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    Hey guys

    I have some questions for you.. (about your MacCar)

    1. How many of you use a touchscreen?

    2. How many of you has a max resolution of 800x480? 800x600?

    (More importantly)

    3. Have *all* of your media stored in iTunes?

    4. Have movies stored in ~/Movies that *AREN'T* in iTunes?

    5. Have movies that you can't play in QuickTime?

    6. Have protected video files from iTMS?

    7. What do you like about all the current front ends?

    8. What features do you think are missing from current front ends?

    Thank you for any input

  • #2
    9. How eagerly do you await the upcoming iProduct*?

    * Warning: Sense of humor required for proper appreciation of above link

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    • #3
      lol ... Please guys, answer some of these.. !!

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      • #4
        You asked ten questions. Too many. Plus, why do you want to know all this stuff?
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        • #5
          Actually, it was only 8 questions.. And why do you think someone would want to know about how people use their front ends? Perhaps because one is in development wtih a friend.??

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          • #6
            Originally posted by the_new_guy
            Hey guys

            I have some questions for you.. (about your MacCar)
            1. touchscreen, powermate, touchpad

            2. 800x600

            3. NOT game to move vid. to itunes

            4. all

            5. lots

            6. none

            7. n/a - use frontrow/vpc

            8. c thread which collected this info prev

            Ease of use is critical with a touchscreen, voice imho.

            HTH
            __________
            rgds, raceer

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            • #7
              1. How many of you use a touchscreen?
              Touch screen but PowerMate while I drive...

              2. How many of you has a max resolution of 800x480? 800x600?
              I use the native 800x480, other than that is a little too small.
              BUT it would be nive to have a Quick resolution change for some system preference who need at least 800x600 (or more?)

              3. Have *all* of your media stored in iTunes?
              No, but most of it.

              4. Have movies stored in ~/Movies that *AREN'T* in iTunes?
              no

              5. Have movies that you can't play in QuickTime?
              no

              6. Have protected video files from iTMS?
              Yes, a lot

              7. What do you like about all the current front ends?


              CCar because it as a button on the side that stay always on top and everytime I need to change application, I can click there and I have the full menu. (i am still looking for CCar project code version 0.7, because version 0.8 which I have is a lot different)

              Or even better, like in FrontRow Remote, the menu appear as soon as you touch the screen. (I do not use FRR annymore because of some problem I had with it)

              CCar because you can have a view of different album at one time.

              The browsing mode of CoverFlow is nice... sometime
              but since the window is not lock into position, it is hard to use it with the touch screen.

              That is for music and video. Other people use other software.
              I also use Route66 and KisMac.

              I have put a list of software that can be used in Mac CarPuter
              on my website

              I will add yours once I have more details :-)


              8. What features do you think are missing from current front ends?
              I use mostly FrontRow but I would change some of it's feature.

              - Touch screen

              - When I go from a song to a video, I do not want to go through so many screen like in front row. FrontRow can play both, UI could be adapt to be use in the two modes...

              - I would love to have the album art as big as possible, all the height of the screen 480 pixels if it's possible (maybe minus a few to look good or in case the screen is not well center.

              - on the side of the album art I would like to have the standard Stop, play, rew, ff, Pause and Volume

              - It would also like to be able to see the rating of the song and change it.

              - AppleScript-able

              - A way to change application with a simple touch. I have put F9 on long click in PowerMate and then I click which window I want.

              - A way to manage all my voice command :-)

              The thing right now I want the most but It is not in a front end is a small board that you take 2 microphones input and substract them to remove background noise and a cut low frequency from wind noise, so I can have voice recognition at high speed.


              Good luck in your project.

              Franco
              Help me keep my web site up to date.
              Mac-Mini in Passat

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MacMobile
                I use the native 800x480, other than that is a little too small.
                Iím a bit confused here. These days, as far as I can see most of the 7Ē/8Ē touchscreens are at 800x480 as native and all most all of them are widescreen. How do you handle the full screen view at 800x600 on a widescreen monitor? Those 800x600 screens arenít 4:3 type?

                Originally posted by MacMobile
                BUT it would be nive to have a Quick resolution change for some system preference who need at least 800x600 (or more?)
                I donít think itís very easy. I rather think itís almost impossible to make a universal application like this which can run seamlessly at 800x480 and 800x600. There are hell lot of graphics works involved to cover that extra 120px area. From the graphics point of view (using pixel graphics), it should be considered as a totally separate project. I maybe wrong though.

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                • #9
                  Ahh, that PowerMate looks like a great way to scroll through songs, albums, artists, etc

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                  • #10
                    One ****ty thing is Apple has locked out developers from playing their protected video files (from iTMS). You can only access audio, but not video. The only solution for a developer is to play the file externally via QuickTime (which is one heck of a kludge)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by the_new_guy
                      Ahh, that PowerMate looks like a great way to scroll through songs, albums, artists, etc
                      Note, powermate does not work with an intel mini. I tried and it crashed the mini every few min. Also what is itms?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by skippy911
                        Note, powermate does not work with an intel mini. I tried and it crashed the mini every few min. Also what is itms?

                        iTunes Music Store.
                        Failure is not an option....



                        It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by the_new_guy
                          Ahh, that PowerMate looks like a great way to scroll through songs, albums, artists, etc
                          NuLOOQ sounds promising. Anyone using this on Intel now?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MacUsers
                            I donít think itís very easy. I rather think itís almost impossible to make a universal application like this which can run seamlessly at 800x480 and 800x600.
                            Sorry, I did not express myself very well. The resolution change is not for the Front end. I only need it sometime to access some system preference. I dont need it while driving :-) It is just a command that could be access form the front end. A simple Applescript could do it quite easily. It would need to go out of the front end and then change resolution. Let's say it is not a important function of the front end... I will add another voice command.

                            Thank for taking the time to read my way too long message :-)

                            Franco
                            Help me keep my web site up to date.
                            Mac-Mini in Passat

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MacUsers
                              Iím a bit confused here. These days, as far as I can see most of the 7Ē/8Ē touchscreens are at 800x480 as native and all most all of them are widescreen. How do you handle the full screen view at 800x600 on a widescreen monitor? Those 800x600 screens arenít 4:3 type?
                              Once again, my mistake... The 800x480 resolution is custom made (not sure if this is english... still learning). The some iApp demand a minimum of 800x600 (iphoto for exemple) and even at that resolution not every system preference can be completly seen at that resolution.

                              When I need to access one of those system preference, I could use almost any resolution with more pixel even if it is not a widescreen resolution, Mac OS X will simply stretch the picture but you are right it would be easier to choose another widescreen reolution.

                              But don't bother too much about this thing in your front end. Maybe, I was just listing things I wanted in a front end AND some for my CarPuter (like the microphone), sorry.

                              The more people we have working on Front-End, the more ideas will be brought to it and it will evolve more rapidly.

                              I am sure that every people reading the Mac forum are very happy to see another development team working on a front-end,

                              Thank you

                              Franco
                              Help me keep my web site up to date.
                              Mac-Mini in Passat

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