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Mediaplayer new version on the wayThe original media player widget had simple functionality, basic stuff. It will have a lot more shortly.
SmallBrownDog's Commando Comic CoverI am always working on more than one program/project due to a problem with boredom and a failure to focus on a specific task, a failing of mine. I have another project on the backburner.
Steampunk Media Player ExploredCurrently working on another of my creations, this time it is a steampunk media player. It runs on Windows and Mac os/x and uses each system's default media player to interact with music files. It is not really possible for one person to write the code to interact with every known file format that exists (I would be forever writing codecs) so instead I just use the in-built media player that already knows the majority of formats and interface with it via an o/s API.
What Xwidget could have been...What Xwidget could have been and how it should have succeeded? Just a short rant this time.
RainWidget using the Xwidget IDE - an idea?I was thinking of a plan
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Mediaplayer new version on the way
The original media player widget had simple functionality, basic stuff. It will have a lot more shortly.
My media player widget (the Yahoo version) is undergoing some revamping to give it new functionality. It now responds to standard keypresses for next/back (N,B keys), fwd and rwd (left/right keys), volume slider control (up and down keys), play and pause (spacebar), same standard shortcuts as for VLC and Youtube.
In addition I am adding playlist functionality.. It already has a playlist built where you can drag and drop a selection of files onto the widget but up until now it has not had the visual capacity to display that list graphically - so shortly it will be able to display that play list, the currently selected folder, the playing track, twelve tracks of the current play list &c.
The play list is being enhanced, it now shows the list of tracks in 'chunks' of eleven. It causes the current track playing to scroll from left to right. As you hover over any track in the list it
SmallBrownDog's Commando Comic Cover
I am always working on more than one program/project due to a problem with boredom and a failure to focus on a specific task, a failing of mine. I have another project on the backburner.
Some programs have a function, ie. they actually do something, most of my programs do something very 'real' they just have a distinct interface that runs against the computer-norm for visuals. This particular program is purely visual. What's the idea? Well, the concept is how to take something that is static and bring it alive for marketing/advertising reasons. When I was a boy I'd have given my eye-teeth for a living, animated comic cover. I think it shows what can be done by taking an out-of-date comic format and bringing it into the 21st century.
With this in mind I have taken an image created by a friend of mine and turned it into an animated comic cover. SmallBrownDog's superb interpretation of a typical Commando Comic cover of the 1960s - animated and given life! I have taken SBD's two-dimensiona
Steampunk Media Player Explored
Currently working on another of my creations, this time it is a steampunk media player. It runs on Windows and Mac os/x and uses each system's default media player to interact with music files. It is not really possible for one person to write the code to interact with every known file format that exists (I would be forever writing codecs) so instead I just use the in-built media player that already knows the majority of formats and interface with it via an o/s API.
Fig 01. The player in simple mode.
On Windows it is the WMP (Windows Media Player) and on os/X it is QT (QuickTime). The same logic/code is used for each and the steampunk player acts/responds the same on each platform, not quite multi-platform but dual certainly. It may well work on the Ubuntu 13.03 with the Yahoo connect TV engine but that is completely untested.
It has two modes, simple compact mode where it takes up very little screen space and allows you to resize the thing to tuck it away anywhere you like. On a small
What Xwidget could have been...
What Xwidget could have been and how it should have succeeded? Just a short rant this time.
In this rant I am just proposing an alternative path for the Xwidget engine that probably would have led to success and the widespread adoption of a tool that the world does actually need but still doesn't quite have.
The developer Tony, built a g
RainWidget using the Xwidget IDE - an idea?
I was thinking of a plan
to dye one's whiskers green
and only use so large a fan
that they could not be seen.
But I was thinking of a way
To feed oneself on batter,
And so go on from day to day
Getting a little fatter.
I heard him then, for I had just
Completed my design
To keep the Menai bridge from rust
By boiling it in wine.
These are all just ideas. Borrowed from Lewis Carrol's "Alice through the looking glass"
This is me trying to shake some sense into Tony, the developer.
However, I have had an idea that is equally as mad which could mean that all those abandoned Xwidgeteers could create their widgets as Rain Widgets.
It involves taking an Xwidget and the resulting .XUL file containing XML descriptions and converting it to something resembling a Yahoo Widget .KON file. This first step would result in a functioning Yahoo widget that had no logic but could move around the desktop - that's not much I hear you say - and you'd be correct.
However, we already have conversion tools that
Xwidget Pro version - what is this all about?
Some people have noticed that there is now an option for a "Pro" version of Xwidgets. A link exists on the "about" window that pops up from the menu about option. It may also pop up at other times, for example when downloading any "extras".
What is this Pre-Version about? This is a valid question that you may be asking yourself and that I will do a little to try and answer.
First of all I am not the developer so what I am stating here is merely the opinion of someone in-the-know.
Tony created Xwidgets on the PC and Android and he did this all by himself. Other widget engines were created by teams of developers. However in Xwidgets there was only one developer and he had to live and work in order to make money. This is in the real world of course where bills have to be paid. Tony had to abandon Xwidget development in order to make money to live.
Xwidgets almost died due to the absence of the developer and so we had no updates for close to three years. Jim King kept Xwidgets alive by she