Background noises can be good for productivity, no wonder that many like to go to a coffee shop, where non-critical tasks can be done pleasantly while sipping a cup of joe. As for me, I like rain and thunderstorms, but sadly I can't control the weather, and people around me would be cross anyway.
Recently I found Noizio on Mac, an app that lets you configure your own set of ambient sounds in the background. I enjoy using it, but mostly I work on Windows, and they didn't develop this app for my system. I wish someone made one! Well, actually...
Just set up which sounds you'd like to hear, adjust the volume for them individually and enjoy! If you've been looking for Noizio for Windows, look no further.
Developing this application was a lot of fun. The makers of Noizio didn't hide the sounds and artwork they used in their app, it was easy to extract them. When I looked into if I could implement such a multi-channel audio player, it turned out to be a smaller challenge than I anticipated. The rest of the work was just making everything work well and look pretty.
I don't work on Windows Forms applications too often, so I took the chance to try some new things with this one.
- The app utilizes DPI scaling, works well on all DPI settings. On High DPI displays it uses high resolution images; looks great on my retina Macbook Pro.
- I got to create and use custom controls for each sound, even the volume slider is custom to avoid displaying a selector border around them.
- It's available as Installer and Portable versions.
- The installer version saves sound settings in the user's Application Data folder, so it's usable by multiple users on the same computer, and also by roaming. The portable version saves sound settings in the application's folder.
Download the app for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
The app requires .net Framework 4.6 and Windows SmartScreen is going to complain about the installer because it's not digitally signed by a known publisher. You can install it anyway, won't harm your computer.
Big thanks to the makers of Noizio for the sounds and images, they deserve all the credit for those. Go and check them out if you've got a Mac!