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General => MusicBee Wishlist => Topic started by: Mathiross on February 24, 2021, 11:50:39 AM

Title: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Mathiross on February 24, 2021, 11:50:39 AM
Hi, first of all, thanks a lot for developing the best music library software !  8)

I would like to suggest an alternate way to display grouping. I don’t know if something similar exists already or if it a has been proposed yet.
The purpose is to arrange albums like physical ones on a library shelves.
All is explained with this picture:

(https://i.imgur.com/ldTthGD.jpg)

It could also compact all and save a lot of vertical scrolling.
Here is the standard grouped view:

(https://i.imgur.com/Vq0Vv6b.jpg)

For artist grouping view, it could also display the round artist image.
Let me know if this project could be possible.

All the best
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Sofocl on February 24, 2021, 12:28:34 PM
+1
I don't use grouping because it's uneconomical.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Steven on August 01, 2022, 09:47:05 AM
Bumping this as I think its a good idea but would like to see more support before it would be implemented
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: The Incredible Boom Boom on August 01, 2022, 08:57:54 PM
+1 would be an improvement over the current way
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: BoraBora on August 06, 2022, 09:51:55 PM
+1, I'd like this.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: avididid on August 07, 2022, 04:27:17 PM
I would like to see this also!! Tks, DN
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: aktor on August 21, 2022, 12:51:16 PM
+1
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: fabulario on August 21, 2022, 11:17:48 PM
+1
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Tybot on August 22, 2022, 12:33:11 AM
Can't say for sure that I would use this but I'm always for more options on how to display the collection. The current grouping option is indeed uneconomical and it's the reason why I don't use grouping when displaying the album covers.

Adding to this suggestion, being able to change the background color and font would be nice to make these "group covers" blend in seamlessly.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Steven on August 24, 2022, 09:48:56 AM
This is done now for the v3.5 beta
https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee35_Patched.zip
unzip and replace the existing musicbee application files

In the Group By menu for the Album Covers view/ untick "Show Header in a Separate Row"

for skin developers to override the colours used:
Content[Artwork].GroupingHeaderFile bg="xx" fg="xx"
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: boroda on August 24, 2022, 02:14:24 PM
Steven, i get error on unticking "Show Header in a Separate Row":

MusicBee v3.5.8271.36235P  (Win10.0), 24 авг 2022 16:13:

System.NullReferenceException: Ссылка на объект не указывает на экземпляр объекта.
   в #=zhWkiOYVAEBaUuTlbKgOUUzcJYpm6.#=zystkm2TmSrVhdqsGhA==.#=zNkFCPX6XiUFEkQgfq8wrHuQ=.#=zXMjdA1uCrg3y6U0feQ==(Boolean #=zn4AiTHo56Os7)
   в #=zhWkiOYVAEBaUuTlbKgOUUzcJYpm6.#=zystkm2TmSrVhdqsGhA==.#=zNkFCPX6XiUFEkQgfq8wrHuQ=.#=zHTfIJ8SmdJzayYHkJg==(Object #=zs6SenPs=, EventArgs #=zQhPEl3k=)
   в System.Windows.Forms.Timer.OnTick(EventArgs e)
   в System.Windows.Forms.Timer.TimerNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   в System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: aktor on August 24, 2022, 02:16:23 PM
Same error.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: phred on August 24, 2022, 07:06:59 PM
Using 3.5.8271 P

This error only occurs when Group By Album Artist is selected and then unticking 'show header in separate row.'
If Group By Artist is selected then no error is thrown when unticking the header option.
Code
MusicBee v3.5.8271.36235P  (Win10.0), 24 Aug 2022 14:04:

System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
   at #=zhWkiOYVAEBaUuTlbKgOUUzcJYpm6.#=zystkm2TmSrVhdqsGhA==.#=zNkFCPX6XiUFEkQgfq8wrHuQ=.#=zXMjdA1uCrg3y6U0feQ==(Boolean #=zn4AiTHo56Os7)
   at #=zhWkiOYVAEBaUuTlbKgOUUzcJYpm6.#=zystkm2TmSrVhdqsGhA==.#=zNkFCPX6XiUFEkQgfq8wrHuQ=.#=zHTfIJ8SmdJzayYHkJg==(Object #=zs6SenPs=, EventArgs #=zQhPEl3k=)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Timer.OnTick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Timer.TimerNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Steven on August 24, 2022, 10:34:01 PM
It should be fixed now
https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee35_Patched.zip
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: phred on August 24, 2022, 10:51:04 PM
It should be fixed now
Confirmed. Thanks.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: aktor on September 05, 2022, 03:38:43 PM
I love it and now works fine. The right arrow like the OP suggested, maybe bigger, would be nice. Even better an the option to fill blank space wit artist picture like in artist view with additional settings for opacity and size.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Sofocl on September 05, 2022, 04:13:14 PM
Even better an the option to fill blank space wit artist picture like in artist view with additional settings for opacity and size.
+1
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: boroda on September 05, 2022, 07:00:59 PM
sort by album, group by artist or album artist, untick "show header in separate row". restart mb, it may be important! you will see black squares for empty artworks instead of placeholder images. click on any album (but not on "play" button of album), which doesn't have any artwork. error message will be displayed (null reference exception):


