Fauxdacious version 3.82-beta2 Released

Fauxdacious Version 3.82-beta2 Released for Linux and Windows: 

* Tweaked and generally tidied up ffaudio-core.cc a bit to make sure AVPackets are efficiently initialized and freed properly and slightly optimized play by eliminating some redundant video function checks and inlining some calls while attemping to eliminate rare and occasionally random seg-fault when stopping audio stream play.  There still appears to be a slight bit of memory leakage? / growth creep in video play, but my guess it’s somewhere deep in the bowels of SDL.

* Changed The default “video_qsize” value from 8 to 6 and added new config option: [ffaudio].allow_highdpi (default FALSE) to enable SDL2’s SDL_WINDOW_ALLOW_HIGHDPI flag.

* Merged in all latest QT stuff (finally) and tested and seems to work!  NOTE:  I did not build it into this release to save file sizes, so you must recompile yourself if you want QT configuring with “–enable-qt”!  NOTE2:  Audacious’s QT interface is rather behind, for example Equalizer presets and Plugin parameters are NOT currently configurable from the GUI.

* Merged in Audacious pulls# 40237df, 6d9acec, bb439b0, d17911e, 425aa54, 2119d19; and plugin pulls# ab45ec5.  Did NOT merge plugin pull# eaf7949 due to compile error under g++.

* Includes all unreleased Version 3.82-beta1 changes (below):

(Not released) Version 3.82-beta1

* Added new config file option:  [audacious].eqpreset_nameonly (boolean) which causes the first question mark (if any) and anything following it in a URL to be removed for purpose of exporting song-specific equalization presets. This is needed for some live-streaming station URLs that change “keys” dynamically and regularly. Default is FALSE (old behavior – keep the full url base name), add and set to TRUE for the new behavior. For example, this will affect youtube-dl urls as well, as previously the preset file would be exported as “watch?xxxxxx.preset” where “xxxxxx” was the actual video id.  With the new option, exporting song-specific equalizer presets will be the same preset file “watch.preset”.

* Fixed the exporting of song-specific equalization presets for cuesheet (.cue) files.  This worked before Audacious aparantly fixed the file-name used when opening a song for playback from it’s cuesheet filename to the actual referenced file-name, breaking our logic.  As a result, the equalization presets exported for a cuesheet file will apply to all tracks in the cuesheet.  They are still exported (reguardless of track) as “<filename>.cue.preset”.  I made the decision to do it this way assuming that all tracks in a cuesheet are (very likely) recorded with the same equalizer settings.

* Merged in Audacious plugin pulls# 2c267a2

Donald J. Trump: The Beginning of a New and Exciting Era

Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States#biblicalsatire:  “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly:  and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.  And from the time that the Obamanation that maketh desolate be set up, there shall be two thousand nine hundred and twenty-two days.  Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the two thousand nine hundred and ninety six days!” – taken from Daniel 12:10-12.  We have waited and have now come to the 2996th day!!!!!

It’s a great and blessed day indeed today!  It’s “Morning in America” again!  I’m psyched!  It’s been eight looooong years watching my great country silenced (through “political correctness”), mocked, sanctimoniously lectured, apologized for, weakened (economically, socially, and militarily), debased and ruled by people who seem opposed to nearly everything it was founded upon.  I never thought this election would turn out the way it has.  This goes back further than just the last eight years, but all the way back to President Bush I.  Not since President Ronald Reagan, have I and so many had such hope for the future!  I admit that I didn’t have much faith in Donald Trump as the GOP nominee based on his past stated positions and his bravado combined with his lack of experience in dealing with politics and the media, but everything I’m hearing out of him right now I’m loving.  I’m also sort of liking his bravado and the fact that we finally have someone in leadership with a backbone willing to call it as he sees it and call pigs with lipstick “pigs with lipstick!”  The only thing so far that I see differently from what he has proposed is the threat to impose high tariffs and cutting deals / favors with individual companies (crony capitolism).  I’m convinced that if he is simply able to rid the law books of most of the massive taxes, regulations, and paperwork that has been imposed on American businesses in the last thirty years, he’ll be ninety percent of the way toward making America prosperous again.  Tariffs should be imposed as a last resort against individual countries that subsidize their exports as loss-leaders undercutting market values.  They should NOT be used to “protect (union) workers” and bloated, inefficient local companies, thus driving up the cost of goods and services to all Americans!  Some accuse me of being a blind Trump supporter, but that is not true.  I’m simply hopefully and cautiously optimistic!  There are some things that concern me about this election.  The main thing is a fear that the globalists have simply ALLOWED this to happen, allowing “conservatives” to finally have a brief day in the sun in order to pull off a final economic collapse and then being able to pin the blame on the conservative, patriot and liberty movements.  The article “Trump is exactly where the elites want him” by “Personal Liberty” explains the plausibility of this possibility in detail, and is an excellent read.  One thing I noticed shortly before the election was how the media seemed to sort of indirectly turn on Hillary and discussing her “emails” and thinking “WHY are they suddenly running with this?  Do they want to damage her at the last minute?!”  But for the moment, I’m going to suppress the jaded realist in me and just enjoy the moment and walk with a bit of a spring in my step for it appears we have the best opportunity for real “hope and change” since 1981!  God bless, stay strong and, by all means, stay vigilant!

