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    Ok, I am starting this new thread to make it easier to update the link for NASair (i guess that is the name I am sticking with unless someone has a better idea). I will post the newest updates here and you can download the latest version from the link at the end of this post. This should make it easier for people to find the info they need. below will be a list of install and use instructions as well as system requirements.

    1. directly below you can download the zip file of NAS (this will be the most up-to-date link)
    2. you need to download and install adobe air from here (this link will take you to the appropriate file for your OS) , you should also make sure you have the latest flash player installed on your machine
    note: if you you are using linux you should download the adobe air .bin file from above, run $ chmod +x nameOfAdobeAirfile.bin, then $ sudo ./nameOfAdobeAirfile.bin this should start the installation wizard for adobe air (tested on Ubuntu 8.04 +)
    3. obviously unzip said zip file. you should be left with NASair.air
    4. double click to install. if adobe air was installed correctly it will give you a standardish install wizard, painless really.

    on the first time you run the app you will be asked to locate your music folder (i.e music/iTunes/iTunesMusic) and double click to select.

    next NASair will now attempt to import the album art to use in the app. if you have a folder in your documents directory name "NAS AlbumArt" you will be taken to the image association tool. here you can manually associate images and albums by clicking both the image and then the matching album and then clicking "manually associate". When you are done you can click the "Click to finish Manual Association" button to well, finish.

    if this is all to much and way to involved, then i am with you. There is a better way. follow the instructions below to get this whole thing done faster.

    1. if you have access to all of your album art then all you have to do is put the jpg or png file inside of the corresponding album's folder inside the "NAS AlbumArt" folder in your "documents" directory.
    2. if you do not have access to all of your album art but you have had itunes auto download album art for you then NASair will decode the downloaded images and stick them in a folder "NAS AlbumArt". From here you can then move them accordingly.
    3. now in album art tool just click "Auto Associate" and you should be good to go.

    you should only have to do all of the above steps one time. MediaCar keeps a record of everything and even where you were inside the app and what song was playing.

    *****System Requirements for Adobe Air (copied directly form Adobe's site)******

    Intel® Pentium® 1GHz or faster processor
    Microsoft® Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 4; Windows XP with Service Pack 2; or Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise
    512MB of RAM

    MAC OS X

    PowerPC® G4 1GHz or faster processor or Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    Mac OS X v10.4.910 or 10.5.1 (PowerPC); Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later, 10.5.1 (Intel)
    512MB of RAM
    For Adobe® AIR™ applications featuring full-screen video playback, the following hardware configurations are recommended:


    Intel Pentium 2GHz or faster processor
    Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4; Windows XP with Service Pack 2; or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise
    512MB of RAM; 32MB of VRAM

    MAC OS X

    PowerPC G4 1.8GHz or faster processor or Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor
    Mac OS X v.10.4.9 or later or 10.5.1 (Intel or PowerPC; Intel processor required for H.264 video)
    512MB of RAM; 32MB of VRAM


    * Intel® Pentium® III 1GHz or faster processor, 512MB of RAM
    * Recommended: Pentium 4 2GHZ or faster, 1GB RAM
    * Fedora Core 8, Ubuntu 7.10, openSUSE 10.3
    ***I have only tested on Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10***

    ***********CHANGE LOG*************

    - update for compatibility with windows machines (good luck, still minimal testing on windows machine)
    - somewhat better error handling for everybody!
    - fixed error where after a song finsihes next song is not played

    ****ver 1.something****
    -shuffle now works
    -ATT button now returns volume to it's original level
    -added icons to buttons on music page
    -fixed a bug with coverflow not loading all instances of albums
    -fixed other minor bugs involving error handling
    -if you are noticing that coverflow is stacking all the images on top of each other instead of to the side, click the "day" button and that should temp fix the problem. i am looking into the cause of this bug

    oh yeah the name of the app is now NASair, since media car is taken and i am really not that creative with naming (i was just thinking of naming it BOB and be done with it)

    ****ver 1.something.1****
    - changes in music player UI

    **** v1.2****
    bug fixes
    -fixed an issue with the itunes album art decoder not working properly
    vol control UI updates
    added ability to click volume pop up box to close on the event that it does not close automatically

    added visualizations
    added Fullscreen mode
    added animations for page changes
    added UI for album/album art association
    updated "daytime" skin to be well, better looking
    various bug fixes

    fixed an issue where mp3s would be played twice simultaneously.

    added new ability to associate images named after the artist and album
    under-the-hood improvements to help with loading and performance of the app.

    improved coverFlow experience
    bug fixes
    improved image association work flow
    better linux support
    minor testing in linux 8.04 & 8.10

    check out the next post for further instructions on the use of the new features!!

    improved UI
    added clock
    added visualizations
    improved stability
    added ability to auto update from removable disk
    added ability to control Music playback & volume via key presses
    various bug fixes

    Added "transparent" mode for better use with a seperate GPS app.
    Added another music visualization.

    UPDATE 4/1/09:
    --fixed an issue when going into transparent mode, music visualization appears on screen.
    --made transparent window more readable

    Added support for displaying embedded album artwork for mp3 files

    please download this newest version and discard and forget the old one
    Attached Files
    Check out the new version of NAS, a cross platform music frontend here

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    with some of the new features that have been added there are some things everybody should know in order to get them working. This particular post is referring to the association and use of album Artwork within the app. to get this working follow these instructions.

    There are several different methods that will achieve the same result here i will list them from easiest to hardest. (the only reason i am including the hard options is for a last resort for anyone unable to get the previous methods to work).

    Method 1:

    Use the new "Auto associate" button in the decoder section. this is found by going to the prefs window and clicking "decode iTunes albumArt" button. For this method to work you will need to do several things:

    1. have a folder named "NAS AlbumArt" located in your "documents" folder on your system.

    here is where you need to store the images you want to use for the album art.

    2. fill the folder with the artwork with each image named in the convention of "AlbumName - Artist.jpg" or "AlbumName - Artist.png". the album name must come first followed by the artist, with a space on either side of the hyphen.

    The easiest way to do this is to download this applescript for itunes and run it. you simply select all of your songs in itunes and then run the script. when it asks where to store the images, point it to the "NAS AlbumArt" folder you made earlier. this will spit the images out in the correct naming convention.

    once this folder has all of your artwork just run NAS and click "auto associate" and you are good to go!

    i will fill out the other ways to accomplish this later. it is late and i need sleep!
    Check out the new version of NAS, a cross platform music frontend here