September 6, 1999: Blisslanddeluxe Vol. 2 will be available by the end of the year. It is presently being constructed with MediaChance Multimedia Builder, and will run on 32-bit Windows platforms.
Now, this all has been tested to some extent in IE3. I had to abort testing prematurely, however, when the sound kept getting stuck. I mean, it would not stop. Even closing the browser didn't help; I was forced to shut down the computer. After this happened twice I gave up. So please, DO NOT COMPLAIN TO ME if you have problems with the disc in IE3. In all liklihood the fault is with this inferior software, and not with my code.
October 26, 1998: Finally recorded the new drum samples. Next I'll burn a prototype of the second edition and review it before release, which should be very soon.
October 21, 1998: Put up this site. The second edition of Blisslanddeluxe is nearing completion. Basically all that remains is recording and incorporating some new direct-to-digital samples of the drum kit.
October 20, 1998: Tried the Beatnik plug-in and was not impressed with its handling of sound files. I would guess html pages and midi files have to really be designed for it. It may have potential for some future project.
October 13, 1998: Got Netscape 3.0 to open Bliss.htm directly from CD with no error messages, fully loaded with plug-ins and configured helpers. This would work nicely in Windows 95. Too bad I'm not allowed to distribute it this way. Too bad I can't afford to hire a programmer to write a browser for me.
At present this amounts, for the most part, to a compilation of whatever support is available on the CD itself. I expect it will be expanded over time.
If you decide to experience this CD in Netscape Navigator 3.x, you can expect maximum enjoyment. Other browsers may or may not be compatible.
For best results:
Your display should be set to 800 x 600 pixels, 24 bit color.
The browser window should be maximized,
And of course, your sound should be switched ON.
The majority of sound files which appear on the CD are of types designated by the following extensions:
For the fastest and most reliable operation from the CD,
close all other applications during use.
QuickTime Plug-In Assistance
A QuickTime plug-in or similar product is required to see and hear the .mov motion pictures in the browser, as intended.
One of the biggest gripes that people, including myself, have had about the new plug-in is the extent to which it wants to handle MIME types in Netscape. What follows, then, is a remedy which works, and in fact ought to work with any Netscape plug-in:
1. Install the QuickTime plug-in.
2. Exit Netscape if it is open.
3. Remove all contents from the Netscape Plugins directory
to a temporary directory.
4. Replace the Netscape default plug-in npnul32.dll.
5. Replace the QuickTime plug-in npqtplugin.dll.
6. Replace the remaining plug-ins in sequence from the lowest priority
to the highest (this sequence is arbitrary).
The movies appear without a controller. You should be able to control playback and pause functions with a left mouse click on the screen (Macintosh users double-click for playback), and some additional options may pop up with a right mouse click. Anyway, the animation should start automatically.
Windows 95 System Settings
Some settings you can try adjusting if the CD is performing badly.
With 16 or more mb RAM, setting both the MinFileCache and MaxFileCache vcache values (using separate lines of text for each) in the Windows 95 System.ini file to 2048 or 4096 may ameliorate OS disruption of playback. It is commonly recommended that the Windows virtual cache be fixed at a size corresponding to about 25% of installed RAM. This will allow some disk read caching, while preventing the OS from consuming all available memory for this purpose (which it does by default).
Write caching can optionally be disabled from the System applet in the Control Panel.
Likewise, establishing identical minimum and maximum values for virtual memory will prevent Windows from dynamically resizing the swap file. Ideally, the swap file can be temporarily placed on a virtual drive while the primary drive is defragmented. This will ensure that a permanent swap file is never fragmented.
Disable auto insert notification for the specific device(s) in the Device Manager.
Maximize the CD-ROM supplemental cache.
Ensure the sync data transfer option is disabled.
(Adjust these settings from the System applet in the Control Panel.)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x may work fine with the CD, or it may be a disaster. I don't know and frankly I don't really care. I do not intend to install that monstrosity on this machine just to find out. If I get around to it I'll test it on a spare PC.
Netscape Products Archive
Download the appropriate Navigator v. 3.01, or v. 3.04 if you prefer, for your platform.
Alternatively, Netscape Navigator 3.01 for Windows 3.1/95/NT or Macintosh
can be installed from the Software directory at the top level of the Blisslanddeluxe CD.
Choose the browser for your platform and read the associated
README and license text files.
These excellent .mp3 players are recommended.
Download from the appropriate Internet site, or install WinAmp for Windows 95/NT
or MacAmp for Power Mac from the Software directory at the top level of the Blisslanddeluxe CD.
To configure as a helper application in Netscape:
(Note: omit quotation marks in your typewritten entries.)
1. In Netscape, choose General Preferences from the Options menu,
and click on the Helpers tab.
2. Scroll and select the mime type "audio/mpeg" or "audio/x-mpeg".
If it does not exist, click on the Create New Type button, and create it
(type "audio" as the mime type and "mpeg" as the sub-type, then click OK).
3. Type "mp3" in the file extension field.
4. Select the "Launch the Application" radio button for the action to be performed.
5. Browse and find the executable (e.g. "Winamp.exe") file
in your mpeg audio player program, or type the path if you know it.
6. Click OK.
The next time you link to a .mp3 file, the browser should invoke the helper.
There are several reasons for getting the player from the Internet site.
The installation files are small, they are executable, and they are
constantly being revised.
This is a suitable replacement if you are not satisfied with the
VRML 3D plug-in that ships with Netscape.
A QuickTime plug-in or similar product is required
to see and hear the .mov animations in the browser, as intended.
How To Obtain Blisslanddeluxe
Go to the Chris Walton section in the Bliss Products Online Catalogue to read a description of the CD-ROM package.
Go here for ordering information. The current price is $10.00 U.S.