Final medals for 2016 Rio Olympiad

I watch very little television these days.  Besides having better things to do with my life, there are several reasons, among which are the fact that the prime-time sitcoms and shows have become so inane, raunchy and uninteresting.  Another reason is that there’s very little left worth watching on free TV.  Nearly all the sports, save the NFL, have moved to Pay TV, which I refuse to pay for and set up.  I just have a very hard time paying for something I used to get free, particularly when Pay TV is just as larded up with commercials as free TV (When I was younger and cable (only) channels first came out they were commercial-free!)  Also, when was the last time you saw a good movie or miniseries made for TV?  I believe TV has indeed become a “vast wasteland.” There is one time though that I do take in some serious TV watching, and that is the Olympics!  I know many of you youngsters won’t grasp this, but for me, it’s always been like binge-watching the classic “ABC’s Wide World of Sports” (ABC’s WWOS crew USED to cover the Olympics and always did an excellent job).  NBC’s Rio coverage did take a lot of criticism, but in my opinion, they did a pretty good job of covering it.  They covered all the main sports I was interested in and had the right mixture of “puff pieces” interspersed with actual event coverage, interviews and stories with key athletes.  My favorite things to watch are track and field, swimming, beach volleyball and women’s gymnastics, which were all covered very well.  Of course, I would like to see a little Badminton, but I understand why they wouldn’t bother with that, however, it’d been nice to have seen a little more soccer and basketball in place of some of the volleyball and water polo.  My only other complaint is the fact that they spent half their time playing the same half-dozen sappy, cheesy commercials ad nauseam.  Olympic commercials should be like super-bowl commercials, considering what advertisers have to pay for Olympic airtime, especially if they’re going to run over and over again!  Despite this, I can understand that NBC didn’t have much choice considering the billion$ they had to pay for the rights to broadcast the games, so I can’t really fault NBC for the mass-commercialization necessary to do the broadcast.  Unlike past olympiads, I forwent awarding medals for commercials, since none of them were particularly interesting, with honorable mention to AT&T for the lone exception of the internet service commercial with the frustrated guy who’s internet service is down desparately firing a flair gun out the window while yelling to the sky “WE’RE OVER HERE, INTERNET!”  So, overall I give NBC a silver medal for their quality and professional Olympic coverage, especially for us old farts with slow, crappy U.S. internet services for whom trying to stream things from the internet is just not nearly as good as watching on the ol’ big screen high-def. TV!

I thought Rio and Brazil did a bronze medal job of hosting the games, especially for a second/third world country in rather dire economic straits (except for the inability to timely provide a clean diving well).  I thought the games went very smoothly except for the requisite “ugly Americans” episode at a local Rio gas station.  There were very few controversies involving the competitions, officiating, and judging (except for boxing), which I felt were professional and well done.  One thing I would consider changing would be the false start rules in track.  I understand the reason for DQ-ing a false starter is to prevent repeated false starts which can result for pulled muscle injuries for athletes, but I think that an immediate DQ after four years of full-time hard work is just a little harsh.  My proposal would be to assess something like a one meter penalty in the runner’s starting position, maybe, or adding a time penalty based on a percentage of the world-record time for the particular event.  This would also work in swimming and would strongly discourage false starting, but still allow an athlete to participate.  It should also more than compensate for any possible advantage the athlete would have gained from the false start while still preventing the need to do repeat starts and completely crush an athlete’s dream for what often is just an inadvertent flinch.

