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wiped
2006-07-13, 02:16
I like to have a screensaver on when playing music sometimes. E.g. The spectrum or other.
OFcourse i can press e.g. UP on the remote to see what song is playing and then it will revert back to the screensaver after the specified time.
However the ultimate solution would be it it could be possible to show the now playing screen for each song change for the specified screen saver timout time, or set that as a separate timeout.
E.g. If it's set at 25s for each song change the now playing area will be shown, listing the song, artist etc (whatever setup i have).

Is this possible to do???

Or even better, when using the spectrum analyzer as the screen saver, would it be possible to get e.g. large text to scroll trough song, artist, album once for each song start (instead of the small unreadable text shown today (and not scrolling either...)

MrSinatra
2006-07-13, 02:31
if i may add to this...

i would like to be able to set which screen savers it would show and then have it rotate them, by song or by time, or by # of songs, etc...

just something to automate some variety.

kdf
2006-07-13, 08:36
On 13-Jul-06, at 2:16 AM, wiped wrote:

>
> I like to have a screensaver on when playing music sometimes. E.g. The
> spectrum or other.
> OFcourse i cna press e.g. UP on the remote to see what song is playing
> and then it will revert back to the screensaver after the specified
> time.
>
Please feel free to vote and add your ideas:
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1607

kdf
2006-07-13, 08:37
On 13-Jul-06, at 2:31 AM, MrSinatra wrote:

>
> if i may add to this...
>
> i would like to be able to set which screen savers it would show and
> then have it rotate them, by song or by time, or by # of songs, etc...
>
add your vote to this:
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1053

MrSinatra
2006-07-13, 12:52
i added my vote to both, thx kdf.

i am curious tho, why do some have many comments, but nearly no votes?

and how many votes are needed to get attention on optional things like these?

JJZolx
2006-07-13, 13:10
i added my vote to both, thx kdf.

i am curious tho, why do some have many comments, but nearly no votes?

and how many votes are needed to get attention on optional things like these?
Because people don't vote. It would be nice if a vote could be placed on the comment page in Bugzilla - I think you'd see a lot more voting.

No fixed number. I think it's fair to say the requests with a higher number of votes do get noticed, but it takes months and a couple dozen threads like this imploring people to vote for features that they seem so adamant about. Even then, it's up to the discretion of the developers, the development roadmap, the complexity of a solution, and whether there's a 'consensus' (if there can ever be one) on an implementation.

kdf
2006-07-13, 13:17
Quoting MrSinatra <MrSinatra.2awgdn1152820501 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> i added my vote to both, thx kdf.
>
> i am curious tho, why do some have many comments, but nearly no votes?

probably due to people who are not familiar with Bugzilla, don't
notice teh voting system or feel that a comment is enough to make
their voice heard.

> and how many votes are needed to get attention on optional things like
> these?

attention is automatic. There are reviews all the time: bug-parties.
If you happen to be cc'd on a large number (like I am), you see huge
numbers of updates every so often on large blocks of reports.

Having said that, the only way to guarantee an optional feature is to
write it yourself (I know, nasty thing to say, but it's true). Other
possiblities (in no particular order) are to have someone who writes a
similar plugin add it to theirs. Also, oping for someone to come along
who is inspired to make a patch or plugin for a given feature request,
and then finally hoping that the direction of slimserver fits with the
request. Of course, more votes can help influence any one of those.

mherger
2006-07-13, 23:06
>> i am curious tho, why do some have many comments, but nearly no votes?
>> and how many votes are needed to get attention on optional things like
>> these?
> Because people don't vote.

Or because some people prefer fixing an open issue instead of adding new
stuff? Sometimes those comments are used to collect data about an error,
discuss possible solutions etc.

And you can attach patches which might add/fix something. So feel free to
add the changes needed to implement your feature ;-)

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wiped
2006-07-16, 04:32
Thank you for all the answers.

Regarding implementing and solving this i thought i would share some ideas. I'm not a programmer etc so if anything sounds strange sorry for that.

Regarding briefly showing the track info at song change, i believe there are a few implementations.

First of all:

Requirement: Possibillity to trigger an action at song change, either by computing the time of the track and trigger the action at song end or if there exist any function to trigger an action/event at song change.. Trigger it based on the current song's lenght might be good (see below step 3)

Step (1) In a first implementation i would just like to see a checkbox in the player setting next to where you set the screen savers, which basically says "Show now playing screensaver at song change".
The timeout (time to show song info) could be based on the already set timeout for screensaver.

Step (2)

To furhter develop this, for me the next step would be to add the possibillity to specify the time to show the track (independent of the screensaver timeout and also the possibillity to chose any of the screensavers to show).
This would be done by just adding another listbox in the screensavers which is for "Show at song change".
Also adding a timout entry below that for "Time to show screensaver at song change"

Step (3)
The final step i for this would be the possibillity to show the playing songs info at the end of it and the beginning of next song (kind of like watching an MTV video where they display the song info at the beginning and end.
Then another time entry field should be added that basically says "Time before song end to show screensaver"
The already added entry box for the screensaver would say
"Time to show screensaver at song change"
I guess this could be done by knowing the song lenght and then based on what is entered in the "Time before song end to show screensaver" set a time for showing the song info.


As i wrote above this would require some way ot knowing the song change and for the later part knowing when there are e.g. 10 seconds left of a song.


Regarding the spectrum analyzer and the text shown.
Since it's today unreadable if you aren't very close to the player an option somewhere to set the text size would be excellent.