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  1. Paul Hagstrom

    Toast 10?

    I see that Toast 10 has been announced. I bought Toast 9 just under a month ago. Is there going to be any kind of grace period for upgrades, or do I need to pay all over again? I've bought every version of Toast since 6, it feels as if it is getting to be a bit pricey. I like it, I use it a lot, but it's getting to be the most expensive software title I own. (I did see that there is a $40/$50 upgrade discount for all current Toast 9 owners, but I'm still feeling a bit stung and I'm not sure that I got $50 worth out of Toast 9 during that one month.)
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    Toast 8.0.3 Breaks Apple's Dock in Leopard

    Interesting. I've had this problem too, though I never thought to blame Toast for it. However, it is happening on the machine I run Toast on, and has never happened on my other machine. If you find that your applications are not showing up properly in the Dock or in the Application Switcher (Cmd-tab), then you can open the Terminal and type this on the command line (making it unnecessary to log out): killall Dock This will restart the Dock, with all of the applications properly registered and displayed until the next corruption occurs. I find myself using this command a lot, I hope this gets fixed if it is a Toast problem (and it sounds like it probably is).
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    Toast 7 + Eyetv = 100% Virtual Memory (!)

    See also Toast 8.0.3 in 10.5.1 leaking memory when multiplexing? for a similar-sounding report.
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    Toast 8.0.3 in 10.5.1 leaking memory when multiplexing?

    Interesting. My problem seems less dramatic -- a lot of VM is being used, but I have never had it reach 8GB or had a crash. Also, the VM is released after quitting Toast. I've never experienced the problem before Toast 8, either, using pretty an much identical burning situation (same video files, in the same locations, etc.) The MPEG-2 files are generally ones that I converted myself from DivX or Xvid, using ffmpeg or mpeg2enc at half-D1 size. Different ones have different framerates (29.97 NTSC, 25 PAL, 23.976 FILM), but they are generally 4:3 352x480 (NTSC/FILM) or 352x576 (PAL) muxed with 224 kbps 48KHz MPEG 1 layer 2 audio. Specifically (ffmpegX generated this for me, but I now run it from the command line), the most common thing I do is this (takes a 23.976 16:9 source and converts it to a letterboxed 352x480 mpv file with 3:2 pulldown enabled, encodes 48K audio, and multiplexes it) video: ffmpeg -i inputfile.avi -y -f yu4mpegpipe -s 352x480 -map 0.0:0.0 -r 23.976 -an - | yuvscaler -v 1 -M BICUBIC -n n -m WIDE2STD -O SIZE_352x480 | mpeg2enc -v 1 -f 8 -F 1 -a 2 -b 2300 -q 5 -I 0 -M 2 -V 230 -S 9999 -d -p -o outputfile.mpv audio: ffmpeg -i inputfile.avi -y -vn -f mp2 -acodec mp2 -ab 224 -ar 48000 -ac 2 -map 0.1:0.0 outputfile.mpa multiplex: mplex -V -S 0 -f 8 -O 0 -b 230 -o outputfile.mpg outputfile.mpv outputfile.mpa This is probably more than you needed to know, but it does mean that pretty much all of the MPEG2 files I deal with are fairly uniform. It's possible, perhaps, that there's something funny about the headers that mplex (which I suspect more) or mpeg2enc (which I suspect less) creates that trips Toast up in some kind of subtle way. I also have not tried this with demultiplexed files on Toast 8.0.3, perhaps that would make a difference. If I get a chance soon I'll try it and report back.
  5. I'm using Toast 8.0.3 on Leopard (10.5.1), and what I'm doing is this: I take a number of files, which are already muxed MPEG2 with 48K audio (meaning: no reencoding needed, though Toast will still do the multiplexing step anyway), and add them to the DVD-Video pane. I save the video disc out as a disc image, which I will burn later (with the verification pass). What I observe is that although everything works just fine, when the procedure is over, Toast is using about 1.5GB of virtual memory. That's a lot of virtual memory. And if I then make a second disk image with different files (without quitting Toast in-between), the result is now 3GB of virtual memory used. Something's not right here. Toast 7 never did anything remotely like that, and the fact that the memory is not released when the image has been created suggests to me that it's a real memory leak somewhere, presumably in the multiplexing step. For reasons I don't fully understand, this doesn't seem to bog down my system really -- I think Toast must be reserving the memory but then never (or very rarely) accessing it again. But for now, I quit and relaunch Toast after every such disc image I make to keep the VM usage under control. Does anyone else see this? (Is this something unique to something in my configuration, or is this just a bug in 8.0.3?)
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    Fonts in Toast 7.1.2, well lack of.

    Right, I wouldn't suggest taking it out of the system folder, but rather putting a second copy of it in the user folder. I don't know how fonts work -- this might mean that the user folder copy will take priority when other applications need to use Lucida Grande, but I don't foresee that causing any serious problems. Nevertheless, Lucida Grande isn't actually the relevant font in most cases, it's just the default for when the right font can't be found. Presumably (if this idea works at all, at least) even better results would be obtained by putting the font that Toast actually wants for the menu template in the user folder. But, still, LG is far better than just blank text, so if having an additional copy of LG in the user folder at least allows the default to work, so much the better.
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    Fonts in Toast 7.1.2, well lack of.

    I haven't done serious troubleshooting on this, but it's possible that only ~/Library/Fonts (not /Library/Fonts) is being consulted (in the newer versions of Toast). I too had the disappearing font problem. I generally use the Corporate theme, which uses the Optima font. This font was in /Library/Fonts and I duplicated it into ~/Library/Fonts. Consulting recent DVDs I'd burned, it seems that the menu text has returned. Also, I note that on my system, Lucida Grande is only in /Library/Fonts and not in ~/Library/Fonts. Perhaps if Lucida Grande is copied into ~/Library/Fonts at least the default will come back. It would be worth a try. Copying fonts can be accomplished in Font Book by opening the Computer fonts and dragging into the User fonts.
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    Fonts in Toast 7.1.2, well lack of.

    Same thing seems to be happening to me, but Font Book tells me that Optima (I really only use Corporate) is in my font list, and I use no other font management software. I only just noticed the problem, but I bet I've burned a lot of DVDs that I didn't check that now have no text on them anywhere. It may have been since 7.1, I think it must have been, because I only updated to 7.1.2 today. Font Book verifies the font successfully. It's a True Type font. (Should it have been a PS font?) I copied it into my user font folder (was installed systemwide) in case that makes any difference. Opening the PSD file in Preview (I don't have Photoshop) does reveal a bunch of XXXXXes in what appears to be Optima. Quite frustrating, I haven't fiddled with my fonts at all, but now I have who-knows-how-many DVDs with only the labels I wrote on the disc in marker. Edit: I just tried it again, and it worked on this go, at least with a 2-up menu. It's possible that copying Optima into my ~/Library/Fonts folder actually helped. I haven't tested this on a 6-up menu, which is where I've seen the missing font problem before, so it might not be fully fixed. Perhaps it's just voodoo, but it's perhaps worth trying this maneuver of copying the font into the user fonts folder for anyone else having this problem.