Pierre de Coubertin MedalNikki Hamblin (New Zealand) encourages Abbey D’Agostino
“Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) encourages Abbey D’Agostino”
Photo (2016) by -unknown-
I really felt for American 5k runner Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin who tripped over each other in a qualifying heat.  I was planning to award them the Pierre de Coubertin medal myself, but the IOC did the right and awesome thing beating me to it!  They also qualified both through to the final, but D’Agostino was unable to compete in the final due to the torn ACL injury she sustained in the collision.  Read more!

I felt really bad for, but also angry with the US. 4×100 sprint relay team.  This is like the third or fourth Olympics in a row they have failed to turn in a valid time in this race!  We used to OWN this event!  WHY can’t they practice teamwork in handing off the baton a little more during four years of training?  On the other hand, I thought the DQ this time was simply a little ticky-tack.  I know that “inconclusive replays” generally can not overturn “the call on the field”, but when the call involves the question of whether or not a rule was violated (as opposed to whether a score or other athletic goal was achieved), the rule of “innocent until proven guilty” should prevail and (as in this case), since the replay was inconclusive that the hand-off actually took place “outside the zone” the call should’ve been overturned and the hand-off allowed as legal.  To be DQ’d, the replay should’ve had to shown conclusively that it was illegal, especially since it could’ve had zero impact on the race time or upon any other team. 

I was very impressed with the US team’s improved performance in distance running (being a miler and distance runner myself back in the day)!  To see Matthew Centromites win Gold in the Mile (1500m) was really sweet with a time of 3′:50.0″, and then to also see Ashton Eaton become the “worlds greatest athlete” by running away with the gold in the Decathlon!  Then Evan Joger and Paul Chelino took silver in the steeple chase and 5k respectively and Galen Rupp grabbed the bronze in the Marathon finally overcoming the long history of Kenyan dominance in distance running.  In addition we dominated the relays (the men’s 4×100 excepted) by piling up even more gold.  US women dominated the sprints and also won field events and the triathlon too!

Overall, it was an outstanding Olympics for the U.S. AND Texas too!  The U.S. swept the “Medaling Events” taking gold in both “Gold Medaling” and “Overall Medaling” with 46 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze, 121 total medals.  In “Overall Medaling”, China took silver with 26 gold, 18, silver, 26 bronze, 70 total, and Great Britain took bronze with 27 gold, 23 silver, 17 bronze, 67 total.  In “Gold Medaling”, Great Britain took silver with 27 and our “Republic of Texas” – YES! – Texas, our TEXAS tied with China, the most populous nation on Earth for bronze with 26 gold medals!  The home team of Brazil fared well for their size with 7 gold, 6 silver, and 6 bronze for nineteen medals, including the coveted men’s soccer and both team and beach volleyball medals.  It was also cool to see the tiny country of Fiji win gold in 7-man Rugby too!  Overall 54 countries had at least one gold medal athlete or team to celebrate and 78 had athletes or teams bring home at least one Olympic medal!  America’s Matt Kuchar took bronze in Olympic Golf.  It was sad to see Jordan Spieth awol fearing Zika though.  I bet he wishes now that he’d shown up and played! 

Mutley with Medals
(©) Hanna Barbera
And now the event y’all been waiting for, per tradition, it’s time for me to award the final three Olympic medals for this Olympiad to several very distinguished and deserving athletes:

Oksana Chuchovitina, 2016 Olympic Vault
by (© 2016) FIG Channel via marca
1) The “Iron Medal” (for sheer grit, determination, exceptional effort, overcoming long odds, good bull, etc.) goes to Forty-one-year-old Uzbekistan gymnast Oksana Chusovitina! She made history by qualifying for her SEVENTH Olympics in gymnastics, as the oldest qualifying female gymnist. She also attempted the “Produnova”, which many have deemed the “Vault of Death” due to it’s risk and difficulty. She clinched the medal by landing it in perfect tumbling fashon unscathed!

