MenuMagic's currently implemented features as of v2 (April 2018)

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KVRer
6 posts since 3 Mar, 2007

Post Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:50 am

Last updated April 2018

MenuMagic v2
Agitated State has released version 2.0 of MenuMagic, the plug-in management toolbox specially designed to work with Cakewalk DAWs (Cakewalk by BandLab and/or Sonar). Its powerful toolset enables you to analyze, fix issues and organize your plug-ins (VST3, VST, DX, 32-bit, 64-bit) into menus quickly and easily.

Features:
  • Supports both Cakewalk by BandLab and Sonar DAWs – from last version of Platinum to back to v6.02.
  • Works on Window 10 through XP.
  • VST2, VST3 and DX support/handling.
  • MenuMagic Status tab notifies you of plugin modifications, system changes, warns you of stale backups, un-applied changes and more.
  • Made a mistake? Instantly revert to your last saved settings.
  • Tools to easily backup/restore Cakewalk VST registry.
  • User friendly customizable interface
    • Resizable GUI.
    • Customize the appearance of MenuMagic to your taste with 14 selectable skins plus tweakable hue, saturation and alpha settings.
    • Remembers size & placement of program location on given screen/monitor.
    • Thorough use of tooltips (mouse over hints) though out MenuMagic make the program easy to learn and understand.
    • Additional plugin filters - in the Categorization & Name Fixes tabs let you additionally filter plugins based on type and bit level (32 or 64-bit).
    • Support non-English languages (including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, etc.) for plugins and when building menus or renaming plugins.
  • Advanced Plugin Renaming/Name Fix Module with Plugin Type Filtering
    Sophisticated plugin name managements tools make your life easier.
    • Rename plugins to make them easier to identify (such as with Kontakt where the 2out, 8out, 16out versions all show up in menus with same name).
    • Cascading find and replace options that can operate globally or on selected plugin names.
    • Add a prefix or suffix to your plugin names based on type (i.e. VST, VSTi, DX, DXi).
    • Ability to add bit type (32/64) as suffix to plugin name that will show up in Sonar's plugin menus (when you create custom menus using only Sonar's Plugin manager this information is lost).
  • Advanced Dupe plugin handling
    • Hide plug-ins from appearing within your DAW or unHide them - quick, easy & NON-PERMANENT.
    • One click auto-hide dupes from appearing in your plugin menus.
    • Works even with plugins located in protected folders.
    • Dupe counter in stats reflects # of dupes that can be eliminated/hidden.
    • Under your control - you choose can choose if the VST3, VST2, 64-bit or 32-bit version is used or hidden and if desired unhide at a later time.
    • Detail panes show detailed file information and VST plugin information on selected plugins.
    • Direct access to plugin's folder location allows you to perform manual file actions if you so desire.
  • Menu Creation options
    The Menu Creation tab is where you actually create/implement/preview your customized plug-in menus (based on what you've done in the Categorization and Name Fixes tabs).
    • Preview how your custom plugin layout menus as will appear in Cakewalk or Sonar.
    • Assign your layout to any or all of Sonar's clip menus, processing menus, etc. (eg SynthRack, AudioEffectBin, etc.).
    • Rearrange your initial menu to create sublevels/submenus.
    • Clone menu, sections of menu or copy from pre-existing menus to create your new multilevel masterpiece.
    • Control Cakewalk's & Sonar's VST scanning
  • Control the VST Scan Folders list.
    • Control VST scanning options (rescan failed, rescan existing, reset, scan on Cakewalk/Sonar launch, etc.).
    • Options to eliminate duplicate & recursive paths so that list is optimized for faster scanning.
    • Easily transfer list of VST Scan Folders from Sonar to Cakewalk by BandLab.
  • Plug-in Info Grid
    Fully searchable Plug-in Info Grid shows you details on all your VST / DX plugins and identifies duplicates.
    • Multi-column bi-directional sorts let you see your data in whatever manner you desire.
    • Plug-in Grid shows all modifications made since your last save in red.
    • Hit Ctrl-F to search grid for what you're looking for - plugin names, paths, etc. Hit F3 to search for next match.
    • Export a color coded HTML copy of grid for your records or for reference.
  • MenuMagic Tray Icon App.
    • MenuMagic update detection.
    • Get notified (or manually check) if there is a new version of MenuMagic available.
    • Directly launch VST Scanner.
    • Directly launch VST Scanner then automatically launch MenuMagic.
    • or just launch MenuMagic.
  • Other features:
    • Verifies that Sonar's database has the correct bit level (32 vs 64) set for your plugins (and lets you easily correct them if not) to avoid plugin mishandling.
    • Improved performance over v1 - if VST plugin scanner has not been run skips database scans for faster loading.
    • Found a bug or got a program suggestion?
    • Bug Report button allows you to easily submit your problem or request directly to Agitated State to be reviewed by our programmers.
    and more.