MusicBee v3.5.8281.33217P  (Win10.0), 5 сен 2022 21:00:

System.NullReferenceException: Ссылка на объект не указывает на экземпляр объекта.
   в #=zfmEiYLUoQSKymI9Z$RcWIe4OyM47.#=zzaGLg8BHnV7l$iR18w==.#=zG9cRqfIMcF8KHLYQn$oDeLA=.#=zoCKfmwz3VDw7OF6RqLxSl92E8OeV()
   в #=zfmEiYLUoQSKymI9Z$RcWIe4OyM47.#=zzaGLg8BHnV7l$iR18w==.#=zG9cRqfIMcF8KHLYQn$oDeLA=.#=z9Ps1vCPD0q4ZLLUQzA==.#=zK4$LDQ6shK4P(Boolean #=zzsLJjkQzoX5K, Boolean #=zIyf05bKqydXCCHKVYA==, Boolean #=zCeKsPg1btTgIwBK7aw==)
   в #=zfmEiYLUoQSKymI9Z$RcWIe4OyM47.#=zzaGLg8BHnV7l$iR18w==.#=zG9cRqfIMcF8KHLYQn$oDeLA=.#=z_sn4GDODtSrq(Int32 #=zbQnx3ws=, Boolean #=zOKeNNNzIygLL, #=zoOI1RKg= #=zYP9ApMCvA3Dp, Boolean #=zg3dhzYSzIOld)
   в #=zfmEiYLUoQSKymI9Z$RcWIe4OyM47.#=zzaGLg8BHnV7l$iR18w==.#=zG9cRqfIMcF8KHLYQn$oDeLA=.#=z5VQCsoBU3JDnJM7N7g==(Point #=zG8cGeuE=)
   в #=zfmEiYLUoQSKymI9Z$RcWIe4OyM47.#=zzaGLg8BHnV7l$iR18w==.#=zG9cRqfIMcF8KHLYQn$oDeLA=.OnMouseDown(MouseEventArgs #=zzWv04zI=)
   в System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseDown(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
   в System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   в #=z9pY_zgSwCJ4MhF0mLLp2mhg=.WndProc(Message& #=zt3d322U=)
   в System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
   в System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   в System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)


sorry for posting it here rather than in bug reports board. it seems that this topic is more appropriate.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Steven on September 06, 2022, 09:58:32 AM
thats fixed for the next update
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Sofocl on September 13, 2022, 04:38:59 AM
If there is a background image, the grouping fields disappear;
(https://i.imgur.com/CuMawyk.jpg)
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Steven on September 13, 2022, 09:31:21 AM
thats fixed now:
https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee35_Patched.zip
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: iamambuser on September 13, 2022, 01:31:22 PM
Just updated to 3.5.8289 and trying out the album cover grouping feature. Is there recommended font size/album cover size so the album artist name isn't cut off?
(https://i.imgur.com/nkpUznn.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/8iWFykU.jpg)
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: aktor on September 13, 2022, 01:41:38 PM
Try 8 albums per row. Font size not an option for now. I hope it would be implemented in the future.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Mr. Trev on September 13, 2022, 10:30:20 PM
Is there a way to return to the "old" view?
I'm not really a fan of how this is displaying my "recently added" playlist - I liked it better with each day on it's own line. Far less cluttered looking

Also it seems the "show header in separate row" doesn't do anything when showing/grouping by date added - maybe the reason i can get the old view, or maybe user error.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: boroda on September 13, 2022, 10:37:53 PM
"show header in separate row" can't be changed for auto-playlists, but auto-playlists follow this option if it's changed while viewing static playlist.
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Mr. Trev on September 13, 2022, 11:19:06 PM
I see.
I guess I'll have to be the old man yelling at clouds and say the old way was better ;)
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Steven on September 14, 2022, 10:06:36 AM
this version should work with auto-playlists and has font scaling in proportion to the picture size

https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee35_Patched.zip
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Mr. Trev on September 14, 2022, 04:11:03 PM
this version should work with auto-playlists and has font scaling in proportion to the picture size

https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee35_Patched.zip

Indeed, it does - and much improved IMO.
Thanks
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Mr. Trev on September 23, 2022, 05:59:48 PM
Maybe this should be posted in a different thread? <mods, feel free to move if necessary>

Going back on my grouping by date added… Is there a way to change the header to just display a shortened date? I don't need my additions grouped by the exact minute they were added - IIRC it used to just display "today", "yesterday", etc., but a recent update seems to have changed that
Title: Re: Alternate grouping view with a "cover" title
Post by: Steven on September 24, 2022, 09:18:50 AM
Going back on my grouping by date added… Is there a way to change the header to just display a shortened date? I don't need my additions grouped by the exact minute they were added - IIRC it used to just display "today", "yesterday", etc., but a recent update seems to have changed that
thats an oversight - its fixed now
https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee35_Patched.zip