Shaunae Miller Dives for Olympic Gold
Photo by (© 2016) Adrian Davis, Getty Images
Honorable mentions go to Mike Phelps for being able to continue to own the Olympic Swimming Podium for 5 olympiads spanning over 16 years winning 5 golds and 2 silvers at the ripe old age (for a swimmer) of 31 (28, 23 gold lifetime) and now having more medals than Mutley; and Shaunae Miller (Bahammas, women’s 400m) literally diving for gold to edge out favored Allyson Felix (US) at the line sacraficing the skin on her hands, elboes and knees showing literally “true grit” on the track!

Wooden Medal
by (©) Clara & Macy
DQ (Dairy Queen) Grill and Chill
“DQ (Dairy Queen) Grill and Chill”
Photo by (©) Bryanna LeBron,
Confessions Of A DQ Employee
2) The “Wooden Medal” (for underwhelming underperformance, bad luck, lack of preparation, embarassment, bad bull, bad juju, and otherwise snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, etc.) goes equally to Ryan Lockne, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen (US Swimming) and to the US 4×100 sprint relay team of Justin Gatlin, Rodgers, Tyson Gay and anchor Trayvon Bromell. The swimmers for lying and making general arses of themselves, in their OOP (out of pool) antics. The relay team gets it for ongoing total lack of preparation in baton-passing, since this is the 3rd Olympics they have foobarred. I caught up with them at a nearby DQ chilling out while wolfing down “Blizzards” (ice cream) and “Hungerbusters” (burgers), to award them their well-earned medals! They said that that had become a post-meet tradition for them.

Hope Solo and Chewbacca
“Hope Solo and Chewbacca”
by (© 2016) me; from:
Hope Solo photo by (© 2016) AP Photo/Eugenio Savio
Chewbacca photo by (© 2010) Christian Liendo
3) The “Plastic Medal” (for sore losers, and other unsportsmanlike and embarassing behavior): Co-winners: Hope Solo (US Soccer) for calling the Lady Swedes “Cowards” b/c they found a strategy for beating her team and Islam El Shehaby (Egyptian Judoka wrestler) for refusing to shake his Isralite opponant’s hand after losing a match to him. A big hairy dude going by the name of “Chewbacca” agreed to present Hope Solo with her medal while Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani gladly stepped forward to present El Shehaby with his honors! The two shook hands afterwards in a show of unity, good will and (Muslim) brotherhood.

Congratulations to these fine Olympic athletes for accomplishing what few athletes ever do:  winning an Olympic medal!  H. Solo and Chewbacca were kind enough to pose for me after the ceremony! Chewbacca insisted on posing, but Solo tried at the last moment to block my shot with her free hand, but was too late!

TBT – My Favorite ’80s Software (WinDOS and PC-Write)

