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Winamp Control Centre 1.4.3 has been released – new in this version is the /PLAYPAUSE switch, enabling you to start playing music if Winamp is currently stopped, or pause/unpause if Winamp is currently playing. Handy if, like me, you have a combined Play/Pause button on your keyboard that you want to map.
Long time no see, I know. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve released version 1.4.2 of Winamp Control Centre, a small collection of utilities for controlling Winamp playback – useful to add as a toolbar to your taskbar, or to use from scripts, etc. I’ve also taken this opportunity to release the source code on GitHub, under the GNU GPL v2. I’m planning to release the code to some of my other utilities as and when I’m able to – whether anybody will find them useful or not is another matter. 🙂 If you have any queries or if there is anything of mine you’d particularly like to see open sourced, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
First of all, a belated happy new year to you all. I hope 2014 will be a good year to you. It’ll be a busy year for me – amongst other things, I’m getting married in August! I’m not sure how much I’ll get done with the site this year, but I hope to release a couple of new Transport Tycoon utilities at some point. I also have some Foxamp work I did last May, but never quite finished – shall try to get that out soon! In the mean time, I’ve made a few minor updates to the About Me pages.
The new mobile version of Transport Tycoon for iOS and Android devices has been released. You can download it from the App Store, Google Play and Kindle Fire stores. See the official Transport Tycoon web site for more details. I played with the game during the beta, and found it quite enjoyable – I’ll hopefully find some time to play it more soon, and will be able to get some new content up about it in the not too distant future!
Today it was announced that Chris Sawyer, in conjunction with Origin8 Technologies and AppyNation, will be releasing a new version of Transport Tycoon for iOS and Android devices. You can find out more information on the new game at the official Transport Tycoon web site, and you can discuss new developments over on the forums.
It’s quite exciting to hear of new official developments regarding Transport Tycoon, and it’ll be interesting to see how the game is adapted to suit mobile platforms. The press release suggests “every element of what made the original such a prestigious and enduring piece of entertainment” will be retained. I’ll post more updates when they emerge, and I look forward to a new generation of players discovering the excitement of Transport Tycoon!
I have released version 0.4.2 of Foxamp. (Maybe I should name a release “1.0” some day.) This features no new user-visible functionality, but removes the requirement for an internal Foxamp helper DLL (foxamp32.dll / foxamp64.dll) which caused problems with approval for the Mozilla add-ons site. Hopefully the new version will be available through the Mozilla site soon. Until then, you can download it right here, of course.
Hot on the heels of the release of Foxamp 0.4 comes Foxamp 0.4.1. The new version fixes a bug which might cause the buttons to stop working when no Winamp path is specified in the settings, and also adds support for 64-bit versions of Firefox (such as Waterfox).
I’ve released version 0.4 of Foxamp, which features an architectural change in that Foxamp no longer launches an external process (Winamp Control Centre) to interface with Winamp, instead controlling Winamp directly through a DLL. This may lead to slightly better performance. It also seems to have fixed a bug where the song title wouldn’t update. You can download the new version here, or it’ll be available on the Mozilla Add-ons site soon.
Figured I should post a message of some sort, seeing as it’s a new year. So, I hope 2013 is good to you all. I do have various plans for this site, and my other sites, but time is not on my side – too much going on in “real life” I’m afraid. So expect some dribs and drabs over the coming few months.
In what must surely be a contender for “most pointless software upgrade ever”, I came across the source code to File3D the other day. As one of the first things I ever programmed in C, back in 1999, the code was pretty bad. So I decided to tidy it up and release a new version. File3D 1.2 doesn’t do anything much different in terms of functionality, but it does have some installer improvements, and also features a Windows NT 3.51 version. (It should work in NT 3.1 and 3.5 too, but I haven’t been able to test it properly.)
If you happen to be one of the 3 people still using Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows NT 3.51, or the lesser-spotted Windows 3.11 or Windows for Workgroups 3.1, and you don’t already have a program like Calmira to make your entire Windows experience 3D, then feel free to download File3D 1.2 today. And then tell me about it, because I’d like to know that you exist!
Coming soon: hopefully an update of something that is more useful!