    MenuMagic v1 (b1.6.6.3)
    • This is the last version that supports all 3 flavors of Cakewalk's older DAWs - Sonar, Project5 and the VST Adapter (older versions of Sonar, Project 5 & other Cakewalk DAWs).
    • It does not support Sonar X3 or newer.
    • Support for Sonar X2a and previous versions.
    • MenuMagic 32bit/64bit support of Cakewalk DAWs installed on Windows10 to XP.
    • Recognizes and automatically pre-Categorizes over 1200 different plug-ins when program is run for the first time or when new plug-ins are discovered.
    • Allows you to quickly and easily customize the arrangement of your VST & DX plug-ins into Categories that will act as sub-menus within Sonar, Project5 and other Cakewalk DAWs.
    • Categories are completed customizable. Easily Add, Delete or Rename Categories and/or modify their tooltip descriptions.
    • Instantly find new plug-ins that have been added to your system with the 'New' filter or by using the 'UnCategorized' filter see just those plug-ins that are not yet assigned to a Plug-in menu.
    • The ability to synchronize plug-in settings between Sonar, Project5, the VST Adapater (Sonar3-5). This includes categorization (what menus plug-ins appear in) and name fixes (fix once/fixed everywhere).
    • Total control - Plug-in synchronization, automatic plug-in name cleanup, automatic categorization of new plug-ins are optional settings that can be turned on or off.
    • Duplicate Plug-in Fixer - Detects duplicate plug-ins and lets you disable duplicate VSTs on your system.
    • Special option for Sonar - assign plug-in layout menu to be the default menu for special Sonar area such as SynthRackSynths, TrackAudioEffects, TrackSynths, etc..
    • Using more that one version of Sonar?
      Set where individual versions of Sonar look for their plug-in layout menus or synchronize them to all use the same folder!
    • Control Sonar's VST scan folders list - options to eliminate duplicate & recursive paths so that list is optimized.
    • Thorough use of tooltips (mouse over hints) though out MenuMagic make the program easy to learn and understand.
    • Sophisticated plug-in name managements tools such as
      • Casading find and replace options that can operate globally or on selected plug-in names.
      • Prefix or suffix plug-in names based on type (i.e. VST, VSTi, DX, DXi).
    • Hide plug-ins from appearing within your DAW or unHide them - quick, easy & NON-PERMANENT.
    • Menu Preview option lets you see how your settings will appear within Cakewalk menus before you implement your changes.
    • Your MenuMagic settings are preserved and protected from VST Adapter changes - re-implement your settings with one click!
    • VST Adapter monitor - warns you when the VST Adapter has changed system settings that will effect your plug-ins.
    • MenuMagic Status tab notifies you of plug-in modifications, system changes, warns you of stale backups, un-applied changes and more.
    • Fully searchable Plug-in Info Grid shows you details on all your VST / DX plug-ins and identifies duplicates. Multi-column bi-directional sorts let you see your data in whatever manner you desire. Grid has a full screen mode option as well.
    • Plug-in Grid shows all modifications made since your last save in red.
    • Duplicate Plug-in Fixer - new as of v1.1. MenuMagic give you the tools to intelligently resolve duplicate plug-in problems affecting your Cakewalk DAWs.
      • Quick view grid shows all possible dupes in all of the plug-in system layers (VST Adapter, Project 5 and Sonar) at the same time!
      • Detail panes show detailed file information and VST plug-in information on selected plug-ins(DX plug-ins will display only file information)..
      • Disable selected plug-ins or re-enable disabled dupe plug-ins (if you disabled the wrong one) at a later time.
      • Direct access to plug-ins folder location allows you to perform manual actions if you so desire.
    • Made a mistake? Instantly revert to your last saved settings!
    • Customize the appearance of MenuMagic to your taste with 14 selectable skins plus tweakable hue, saturation and alpha settings.
    • Cakewalk VST registry backup/restore tools.
    • Global Plug-in undo - oops proof - one button resets all of your plug-ins settings back to how they were before using MenuMagic. This feature also works great if you have to switch between Cakewalk & non-Cakewalk DAWs - and re-implementing your previous MenuMagic settings is a one click operation.
    • Global Program reset - reset all of MenuMagic settings back to their initial out-of-the-box defaults.
    • Found a bug or got a program suggestion? Bug Report button allows you to easily submit your problem or request directly to Agitated State to be reviewed by our programmers.
    and more!

