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  1. #671
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    Hi Guys,
    First of all, I would like to say great work! I have been reading some of your posts, and I am happy to see people supporting the mac for onboard carputers.
    I have began to toy around with Cocoa, so I am still on the rookie stage. However, I am hoping with a few months of practice (OK maybe more like a year) I can get close to par with some of you guys.
    Anyway, I think in the mean time since I won't be able to contribute with any code , I can share a couple of ideas I have as far as added functionality to AMP.
    1. Internet Radio
    2. Bluetooth Support
    I work in the Telecom sector, so I get to play around some with voice/data capabilities of wireless networks. Yesterday I took my macbook for a ride around Dallas with a Samsung ZX20 3G phone hooked up to it via bluetooth. I was able to stream music from Pandora (pandora.com) @128kbps for almost the entire ride. Only a couple of hickups, but I expected it 'cause the 3G network here hasn't even been optimized. Since FM support for the mac is not that great (I tried the RadioShark) and FM stations are horrible anyways, I was thinking that streaming music could be a viable solution. Off course, 3G is only available only in major cities for now, but with time services such as this will be as common as voice coverage. BTW, I can also cruise the web with burts of close to 500kbps DL.
    Also, speakerphone capabilities for bluetooth enabled phones. Since my mobile phone would be paired up with my mac while in the car, I was thinking that I should be able to place, accept, and route calls through the mac.
    Anyway, these are just a couple of ideas that came to my mind.
    BTW, can you guys point me to some docs, books, sites on Cocoa programming? Again, keep in mind again that I am newbie to this stuff, so be gentle Thanks!

  2. #672
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    Hi Betito

    That's pretty cool you could stream music from Pandora over your phone! That's a pretty ideal situation! Constant really nice music coming in that is all interesting and to your tastes! I'm not sure how much of Mac-integration you are looking to do in your car, but since you posted in AMP's thread, you could add the Pandora site as a bookmark in AMP's browser and go to it there. Pandora doesn't really have any interface I can interact with programatically, so it's just limited to really loading it in a browser

    As far as learning Cocoa. Honestly, the best thing is to Google "cocoa tutorirals." It worked for me. Also, you can check out http://www.cocoadevcentral.com and http://www.cocoadev.com and of course, the best and most useful site, http://developer.apple.com

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  3. #673
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    Quote Originally Posted by aychamo View Post
    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
    Looks awesome, for some reason, it looks even better (sharper/clearer) to me! Great work and it looks like you're moving at a great pace!

    thanks again for all the hard work and a great program!

  4. #674
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    ya, about pandora...
    i tried incorporating it into my xbox through XBMC(xbox media center) and after a little digging and searching i found that its impossible to stream pandora through anythign other than pandora.com. It pretty much just a bunch of liscensing and other mumbo jumbo that makes it illegal to port it. The best I can think of is open pandora.com before you open AMP and have it stream from there, I know there is a widget in OS X that lets you do that but im not 100% sure how it works, ive never looked at it.

  5. #675
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    If you don't need to use pandora you can use the itunes internet radio sites. i know the presets suck but you can add your own. This actually sounds like a good intro into cocoa programming for you. if you can get your app to access an internet feed and interprit that data (dont know how internet radio is really streamed) you'll be set. There may even be a way to do it through quicktime in wich case its probably a snap.

  6. #676
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    Another little update..

    I changed the clock up a little to make it "fit-in" a bit more. The "now playing" info in the bottom-left shows whatever song is currently playing, and updates as it goes through playlists, etc.

    The album art up top (with the Apple-style reflection which took me all day to get right) displays when you enter an Album. So if you go to Beatles, the select "Abbey Road" it will show that art while you look at the songs in that album. I'm going to have it draw the album name and artist under the picture too, I'm just too lazy tonight

    Anyways, just wanted to re-assure you things are moving along, and that I havent quit or anything.

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    always looking good aychamo, every detail counts, even the diagonal lines in the background make it look 100% better

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    yeah looks amazing so far... any way of making the details a little bigger in the bottom left corner?

  9. #679
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    Is V1.4b the current version?

  10. #680
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    Okay, I'm new and I'm trying to follow the AMP log here.

    My only suggestion, because I didn't see anything like it, is maybe a custom program launcher. This would help for those who might want to launch their GPS program, etc.

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