Just very busy, hence the lack of blog updates. Maybe one day I’ll post something more interesting here. Quite probably not for a while, though.
With the near-demise of bmi (British Midland), it seems many Diamond Club members have flocked to the Aegean Airlines programme, Miles&Bonus. So it seems only appropriate that I should create a calculator for it. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that I’ve labelled this the “Star Alliance calculator” – I intend to add some further airlines to this in time.
If you have any queries about this, or discover anything is wrong, please let me know.
Following in the footsteps of December’s Saved Game Manager update, I have released a new version of TTDX Editor, the first since 2004! The main feature is improved compatibility with modern versions of Windows (although TTDX Editor was less broken in this respect than the Saved Game Manager). The new version also includes a handful of bug fixes and some other minor improvements. If you’re interested, you can download it here.
I’m intending to release a new version of TTDAlter with similar improvements at some point in the future (although I’ve yet to start work on it, and TTDAlter was by far the most complex of my Transport Tycoon utilities). In the longer term, I also would like to work on versions of TTDAlter and TTDX Editor that work with OpenTTD (manipulating GRF files in the case of TTDAlter), but those will both basically involve complete rewrites. Maybe in another 8 years, eh? 🙂
Doesn’t time fly? 🙂
Apologies for the lack of any real blogs in the past two years or so. I can’t honestly say that you’re likely to see many more blogs in the near future, I just don’t have that much to write about, and tend to find I have other things keeping me busy when I do (funny how kids do that to you!). But rest assured that things are good in the life of the supreme ruler, and that I’m keeping busy and mostly out of trouble!
As regular Foxamp users will know, I’ve generally had to release a new version of Foxamp each time Firefox was updated – despite the fact that this shouldn’t be necessary as of Firefox 4 or so. I wrote in November that that should no longer be the case – however, I was, it seems wrong. However, Firefox now seems to be able to upgrade Foxamp in such a way that it does work even without downloading a new version of it. I’ve tried upgrades and fresh installs, and it all seems to work, at long last. So, if anybody does have any problems, please let me know. Otherwise, happy Foxamping!
Also, I know there are still a few issues with this version, and people have sent me other feature requests too, and I do hope to be able to release a new version at some point. Mostly the issue is finding the time, unfortunately!
As some of you know, I have become a bit of a frequent flyer over the past few years, and created an earnings calculator for bmi Diamond Club a couple of years ago. With bmi’s impending sale to British Airways, I’ve now created an earnings calculator for the British Airways Executive Club, showing how many Avios and tier points you’ll earn on any given itinerary. There may be some bugs or incorrect values in it – let me know if you spot anything that’s wrong, or if you have any other comments about it.
I’d just like to wish all visitors to owenrudge.net a happy new year. I hope you all have a great 2012!
Two updates in 4 days? I know, a rarity these days! I’ve completely rewritten the music page, and you can now browse a selection of recordings of Transport Tycoon music, including some new OPL-2 and OPL-3 recordings by Jezulkim on the forums. You can also choose to download most of these recordings, either from the music pages themselves or from the Downloads page.
Plus, don’t forget about the new version of the Saved Game Manager!
First of all, Merry Christmas!
Well, believe it or not, I’ve released a new version of the Transport Tycoon Saved Game Manager, nearly 10 years after the last version was released! For those of you who still enjoy playing TTDPatch, or even the original TT or TTD, the Manager helps you organise your saved games and scenarios with ease. I’ve updated it so that it works well on modern versions of Windows, as well as implementing a number of new features, including:
- Support for modern versions of Windows and user restrictions
- Win32 DLL plug-ins supported
- More detailed game information available
- More currencies
- Refresh option
- Plug-in installation improvements
- New “Play with OpenTTD” plug-in
- Assorted new plug-in functions
- Updated TTDIR utility
- New Setup program
- Plus other bug fixes and improvements
Check it out and download it on the Saved Game Manager page!
Firefox 8 has been released today, and it seems that Foxamp should still work with this version. (I gave it a compatibility setting up to version 9 this time round.) So I’ll have to release a new version sometime after 9 is released in December, assuming Mozilla don’t fix that silly bug by then, but for now things should be OK. If anybody does have any problems, please let me know.