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    Arrow Mediacar V1.8.1

    Software section here :
    http://www.media-car.fr.st
    (Web site only in French for the moment but the images are universal and the translator of google is a good friend )

    V1.8.1 (I don't want to arrive at the 2.0 now )
    News :

    - Support for skin change "on the fly" with a menu and a preview of the skin, use the "ying/yang" button on the main menu
    - Option to launch automatically a module or the last module used or nothing when Medacar startup .
    - Minimal controls for audio player added to the GPS module.
    - Time and Date support added to the skin for all modules.
    - Improved the "run embedded" capability for external GPS and DVD software with the possibility to manually define the search string to correctly catch the handle of the main window of the external application (Optional) .
    - Added possibility to define the file name pattern for cover image to keep maximum compatibility with your personal folder and files structures.
    - additional code to use the default skin for a module if its files miss in the current skin. That gives more time to Skinners to modify their skins when I add new menus or modules
    Bugs corrected :
    - Winamp visualisation window handle problem discovered and is corrected.
    - Some other small potential bugs corected.



    V1.8:
    News :

    - The gamma correction use now API and not DIRECTX then all problems betwee video, external software, ... and DIRECTX are solved, You can now apply the gamlm correction to each module and also when playing XVID or Winamp visualisation
    Bugs corrected :
    - "Runtime error 13" at startup corrected
    - "When I click on the album the directory, and enter directory, to browse the MP3s the artwork is no longer displayed. My MP3 are organized artist/album/songs ..." corrected



    V1.7:
    News :

    - Winamp playlists are now supported, a new module to manage(create, modify, delete, ...) the playlist is also in development.
    - There is new options to chose to run the winamp visualisation embedded or not and to specify the name of the visualisation window to found (Before, mediacar always try to find a window with a name like "*AVS*"). Now you can use the visualisation that you want, simply specify the good name, generic caractère "*" are suported.
    - Option added to Hide the mouse when Mediacar start.

    V1.6:
    News :

    - All your parameters are now restaured when you instal a new version
    - It's now Winamp 2.91 in the package with ogg plugin, but the AVS plugin is the V2.5 from the previous Winamp version because the AVS V2.6 give problem to be run emmbeded in another software.
    - Some parameters not used are removed from all the skin definition file.

    Bugs corrected :
    - "When resuming windows after hibrenation I get a:run-time error '-2005532222 (887601c2)' automation error" Corrected
    - The incompatibility between gamma gestion and Xvid Codec when the color deep is set to 32 Bits is corrected, to do this I need to always unload the video file when I apply gamma correction and reload it after gamma correction is disabled then the time to comeback to the videoplayer from the mixer or video browser will be a little bigger but it's actually the only solution that I have found.

    V1.5:
    Big News :

    - Day/Night mode added !
    You can now define a day and night Gamma color correction for each Skin and switch between the two in manual and in automatic with a timer. (See the "Appearance" tab)
    - The Audio Browser supports now an image and a text description of the playlist folder or single file, It work like the Video browser.

    Bugs corrected :
    - "I have two subfolders in the video folder that I would like to browse, which at the moment is only possible if there is a video file in the top level folder. I think you search for video files in the folder on opening, can it be changed to include subfolders?" Corrected

    V1.4:
    News :

    - option to always mute the line-in on exit or not
    - GPS menu is comming up only on click onto the top status bar

    Bugs corrected :

    - "One problem is still there. When I start external GPS software e.g. Roadscout a new screen appears in the front but the programm screen is in the back even I unchecked the embedded option."
    Corrected for external GPS software and external DVD software.
    -"When the nav is in off postion the cordinates change and the green light is blinking. When i change it to another mode is see 1 red blink and the cordinates update stops and there is no lock on the position."
    corrected, The NMEA stream will be correctly processed for all GPS receivers now.
    -"When i press track in gps it freezes the screen im in.
    It seems to work if i dont touch anything, but obviously i cant see my position."
    Maybe corrected with the update of the NMEA stream process.



