Compatible

Vox was a seriously brilliant lightweight free music player for Mac OS X back in the day. It was the perfect companion to iTunes when wanting to listen to new music without adding it to your iTunes library just yet. It sported media key support and menu bar controls. And it played every single last obscure music format you threw at it, including all the tracker music and video game music you forgot you had.

However, Alessio Nonni, the original creator, naturally sold off the rights to Vox when he got the offer. And, as such, the last completely hassle-free version of Vox remained version 0.2.7 up until Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite broke it's compatibility some years back.

Well, not any more!

Introducing Vox 0.2.7 Yosemite Compatibility Update, restoring compatibility with Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite or newer.

Play it loud!

New in Vox 0.2.7 Yosemite Compatibility Update 1.0:
- Updated the core audio library to un4seen's awesome BASS 2.4.12.
- Vox now also supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and newer.

VOX for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Picture Perfect

As my coding proficiency has grown through the years, I've continued to push my already published software here at Mednotes.net to the very edge of my expanding competence. Most of my applications have gained so many new features and layers of polish as to be virtually unrecognizable from their meager origins, while some have even managed to transcend the ever elusive version 2.0 barrier.

To reflect almost a decade of refinements, I've now finally gotten around to create brand new screenshots for all my current software.

Say cheese!

New Old Adventures

While ScummVM is the best way to preserve and play all your old bitmap adventure games on modern hardware, ScummVM lacks the 3D rendering capabilities needed for the adventure games released around the turn of the millennium. But don't fret! ResidualVM has got you covered, with full support for several of the classic polygonal graphic adventure games from your youth. And ROMlaunch welcomes ScummVM's sister project with open arms.

ROMlaunch 1.9 adds both a brand new 'ROMlaunch GRIME' game launcher as well as a 'Create ResidualVM Game Shortcut' AppleScript for seamless integration of ResidualVM with Finder.

Get your game on!

New in ROMlaunch 1.9:
- Added brand new 'ROMlaunch GRIME' game launcher for launching polygonal graphic adventure games with ResidualVM.
- Added 'Create ResidualVM Game Shortcut' AppleScript for easy game shortcut creation.
- Fixed spelling in 'ROMlaunch SCUMM' and 'ROMlaunch JAG'.

ROMlaunch GRIME ResidualVM document icon.

Progress and Limitations

The all grown up Hardcover 2 moves ahead with version 2.1, adding the final layer of polish to an already solid release.

However, Hardcover 2.1 doesn't come without its share of woes. Apple has in recent years made it increasingly difficult for me to continue developing Hardcover. Initially it consisted of a calculated neglect of the primary development tool of Hardcover in recent iterations of Mac OS X, forcing much of the development of Hardcover 2 over to a virtual machine running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. As mentioned in an earlier release of Hardcover, Apple also silently dropped support for user input for third party visualizers in iTunes several iterations ago, forcing the separation of Hardcover into Hardcover [Crystal] and Hardcover [Aurora]. And, as of iTunes 12.6, third party visualizers are no longer supported in iTunes at all.

Sadly, this means that the requirements for Hardcover will remain iTunes 7.4 to iTunes 12.5 for the time being.

But fear not! I'm far from done with Hardcover, and there are some insanely great new features coming soon to a screen near you!

New in Hardcover 2.1:
- Adjusted size and position of the custom placeholder inlay in Hardcover [Crystal].
- Re-refined position of the track information.
- Updated meta-information of Hardcover.

Say Hello to Hardcover 2

After many late nights in the eery blue glow of my computer screen, I'm ecstatic to finally be able to lift the veil off of Hardcover 2.

Hardcover 2 is down to a tee how I envisioned it when I first started toying around with the idea of a bold new iTunes visualizer four years ago. In my mind's eye it seemed like such a simple task, but it ended up taking me a hundred work hours and 8 iterations to get it all right.

And now we're finally here!

Version 2.0 brings major palpable changes to an iTunes library near you. Finally you can say goodbye to the harsh shifty album cover transitions when changing tracks with all new animated transitions. There's a low-key fading transition for Hardcover [Aurora], and an eye-popping soaring transition for Hardcover [Crystal]. There's also a new separate custom placeholder inlay for tracks missing album cover art in Hardcover [Crystal], further diversifying the two siblings. Finally, Hardcover 2 brings back manual installation (as a supplement to the automatic installation) by request from the more tech-savvy of you.

