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Question: Hey Justin! I'm planning coding software which is like a media explorer. I checked your amazing software and love it! Could you give me some tips especially drag & drop media files to desktop or somewhere? Big love
Asked by Ahmet (46.155.128.x) on September 11 2020, 12:13pm
Reply on September 12 2020, 5:16pm:
    That's a pain -- on Windows one uses https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/api/ole2/nf-ole2-dodragdrop .. on macOS you can use SWELL_InitiateDragDrop() etc
Question: Reaper is all about efficiency, right? Why not make the channelstrip control embeddable and walterable? It would save a million clicks fo opening plugin windows. Current "show fx controls in mcp" is hard to look at, too tiny, cluttered and ugly. Is there a hope to get fully Walter for the whole channel strip including fader section? Thank you for your remarkable work!
Asked by Andy (190.166.198.x) on September 9 2020, 11:36pm
Reply on September 12 2020, 5:14pm:
    Some people are in to channelstrips, other people not so much? maybe someone should make a channel strip JSFX with embedded UI?
Question: I'm thinking about the possibility on how to add Text2Speech somehow to Reaper and wonder, if it would be able to route its output to Reaper's audioengine, like metronome, hearable but not recorded. How would you attempt doing that? Which are the Api-functions I should have a look at?
Asked by Mespotine (2.247.248.x) on September 8 2020, 11:33am
Reply on September 8 2020, 12:27pm:
    See Audio_RegHardwareHook() and audio_hook_register_t
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Question: Loving the Reaplay mini-mode, it's less than 32px tall! Thanks for including it even though there's probably zero demand for that nowdays. This is now my media player when Reaper's on, so I don't have to pry control from my fickle ASIO drivers
Asked by Jarrad (180.150.113.x) on September 8 2020, 12:19am
Reply on September 8 2020, 12:26pm:
    Ah thanks!
Question: I guess at this point WALTER has matured enough and you have gained some insight. Was the polish notation a good choice for both devs and users? Is it comparable with XML based wasabi? Also, fade memory tells that maki compiler was always a mystery...
Asked by Gio (79.130.190.x) on September 7 2020, 9:16am
Reply on September 7 2020, 12:04pm:
    In hindsight letting Lua or EEL2 do the layout would probably have been better, but WALTER does have one big fan at least?
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Question: Any interesting comments about this? :) --> skins.webamp.org/
Asked by MS_from_Sweden (82.100.127.x) on September 5 2020, 4:23pm
Reply on September 5 2020, 5:11pm:
    It's awesome, I'm waiting for the ability to import playlists into webamp via http :)
Question: Hey Justin! Is there a way to show/hide individual dockers(only left/right/bottom) using DockWindowRemove, DockWindowAdd ? I tried this.With left docker. And DockWindowRemove hides well.But DockWindowAdd ingnoring pos(position?) and add to deafult dock(bottom)
Asked by Anthony (188.187.124.x) on September 5 2020, 1:37pm
Reply on September 5 2020, 5:12pm:
    Hmm I don't think so, that would be a nice API to add though for sure
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Question: There's this strange bug on the REAPER forums where some old posts don't display user signatures. No question, just wanted to inform!
Asked by John (93.136.28.x) on September 4 2020, 10:05am
Reply on September 5 2020, 12:16am:
Question: Are you going to update your Winamp plugin?
Asked by Vitali (148.81.197.x) on September 2 2020, 3:33pm
Reply on September 2 2020, 9:34pm:
Question: Why is this called ASS I/O? 1014.org/code/nullsoft/ass/
Asked by Victor (76.14.10.x) on September 2 2020, 7:21am
Reply on September 2 2020, 9:34pm:
    It's a joke, "a big ASS file" etc
Question: My old MacBook Pro 15" 2015 with Mojave playbacks very smooth 60fps 1080p video in REAPER (AVFoundation decoder). How to get the same smoothness 60fps playback on 12-core PC (Windows 10)? I tried different ffmpeg/vlc/dshow decoders and used recommended codecs, but I still jerky playback ~35fps in blank project (only video). Doubling the frame rate to 120 fps doesn't help. Video frame rate in the Project settings corresponds to the video item properties.