MS-DOS Executive Main Screen
MicroSoft Windows “MS-DOS Executive” main window (courtesy Wikipedia)
Today, I decided to take a walk down memory lane and dust off one of my oldest and favorite programs that I wrote back in the late ’80s:  “WinDOS(tm)”.  This was my first semi-graphical application and my first “file-manager”.  This was during the heady days of MS-DOS.  Children, if you don’t know what MS-DOS was, ask your folks!  At that time, Windows was new and at version 3.  There was no internet, very little graphical software for personal computers (Windows was coming onto the scene to change all of that forever though)!  My computers at the time (at home and at work) were still running “MS-DOS 5” and few had Windows, which (as Windows always does) required purchacing new, beefier (and pricier) hardware.  There were one or two computers at work that had Windows and so I got to play around a bit with it, but the interface was clunky and different and I was still USED to working in DOS which involved working a lot from the command line (what was known then as the “C> Prompt”)!  Meanwhile, Windows had this interesting little “app” called “MS-DOS Executive“, which was their early attempt at what we would now call a “file manager”.  I liked the new “mouse-based” interface that Windows offered.  In my daily workflow I found myself as a software developer often repeating a handful of commands with different files, ie. “Copy, Edit, Compile, Link, and Execute”, etc.  I looked at MS-DOS Executive to make this simpler, but alas, it didn’t really seem to work at all the way I was used to in DOS and besides, it was only for Windows, and I couldn’t afford Windows anyway, nor had it at work.
WinDOS Main Screen
WinDOS “WinDOS Executive” main screen
I wanted something similar for MS-DOS, something that would allow me to select a command (or “.BAT” script), select a file (or more than one file for commands like COPY) with a mouse, and click and run.  I also wanted to be able to do the same with the keyboard when my hand wasn’t on the mouse, and be able to click once on a list of the last dozen or so commands I had just executed to repeat them (or make a slight edit to one and run it again).  There was a cool program called “Norton Commander” (now the free “Midnight Commander” for Windows and Linux) which provided this capability, but it (like nearly all software applications and utilities at the time) cost money!  I was already writing some programs at home using the “Modula II” language and the $89 Logitech Modula II compiler (Yes, boys and girls, Logitech USED to make software back in the day, not just mice and keyboards!) for personal computers and MS-DOS!  So (being me) I decided to write my own program for MS-DOS and call it “WinDOS” (a combination of Windows and DOS, sort of a “poor man’s version of MS-Windows”).  I even patterned the main screen to look something like Windows’ “MS-DOS Executive” window but instead captioned “WinDOS Executive” and including the date and time and a “C> Prompt” for quick-typing and editing DOS commands (when my hand was on the keyboard).  WinDOS permitted me to greatly automate my workflow using a mouse to launch commands and programs while still providing enhanced keyboard-editing and entry of DOS commands!  MS-DOS Executive provided customized “.PIF” files as an early version of file/mime type associations and I quickly found myself needing something similar so I created text-based “.CIF” files (Command Information Files) to handle that in WinDOS, for example COPY.CIF configured WinDOS to prompt for TWO arguments for the COPY command.  I also created a “GUI” for creating and editing “CIF” files and an “installer” program and made it available as share-ware (open-source) and installable from a single floppy-drive!  One interesting programming feature was that I wrote WinDOS with an executable and a looping batch script to invoke it so that when the user executed a command, the WinDOS executable would exit freeing up nearly all of the 640K of system memory to run the program, then restart the WinDOS executable after the command finished.  This freed a lot of memory without noticably sacrificing speed.  My effort was not in vain as WinDOS quickly became one of my most-used programs for several years (along with the shareware / open-source editor “PC-Write(tm)”, which I also ended up purchasing the paid version because I loved and used it so much) until I finally moved my world to Linux in the mid ’90s (I pretty much skipped Windows all together)!  Heck, I even had several coworkers using WinDOS on their machines too!
Now that I’ve been on Linux for nearly twenty years now, I’ve long since developed my own file-manager (since I couldn’t find one that I liked) that incorporates the same basic principles as WinDOS, but also all the modern features one would want in a file-manager.  This is “JFM4“.  You can get it and see a screenshot on my download site.

Spiral-bound PC-Write(tm) Users’ Manual
PC-Write(tm)“, by Quicksoft (Bob Wallace and his wife Megan Dana) was my other fav. app. in my MS-DOS years as it provided a very nice and customizable full-screen (and full-color) text editor that was great for editing program source-files and writing letters, etc.  It was both a good code-editor and (for the time) a full-featured auto and manual-formatting word-processor, and it was free and shareware, and fit on a single floppy disk, so I could carry it anywhere with me!  I liked and used it so much, I ponied up the $69 (I believe) for the “fully-registered” (paid) version for which Quicksoft sent me a fully spiral-bound 426 page plus index manual (fully written and illustrated in PC-Write itself by Bob’s wife Megan Dana, seen on the cover), a free one-year subscription to their (paper) newsletter “Quicknotes”) and two free update coupons!

