GUI and Configuration Progress

Hi,

I just committed a new version to devel, which includes a bunch of new stuff!

  • Plugin Configuration MenupluginSettings_03082011Red colored plugins indicate that there was an error loading them.  This could either be that the executable they depend on couldn’t be found or that an executable with the correct name was found but it didn’t match the signature described by the plugin (it wasn’t the correct program even though it had the same name).
  • Plugin Properties Menu: If you double click on a plugin in the list or click on one and click properties, you get the following:

propertiesNotFound_03082011

propertiesFound_03082011

  • About Dialogabout_03082011
  • General Bug Fixes:  A lot of bug fixes went into this commit as well.  There were some problems with ExecHelper.h (as usual).
  • Restructuring: A lot of code has been moved to BackendManager where it should be and code in general there has been cleaned up (for instance, $PATH is no longer grabbed 3 times, it is grabbed once while the configuration file is being loaded and then stored for later use).  Comments have also been changed to fit DOxygen’s format so we can have auto-generated documentation pages (complete with UML diagrams *happyface*)

Lots more to come!

-Alex

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Fixed windows release

March 8, 2011 145 comments

I fixed the windows release and put it back up as version 0.2a, check http://unibatchconv.sourceforge.net/download.php to get it.  It also has some of the other features we’re working on that aren’t fully functional yet but still are useful, such as being able to view your installed plugins and details about them.

-Alex

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29,986 and counting…

March 6, 2011 239 comments

I just finished a Red Bull fueled all-night coding session at RPI’s Facebook hackathon. During the 8+ hours I was coding, I added several fun new things, namely:

Better redirect support. The execution backend can now redirect the output of stdout or stderr to a string in the program, as well as a file. This requires a blocking execution, so that the string doesn’t get built until the program finishes.

Dynamic format support determination. It is now possible to set run-time determined format support in a converter’s XML file, by running a regular expression on the program’s output.

A new converter. I’m pleased to welcome Unoconv to the converters we have XML files written for. Unoconv uses OpenOffice to automatically convert documents, greatly strengthening our previously weak document support.

Together, by using the new dynamic format determination on ImageMagick and Unoconv, my build of unibatchconv reports 29,986 direct conversions. That figure includes all permutations of supported formats where a single stage conversion is possible, but doesn’t include conversions that require multiple steps. We do support those conversions, just my method for counting working conversions doesn’t. Some of these fun and exciting new features haven’t made it to our main development branch yet, and are still in xmldev. Notably, stderr redirection has no support under windows right now, and the xmldev branch won’t build because the windows execution backend doesn’t accept the stderr argument yet. The other reason they haven’t been pushed is that we have a new dependency, Boost::regex, for the regular expression support, and I want to give our other developers fair warning before I break their build environments.

Finally, if you’ve tried to download our 0.2 windows build, you may have noticed it doesn’t work. When I made it, I forgot to include the DLLs, and haven’t had time at that machine to fix it. It is a known issue, and will be fixed soon.

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Release 0.2

February 26, 2011 7 comments

I’m very happy to announce our 0.2 release. As always, it was delayed a little past the expected release date as we squeezed in a few more features and schoolwork got in the way. Why can’t we just do RCOS all the time? Anyway, Universal Batch Converter alpha release 0.2 is now up. We have it in tarball, rpm, deb, and windows flavors. I”m looking for input on these, any bug reports or even just letting us know it worked would be great for feedback.

A quick rundown of some of the exciting features of this nerw version:

  • Checking for updates: our program now checks for a new version at startup, and lets you know if you’re out of date. This was to mitigate the cost of the other sites which are already hosting our program. We don’t want to be fielding support requests for 0.1 next year, with people not knowing there is a new version.
  • Converter detection: we check to make sure that converters exist now, rather than just blindly execing. This makes the program’s functionality much more clear, especially combined with the next feature…
  • Working console: Our output console now says more than “this is the console!” It notifies of updates, alerts you to converters you’re missing, and reports about the status and results of conversions.
  • Fully dynamic GUI. Adding new plugins will result in the creation of new tabs now, so our program is fully extensible and waiting for more converter types. We hope to add support for many more formats soon, now that the program has reached a (mostly) usable state.
  • Executable verification: In addition to checking for the presence of the converter, we now have some rudimentary support for determining if it’s actually the program we think it is. This was necessitated by our use of ImageMagick’s convert, which happens to share a name with the convert program windows has for converting filesystems.
  • More formats! I sat down one night and cranked out several more XML files, giving us support for several new audio formats, namely: AAC, MIDI(input only), OGA(Xiph.org’s up and coming audio codec celt), wavpack, and MP2. To use all of them you’ll need faac, faad, celt, timidity++, wavpack, and twolame.  We also have some document support courtesy of the Apache Tika project, although it’s a little finicky currently, as it depends on Java and we don’t have support for expressing that properly in the XML yet.

