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    Welcome to Neon Boombox

    Hello and welcome to the new front end for macs!



    We have been kicking around the idea to make our own front end for a while now and have just now been able to get things going. And going they are! This project is being constantly updated and improved.

    Bellow is a feature list and all the fixes so far.

    Public Release 1-
    Main Application

    New Features:
    •Dynamically Arrangeable interface buttons
    •Dynamically Changeable interface/button color
    •Music Module Added
    •12 hour clock w day of week
    •Rotary Dial wheel which can hold up to 12 modules

    Bug Fixes: None
    Changes: None
    Known Issues: Mouse Events outside options bezel don't get blocked
    Dial wheel is free moving (no designated "locking" points)

    Music Module

    New Features:
    •Lists all music from your iTunes Library
    •Navigate Library by Artist Album or Genre
    •Play any Quicktime compatible track (that is in iTunes Library)
    •Real Visualizer (visuals are an actual result of the music playing, not faked)

    Bug Fixes:None
    Changes:None
    Known Issues: Mouse Events outside options bezel don't get blocked
    Play/Pause button will revert back to their original color when clicked
    Once a song is done playing the next song in the list doesn't play
    back/forward buttons play the previous/next song in list instead of starting the playing track over
    Navigating by artist will show a "No Album" section in each artists respective album list, however it is never populated even when it should be

    Public Release 2-

    Main Application

    New Features:None

    Bug Fixes: Mouse events outside the options Bezel are no longer sent
    Dial now has locking positions and is no longer free rotating

    Changes: dial button positions are more accurately calculated to be a more perfect circle
    clock no longer displays a leading 0 in the hours

    Known Issues: None

    Music Module

    New Features: None

    Bug Fixes: Play/pause button no longer reverts color
    When a song is done playing the next song in the list will now play
    mouse events outside the options bezel are no longer sent

    Changes:None
    Known Issues: back/forward buttons play the previous/next song in list instead of starting the playing track over
    Navigating by artist will show a "No Album" section in each artists respective album list, however it is never populated even when it should be

    Head on over to www.neonboombox.com to download the app and try it out for yourself. If you download it please be sure to give us some feedback. We would love to hear any opinion you may have!


    DISCLAIMER: We have been using this on many different machines and have yet to have a problem. But use at your own risk. in the very unlikely event that something happens to your system as a result of using our program IT IS NOT OUR FAULT!

    also, if anyone is interested, we are looking for a few beta testers for our app. if you are interested drop us a line at [email protected]
    Take a peek >>> www.neonboombox.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeonBoomBox View Post
    •12 hour clock w day of week
    Without having actually downloaded it, here is one suggestion I have.

    Don't force your date preferences on others

    Use one of the Date and Time formats from the International SysPrefs. That way the user can customize the format to look how ever they prefer (i'm a mm/dd/yy hh:mm:ss man myself ). Here is an example of how to do it (though I am being bad and forcing them to use a date):

    Code:
    - (void) updateDateTime: (id) ignore {
    	NSString			*path = [@"~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist"
                                     stringByExpandingTildeInPath];
    	NSDictionary		*prefs = [NSDictionary dictionaryWithContentsOfFile:path];
    	NSString			*dateFormat = [[prefs objectForKey:@"AppleICUDateFormatStrings"]
                                           objectForKey:@"3"];
    	NSString			*timeFormat = [[prefs objectForKey:@"AppleICUTimeFormatStrings"]
                                           objectForKey:@"3"];
    	NSString			*date, *time;
    	CFLocaleRef			locale = NULL;
    	CFDateFormatterRef	formatter = NULL;
    	
    	if (dateFormat == nil) {
    		// Default if the user doesn't have anything configured.
    		// 2 digit month, 2 digit day, 2 digit year.
    		dateFormat = @"MM/dd/yy";
    	}
    	if (timeFormat == nil) {
    		// Default if the user doesn't have anything configured.
    		// 24 hour 2 digit hour, 2 digit minute, and 2 digit seconds.
    		timeFormat = @"HH:mm:ss";
    	}
    	
    	locale = CFLocaleCopyCurrent();
    	formatter = CFDateFormatterCreate(kCFAllocatorDefault, locale,
                                          kCFDateFormatterNoStyle,
                                          kCFDateFormatterNoStyle);
    	
    	CFDateFormatterSetFormat(formatter, (CFStringRef) dateFormat);
    	date = (NSString *) CFDateFormatterCreateStringWithAbsoluteTime(
                                                    kCFAllocatorDefault, formatter,
                                                    CFAbsoluteTimeGetCurrent());
        
    	CFDateFormatterSetFormat(formatter, (CFStringRef) timeFormat);
    	time = (NSString *) CFDateFormatterCreateStringWithAbsoluteTime(
                                                    kCFAllocatorDefault, formatter,
                                                    CFAbsoluteTimeGetCurrent());
        
    	CFRelease(locale);
    	CFRelease(formatter);
        
        [dateTextField setStringValue:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@ %@",
                                       date, time]];
    }
    Otherwise it sounds pretty good so far.

    Do I recall correctly (from a previous thread) that you are not open sourcing this?

    -dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamgnat View Post
    Don't force your date preferences on others
    it is a 12 hour clock by defalt because thats how most clocks are. and as we are striving for a very user personalized front end the date/time will have plenty of options, even for the most picky of users
    Take a peek >>> www.neonboombox.com

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    doesnt launch on PPC 1.4 mac mini running leopard. bounces in dock about 15 or 20 times then just bails

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamgnat View Post
    Do I recall correctly (from a previous thread) that you are not open sourcing this?
    We are not making this project open source. But we will be releasing a sdk within the coming weeks so users have the ability to create their own modules.
    Take a peek >>> www.neonboombox.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybix View Post
    doesnt launch on PPC 1.4 mac mini running leopard. bounces in dock about 15 or 20 times then just bails
    if you can open up your console app, try and launch Neon Boombox, and post the output to the crash log thread that would be supper helpful! thanks!
    Take a peek >>> www.neonboombox.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeonBoomBox View Post
    if you can open up your console app, try and launch Neon Boombox, and post the output to the crash log thread that would be supper helpful! thanks!
    I will do that tonight for you..

    James

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    Mmmmmm some fresh pics!
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    Take a peek >>> www.neonboombox.com

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    I meant to ask - what is the bar graph on the left? Will that be the volume?
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    yes it will tho I do think that the final volume control will look somewhat different as the next release will encompass some minor interface changes
    check us out at: www.neonboombox.com

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