Old 12-10-2008, 11:58 AM   #1
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For the latest and greatest info about the SWS extension, please go to http://www.sws-extension.org

There you can find documentation for all of the features of the SWS extension.




Original post about the coloring features is below:
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Hey everyone, it's been a while since I've posted any news about my extensions, so here's the latest.

- Most of my extensions, Marker List, Snapshots, Freeze actions, Item/Mute states, ReaConsole, and now Coloring, have been consolidated into one .dll, reaper_sws.dll. It's installed with the installer sws_extension.exe. The installer just copies the .dll to your Reaper plugins directory, and if any of the old versions of the extensions are around, it deletes them to avoid conflicts. If you have any of the listed extensions installed, you should probably download the latest as many bugs have been fixed!

- New in this plugin are coloring menus and actions. You know those 16 colors that you can set in the Reaper color dialog as "custom" colors for your tracks and items? Now these are available directly in the menu for tracks and items as shown here:

This menu is also in the item settings menu available when you right click items, and there are actions available for key binding or macros.

-If you open the Color Management dialog (one of the menu options) you can save/load those 16 colors to/from a file so you can have color sets for different themes, or projects. You can also save the custom colors to your .ReaperTheme file.

From here you can also setup a start and a stop color that work with the "gradient" commands, so you can color your tracks as such:


-Themers, feel free to include 16 colors that work well with your themes in the ReaperTheme file. Add a section [SWS Colors] and values for custcolor1 through custcolor16 using the same format as the rest of the file. Save your current colors to the file first for a nice template.

-Aside from the consolidation and coloring stuff, there's lots of new actions as requested by folks, too much to list at the moment. Open the actions dialog and search SWS to get a taste.

- Note that this plugin works with the current stable release (2.53) and also the latest preview versions.

That's all for now, enjoy!

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Old 12-10-2008, 12:03 PM   #2
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really great, thank you for your efforts! :-)
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:04 PM   #3
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Wow, cool stuff! Kudos to you!
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Brilliant and Effective!

Thanks for your hard work sws... see you around.
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I am always overwhelmed by your work, but this time you have excelled even yourself. Thanks!
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forever grateful!

have you considered a paypal donation box / Tip Jar?

I know you love reaper and you love to code, but how'd you like a little loot?

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Awesome work as always sws...thanks so much for your efforts!
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have you considered a paypal donation box / Tip Jar?
Absolutely must do! Even if you don't want any financial reward for yourself, you must have a favourite good cause or charity?
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Indispensable as always!
I use the marker list extensions constantly.
Thank you very much SWS...

If you do set up a tip jar, I will be in line to donate.

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Old 12-10-2008, 03:29 PM   #10
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Sorry to be a dufus, but I can't seem to find your extension within Reaper after installation.

In other words, I've installed it, but I don't see the same options under the "Track" menu that you show in your screen shot.

I checked, and the reaper_sws.dll file is in my C:\Program Files\REAPER\Plugins folder. hmmm.

Am I doing something basically wrong? I have the above listed as one of my VST folders, so it should be finding it.
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:50 PM   #11
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Very, very, very mighty
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Sorry to be a dufus, but I can't seem to find your extension within Reaper after installation.

In other words, I've installed it, but I don't see the same options under the "Track" menu that you show in your screen shot.

I checked, and the reaper_sws.dll file is in my C:\Program Files\REAPER\Plugins folder. hmmm.

Am I doing something basically wrong? I have the above listed as one of my VST folders, so it should be finding it.
Don't put the Reaper\Plugins folder to your VST plugin folder list (*). Reaper extensions are not VST plugins, Reaper may get confused trying to load extension DLLs as VST DLLs and/or vice versa...

(*) Unless Reaper actually adds that itself by default. I don't think it does, however.
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Thanks Xenakios, much appreciated.
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Thanks Xenakios, much appreciated.
Sorry, I mean SWS. Thanks SWS.
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WOW!!!!!
I feel so fortunate to be a part of this and be able to enjoy such a display of talent from everybody involved in making this program better...
Hats off...
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Yes, me too, Malevo

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great extension!!
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SWS-

Thanks for these, and I would definitely donate, too!

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Thanks a lot SWS!

Hey mods: shouldn't this be a sticky ?
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:40 AM   #20
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I use the snapshots a lot...
I've installed this twice: once in my 2.53 folder and once in the preview folder...

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SWS,

Very cool, very very cool!
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Amazing!!!!

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Hands up!!! Great work SWS!
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:08 PM   #24
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Default Change colors from ReaConsole

I do not know if this was mentioned before, but now we can change colors in ReaConsole.

EX c1 green
changes track one to green
Ex c2-4 red
changes tracks 2,3,4 to red
Ex c*
changes all track colors back to the default color

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Cool stuff - thanks SWS!!
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I do not know if this was mentioned before, but now we can change colors in ReaConsole.
Yeah, I almost forgot about that feature, thanks for the reminder zappsunzorn!

