Icons in need of “savagery”


A dozen years ago, when TuneTracker Systems first started releasing radio automation systems under the Be Operating System, icons were fuzzy-wuzzy bitmaps that only got fuzzier as you resized them.  It was inescapable under BeOS.  Some examples are shown on the right.

Long since, SVG icon technology has made icons clean, sharp, and resizable without losing  their distinct outlines.   As TuneTracker makes its move to the Haiku desktop, it only seems logical to adopt the SVG format for all its icons, so a call has gone out to the artists in the Haiku community.  If someone would like to revamp the TuneTracker System icon set for pay, you can call 920-273-0543, or go to TuneTracker Systems’ Contact page and leave a message.

Snazzy New Multimedia Player for Haiku

Buzzer Giovanni Mugnai has just brought some real eye-and-ear candy to Haiku.  Running in the QT environment, and  ported from Linux (Land of Awkward Program Names), “SMPlayer” was announced this morning in a Haiku list group.  It’s already posted at Haikuware and ready for download:


Like SoundPlay audio player for BeOS, SMPlayer carries its own suitcase full of codecs, so it doesn’t have to rely on the operating system when attempting to play various audio and video formats.

From the official web site:

“SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs that can play virtually all video and audio formats. It doesn’t need any external codecs. Just install SMPlayer and you’ll be able to play all formats without the hassle to find and install codec packs.

“One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave… don’t worry, when you open that movie again it will be resumed at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume…

“SMPlayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the award-winning MPlayer, which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. But apart from providing access for the most common and useful options of MPlayer, SMPlayer adds other interesting features like the possibility to play Youtube videos or download subtitles.”

We’ll spend some quality time with SMPlayer and bring you the full report later.  Meanwhile, go grab it and check it out for yourself!


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Suddenly There are Bunches of New Haiku Products

smallbee2TuneTracker Systems, which sells radio automation and audio products, has just announced a whole fleet of programs for Haiku.  In conjunction with its launch of “TuneTracker System 5” in around mid-April, the following programs are being readied for official release.  All of these are included in the TuneTracker System 5 package:

ccsystem5_smallCommand Center 5 radio automation program is the centerpiece of the package.  Version 5 is the result of 12 years of development (under BeOS).  It lets stations run their programming completely automated, or in combination with live programming, either local or over satellite.  The new Haiku version offers a number of new features and a spiffed-up interface.

TuneStacker is the system’s music selector.  It randomly selects music for each day’s program log (playlist), incorporating in announcements, commercials, etc.

Lightning, which is used to search for requests and also to manually make changes to program logs, has been rather dramatically updated for the Haiku release, now allowing for song searches based on very advanced, detailed criteria.

Army Knife TTE is a customized version of the free Army Knife program you remember from BeOS days.  It has also been greatly enhanced and supports a broad range of attributes, has an Info editor for adding long-form information about song selections, etc.

mmd_smallA brand new program in the suite is called MakeMyDay.  It’s a graphical tool for creating”master logs,” which let users combine various types of programming contained in “format clock”  hours,  to make up an entire day of programming.

CSacker is a report generator, used to put together lists of things that played on the air.

In addition to the items in the suite above,  and a new printed, paper manual that will be offered for sale, TuneTracker Systems is also coming out with Haiku versions of two products that can be ordered separately:

TT Anywhere is a remote VNC server, with a graphical interface, auto-launch-on-reboot, logging, customizable port numbers, and other capabilities.

TunePrepper is a sophisticated CD ripper and music prepper, which contains its own Army Knife-like attribute editor.

The entire product line, plus an accompanying array of pre-configured “Station-in-a-Box” computers containing the system, will come out in about a month.