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    RockCar C# New Translations/Plugable External Controls (Alpha v0.07)

    Progress
    Making good progress on the changes. I feel good about the architecture and I am focusing on plugins now. I run this in my car full time. I uninstall the old version before I upgrade to the new and run that for a couple of days before I make it public. 64bit still bombs, but it's not a priority as most people are running 32bit in their cars.

    Again, thanks for all the feedback. It's nice to hear constructive comments and ideas while working them into the next builds. I'm looking at the newly posted thread about the "Perfect Front End". All suggestions are welcome.

    English, German, Spanish, French, and Japanese Translations Avalible
    I used Babel Fish for the translations, so I apologize if any translations are incorrect. PM me if you would like to help out with translations.

    Change the translation to the language you want by editing the GlobalOptions.xml file and changing the "Culture" to:

    en English
    de German
    es Spanish
    fr French
    ja Japanese

    External Control Plugins
    I've added the ability to create plugins for external controls. There are plugins for keyboard and the Phidget Encoder (still working some kinks), but you can make your own (see the source). Anyone like to make a joystick
    plugin?

    Change the active control by editing the GlobalOptions.xml file and changing the "ExternalControlName" to:

    KeyboardControl - Control with the keyboard (arrow and enter keys)
    PhidgetEncoder - Use a Phidget Encoder.

    IE Web Browser Plugin
    I've added a plugin for browsing the web. Edit the pages to suite your own needs in the RockCarIEBrowser.xml configuration file.

    WMP Visualizations
    To switch to WMP visualization click the "Rocker 5000" title on the interface. This, of course can be changed to another button in the skin file or when creating other skins. Turn off the visualization by clicking on it.

    Minimize & Exit
    The current skin does not have a marked button for minimize and exit, but they are at the top left and right corners.

    New Skin
    I'm working on a new default skin. The original skin was created to look like my 2007 Mustang radio, so some of the usual buttons are not visual. Anybody like to help create a new skin?

    How To Create a Feature Plugin

    I created the IE plugin in about an hour. My next plugins are GPS,EQ,image browser. It'd be great to get some help with the GPS.

    • Create a new Windows form project.
    • Make the output of the project a class library
    • Have the project build to the folder where your plugins are.
    • Add a configuration file to handle configuration options specific to your plugin.
    • Add a plugin class that will enable your plugin to be launched from the main interface.

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    Where does one tell your app. where to look for music and video files ?
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    WMP Library

    Quote Originally Posted by _dopehead_ View Post
    Where does one tell your app. where to look for music and video files ?
    You do not have to tell it. It picks up the media in your WMP library.

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    ah, thats why it doesn't work i don't use WMP at all
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    Feedback

    Any feedback on this release?

    I'm working on a new skin with WMP visualiztion and album art.
    Also adding the ability to use flash in the skin.

    I'm making the skin 800x600. Anybody need another size now?

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    Hi,
    Can you make skin at 800 x 480 too?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tina_sk9 View Post
    Hi,
    Can you make skin at 800 x 480 too?
    Thanks
    I'm making a new skin at 800x600 that should be easy to change over to 800x480 as well. I'll be making a new release late this week or early next that will include both sizes. I'm pretty good with Photoshop, but I'm not a graphic designer, so it's trial and error to see what looks good.

    I have a MapPoint GPS plugin up and running. Still need to work out a few issues.
    The next release will also contain Русско(Russian) translations.

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    Hi,
    I have seen Garmin and IGo are released for PC.
    I personally tried both software , and works great.
    Is possible implement them into RockCar?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tina_sk9 View Post
    Hi,
    I have seen Garmin and IGo are released for PC.
    I personally tried both software , and works great.
    Is possible implement them into RockCar?
    Thanks
    The plugin architecture of RockCar is fairly open. Anyone familiar with Garmin and IGo code should be able to create a plugin for RockCar. I would code something up, but I don't have a Garmin.

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    Hi,
    I'm not programmer like you, so I don't help. But here is link for Garmin PC version, you can look if is possible create plugin for RockCar:http://www8.garmin.com/support/colle...t=010-00685-00
    I have Garmin PNA and works great, also Garmin has good support and fresh maps,especially central and east europa.
    wbr
    tina_sk9

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