Hi Audacity Team,
Firstly, thanks for your product. As an IT professional, I have used countless software over the years (paid and free) but have always found your product to be one of easiest, simplest and most effective pieces of software to date. So please, keep up the great work.
Now while I have not experienced an issue, one of our clients appears to be having some trouble and I’m crossing my fingers this is something that can be resolved with your expertise.
Windows 7 64-bit / Audacity 2.3.X / Limited-technical knowledge
Client is unable to open MP3 files in Audacity via Firefox due to “… could not be found” dialogue.
Audacity is unable to open any parsed file from Firefox containing spaces. Audacity appears to be treating characters between spaces as individual files rather than one single file.
Now I have found one thread in particular which discusses this issue but more on Windows behaviour, particularly default file associations and shell commands. However it does highlight the requirement of encapsulating the variable (or passing filename) in quotations as to form a string.
It’s this particular reference that has caught my attention. I have reviewed various registry keys in relation to “audacity.exe” but all include the correct path:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\audacity.exe" "%1"
This subsequently averted my attention to Firefox and it’s handler of applications and MIME types. This led me down all sorts of paths, including Windows shell. Now I’ve dabbled in programming over the years and regard myself fairly experienced with computing in general but this is a red pill I’m just not ready to swallow yet…
Now I know there may be alternatives to this dilemma such as setting the default association for MP3 files to Audacity or simply using “Open with” when required via File Explorer, however these solutions are not ones I can bring to our client, unfortunately…
I’m hoping someone can point me in the right direction to resolve this. Perhaps someone with in-depth knowledge of Audacity and integration into Windows shell. Even a manual registry fix if at all possible, as long as the client can use Firefox, click a MP3 file and choose to “Open with” Audacity in the dialogue Window and not be presented with the attached screenshot due to spaces in the filename.
Your time and guidance is most appreciated.