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    VB Frontend :)

    Well, as some of you may know, I've been working on a frontend now for quite some time, and in my last computer crash I lost alot of stuff. So I gathered up what I had that was useful, and chucked the rest and I'm starting to code from scratch. I have a couple of questions though, and I'd appreciate your opinions

    First off, are visualizations really important? Has anyone picked one frontend over another because of vizualizations? Are they worth the performance hit on slower/embedded systems? If I don't include them, will I be turning potential users away?

    Second, if it meant better performance, would users be willing to install a certain version of Media Player? I'm thinking about goin to the Media Player Classic (which is installed with the K-Lite codec pack) for MP3/Vids/CD/DVD assuming it will support DVD. I'm finding that embedding WMP9/10 in VB is chewing up WAY too much CPU time during video playback and really causing poor performance. I'm hoping that the older version will speed things up a bit.

    Third, are playlists and playlist management necessary? I'm sure I could make playlists happen, but i don't know if it's worth the trouble. I know i couldn't be bothered making playlists, but some really like them.

    Fourth, should I even bother with what others want, should I just taylor it to my needs and if others like it good for them?

    Any thoughts are appreciated


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    When I first started looking at putting a computer into my car, I looked at alot of different interface options. I was originally going to write an html file then use windows active desktop to embed it. The problem was that none of the media player programs were finger friendly enough. I tried many of the front ends and I came across Neo Car Media Center. The main thing that I liked about it was that it was very nice graphically and the visualizations really caught me up in it. It had some problems at the time which somewhat turned me off. So I decided to code my own as you are doing. At first I created it to accomodate only myself at the same time trying to make it well rounded, but then I found that many people had some really great ideas about which functions that it had, so I started to add these. This turned out to be alot of fun to me and I learned a hell of alot in the few months that it took me to build it. I learned more than what I have learned in the past 6 or 7 years that Ive been coding.

    Mplayer classic is a really good program that works very efficiently, however it is really tricky to embed and to send commands to. I figure that about 50% of the users out there use playlists, personally I dont, but I wanted to have the ability to have them if I wanted. I have found that people really appreciate if you at least listen to them, its obviously purely up to you if you want to accomodate them or not. I have found that attempting to add features that people have suggesting is both challenging and fun.
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    what i can say is my opinion,i use via board,m 10000 a lot of people use them,they are not to powerfull for video playback using wmp9 not to mention wmp10,anyways.wmpc is the way to go to play audio and video dvd also,it plays almost everything,any ways have you ever try videolan,1.5 i guess,this has dts decoding,for auido cd's built in,and all the god things that wmpc has.oh well,i dont use playlist,so that is not important to me,but for other poeple is,i say thats up to you,if you gonna build a freeware well it dosnt matter,if you planing to make a comercial software well,you have a to be very open to opinions,any way good luck and i hope to see your work soon.

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    yea...i've just been toying with wmp classic, and it does seem a little easier on the resources, but it's a pain to embed. I think i may just stick with wmp9/10 and see if I can get it workin better.


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    BTW, what did you write yours in RedDeath? looks really good, and lots of cool stuff too


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    Quote Originally Posted by kamikaze2112
    BTW, what did you write yours in RedDeath? looks really good, and lots of cool stuff too
    Thanks... I used Vb6 with the Windows Media Player control on the form. The code is nice and simple.
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    I vote for MPC for video and foobar2000 for audio.
    http://www.foobar2000.org/
    It can supposedly run winamp visualizations, i.e. AVS.

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