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post #46 of 774

The only thing that's really standing out for me right now is the problems relating to volume control. To be honest, I'd almost like to see the ability to take volume control away from BetterSound since I personally find it more of a hinderance than a benefit. Plus, the argument could be made that most audiophiles have AMPs and DACs where they can more easily fine-tune the sound levels.

post #47 of 774

Thanks for yet another alternative.  No chance to test SQ yet.  Is there a way to built in the Updates through the app itself, so that it would update on startup or periodically?  The volume seems quirky to me as well.  When the keyboard volume controls are used, it changes with a delay and seems like it adjusts once, and then repeats the adjustment again.

post #48 of 774

Is there a way to enable flac playback with this?

post #49 of 774
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FLAC support is provided via Fluke (or any other iTunes Flac importer).

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Originally Posted by bulmanxxi View Post

Is there a way to built in the Updates through the app itself, so that it would update on startup or periodically?



I believe the intent is to get this in the Apple store and if memory serves you leave all the updating to Apple on that. If not, maybe Sparkle would be a good idea? I know a few other apps that use it to good effect.

post #51 of 774

Does it work with Movies in iTunes?  It seems to just hang iTunes with movie playback.

post #52 of 774

Ok I'm a little bit late to the party and I don't understand what is happening.  There is no User Interface?  

post #53 of 774
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Originally Posted by bulmanxxi View Post

Does it work with Movies in iTunes?  It seems to just hang iTunes with movie playback.


Hehe... I totally forgot iTunes plays movies! I'll fix this in the next version, for now, you can use the menu option to disable BetterSound while you do non-music related things.
 

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Ok I'm a little bit late to the party and I don't understand what is happening.  There is no User Interface?  


There is a user interface, it is just a menu item on the top right of your screen. From there you can configure BetterSound and do some other simple tasks.

post #54 of 774
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Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post

 



I believe the intent is to get this in the Apple store and if memory serves you leave all the updating to Apple on that. If not, maybe Sparkle would be a good idea? I know a few other apps that use it to good effect.


Yes, the goal is to get this on the App Store and updates will be taken care of that way. For now, I intend to post new versions to this thread.

 

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Ok I'm a little bit late to the party and I don't understand what is happening.  There is no User Interface?  



It's meant to be mostly automatic. You can play with some basic settings via the menubar item but for now that's kind of it.

 

One bug I have to report is remembered playback positions. For example, if you start listening to a podcast with BetterSound off, stop and come back later with BetterSound running, it will start the podcast over from the beginning.

 

Another bug is the seek function in iTunes causes the playback position to display wrong. Basically, click halfway through a song and it plays from there, but it looks like the song is starting at the beginning.

post #56 of 774


 

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It's meant to be mostly automatic. You can play with some basic settings via the menubar item but for now that's kind of it.

 

One bug I have to report is remembered playback positions. For example, if you start listening to a podcast with BetterSound off, stop and come back later with BetterSound running, it will start the podcast over from the beginning.

 

Another bug is the seek function in iTunes causes the playback position to display wrong. Basically, click halfway through a song and it plays from there, but it looks like the song is starting at the beginning.


I see now!  there is a little icon up in the top bar for control.

 

Yes I see what your talking about.  I noticed those same problems when I tried to A/B the sound.  

 

post #57 of 774
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I read through all the past comments about volume control and I think I understand the problem you guys are reporting.

 

The menu item for volume control isn't working, but it "remembers" the position you set it to. Unfortunately this seems to be a bug with that volume control, the same thing happens with Audirvana and other hog mode enabled players. Ideally Apple should disable the icon when it is not controlling any device. I can't remove volume control from BetterSound since no other program can control volume when BetterSound is running.

 

My plan to improve this is two fold:

  • I will improve the keyboard volume controls. I just found out there is a fine-grained keyboard volume shortcut in OSX (option+shift+volume). I'll make BetterSound adjust volume just like OSX does so that the GUI lines up with the key presses.
  • I will add a volume slider to BetterSound, ideally to the menu item directly, failing that as an option that can bring up a volume control window.

 

Let me know if you think these steps will fix, or at least mitigate the problem.

post #58 of 774
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post

One bug I have to report is remembered playback positions. For example, if you start listening to a podcast with BetterSound off, stop and come back later with BetterSound running, it will start the podcast over from the beginning.

 

Another bug is the seek function in iTunes causes the playback position to display wrong. Basically, click halfway through a song and it plays from there, but it looks like the song is starting at the beginning.


Thanks again for the bug reports. I don't use iTunes for podcasts so I'm not familiar with the remembered position thing, I'll look into that. As for seek, I'm sure that's my fault :)

post #59 of 774

What you lay out would definitely be acceptable for me. Personally, I'd prefer the a choice between the fine-grained volume control and the "normal" method simply because when I'm using my headphones I don't mind the difference in noise change.

 

Has anyone else noticed that every once and a while you'll just kind of suddenly get a very loud sound? It's the sound you get when you change volume. You won't really hear it when you are changing the volume but then, randomly, you'll just hear a loud blip noise. Kind of weird and it hurts my ears at times. Anything that can be done about that?

post #60 of 774
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Wow, I've never noticed that, I'll keep an ear out for it though.

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