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Question: Do you know Jon Gomm? I think he is a great musician. Maybe have a look at this: youtube.com/watch?v=88L0D4UFl9Q
Asked by positiveGuy (94.134.91.x) on January 11 2021, 3:50pm
Reply on January 14 2021, 11:11pm:
    I'll check him out!
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Question: A proficient coder told me "If you cannot code on paper, by handwriting, then you cannot really code". Did you write out any of the Winamp code by hand before you actually started typing it in the compiler?
Asked by Mike (73.91.212.x) on January 11 2021, 2:55am
Reply on January 11 2021, 2:45pm:
    Being able to do something and actually doing it are two very different things!
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Question: What was the best bug reaper ever had?
Asked by Not Kurt Vonnegut (187.32.160.x) on January 10 2021, 11:29am
Reply on January 10 2021, 11:38pm:
    How to best decide what best would be is another question... most entertaining? hardest to solve? Longest-lasting? :)
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Question: I recently saw a great video on of why Apple M1 chips are performing so well, including a good explanation on out-of-order execution of code, leveraging off the fixed instruction length of the ARM architecture; video on The Dev Doctor channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAjarAgf0nI . to what extent did this come into play when preparing the Reaper Beta for the M1 Macs, and do you see more opportunities to optimize Reaper for Apple's new chips?
Asked by John McG (220.245.168.x) on January 10 2021, 1:45am
Reply on January 10 2021, 11:38pm:
    We haven't done much specifically for them (we did the aarch64 port of various bits earlier on for linux, and everything else just compiles), so time will tell!
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Question: hi, is there currently a Linux version of the SWS S&M extension? I did not find it on the Internet, there is an option to install both the reaper and sws extension via wine, but I would like to install it natively on Linux
Asked by Michael (93.80.54.x) on January 9 2021, 11:19pm
Reply on January 10 2021, 11:40pm:
    there is, the best way to get it is to get the source from github and compile it, I think?
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Question: Have you seen this? skins.webamp.org
Asked by Robare (24.63.9.x) on January 8 2021, 7:30pm
Reply on January 9 2021, 6:21pm:
    Yep yep and webamp on archive.org as a player too :)
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Question: What construction (among functions, loops, conditions etc.) do you use most often in Reaper code?
Asked by Vitali (195.191.162.x) on January 8 2021, 4:13pm
Reply on January 9 2021, 6:21pm:
    I suppose they're all used a lot?
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Question: hi, I'm very curious why did you name your programming language "Jesusonic"? I am an Orthodox Christian and the mention of my God's name in vain disturbs me. Please explain what meaning you put in this name? And is there blasphemy in it?
Asked by Michael Mihnevich (93.80.54.x) on January 7 2021, 11:23pm
Reply on January 8 2021, 4:31am:
    It was an homage to Jesus in respect of his best messages -- to be kind, care for other people, etc.
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Question: Hey Justin, have you heard of mnt reform? crowdsupply.com/mnt/reform What do you think about it?
Asked by positiveGuy (82.207.238.x) on January 7 2021, 6:54pm
Reply on January 7 2021, 6:58pm:
    Yeah those are awesome. I'm waiting for some other arm chips to catch up to the M1 though... :) also I have too many laptops as it is
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Question: Hi Justin! I trying to make Reaper extention for visually impaired and draw in "trackview" some guide rectangles and lines. I draw by processing WM_PAINT.Everything seems to be good for macos and Linux! Is there some way to eliminate flickering when WM_PAINT & WM_NCPAINT received on windows OS? Special sync?Please any tips)
Asked by Stefan (77.111.247.x) on January 7 2021, 2:13pm
Reply on January 7 2021, 6:59pm:
    No good answer here, sorry! At some point we'll probably add hooks to allow native hooking of various window drawing.
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Question: I wonder: is the WAK-entry in FXChains a reference to the WAD-doom-fileformat? Where's All the Keyboard? (And what's the meaning of the second value?)
Asked by Mespotine (80.187.107.x) on January 6 2021, 5:43pm
Reply on January 6 2021, 9:56pm:
    Boring, just "want all keys" :) The second value is the FX embed state if that plug-in supports it and it is enabled (&1=TCP, &2=MCP).
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Question: Hi Justin, I developed a plugin for Reaper. I output the DLL and place it in the %APPDATA%/REAPER/UserPlugins folder. It works great on Windows, but on macOS platform REAPER does not load this plugin at startup. What do I have to do to run this plugin on macOS. Thank you.
Asked by Musa Kurt (185.253.121.x) on January 4 2021, 12:50pm
Reply on January 4 2021, 9:27pm:
    Hmm a lot of possibilities of why it might not get loaded. is it reaper_xyz.dylib, in your ~/Library/Application Support/REAPER/UserPlugins/ folder? Does it have any GateKeeper quarantine metadata set from having been downloaded? Does it get loaded at all? Are there unresolved symbols? Try running REAPER from a console and see if it prints anything?
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Question: What UI framework do you use for Reaper since it runs everywhere (Lin/Win/Mac)? Or is it custom made?
Asked by Unknown Strange Alien (186.81.100.x) on January 4 2021, 6:51am
Reply on January 4 2021, 9:26pm:
    SWELL (part of WDL), which emulates a small subset of win32, which REAPER is mostly written in
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Question: What's your current setup, in terms of hardware and software that you use to get things done?
Asked by Lollp (79.50.152.x) on January 3 2021, 11:29am
Reply on January 3 2021, 4:33pm:
    Day to day I use a mid-2014 RMBP with a thunderbolt display, MS keyboard 4000v1, asus mouse, and a thinkpad x1 carbon (5th gen I think?) for linux/win. Also have Parallels on the RMBP for windows dev. Vim/xcode/thunderbird/firefox/slack etc.

