Not that I use Roadrunner...this thread just caught my eye. I updated the Wiki page to include some basic structure. Mainly because I can't stand empty wiki pages...
I think it's a great thing that CarComp has made this offer. I just don't see any downside of this.. As long as site is up all the time and it lasts for next uh... 5 years..., this is all good... Not that i am not satisfied with what we got here, but no question it can be better...
A centralised site is what we need definitley, rather than wading through pages and pages of forum posts to try and work out what you need to do and what you have to download you go to one site and get all the files in one place.
As I see it the perfect way of distribution is two areas if you will,
What I feel is missing at the moment and from a lot of none commercial, open source software to be honest is a user friendly full installer for newcomers, the simple install and go if you will.
An installer that installs everything needed for a base install, default skin and plugins etc. You can then run a config prog maybe page by page with an explanation or wizard style a bit like CF does when you first fire it up. Then the magical music database program to find music, then you are away and can tweak it to your preference as you get to grips with it.
For the more seasoned user an area with individual files gathered up with version tracking and bug reporting. Coming into this from a revisiting RR point I have found it tricky to get RR up and running correctly and tracking down the faults and files to get me to a point where I can tweak it to my preference.
For a techy person it's easy enough to fiddle with ini files and tweak this and that. For the guy who is deciding they will try and install RR they struggle to find the correct link, run the setup try and run it. get an error on load they see it as a fail Download a trial of AN Other. Install it and run through the pretty setup wizard and it works out of the box, Which will they decide to use? then after buying AN other and playing with it try and do something and find there is a roarunner plugin and try again.
I know it's free and open source and totally customisable and tweakable but there is a missing link and thats the "easy route" into the whole RR world. It's an awesome program and great community around it we just need to collectivley make it easier for the man in the street to install and see what the fuss is about
in the near future i plan on creating a plugin browser.. very similar to the one in centrafuse. At that time i also plan on creating a plugin management system. Using SQL... RR users will be able to go to ONE site to get information, search for, and download ALL plugins. Now this will of course require delevopers support.. but it will in the end make finding and downloading and installing plugins as simple as clicking the "PLUGINS" button within RR. More details coming soon
Really the future RR site should be based on the outline used for medianengine.org. Now listen i'm not saying its perfect, but for a good start, it offers what we need in terms of version tracking (see the download section), bug tracking ( see the bug report section), and source tracking. The image below is what an ADMIN user would see (and its what I see when I log in on m.e.org. Let me know what you think.
Get MediaEngine !!!
Media Engine Download
I think it would be great if Roadrunner took a shot at replicating meedio's tag mask importer + database ... it works great for me in my htpc
ces///m3, a bit off the topic, but is meedio better than rr for htpc FE? I don't mean to stir up any argument here... I just wanna know your opinion and reason for it. I am seriously considering RR for my htpc, but i wonder if meedio is better choice for it.. I just didn't like the first look.. Tried a few skins, but they are all low quality when displaying in 1920 x 1080..
The only way you are going to get a high res displayed skin with that resolution is either make your own to be natively displayed at 1920*1080 unstreched or find a skin that also has that as a native size.