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Postby megatron » Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:56 pm

I think a windows sidebar gadget for subsonic would be great...anyone have an interest in developing one? Thanks again Sindre for an amazing product!
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Postby hdhurwitz » Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:45 am

I was thinking the same thing as it would be great to have a Subsonic widget right on the desktop for easy access.
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Postby oxide[NL] » Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:06 pm

yeah that would be very cool,. :D
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Postby kramttocs » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:24 pm

Did anyone ever end up taking a stab at this?
I am personally interested in something like this and am willing to give it a go, I have created gadgets for some other web exposed apps, but this one will by far be the most advanced.

In fact, before I even begin, does anyone have insight on how I would actually play the file? Initially, I would think to use the stream api command and then pass the binary stream into a flashplayer but I am not sure any flashplayer can accept that input and of course this would also require 64bit machines to run the 32bit sidebar.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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Postby mrmand » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:17 am

kramttocs wrote:Did anyone ever end up taking a stab at this?
I am personally interested in something like this and am willing to give it a go, I have created gadgets for some other web exposed apps, but this one will by far be the most advanced.

In fact, before I even begin, does anyone have insight on how I would actually play the file? Initially, I would think to use the stream api command and then pass the binary stream into a flashplayer but I am not sure any flashplayer can accept that input and of course this would also require 64bit machines to run the 32bit sidebar.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Oh. I think it would be great if you're able to do that. A bit sad that there won't be 64-bit support though, but I understand it's an architectural problem.

Good luck
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Postby kramttocs » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:11 pm

hey mrmand,

I am glad there is still some interest in this.

While no solid development has been made on this, here are some of my initial thoughts.
Being a gadget, the main emphasis will be making it as feature rich as possible while keeping the size small.
1. The gadget will be driven by playlists - no server browsing or searching
2. Basic controls only - Play, Pause, Stop, Next, Previous, Shuffle
3. Display -current song and cover art
4. Settings - server url, username, password

UPDATE: Please ignore the list above. The gadget has advanced far beyond these basic features and limitations.
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Postby mrmand » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:45 pm

Ok. Have you been coding something already or are those just specifications? If there wont be any search functionality an important part of the player is taken away, but yet the gadget space is limited and it could be hard get full functionality. I'm not a very good programmer but I'll help you in other ways if you'd like it.

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Postby donpearson » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:09 pm

Im willing to help out anyway i can, not that i know a thing about making a windows gadget lol

But i can have a look in to it and maybe help out :wink:
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Postby mrmand » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:10 pm

donpearson wrote:Im willing to help out anyway i can, not that i know a thing about making a windows gadget lol

But i can have a look in to it and maybe help out :wink:

Maybe we could be beta testers?
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Postby donpearson » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:27 pm

ill help out anyway i can...
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Postby kramttocs » Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:12 am

Well, the interest in this got me motivated again :)
I believe I have resolved my questions about streaming and the good news is that it doesn't use flash.
I have got the gadget started, pulling some basic server data, and will hopefully have something functional soon.

mrmand - I see where you are coming from with the search and I am not opposed to including it, so I will see if I can find a way to do it [cleanly] with the limited space.
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Postby mrmand » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:38 am

kramttocs wrote:Well, the interest in this got me motivated again :)
I believe I have resolved my questions about streaming and the good news is that it doesn't use flash.
I have got the gadget started, pulling some basic server data, and will hopefully have something functional soon.

mrmand - I see where you are coming from with the search and I am not opposed to including it, so I will see if I can find a way to do it [cleanly] with the limited space.

Sure. But if it gets cramped it could be better if you just removed it.
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Postby kramttocs » Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:16 am

I've made some good progress on this, laying out the basic groundwork to build upon, and have got it to the point where I actually used it rather than the browser today at work. I spent a while looking at/testing jw player but never could get it to quite work out like I wanted. So for better or worse I am using WMP as the backend to stream the audio.
It currently does the features I listed in a previous post with the exception of shuffle but I am working on getting that in there.

I personally don't have an eye for graphics and while the current state of it is fitting to my taste, it would be great if someone would be willing to help me out in that area. Even ideas and critiques on the current design would be great. I would like to get this part fairly concrete before I release anything so that two versions don't look like two completely different gadgets.
If anyone is up for this, send me a pm.
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Postby mrmand » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:21 am

I'd like to help you, but I'm no good with graphics either. But it's wonderfiul that you've done this much already. Have you PM'ed Sindre about this?
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Postby kramttocs » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:24 pm

mrmand wrote:I'd like to help you, but I'm no good with graphics either. But it's wonderfiul that you've done this much already. Have you PM'ed Sindre about this?


Thanks mrmand. I haven't gotten ahold of Sindre yet - although I am planning on sending him a screenshot this evening once I get the interface cleaned up a bit.

There are a couple things I want to get wrapped up (Settings screen mainly) and then I will send you the beta to get your thoughts.
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