Making Your Own MEAP Graphics

Cropped a little more

The most common problem that stops MEAP working is the Graphic Not Found Error.

This happens when MEAP is looking for a particular graphic (for example the Solo button) and because the button may not appear the same on all systems, MEAP may not be able to find it.

This is easy to fix. And as you probably know, if you send a message and Support Zip File to MEAP Support, you will usually receive a custom graphic specifically for your system within a few hours.

However, if you are in a hurry or even just a little interested, you can do it yourself.

So here’s the steps:

Finding What Went Wrong

MEAP has already tried to give us a clue which graphic it could not find, in the error message.

Graphic Not Found - Argggh!
Graphic Not Found – Argggh!

In this case it was the Solo button. It was lit up within Cubase but for some subtle (or sometimes obvious) reason, MEAP didn’t recognise it.

You can access the ZIP file that MEAP has created directly from this message by clicking the ZIP button.

The ZIP button
The ZIP button

Or if you have already closed the message, you can go to the place that the ZIP file is stored:

ZIP File located
ZIP File located

Usually this file can be found in the following location:

Windows Vista: Windows 7: C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\zip\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\zip\

Open the Zip file and you will see a group of files. One of them should be named final.bmp (Note: If the final.bmp does not exist, simply use any screen shot that contains the graphic areas you need).

ZIP File open
ZIP File open

If you look at this screen shot you should see the button or area that MEAP was looking for. To your eyes it may look OK but sometimes computers can be very picky.

MEAP's final screen shot
MEAP’s final screen shot

Making Your Own

So now we are going to make our own version of the graphic – So it is exactly matched to your system and MEAP will always see it.

First, make some copies of the final.bmp so that you can rename them correctly before editing. The new graphic must be a Bitmap and stay in the same format that MEAP used.

Locate the MEAP graphic folder. In this case Cubase 6 graphics:

Windows Vista: Windows 7 – C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\c6gfx\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\c6gfx\

Decide which graphic you are going to make and rename one of your final.bmp copies to the same name as that graphic. In this case the name would be c6solo.bmp

MEAP's original graphics
MEAP’s original graphics

Open your favourite photo editing software and load in the final.bmp

We now need to look at the original graphic (c6solo.bmp) and roughly crop a similar graphic from the newly created c6solo.bmp that came from you final.bmp

Zoom in so that you can see how the original graphic was cropped. It is important that the graphic is cropped in the same way, especially for the Path graphics.

Roughly cropped button
Roughly cropped button

Then we can start to crop down the new graphic and zoom in until they look similar.

Cropped a little more
Cropped a little more

Finally you should end up with a graphic that looks almost identical to the original. But remember this has been made from your own screen shot so it will match your setup exactly.

The Final Cropdown
The Final Cropdown

Now – Save the file. Do not change the file type or make any adjustments to colour or contrast, brightness etc. This is why we renamed the final.bmp to the button name before we started editing. So you can simply save the new file.

When you have saved the file and repeated this procedure with any other graphics that may have caused errors you can now copy your new graphics over the original. (Don’t worry the originals are all backed up should you ever need to restore them). Copy the new graphics here:

Windows Vista: Windows 7 – C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\YOUR AUDIO APP\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\YOUR AUDIO APP\

In this case YOUR AUDIO APP would be c6gfx

You now have a set of graphics that are totally matched to your current system. Keep them safe! If you ever re-install MEAP or install an update, you will need to copy these graphics over the originals again.

Good luck and happy exporting.

What do the different MEAP locator options mean?

Start to Last Part

Probably the most powerful part of MEAP is its ability to set locators differently for each file that is exported.

Here is some more information on what the different locator export options actually do.

Main Locator Options:

All Project

All Project
All Project

The locators will be automatically set to encompass all of your project before export begins.


Parts on Tracks

Parts on Tracks
Parts on Tracks

The locators will be automatically set to encompass all of the parts on each track individually.


Start to Last Part

Start to Last Part
Start to Last Part

The locators will be automatically set so that the left locator is always at the beginning of the first part in the project but the right locator is at the end of the last part on each track.


Zero to Last Part

Zero to Last Part
Zero to Last Part

The locators will be automatically set so that the left locator is always at the beginning (zero) of the project in the project but the right locator is at the end of the last part on each track.


First Part to End

First Part to End
First Part to End

The locators will be automatically set so that the left locator is always at the beginning of the first part on each track but the right locator is at the end of the last part of the project.


Separate Parts

Separate Parts
Separate Parts

Each part will be separately exported one at a time. MEAP does this by reading the left locator position of each part and then exporting it. After export MEAP moves the locators to the next part and exports it. When MEAP reaches the first part again it will move to the next track.


Manually Set

MEAP will not change your locators. They will remain as they were before you started your MEAP export. So you can set your locators anywhere.

Don’t forget, any nose or tail you have set up will always be added to any of the locator settings.


Marker Exports:

Export Cycle Markers

Export Cycle Markers
Export Cycle Markers

Each cycle marker range will be separately exported one at a time. MEAP does this by reading the left locator position of each range (according to your Transport Time Display) and then exporting it. The export will be named after your default file name with _pt01, _pt02 etc. appended to the name. After export MEAP moves the locators to the next cycle range and exports it. When MEAP reaches the first part again it will finish.


