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Seedling's Software / Re: Hi Everyone / Random MixTape Maker ideas
« on: December 10, 2007, 12:23 PM »
thanks for the reply.

here's a little explanation of how the app works and using keywords.

a list is created

a song is randomly picked from the list

the song is then put through whatever filters the user defines

with that in mind, i'm not really sure how you could put a sliding scale of inclusive vs exclusive keywording limits. outside of maybe allowing x amount of certain keyworded items or something like that.

I may have misunderstood something - but as far as I can see the keyword inclusion element (under Keyword Options) searches only for lyrics tags?

there are two keywording options:

1) song keywords: which will check both artist + title (from any tag present) AND filename (in case the song isn't tagged)
2) lyrics keywords: which, if present, will check the lyrics for any keywords defined.

the logic of keywording works like this:

if both song keywords AND lyrics keywords are active then it will check the song keywords first.  if the song is allowed at that point, it will then check the lyrics.  if there are no lyrics tagged, then the song will be allowed.  if there ARE lyrics, AND it meets the lyrics criteria, then it will be allowed. so basically, the lyrics keywording check trumps the song keywording check if disallowed.

i could include the option to have it check in comments as well. i'm not sure if another keyword input field would be required for that, but i could just link it to the song keywords to have it check from that pool of words.

how about adding the ability of maintaining a list of files and checking their last-modified date for some kind of a reminder or scolding?

i presented this idea to mouser, who also loved the idea and told me of this ongoing project to which it would make a nice addition. :)

so, have at it ;)

Seedling's Software / Re: Updates and Latest Beta Versions Here
« on: December 04, 2007, 11:04 AM »
v1.8.27.73 released with preliminary wavpack support.

I do not have any these types of files (let alone nice and tagged up ones) so I'm not sure if the tag search properties are implemented properly.  Give it a try and see. :)

Seedling's Software / Re: Updates and Latest Beta Versions Here
« on: December 04, 2007, 01:31 AM »
v1.8.26.72 released!

(yeah I know, just a day later... but i added some stuff, really!)

the first thing you might notice is that all the options on the main tab are gone!!

i really didn't want to get rid of them as i kind of liked the busy 'mixer-style' interface. but, the fact is, i plain ran out of room to add more options. so instead of just putting new options on their own section i decided to make a multi-tabbed option page that holds everything.  it has the added advantage of allowing more viewable space of the created playlist region. it may take some getting used to if you use this thing with any regularity, if anyone has any suggestions as far as a better workflow or design, then by all means share your ideas.

i also added a separate keywording option to search through (properly tagged files) lyrical content. is this censorship?!!?? could be, or you could also create the raunchiest mix EVER!!! ;)  the choice is yours :D

once again, enjoy and thank you for using Random Mixtape Maker!

Keywords (part 2... Lyrics!)
If you have audio files that are properly tagged with lyrical content, you are
now able to include or exclude songs based on keywords.

Using the same method as above:


will allow songs containing the lyrics:

and will exclude songs containing the lyrics:

Songs that are allowed under the 'song keywords' option will be blocked
if excluded by the 'lyrics keywords' option.

Seedling's Software / Re: Updates and Latest Beta Versions Here
« on: December 02, 2007, 04:57 PM »
v1.7.25.69 posted (see first post in this thread)

New Feature! Redundancy Limitations...
So many songs and sometimes randomizing the placement of those songs seems a
bit unfair.  Even with all of the steps Random Mix Tape Maker takes to give
you a unique and blended playlist, you still may end up with a disproportional
amount of one artist in your created playlist.

In order to allow further variety in your playlist you can now specify the
number of times any one artist will be allowed to appear in your playlist.
In a new box labeled "Redundancy Limits", simply check the "Limit Artists..."
and specify the number of times you'd like to allow an artist to appear in
your playlist.

That's it! pretty easy, huh? :)

Here's some things you should know when using this function:

1) Your files MUST be properly tagged in order for this function to do anything

2) This does not employ the same technology as a the keyword function, it only
   looks inside of the file's tag for an artist name

3) The "Must-Have" list is also affected by this limitation.
   Consider the following scenario:

   Your "Must-Have" list contains 10 songs by Artist1
   You have limited the redundancy to 3

   Only 3 songs by Artist1 will be RANDOMLY added to your playlist.
   (it will not always be the same 3)

4) This does not alter the "Must-Have" list that you have created.

