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software OS4   software OS4 : Jack 3.0 released for AmigaOS
   posted by djrikki on 26-Feb-2012 21:00:47 (2748 reads)
Hello everyone,

Today sees the release of the multi-purpose commodity for your Workbench, Jack 3.0.

Aside from a overwhelming number of bug fixes of which make up most of this 3.0 release; there are a number of new features:

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* Playback of videos in the following formats: OGG/AVI/WMV/MP4/MOV/FLV
* Over 10 new image effect processors
* You can now open and save SVG files inside the image editor

Concerning video playback, my experience has been not that favourable on my wee SAM 460 with Radeon HD 4650 and beta sound drivers. I urge everyone to give it a go and report back on your success with various formats - does the sound play correctly when in half size mode for instance? Do you experience any lock-ups? In this release I have disabled Forward/Rewinding of the video as well - due to the fact on my configuration it results in Jack locking up all the time. I will most likely enable them in a future release - but for now please test the hell out of the video player in its current incarnation.

"So how do I test the video playback I don't see a button for it???"

Simply drag the videofile over the calendar interface - top-left corner. You can drag whatever you want on this large icon, a volume, a drawer full of images or simply a file - Jack will either try and open it for you or display file information.

To download simply visit OS4Depot ( www.os4depot.net ) - be sure to check the Upload queue!

You can also update Jack by clicking on the Info icon in the interface or starting Jack afresh. However, amongst other things this requires Jack to have left OS4Depot's upload queue.

For complete information visit the Jack for AmigaOS website ( jackforamigaos.wordpress.com )

CHANGES SINCE 2.9.3

* Start up: Jack will now close gracefully and with a message via Ringhio if no
internet connection can be found. Don't forget if you have Jack installed in
WBStartup you can use the DELAY Tooltype to determine how long Jack should wait
before checking for a connection.

* Installation script: Prefs.info was being overwritten on the system partition by mistake during the installation
of Jack. OpenURL and it's associated icon now be copied into Prefs correctly.

* Image Editor: Extensive selection of new image effects added.
Contrast, hue, colour balance modulation and more still to come.

* Image Editor: All image manipulations are now stackable.

* Image Editor: All image crops are now stackable in other words you can do
multiple crops.

* Image Editor: Quality of rotated images is much improved.

* Image Editor: Crop has been adapted to a few changes in the interface the
following limitations and behaviour apply.
1) You will NOT be able to crop images smaller than the interface window.
2) You will NOT be able to crop images larger than your screen (as before).
3) If you resize the window larger than the actual dimensions of the source
image and then try to crop- when you release the mouse button the window will
first resize allowing you to re-crop correctly; as long as the image meets rule
1 above.

* Image Editor: When opening the image editor the tint slider knob was drawing
in the wrong position. Fixed.

* Image Editor: When resizing the image window the image filename would
disappear from the window title.

* Image Editor: First/Last buttons on post processed window (available during
a batch image processing) were working - but Next/Previous did not work at all.
All four buttons now work correctly.

* Image Editor: Repaired missing shortcut keys.

* Image Editor: A color wheel is provided for selecting a tint color.

* Image Editor: Fixed errors inside the Image Resize window which didn't allow
the toggle 'Resize?' inside the Image Save window to function and inadvertedly
resized the actual working image instead of a temporary image.

* Image Editor: It is now possible to up open vector graphics inside the Image
Editor for converting into a bitmap format.
This includes the W3 Scalable Vector Format (SVG), other formats are unknown at
this time.

* Drag n Drop: It is now possible to drop Videos on the drop area for playback.
The following video formats are supported OGG/AVI/MPEG/MPG/MOV/FLV/MP4/WMV, XL
and CDXL. Unfortunately stability and compatibility with the aforementioned
formats isn't that great through the codec plug-in provided with Hollywood.
Rewind and Fast forward are currently disabled as well again due to stability
issues. Hopefully the situation may improve in the not too distant future. However,
could just be my hardware configuration.

* Drag n Drop: Dropping documents written in the Rich Text Format will now open
in NotePad. As will XML files and LOG files and files with the name 'Project
Notes' in them.

* Drag n Drop: It is now possible to drop scalable graphics on to the drop area.
This includes the W3 Scalable Vector Format (SVG), other formats are unknown at
this time.

* App-Store Caching: Recursive file deletion, updated against HW 5.0 API.

* App-Store: Brief black flicker associated with the download progress bar window has been removed.

* File manager: Filters/File extension matching updated against HW 5.0 API.

* Calculator: Removed black flicker on opening window.

* Knowledge-Base: Updated Samba for Idiots Guide website link.
    

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Re: Jack 3.0 released for AmigaOS
Posted on 26-Feb-2012 21:17:54
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Nice news! Such a great piece of software.



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Good to see clean 3.0 as well as such rapid development of usable and free app.

P.S. note a dead link that tries to forward to www.o4depot.net please add that s to be os4 depot in link

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Thanks Vox! I'll get right on it.

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Re: Jack 3.0 released for AmigaOS
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Djrikki

Thanks alot. You and I disagreed in the past but I have to say you are doing excellent work with JACK. Its a MUST HAVE for OS4 especially for noobs

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@Djrikki

Well, not bad at all however i note some little glitch that maybe need to solved

- As some of us suggest to you early you might add a proper (and unique) antialias font for all the program and "subprograms", would be better to use exact the same antialias font for all the program interface (like the good one you are using for the calendar)

- The new video feature are great, however when a video playback is finished how about close the video window automatically and then reopen Jack ?

