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Back to wondering if I have an installation issue. Can't get GUI editor to do anything all.
August 7, 2017 - 10:52 pm
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I've watched every GUI related video over and over again many many times now. I must have followed along doing what seems to be working in the video, step by step, what feels like dozens of times now.

I have yet to alter even a single pixel. My custom GUI seems to show up blank no matter what I do in GUI editor.

It may be that GUI editor is not correctly writing the correct information over to visual studio, but I don't know enough about visual studio or how RackAFX does it's GUI editing to even go try to look at that code.

I have absolutely no clue if I'm doing something wrong, or if the installation of the tools isn't working correctly. 

You know what they say about doing the same thing twice and expecting different results. Well I've now proven that doing it many dozens of times for days on end doesn't help either.

Unfortunately, I can't even follow the debugging video suggestion since without the working knob graphic I can't actually build a plugin to debug.

I bought and have been reading the book. I watched all the videos.

Someone please help me. This forum is my last hope.

Here is the link to when I posted in the wrong forum trying to get help with this. It has more detail about what I've tried.


Sorry if I seem a little grumpy. This is getting very frustrating as I have an extremely cool transfer function I really want to work on but I've been stuck on the first project of the book, "Volume", for around two weeks now.

Not trying to pretend like I'm not being an idiot, because surely I am...but will someone please help me out and tell me how I'm being an idiot???? 

August 8, 2017 - 1:26 am
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Some kind of miracle happened. I finally got some graphics to appear and it seems to work.

This whole time I've been trying to do it exactly like the video and also follow the advice of trying to control the project as much as possible from within the RAFX interface rather than the Visual Studio interface. In this case maybe that advice wasn't applicable in my situation.

The thing that seemed to finally make the difference in my case is: near the end of the video after all the editing in GUI editor is finalized a final rebuild, load, and GUI summoning is performed to demonstrate the result in the RAFX.

Rather than a rebuild from the RAFX interface, I went to the Visual Studio interface and did a "Build Volume". That seemed to finally result in  a GUI as expected. It even worked.

If anyone can explain, why I should have known better in this case I'd definitely be grateful. 

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August 8, 2017 - 8:54 am
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When you rebuild from RackAFX, it issues a Save All command, then a Rebuild operation to VS (clean, then rebuild) which is the strictest and safest thing to do. Did you follow the instructions for preparing Visual Studio to issue this rebuild command?


Whether you build from VS or RackAFX makes no difference, but you should verify that your Rebuild operation is actually rebuilding the files. We did have some issues with a very few people who's compiler did not properly save the files before rebuilding, due to a timing issue. See Preferences -> Compiler/OS Save Time and set the value for Slow or Very Slow if this happens to you. This is rare, and has only affected three people to date, but it could be your problem. 

The GUI Designer writes the XML file that codes the GUI. You can see this file in Visual Studio named RackAFX.uidesc -- each time you exit the GUI Designer (or you hit the Update button in the GUI Designer), this file is altered. When you issue the rebuild command, the file should be saved first, unless you have the timing issue above. When the file is altered (aka "dirty") there will be an * next to the file name in the Tab in Visual Studio. After the Save All command is issued, the * will disappear. You can also see your edits as new lines of XML code in there.

- Will

August 8, 2017 - 9:27 am
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W Pirkle said
Did you follow the instructions for preparing Visual Studio to issue this rebuild command?

Alas, I had not. The shortcut needed to be assigned in my version of VS2015. I' have done it now and can test it more tonight to ensure I don't need to retime the delay.

My noob mind had misinterpreted the meaning of the word "remote" but now I get it. It's pinned right above this post....I should have known...Doh!

Thank you, Will. The light bulbs are starting to turn on. It's slower than I'd like since I seem to love to learn everything the hard way. EmbarassedLaugh

August 8, 2017 - 11:36 pm
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Assigning the hotkeys as per instructions definitely seems to have done the trick. 

As far as I can tell, I must not be one of the ones who needs to fiddle with save timing settings.

Volume knob works great in Reaper. And now the kid thinks the old man is lame for being so excited about such a seemingly small "effect".

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