You can also set your custom colors with ReaConsole, "c 1" sets the selected tracks to custom color 1. HTML style hex colors work too, "c 0x0000ff" sets selected tracks to blue.

(... and don't forget my favorite ReaConsole command: "i* 1-" sets all tracks' inputs in increasing fashion, track 1 to input 1, track 2 to input 2, etc.)

ReaConsole is fairly well documented here.

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I do not know if this was mentioned before, but now we can change colors in ReaConsole.

EX c1 green
changes track one to green
Ex c2-4 red
changes tracks 2,3,4 to red
Ex c*
changes all track colors back to the default color
Very cool, thanks for the heads-up on that. I don't know if it's just me, but it recognises most colours and more obscure ones like magenta and cyan, but no reaction for grey/violet/indigo/maroon/crimson etc.

Is there a name chart somewhere for the colours?

Edit: here is the list to date:

red
blue
green
grey
black
white
yellow
cyan
magenta
purple
orange
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Wonderful stuff SWS !!!!

Blessings!
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Wow, love the color features. That's really great, thank you for your good work. Up to now I had to be very careful to not change the colors in the palette once I set them up to my liking. You freed me from this burden, and even included a possibility to have these colors in your list with one click. SUUUPERSLICK!!! thanks again.

I almost dare not ask, but there's always more... Could it be possible to have a 'set selected items to track color' entry?
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Brilliant as usual. Thanks a bundle.
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This took me a few minutes of random acts of clicking to work out so I'll post it for others.

- I could not work out how to set the Custom Colours in the drop-down list,
- Then I found that you need to set them all up in the Custom Colours section of the Colours window (the clue's in the name!)
- like this:
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Big pic:
http://img504.**************/img504/9...olours2sh0.png
- then click [OK] and [Save Color set to file] and you're good to go.

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I almost dare not ask, but there's always more... Could it be possible to have a 'set selected items to track color' entry?
Gofer, no problem, I added "Set item to respective track color" to the latest build. Reinstall with the link in my sig and you'll be all set!

I appreciate all the thanks from everyone; perhaps I'll consider a tip jar sort of thing in the future.

DarkStar, thanks for that explanation. You can also get to that same color dialog by right clicking on a track/item and picking the built-in "Set to custom color...", or by changing any of the colors in your theme from the Preferences window.
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SWS ,reaper not seeing the extensions here!
Yes they're in the plugins folder and I've scanned for new plugs.
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SWS ,reaper not seeing the extensions here!
Yes they're in the plugins folder and I've scanned for new plugs.
Any suggestions.
Hmmm, let's make sure to get this working!

Reaper_sws.dll must be placed in your current reaper directory REAPER\Plugins. There should be other reaper_*.dll files in there too. This isn't the VST directory, it won't work there, and plugin rescan doesn't apply here. That directory should not be in the VST scan path, either. You're using (at least) 2.53, right?
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Id really like to try this, however I'm getting an error that I can't write this to my Reaper/plugins folder. Not sure why...
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Hmmm, let's make sure to get this working!

Reaper_sws.dll must be placed in your current reaper directory REAPER\Plugins. There should be other reaper_*.dll files in there too. This isn't the VST directory, it won't work there, and plugin rescan doesn't apply here. That directory should not be in the VST scan path, either. You're using (at least) 2.53, right?
Yup ,using 2.53 and the dll's are in the REAPER\Plugins directory.
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SWS, are you statically linking the VC runtime library/ies to your DLL? I think not, but you'll know best of course...It could be people are missing the necessary runtime DLL and for some reason that missing doesn't cause an obvious error message from Windows/Reaper...I myself decided to statically link the runtime stuff to my DLLs, even at the cost of increased DLL size.
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Id really like to try this, however I'm getting an error that I can't write this to my Reaper/plugins folder. Not sure why...
You must have admin privileges - are you using Vista?
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Henge and any others with issues, could you do me a favor?

Manually download this test build reaper_sws.dll to your Reaper\Plugins dir. Then restart Reaper and see if there's a file C:\swserror.txt. If so, please paste the content into a post or PM.

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SWS, are you statically linking the VC runtime library/ies to your DLL? I think not, but you'll know best of course...It could be people are missing the necessary runtime DLL and for some reason that missing doesn't cause an obvious error message from Windows/Reaper...I myself decided to statically link the runtime stuff to my DLLs, even at the cost of increased DLL size.
Yup, I do statically link.
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Id really like to try this, however I'm getting an error that I can't write this to my Reaper/plugins folder. Not sure why...
You need to be sure that reaper.exe is not running... sws' installer checks that before trying to drop the plug-in inside your folder.
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