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Question: Have you considered making any extensions or alternate layouts designed specifically to allow REAPER to be used as a host for a live mixing console similar to what Avid attempted to do with their Live consoles and Pro Tools. [permalink]
Asked by Marcus (75.179.56.x) on September 24 2018, 7:05am
Reply on September 25 2018, 2:57am:
    Nah, though mixer layouts in themes are useful for this I guess?

Question: in 2015 I thanked you for abiding by the antitrust laws - just saw you answer. You have no idea what I mean. Here it is - from the guys that wrote the first click thru EULA for jobas and woz - www.fenwick.com/FenwickDocuments/Patent_Licensing.pdf... page 12 of the PDF - Quiet Enjoyment and restrictions [permalink]
Asked by ajwamnet (69.244.68.x) on September 23 2018, 11:06pm
Reply on September 23 2018, 11:12pm:
    Ah gotcha, thanks for the explanation!

Question: Looks like 5.8 beta uses mpg123 instead of the fraunhofer decoder. How do you feel about that? I would've picked libmad now days. [permalink]
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on September 23 2018, 5:16pm
Reply on September 23 2018, 7:52pm:
    They all produce the same results these days, I'd think, and performance, ha ha ha aahhhh so silly. We use (a modified version of) mp3dec in REAPER, which is related...

Question: How much marketing are you doing for Reaper? [permalink]
Asked by MS from Sweden (77.218.242.x) on September 23 2018, 2:06pm
Reply on September 23 2018, 7:52pm:
    Zero, aside from the occasional sponsorship of events/awards.

Question: I have a suggestion for your "www.reaper.fm/videos.php". Instead of arranging videos list in vertical manner, arrange them horizontally, like 1. Introduction.. and very next to it, in right side, 2. Starting a new project. Imo, this will look much better :) [permalink]
Asked by Abhi (117.207.143.x) on September 23 2018, 10:57am
Reply on September 23 2018, 7:52pm:
    Hmm not sure I agree, but ok.

Question: What about code libraries under the MIT license ? Good enough ? [permalink]
Asked by Airon (77.179.85.x) on September 22 2018, 1:38pm
Reply on September 22 2018, 2:00pm:

Question: Re: I am using WM_PAINT and the style for the windows class is registered with CS_HREDRAW | CS_VREDRAW. I haven't dig it myself so far but any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks. [permalink]
Asked by Gio (79.130.168.x) on September 21 2018, 4:02pm
Reply on September 22 2018, 2:00pm:
    Would have to have a look

Question: Being a software developer you are an expert on how code is created compiled and processed. Do you see any parallels between computer code and human DNA? Like DNA is the code that tells the cells how configure themselves and what traits and attributes to manifest. As we know complex code does not happen by chance, a programmer is needed. Would you attribu [permalink]
Asked by Prizmaxic (65.73.206.x) on September 21 2018, 2:00pm
Reply on September 21 2018, 2:18pm:
    I'm no biologist... Seems like DNA has more in common with neural networks/machine learning than with written code, though.

Question: Do you prefer to have a feature request be a problem to be solved by yourself, or do you prefer finished solutions which you are expected to just implement ? I do have the sneaking suspicion it’s usually the former. Also, would you consider code contributions from community members for Reaper itself, and if so at all, under what conditions ? [permalink]
Asked by Airon (91.64.136.x) on September 21 2018, 12:39pm
Reply on September 21 2018, 2:17pm:
    It depends on the complexity and nature of of the solution, and whether it fits within the framework of code/design. As far as third party code, if it's BSD-licensed open source, we'll consider including it, otherwise generally not.

Question: Win32 redraw problem, any suggestion? When I hover another application over my application it redraws correctly but if I hover Winamp 5 (modern interface with alpha blending) it doesn't... [permalink]
Asked by Gio (79.130.168.x) on September 21 2018, 12:03pm
Reply on September 21 2018, 2:16pm:
    Hmm are you updating the whole window with WM_PAINT or just ps.rcPaint?

Question: What was your first thought when you saw the supposed Winamp 5.8 beta "leak"? Did you have a second, or third, thought? [permalink]
Asked by Josh (1.127.104.x) on September 21 2018, 1:32am
Reply on September 21 2018, 2:15pm:
    This is the first I've heard of it, and my thought was "huh?" My second thought was "what was my first thought?"

Question: Is Cockos REAPER partially an intentional experiment in Psychology [permalink]
Asked by Nathannn (76.112.208.x) on September 20 2018, 11:44pm
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Question: Hi. Do you tend do defer updates or just install as soon as they are available (OS, apps, firmware, etc). The IT guy at my job says it's better to wait a bit for the developer to iron out the bugs... [permalink]
Asked by James (24.48.87.x) on September 20 2018, 9:46pm
Reply on September 20 2018, 10:43pm:
    Depends if you like playing it safe or being on the cutting edge... For me, it depends.

Question: How big part of the bug testing in Reaper is made by the users? (my questions and your answers may be used as references on the Swedish language Wikipedia) [permalink]
Asked by MS from Sweden (77.218.241.x) on September 20 2018, 12:08pm
Reply on September 20 2018, 2:21pm:
    We test a lot, but there are only a few of us. :) Having open development/prerelease builds is a big, important part of how the main releases get tested.

Question: Is it possible for a REAPER script or extension to use swell/GDI to draw basic shapes such as lines inside other REAPER/swell windows, without flickering? Flickering is not unexpected, since the script and window paint their stuff alternately and separately. I have tried blocking WM_PAINT messages, and then sending my own WM_PAINT once per defer cycle, but t [permalink]
Asked by Julian (54.39.119.x) on September 20 2018, 9:41am
Reply on September 20 2018, 2:20pm:
    It's probably possible via subclassing, but it would get messy/tricky.

Question: can buyer open a dispute cases within fastspring? Is it like paypal? [permalink]
Asked by Ruchira (123.231.120.x) on September 19 2018, 2:20am
Reply on September 19 2018, 1:17pm:
    Not exactly, they can initiate support/refund requests, but ultimately if they have a real dispute it would happen via the underlying payment method (credit card, paypal, whatever)

Question: Re: Does that include the take system? :D [permalink]
Asked by Albi (177.245.59.x) on September 18 2018, 8:02pm
Reply on September 18 2018, 8:12pm:
    Of course -- but be careful not to confuse "getting it working as it should" with "changing the way it works". I mean making things work as they were originally intended.

Question: What is the most annoying/difficult feature/fix for REAPER but definitely needs to be addressed before entering v6 release cylce? [permalink]
Asked by Albi (177.245.59.x) on September 18 2018, 3:24pm
Reply on September 18 2018, 5:43pm:
    Hmm I dunno but I'm definitely wanting to get everything that exists now working as it should be, which is no small task.

Question: what's your SSN and mother's maiden name? [permalink]
Asked by Pony (78.152.169.x) on September 18 2018, 2:29pm
Reply on September 18 2018, 5:42pm:
    Yes exactly yes!

Question: What is your birth date; year, month and day? [permalink]
Asked by MS from Sweden (77.218.241.x) on September 17 2018, 10:02pm
Reply on September 18 2018, 12:44am:
    Also: what's my SSN and mother's maiden name?
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