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    Hi all,

    As you are probably aware, I have done some part to getting FM radio via Radiator available in MediaCar.

    Coyote has a copy of my code, and is working to implement it into MediaCar. However, we have come to a "gentleman's disagreement" about a certain aspect, and I have decided to throw it open to the floor

    It is regarding a "number pad" for inputting frequencies/presets.

    My personal opinion is that having a number pad is a good idea, for quickly tuning to a preset, or to a specific frequency (a friend says, "Hey, tune to ThisStation, frequency xxx.xx") quickly.

    Coyote's thoughts are to go without the number pad, and just have Tune Up/Down buttons, and a list of prior presets.

    With XM (and to a lesser extent, FM), I believe that having a long list of the presets could prove slighly cumbersome while driving to find/select the station you want from a list. However if you know the preset of your favourite stations, then just tapping in a couple of numbers will be quicker.


    If you could please vote on your preferred method, whether you have FM/XM or not - if not, then take it from a "if i do in the future" approach - it would be much appreciated

    Edit: It would be a poll if i could figure out how...but for now, just post your thoughts!


    Garry
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  • #2
    I like the idea of dialling in the number off the pad, I often remember the station frequency by the jingle, so if I can dial it straight in, the alll the better....

    97.4 Rock FM (I presume I can enter .'s)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by craigyb
      I like the idea of dialling in the number off the pad, I often remember the station frequency by the jingle, so if I can dial it straight in, the alll the better....

      97.4 Rock FM (I presume I can enter .'s)

      Craig
      No "." needed, just type it without the ".", it will figure it out (unless coyote changes that bit of code!)


      Garry
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      • #4
        Confused,

        I am waiting for MediaCar to support the radio. At this point I am still using the head unit. However, plans to do away with the head unit are in the works. I will be going to one of (not sure which one, based in Media Cars programming) of the USB FM units. I believe you are correct in keeping a number pad to enter stations. If I am at 91.1 on the FM dial and want to go too 100.3, it would be easier to type the 3 or 4 numbers of the requested station rather than scrolling up or down.

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        • #5
          to much mess just using a search button and presets like all car stereos use.

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          • #6
            I like the idea of the keypad, but wouldn't want my car look like Doc.Brown's DeLorean in back to the future, so I'd skip the keypad and have only up/down and presets.

            anyway, there are just so many stations I use regularly on my radio.
            -Mars

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            • #7
              With that much screen space, there's enough room to go with a number pad. It would be easier to set your presets because you can just punch in the frequency and then set it into memory.
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              • #8
                I like the Idear of having the number pad for preset recall and direct frequency access but I am missing the possibility for "BTM" (sony term: Best Tuning Memory). Incase that you are driving around where the frequency allocation is different than the one stored with Radiator station list.

                What I don't like is that your application is using Radiator since it requires extra resources to load. It would be better that it controlled the radio directly via the "Radio.dll". Furthermore is Radiator's frequency search lousy. It finds the same station several times when pressing search up/down.

                /ProCos

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                • #9
                  I don't think a number pad would be good because it requires too much attention. I vote for up/down scan and presets.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by slffl
                    I don't think a number pad would be good because it requires too much attention. I vote for up/down scan and presets.
                    I agree. I think up/down scan and presets are enough. Maybe make the key pad an option to be on or off.

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                    • #11
                      I'd prefer to use a number pad, phone style. It would make it easy to tune when Imove every three freakin months.
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                      • #12
                        What about a number pad that only appears when you press a button.
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                        • #13
                          I work in software development, whenever we have a disagreement over features and both options seem to make sense my vote is always to do both, and let the user decide with a preference switch of some sort.

                          In this example it seems the up/down buttons may be neater but I don't see why an additional button couldn't display a pop-up numeric pad where you can enter a frequecy directly.

                          I hate scrolling through radio frequencies, I also hate cluttered displays though, with a bit of thought all the options can usually be combined to everyones satisfaction.

                          I see a three button interface "< # >", pressing "<" takes it down, ">" takes it up and "#" pops up a numeric keypad, you then have the clean interface and also the ability for numeric input.

                          Chris.

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                          • #14
                            I DON'T DRIVE MUCH OUT NEW YORK unless i go on a roadtrip... (not very often)so preset would be the way to go! and a dial pad would be good too. in case i feel in the mood to listen to something else...
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                            • #15
                              I think ukchris has the right idea!

                              let the user decide with a preference switch of some sort.

                              In this example it seems the up/down buttons may be neater but I don't see why an additional button couldn't display a pop-up numeric pad where you can enter a frequecy directly.
                              I'm with him!

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