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    Carbox Update - 0.3

    CarBox has now been updated and is available for download from http://www.stuffandting.com/carbox/

    Additions to the latest version are: -

    - Added new skin format, which doesn't use separate icons (this works better when stretching skins).
    - Implemented ability to show a clock.
    - New option in CarBox.ini to startup GPS application automatically.
    - Included option to switch GPS application to Visualisation window. Double-click GPS icon to toggle this.
    - Added extra button to switch between 2 skins. Eg for Day/Night skins, of simply aesthetics.

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    These all look great can't wait to see the new skin
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerPrince
    CarBox has now been updated and is available for download from http://www.stuffandting.com/carbox/

    Additions to the latest version are: -

    - Added new skin format, which doesn't use separate icons (this works better when stretching skins).
    - Implemented ability to show a clock.
    - New option in CarBox.ini to startup GPS application automatically.
    - Included option to switch GPS application to Visualisation window. Double-click GPS icon to toggle this.
    - Added extra button to switch between 2 skins. Eg for Day/Night skins, of simply aesthetics.
    Wow, that was quick... DRU100 FM Radio ? ( Or am I pushing it ? ) Around 7.... ( Maybe even DAB ? ).

    I think your proggy re functions is very close to been on a par with ME.. just need a good skin... spose I better get sorting.... lol.

    Thanks

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    Unfortunately it's not that simple. The O/S itself has to be setup specifically to support a foreign language. I don't want you to spend any time on this, so forget it.
    However, I think if you allowed to specify the font to be used by your program, then it should be able to at least show the filenames right. Also, it can't add files to the playlist that are located in directories with non-western names, that's an even bigger problem for me.
    Attached is a zip file with a directory and a txt file named with cyrillic characters that look exactly like western characters (A, B, C, P, O), however on your machine the names will look like random combinations of western letters with accents over them.

    Thanks!

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    Eep, don't know about that, never tried writing software to support non-western character sets. Will try and have a look though. Could you do me a favour and send me an example filename, so I can reproduce the problem. Ta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dimas
    Unfortunately it's not that simple. The O/S itself has to be setup specifically to support a foreign language. I don't want you to spend any time on this, so forget it.
    However, I think if you allowed to specify the font to be used by your program, then it should be able to at least show the filenames right. Also, it can't add files to the playlist that are located in directories with non-western names, that's an even bigger problem for me.
    Attached is a zip file with a directory and a txt file named with cyrillic characters that look exactly like western characters (A, B, C, P, O), however on your machine the names will look like random combinations of western letters with accents over them.

    Thanks!

    What about renaming them to the english ? ID3 tags could also be changed with other progs out there ? Just a thought...

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    OK then - the minds been working again so...

    Option to link skin change to day night on Destinator
    Option for more ext apps ? ( Another screen like ME ? )

    Heres a really hard one - option for those that don't have it their system - when going faster volume increses - slows down decreases... Mind you - you would need a GPS for that... I have it on my factory fit unit and its great.

    Each key or command with a keybaord short cut to it... this would mean people could use Girder or another app with Carbox for remotes etc

    Mobile phone support at some point would be nice. Blue tooth phones follow one standard which makes life easy. It could be one of the following..

    1) Full hands free capablity
    2) Data Only capablity
    3) Showing infomation from the phone - Ie sig strenth - whos calling
    4) Basic control only, phone stays in pocket and you use a head set but dial from the PC etc

    ( Thats probably very adverturace but its a thought )

    Terran

    ( Sorry for all the bad spelling... hang over )

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccsnet
    Mobile phone support at some point would be nice. Blue tooth phones follow one standard which makes life easy. It could be one of the following..

    1) Full hands free capablity
    2) Data Only capablity
    3) Showing infomation from the phone - Ie sig strenth - whos calling
    4) Basic control only, phone stays in pocket and you use a head set but dial from the PC etc

    ( Thats probably very adverturace but its a thought )

    Terran

    ( Sorry for all the bad spelling... hang over )
    I'd thought about that when I first started building the computer, and would love to support it, however the development kit I'd required to interface to the WIDCOMM drivers (that stack used and supported by most bluetooth dongles) is $1500!!

    http://www.widcomm.com/Products/Deve...Order_Form.pdf

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    Couple of comments Sy.... in the ini file...

    ; Set to 1 if you do NOT want to use Destinator 2.
    UseDestinator=1

    should be

    ; Set to 1 if you do want to use Destinator 2.
    UseDestinator=1

    Could do with a zoom in and out button when in the shunken view...

    And I take it the screen size is adjustable depending on the vis screen seting ?

    I managed when doing the double click to get a black screen some times after using the shunken view..

    Other than that very good

    Terran

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    GingerPrince, how do you feel about releasing source code?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccsnet
    Couple of comments Sy.... in the ini file...

    ; Set to 1 if you do NOT want to use Destinator 2.
    UseDestinator=1

    should be

    ; Set to 1 if you do want to use Destinator 2.
    UseDestinator=1
    Thanks, will change that.

    Quote Originally Posted by ccsnet
    Could do with a zoom in and out button when in the shunken view...
    Thing is, I put that feature in, but it's not really expected to be useful on the default skin as the vis window is too small. It will need a skin with a bigger vis to be useful, then the zoom +/- buttons will be visible. I don't want to clutter the main screen up with more buttons, there's enough there already!

    Quote Originally Posted by ccsnet
    And I take it the screen size is adjustable depending on the vis screen seting ?

    I managed when doing the double click to get a black screen some times after using the shunken view..
    Not sure I know what you mean there. Double-click toggles the GPS app between the Vis window and its usual place.

    If GPS is in the Vis window, then the "usual place" will be black. Is this what you mean? I could easly make it just not show the "usual place" if its currently embedded?



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