wow i dont think i've ever responded to a list of numbers going up to 8.. but here it goes lol
RR has built-in support for iguidance with lowering the music and auto switching on guidance. I dont think that any other program does it at this point.2) What is the most popular NAV software that you guys use and has options like lowering the volume of the music so I can hear the voice prompts?
no RR has extremely limited support for multi screen setups. There are some things you can do with a skin and extended desktops to make it appear "multi-screen", but there is a sharp limit to what you can do as a secondary user. A LOT sharper than with CF3) Does RR have the ability to tell programs to go to a specific screen? Say for example I want my SEGA emulator to play only on display 2, I would embed the program into CF in the options, then tell it to open on that display. Does RR do this also?
see number 3. I honestly cant see it happening with RR ever. I'm not even sure its possible being that RR is written in vb64) For PLUGIN Developers! Are there any plans to make a rear screen control system for multi screen users? One thing that has kept me from RR is the lack of rear controls. I was wondering if maybe something was in the works. The way CF currently does it is it makes a similar interface like the main screen with the buttons, but those buttons are dedicated to the rear screen. A down fall of the CF version is that you are limited to only 6 buttons and you cant use buttons that are for embedded programs. You can only use plugins they specify, which is dumb because then I have to make the buttons on my screen and people have to ask me to activate things. Another great feature of the plugin is the ability to send audio between places. So if rear is watching a movie to headphones and everyone wants to listen, you hit a button and the audio changes. Thing is it is kind of buggy. I think a plugin that is similar to this would be great for RR. FLUX doesn't seem interested right now in making rear zone feature 100% usable.
rock solid. Just as CF5) Is RR solid on Win 7?
there is a STEEP learning curve going from CF to RR. When you switch to RR you're back to editing text files for skin/plugin settings. A huge advantage that CF has to new users is you can change settings for both core apps and plugins in a uniform settings location. With RR, you use a combination of RRConfig and notepad to do settings. There are some "master" skins which help you get around having to manually edit the text files, but that limits you to what skin you can actually use.6) Me liking CF because it is so easy to set up, will the learning curve for me to jump into RR be a huge deal?
Its nowhere near as polished as CF, but it works. I haven't seen much development on it lately though.7) Is the phone solution solid or close to solid like on CF? If I am not mistaken RR also uses BlueSoliel? Does it work good? Also will it work with my setup, which has a dedicated sound card, AMP, and speaker for phone, which is used in conjunction with the echo cancel card.
RR is faster than CF3. Hell its faster than CF2. Its easier to skin for than CF, but thats a gift and a curse in most cases. A high percentage of people use Clean in CF, whereas RR users pick and choose from a far greater variety of skins. For a developer, this is a PITA because bug reports turn into a matter of problems relating to a skin and not necessarily a plugin.8) Anything else I should know about?
They are by far a greater number of developers using CF and creating plugins for CF. RR seems at a standstill in that regard.
My opinion on the stability of the program, CF wins. Updates come quarterly rather than monthly, but based on the fact that its built in a current programming language it means CF has a greater base for expansion (whether they take advantage of it is another thing).
Lastly, security. My heart of hearts tells me RR will be around forever whereas i share the same opinion of you of where flux is right now with CF. But in all honesty after what went on in 2007/2008 with RR i cant really say RR wont turn into another product in the future.