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    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.
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    Sounds pretty nice...
    As far as suggestions go:
    1. I'm sure that we'd all love it here if you could figure out a way to incorporate drivers and usability with Hauppauge USB TV-fm stuff...
    2. The ability to add custom apps to the software, to configure GPS software, etc....


    Hope it goes well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmiller808
    ....and since Media Player 9 handles dvd(once a software decoder is installed), ....
    What OS will Project I.C.E.S. require?
    Windows ME, 200, XP running Windows Media Player 9

    Windows Media Player 9 will only play DVD Video on XP.
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    your right! i almost forgot about that. better add that to my list of program limitations. If OS is not windows xp, an external dvd software will be used instead of the dvd functionality provided in I.C.E.S.
    Thanks for the reminder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmiller808
    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
    CarBox already embeds WMP, and the development version I'm working on now adds DVD and Audio CD functionality. Should be released shortly. In the meantime perhaps you want to check out the current release of CarBox (website below).



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    So ive been at it for a while working on I.C.E.S. in what spare time i can and ive made some great progress. Mp3 and Video playback are now complete and im now ive moved on to the skinning of those sections of the program. things look good so far but i just wanted to throw a question out. what would be the best image format to use for the skinned items. GIF or BMP format? ive been working with BMP and that works great. just wanted to satisfy some curiousity. Once i have the skinning working on Mp3 and Video, i will be moving on to the DVD player. Hope to post some screenshots soon.

    Thanks to GingerPrince! your tips definately helped with the Media Player ActiveX Component.

    Cheers
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    PNG with an alpha channel for transparency.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmiller808
    So ive been at it for a while working on I.C.E.S. in what spare time i can and ive made some great progress. Mp3 and Video playback are now complete and im now ive moved on to the skinning of those sections of the program. things look good so far but i just wanted to throw a question out. what would be the best image format to use for the skinned items. GIF or BMP format? ive been working with BMP and that works great. just wanted to satisfy some curiousity. Once i have the skinning working on Mp3 and Video, i will be moving on to the DVD player. Hope to post some screenshots soon.

    Thanks to GingerPrince! your tips definately helped with the Media Player ActiveX Component.

    Cheers
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    I second the PNG with alpha, also im not sure how far along you are with the skinning stuff. But it would be nice if the elements can be placed anywhere you want them to be. Ie, i can build my interface to be in any layout I want and not restricted to just making the current layout look different. You should be able to assign any graphic element to a function in the program and place the graphic elements anywhere you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liquid_smoke
    I second the PNG with alpha, also im not sure how far along you are with the skinning stuff. But it would be nice if the elements can be placed anywhere you want them to be. Ie, i can build my interface to be in any layout I want and not restricted to just making the current layout look different. You should be able to assign any graphic element to a function in the program and place the graphic elements anywhere you like.
    i definately have that planned to be able to set the interface anyway you like. i currently have a graphic control for every element on the interface (with the exception of lists and grids), the skinning engine i am writing will allow the following properties to be set:

    All Controls:
    Top position
    Left position
    Width
    Height

    Additional Image Control properties:
    Image
    Alternate Image (If available, mostly for buttons to set an pressed and unpressed graphic)

    Aditional Text Control Properties:
    Font
    FontSize
    FontColor
    Bold
    Underline
    Italic
    Strikethrough

    More properties will likely be available as i get farther with my skinning engine and work on the skinning of other screens.

    Sounds like PNG is the format to go with. will do some testing with them tonight. Thanks for the suggestions
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    Another Delphi Coder!

    Could I already test your program?

    Open point with wmp9 in delphi:

    How to use the mixer, how to change the aspect ratio of movies...
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