- The hand cursor you are using is sometimes a bit annoying imho, expecially because if i move the mouse outside the Jack area it still "activated", if you ask me i will remove it completely leaving the normal AmigaOS cursor pointer only .. to show the highlighted buttons (when the cursor is above a clickable button) you may use a hover highlighted effect instead

- Program is always a bit slow, it need some second at startup, but also to open the various "sub-programs" when the main program is opended, hope that you can do somethings to speed up it a bit more !

- ESC key for close Jack doesn't work or i miss somethings ?

Well, hope that my suggest can be usefull and applicable in a way or another, congrats for all the rest


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One note I have for Jack is I'd like to see the icons surrounding the window bigger, they are hard to see for me..

Also how do you change Ceclius to Farenheit?

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Thanks for all the comments and feedback.

@realize

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One note I have for Jack is I'd like to see the icons surrounding the window bigger, they are hard to see for me.


You won't be saying they are too small when you all own a Netbook! Its pretty huge on a 1024x768 display already!

@samo79

Quote:
As some of us suggest to you early you might add a proper (and unique) antialias font for all the program and "subprograms", would be better to use exact the same antialias font for all the program interface (like the good one you are using for the calendar)


99% of the text processing passes through a standard function that ensures antialias is enabled. Also like many I don't use a computer monitor these days I use a cheap TV so its hard to spot the difference. If there is some rogue text not being antialiased you need to more specific.

@samo79

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The new video feature are great, however when a video playback is finished how about close the video window automatically and then reopen Jack ?


Okay thats doable.

@samo79

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ESC key for close Jack doesn't work or i miss somethings ?


LAMIGA/RAMIGA+Q is always quit in AmigaOS is it not? I'll change ESC to act as Iconify? That would make more sense right for a commodity? Great, lets do that. :)

@samo79

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The hand cursor you are using is sometimes a bit annoying imho, expecially because if i move the mouse outside the Jack area it still "activated", if you ask me i will remove it completely leaving the normal AmigaOS cursor pointer only .. to show the highlighted buttons (when the cursor is above a clickable button) you may use a hover highlighted effect instead


Yeah Hollywood doesn't have any kind of OnWindowOver or OnWindowOut events; I might look into the idea you propose. I've thought about this kind of thing before - well something similar - If Hollywood had those two commands I'd like the Jack interface to be me more transparent and when you hover the mouse over it become less transparent.

@samo79

Quote:
Program is always a bit slow, it need some second at startup, but also to open the various "sub-programs" when the main program is opened, hope that you can do somethings to speed up it a bit more !


Graphically, Jack doesn't make full use of hardware accelerated brushes yet; its actually quite tricky to implement. Startup, I'll see what I can do to reduce the 'load' - I think there is room for optimisation still.

@realize

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Also how do you change Ceclius to Farenheit?


Type 'c' or press the config button along the bottom.

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@djrikki

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99% of the text processing passes through a standard function that ensures antialias is enabled. Also like many I don't use a computer monitor these days I use a cheap TV so its hard to spot the difference. If there is some rogue text not being antialiased you need to more specific.


Well as i can see antialias is used only for the main window, this one:

http://jackforamigaos.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/jack2-9preview4.png

All the other windows program does not use it at all, also each one used a completely different font as each component was taken by another project ... so the general aspect looks no consistent

For example the "add event", "configure helper" and "Google currency" fonts looks very bad on my monitor

http://jackforamigaos.wordpress.com/screenshots/

Just try to use exactly the same font (and even better the same dimention font and antialias effect that you already use for the main window) and all should be more consistent

Maybe you can ask djnick for help

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LAMIGA/RAMIGA+Q is always quit in AmigaOS is it not? I'll change ESC to act as Iconify? That would make more sense right for a commodity? Great, lets do that. :)


Well at the end "LAMIGA + Q" should be fine to close, or even a small exit button on the main GUI

Quote:
Yeah Hollywood doesn't have any kind of OnWindowOver or OnWindowOut events; I might look into the idea you propose. I've thought about this kind of thing before - well something similar - If Hollywood had those two commands I'd like the Jack interface to be me more transparent and when you hover the mouse over it become less transparent.


Ok, hope somethings similar would be possible


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@samo79

Those three windows use Monospacing for strings and textfields (I've made field labels proportial now), must be that Hollywood isn't applying anti-alias to them even though I ask it too. I'll see if there is a solution. On the plus side, I've made directory listings in the filemanager and a few other places use a proportional font where monospacing isn't essential. During this effort I've noticed a bug in the knowledge-base.... the A-Z and articles text should highlight Red on mouseover.. sigh.

As for Typefaces, aside from the large fonts you see in the knowledge-base everything else is the same True-Type font.

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@djrikki

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Those three windows use Monospacing for strings and textfields


Mmm what font are you using for the main window ?
Maybe you can use it also for all the other windows instead of the monospacing


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@samo79

I don't know the name, its an internal font that Hollywood uses so it appears the same on all platforms. Monospacing is used in many OSes, applications an web forms to determine the maximum size to draw a GUI element. For example, hit reply on this post, take a look at the Preview/Post Comment list box below the smilies it uses 'Courier New' (or similar depending on Browser) - which is a monospaced font.

http://users.csc.calpoly.edu/~jdalbey/SWE/monospaced.html

^^ Explains the difference between monospace and proportional - case you don't understand why I have to use it.

I've reported the bug to Andreas (HW Developer) for his review.

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New signature test.. hmm not showing

Anyway... new page for downloading and signing-up to the App-Store.

Take the survey!

http://www.lakewebdesign.co.uk/jack/signup

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