5) When used in conjunction with keywording AND you have both tagged and
   non-tagged files, you could still end up with more occurrences of an artist
   than the amount you have specified.  This is because where keywording will
   allow files that possess EITHER the keyword in the tag OR in the filename,
   the redundancy check will ONLY check the tag for an artist name.  There
   simply isn't any good way to create a one-size-fits-all rule to try and find
   an artist name from within the filename itself.

Seedling's Software / Re: Hi Everyone / Random MixTape Maker ideas
« on: November 07, 2007, 10:54 PM »
you're quite welcome and feel free to share this product with as many friends as you like ;)

Seedling's Software / Re: Hi Everyone / Random MixTape Maker ideas
« on: November 06, 2007, 09:44 PM »
I don't blame you about not wanting to add dir manually.  Quite frankly I had never tested for rootpath compatibility.  I'll take a look at it and fix this for you.

I'm glad you enjoy my little app. :)


Fixed! will upload new build now.

Living Room / Windows performance tips in one spot
« on: October 17, 2007, 07:52 PM »
Hey all,

I realise that most, if not all, of us know about the tips posted on this site:

But it sure is nice to revisit some of these tweaks when things start acting strange.  As always proceed with caution and know what you're doing before you undertake any of the advise on the above page (especially with regards to shutting down services).

Seedling's Software / Re: Hi Everyone / Random MixTape Maker ideas
« on: September 02, 2007, 03:41 PM »
I've been meaning to do something with this project for some time but haven't had the time.

But your request seems reasonably easy to take care of; let me dust of the code and add this functionality for you.

I'm glad you enjoy the app and thanks for the feedback! :)

See beta update thread for update!

Living Room / Re: Where'd my video memory go?
« on: August 27, 2007, 05:41 PM »
once you mentioned hypermemory, I got that sinking sensation.  Found ati's (salespitch)site for this thing:

I'm not a gamer so I'm not really up on the latest, greatest video cards.  All I knew was that I didn't want shared memory to slow things down when I am working, so I took this option.  Still better than outright shared memory, but not at all what I 'thought' I was getting.

I guess the lesson is just live and learn... oh, and don't forget to read about things you don't know ;)

Thanks again for your help :)

Living Room / Re: Where'd my video memory go?
« on: August 27, 2007, 05:29 PM »
yeah, sounds like what you were saying before (64mb vid memory, the rest allocated on demand from system)

it's very misleading how they market this. hell, even my system's report on this is misleading as hell [see attached pics]

oh well, at least I know what's going on now.

Thanks for your help :)

Living Room / Re: Where'd my video memory go?
« on: August 27, 2007, 05:17 PM »
I thought the same thing too: go into the BIOS check for shared vid memory, etc. but there is no such setting one way or the other.  In my other econo-desktop's BIOS, there's definitely a setting to allocate system memory to video, but not in this laptop (one way or the other).  :(

Living Room / Re: Where'd my video memory go?
« on: August 27, 2007, 04:39 PM »
Right, I completely understand what you're saying, but this is not what's going on.  I have another 'bargain priced' desktop with this configuration that does syphon off system memory.

I have 1GB of memory (untouched) available to me.  (i.e. displays 1.00GB in system properties)

What I have here is 1GB of RAM (which is not being syphoned) and a 256mb vid chip (see the above hardware reading for total memory as it is based of that single piece of hardware only) and yet only 64MB of memory is available for video.  This is what's baffling me; it almost seems as if the other memory on the vidchip is tucked away somehow.

edit: checking this site also verifies that this is an independant card (not shared/integrated)

Living Room / Re: Where'd my video memory go?
« on: August 27, 2007, 03:58 PM »
The shared issue is what i thought of at first, but that doesn't make any sense because my 'system' memory is 1GB which is confirmed to be correct since there are 2 512mb modules installed.  If this video memory were shared (in reverse) back to the system, then I'd have more than 1GB of memory.  Also, I've never heard of video memory being shared with the system wrt 'integrated' graphics chips.  I have heard of system memory being shared to accommodate video needs.

In any case, when I bought this thing I chose the separate chip as opposed to the integrated option, so that shouldn't be the problem. (I'm hoping) Again, I believe this is confirmed by the fact that the video chip is not listed as an integrated device in the BIOS.

edit: this also confirms that the chip is not 'integrated' as an onboard device:

On-board Devices
Video Adapter : No
Keyboard : No
Floppy Disk : No
Co-Processor (FPU) : Yes

edit2: i don't want to get all hung up on symantecs either, this chip may very-well be 'integrated' or whatever, the fact remains that the memory isn't really shared. if it were, it'd show up somewhere... but it's not.

