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    Hey man,
    I just wanted to let you know that I'm serving up Mobile Impact at Mobile-Effects.com I like the matching 'Mobile' names

    I also added some screenshots to the image gallery.

    While compiling the screen shots, here are some quick things that I noticed:

    The OSK isn't very robust. I can't even enter in my own website using it....there's no '-' hyphen. Maybe you could add a button that adds a more advanced character set. Kind of like a shift or something. Once you hit shift, the other characters are displayed, once you press a character it goes back to the keyboard layout you have now.


    Also, the settings page seems a little bare. Could you possibly code into the program the ability to change the resolution, rather than only 800 x 600?
    The settings screen kinda comes up on top of the main page....(you can see parts of the main page on the right side) Maybe for looks, you can make the settings screen cover everything:


    On the web browser page, as a suggestion - maybe replace the X button with the words Exit or something to indicate that button will take you to the home screen. Reason being that X that you use in the web browser to take you back to the home page is the same X that you use in the other screens to bring up the Exit screen. Just seems inconsistent. Perhaps you could do something similar to what you did on the DVD screen, there's an X and a house.

    Also, iGuidance automatically loads for me, but rather small. For whatever reason it doesn't fill the space alotted on the screen. You can see what it looks like below in the left picture. I do have the ability to drag the iGuidance window and drag it down for a better view, but I have to do this everytime.

    <--- When first opened | After dragging--->

    There seems to be some other things going on too when trying to browse for media, pictures, etc....
    If I'm inside my C drive, I can't get back out to go to a different partition. The "Up DIR" button doesn't bring you one level up from C.

    Also, for whatever reason I can't drill down into any other drive than C. Is that the drive that all of your media has to be on? When I click on audio, it brings up the screen with my hard drives. If I click/dbl click/etc on drive other that C, nothing happens. Picture is below, only when I click on C does it go into the drive. D and E drives do nothing


    I will read through the documentation and poke around the ini files and stuff before I mention anything else. I apologize if I mentioned something that was already explained elsewhere or in the documentation. I just wanted to give you kind of a 'first time user experience'. Sometimes that's all a normal person will give software before determining if it's keepable or not.


    These are some of my suggestions. Please take them constructively. Having done some programming myself, I know how invaluable feedback is in making software really rock. I see an awesome front end here, that with a little polishing will be really popular.

    Keep up the great work, and if there's anything you ever need, please let me know. I'll be posting more thoughts on this software when I get time.

    Oh, and sorry for the Mobile-Effects.com watermark on the pictures I posted here. I just liked the screenshots from our image gallery and it does that automatically.

    Thanks much,
    Bob
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    Snyperbob -> Thank you for the constructive criticism. I truly appreciate it when users give me feedback and suggestions. I have always tried to listen and accomodate as best as I can when advancing the program. User Input is truly the best way to progress.

    Regarding your suggestions/problems ->
    I never thought about putting a hyphen/dash or other characters like that in the keyboard for the web browser, to be honest, I have never had anyone make any comments on it. I used the same keyboard module for all the different modules so I had to omit upper case, and symbols. When I first developed the keyboard I didnt know half of the techniques that I know now, so adding an upper case/symbols keyboard would be extremely easy, so I will definitely add this. I will also be changing the X with the main menu, or the little house icon or something to that effect. I will have to see what looks best.
    I have also been toying with the idea of putting a full blown settings screen into the program that sets the ini file settings as well as the 4 things it does now, but it would have to be a regular Non touch friendly screen. What are your thoughts on this?
    My new version that I will be releasing soon has superior code that embeds iGuidance so this issue in the GPS module is totally fixed, and also has finger friendly remote control menus that replace the iGuidance menus.
    The next version also fixes the file system navigation problem in the file list where you will be able to navigate to any drive letter up to drive H:.
    The new release also plays music cds from the media player module instead of the DVD module and the DVD module was totally scrapped and rewritten to use mplayer classic embedded instead of the Windows Media Player control.
    This release also has a split screen mode on the Audio/Video, and DVD modules. So if you have a 2nd video card and windows extended desktop, you can hit the split screen button and the module will run on the 2nd screen and the driver can still function in GPS, and several of the other modules without interupting the 2nd screen. I am also working on the Game Emulator module to do this as well, but for some reason the emulators arent running very well when shifted in split screen mode, so I have to work on this.
    Regading an option to do different sizes. I know that there is a demand for 800x484 for wide screens, and a very small need for 640x480 but unfortunately this would require an extensive amount of extra coding that would bog the program down too much. I have also developed a skin builder for my Mobile Emulator program that could easily be written for Mobile Impact, but this would also be extremely extensive and take a good several months to complete. I know that many of the other front ends have this capability but if I were to do this, then it would allow the programs simplicity and finger friendly design to be altered. I feel that it would also make the program too much the same as everyone elses.

    Again; Thank you for the Feedback, I look forward to hearing more.
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    Ok! I'll be trying it out today!
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    I'm really liking the new version of MI.

