Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

11 Dec 2018, 05:52

Hi, Marius, glad you like my suggestions. And yes, I hope it won't be too much hassle for you to implement (some of) them. :)

I just noticed LAV Splitter and FFDshow Audio Decoder got stuck in the tray after playing the quarter chime (they're set to handle MP3 files). Could be my system's fault. Or not.

MIDI is quite powerful and may be able to (almost) duplicate the bell chimes and other sounds but needs to be handled by someone experienced; unfortunately I'm not, although I fooled around with the 'Klavier hero' script some time ago. Maybe someone else will take a stab at it, just for kicks.

I'm not sure why bible quotes are tied with the chimes, in the first place. At most that should be optional. While audio chimes may be disturbing during certain time intervals, visual cues such as quotes could still be displayed when user so desires or they may have their own show/hide interval. Therefore, in my opinion the two should be separated and quotes should allow any time interval from a quarter hour to 24 hours plus specifying the daily start time, and also when 24h is selected allow specifying whether to start at a fixed or random time.

Having holidays in a LV could further allow for a detailed description of each of them when selected. Like a brief history of when/how it first happened, the meaning of it and so on. May be useful for (religious) beginners.

Stretching forward, if you do decide to make it a full-blown calendar it may be nice to have icons for each saint, displayed on their celebration, plus generic icons for other celebrations. Even more stretching, it would be very useful for absent-minded people like me to have user-defined pictures displayed on such celebrations (like St. Andrew's, St. John's, St. Nicholas' etc) to remember who to call and congratulate. ;)

There, you got your plate full of suggestions. Take your pick and stick your fork in them. :D
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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

11 Dec 2018, 06:00

As far as I know , you can have Bible quotes displayied without chimes. Have you tried it? ... The volume can be set to mute, in addition to that.

Thanks for the other suggestions, but I do not plan on making it for the Vatican or PreaMurdarul Daniel.

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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

11 Dec 2018, 06:39

Chimes don't bother me (yet) so I let them on. I was only wondering why one can't set 'Show a Bible quote every 1 hour' or 'every 13-24 hours'.

Otherwise I'm an atheist - or better said agnostic - but it'd still help me get a free beer on St. John's or St. Nicholas' if it reminded me to call my friends. :) After all it's for the people, regardless of what those "up high" may say or do. ;)
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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

14 Dec 2018, 13:44

Hello, Christian people ! :-)

New major version: v2.5
v2.5 - 2018 / 12 / 14
- [new] added a new type of holidays: secular holidays - mostly Unesco international days
- [new] option to activate/deactivate religious or secular holidays
- [new] option to add your own holidays/events; personal entries override secular or religious holidays
- [new] it now detects and announces leap years and the leap day
- [new] you can also individually deactivate religious or secular holidays
- bug fixes

The new features are inspired by Drugwash's suggestions.

@Drugwash: I hope the fake progress bar is fixed now on XP.

PS. I am no active Christian.

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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

01 Jan 2019, 10:23

New release with important bug fixes. v2. 5.2

Happy new year!

Best regards, Marius.
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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

01 Jan 2019, 11:37

Happy New Year, Marius!

My 15kB/s connection couldn't download previous version and it will most likely prevent me from downloading this one too because the package is too large. Therefore I cannot offer feedback on the progressbar or anything else. I am sorry. Maybe later on, after the 20th of the month when bandwidth gets restored to its full capacity.

Best wishes and please take care of yourself!
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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

11 Jan 2019, 12:38

Hello, fellow people !

I come in peace... bearing gifts: a major new version of Church Bells Tower!

v2.7.0 - 2019 / 01 / 11
- [new] analog clock display; easy to configure and customize; based on a script by derRaphael
- [new] added about 28 thousands Bible verses [from the American King James Version]; source: biblehub.com
- [new] added French and Spanish Bibles, such that users can change the language of the random Bible verse feature
- [new] option to not strike bells when sounds are playing in the background [e.g., music]
- [new] option to not strike bells when the mouse cursor is hidden [e.g., when watching videos]
- [improvement] reorganized the Preferences panel; options are now split into multiple tabs

Praise be to the almighty... coders out there... ;-)

PS. The EXE files are now packed with UPX to reduce file sizes. The ZIP file no longer contains the source files, just the binaries. The source is now only on GitHub.

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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

15 Jan 2019, 12:32

A new day... a new hey, people !

v2.7.5 - 2019 / 01 / 15
- [new] option to not display Bible quotes when mouse cursor is hidden
- other small improvements

v2.7.1 - 2019 / 01 / 13
- changed the English Bible version to: «World English Bible» edition, and I included the deuterocanon books; this version is more readable and it includes the books specific to Catholics and Orthodox followers as well

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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

23 Apr 2019, 12:48

Hello, guys!

v2.7.9 - 2019 / 04 / 23
- [new] welcome screen, on first-time start of Church Bells Tower, to facilitate the usage for new users
- drop shadow for the OSD when rounded corners is activated
- other small improvements


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Re: Church Bells Tower - auto bell chimer

29 Oct 2019, 11:58

Hello, guys!

It is quite some time since the last update... Here's the change log:

v2.8.0 - 2019 / 10 / 29
- [new] option to display time after user idles
- bug fixes and error corrections related to holidays and feasts descriptions

Best regards, Marius.
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