Get it while it's hot!

New in Hardcover 2.0:
- Added sweet (if I may say so myself) animated transitions when changing tracks.
- Added new custom placeholder inlay for tracks missing album cover art in Hardcover [Crystal] (Once again, thanks to Jacob Knegtel and his awesome 'Euphoria' Photoshop brushes).
- Brought back manual installation of Hardcover on popular demand.
- Switched file icons between Hardcover [Crystal] and Hardcover [Aurora].
- Changed names of visualizers to 'Hardcover [Crystal]' (was 'Hardcover [Classic]') and 'Hardcover [Aurora]' (was 'Hardcover [Advanced]').
- Hardcover is now all grown up and version therefore bumped to 2.0.

Hardcover 2 iTunes visualizer programmed by Brynjar Bye.

Baby Steps

Even though it has been quiet here at Mednotes.net as of late, it has been quite the opposite in both my personal life and professional life the past couple of years.

I've become the father of a wonderful baby boy. I've accepted a position at SiO, working as a medical doctor exclusively for the students, teachers, and professors of the universities in Oslo. I've become a registered breeder of hypoallergenic Siberian kittens. I've sub-specialized as both a Seafarer's Doctor and a Petroleum Worker's Doctor. And I've taken major strides as a computer programmer for the Macintosh computer platforms (yes, that IS a plural!).

Brand new Mac applications as well as fresh updates to my old Mac applications will be made available in the coming weeks. In the mean time, I've updated my CV to reflect recent accolades.

So for those of you keeping tabs on me, head over to the on-site CV for a quick read.

Not Forgotten

As I'm writing these words, it's slowly dawning on me that it has been more than two years since I last updated this web site.

Let me assure you, this has been anything but neglect!

Sometime around New Years 2016/2017 I experienced a catastrophic hard disk failure in my home, wiping all my computer drives, all my external drives, and all my primary backup drives. I can only thank my own paranoia of having triple backups for not losing much valuable data in the crash.

However, I DID lose my most recent progresses on the web site, and this thoroughly quenched my motivation for keeping the web site up to date...

...until now!

The past couple of days I've been hard at work righting all the wrongs, and Mednotes.net is now finally ready for 2019.

So just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Launched

A new version of ROMlaunch is out, chiseling away at some minor nuisances with the brand new 'ROMlaunch JAG'. Version 1.8 fixes a problem when launching Atari Jaguar games through Alexis Gallisa’s awesome EMUlaunch.

Let the cat out of the bag!

New in ROMlaunch 1.8:
- Fixed compatibility issue between ’ROMlaunch JAG' and Alexis Gallisa’s awesome EMUlaunch.

The 4th Dimension

In recent months I've spent a lot of time developing my understanding of the Quartz Composer visual programming language. I love the way Quartz Composer orchestrates programming as a test of logics and intelligence rather than a test of linguistics and semantics, and the time I've laid down in these challenges is finally starting to shine through in Hardcover.

Hardcover 1.6 brings your music into the 4th dimension, and now proudly displays the release year of your albums/singles. Major optimization has also been done under the hood making sure Hardcover saves you battery and operates as fast and smooth as it possibly can.

I've also worked hard on trying to squash a common complaint of Hardcover not loading information of the track playing when first activated, as well as keeping the information of the previous track played when the next track is incompletely tagged. Sadly this effort was of no use, as I tracked the bug back to how recent versions of iTunes handles Quartz Composer compositions.

Let's cross our fingers and hope Apple picks up the ball on this one!

New in Hardcover 1.6:
- Hardcover now displays release year of albums/singles.
- Refined position of the track information.
- Optimized loading speed when changing tracks.
- Fixed transparencies of the jewel case.
- Fixed transparencies of the mirror reflection.
- Attempted to fix bug with contagious track information when playing partially tagged tracks, but discovered that the root of this problem, once again, is how Apple has changed the way iTunes interacts with Quartz Composer.

Adding Polish

Hardcover is updated to version 1.5, buffing the crystal flooring introduced with the previous version.

Admire the reflections!

New in Hardcover 1.5:
- Adjusted perspective of reflective floor in Hardcover [Classic].
- Fixed scaling of reflective floor in non-standard views in Hardcover [Classic].
- Fixed clipping of shadows in non-standard views in Hardcover [Classic].