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I want to say, dealing with VST3 internals has made me appreciate LV2 even more.<br/>
VST3 has some good design choices and ideas, but parts of it are also just awful and non-sensical.<br/>
VST3 has some good design choices and ideas, but parts of it are also just awful and nonsensical.<br/>
Hopefully after the initial implementation is done we do not have to change it much.

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<a href="" target="_blank">Ildaeil</a>
is basically Carla as a minified plugin, where instead of running the full GUI you have a super minimal GUI and set of features.<br/>
It uses DPF for the plugin-side (ie, to be an LV2, VST2 and VST3 plugin) and then Carla for the plugin hosting side.
It uses DPF for the plugin-side (that is, to be an LV2, VST2 and VST3 plugin) and then Carla for the plugin hosting side.
A bridge between the 2 worlds, basically.<br/>
For now I made it so that it lists the available LV2 plugins on the system and allows to load 1 from the list, embedding its custom GUI if possible.
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<img src="/screenshots/news/ildaeil-2021-10.png" alt="ildaeil"/>

This is not really an announcement because I have not yet decided the full scope of the project.<br/>
There are a LOT of things it could do, but then it becomes quite the work to maintain.<br/>
If you want to give it a try, feel free.<br/>
But reports are welcome, feature requests are not (at this point).
If you want to give it a try, feel free. But reports are welcome, feature requests are not (at this point).

<h3>Separating JACK tools from JACK1 and JACK2</h3>
For a very long time I have been meaning to merge back the changes done in JACK examples and tools from JACK2 back to JACK1.<br/>
Back in
<a href="_________" target="_blank">_________</a>

<a href="" target="_blank">JACK2 v1.9.15 release</a>
I stated that help on this would be appreciated, but not much has happened since then.<br/>
Now that PipeWire is slowly becoming a thing, this is becoming crucial.
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David Runge has started the effort of

splitting these tools from the JACK repositories
<a href="_________" target="_blank">_________</a>

into a new one.<br/>
<a href="" target="_blank">splitting these tools from the JACK repositories into a new one</a>.<br/>
The idea is that JACK will no longer ship with them, and they become an extra set of tools to install separately.<br/>
This allows to switch between JACK versions (JACK1, JACK2 or PipeWire) and keep the same exact set of tools.
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More news on this soon.


jack separate tools initiated by Dave

<h3>More (final?) DPF updates</h3>
DPF got a lot of attention once again.<br/>
It is now on a state where I can focus on bugfixes rather than new things,
even though I still want to try official SVG support.<br/>
Everything that was in the previous DPF (that is, the git
<a href="" target="_blank">master branch</a>)
should now be in the develop branch.<br/>
I am confident enough in this that made a new
<a href="" target="_blank">"main" branch</a>
to be the default clone target (I will keep the old master branch untouched, as there are a few minor things that can't be made backwards compatible).

<h4>Fixing high-dpi support</h4>
Something that got a fair bit of attention was high-dpi support.<br/>
Previously DPF read the scale factor from the host (if provided, most do not) but now it can also figure it out on its own as fallback.<br/>
There was a lot of
<a href="" target="_blank">back and forth</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">it was verified</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">work on all major OSes and formats</a>.<br/>
I also updated the DPF-Plugins project so that all plugins contained within it support this.<br/>
Even though some being bitmap-based causes their UI to look blurry, at least they will appear in the correct size.<br/>
You can see them in the screenshot below.
<img src="/screenshots/news/dpf-plugins-big-2021-08.png" alt="dpf-plugins-big"/>

<h4>sofd improvements</h4>
Some care was given to the
<a href="" target="_blank">sofd module</a>
used by DPF as fallback X11 file browser dialog.<br/>
It serves us well enough because it generally works fine, but never looked that great in my opinion..<br/>
I spent some time to change its colors a bit to follow a more traditional/usual approach, plus a dark theme because yes.<br/>
And then on top make it work nicely for high-dpi setups too.<br/>
Not everyone uses dark themes, so there needs to be a light theme option too, not sure yet if it can be chosen automatically.<br/>
Personally I think it looks much better, but tastes are subjective. Anyway, the differences can be seen below:<br/>
(will submit the changes upstream after all the DPF file dialog stuff is finalized and stable)
<img src="/screenshots/news/sofd-compare-2021-08.png" alt="sofd-compare"/>

<h4>External UI</h4>
As a final thing to mention for DPF, the last item that needed attention before the rework being in feature-parity with old branch, is external UI support.<br/>
The idea being that we can reuse DPF APIs and plugin export support but do the UI stuff completely separately - be it separate process or a custom implementation.<br/>
As long as it is in a way the plugin host expects things (ie, X11 window on Linux) things should just work..
The old DPF master branch didn't support this fully, but there was some experimental stuff in place.<br/>
Now it is back again, with a little
<a href="" target="_blank">more documentation</a>
and better support - it should eventually be an official DPF feature.<br/>
You can follow its discussion and progress
<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>
and because everyone likes screenshots, here is one as a quick test of mpv running as the external UI:
<img src="/screenshots/news/external-ui-mpv-2021-08.png" alt="external-ui-mpv"/>

<h3>ProM revived</h3>
One little plugin I made quite some years ago but left it aside due to difficulties in packaging was
<a href="" target="_blank">ProM</a>.<br/>
ProM is basically
<a href="" target="_blank">projectM</a>
in plugin form, on top of DPF.<br/>
It allows you to have old-school milkdrop-like visualizations on your DAW/host, it is an audio plugin after all.<br/>
After a little fighting over building projectM correctly (directly in ProM source, aka "vendored"),
I can now say it builds and runs on at least GNU/Linux, macOS and Windows.<br/>
Taking from
<a href="" target="_blank">last month's automatic build setup</a>,
binaries are
<a href="" target="_blank">automatically generated for these 3 OSes directly from GitHub</a>.<br/>
To make Linux distribution packagers happy, the option to build against system-provided libprojectM is still present,
and should work even better now as it finds the shared data prefix to use via pkg-config.
<img src="/screenshots/news/prom-revival-2021-08.png" alt="prom-revival"/>

<h3>Website updates</h3>
Worth of a little note, I updated the website to better work in smaller screens, or vertical ones, or both like in mobile phones.<br/>
The content itself is mostly unchanged, still need to tackle that (specially documentation, there is a lot of old stuff there).<br/>
They typically call this "responsive design" I guess.<br/>
The news part I didn't update, as otherwise it would break RSS readers, and the top menu needs to become of one those "hamburguer"-style things when width is low. A task for later.
A final website update worth mentioning is the addition of the
<a href="" target="_blank">board</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">development</a>
As people sometimes wonder what I have been doing lately (specially important for those that give out donations, thanks for that by the way!)
the board view is now integrated into the site. I added color descriptions there too.<br/>
Hopefully that makes everything more clear, and more visible too of course.


That is all for now.<br/>
There were a couple of other things done in DPF and a few other projects, but something I will cover in upcoming months.<br/>
If you appreciate the kind of work I do, please
<a href="">consider a donation</a>.<br/>
Thank you in advance for your support, and stay safe out there!<br/>