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    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    More Questions

    1) Is there any wayt hat you can make the Play Music Button open something other then the embedded winamp player....like Creative MediaSource (Sorry, i just like that programm, really desire to use it)
    Not unless it can emulate winamp at the API level.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    2) BSR 1.3.1 is free, so i don't think i need to donate it to you. hehe, but in all seriosuness, i wouldn't mind if there was some voice control capability to it. Simple way of doing it is the ability to make the buttons and then have the "statement" run that keystroke. Like, Main Menu woudl be F1, music F2...and so on. I mean, fi you could make it so that all the buttons were mappable...good times!
    We've never been big fans of conversing with electronic devices, so voice control is something that we're not likely to embed... ever. Unfortunately there are no programmable keystrokes to initiate the individual main menu items, but that has been repeatedly requested recently (by you iirc). If I ever get the XM receiver problems resolved I'll try to do something along these lines for you in the 2.3.5 release.


    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    3) I've been having issues with the skinmaker. Lots of them. Biggest one ismy inability to get it to work. maybe its an effect of the car accident, but i wouldn't mind having an AIM convo on it cause i fear i'll be that slow as i'm not getting it now. I have the background ready,
    I want to change a few things, like text color throughout and text itself. I want to just mess around with it.
    Aside from stating that AIM is evil and you shouldn't use it...

    I've never really figured out how to use the skinmaker either. It's a huge hunk of crap. I'm not artistically gifted so building a skin isn't something I'd really attempt anyway. Here's the only tutorial on it that I'm aware of. It's probably very outdated, so good luck.

    EDIT: there's also a skinmaker tutuorial stickied at the top of this forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    4) how do i add .mov decoding capabilities? I tired and was not successful. Same with WMV. The Halo 3 Trailer plays like crap and wihtout sound, while some of the other mini movies have bad artifacts in them. In Windows Media Player, this doesn't happen (just saying that the files are good). Can i make a movie playlist as well? When i try to select, it plays the move, but ofcourse, i could just be doing it wrong.
    For part 1, read the FAQ.

    On part 2, there's really nothing that MediaEngine does with the video except pick the display size and aspect ratio. Otherwise it's being played by mplay32.exe - if it doesn't play well there (start>run>mplay32) then it won't play well in MediaEngine.

    On part 3, I don't believe the playlist builder will let you add videos to a playlist, but I could be wrong. I'll have to test it out. If not, this falls under the category of a feature request.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    5) I am going to be running extendind desktop in windows. I shouldn't be doing much to change around the second display at all (not really clicking in there). It iwll be running Y!WE (yahoo Widgets Extension) as well as displaying my night vision output. The output will be continous, so no biggie on the
    I think you got cut off before you got to the actual interrogatory, but I'm going to get my crystal ball out and guess what you were going to ask. No, there's no way to tell MediaEngine what display to use, at least not to my knowledge. If my crystal ball is on the fritz please feel free to re-state your question. We won't charge extra...
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    hehe to answer a few of the responses, i try not to ask questions without reading the FAQ's and tutorials. I'm not trying to be annoying...well....not really.

    I don't want to mess with the good thing you have goin g with WinAMP. I just wanted to know if i could make the Play music open an external window so i didn't have to go through external apps to, well, play music

    To BSR, i i was trying to say, cause i kinda remember saying that you didn't want voice control integrated, that keystroking everything would accomplish the same goal. As a token of my gratitude, if i get BSR to work, what i would do, if you did this, would be to post up my .ini file (basically the commands). DL BSR and you get ME with VC! i get what i want, you get people off your back. The function keys seem to be the least used keystrokes and are therefore the best options. I mean, there are 12 of them...and then there is the alt key modifier...hehe it just goes on

    Your crystal ball is pretty hot. Better than my brain at 4 or 5 AM. Basically, if ME runs in the "primary" desktop when its maximized, that's pretty much fine, as long as i can possibly rearrange a few widgets on the other desktop. There are programs that already assign which desktop displays what and i plan on using them.

    AIM is evil. I was forced to use it because too many other poeple did as well. I have yahoo and MSN. PLus its the only IM that allows me to to send a whole directory

    Skinmaker....hehe...let's not get started...

    That's the weirdest thing (it doesn't work in mplayer). It it says it can't decode the codec...BUT ITS MICROSFOT'S CODEC (WM9). Well, what do you expect...gah. But that really blows...

    I'm goign to ebe using a Gyration Ultra GT KB and mouse with my set up, so i mean, maybe i could map a few things. I am going to have issues with it not being able to play WM files and .mov...I have a request, but not right now. THe others are more importnat

    Thanks again! Hope you're having fun. If i had XM, i would be on your beta tester teamQ!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    I just wanted to know if i could make the Play music open an external window so i didn't have to go through external apps to, well, play music
    That's not really how you worded your question, but the answer to that one is no as well. Sorry. Launching user-definable apps from the main menu isn't something I can implement in 1/2 hour or less, so you're just going to have to wait until the next major rewrite.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    As a token of my gratitude, ... i get what i want, you get people off your back
    Currently you're the only 'people' on my back for voice control or hotkeys to launch stuff from mainmenu...

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    AIM is evil. I was forced to use it because too many other poeple did as well. I have yahoo and MSN.
    Why are you admitting things like this publically?

