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Preview Build Discussion / Re: Issues with integrated Crossfading
« on: February 11, 2020, 05:14:59 PM »
I get it a lot since the bug crept in.
Generally I click on the option to change the settings then go into the DS out prefs
After checking if the time value in the skin and plugin match, which it often does not I click on the  OK button and it should behave again for the session.

I just checked now and the end of song timing is on 0 ms but the skin is still set to my last choice of 5 seconds.
Corrected then close and reopen WACUP and yep, back to 0 ms again.

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Wishlist / Feature Requests / Re: Podcast art cache
« on: December 08, 2019, 07:39:13 AM »
The reason it stutters and stalls isn't due to a multitasking problem, rather it is because when clicking on a podcast section the first thing it does is start fetching the art.
While I am on 300kb (note kb not kB) this can max out my available bandwidth until finished.
The fastest images take about 5 seconds to download and the slowest around 30 seconds.

Like many others pay for my data and having to re-download a bulky unoptimised image over and over is not wanted.
Yes I can switch it off, but then go with out the artwork even if it has previously downloaded.

Why not just have it behave like albums, so if artwork is found in the folder it shows that?
What if we want to have it display own custom artwork, or preferred images sourced from the podcast site etc. ?
We can do that with albums, so why not podcasts ?
Art chosen by the user placed in the folder should override what the podcast wants to show.
That way users can also happily live with podcast art switched off, yet see art when actually playing a file if none was supplied.

Looking at podcasts in the media lib that have both series art and episode art, it seems to be able to tell the difference already.
In the media library we see the art that doesn't change (the one that should be cached), and when you DL an episode you get the episode art.

Should the series art ever be changed for some reason, deleting the local copy could then let WACUP know you want new art next time you select the feed.
At the very least the image can be cached for this session so navigating around the podcasts does not result in repeated downloads of the same image within minutes or seconds of last being displayed.

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Wishlist / Feature Requests / Podcast art cache
« on: December 02, 2019, 10:02:17 PM »
Can the Podcast art please be saved to the podcast folder then used as cached artwork ?
Tick box option for using cached or fresh, per podcast.

Rationale and example:
Many podcasts have the 1 picture used for the main pic and the individual podcasts (most BBC podcasts).
Many podcasts have a main artwork and individual art per podcast.

I may have a constant connection but after 40gb my speed is reduced to 300kb during the day.
Often this means when I click on a podcast it takes up to 30 seconds saturating my DL with the artwork (crappy over sized images are not your fault or mine, but we suffer).
This means I have to wait 30 seconds before I can start listening.

Please can we have an option to use local art instead ?

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There is a basic CUE support built in, but you need to have the waveform seeker open to see the track info and markers there.
Ignore the CUE file and open the actual music file.

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Wishlist / Feature Requests / Re: New Milkdrop defaults
« on: October 21, 2019, 03:13:52 AM »
You have to bare in mind how well visualisers are made as some can induce a lot of frame drop.
I have also imported my collection of presets from my winamp install.

The overlap period with 2 complex visualisers that use a high enough amount of CPU to lower the FPS on their own, is enough to make a noticeable impact in the smoothness during the overlap transition so 30 seconds of stuttering would not be desirable.

The existing defaults are from MD1 and it didn't do pixel shaders back then. It can make older presets faster but new presets made with PS functions are often a lot more complex and demanding.

Setting the mesh size any higher on my intel powered laptop will show a noticeable performance hit during a transition between some of the Martin and Evet presets, hence I suggested going no higher.
The laptop is low spec system for todays standards, but a common low end spec.

I am guessing you have not actually tried the suggested settings before making your opinion, as you haven't commented on what you get to see with this extended period.
The idea is to improve the visuals for people that don't change defaults (most users).

