LiL Front End (alpha 0.3)
I mentioned this project in other .Net thread a while ago.
I've been developing this slowly during summer. Actually been using it myself several months but until now I havent got anything worth to show completed.
So here it is. Another .Net based front end.
Reasons why I started developing this where mainly coz most free and commercial softwares have somehow so goddamn complicated music handling system, especially playlists. That's why the main goal was to make this one simple and user friendly.
I didn't have any plans to share this at first but then thought that maybe someone really can use this, so I've gonna release it soon as I get music & playlist browsing screens polished.
Main features it has so far:
-Ability to open other apps in it (navigators, browsers etc.)
-WMP based player with playlist handling, real shuffle, playlist sorting, search etc.
-Apple-like smoothly scrolling playlist
-Dimming feature for day/night mode
-Transparent objects (on main screen so far) for background image switching.
I'll try to get it done for upload during this week.
-Dimming redone (also dimms Windows in background)
-Very simple song queuing (simply click song, click queue)
-Cursor can be hidden from settings menu
-Resumes playing song after hibernate/standby
-Playlist scrolling a bit better
-If you use PC Navigator, check the checkbox in settings menu, otherwise uncheck it. This make some changes how the chosen navigator is opened and also lowers down the music volume when the Navigator is speaking (this needs some tweaking as I think it wont stay deadened long enough some times).
-I can't recall how the playlist loading was on 0.2 version, but atleast now it's quite fast, even on my 1.0ghz 0.5gig carputer. It loads the song files first so you can start playing almost instantly, then it starts to load the ID tags in background. If user jumps to other part of the list, IDs for visible songs will be loaded instantly and backgroundworker then continues to load the rest of them.
Sorting is done with the loaded ID information, so sorting wont be currect untill all of the ID tags are loaded.
Quickupdate with new:
-Songlist handling time improved, yet much to do
-loads of more, cant remember..
-Dimming bug should now been fixed
-as well as Loading media -screen
-If music album directory contains several pictures, the biggest one (in bytes) is chosen
-Requires .NET Framework 3.5 !
-Dimming feature doesn't seem to work on TinyXP (atleast on my install).
edit. problem isn't TinyXP, it must be the integrated SiS grahics in Intel D201GLY2 motherboard. Tried to install Normal XP Pro on it and the problem still exists. Then again on my laptop, that also has SiS graphics, everything works ok. Problem occurs also on "loading" screen that pops up when users is loading music.
-List scrolling by draggin it and letting it continue scrolling seems a bit jerky
edit. if you get any errors about filepaths, try deleting the settings.ini from app folder
-sorting the playlist is slow atm. and doesn't show any progress state. Will be fixed soon.
-resuming from hibernation bugs (wont start playing until there's some action ie. mouse is moved). Also wont resume the last position of the song.