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[Req] Modification to the PAF.

I am requesting that some modification be done to the Control section of the platform's appinfo.ini, and maybe up the version to a minor 3.1 to reflect changes.

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As it is right now, for an app that has multiple icons like libre office, we declare it like this which is confusing:
start=app0.exe
start1=app1.exe
name1=Application One
start2=app2.exe
name2=Application Two
extracticon2=app2.exe

I propose it be done like this which is easier to understand and write logic in the platform to split by the pipe symbol to get the values. (application.executable)|[name to display it as]|[extracticon]
the stuff in () is required and the stuff in [] is optional.

// All on one line version
start=app0.exe|app1.exe|Application One|app2.exe|Application Two|extracticon

// Multiple lines version
start=app.exe
start1=app1.exe|Application One
start2=app2.exe|Application Two|extracticon

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In the file type icons I propose it be done like this:

if the app supports extntions that the platform does not, then we can add these extensions like this:
video=np3,np4,nkv
ebook=pdf,book

Or if we want the app's own icon to show for the extensions instead of the platform's:
app=mp3,mp4,mkv

Or if we want a custom icon to show for the extensions instead of the platform's:
custom=mp3,mp4,mkv

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Phasing Out Multiple Icons

We're actively phasing out mult-icon apps. We only have two as exceptions, OpenOffice and LibreOffice, which kind of demand them by their nature. But most apps that have attempted to include them really don't need them.

Note: I deleted your duplicate topic. You can edit an existing one if you think of something you want to add as you did with Point 2 here.

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Thanks for replying man. I'm

Thanks for replying man. I'm honored by having the leader of the platform answer me. So what do you think about the second part?

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Probably Won't Do

Most of the extensions we're concerned about are already pre-defined. Any oddball video formats we'll likely be setting to a custom icon for the app since they're non-standard video files. Any specialized app-only formats we'll be using a specialized icon as well. So, there's really not much call for a video=, font=, etc lines. And there's no reason for app= as that's the default. Most apps will only have a couple extensions defined, so in some ways, this is a solution in search of a problem. If there were tons of apps that each had tons of extensions, that would be another story. But, the goal of each app is not to define every single extension they support. It's to associate with the things users would expect to be able to double-click in Explorer and have come up.

A handful of media players will have multiple extensions (VLC, SMPlayer. etc). But most apps will only have a few and they'll generally be either pre-defined (browsers open html, htm, etc) or specific to the app (Virtual Volumes View's vvv files). And just because an app does support a specific format, doesn't mean we'll be pre-associating it (Audacity supports mp3, wav, etc but is only associated with aup). The end user is free to associate things with more if they choose.

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OK I understand. Well I am

OK I understand. Well I am working on a gui for the appinfo.ini and was just checking on the best ways to collect data for creating the ini. For the most part its done, just missing an icon and for me to put in the load function. I have not released it yet. Would you be willing to try it out and tell me what you think? Because according to you there are features of appinfo that are going out. So if you can point them out for me, will be much appreciated. Its very small, I can post it for you in a zip file then you delete the post.

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