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    First off I just wanted to say a few things: 1.) I test applications for bugs and user experience for a living so this might seem harsh or unfair I am sorry that is not the intent. 2.) I see a lot of promise in the application from my testing and will be following its progress.

    My test platform was Windows 7 x64Bit RC Build 7100, running Shotgun 108.B

    1.) When loading music the folder list showed folders that do not even exist on my machine such as Docs and Settings (I was testing with Windows 7 RC build 7100)
    a. The ability to preload the common music folders such as (%USERPROFILE%\Music and %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\Music)
    b. Preloading would apply to Video as well.
    c. I would also like just a drive letter option which could be a network share or a second HD/USB Key/Media Card etc. (didnít test this so it might work)
    d. You may want to think about the future and live streaming of audio via the web as well.

    2.) When playing audio there is no stop or pause button.
    a. This is critical as being yelled at by the wife requires the music to be stopped or paused.
    b. This applies to audio/video/dvd as well.

    3.) Volume buttons are nowhere near the actual volume percentage
    a. Your volume up/down buttons are near the play button which I actually thought was a second set of next/previous song buttons.
    b. Mute button also did not seem to have an effect on playback volume

    4.) Song list view
    a. Ability to reduce the font size to try and fit the entire song name in main window
    b. Remove file extension from list view (most could care less if it is .mp3 .wma or other)

    5.) Album art
    a. Option to have Album Art replace the song list

    6.) Resuming Video
    a. When switching from playing audio to video. If you go back to audio it resumes (Great) if you then switch back to video, the video it starts at the beginning (no pause on video)
    b. If you close the application and reopen it resumes Audio (Bad) App should open to main screen and that is all.
    c. I did not test DVD playback resume functions

    7.) Shotgun Config Tool
    a. Unable to edit or see a list of applications that have been pathed.
    i. Example sol.exe is not always in programs folder (aka x64 machines)
    b. I was unable to add any pathed applications
    i. Error message unable to find Shogun.ini (not x64 compatible pathing)
    ii. Consider using %ProgramFiles% system variable

    8.) Internet
    a. I was getting no page found on a LAN connected pc using IE8
    b. Might need a ipconfig type option to verify ip address and default gateway

    9.) Option to remove/add buttons to the main screen
    a. XMRadio and CarPC chat do not need to be there unless they can be used.

    10.) Night Skin
    a. Option to auto switch to Night skin based on clock time or user defined clock time.

    11.) Navigation Applications
    a. It appears that your front end seems geared toward IGuidance and not as friendly to other applications like MSFT Streets and Trips.

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    Dr. Evil,

    Many thanks for the contructive feedback. Some of what you mentioned have already been addressed in our new release. (There is definitely a new version coming soon!) And the others that need to be fixed/implemented will be seriously considered and hit on ASAP. There're some great ideas in your post.

    Additionally most of the reamaining features you asked about (Pause/Stop/etc.) are indeed there, unfortunately, since we never got around to completing the proper documentation, there's no obvious way for the user to know. (PAUSE for example is done by holding the PLAY button for 2 seconds.) Working on getting that out with the new release!

    Time has been our biggest contraint in this project and we hope to make a strong push this coming Spring to get things moving faster again.

    More very shortly on our new release. And thanks again for your valuable feedback. I for one really appreicate you talking the time to relay what you've found.

    Please check in with us again as you use the software.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulR View Post
    Sorry to bump an old thread,

    Theklassic wondering if there has been any updates to this, was looking promising as a WMP / .net frontend.

    It's coming up! We're shooting for end of May for the next stable release. Look forward to numerous bug fixes, better config options, resizability, and stability.

    Oh, and documentation... I definitely need to give you guys some decent reading material!


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    i'd certainly give it a go if you implemented a radio, i've got the HD radio but most europeans have silabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theklassic View Post
    PAUSE for example is done by holding the PLAY button for 2 seconds.
    If there's something playing, the Play button should just turn into a pause button. Then it'll be clear the user how to pause, and they won't have to wait 2 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSFW View Post
    If there's something playing, the Play button should just turn into a pause button. Then it'll be clear the user how to pause, and they won't have to wait 2 seconds.
    Unfortunately, that won't work in all situations - but we're still thinking of how to make it simpler!

    Real quick, a basic example of why its problematic is lets say I scroll down the list a couple pages and highlight a song that I'd like to play. The most common action, and the most intuitive to get this track playing, would be to hit the PLAY button. However, if a song is already playing I'll see a PAUSE button instead. --- How do I play my highlighted song? I could click the song name, but then you're back to the problem of why is there a PAUSE button and no play button.

    We've found that most people want to hit the PLAY button and have it visibile and functioning at all times, this is to 1) restart the current song, and 2) play what they've just scrolled to highlight.

    Don't get me wrong, PAUSE is sorely needed. However, it's less used and so we opted to implement it using a hold touch.

    Definitely open to other options!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrgizerbunny View Post
    i'd certainly give it a go if you implemented a radio, i've got the HD radio but most europeans have silabs.
    What's a radio?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theklassic View Post
    What's a radio?
    I keep asking myself that round the forum. Its like no one has their own music anymore.

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    And we're back ! We are terribly sorry for the delay in updates. We had an issue with our name "Shotgun!". Now that it's cleared up we can begin releasing updates and get back into the swing of things.

    I'll have an updated installer for you guys this weekend. We have addressed quite a few of your concerns in the new release so I'm sure you all will be pleased with the results .

    Thanks for the continued support, I'm still amazed at how many people have downloaded this!
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