I've played with a couple disk and was wondering if the following idea would work (and might make it into MenuShrink 3.0)!
It has to do with the delayed highlighting thing. I just shrunk a movie ("Blow" Reg. 1 US) where the menu buttons seem to become active BEFORE the highlighting is turned on.
MenuShrink still provides a working menu, but it is a bit peculiar in that the first time you get to the main menu, you see the buttons but not where you are among them ... you can click on them (with my mouse if using showtime) and the links work as expected ... or you can hit the next chapter button and get skipped ahead to a different version of the same menu (but this one has the highlighting turned on). OR -- you can just wait a few seconds and you automatically progress to the next menu (the one with the highlighting turned on).
The problem is that when using a stand alone, you don't know where you are in the menu (by just using the arrow buttons and pushing "enter/select") because there is no highlighting to track your progress.
I tried (Control-K) Killing the first (unhighlighted) menu but that caused showtime to crash. I restored and re-shrunk the menus normally with no REAL problems, just that minor inconvenience.
BTW, I LOVE that you can now select which frame to use! GREAT JOB! So handy! That's just great for movies where sometimes the default frame from the previous version happened to have a shadow passing over the menu button ... or something like "Men In Black 2" where the button text does 3-D transitions and sometimes isn't readable when it is edge-on. I really love the new version!
So anyway, my idea is this. And remember, I can't quite get my head around the intracacies of disk authorship, which is why I need your tool in the first place!
would there be a way to detect if two different menus, played in sequence, had the same links? and therefor, disable one of them?
What I mean is, I know Menushrink didn't get rid of the first menu (without the highlights) because the buttons were there, and they worked. But that menu spills into another menu after a certain amount of time, automatically, anyway.
Could Version 3.0 maybe look for Menus that spill into another menu (needing no interaction to do it) ... and then determine if the links in the first menu were any different from the links in the second menu? If not ... could it reauthor the dvd so the first menu can be skipped automatically?
Does that make sense?
If not, go ahead and take a well-earned vacation.