The song title text may seem too frequent but depending on the visual running, the text may become absorbed into the viz and add more randomness, so is intended to be as much a part of the end effect as informative.
I settled on 30 seconds due to having a lot of short tracks and it being a division of the average length.
60 seconds will on average show the song title 3 or 4 times per track.
Unless you are watching the screen for the whole track, there is a good chance you will only see the name when the track started.
If you have it on casually in the background and are not sat staring at it, 30 seconds works out you are realistically likely to see it 3 or 4 times per track.

At the point someone finds the settings too much it will "encourage" them to actually go and inspect those settings and experiment.
Currently it is all off by default so many users have no idea it can do any more and never experiment.
I used to use MD and AVS as part of my VJ setup and people that already used winamp were amazed at what it can do.

Try the longer overlap settings at least and you will see why the suggestion, otherwise you are just guessing.
Then suggest your own preferred values.

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Wishlist / Feature Requests / Re: New Milkdrop defaults
« on: October 20, 2019, 07:43:30 AM »
This kinda relies on community feedback and opinion, so please speak up people even if you want to say you are happy with the current defaults.

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General Discussion / Re: Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version
« on: October 20, 2019, 07:39:31 AM »
Non-Windows 10 users will have to visit the Realtek site for updates.
https://www.realtek.com/en/component/zoo/category/pc-audio-codecs-high-definition-audio-codecs-software

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Wishlist / Feature Requests / New Milkdrop defaults
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:53:45 AM »
I would like to suggest that the Milkdrop defaults are due for an update, and to get some user opinions.
The original defaults are based on the common GFX cards and CPUs of the era, but now it is safe to assume most people are using something made within the past 10-15 years with multiple cores, and much higher resolutions than back then.

My suggestions are for increased times for display of the current track and the transition times.
I will give my settings as an example you can try and give feedback perhaps with alternative values.
In the "Artist Tools" tab
Duration of song title animations = 5
Time between random song title anims = 30
Time between random custom messages = 20
Automatically show title when song changes = on

In the "Transitions" tab
Time between auto preset changes = 30
Additional random time = 10
Auto preset blend time = 30
User solicited blend time = 3

Disable Hardcuts is best to have off so you don't interrupt any transitions.

The author of Butterchurn was certainly impressed enough with the longer transitions to consider making the change in the web version, but he won't have had all the extra text effects blending with the visuals.
Try for a while and play with the settings. Nothing in those 2 tabs with dramatically affect the speed of the visuals or processing needs.
The stuff in the previous tab "More Settings" is probably fine as it is, though maybe we could  push the mesh size up 1 or 2 notches.

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Wishlist / Feature Requests / Re: Artist / Band Info lookup
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:13:47 AM »
I have the old scrobbler working fine on both my x64 windows 7 and 10.
On the win10 PC there is no Winamp or folder. The plugin was manually moved to the WACUP folder and works just fine.

The client uses standard OpenSSL libs so can easily be updated. That may also fix the issue for XP users.

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Wishlist / Feature Requests / Re: Feature Requests
« on: October 16, 2019, 05:19:51 AM »
1) MiniLyrics is already available as a plugin.
2+3) are already available as a plugin https://www.surina.net/pacemaker/

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General Discussion / Re: Wake-up the Llama 🦙
« on: October 16, 2019, 04:50:24 AM »
The beginning starts with a bit of System of a Down and then skips the Winamp part of the original demo file, so it says "Wake up! it really whips the Llamas ass."

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When I tested it, unticking "use for all MP3s" option did allow the regular decoder to work

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I wonder if the other option free in EAC is useful. It makes use of
https://github.com/gchudov/cuetools.net
It supports MusicBrainz and freeDB metadata databases, AccurateRip and CTDB
also searches for lyrics and artwork.

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General Discussion / Missing fonts for Milkdrop
« on: September 13, 2019, 01:56:39 AM »
The default Milkdrop message file (milk2_msg.ini) uses old fonts you won't have with modern Windows.
If you wish to see the default text as intended, here are the 3 missing fonts.

century gothic
garamond
monotype cordova

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General Discussion / Wake-up the Llama 🦙
« on: September 12, 2019, 07:53:46 PM »
My replaced version of the startup file demo.mp3 🦙

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