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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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
It seems that bug actually hasn’t been fixed, rather irritatingly. I still don’t know why, but Firefox just seems to refuse to remember that Foxamp is compatible with the new version of Firefox after a restart. So, Foxamp 0.3.15 has been released. I’ve made this version support 7.0 – 9.0 – if there are any actual compatibility issues when 8.0 and 9.0 are released, I’ll provide a new version of course. The version on the Mozilla Add-ons site will be updated over the next few days.
So, Mozilla have today released Firefox 7.0. As far as I can tell, Foxamp 0.3.14 should continue to work both as an upgrade and as a new install. It looks like Mozilla’s compatibility updates are finally working (it’s never worked for Foxamp before, even though they claim it should). If anybody does have any problems, please let me know.
Well, with Firefox 6.0 on the horizon, it’s time for a new Foxamp release. This version actually has something new in it other than a compatibility update, though – Unicode support. If you’ve tried to play songs with Unicode characters in their name, you may have noticed they didn’t render properly in Foxamp. This should now be fixed. Unfortunately, this does now mean that if anybody’s using Firefox 1.5 or below, they will no longer be able to use Foxamp, but, well, time moves on, I suppose! Also, anybody still on Windows 95/98/Me won’t be able to use the application, either. (If anybody *does* actually still use those versions, please let me know!)
Anyway, you can grab the new version in the usual location, or you should get an automatic update in the next day or two whenever the editors approve it. And I do have some plans for new features and improvements in the next versions (as well as an intention to bump the version number up to 1.0.0!), so hopefully you’ll see more progress soon.
I’ve released a new version of Foxamp which should now have proper Firefox 5.0 compatibility. While I did update the version identifier on the Mozilla Add-ons site, it seemed that for some users, the add-on would disable itself upon restart after the initial update. Hopefully releasing a completely new version will fix that. If people still have problems, please let me know.
You can download the new version from the Foxamp web site, and it should also be available on the Mozilla Add-ons site in the next few days.
OK, so I managed to get the opportunity to test Foxamp on a Windows machine with Firefox 5, and it seems it works OK. I’ve therefore updated the compatibility identifier on the Mozilla Add-ons site. I’ve not yet updated the version on this site; I’ll do that once I’m back in the UK!
Sorry for the delay, and thanks for using Foxamp!
For those of you who have upgraded to Firefox 5.0 and are awaiting a Foxamp upgrade, there will be one coming soon, just as soon as I get back to the UK – expect it in the next couple of weeks.
(Alas, I fear delays while I update the add-on may become a regular occurrence, with Mozilla’s stupid new release/versioning schedule, but I shall try to keep on top of it!)
So, it turns out that Firefox 4.0 hasn’t actually broken Foxamp as much as I thought, and I’ve now released a new version with support for Firefox 4.0. Click here to download it, or if you’re already a Foxamp user, you should receive an update notification through the Mozilla add-ons service soon.