    MenuMagic has been tested on the following Cakewalk DAWs:
    MenuMagic v2
    • Cakewalk by BandLab
    • SONAR 2015 (Platinum, Professional, Artist)
    • SONAR X3 all versions
    • SONAR X2 all versions
    • SONAR X1 all versions
    • SONAR 8.5 all versions
    • SONAR 8 all versions
    • SONAR 7 all versions
    • SONAR 6 v6.02 and higher
    MenuMagic v1
    • SONAR X2 all versions
    • SONAR X1 all versions
    • SONAR 8.5 all versions
    • SONAR 8 all versions
    • SONAR 7 all versions
    • SONAR 6.0 all editions
    • SONAR 5 all versions
    • SONAR 4 all versions
    • SONAR 3 all versions
    • Project5 Version 2 and 2.5x
      It should also work for (via VST Adapter support):
    • Guitar Tracks Pro 3
    • Home Studio 2
    • Home Studio 2 XL
    • Music Creator 2
    • Kinetic

Now for a limited time you can pickup MenuMagic for only $XX.XX!
The OMG it's finally been released sale!
and it comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Click here for more information.

Buy now and you will receive BOTH the versions of MenuMagic.
V2 - supports Cakewalk for BandLab and Sonar (from last release back to v6.02)
V1 - supports older versions of Cakewalk DAWs that use the VST Adapter like Project 5 v2, Sonar5, etc.

More info on MenuMagic is available on our KVRaudio forum

Click here to get your copy of MenuMagic now!

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KVRian
658 posts since 5 Jul, 2005 from Southern California

Post Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:32 am

Update list with latest new MenuMagic v2 feature...

MenuMagic is an enhanced plug-in manager for Cakewalk's Sonar Digital Audio Workstations that takes the concept of plug-in management to whole new levels.
MenuMagic Features

Changes in MenuMagic v2 (beta build 1.8.7.0)
Plug-in32 bit/ 64 bit verification:
  • MenuMagic now verifies the bit level of your plug-ins - checks to see if you 64 bit plug-ins are actually 64 bit, the 32 bits are actually 32 bits, etc..
    • Because some plug-in vendors use the same file names and same VST ID#s for both their 32 & 64 bit plug-ins
    • and because a lot of time plug-in installers aren't programmed to remember where the last version of where their plug-in was installed to..

    It is really easy in some cases to accidentally mix up your 32/64 bit plug-ins.
    You can use the Plug-in Info Grid and see if you have had this issue.
  • MenuMagic now offers to Fix errors in Sonar's Plug-in database (not MenuMagic database) were some plug-in are miss-identified as being the wrong bit type(I.E. 32 bit identified as 64 bit and vice versa).
    Problem occurs when plug-in is changed AFTER the initial time it was scanned.
    For example you accidentally install a 32 bit plug-in in your 64bit plug-in folder and catch the problem AFTER you have run Cakewalk's VST Plug-in Scanner. Cakewalk's Scanner will NOT update the plug-in type information unless you check the 'Rescan Existing Plug-ins" option - which can be a major pain.

    When MenuMagic is run and scans your system - it catches these errors and now offers to painlessly correct them.
    There is no downside to fixing the problem, but still it's you choice.Image
Name Fixes / Menu Creation tab changes:
  • Under the "Suffixes & UnCategorized Plug-in Handling" added a new option to display suffix as either "32" or "(32-bit)"/ "64" or "(64-bit)"ImageHere's an example of how they look in a rendered menu.Image
Currently MenuMagic is discounted 50% until v2 is released!
$24.95
regular price $49.95
Discounts will expire on the final release of V2.

MenuMagic Purchase link

Buy now and you will receive the latest version of MenuMagic, access to beta versions and receive a free upgrade to version 2 when it is released.
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KVRian
658 posts since 5 Jul, 2005 from Southern California

Post Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:52 pm

MenuMagic v2 has been released!
Updated original post in this thread* with the current information.
*also purged most of the other posts...

This is a free update to currently registered users.
If you are a registered user you can use your personal download links to get the program.
Download "mm_v2beta_setup.exe" - it says beta but when you install it you'll see that it's actually the v2 release.


Now for a limited time you can pickup MenuMagic for only $XX.XX!
and it comes with a 15 day money back guarantee. Click here for more information.

Buy now and you will receive BOTH the versions of MenuMagic.
V2 - supports Cakewalk for BandLab and Sonar (from last release back to v6.02)
V1 - supports older versions of Cakewalk DAWs that use the VST Adapter like Project 5 v2, Sonar5, etc.

More info on MenuMagic is available on our KVRaudio forum

Click here to get your copy of MenuMagic now!
ImageCakewalk/Sonar Plugin Management Tools

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