Hey Everybody! First, and foremost, an apology for my lack of posting in the forums lately. I have to be totally honest with everyone, I simply had just gotten completely and utterly burned out working on the DFX skin. It has consumed just about all of my spare time in the evening and weekends for almost 3 years! At one point, Tony, (AKA BlueZX3) and I would would work on the skin, talking voice over Yahoo 6 ~ 10 hours every day!
I needed a break, from not just the skin, but the computer in general. I have not been working on the computer near as much lately, leaving so much more times for many other things that I enjoy doing. Winter has been beautiful, with the cooler weather allowing me to do some landscaping, yard work, cook outs, fishing, hanging out at the beach and pool, and working on my Fiero project. I Realized something during all of this, The one side effect, that working on the skin for the past few years has done, is prevent me from getting a sun tan! LOL
Another issue seems to be the age of the smart phones, and tablets, slowing down the forums. It has been like a ghost town in here at times. Sure I use my phone to check email, and a couple IM's and FB apps here and there.... but I am not in any way going to try to use a phone or a tablet to replace my CarPC. First, I do not what to have to determine what 16 Gigs of music that I want to take with me today.... I want ALL of my music in the car I also would much rather look at a nice 7" screen in my dash when I need GPS, and not some 4" screen suction cupped to my windshield. To each their own, but I am sure I speak for a good core of people, who intend on keeping their CarPC's.
Ok, all of that aside.....
The skin still continues to evolve, just not as fast as before With the latest version, the first major thing is the removal of the DFX patch. With people having so many issues with the MP3Car Store, and trying to purchase the patch, it has just been eliminated. To those that purchased the patch, which I have to say, was not many people, THANK YOU! It is much appreciated, and definitely helped as an incentive to keep things moving along. So Tony has removed all of the code related to the patch, and a shareware splash screen should never be seen again.
Next, Tony spent a considerable amount of time cleaning up bugs in the skin, and has continued working on DFXVoice. Let me take a moment to let everyone know, that Tony has picked up that ball, and made sure to get this new version of the skin out, with little to no help from me So make sure to thank him! Tony has put together a brand new DFX installer (Available in the AppMart as DFX 5.1.2), that fixes all the stuff above that he mentioned. One of them being some issues with the updater. The updater should be working much better now, and no need to have to download full installers in the future, barring any MAJOR updates and such.
Also I created new skins for a couple of Sonic's new plugins, Shoutcast, and Pandora Radio. I still have a couple of little tweaks to do on them, as he finalizes his code, but that is where the auto updater comes in handy
Enjoy the bug fixes, and rest assured, that DFX is NOT a dead project by any means!