Asked by Sergei (213.129.38.x) on September 2 2020, 6:59am
Reply on September 2 2020, 9:35pm:
    What video renderer mode? Are you screens using hidpi scaling?
Question: What's your thoughts on Project Reunion, the real deal or a summer vocation project?
Asked by Gio (87.202.166.x) on September 1 2020, 9:33pm
Reply on September 2 2020, 9:35pm:
    I googled it but then lost interest before I could form an opinion :)
Question: REAPER's backwards compatibility is extreme, the technical engineering decisions mostly excellent or something very close to that. Detailed oriented at the maximum level, perfectionist? Very admirable, well done Justin!
Asked by Gio (87.202.166.x) on September 1 2020, 6:40pm
Reply on September 2 2020, 9:35pm:
    Some things I do find myself obsessing over details on, other things not so much... so a scattered perfectionist, maybe?
Question: hey- so are you still wearing them silly face nappies.. or..? heh
Asked by 2020 (95.149.70.x) on August 30 2020, 8:09pm
Reply on August 30 2020, 9:27pm:
    Mask life yeah
Question: Is icc still the best option for REAPER? or fair for all users? agner.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6
Asked by Gio (87.202.166.x) on August 28 2020, 9:29pm
Reply on August 29 2020, 2:45am:
    I'm sorry that I don't have a good answer for this. Changing toolsets is something that we can't do lightly. On Windows if we did ditch ICC we would also need to move to a more modern compiler, which raises other issues. Though I suppose most users on Windows are using 64-bit at this point, which might require less changes.

    If I had to give a simple answer, it would be: maybe not, but it's too big of an undertaking to change at the moment.
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Question: I don't have a question. Just want to say Thank You as I still use WINAMP
Asked by Jerry Fox (96.33.192.x) on August 27 2020, 5:52pm
Reply on August 27 2020, 9:48pm:
Question: Hello Justin, I've read your other answsers about releasing REAPER as FOSS and I have some thoughts. Why not release it without the 3rd party proprietary bits like elastique and VST2? Also, if you don't want to deal with patches you can always make a "community edition" without your direct involvement and use a trademark to prevent forks from using the REAPER name. If you ever organized a crowdfund campaign for it, I think the FOSS community could match a few years' revenue, not sure though...
Asked by learnruby (93.40.195.x) on August 27 2020, 3:36pm
Reply on August 27 2020, 9:48pm:
    That just doesn't sound like fun to me, sorry!
Question: Would you like to see the right to bear arms amended?
Asked by Rob The Questioner (213.205.197.x) on August 27 2020, 7:18am
Reply on August 27 2020, 11:21am:
    Interpreted less ridiculously would be fine -- I mean by a lot of peoples interpretations of it, we should all have the right to bear cruise missiles...
Question: Man!,Biden has had a bloody rough time in his personal life!- I had no idea of his tragic past & voters probably no nothing of this?? Do you think-it's his/or the dems strategy to put Harris as the next pres? - too, at least tie in the ppl to agree on a uniformed party?
Asked by citizenry (172.98.67.x) on August 25 2020, 2:30pm
Reply on August 26 2020, 2:20am:
    Shrug? Anyway either of them yes please.
Question: What's your favourite programming book? Do you follow clean code rules? Do you use functionoids?
Asked by Pony (78.152.169.x) on August 25 2020, 11:47am
Reply on August 25 2020, 2:08pm:
    I haven't read a programming book in ages. Not sure what "clean code rules" are but I'm sure I have plenty of my own rules! Functionoids, yes, sometimes. LICE uses something close to that with templates for blend modes...
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