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    I wanted to navigate away from using the whole profiles for home screen layouts. It's do-able sure, but wasn't my plan. I'm sure my wife and I couldn't agree on whose profile/layouts to use, as that would also retrieve whose music preferences to use and whatever else is based off it. That's why I thought of using it for music selections only atm, where the monotony of setting up a profile for us together just for music would be almost nothing compared to setting up a whole layout of home screens, etc...

    If there is enough interest I can sure do it, but it's not on the table for the time being. I would like to finish up the music rating system and music plugin and hopefully be able to get something worthwhile to show/use.
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    Edit: John, is it possible you can update the first post with some information (might be nice for people to find it there instead of buried) such as:
    Having screen specific music paths/lists (optional multiple paths as well, just not yet implemented)
    Notification bar/list for other plugin dev's to use
    Custom music rating system
    and maybe 1 of the images of the music plugin
    Plus graphics help... !

    Ok, so here are a couple shots of the music plugin to show you that things are going well:
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    Quote Originally Posted by detlion1643 View Post
    I wanted to navigate away from using the whole profiles for home screen layouts. It's do-able sure, but wasn't my plan. I'm sure my wife and I couldn't agree on whose profile/layouts to use, as that would also retrieve whose music preferences to use and whatever else is based off it. That's why I thought of using it for music selections only atm, where the monotony of setting up a profile for us together just for music would be almost nothing compared to setting up a whole layout of home screens, etc...

    If there is enough interest I can sure do it, but it's not on the table for the time being. I would like to finish up the music rating system and music plugin and hopefully be able to get something worthwhile to show/use.
    No issues there. My mind just started wandering

    Quote Originally Posted by detlion1643 View Post
    John, is it possible you can update the first post with some information (might be nice for people to find it there instead of buried) such as:
    Having screen specific music paths/lists (optional multiple paths as well, just not yet implemented)
    I'll see what I can do!
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    Profiles complete: any plugin can access 1 setting to get the currently loaded/selected profile if they wish to. No duplicate profile names allowed, and a profile can only be loaded/selected on 1 screen at a time. Profiles are not screen specific (thing roaming windows logins). The delete button pops up after long clicking a name and stays for a couple seconds then dissappears. No accidental deletions this way .

    You can always see the profile name loaded/selected underneath the home button in the bottom bar.
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    Awesome stuff.
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    Ever since I started coding the profile system and music rating system for this skin, my mind wandered to a scenario that probably doesn't get seen a lot. What happens when 2 screens use the same audio output device? Which screen will control the music? Right now if a screen starts playing music that's what you will hear. If another screen plays music, the previous music stops and the new music starts...

    The profile/rating systems don't really care, as another screen can rate what is playing on a different screen, it's just linked to the profile that rated it, not the screen/profile of where the music is playing from.

    Since the idea of 2+ screens on 1 audio device probably isn't seen in the car environment on an ideal setup, should I stop trying to figure out a solution for this?

    On the skin progress: I have finished the weighted random generator based on song ratings. Ratings range from 0-10, 0 means not played, 1 lowest chance... 10 highest chance. The core of the rating system has been written and parts that interact with it are there, it's just a matter of time, interacting the code to work together, and flesh out the kinks. I'm on track for finishing the rating system this week if time allows.

    I'm shooting for mostly finishing out the ui/main menu/music sections of this skin and getting a real early release to some people to help me bug test . Hoping for late this month, early next month. It's getting exciting .
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    This question is best answered by Borte to figure out what the best approach may be. With OM's new multi-zone setup, it is quite possible for multiple screens to play to the same device. No, not ideal. And most folks will configure their zones in an ideal way. My vote is don't worry about it. Really, if there are multiple zones with multiple passengers, changing Dad's tunes while he's driving might upset him anyway so there is probably some "ground rules" set.
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    This question is best answered by Borte to figure out what the best approach may be.
    Doesn't really have to be a "best" approach, I was leaning more towards if anyone has any suggestions for that scenario happening... Since we can program pretty much anything in our own skin, we have options of dealing with this scenario as skin-specific if we so choose. I'll leave it alone and make it act like the default skin does. As mentioned, it's not a very ideal setup to use anyways.

    However, with the profile system in place, there are checks as to which screen is playing music on which audiodevice, so it is possible with very little modifying, to lock all music related stuff to the screen that is currently playing it. This results in other issues, other scenarios, etc. So, I'm not doing it to start with.
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    Okay. So me personally, I would like to see a "master" zone. I discussed this briefly on our wave. So in certain situations, it cannot be overridden. There is a "all" zone (all screens/audio) are basically mirrored. In this case, the zone designated as master basically forces all other zones to listen to the same thing. Under your profile setup then, the profile used on master will do as nobody else can influence this.

    Then, in scenario where other zones have been defined, "zone x" will be paired with an audio device and the profile conflict will not apply.

    So I agree with you. It's not currently important to work it out as the zone setup should work in your favor.
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    OK, so here is my thinking and this is what I'm working towards fulfilling at the very moment, so beware this might get lengthy and in depth...

    I am not planning for a specific screen to act as a master, but moreso if a screen starts playing music, the other screens that are linked to the same audio device will have the same information loaded to their screens (artist, album, song, notifications, etc...). Now, if different profiles are loaded (but same audio device), they will see their own ratings dependant on their profile. Profiles will have the option of up/down rating the current song, regardless if they started the play or not. Since ratings are linked to the profiles, changing these across screen won't make a lick of difference to the other screens.

    ** Regarding "master zone", and this is just IMO, so open to interpretation/suggestions/complaints **
    I'm not sure if I'm following you correctly, but I'm not sure a "master" zone would feel right. If you don't have mutliple keyboard/mouse/audio devices, you are basically locking a user out of using their screen. This defeats trying to get screen specific things going on. I know that multiple screens can do different things without both being looking to use the audio device they are linked to. If you don't want other screens changing music, we can put a lock on it, and only the screen that started the playing of music will have control of that audio device.
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