I got more than my money’s worth out of this program too using it for all my code development and word-processing needs for nearly ten years until I switched from DOS to Linux.  I wrote a full customization file (text file) with the colors and keyboard sequences all set the way I wanted to facilitate my work in the ways most natural to me.  After moving to Linux, I ended up writing my own full-color text editor named “E Editor” taking many ideas from this one and adding language-specific syntax-colorizaton, code-evaluation, and quick-compile that I still use today and you can get it (and JFM4) here from my download site for Windows and Linux.  “E” is not a full-blown word-processor though (I use LibreOffice for that).

PC-Write(tm) Intro screen
PC-Write(tm) Intro screen
PC-Write(tm) Editer screen
PC-Write(tm) Editer screen (editing an ancient FORTRAN program)

Fauxdacious For Windows (with executable installer) Released!

Introducing
I’m happy to announce my latest release of the Fauxdacious Media Player (version 3.82-beta2) with a full-functioning Windows version complete and bundled with a simple to use executable installer program created using the free and open Inno Setup Wizard!    (Get it Here:  http://phoenixcomm.net/~jturner/Fauxdacious_install.zip)  If you’re not familar with Audacious / Fauxdacious, it’s an audio and (with Fauxdacious) video player for both Linux/Unix and Windows.  Why use Fauxdacious instead of another video player?  With Fauxdacious, you also get one of the best audio player engines with many audiophile-ish sound-enhancing plug-ins!  Another reason is that unlike most Windows-based media players, Fauxdacious and Audacious are fully free and open-source programs with no binary blobs for malware to hide in!  One feature of interest to many Windows users is the option to use the classic “WinAmp Skins” interface, which uses the same “skins” as the old Windows “WinAmp” media player (see the bottom screenshot).  The default interface is the more modern-looking “GTK” interface, but it’s easily switchable to the WinAmp interface in [File].[Settings].(Appearance): Interface plug-in: and change the dropdown menu, then select your “skin”.  To turn on the video-playing option, simply select [Settings].[Plugins].[Input tab].[x] FFmpeg Plugin, then [Settings button] and check the box: “[x] Play video streams in popup window…”.
I understand the Audacious Team has now also created an installable version of their Windows version for v3.8.  This closes Audacious-rejected feature request #613.  This culminates nearly three weeks of hard work to build this thing for Windows.  I had held off doing this until I had a new machine with a huge hard disk that I could dedicate plenty of space for the Windows 7 partition in order to accomodate downloading the MingGW C++ compiler and compiling and installing all the three dozen or so libraries needed to compile this thing from scratch on Windows.  Thanks to the Audacious Team’s detailed and concise instructions for building on Windows, I was able to do this with only a few minor glitches (all now resolved).  For the brave techies, the gory build instruction details (including the issues I encountered and corrected) are included in the “Fauxdacious/share/” directory (fauxdacious_buildnotes.htm) created by the installer when you install (or the audacious/contrib/win32/notes.html file in the source tarballs, downloadable separately from the same site).
UPDATE (2/16/17):  Version 3.82-beta2 Released 

* Tweaked and generally tidied up ffaudio-core.cc a bit to make sure AVPackets are efficiently initialized and freed properly and slightly optimized play by eliminating some redundant video function checks and inlining some calls while attemping to eliminate rare and occasionally random seg-fault when stopping audio stream play.  There still appears to be a slight bit of memory leakage? / growth creep in video play, but my guess it’s somewhere deep in the bowels of SDL.

* Changed The default “video_qsize” value from 8 to 6 and added new config option: [ffaudio].allow_highdpi (default FALSE) to enable SDL2’s SDL_WINDOW_ALLOW_HIGHDPI flag.

* Merged in all latest QT stuff (finally) and tested and seems to work!  NOTE:  I did not build it into this release to save file sizes, so you must recompile yourself if you want QT configuring with “–enable-qt”!  NOTE2:  Audacious’s QT interface is rather behind, for example Equalizer presets and Plugin parameters are NOT currently configurable from the GUI.

* Merged in Audacious pulls# 40237df, 6d9acec, bb439b0, d17911e, 425aa54, 2119d19; and plugin pulls# ab45ec5.  Did NOT merge plugin pull# eaf7949 due to compile error under g++.