Export between Single Markers

Export Single Markers
Export Single Markers

Each marker range will be separately exported one at a time. MEAP does this by reading the left and right locator position of each marker range (according to your Transport Time Display) and then exporting it. The export will be named after your default file name with _pt01, _pt02 etc. appended to the name. After export MEAP moves the locators to the next cycle range and exports it. When MEAP reaches the first marker again again it will finish.


Setting Transport Time Display:

You must set your Transport Time Display option correctly in order for some locator options to work

You must have the left locator displayed in your audio application transport bar.

If you have Bars+Beats visible in your Transport you should choose Transport Time Display = Bars+Beats

If you have Seconds visible in your Transport you should choose Transport Time Display = Seconds

If you have Timecode visible in your Transport you should choose Transport Time Display = Timecode

If you have Samples visible in your Transport you should choose Transport Time Display = Samples

Which languages does MEAP work with?

Languages

Product Information

Latest MEAP Version: 8.11.124 born on Mar 04 2020

MEAP is Compatible with the following Steinberg Windows Audio Applications:
  • Cubase / Nuendo 10.x Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 64 bit)
  • Cubase 9.5 Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 64 bit)
  • Cubase 9 Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 64 bit)
  • Cubase 8.5 Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 8 Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 7.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 7.5 (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 7.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 6.5 (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 6.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 6.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 6.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 5.x Inc. Studio (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 5.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 4.x Inc. StudioEssentialAILE (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 4.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase SX3 Inc SLSE (Windows)
  • Nuendo 3 (Windows)
  • Cubase SX2 (Windows)
MEAP is a Windows only application. MEAP will run on all known current versions of Windows 32 bit and 64 bit.

Languages supported are: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish.


Running MEAP in other languages may require changing your Windows keyboard language temporarily.

How do I use the MEAP Shots application?

The MEAP Shots application (included with MEAP), is used to assist making custom MEAP graphics.

The resulting files can then be sent to MEAP Support or edited yourself.

This will avoid any Graphic Not Found errors happening when running MEAP.

 

Path Not Found – Help!

MEAP can name your exported files with the name of each track that is exported.

Sometimes MEAP cannot send key commands because it does not have administrative permission. You will have to make sure you are running MEAP as an Administrator.

On some Windows systems you will have to make sure you are running MEAP as an Administrator. An ordinary process (a process run as a standard user) can not interact with or exchange information with an admin process. So if your audio application is running with elevated privileges, MEAP cannot interact with it.

As of version 7.67.050 you can now simply start MEAP by selecting the shortcut “MEAP (Run as Admin)“.

Or make sure you set MEAP to Run as Administrator. You can do this by Right Clicking on the MEAP short-cut and selecting “Run as administrator”.

Run as administrator

MEAP needs to find areas of your screen in order to take certain action.

In Cubase 5 and 6 – this applies to the Export Button and the Path area in the Export Audio Dailog. For example you may see that the “path” cannot be found. This is because MEAP needs to find the text “path” on your screen and match it to a previously captured image of that text.

Many displays are different. Colour of buttons may be subtly changed. Some folks use Clear Type, some do not. Also Clear Type itself is different on nearly every machine.

So if the buttons on your display are different to the original versions, MEAP may fail. There is a large amount of “tolerance” involved which attempts to compensate for these differences but sometimes the difference is just too much. If that is the case you will see this message.

Graphic Not Found
Graphic Not Found

Unfortunately, if you see this dialog, MEAP will have to stop. We have done everything we can to try and make people aware of this potential problem.

A great deal of time has been spent making an easy way to fix this problem if it occurs. It takes a matter of minutes.

The dialog will give you a good idea what may have caused the problem. You will see in the dialog the exact image(s) that MEAP was looking for.

MEAP also makes a zip file that contains:

  • MEAP screen shots
  • MEAP ini file
  • MEAP settings and location

You then have some options:

  • If you click ZIP – You will be taken to the folder where MEAP stores the current zip file. There you will be able to open and examine the zip file. You will also see a message reminding you to post the zip file along with a support request.
  • If you click SCREEN – the folder that contains the screen shot that MEAP was looking at will be opened so you can examine it.

It is then simply a matter of submitting a support request, attaching the ZIP file, along with a short message about what happened. As this ZIP file contains shots of your actual screen, it is very quick and easy task to edit this into a matching set of graphics for you.

So – You will receive (very quickly) a set of custom graphics that exactly match your set up. Once this issue is fixed it will stay fixed permanently.

Please make sure you post a support request as soon as possible, with details of your problem and include the zip file as an attachment. So that your support request can be followed up as quickly as possible.

Of course if you are in a real hurry you can edit your own buttons.

There is also some more detailed information about this in the MEAP manual or online manual.

 

MEAP Stops after entering track name

Symptoms:

  • Everything is running fine but then MEAP seems to hang after entering your track name.
  • The EXPORT Button does not get pressed.
  • You are using Cubase 6 or 7 or Nuendo 5 or 6.

First double check that you have in fact set up the MEAP Key Commands. Then look in the Key Commands and make sure that Key Command for Audio Export – Perform Audio Export
does exist. If the Ley Commands are setup and that Key Command exists and still the export gets stuck you need to change the way MEAP presses the Export Button:

Open the meapdefs.ini file

Look for:

[other_options]

Look for the line:

press_67_button=KeyCommand

Change the value to “Button” to us the old image recognition method.

So it becomes:

press_67_button=Button

Test with a small dummy project.

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