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Postby syrupcore » Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:19 am

Hi,

I'm trying to find a way to show the currently playing iTunes song as text on a screensaver. I found a program that will create and update a text (or xml) file of the currently playing song but now I need to find a screensaver or screensaver creation progam to get that info and display it on screen.

I downloaded Screensaver Factory but didn't see a way. Is it possible and I've just missed it? If not, any other ideas?

Thanks,
Will
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Postby chrisjlocke » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:27 am

Its easy to create a screensaver in VB, and easy to read text files in VB.
Hmm. Should be easy to merge the two...

Creating a program to create a user-configurable screensaver would be quite difficult though (well, for me...)
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Postby Karlis » Tue Sep 19, 2006 11:28 pm

Not sure that I understand, but it seems to me like you would like to have text displayed on the screen while the sound is being played inside iTunes software. I am afraid that this is not possible with Screensaver Factory, unless you add the screensaver text manually and specify duration for each piece of text.
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Postby syrupcore » Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:46 pm

Thanks guys. Karlis, you understood perfectly. Powerful decryption engine in your head. Sorry to be confusing.

Chris, thanks for the tip. I've never done anything in VB. Perhaps it's time... ;)

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Postby chrisjlocke » Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:38 pm

You could update win.ini (or is it stored in the registry these days?) for the Marquee screensaver, so when that started, it would display the last known song. I don't think it continually reads the settings though, so wouldn't be constantly up-to-date - only when first run.

I'll knock up a sample screensaver which you could use. Whats the format of the text file / XML that iTunes spits out?
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Postby syrupcore » Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:23 pm

chrisjlocke wrote:You could update win.ini (or is it stored in the registry these days?) for the Marquee screensaver, so when that started, it would display the last known song. I don't think it continually reads the settings though, so wouldn't be constantly up-to-date - only when first run.

I'll knock up a sample screensaver which you could use. Whats the format of the text file / XML that iTunes spits out?


awesome! I'm at work and the itunes output is at home. I'll email it to you this weekend. Hey, I looked all over the place for something like this (there are many many available on the mac). I'm pretty sure you could get some traffic from it.
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Postby chrisjlocke » Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:19 am

Kerching!!!! ;)

For every unit you sell, I'll give you commission!! ;)
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