    V1.3:
    News :

    - option to choose the function of the exit button and new menu to choose what to do at the exit.

    Bugs corrected :
    - "Hey I just downloaded MediaCar but when I install, the process stops and I get the following message:Could not find symbol: DllUnregisterServer", normally corrected, try it.
    -"I have also something strange with the mixer. When I put the bass up, it goes down. This problem is with each frequency. Is it a bug or do I have to change something in winamp?", corrected

    V1.2:
    News :

    - Gps mode, zoom and font size are now stored and resumed on start.
    - Video and audio are resumed at the last positions.
    - Audio player playing on start.
    - Option to use or not ID3 Tag.
    - Option to load also first level of sub-folders in the playlist selected.

    Bugs corrected :
    - "Don't know if this is mentioned yet... but there is a bug when you hit play, with nothing in the playlist. You might want to disable the button with nothing in the list..."
    - "sometimes the cursor disappears in the "select video" list, just like it does on the main video play screen. You have to click the button again to bring it back."
    - "There is a bug in the CPU usage. When you first start playing mp3s, it will use 30% CPU on my athlon 1800 (too high). Then start the vis. and it goes to 100% (normal). Then stop the vis. and it will be sitting on ~2% (good!), still playing the mp3s."

    V1.1:
    - Big bug if there is no CD-rom reader on the PC is corrected (Runtime error ' 5 ')
    - Possibility to define files extensions up to 4 characters in setup (For .MPEG file for example)
    - The mouse pointer disappears during the reading of video


    Many thanks to www.carmedia.org members :
    -Drogon for many Gfx of this Version 1, the inspiration provided and for the excellent beta tests.
    - All betas testers : Skytos, Wetwag, Cedromast and Pt Cruiser.
    - The moderators of www.carmedia.org for the private section MEDIACAR which facilitated final work.
    And all the others I forget.
    www.media-car.fr.st
    The first Belgian PC fully integrated in a car :)

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    PS, if moderator could make of this thread a post-it it would be nice, thank
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    nice... looks like i need to update my skin

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    Oh great, more things to change on the skin...

    Just kidding, coyote! It's great that you're progressing this so damn fast!!


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    Coyote:

    The new custom album cover name/formate capability works great! Thank you again!

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    I see it as an unfortunate developement that the Day/Night switch is now a 2 step process, I don't mean to complain, but this seems like an example of taking a "simple" and "necessary" function and making it more complex to implement an uneccesary function.

    I understand that some want "on the fly" skin changing, because its convenient, cool, or whatever, but it's not necessary, UNLESS they are switching skins for Day/Night purposes, instead of using the gamma correction.

    If this is the case, it might be better to have a day/night tab in the Setup Screen where the user selects the function of the Yin/Yang button (Skin change OR Gamma correction), but keep Yin/Yang as a 1 press button to switch Day/Night.

    Is there another way to implement a skin change for those who want to change skins, just for the hell of it?

    I just fear that the many feature requests are going to take over MediaCar's simple interface. Simple is better/safer for the car, IMO

    thanks coyote for all the hard work, and remember to take a break, so you don't get sick of us
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    ose, I think you have a damn good point. I could easily add another button to the main menu skin for changing the skin.

    Less presses is better/safer, IMO.


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    Very cool on 1.8.1.

    Thanks very much Coyote, I really like the clock and calender and the skin switcher. The whole program runs really great.

    Hey Mindtool, is there anyway to integrate the clock and calender into the fireskull skin?
    Stop Buying New Music CD's.
    Hit The RIAA where it lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confused
    ose, I think you have a damn good point. I could easily add another button to the main menu skin for changing the skin.

    Less presses is better/safer, IMO.

    Garry
    Hmm, better yet, IMO would be to have an "invisible" setup button, no need to clutter up the screen, you would know where it is

    You can't run SETUP while MediaCar is running, right?
    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by ose-ml320
    You can't run SETUP while MediaCar is running, right?
    Yes, it's right because there is a lot of parameters that are critical and then can't be changed when Mediacar is running.
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