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      Poweramp v3 Project Update   04/24/2017

      As you may be aware, the Poweramp developer has been working hard on an updated material design user interface for Poweramp v3 which required a full ground-up rebuild of the code and is taking some time to get to a beta-test stage. See the forum thread for more details and to discuss.    


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  1. As you are probably aware, the Poweramp developer, Max, has been working hard on an updated material design user interface for Poweramp v3, which required a full ground-up rebuild of the code so has taken over a year to develop. Note: this update will be included within the original purchase of v2, there will be no extra licence charge for existing users. It's not quite ready to be released for open testing yet, and it's very hard to predict the exact development time. Requests for ETAs are pointless, and will not make it happen any quicker! Max has all the custom components ready (buttons, new Album Art effect, lists, grids, now bottom navigation, etc., with everything animated) but during assembling - partly due to his attention to the fine details - it is taking a bit more time than anticipated to ensure it works properly across the diverse Android ecosystem. He doesn't want to just release it as is, with jerky animation and some non consistent behaviors on some devices. Slide-in side menus (drawers) have been dropped completely. All user interface and navigation is now gesture and button driven, and the primary supplied skin will be white. However when using visualizations a black background will be used as they cannot be rendered on white. A black themed skin will also be provided. Third-party skins will need to be redesigned for v3, and Max will be releasing the documentation for that closer to the main app release. The final release will include fixes for all supported hi-res audio devices and more (mostly Chinese) brands. There won't be any other major changes to the existing alpha-test audio engine or effects. The next beta release will basically be close to the intended v3 release, so effectively feature complete, and the official release will hopefully follow shortly. There won't be a lengthy delay like there was between alpha and beta. Also, Poweramp v3 will be Android 5.0+ (Lollipop+) only, although the old PA v2 version will get a few bug fixes and will remain available for users of Android 2.3 - 4.4. Max has said he will become more active here on the forums once the beta-test is released to catch feedback. Once the official v3 release is complete, Max will turn his attentions to building new features for 'v4', which will include: Audio effect plugin framework, with sample projects. More configuration options for existing Poweramp DSPs (e.g. parametric equalizer interface and selectable 5-8-10-16-24-32 EQ bands). DLNA/Chromecast output (if Google will stop changing the Chromecast APIs all the time!). A tablet-specific user interface (there is no specific tablet layout included with v3). For the latest updates posted by Max, please see http://forum.powerampapp.com/index.php?/topic/10136-Poweramp-v3-project-update/&page=8#comment-40253 and http://forum.powerampapp.com/index.php?/topic/10136-poweramp-v3-project-update/&page=11#comment-40719 . Andre
  2. The current Poweramp interface is really only designed for phone screens, it's not especially good on tablets, never mind a 50" TV. Not sure whether TVs will ever be its main market though. Andre
  3. You can reset all album art so it re-downloads art by using Settings > Album Art > Delete Album Art Cache, but that seems a bit counter-productive for just a few items. Have you tried forcing a re-download for that one album by long-pressing on a track artwork in the player screen? Or is the artwork meant to be embedded in the song files (which is always the preferred way to do it). Andre
  4. Try disabling DVC in Poweramp, that might help. Andre
  5. Not at present, no. I don't know if it will be possible in the new v3 user interface when that is released though, it would certainly be useful for larger-screened devices. Andre
  6. Are you using the same Google Play account? If so, the unlocker should be a free download for you. Andre
  7. As, I see what you mean, I thought you meant the top level Genre list (which, fairly logically, is List format only). You meant that the List/Grid selection within any given Genre display shows the albums in grid format regardless of how you set the option. That does seem like a bug to me, but as the whole user-interface is being replaced in the next beta release anyway, I suspect it will have become a moot point by then. Thanks for the report anyway, I'll move it to the Bug Reports forum. Andre
  8. Technically it's not OK to send copyright MP3s, but as there is no other way to test if there is a problem with the file encoding I would suggest that would count as "fair use". Andre
  9. Build 588, which is Poweramp v2, does not have visualisations, they are only available in the early test releases of v3 (currently more recent is build 704, see the Downloads tab at the top of this page). Andre
  10. Each Library mode has its own set of List Options, I have all of mine set to List and that's what I see. Andre
  11. The V30 is too new to have direct support yet, but the next beta should support a lot more devices. Andre
  12. The beta will most likely be released here on the website first, but then fairly quickly to the beta channel of Google Play. When the 'official' release of v3 happens I suspect it will be an automatic update on Google Play (as long as the user is running Android 5 or above) Andre
  13. I wish that too. I don't have anything as long as ten hours, but i do have a few audio files that get to 2-3 hours and I agree that finding your way back to a specific place is not easy. Andre
  14. Your device is probably reporting that you have a hardware menu button to access the options screens, even though most devices now feature a Recent Apps button instead (thanks Google). Try long-pressing on the other hardware buttons as see if that gets you the menu so you can go to Settings > Look and Feel > Menus and tick to option to force visibility of the Menu Icon in future. Andre
  15. Yes, but then changes won't be picked up either. It's not ideal either way. Andre
  16. Some One Touch phones have physical (capacitive) menu buttons, I guess yours does not. What about long-press on the buttons that are there (e.g. Home or Back), does that generate the menu operation? if you can't get into Settings from anyway, you are very limited as to what you can do with the app at all. Andre
  17. Using external USB devices with PA is a bit fraught with potential issues. Mainly if the device powers up before the USB connection to the phone goes live, your saved music library will be cleared and then rescanned as 'new' tracks once the USB-connected phone is found. Perhaps better to install PA on the Android head unit and use some form of memory which is more reliably present (perhaps an actual USB stick?). There is a two week free trial period for you to give it a go before committing to buy the app though. Andre
  18. I don't think there is any chance at all of a final v3 release by Christmas, although hopefully the next beta test featuring the new user interface that Max has been working on should be ready by then. While I know that the userbase voted for a Material Design UI as their number one feature request, I do wonder whether that answer might have been somewhat different if they were aware it would require two years of programming during which time no other updates, feature additions or bug fixes would be possible. Andre
  19. No, Poweramp simply uses the Bluetooth car stereo head-unit like any other output device (headphones, speaker, etc). PA can pass the currently playing track metadata to the output device (such as song title, artist, album) on some devices, and it can accept commands from the Bluetooth device (Play/Pause, change track, etc) but that's it. The BT device only acts as a loudspeaker and a limited controller for Poweramp on your phone, nothing more. Andre
  20. That's very odd, you don't have anything on your device that could be interfering with Google's process do you? (rooted Lucky Patcher or similar?) Otherwise, please could you email poweramp.maxmpz@gmail.com with your full details (device, ROM version, Google Play details, etc), or use the Settings > Get Support > Contact feature in the app. Andre
  21. Then for some reason your version of Google Play / GAPPS is not saving the status correctly. I have no idea why that should be so on an S7, that would have a recent Android version. What version of PA are you trying? Andre
  22. http://support.powerampapp.com/knowledgebase/articles/323557-is-internet-connection-required Andre
  23. If it only happens on specific albums, there could be something different about the encoding of the data in those albums. As a test, try making a copy of one of the affected albums and stripping out all the meta data tags completely and see if it then loads (it should show in PA as Unknown Album). Then add data back in item by item and see what happens. I use TagScanner on my PC for such batch work, but there are lots of programs around that can do it. Andre