Awesome, thanks for the quick response!
I'm thinking that your system may be able to convert at speeds higher than 11. In the current release I tried to be a little on the safe side as far as the auto conversion speed. I'd love to get your "system rating" and then love for you to find the highest speed that you could convert at that didn't cause skips in your converted files. This will help us improve the detection of the optimal speed for future releases.
I closed my browser and Steam, and ran the system rating assessment a few times. The results were sometimes erratic (from 4000 up to 6000), but my best score was 3654, which granted me a recommended speed of 14. Sometime soon I'll test the limits of the conversion speed as you suggested and give you that info.
It's my impression that on "auto" my system rating is assessed before each conversion and the speed is based off that. Is this correct? If so, it'd be nice to see the current speed of the conversion.
Vista was a tough spot for MuvAudio 2 due to the complex changes in the Operating System. MuvAudio 3 was a complete rewrite with Windows 7 in mind so it's reliability is much better and will continue to improve as we get feedback.
Yes, as I recall I had no problems with XP. I only noticed the output errors after I upgraded to Vista. That's nothing new; I'm used to Vista quirkiness.
Can you tell me if there are significant stability or speed advantages with MA on Windows 7?
With the Quick View Info section at the bottom, you can click on each section and it should open the options to that screen directly.
I discovered this and it is kinda handy, and will take me to the two tabs i'll use the most. But it is still extra clicking, and the info and settings still just aren't as accessible up front like with MA2.
Could you provide me with the most essential settings that you would need access to from the main screen?
Looking at the MA2 options panel, the options I most use are:
Bitrate - I'll occasionally make other encoding adjustments, but 90% of the time I'm just changing the CBR bitrate between 128k (for podcasts, audio books, etc.) , 160k (for some music i don't mind squeezing some extra space out of), 192k (used most often for music), and 256k (for the most deserving of music).
Directory and Filename output settings - The root directory stays the same, but I'll often tweak the directory and filename choices depending on what files I'm converting, where they're going, etc.
After-conversion settings - Occasionally I will change what to do with the original files after conversion, depending on the file, but not often enough to consider this essential for the main page. I liked how in MA2 the option popped up in the Conversion Setup screen just before confirming conversion, but since MA3 doesn't have a popup before conversion, it's not priority for me for the main screen (though perhaps it could go in the "Start Converting" space beside the "Shutdown PC" option?)
What it all boils down to is that I'm the flight-commander type who likes all info and controls in view at once where I can quickly check and adjust them according to circumstance, and if my controls are all split up and packed away out of sight I get all uncomfortable and nervous.
Maybe the majority is with me, or more probably the majority disagrees and prefers less "clutter". That'd make a good poll or survey.
Either way it'd be nice to have a "clean" option and a "cockpit" option. I think MA2 did this well with the options panel that could be easily shown or hidden.
Thanks for your time,