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    Hi all,

    I want to put together a road map to plan out future features of Neon Boombox and I would like to try and prioritize according to user needs and wants.

    Feel free to offer up suggestions, but ONLY if you are or will consider being an NBB user. I don't need or want a bunch of comment from people who won't use NBB. there is another thread for those or anyone else to trow out suggestions that may make it in the roadmap.

    Also keep in mind that I don't have certain hardware like GPS so I cannot do anything for it at the moment.

    Minor bugs/adjustments should be posted in other threads.

    1. finish Video module (nearly done now)
    2. add more visualizers and support for 3rd party visualizers
    3. add support for the apple remote
    4. create a bare bones XM radio control module (XM PCR for sure others if i can)
    5. add support for basic skins
    6. create some alternate skins. (might need help on this one)
    7. add support for using an ipod as a library source
    8. add support for dvd playback

    that all I have so far. I don't like to try and plan farther than I can see

    If anyone is willing to help with visualizers and/or skins I would appreciate it. Guides for creating those will be posted in the coming days/weeks.

    comments on priority order/additions/removals to this short term list anyone?
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    How about a way to get back and forth from NBB to OSX. I use spaces to get to the internet, dashboard and istumbler. I'd be nice to do that with NBB.

    Thanks for the great work!

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    +1 on XM support.

    Something I don't see a lot of front ends do is take advantage of GPS information, not so much for navigation but trip/odometer/speed functions. Probably because most people take short trips in their cars and don't need them very often.

    I just think it would be cool to read some info from, say, a GPSDX stream and give you some dashboard and trip options. I won't clutter up this thread with that idea, though. Maybe I'll post some samples screenshot I gen up of the type of thing I'm thinking of.

    It would be something that would make the FE 'different' from the run of the mill stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bt430 View Post
    How about a way to get back and forth from NBB to OSX. I use spaces to get to the internet, dashboard and istumbler. I'd be nice to do that with NBB.

    Thanks for the great work!
    spaces does work with NBB except when watching a movie or in the visualizer.

    The reason for that, at least for the visualizer, is that using expose or space while the visualizer was running could potentially make NBB crash, and I couldn't figure out why. Maybe it is a bug in the QC framework...

    @bugbye

    do you have an XM PCR, an XM direct, or XM commander? I know the PCR will work and that the direct and commander can work with the same protocol, but I cannot test or verify it.

    I wan to do alot of things with GPS I just dont have the hardware yet. and I won't anytime in the near future.
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    I might be able to get my hands on some loaner sirius gear if your interested.

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    absolutely If I can find documentation enough for it to work. I haven't yet seen anything about the sirius protocol being opened/reverse engineered. If you know where I can find the proper protocol documentation I'd be happy to work it in in the future
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeonDev View Post
    absolutely If I can find documentation enough for it to work. I haven't yet seen anything about the sirius protocol being opened/reverse engineered. If you know where I can find the proper protocol documentation I'd be happy to work it in in the future
    I would talk to mitch (http://www.rush2112.net/) as he is the genious behind sirius on the PC, probably can help out.
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    +1 on Trip Computer functionality.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post

    Something I don't see a lot of front ends do is take advantage of GPS information, not so much for navigation but trip/odometer/speed functions. Probably because most people take short trips in their cars and don't need them very often.

    I just think it would be cool to read some info from, say, a GPSDX stream and give you some dashboard and trip options. I won't clutter up this thread with that idea, though. Maybe I'll post some samples screenshot I gen up of the type of thing I'm thinking of.

    It would be something that would make the FE 'different' from the run of the mill stuff.
    One thing I really miss from my BMW that I don't have on my Mazda is a trip computer. It would be great to pick up that info from the front end. It would be really cool if you could get fuel information from the ODB II to do range/MPG calculation. Also, exposing other OBD II information picked up from the bus to the display would be interesting, but not necessarily all that useful. I don't know everything that's available on OBD, so there might be some other functionality that is possible.
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    Now that the music works well, my number 1 preference would be for Navigation, followed closely by Bluetooth handsfree.

    I use NBB every work day for at least 90 mins. But at the moment I'm desperate for a Sat Nav system & a handsfree for my phone. My plan was to put a mac-mini in my car as collectively it would be cheaper than adding Ipod Support, Sat Nav & Bluetooth handsfree, so I am reluctant to go out and buy seperate sat nav. And really like NBB, so don't want to switch to another front end.

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    well I do plan on implementing GPS and OBD2 and am positive that it will one day happen . but until I get the hardware to do it I cannot put it on the roadmap.

    OBD2 will likely happen first unless the next gen iPhone has GPS that i can utilize in NBB

    I also want to have bluetooth hands free abilities but I cannot find much on the protocol. do any of you know where I can find that information?

    also I am unsure of how to accomplish navigation. I havn't put alot of thought into it. how do most FEs do it? I was thinking a bandaid solution would be to load google maps into a webview with custom CSS but that requires an internet connection and doesn't really give turn by turn.

    any mac compatible open source solutions for navigation?
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