* Includes all unreleased Version 3.82-beta1 changes (below):

(Not released) Version 3.82-beta1

* Added new config file option:  [audacious].eqpreset_nameonly (boolean) which causes the first question mark (if any) and anything following it in a URL to be removed for purpose of exporting song-specific equalization presets. This is needed for some live-streaming station URLs that change “keys” dynamically and regularly. Default is FALSE (old behavior – keep the full url base name), add and set to TRUE for the new behavior.

* Fixed the exporting of song-specific equalization presets for cuesheet (.cue) files.  This worked before Audacious aparantly fixed the file-name used when opening a song for playback from it’s cuesheet filename to the actual referenced file-name, breaking our logic.  As a result, the equalization presets exported for a cuesheet file will apply to all tracks in the cuesheet.  They are still exported (reguardless of track) as “<filename>.cue.preset”.  I made the decision to do it this way assuming that all tracks in a cuesheet are (very likely) recorded with the same equalizer settings.

* Merged in Audacious plugin pulls# 2c267a2

UPDATE (1/31/17):  Version 3.81-final Released!

* Added ability to directly play tunein.com radio stations using the station’s tunein.com website url (as opposed to having to manually dig out the actual live-streaming urls).  This requires the new helper script in the contrib/ directory (getTuneinStream.pl) installed in your path, and installing the new Perl modules “LWP::Simple” and “Tunein::Streams” from CPAN (www.cpan.org).  NOTE:  On Windows version, you’ll need to add the config file line:  tunein_helper=getTuneinStream.exe to the [audacious] section (This file will likely be in c:\Users\<your-user-id>\AppData\Local\audacious\config created after the first time you run fauxdacious)!

* Added headers to all columns in GTK playlist.  Previously, some column headers were not shown since they were longer than the default column width (as determined by a boolean array ui_playlist_widget.cc:pw_col_label).  I added a separate array of “short” names (columns.cc:pw_col_headers) so that all columns are now properly labeled and understood without making them unnecessarily wide.

* Merged in Audacious pulls# 361a6fc, c3b0659, b96fbd4, c1fe83b, 11e4915, 8bea900, 25dd624, 65af13f; and plugin pulls# 25dd624, 0bcc904, 0abceec, eb3e8a8, 45c1f38, a21e4a2

* Fixed Audacious-rejected bug# 681 to make pause just do pause, as it should!

* Fixed audtool –help to work even if unable to connect to dbus.

* Merged in Audacious pulls# 5297008, a67d6be, b321ee5, and c3287dd; and plugins pulls# bf6661e, 403020b and 8174f13, addressing Audacious bugs: 560 and 685.

* Added comments as another optional column field to the playlist table (GTK interface) and made it sortable.  I had started to add this and (on the SAME day, the Audacious team added it, so I dropped my work and merged theirs!  The files I changed were almost identical to their changes, but they had finished the ones I hadn’t gotten to).  I wanted to make each column sort when clicking on the header (like my Tk::HMListbox), but this was going to be a huge boondoggle.

Fauxdacious Installer
Fauxdacious Initial Setup Screen – Inno Setup Wizard
Fauxdacious Screenshot
Screenshot of Faudacious playing a video and using the default WinAmp skin with the main, playlist, and equalizer windows all displayed.
UPDATE (11/16):  Version 3.8-final Released!

* Fixed two huge memory leaks in ffaudio by using smart-pointers to open input file, frames, and properly flushing and destroying queues.

* Added queueing for audio packets when playing video.  This makes for smoother video-play while allowing for a reduction in the queue-size which improves audio-video syncing.  The default “video_qsize” value is now 8 instead of 16.

* Added separate config option [youtubedl].video_qsize (default: use [ffaudio].video_qsize) for Youtube-DL video streams, which seem to need a bigger queue.

* Removed the [Services].[Eject CD] from Windows version, since it doesn’t work anyway because it requires a command that is not included with Windows.

* Added a few lines of code to copy selected playlist entry URLs / files to the PRIMARY selection when copying so that they can be retrieved / pasted into other applications.

* Merged in latest Audacious v3.81 beta commit:  (plugins.wavout) 5ddf097, closing Audacious bug#676.