Without further ado, I give you download links:

Windows: http://sourceforge.net/projects/unibatchconv/files/releases/0.2/unibatchconv-0.2.zip/download

Linux:

RPM (64-bit):

http://sourceforge.net/projects/unibatchconv/files/releases/0.2/unibatchconv-0.2.1-Linux.rpm/download

DEB (64 bit):

http://sourceforge.net/projects/unibatchconv/files/releases/0.2/unibatchconv-0.2.1-Linux.deb/download

Cross Platform Source:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/unibatchconv/files/releases/0.2/unibatchconv-0.2.tar.bz2/download

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A Day In the Life…

February 18, 2011 486 comments
Hi Rcos!  This is Jon Kriss checking in.  This will actually be my first blog post believe it or not.  In fact, I wasn’t even exactly sure how to access this thing.  I’m not sure exactly what inspired me to finally find out how.  Luckily for me Johnny was able to get me set up with an account in no time at all.  Anyway, back to the point of this post.  I was just back from running some errands, getting ready to relax when Johnny decided to ruin my whole night .  But seriously it was such an innocent oversight, forgetting to code the File->Exit button.*facepalm*. Honestly who even uses that thing?  Mac Users, that’s who.
Apparently Johnny found someone in the RCOS IRC channel, willing to clone our project and attempt to compile and run it on OSX.  A special thanks to (Brendon Justin).  Anyway one of the problems our program faced in OSX was that by clicking the “x button” for the window it simply minimized it to the dock.  That, combined with the fact that the File->Exit button was inoperable led to us having a bit of a problem on OSX.  Anyway coding the button took like 10 seconds and now our GUI should function more aptly on OSX, which I’m sure is making Peter Hajas absolutely giddy with excitement.

Hi Rcos! This is Jon Kriss checking in. This will actually be my first blog post believe it or not. In fact, I wasn’t even exactly sure how to access this thing. I’m not sure exactly what inspired me to finally find out how. Luckily for me Johnny was able to get me set up with an account in no time at all. Anyway, back to the point of this post. I was just back from running some errands, getting ready to relax when Johnny decided to ruin my whole night L. But seriously it was such an innocent oversight, forgetting to code the File->Exit button.*facepalm*. Honestly who even uses that thing? Mac Users, that’s who.

Apparently Johnny found someone in the RCOS IRC channel, willing to clone our project and attempt to compile and run it on OSX. A special thanks to (Brendon Justin). Anyway one of the problems our program faced in OSX was that by clicking the “x button” for the window it simply minimized it to the dock. That, combined with the fact that the File->Exit button was inoperable led to us having a bit of a problem on OSX. Anyway coding the button took like 10 seconds and now our GUI should function more aptly on OSX, which I’m sure is making Peter Hajas absolutely giddy with excitement.

-Jon

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Upcoming release, Alpha 0.2…

February 16, 2011 79 comments

Hi everyone,

I’m excited to announce the first “useful” release is scheduled for this weekend. I say “useful” meaning the last release wasn’t stable enough or expandable enough to use. This one should not only be useful, but expandable, and update-able.

We have a few bugs to fix before the release can happen:
-Temporary files need to be created and deleted in a cleaner fashion
-Menus need to be finished and a few other UI tweaks need to be made

Planned changes in Alpha 0.2…
– Automatic update notifications
– Many many more supported conversions. Specifically, the following have been added: apache tika.xml, celtdev.xml, celtenc.xml, faac.xml, faad.xml, flake.xml, timidity.xml, twolame.xml, wavpack.xml
– Support for script or emulator based converters (Ex: a java or python converter)
– Some UI improvements such as more intuitive button locations and a css-styled console (Basic color conventions…red means bad, green means good, white is verbose).
– LOTS of stability fixes and error handling. Even more needs to be done for future releases, stability is key.
– Correctly implemented multistage conversions (Ex: You have a converter than converts from .maya to .3ds and from .3ds to .xsi but want to go from .maya to .xsi, it will do the intermediary .maya to .3ds transparently)
– As always, updated xml format.

Up Next…

The next major goal is to support advanced options for converters. (Example, ImageMagick supports resizing images when you convert them, so “target size” would be an option in the “advanced options” menu in the GUI that would add the appropriate command line flags when invoking the conversion)

-Alex

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Documentation

February 10, 2011 10 comments

I went through and updated ALL of the documentation on the Wiki.  Everything there should now be accurate.

The 2 most important updates are on the Developer Page and the Main Page:

https://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/unibatchconv/index.php?title=Developer_Documentation

https://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/unibatchconv/index.php?title=Main_Page

-Alex

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