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    PLus its the only IM that allows me to to send a whole directory
    WASTE is the only thing I'll use for I/M + P2P. It's far too complicated for mortals to configure, so my network is small and quiet just the way I like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    That's the weirdest thing (it doesn't work in mplayer). It it says it can't decode the codec...BUT ITS MICROSFOT'S CODEC (WM9). Well, what do you expect...gah.
    So it doesn't play in wmp, and you read the FAQ, and asked anyway? As an end-all be-all you might look into autoGK or <cringe> Videora to convert your stuff to a more universal format such as XVID AVIs. Life would be so much easier if people would quit feeding MediaEngine garbage and blaming it for burping.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    I'm goign to ebe using a Gyration Ultra GT KB and mouse with my set up, so i mean, maybe i could map a few things.
    What exactly is your point? Why do people drop (product / brand) names and expect them to mean anything to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    I am going to have issues with it not being able to play WM files and .mov...
    Not if you follow my advice and convert them to a format that doesn't suck. Sure, that means you won't be able to play that cool clip you just got I/M'd to you of the idiots ripping the bumper off that stuck cavalier. Man, life just isn't fair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    I have a request, but not right now. THe others are more importnat
    Other[s]? I'm not sure why you needed plurality on that word. Also, you might as well state your other request. That way I can ignore it now instead of at a later date.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    Hope you're having fun.
    I'd be having fun if a half-naked bikini model walked in and sat down on my desk and started handing me ice-cold bottles of Miller Lite. Arrange for that to happen and all your wishes will come true (and I'll probably get fired from my 9-5).
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    To answer a few questions

    Quote Originally Posted by phat_bastard
    That's not really how you worded your question, but the answer to that one is no as well. Sorry. Launching user-definable apps from the main menu isn't something I can implement in 1/2 hour or less, so you're just going to have to wait until the next major rewrite.

    I can wait. Sorry, once agian, 4-5AM. I'm surprised i found the right sub forum...

    Currently you're the only 'people' on my back for voice control or hotkeys to launch stuff from mainmenu...

    Currently. Its about the future, man!

    Why are you admitting things like this publically?

    Helps me sleep better at night i guess.

    WASTE is the only thing I'll use for I/M + P2P. It's far too complicated for mortals to configure, so my network is small and quiet just the way I like it.

    I can't help that i frequently tear apart laptops and they think a computer is only useful for email and writing reports, or that a high end game is yahtzee or something that was a direct port off of an Atari system. I mean, seriously, the only reason why i got a phone was cause everyone had one and insisted on calling me. Gonna get on my case for that one too?

    So it doesn't play in wmp, and you read the FAQ, and asked anyway? As an end-all be-all you might look into autoGK or <cringe> Videora to convert your stuff to a more universal format such as XVID AVIs. Life would be so much easier if people would quit feeding MediaEngine garbage and blaming it for burping.

    I can't help it. I feed it the only baby food in stock. I'm sure i can go out the the fields, pick the oranges and bananas myself, puree them, and give it, but that invovles me actually getting up. I have a fear of doing that unless it has to do with food or women. i'm aware converting doens't require me to move, but i was illustrating that to say that i'm lazy.

    What exactly is your point? Why do people drop (product / brand) names and expect them to mean anything to me?

    its something i would advise you to look into. Plus, it helps by not giving you the excuse of saying, "what are you talking about?" and gets us to the point where you say "i don't care" faster. See how well and smoothly that worked?

    Not if you follow my advice and convert them to a format that doesn't suck. Sure, that means you won't be able to play that cool clip you just got I/M'd to you of the idiots ripping the bumper off that stuck cavalier. Man, life just isn't fair.

    Yeah Bungie with thier Halo 3 surprise teaser...oh, apparently the guy drives a neon! Sure its in quicktime, BUT IT DOESN'T PLAY THAT EITHER!

    Other[s]? I'm not sure why you needed plurality on that word. Also, you might as well state your other request. That way I can ignore it now instead of at a later date.

    I could have SWORN i wasn't the one who started that thread...

    I'd be having fun if a half-naked bikini model walked in and sat down on my desk and started handing me ice-cold bottles of Miller Lite. Arrange for that to happen and all your wishes will come true (and I'll probably get fired from my 9-5).

    You shouldn't have gotten fired...i didn't. Then again, what's your work's address? Christ, if all i had to do was ask a freind to do me a favor, you could have asked that after my first post and we'd all be happy now, wouldn't we? we could have been rather square 9 posts ago and you have only yourself to blame!

    Good times

    I'll wait for the next release as i play aroudn wiht this one more. I need that damn skin to work...

    I guess all in all, i just need mapped buttons, an ability to externally link the main menu, and a working skinmaker and i'm golden. Oh yeah, and to ask one mof my friends to take a trip to whereever you are and wait for you at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    I'll wait for the next release as i play aroudn wiht this one more.
    Just so we're clear, for assigning external apps to main menu buttons I said the next major rewrite, not the next (bugfix) release. That may not happen this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor
    I guess all in all, i just need mapped buttons, an ability to externally link the main menu, and a working skinmaker and i'm golden. Oh yeah, and to ask one mof my friends to take a trip to whereever you are and wait for you at work.
    You should really ditch the idea of using the skinmaker if you're at all concerned with making your skin work the way you want it to. The app is more of a tool to rough-in the general look, while tweaks should be performed in a text editor.

    I'll do what I can for mappable main menu buttons in the bugfix build I'm working on currently. I have no estimated release date for it at this time.
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    hehe, thanks man. the mappable buttons are suffiecent for what i need to do! External apps aren't as important

    i guess these tweaks aren't as simple as icon replacements. Sadly enough, i cna't get it to display and change the background ratio at all. Anyways, thanks again!
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