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Thread: Keypad Plugin - we need a reverse engineer and rewrite!

  1. #11
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    Instead of using a keypad I use a Gravis Gamepad. Up/Down cycle through the list of Mp3s. Left/Right do next/prev song. Buttons do puase, play/enter directroy, add to playlist, etc....

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    I found that a keypad works faster than my Gravis Gamepad. IR man is slowest of all . The problem is Im using a p-75

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    I rewrote a keyboard plugin for WinAmp, I'd post my site, but I don't want it to get killed (flooding and such)... e-mail me and I'll give you the source (in VB) or the executeable. It supports keypad control of WinAmp, although you could modify it for the whole keyboard, or a joystick, or steering wheel controls on your car. I'll have to write some documentation for it, but drop me a line and i'll send ya what I got. =)

    [email protected]

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    Actually, there is a way to get any functionality you want from your keypad, but it's best for dedicated mp3 players, not for
    something you want to use as a pc also.

    There are a number of keyboard remapping utilities, the one I use is on www.zdnet.com.
    Anykey? not sure right now.

    It lets you remap any key on your keypad to
    any keyboard key... I chose this route because then I could orient the keypad sideways, assign each button the function I want, and set up hotkeys for selecting playlists or directories to play.

    Have fun.
    Troy


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    Back in 1990, we got a state of the art Gateway 2000 486DX-2/25Mhz behemoth. It came with a great keyboard that not only had a complete numpad, 8-direction arrow keys, and an extra set of F1-F12 keys on the left-hand side of the keyboard, but it also had keys for remapping and setting up keyboard macros. I loved that thing. I still have it somewhere. One of my favorite things to do was to set up macros to automatically type in the cheat codes for Doom and such. Much easier than trying to type in IDSPISPOPD (Smashing Pumpkins into Small Pieces of Putrid Debris .. great acronym) while being stalked by a Cyberdemon.

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    I have a P100 that runs my MP3's perfect without a glitch, BUT you can't you macro utilities they are too slow. If you use the VB program, the key is programmed as a plug-in TO Winamp. Thus, no delay or possibility for errors (as with macros). My program also allows you to create genres of music, Alternative / Metal / Techno / etc...

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    Oh, I was just mentioning my c. 1990 keyboard as a bit of sentimentality.. it wouldn't be all that useful for WinAMP, just an interesting sidenote..

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    I have a visual basic frontend for winamp that I use in my car. It drives a keypad and you can customise the keys for different functions. I have actually interfaced an old mobile phone to a keyboard chip and this works well too!.
    With this frontend, you can shutdown windows, do direct song selection, change playlists and even create playlists on the fly. While you are listening to songs, you can add the current song to an existing, or new playlist.
    There is only a little documentation for this program, I am too busy to write anything. Run it instead of winamp and see how you go!! It will start winamp. But anybody may use it if they like, and send me a note to say what you think.
    Get it @ http://sbis.mtx.net/WampKey.zip
    [email protected]

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    Using a phone is a cool idea.. although I'm a touch typist with a numpad and usually thumb-dial on a phone (phone keypads go from 1-9 top to bottom, computer/calculator numpads go from bottom to top), so I might get confused. A friend of mine once gave me the wild idea of hooking a phone up to the modem and have the computer listen for the tones from the phone. It actually wouldn't be very difficult. You could even set up a little dialup server and you could call your computer from Albuquerque and tell it to change songs. Although I'm not sure how this is useful, it would be neat. Tell it to blast some Metallica at 3 AM and **** off the neighbors while you're on vacation.

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