'm guessing I know what it is. a dynamic weather page, or a weather icon showing you the current weather based on your location. by clicking on the icon it will take you to a weather screen... I brought up this idea a few days ago along with a traffic page

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    Hey guys,

    I know I've been pretty quiet lately. I got burnt out on AMP for a while, and was working on a different side-project for a while. My side-project was a "home-theater" version of AMP. As you know, AMP was my first app in Cocoa/Obj-C, and I learned a lot while working on AMP. So I took what I learned and started my side-project from scratch.

    I tried designing the interface to be usable with a six-button Apple remote. This led to quite a few challenging logic decisions, as I don't have one to play around with! But it made me keep the interface simple & clean.

    Well, you may be able to call it AMP 2.0. It's so much more incredibly better than AMP 1.0 already, and it only has the extreme basics. Here are some improvements:

    1. No more importers, it reads from your iTunes & iPhoto .xml file on startup, and startup only takes about 3-5 seconds (for my 7,000 item library on a PBG4). So if you add new media, all you have to do is restart the version of AMP, you don't have to run any importers, etc.
    2. Resolution independent - it should work with essentially any resolution.
    3. Modularized - no more monolithic chunks of code. If you are a developer, you will enjoy much more working on this app than the previous version of AMP.
    4. You can select "All" artists, "All" albums, and see playlist items.
    5. It's all controlled from like six buttons, so touch-screen buttons will be "extras", but all the essential controls *can* be through a hardware device (such as a PowerMate, NuL00q, etc).
    6. Since it's modularized, the playing, etc, is delegated out to other objects, so, well, the way it works is just pretty damn awesome
    7. It offers all the same browse modes as the iPod does, so you can browse music by Artist, Album, Songname, Genre, or Playlists, and you can browse your videos by Movies, TV Shows, and Music Videos.
    8. In addition to the videos from your iTunes library, it also lets your browse through your own file structure in ~/Movies, so you can just dump whatever media in there, in whatever directory structure you want, and you can browse it like that.

    The only *con* is that it has to keep iTunes open to get your album art. But that's a pretty small thing. This is because Apple changed the way you access album art in iTunes 7.0 (they keep it in some random external file now.)

    I have just a few tiny things to workout with my little side-project before I can upload a demo (I have to finish some school work tonight, and I can work on it some tomorrow to finish up the little odd bits) to show you some of the things I've got going.

    If you would like, I can upload the version of AMP I have now, without any of these changes, but with the Google Earth support, so you can have that until I can combine AMP1.0 with the new changes in AMP2.0.

    Below is a screenshot showing some of the things I have in mind. Now, I know it's a bit ugly. I'm no designer! I got the design from a post I saw in iTheater's forums, where a guy mocked up a user-interface. The screenshot below is an actual implementation, it is *not* a mockup. A lot of the visual stuff you see is me trying to figure out what I can do with NSViews. For example, the clock uses NSBezierPath paths, and it let me learn a lot (and you should see how long it took me to remember how sin/cos & deg/rads work to calculate the time :-) ) So those aren't necessarily things I will keep, just me trying to learn.

    http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/3982/picture2rc6.png

    :-)
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    AWESOME!! just keep amazing me aychamo. Im loving all the new improvemtns and other program you are creating. Im also eager to see the AMP w/google earth version too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aychamo View Post
    Hey guys,...
    No more importers, it reads from your iTunes & iPhoto .xml file on startup, and startup only takes about 3-5 seconds (for my 7,000 item library on a PBG4). So if you add new media, all you have to do is restart the version of AMP, you don't have to run any importers, etc.
    ....Aychamo
    1. Great, that mean I will be able to make an AppleScript to rate my song in the car !
    I have more than 17000 songs but they are not all that good and the only time I have to listen to music and rated them is in the car, Thank.

    2. I would really appreciate if i could play a song and video in the same list without having to change program. AMP 1.0 was almost doing it.

    3. While driving, I don't spend to much time looking at the screen, but when I do a quick look, I wish I could see a very large artwork of the album (even bigger than in front Row).

    4. Maybe a virtual Keyboard to filter a list like in itunes.

    One day I hope I could help with the coding.

    Thank again Aychamo !!!

    Good work.

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    Awesome news!

    thanks so much for all of your hard work Aychamo!

    Maybe you can make this a dual mode program, so you can switch it from car to home theater mode? All it would do is change the front skin (the one for the car would be touch screen and the one for home theater would just be used with the apple remote), but the functionality would be the same in both programs?

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    Completely unrelated, but The Owls Go is one of the most addictive songs ever. The first time I heard it, I was like "What the hell is this?" Then I couldn't get it out of my head. And of course I had to buy it on iTunes... Ha.

    The program looks AMAZING. These new features should work perfect and I cannot wait to see both it and the GE versions!

    Thanks for all the effort!
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    Quote Originally Posted by qkslvr View Post
    Completely unrelated, but The Owls Go is one of the most addictive songs ever. The first time I heard it, I was like "What the hell is this?" Then I couldn't get it out of my head. And of course I had to buy it on iTunes... Ha.
    Haha Isn't Architecture one of the oddest bands?? I had the exact same impression the first time I played that song and cd. Now I play the whole cd through. It's really enjoyable music!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aychamo View Post
    Haha Isn't Architecture one of the oddest bands?? I had the exact same impression the first time I played that song and cd. Now I play the whole cd through. It's really enjoyable music!
    Odd is one way to describe them, yes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by qkslvr View Post
    Odd is one way to describe them, yes...
    I saw "Man of the Year" tonight, and was surprised to hear their song "Souvenirs" from "Fingers Crossed" in the movie! I tried telling my friends, and they looked at me with blank stares (which, coincidentally, is the same reaction I get when I tell them I code this program!)
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    Ok guys, I'm making a bit of progress in getting the two AMPs merged or whatever (it's so late, look at the time in this pic,, haha). It's starting to look "AMP"-like ,or should I say FrontRow like? Remember I said it will be resolution indepdenent, so after the movie I got the little sidebar and scroller working. I'm actually really happy with it, and it's great cause it will draw for whatever size, so it comes in really handy and will be useful in differnent parts of the app. Anyway!

    http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/2415/dsdsru2.png
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