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General => MusicBee Wishlist => Topic started by: cartman005 on April 29, 2011, 12:45:06 AM

Title: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: cartman005 on April 29, 2011, 12:45:06 AM
It would be nice to be able to add PDF files to the library for album booklets. Is this something that you would consider?
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: munkee on May 03, 2011, 01:24:14 PM
+1 This would be useful for me  8)
Title: Browser for other JPGs, PDFs in the album folder
Post by: Greb on December 01, 2012, 05:17:16 AM
The cover is not the only jpg file in the album folder. Many times, in the folder or in some subfolder, there's other interesting jpg or pdf files.

How about a 'red/green light' that tells you about those files and allows you to click on and browse them.


Something like:

(http://i50.tinypic.com/2z5ru42.jpg)


And then you click and browse

(http://i49.tinypic.com/x51qi9.jpg)
Title: Re: Browser for other JPGs, PDFs in the album folder
Post by: adekker on August 16, 2013, 09:58:06 AM
I don't understand why pdf support is not standard in all media players. I really would appreciate a player that supports my music booklets (typically in pdf format) that reside in the album folder.
Title: Re: Browser for other JPGs, PDFs in the album folder
Post by: Zak on August 17, 2013, 07:37:25 AM
I don't understand why pdf support is not standard in all media players.
Because a PDF isn't a media file. Why should a media player know what to do with a PDF?

You can assign a shortcut to "General: Locate Selected Track in Windows Explorer" which would be a quick way to access any other files stored with the track.
Title: Re: Browser for other JPGs, PDFs in the album folder
Post by: adekker on August 19, 2013, 10:33:48 AM
Maybe PDF is not a media file according your definition, but it is digital information that accompanies the other media files.
If I bought a gramophone or a cd in the pre-digital era, I also knew what to do with an accompanying booklet, why should a media player not understand what to do? At least what the media player could do is indicating that there is additional information in the folder.
Title: Monitoring .pdf files
Post by: KissCool on February 01, 2014, 04:04:50 PM
Could MusicBee monitor .pdf files, plz?

My point is not to read pdf file with MusicBee.
But being able to launch a 3rd party software for reading my Digital Booklets with MusicBee would be nice.
(like we can do for video files):
(http://imageshack.com/a/img838/526/5pea.jpg)

The Digital Booklet should be listed under the last track (like iTunes Store does):
(http://imageshack.com/a/img31/7659/hkxi.jpg)

So, monitoring .pdf files (and maybe .cbr / . cbz files) and being able to launch an external software for reading them would be nice IMO.
Title: Re: Monitoring .pdf files
Post by: boroda on February 01, 2014, 04:11:53 PM
Big +1. It will be better to allow user to add any extensions for monitoring/manual adding to MB. Of course external app should be used to open unsupported files.
Title: Re: Monitoring .pdf files
Post by: blau on February 01, 2014, 05:30:27 PM
+1
Title: Re: Monitoring .pdf files
Post by: vzell on February 02, 2014, 03:21:15 PM
+1
Title: Re: Monitoring .pdf files
Post by: Alumni on February 02, 2014, 09:49:51 PM
Good suggestion. Being able to open the liner notes directly from MusicBee would be super.
Title: Re: Monitoring .pdf files
Post by: Bigmelwalter on February 02, 2014, 09:52:37 PM
+1
Title: Link to pdf booklet with album in library, please please
Post by: Bunthorne on November 23, 2016, 12:31:23 AM
Hi,

I have been using Musicbee for a a couple of years now, and in most ways I like it so much more than iTunes and other players. But there is one thing that has prevented me from using it as my main organizer for my huge library and forces me to keep iTunes on the computer too.

I would really love to have the file scan pick up pdf booklets that are in folders with albums and link the album art from within the library, so that a pdf reader can be launched with the booklet when clicking on it. Searching in windows explorer isn't the same. Often one does not even remember which albums came with booklets, so closing musicbee to search for a booklet adds many extra steps.

I understand the argument that pdf files are not media files, but they are part of albums and they provide important reference points while listening. Anything that increases their accessibility is good. Is it very difficult to program links into the library?

Thank you for considering this.
Title: Re: Link to pdf booklet with album in library, please please
Post by: CritterMan on November 23, 2016, 01:59:41 AM
I could see the value in this, specifically for those who have a lot of albums from HDTracks.
Title: "Booklet" Tab and Panel
Post by: Plaxmol on March 21, 2017, 03:46:39 PM
Hi!

I have a lot of music with Booklets in .pdf. A panel to access those files directly and a tab on edit mode will be a great idea.
Is there other people using Booklet?


