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juliew commented on 06 Oct 2007
A combat strategy game for one player or for online play. The interface is frustrating, it seems very difficult to select one or more squads or way points. In some cases it appears that its best to click just below an icon, but not always. Lots of long pauses for story-telling between battles. Battles are not randomly generated and are finite - I finished all of them in an evening. Essentially, there are three modes - stories, combat and the army camp where squads can be created, promoted (increased skills) and outfitted with better equipment. The manual has a few inaccuracies such as the Command key not allowing selection of more than one squad (click and drag across multiple squads or way points to select them.) Fun for a few hours.
[Version 1.1]



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juliew commented on 28 Mar 2006
A few of the developer's claims:
"This is not a ported application or front end for some command line tool"

"It contains built-in codecs for MPEG4, DivX, XviD, 3ivx, MS-MPEG4v1 and MS-MPEG4v2."

Built-in you say? Excellent! Then under the terms of the "GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE" included with the libavcodec.framework which you borrowed from the ffmpegX command-line tool, I'd like the source code for this entire program. I'll look forward to seeing it included with the download. Thanks!

Excerpt from the "GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE" which is included in the Chroma Player download as part of the libavcodec.framework (borrowed from the ffmpeg project):
" 6. As an exception to the Sections above, you may also combine or
link a "work that uses the Library" with the Library to produce a
work containing portions of the Library, and distribute that work
under terms of your choice, provided that the terms permit
modification of the work for the customer's own use and reverse
engineering for debugging such modifications.

You must give prominent notice with each copy of the work that the
Library is used in it and that the Library and its use are covered by
this License. You must supply a copy of this License. If the work
during execution displays copyright notices, you must include the
copyright notice for the Library among them, as well as a reference
directing the user to the copy of this License. Also, you must do one
of these things:

a) Accompany the work with the complete corresponding
machine-readable source code for the Library including whatever
changes were used in the work (which must be distributed under
Sections 1 and 2 above); and, if the work is an executable linked
with the Library, with the complete machine-readable "work that
uses the Library", as object code and/or source code, so that the
user can modify the Library and then relink to produce a modified
executable containing the modified Library. (It is understood
that the user who changes the contents of definitions files in the
Library will not necessarily be able to recompile the application
to use the modified definitions.)

b) Use a suitable shared library mechanism for linking with the
Library. A suitable mechanism is one that (1) uses at run time a
copy of the library already present on the user's computer system,
rather than copying library functions into the executable, and (2)
will operate properly with a modified version of the library, if
the user installs one, as long as the modified version is
interface-compatible with the version that the work was made with.

c) Accompany the work with a written offer, valid for at
least three years, to give the same user the materials
specified in Subsection 6a, above, for a charge no more
than the cost of performing this distribution.

d) If distribution of the work is made by offering access to copy
from a designated place, offer equivalent access to copy the above
specified materials from the same place.

e) Verify that the user has already received a copy of these
materials or that you have already sent this user a copy.

For an executable, the required form of the "work that uses the
Library" must include any data and utility programs needed for
reproducing the executable from it. However, as a special exception,
the materials to be distributed need not include anything that is
normally distributed (in either source or binary form) with the major
components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the operating system on
which the executable runs, unless that component itself accompanies
the executable.

It may happen that this requirement contradicts the license
restrictions of other proprietary libraries that do not normally
accompany the operating system. Such a contradiction means you cannot
use both them and the Library together in an executable that you
distribute."
[Version 2006.1]



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juliew commented on 04 Feb 2006
This QuickTime component is generating a lot of entries in console.log and although I can open FLAC files and "play" in QuickTime Player Pro... there is no sound. :(

Sample of errors:
FLACImportOpen...
FLACImportValidateDataRef...
FLACImportClose...
FLACImportOpen...
FLACImportDataRef...
SetupDataHandler()
InitFLACImporter()
StartImport()
Not using idle, importing movie here
Call to FLAC_ProcessMetadata : FLAC__METADATA_TYPE_STREAMINFO
sample rate : 44100, sample size : 16, channels : 2
Call to FLAC_ProcessMetadata : FLAC__METADATA_TYPE_SEEKTABLE
Youpi, EOF
Done
duration= 0
FLACDecompOpen
QT5 = 0
FLACDecompClose
InsertMediaIntoTrack : 0 223488
FLAC Import completed
Duration added : 223488
FLACImportClose...
FLACDecompOpen
QT5 = 0
FLACDecompSetOutput reqSampleCount=1024
FLACDecompSetSource
SoundComponentSetOutput returned 0
PrimeSource : Could not get ExtendedSoundComponentData !!!
[Version 0.5 beta 1]



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juliew commented on 21 Dec 2005
I attempted to fix timecode breaks using MPEG Streamclip and then did a "Save As" but the resulting file still had the same timecode breaks when I checked the new file in MPEG Streamclip.

I then used vcdgear to separate the MPEG file into parts where the timecode breaks occurred. I also selected the -fix option to "fix broken mpeg blocks". The resultant individual files showed no timecode breaks in MPEG Streamclip. Nor did the re-joined version which I had created using mpgtx. However, every file along the way - the original, the separate clips and the rejoined file are reported as having tons of video errors in MPEG Streamclip. The final rejoined file also listed multiple data breaks - presumably where the separate files were joined together again by mpgtx.

What am I missing here? Are these programs incapable of actually fixing an mpeg file or are the errors which are being reported erroneous?

