Author Topic: CoolEdit Nostalgia visualizer  (Read 5209 times)


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Anyone have any luck getting this new visualizer to display?  I keep getting blank screens, no access to its settings, etc.  Extracted all 5 files as instructed from the zip's "plugin" subdirectory directly into my Plugins directory (MB 3.5.8610 Portable).  Shows up in the Plugins list as enabled.


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I did get it to work.
(after a crash, and also an 'invisible' panel)

But then I placed it in the main panel, above the main 'files' panel, and now it works.

I only copied the mb_CoolEditNostalgia.dll file to the plugins folder, not the others.


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Thanks for the input!  Yes it seems quite particular to panel placement, but placing it where you did works, and I also skipped the D2D dll's.  All the settings from the context menu work well and provide all kinds of color, fill, and timing options in real-time.  Its window however does not seem to be vertically resizable.

One "asinine" thing I just discovered however is that it creates an entry in the ErrorLog.dat AT EVERY NEW TRACK.  They all look like this:

8/7/2023 8:11:42 PM - 10.0.19045.0 - 3.5.8606.34733P - System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. ---> System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
   at MusicBeePlugin.Plugin.CurrentTitle()
   at MusicBeePlugin.Plugin.ImgCheck()
   at MusicBeePlugin.Plugin.ReceiveNotification(String sourceFileUrl, NotificationType type)
   --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
   at System.RuntimeMethodHandle.InvokeMethod(Object target, Object[] arguments, Signature sig, Boolean constructor)
   at System.Reflection.RuntimeMethodInfo.UnsafeInvokeInternal(Object obj, Object[] parameters, Object[] arguments)
   at System.Reflection.RuntimeMethodInfo.Invoke(Object obj, BindingFlags invokeAttr, Binder binder, Object[] parameters, CultureInfo culture)
   at #=zx6vSHrWHaaN97Q6rPg==.#=ziiRNdedX4M0y()

A deal-breaker for me, I hope the developer sees this and provide a fix, who wants their error log filling up on every use.


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I follow these steps, but i still get a black panel with this error when i right click :

MusicBee v3.5.8698.34385D  (Win10.0), 18 févr. 2024 17:22:

System.FormatException: Le format de la chaîne d'entrée est incorrect.
   à System.Number.ParseSingle(String value, NumberStyles options, NumberFormatInfo numfmt)
   à MusicBeePlugin.Plugin.GetCurrentSampleRate()
   à MusicBeePlugin.Plugin.PxToFreq(Int32 px)
   à MusicBeePlugin.Plugin.<>c__DisplayClass254_0.<BuildContextMenu>b__21(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   à System.Windows.Forms.ContextMenu.OnPopup(EventArgs e)
   à System.Windows.Forms.ContextMenu.Show(Control control, Point pos, Int32 flags)
   à System.Windows.Forms.ContextMenu.Show(Control control, Point pos)
   à System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmContextMenu(Message& m, Control sourceControl)
   à System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmContextMenu(Message& m)
   à System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   à #=zjZcuVJ9KFZhdDg0h0npILj0=.WndProc(Message& #=zUkWzezk=)
   à System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
   à System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   à System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)


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Did you:

1.  Download the 2.0 version?
2.  Only use the panel placement shown?
3.  Only copy the file mb_CoolEditNostalgia.dll into the Plugins directory (skip the other 4 dll files in the zip)?

If "yes" and it still doesn't work, I'm out of ideas.


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Hi to all of you!
I wasn't even aware that this thread exists, but recently someone wrote me a PM.

Your posts are old but here are some comments to the problems above:

1. CoolEditNostalgia is a normal plugin and should be installed as such (not a visualizer although it visualizes stuff).
2. I'm working on enabling the vartical resizing, but having currently problems with the MusicBee panels. That's why I came back to the forum ;)
3. @hiccup: The crash and the invisible pannel seems to be v 1.5 when adding the plugin. v2.0 asks for restart.
4. @sveakul: I have the ErrorLog.dat filled up with the exception on each song too. Didn't notice that untill now.
5. @Icepat: The  exception seems to be something with the cultural system settings and the mismatch of "," and ".".
6. All of you use a higher version of MusicBee as I'm still on 3.5.8604 P, but that doesn't seem to be the reason behind the exceptions.

I'll have a look at those things and come back as the time allows.



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I was able to work on the above issues during the past days and already uploaded version 2.5. Should be available to you soon, after approval.

Once again I'll comment on the issues above and what I did:

1. Now there is a screenshot into the ZIP on how to install the plugin.
2. The new version has two panels - docked and floating. For the docked one you can set a fixed height when adding the panel to MusicBee. For the floating you can resize it freely as a normal window. Both panels function independantly and can be configured separately.
3. @hiccup: On the crash when adding the plugin, should be fixed since v2.0. However in 2.5 there are fixes when closing the plugin that caused exceptions.
4. @sveakul: The exceptions in the ErrorLog.dat are not coming from CoolEditNostalgia. As far as I managed to diagnose the problem, it is the Spectrogram Display plugin (a great plugin!), which triggers the exceptions even when not having a visible panel. Thankfully the work with the ErrorLog.dat helped me to find some other exceptions from CEN.
5. @Icepat: The context menu exception should now be fixed.
6. I managed to test the plugin on the current official version of MusicBee 3.5.8698P. Didn't notice any problems/difference.

On the way to the resizable version there may be some new bugs and issues that came with the implementation. You can report them here.