    A couple of questions.

    Is there any way to show the station logo in the XM screen?

    And does the skin have to stay true to the skin templates, or can we create skins with custom button locations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer
    I'm really liking the new version of MI.

    A couple of questions.

    Is there any way to show the station logo in the XM screen?

    And does the skin have to stay true to the skin templates, or can we create skins with custom button locations?
    I didnt program the any graphics for the station into the program, but I think I have enough room in it for my next version, great idea, Thanks!

    The skin buttons and controls are set up to be in static positions and cant be changed becuase of how they relate to other controls and how some of the controls function. It relies on position and size, but you can take the Skin Templates found in the Mobile Impact folder to see where the controls are located and then make your custom skin based on their locations. If you do a skin for the program I would very much like to check it our when your done.
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    For me, I love the improved version of MI; like I said before to you I think this will make a nice program for a single user, but for people that are in the vehicle for a short time the learning curve might be a little too steep.
    I had a weird experience yesterday! Is there any way to make it possible for you to disable/enable the GPS (iGuidances') improved menu and its icons/osk; the reason is that I really think it's very CPU intensive.
    I'm testing a VIA MII and yesterday while driving I took different routes that required extra calculation, the machine totally locked up! It was about 1/2 mile between updates and it just became unusable because I was getting off-course...
    I think if we can have that feature in faster computers that can handle the extra process it would be more friendly... Also with the new hacks being done on iGuidance the menu has improved a lot more from the tiny ones being used by the manufacturer.
    I have more suggestions later on, but as of now, this is the most alarming to me...
    I really like the improved web browser, the video module, etc...
    Thanks, GREAT JOB!
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    O.K., I installed this in the car & think it's great... but I've got an odd problem... when watching video's all odf a sudden it locks up... I think it happens mostly at the end of a video, like right when it should switch to the next one.....

    stuck with 100% processor usage & no recovery.... kill it & restart & then it pays again untill it freezes... any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    O.K., I installed this in the car & think it's great... but I've got an odd problem... when watching video's all odf a sudden it locks up... I think it happens mostly at the end of a video, like right when it should switch to the next one.....

    stuck with 100% processor usage & no recovery.... kill it & restart & then it pays again untill it freezes... any ideas?
    How long do you wait to see if it unlocks? What format are these files, avi, mpg, etc? What is your hardware like, cpu type and speed, ram, video, etc. Try adding a few of these movies that you are having this problem to the Windows Media Player playlist outside of MI and see how long it takes to switch between one video to the other, or see if it locks up the same way. Depending on the movie length, it could just be unloading one and then loading the other, and it may take a long time. Let me know. Thanks.
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    all of the media I'm using are 3/4/5 minute music video's..... when it's working good it takes a second or so to switch to the next one..... when it locks I wait a good long while.... she's stuck at 98-100% processor usage & is not clickable at all... just locked.

    this morning when it locked i left it for over 15 min.... no change..... 15min later still 99-100% cpu usage & no response

    if I have a window over the player, when it switches good it will pop the mi interface above whatever I'm displaying & switch songs..... when it locks it obviously doesn't pop over.... when I close the window that's above the mi interface the mi interface isn't displayed.... instead the window that was over it is shown stuck over the display.... hard to explain.... like the graphics are burned into the interface.... like it doesn't refresh to show the mi interface.... don't know if this is a clear explanation..... it will do this even if it locks first, then I open a window over it & close.... image of new window opened over it will be shown over where the mi interface is, even after closed....

    my hardware is a dell 700m laptop motherboard..... pentium m 1.6 w 512 ram.... 64mb ati video built into the laptop board.... these are mpg files.... 60 gb 2.5 drive in laptop & usb 500gb external 3.5 hd

    funny thing is that sometimes the same video that would cause it to lock at the end, will sometimes not lock at all & go to the next...... I'm trying to determine if it is any particular video's that cause this but it is spuratic & the same video will sometimes lock & sometimes pass......

    I will try using windows media player & see if the same thing happens.... one thing I can tell you is that even with as many bugs as centrafuse 1.5 had, it never did this with the same videos on my system. tons of bugs in that one, but goes through the videos fine....

    maybe a video driver issue? but if that's the case why would it work sometimes..... I have had this go sometimes almost a half hour before locking.... & sometimes I will just open mi & it is locked from the get go... if I was in a video when closed last.

    this front end is truely awsome & when I get the split screen to display on the rest of my screen she wil be really SWEET..... just gotta get this lock up resolved.... I guess I'll check dell for latest video drivers

    oh, btw, my display is a widescreen that is inverted sideways through the included ati driver of the laptop.... my final resolution is 800X1280 & mi takes the top half of my screen nicely....

    it will do this btw, even if nothing else is running along with it at the time...

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    I just ran media center for well over an hour.... no lockups.... I'll leave the car running another hour to make sure 100%, but it seems to be fine with media center....

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