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Writing Audio CDs

Sat, 12 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

"Perhaps they were expecting someone to write an audio recorder in Visual Basic?" Paul DiLascia writes, somewhat sarcastically, in the April 2004 issue of MSDN Magazine on the subject of the Image Mastering API. Whether they were expecting it or not, here it is: a VB application which creates audio CDs.

Using WinAmp In Plugins From VB

Sat, 12 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

Winamp is one of the better music player applications out there, and one of the neat features is its extensive support for plugins, most of which are developed and made available independently from Winamp. This article provides a small DLL and source which allows you to use these plugins to play and convert audio files relatively easily from VB. It has been tested with the MP3, MP4/AAC, APE (Monkey's Audio) and Ogg Vorbis plugins; it should work fine with the other plugins for more esoteric tracker and console formats out there too.

Simple Data CD Creation Using ICDBurn

Sat, 12 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

Windows XP and above include built-in support for burning CDs. This sample demonstrates how to use the simple ICDBurn API included in the shell to create data CDs from within a Visual Basic application.

Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Library for VB

Sat, 12 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

IMAPI is provided with Windows XP and above to provide full control over the creation of audio and data discs. This sample provides a wrapper around the API allowing it to be used from VB.

Creating New Desktops and Running Applications

Sat, 12 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

All varieties of Windows NT since 3.51 include the ability to create and run multiple desktops. Normally, this feature isn't used, and all applications run within the "Default" desktop. However, if you want to create a kiosk-style application which has a full-screen interface, and prevents Ctrl+Alt+Del or any of the other standard Windows options from being accessed, then this technique is the way to do it.

CD Ripping in VB Part 2

Fri, 11 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

This sample provides a more sophisticated CD Ripper which is capable of writing MP3 files by adding the following: A plugin-based architecture for writing audio files.Implementing a WAV to MP3 encoder. The audio plugins can be re-used wherever you want to be able to create audio files.

CD Ripping in VB Part 1

Fri, 11 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

This sample looks at ripping CDs from VB using the CD ripping library provided with CDEx. In addition to providing a VB compatible wrapper around the CD ripping functions, it provides a buffered WAV file writer which can be reused for other applications such as audio recorders and processors.

VB IMAPI (CD Burning) Interfaces (IVBIMAPI.tlb)

Thu, 10 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

This type library provides access to the various objects exposed in the Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI). This API allows you to burn audio and data CD-R and CD-RW discs. Note that this API is only available on Windows XP and above.

Preventing Logoff or Shutdown

Wed, 02 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

Sometimes if an application is performing a long operation you do not want the user to log-off or shutdown the system until it is complete. An example is when burning a CD, as the CD burn will be terminated and the disc potentially ruined. This sample demonstrates how to respond to the WM_QUERYENDSESSION message to prevent this from occurring.

Mapping NT Device Names to Drive Letters and vice-versa

Wed, 02 Jun 2004 01:00:00 GMT

This tip demonstrates how you convert between MS-DOS style drive letters and NT-style device names. This can be useful if you're working with an API that exposes an NT device name, such as IMAPI for CD Burning.

Runnable Type Library (Runnable.TLB)

Fri, 21 May 2004 01:00:00 GMT

This Type Library was originally provided with the CodeFlow sample from the VB Owner's Area at MSDN. It contains only one interface declaration (which could equally be written in VB as a class) but does allow an ActiveX object to be created without its public interface being cluttered with items the user of the object does not care about.