Incidentally, the original file would not play through to the full length of the video in QuickTime player. The indiviudal pieces and the rejoined file do play all the way through fine in QuickTime and all of the files play completely in mPlayer although in the original the playback window mysteriously moves itself (apparently at each timecode break.)
[Version 1.76]



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juliew commented on 21 Dec 2005
I attempted to fix timecode breaks using MPEG Streamclip and then did a "Save As" but the resulting file still had the same timecode breaks when I opened the new file in MPEG Streamclip.

After hunting around online I found vcdgear which I used to separate the MPEG file into parts where the timecode breaks occurred. I also selected the -fix option to "fix broken mpeg blocks". The resultant individual files showed no timecode breaks in MPEG Streamclip.

I then used mpgtx to join the files again and opened the newly rejoined video in MPEG Streamclip. No timecode errors were detected. However, upon using the "Check Stream" feature, MPEG Streamclip reported lots of "fixing video at" and about 6 "data breaks"!

Can someone explain how any of these utilities can be used to actually repair an MPEG file???
[Version 1.4b4]



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juliew commented on 21 Dec 2005
Now I'm even more confused. :(

After being unable to save the test mpeg with corrected timecodes I used vcdgear to separate the file at the timecode breaks. I also used the -fix switch to fix broken MPEG blocks during output. Each of the resulting individual files then showed no timecode errors in MPEG Streamclip.

I then used mpgtx to recombine the separate files into a single MPEG file. MPEG Streamclip did not detect timecode breaks in the new file. However, while I had the log window open I noticed the "Check Stream" button and clicked it. MPEG Streamclip listed "Fixing video at xx:xx:xx" about a 100 times and also listed a half-dozen data breaks in the file - which it had appeared to fix. I immediately clicked "Check Stream" again and got the exact same list again - so I gather that the problems which were reported were not actually fixed?

Am I doing something wrong or are these utilities just not capable of actually repairing a malformed MPEG file?
[Version 1.5.1]


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juliew replied on 31 Dec 2005
I eventually figured out that after "Fix Timecode Breaks" one must then "Convert to MPEG" to save the corrected file. The convert process does not recompress the data but does rebuild the file structure and in the process repairs errors. Works quite well although the documentation and help are somewhat lacking.
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juliew commented on 21 Dec 2005
I'm confused! :)

I opened a test mpeg file in MPEG Streamclip. I selected "Fix Timecode Breaks" from the "Edit" menu. A progress window shot by rather quickly showing 7 timecode breaks. I checked the log by selecting "Log Window" from the "List" menu. It also listed 7 timecode breaks as being fixed. I next selected "Save As" from the "File" menu and saved the file appending Fixed to its name. The file was saved without any error.

I opened the new file in MPEG Streamclip and again selected "Fix Timecode Breaks" from the "Edit" menu. The file had the same 7 timecode breaks as the original.

I selected "MPEG Streamclip Guide" from the "Help" menu. I found the following information about the "Fix Timecode Breaks" feature:
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FIXING TIMECODE BREAKS
Some MPEG streams may have discontinue time code (this is particularly true for VOB files). You can use "Fix Timecode Breaks" from the Edit menu to make MPEG Streamclip handle these streams correctly.
All timecode breaks found will be listed in the log window, and also in the edit list.

In some cases, you can use this command to join two or more MPEG files into a single stream; but again, the files being joined must have the same PIDs, the same start codes, and the same audio/video properties. Using "Convert to MPEG" before joining the files can be helpful, because it changes PIDs and start codes to a default value.
If the video transition between two files looks bad, you can use the Cut command to improve it.
--------------------------------------

I was unable to locate any information about why the "Save As" did not save the corrected timecodes. I did not want to re-encode and degrade the video and thus did not perform an export.

What am I doing wrong?

Mac OS X 10.3.9, MPEG Streamclip 1.5.1
[Version 1.5.1]



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juliew commented on 05 Dec 2005
MacKrack worked perfectly for me. Downloaded and ran it, entered my admin password, it extracted the hashes for all users on my system and tested their strength. One of 14 user passwords was cracked within 24 hours and I alerted the user to change their password. Thank you for a great implementation and - as far as I have found - the only program that handles the salted sha1 hashes from tiger on its own. Good work!
[Version 1.5.1]



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juliew commented on 05 Dec 2005
Downloaded it (took awhile to find the link), unstuffed and ran the app. Selected a folder of images, entered a name, left everything else on defaults and clicked "Process batch".

AppleScript Error: Can't get item 1 of {}. (-1728)

I'm on Mac OS X 10.3.9

The app had created three folders (images, pages, thumbnails) which were all empty.
[Version 0.93]



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juliew commented on 04 Dec 2005
Downloaded the dmg, mounted, duplicated it to the desktop, unmounted image. Opened folder, launched the app. Elected not to use the simple interface.

Changed some settings (lots of options), tried to select a template - program then asked *me* where its folder of templates was. Its in its folder with the application, presumably right where the developer put it. Selected 1 of the 18 galleries (Anthracite shadow) and clicked "Generate Gallery".

As it processed photos it showed an apparently demo photo of a child which was not present in the output. Weird.

Index.html page opened in Safari. Clicking thumbnail links did nothing but spin Safari's gear for a second - no new page, no error. Manually opened the thumbs.html page, links work on that one.

Gallery format looks nice but the image quality was horrid despite the fact that none of the images needed to be resized (I already did that before testing gallery generation programs.) Went back and removed the setting to "Use Picture Frame" and regenerated - that was it - the picture quality appeared equal to the source images.

Drug program to the trash making a mental note to look for newer versions in the future, wrote this review.

Overall, lots of options, poorly implemented interface (even in the simplified mode - difficult to guess where any specific settings will be - in preferences? under menus? in the main window?), nice looking galleries but flawed html output.

Looking forward to a version that can output pages which work in Safari.
[Version 5.2]



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