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    Sounds good Mike. Curious how you are going to make the video have the different sections since most videos do not have tags. Are you going to allow us to define different directories for the different tabs?

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    I think it would be very cool to be able to access all of the features from one screen. However, there are several reasons why it might be better to use a main screen instead.

    1. One of the main goals you guys have said you have is the ability to easily add new features via a SDK. If most of the other features are accessed from a home screen then it is easier to add new features. For instance you don't have GPS listed in your layout above. If I wanted to add a GPS plug-in and you have it organized the way you are planning I would have to edit the MP3 playback screen instead of just adding a new icon to the home page.

    2. Most of the time people are going to be using this software to play MP3s and the number of times that the average user is going to change songs far exceeds the number of times that user is going to switch to and from video playback or one of the other features. Thus, it makes sense to make the MP3 screen more devoted to the playback of MP3s then to other things. I would recommend, and obviously this is just my humble opinion, making the browse window as large as possible so it is easier and safer to change between songs while driving. Increasing the font of the songs on the list would make it easier to hit the correct song/folder while driving on the small 7" screens that most of us are using.

    Maybe something like this, I did it in paint so it is very rough. I don't know, its just an idea and obviously it's your program. Thanks for all the hard work.
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    We too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by swingpoha
    I think it would be very cool to be able to access all of the features from one screen. However, there are several reasons why it might be better to use a main screen instead.
    I think when the SDK comes out, you will be able to create your own skins which, in turn, will allow you to set up the screen however you like. Sure it may be a bit extra work on your part but then again it will be customized to the way you want it.

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    d_seller is right, when you get the SDK and skin builder program, it will allow you to customize every screen and create plugins that will do whatever you want. As far as our default setup goes we want an out of the box interface that is very easy to navigate, since at some point we will sell the software with specific hardware we need to go in this direction, however it will be flexible enough for you as the end user to change it around however you see fit.
    I know it seems like a better idea to have more songs on the screen at once, but what i found is that your attention off the road increases as more songs are visible on the list, i find myself reading for longer periods of time thus diverting your attention.

    Oh yeah, sorry I forgot GPS...that was supposed to be on the main menu:
    Music-----Video------XM------FM--------GPS-------Control

    and the submenu:
    Gps
    Map-------Points of Interest--------hotspots--------Find Directions

    you get the idea....

    remember that the skin builder will be so that you can drag and drop to build... lets say you start with a background, add a button and from a function tree drag and drop a function to the button.....it will be very slick, and easy to use

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    I think what mike was trying to say is there is one media page "music, video, xm,& fm" all under "media" from the main page, then you can add other apps and plugings to the main page "OBDII, GPS and so on". I myself jump from video to music often and like the fact that theres one less step to do so, but thats just me.
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    That's cool, just throwing out my ideas. I too think that fewer songs is better but I would increase the font size of each song. Anyway, I am sure your end product will rock and I am looking forward to the skin builder and SDK. Keep up the good work.
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    Equaliser.

    Something that allows some decent bass and mid-bass control. Maybe this guy might be useful: http://members.aon.at/grxpage/index.htm
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    don't know if this has been mentioned, but gapless track advance.

    btw... great software.. can't wait till it's done
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    FM/XM Screen Design Question

    Should XM and FM be two seperate buttons off the main menu? Do any of you see any reason for them both not to be under one "Radio" button? You click Radio and then have modes.. like FM/AM/XM, etc?

    Like to hear your comments. XM and FM is 100% complete now from the functionality stand point. I plan on having the alpha 5 released tomorrow finally.

    Thanks in advance for your advice
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