Living Room / Where'd my video memory go?
« on: August 27, 2007, 03:24 PM »
Hi all,

I have a strange issue that was brought to my attention when installing a game on my notebook.  It said that my 256mb vidcard only had 64mb of memory!

My Dell notebook has a ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 video chipset (256mb)

Sandra reports as this:
Video Adapter
Model : ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
Chipset : ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 (0x7149)
RAMDAC : Internal DAC(400MHz)
Video BIOS : BK-ATI VER009.
VGA Compatible : No
Total Memory : 256MB (64MB Video) (182MB System)
Texture Memory : 250MB
Supports DIME Texturing : Yes

If you look at the Total Memory info, you'll see that only 64mb is video and 182mb is for 'system' (whatever that is).

I thought this may be a problem because of some sort of shared memory setup in the BIOS.  However, there is not editable BIOS setting for this.  The BIOS only reports back that, indeed, there is only 64mb of video memory.

So, what gives?  Is there a way I can unlock all of the memory for video?

If anyone can shed some light on this for me, I'd greatly appreciate it. :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Photo panorama creation
« on: August 16, 2007, 10:25 AM »
my 2 cents:

The absolute best (and most flexible) pano stitchter I've found is AutoPano (  You guys should check it out!

mouser: the creator of all things virtual and real.  nice job on the construction there!

sorry for the delay (i've been out for some time)

ok, well first, i have no idea why d&d isn't working.  all tests i've performed with d&d have worked without incident (with exception of nero).

are you d&d to your sd card's "drive" in explorer?

and as far as the 'eliminating' thing, this is just it's way of letting you know that the particular file is being filtered out from the options you've chosen.  i could come up with some sort of list saving feature (this would cut time dramatically from having to rescan things) if you want to create a list (for example) of all your 'rock' mp3's, etc.  the only way for this to not 'eliminate' any files (songs) would be to not have any filters set at all. then it would just accept anything (or at least, that's how it should behave).

if you want to know how this thing works, tho, it basically does this:

1) scan's dir for files
2) saves all files to memory in a list
3) when creating a list it uses this list to create your playlist based on rules. the originally scanned list is unnaffected by 'eliminated' items and always remains intact until you shut the program down.  in other words, these items are never taken out of the original list.

let me know if this helps

Seedling's Software / Re: Hi Everyone / Random MixTape Maker ideas
« on: February 11, 2007, 08:17 PM »
Hi, all,

Can anyone help? I have saved a playlist but can't see how to access it up again when I shut down & later restart the program.


hello there!

this app doesn't load up playlists (unless you're planning on mixing up the playlist [my first incarnate of this app]). the playlist you save is meant to be used by either your favorite media player or burning application.

I suppose I can add a simple feature to reload a playlist (shouldn't be hard at all) but since this is is a playlist generator and not a media player, i can't really see the application.

Seedling's Software / Re: Updates and Latest Beta Versions Here
« on: October 30, 2006, 09:47 PM »
Hi, I'm not sure this is correct, but I downloaded and tried the new Beta and it identified itself as the older stable version. I tried the wav feature and it was still not working. Is this correct or did I do something wrong? Thanks for your time.


download the attachment in this thread. i've uploaded yet another update too. but to directly answer your concern with wave files, i've tested with wave files and is all seemingly working now.

Seedling's Software / Re: Updates and Latest Beta Versions Here
« on: October 15, 2006, 12:23 AM »
v1.0.6.62 posted (see first post in this thread)

thanks to everyone for the feedback!  please keep it coming, it'll only help to improve this project.

Seedling's Software / Re: No Wav selection
« on: October 15, 2006, 12:12 AM »
sorry this is taking so long, but i will be posting a new version tonight which fixes the wav issue. (was a silly programming error :( )

but anyway, the durations of wav files (as with others) are not determined by tags but gathered from the audio component used to read these files. there will be no name or year tags of any sort embedded into a wav, so all you'll see is the filename, filesize, and a duration.

thanks for using (and hopefully enjoying) this software. :)

Seedling's Software / Re: No Wav selection
« on: October 02, 2006, 09:44 AM »
I'll have to look at it closer a bit later this week.

however, it should work. the code for handling wavs is all there. and i do recall in some of my early tests that the wav stuff was working. make sure you don't have the particular wav files blocked by limitations. just make sure you tick the wav checkbox.

Seedling's Software / Re: Updates and Latest Beta Versions Here
« on: September 27, 2006, 05:05 PM »
v1.0.6.60 posted

Seedling's Software / Re: Updates and Latest Beta Versions Here
« on: September 26, 2006, 11:16 PM »
v1.0.6.59 posted

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