    Have two ReadyNAS Pros in separate locations with dual parity.

    Business also has a build farm of various mac minis and a NUC. And about 5 EC2 instances on AWS...
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Question: What if a significant percent of the REAPER community refused to wear a mask or get vaccinated unless timestretch was implemented in RS5K, what would you do?
Asked by Mommy (142.196.50.x) on January 2 2021, 12:21pm
Reply on January 2 2021, 8:12pm:
    If I were to implement that, then they'd ask for something else. So I'd tell them to wear masks and get vaccinated and _THEN_ I'll think about it. :/

    The main reason why it hasn't been implemented is that for realtime use (the most common way to use RS5k) timestretch isn't practical!
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Question: Beside chords & vocal melody, how can I make my song more interesting?
Asked by Make Music (27.58.27.x) on January 1 2021, 4:46pm
Reply on January 2 2021, 12:03am:
    Textures? Rhythms? Dancing goats?
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Question: What's that food on your GitHub pic?
Asked by wasereb4 (79.246.81.x) on December 31 2020, 1:40pm
Reply on December 31 2020, 3:10pm (edited at December 31 2020, 3:11pm):
    the mini taco platter from Guisados in LA, mmmm
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Question: SWELL/GDK: Is it possible to emulate CreateWindowEx in functionality with some internal SWELL function or I have to go with the resource root and use dialogs? Thanks
Asked by Gio (79.130.163.x) on December 30 2020, 5:38am
Reply on December 30 2020, 3:27pm (edited at December 30 2020, 3:41pm):
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Question: What was it like working for AOL before you resigned?
Asked by Brad (203.97.16.x) on December 29 2020, 10:12pm
Reply on December 30 2020, 12:52am:
    It was OK! Hard to get good things done, maybe could've done better knowing what I know now, but maybe not. :)
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Question: Happy Holidays To you and Cockos! Do cockos take vacations? How it works?
Asked by Aloha! (186.210.93.x) on December 25 2020, 5:46am
Reply on December 27 2020, 4:45pm:
    Pretty informal, usually they are somewhat working vacations...
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