Thanks!
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: MusicMee on January 11, 2021, 07:05:49 PM
+1

I have several pdf booklets that go unused because I forget I have them. Displaying them with an album (as the online service providers do) would be awesome! I'd be good with a simple link that launches a 3rd party viewer, it's more about knowing they are available when I am looking at/listening to an album. Of note: there are a few post similar to this one, which I think minimizes the requests (appear smaller than they would collectively). A quick search for "PDF" brings up at least 3 other similar feature requests.
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: The Incredible Boom Boom on January 11, 2021, 09:13:23 PM
+1
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: Bee-liever on January 12, 2021, 12:10:14 AM
I'd be good with a simple link that launches a 3rd party viewer, it's more about knowing they are available when I am looking at/listening to an album.
+1
Maybe something could be added to "Highlighting" to allow a rule
Folder> contains> PDF
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: psychoadept on January 12, 2021, 12:10:34 AM
+1, I have a growing number of PDFs  associated with my library

I also merged the half dozen or so other topics to this effect.
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: frankz on January 12, 2021, 12:49:05 AM
+1 - I never realized I wanted this, but I do.
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: vzell on January 12, 2021, 07:00:20 AM
+1
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: MusicMee on January 12, 2021, 03:24:45 PM
+1, I have a growing number of PDFs  associated with my library

I also merged the half dozen or so other topics to this effect.

Thanks psychoadept!
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: hiccup on January 12, 2021, 03:58:00 PM
I am guessing the intended purpose is to be able to quickly open booklets of releases?

If so, more often those will not be pdf's but image files containing scanned pages.
Or there can be several pdf's, or a mixture of pdf's and jpg's.

So I am not sure if a solution should be restricted to the pdf filetype.
Perhaps a shortcut to open a folder named 'booklet' (or something) if present and residing in the same folder as the music files would work better?

Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: psychoadept on January 12, 2021, 04:55:47 PM
If so, more often those will not be pdf's but image files containing scanned pages.

I'm getting a lot of booklets these days that are native pdfs, sometimes the source files used for printing booklets or just a virtual booklet, never printed.

I'd love to see something as simple as a PDF icon in the corner of the artwork that I could click to open in the default pdf viewer. Or even more basic, indicate presence of the pdf with an icon but right click to open it from the artwork menu. The most important part is the visual indicator of a pdf, in my mind.
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: MusicMee on January 12, 2021, 05:08:11 PM
I am guessing the intended purpose is to be able to quickly open booklets of releases?

If so, more often those will not be pdf's but image files containing scanned pages.
Or there can be several pdf's, or a mixture of pdf's and jpg's.

So I am not sure if a solution should be restricted to the pdf filetype.
Perhaps a shortcut to open a folder named 'booklet' (or something) if present and residing in the same folder as the music files would work better?



Most of my booklets are PDF (Qobuz's, HDTracks and iTunes all use the format, if I am not mistaken.) That said I think you make a good point. There are many booklets that are available via discogs, etc, that are collections of lose scanned images. It sounds almost like two unique asks...
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: frankz on January 12, 2021, 06:28:45 PM
I would like a visual indicator that does not mar the album artwork if possible.
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: psychoadept on January 12, 2021, 07:28:23 PM
I mean, you can already embed or link as many image files as you want so I feel like that's covered. I don't think pdfs can be embedded, but I don't see any reason they couldn't be linked to files the same way as images. I imagine in the tag editor you would just see a generic PDF placeholder in the artwork tab, maybe with the filename on the chance there's more than one.
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: frankz on January 12, 2021, 08:11:38 PM
I'd love to see something as simple as a PDF icon in the corner of the artwork that I could click to open in the default pdf viewer.
I was responding to this.  I would not like an icon overlaid on the artwork (if that's what you meant).
Title: Re: Ability to Add PDFs to Library
Post by: MusicMee on January 12, 2021, 08:57:30 PM
Apple and Qobuz both handled differently and both appear to work:

Apple allows for multiple booklets, perhaps to be included with groupings or subfolders (disc1, etc):

(https://routenote.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Music-metadata-digital-booket-in-PDF-format.jpg)

Qobuz, on the other hand, include an icon along with the album info (I couldn't find an image but here is a url):
https://play.qobuz.com/album/ys96i2ayewnpa

Both have their pros and cons. I imagine the qobuz approach would be easier to implement. The iTunes approach, on the other hand, I believe, offers more flexibility - ie booklets tied to groupings, multiple booklets tied to an album/box set, etc... the iTunes approach would also allow you to potentially manage the file name, the same track filenames are managed