In Car Entertainment System
Ive decided to write my own car pc software that i am currently calling Project I.C.E.S. My goal is to create a user friendly car software that requires as few external applications for core functionality such as mp3, dvd, video.
Why am i doing this?
After looking at what is available, i couldnt quite find anything i was truely happy with. Dont get me wrong there are some spectacular programs out there such as MediaCar, and MediaEngine. but the biggest problem i have with those programs is there dependence on external programs like winamp and whatever dvd software you have. The dvd integration, while works ok, doesnt work with all dvd software available.
How is Project I.C.E.S. different?
The main difference with this project is that you will not need to have seperate external applications for your multimedia features. This will be accomplished by embedding Windows Media Player 9 directly into the interface, and since Media Player 9 handles dvd(once a software decoder is installed), mp3, mpeg, divx, wma, etc. i hope to provide a nice integrated solution. There will be some need for external software for GPS navigation and maybe a few other features.
What OS will Project I.C.E.S. require?
Windows ME, 200, XP running Windows Media Player 9
Current features planned:
1. Integrated DVD player
2. Integrated MP3 player
3. Integrated Video Player
4. Customizable Application Launcher
5. Skinnable User Interface with plans to write a skin designer
6. Task List of running programs (for easy program switching)
If all goes well, i will definately be planning on adding more functionality such as support for radio and so on.
I am open to suggestions for functionality and hope to actually have a beta version available sometime soon.
last but definately not least. i have attached a few screenshots of I.C.E.S. These arent the most beautiful screen shots in the world, but i promise you I.C.E.S. will look much better in the future. I like to have a program work first, then once it actually is functional i make it sexy.