TODO:  The only known unresolved issues (Windows version) are audio is sometimes lost when jumping from some videos to audio playlist items when using the SDL Output plug-in, non-issue if using the new Waveout plug-in, and the Windows version does not always shut down the video window when shutting down without stopping playback first.  Avoidable by stopping playback before shutting down program.  Windows version also sometimes produces black playback window when stopping and restarting play on same item fixable by advancing playlist.  I Also probably need to add a “file-association” in the Windows setup wizard to associate .xspm (playlist files) with Fauxdacious.  Audacious v3.8 is now out and stable, so I have removed the “beta” moniker as Fauxdacious seems pretty stable now (especially after fixing recent memory leaks in the video stuff).  I need to create a DEB package too, but looking at the documentation howto for that just gave me a headache.  At least John Lindgren’s Audacious build instructions for Windows were concise by comparisen!

UPDATE (10/31):  Version 3.8-beta2 Released 

* Added config-based file for user-added tag metadata and new config-file option:  [Audacious].user_tag_data.  Specify TRUE to activate this feature, FALSE or omit to keep old behavior. This permits user to save “song info” for streams (urls) and other files who’s decoder does not permit saving tag metadata into the media file itself.  I added this to be able to assign readable titles to radio streams that otherwise just show the (useless) url in the title making it difficult to see which station I’m playing.

* Added the song info popup “balloon” that currently pops up over the playlist when the user has the existing option “show_filepopup_for_tuple” option set to TRUE to also pop up now for the currently-playing song when user hovers the mouse over the middle (equalizer / time part) of the main window (Winamp Skins interface) whenever the main window is “shaded” (rolled up into a thin line).  This now makes it possible to see what is playing without having to pop up the playlist (since nothing regarding the current song is otherwise displayed when the main window is shaded)!

* Massively improved video window-resizing, tweaked video-scaling smoothness to improve video quality back to SDL1 level (fixed small degradation in SDL2).

* Added resizing feature to allow user to shrink video window below a user-specified size (default 149×149, user-configurable by the 2 new config file variables:  [ffaudio].video_doreset_width and ffaudio].video_doreset_height) and have it snap back to it’s originally-requested size.

* Fixed video-play to work in headless mode.

* Additional minor tweaks to improve video efficiency.

UPDATE (10/25):  Version 3.8-beta1 Released  Snapshotted latest Audacious v3.8 GIT as of 2016/10/13 and manually refactored and reapplied all Fauxdacious features and changes.

* Rewrote the ffmpeg plugin (ffaudio-core.cc) to use SDL2 for video and latest ffmpeg / avcodec API while remaining backward-compatable with prev. ffmpeg release (now compiles without warnings (these were all “depreciated” warnings).  This also eliminates muting issues on playback when using the SDL “Output” audio system and the nasty manual-editing of separate Makefile and extra.mk files for Linux and Windows. Also refactored and tweaked to slightly better optimize video performance and include all Audacious v3.8 improvements possible (excluding their new “SmartPtr” and “Scoped” structs) which I was not able to get fully working compatably with Fauxdacious video features.

* Added a [Close] button to the Equalizer window in the GTK interface.

* Merged in post-3.8 final commits:  97257b6 and (plugins) 43a6bf1.

UPDATE (5/31):  Version 3.74-beta2  Fixed glitch that prevented creating song-specific Equalizer Auto-presets for Cue-file based songs. Added the song / video title to the Fauxdacious Video window titlebar.  Merged Audacious commits:  3be5957, 450984e, e12ae5d, 2349933, d768ae1, 3cd305e, 60c4632, 475490c, 5384dc5, b855336, b34cbdb, c729ff5, ad0a172, 6b5bfae, 96a19b5, 5a8d6e5, and Plugin commits:  4ededd4 and ebf17e6.  Eliminated (most) compiler warnings in ffaudio-core.cc from “depreciated” AVCodec stuff. Obtained a working version of libcue and compiled that in. Updated the Win32 build notes in the contrib directory to reflect additional Fauxdacious requirements and fixes for module compilation issues.  Added the Inno Setup build file (Fauxdacious.iss) to the share directory.  If you don’t trust me fearing that I might’ve put any malware (I didn’t!) in Faudacious, you can download the full source and build instructions to examine and or re-build it yourself!
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