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Question: Whenever scammer bought the product and opened a paypal case without informing it to seller, Fast Spring refunds them and charge $20 from seller. Did you know that?
Asked by Hasaranga (104.248.147.x) on June 1 2020, 5:18pm
Reply on June 1 2020, 9:20pm:
    Fraud/scammers are a problem with all payment methods unfortunately. We used to primarily use PayPal, but their lack of pre-purchase fraud filtering caused us to move (people seemed to be using PayPal purchases to test stolen credit card numbers, from what I could tell -- FastSpring at least prevents most of it from occurring in the first place, knock on wood).
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Question: Are REAPER functions guidToString() and stringToGuid() thread-safe?
Asked by helgoboss (2.207.58.x) on June 1 2020, 4:43pm
Reply on June 1 2020, 9:18pm:
    Yes, they are basically sprintf()/sscanf().
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Question: Hi Justin! How to calculate reaper marker rate with slope exactly? This working , but not every time exactly( double cur_marker = (N_stretchMarkerPos_Scr - stretchMarkerPos_Scr); double next_marker = (N_stretchMarkerPos - stretchMarkerPos); double pre_rate = (cur_marker / next_marker); double rate = ceil(100 * pre_rate) / 100; double rateLeft = 2 * rate / (1 + (1 + slope) / (1 - slope)); double rateRight = ((1 + slope) / (1 - slope) * rateLeft);
Asked by Chester (188.243.83.x) on May 30 2020, 10:07pm

Question: When was the last time you enjoyed/visited an ancient forest or woodland area?
Asked by 2020 (109.181.167.x) on May 28 2020, 3:07pm
Reply on May 28 2020, 9:40pm:
    It's been a few months, sadly.
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Question: Link to the time where Jacob Collier talks about reaper: youtu.be/2bEiFEYZl-o?t=702:)
Asked by eubn (87.17.102.x) on May 28 2020, 1:32pm
Reply on May 28 2020, 9:40pm:
    OK!
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Question: When using SWELL/Win32 for REAPER plug-ins, is there some trick to make the controls look like the ones in ReaPlugs (e.g. ReaGate)? Especially the sliders (TRACKBAR_CLASS).
Asked by helgoboss (2.207.58.x) on May 27 2020, 10:19pm
Reply on May 28 2020, 9:41pm:
    There's some userdata you can set to get it to have the threshold metering... but it's undocumented for a reason
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Question: Can ShowActionList() be used to prompt the user to choose an action and then be informed about the chosen command ID? If not, is there another way to achieve that?
Asked by helgoboss (2.207.58.x) on May 27 2020, 3:20pm
Reply on May 28 2020, 9:42pm:
    Not currently exposed but I suppose we could add that.
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Question: Is the full-sized side dock behavior still available in REAPER?
Asked by Aidan Rodriguez (76.169.240.x) on May 26 2020, 9:35pm
Reply on May 28 2020, 9:42pm:
    Probably? Not sure I follow
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Question: What made you finally want to implement area selection into the current development branch?
Asked by Albi (88.77.253.x) on May 26 2020, 1:01pm
Reply on May 26 2020, 1:12pm (edited at May 26 2020, 1:15pm):
    We realized that the implementation could reuse a lot of existing complex logic (lowering the effort/result ratio to worthwhile levels).
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Question: Are you aware of the seth material? in particular the book named "Seth Speaks-Eternal Validity of the Soul"? (primer here> youtu.be/K_X3_y8QT5k a profound view on life/death!
Asked by 2020 (31.124.45.x) on May 26 2020, 11:51am
Reply on May 26 2020, 1:14pm:
    I am not, though I am deeply skeptical of all of those named Seth.
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Question: Which desktop environment do you use on Debian and are you happy with it?
Asked by Linux (196.240.57.x) on May 25 2020, 8:14pm
Reply on May 25 2020, 9:35pm:
    Xfce4! Yep.
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Question: Sorry but...When clicking the help in reaper-the link to the wiki appears as "dead"..any chance of getting someone to resurrect that info and update it for 6. releases?
Asked by 2020 (95.151.177.x) on May 25 2020, 1:12am
Reply on May 25 2020, 1:31am:
    Can you be more specific, sorry?
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Question: What programming languages do you write REAPER in? What are their proportions in the code?
Asked by Vitali (148.81.197.x) on May 24 2020, 10:49am
Reply on May 24 2020, 3:00pm:
    Almost entirely C++ (though with almost no C++ standard library use).
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Question: iS iT a good iDea to DELETE ALL MY LOCAL SONGS, and completely switch to music streaming s e r v i c e, like sPoTiFy ? ! ? ! ?
Asked by NINJA(M) (104.236.70.x) on May 23 2020, 7:58am
Reply on May 23 2020, 2:06pm:
    No
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Question: Just curious, was that you that touched up the RS5k code or was it Schwa?
Asked by Mommy (104.223.92.x) on May 23 2020, 4:48am
Reply on May 23 2020, 2:07pm:
    Take a guess
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Question: Why do audio converter softwares give option to convert an audio file into higher bitrates? Like from 128 kbps to 320 kbps? A lost quality cannot be gained, obviously. There is really no reason to give the option of upscaling an audio file's bitrate, right?
Asked by Ninja(m) (182.68.62.x) on May 22 2020, 2:11pm
Reply on May 22 2020, 9:22pm:
    True but maybe someone asks you for a 320kbps mp3 and you want to fulfill their request?

    In all seriousness though, if you're writing software you don't want to necessarily limit your users to things that you think would be useful, instead you want to let them do whatever they need to do (and adding logic to remove bitrates that aren't sensible is just more work etc).
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Question: C compilation on Windows/MSVC is very slow (especially compared to Unix). Do you have any tips to make it suck less?
Asked by fujimotos (211.7.85.x) on May 21 2020, 11:37pm
Reply on May 22 2020, 2:52am:
    Not really, but I mostly use mac/linux these days which are both way faster.
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Question: Do you plan to add different locales support to NINJAM Chat? If so - when?
Asked by Ingwarr (176.37.50.x) on May 20 2020, 11:03pm
Reply on May 20 2020, 11:13pm:
    What do you mean?
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Question: (sorry for forum related post but) noticed kenny g does not have a special member tag (when others do)> why is that? is he not part of the team,or?
Asked by 2020 (95.151.177.x) on May 20 2020, 7:38pm
Reply on May 20 2020, 11:14pm:
    Kenny is big on keeping connected with all of the proles. He's on https://www.cockos.com/team.php though
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Question: What's the minimum version of Debian you recommend for development that will also do well with SWELL? Currently using 9 but I feel it might be too new...
Asked by Gio (79.130.171.x) on May 18 2020, 4:25pm
Reply on May 18 2020, 6:55pm:
    It depends if you want to distribute binaries you produce and what your minimum requirements are there, I guess? I use Debian 9 on my DAW and it's fine. For distribution builds though we use some older Ubuntu installs that have gcc 4.x and 5.x...
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