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General => MusicBee Wishlist => Topic started by: hardo on September 15, 2011, 03:41:18 PM

Title: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 15, 2011, 03:41:18 PM
Can we get a narrowing link for search refinement like Windows MP does? I.e. click on an 'active' field which takes us to an exclusive list like artist or album. Like a hyperlink like you have all over your website here, but where the target is in the music library. I wish i could paste a picture to show you, - hard to explain.

Hey, learned how to paste a pic on the page today. Here is the pic of how i wish musicbee search refinement to work with the mouse over and then click to activate a link as per above message: Wait a few seconds and the image will appear below.
 (http://www.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/61b0f6080d3c420e8ab3a46334830212b9393174656a2efbb54b9d3317f6ae106g.jpg)
Title: Re: Improved search
Post by: ma_t14 on September 15, 2011, 04:04:34 PM
So why don't you post a screenshot then?  Use the guide found here: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=3998.0
Title: Re: Improved search
Post by: hardo on September 17, 2011, 05:53:31 AM
Live and learn. Thank you for this insight, definitely will apply it.
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Anti on September 17, 2011, 08:26:52 AM
I don't understand. What happens when you click the hyperlink?
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Steven on September 17, 2011, 10:14:30 AM
i am familar with this functionality - its like in the artwork layout and you double click on an album picture, it will navigate to the album and tracks layout, showing all tracks for the album.
So instead, you are viewing your albums in Album and Tracks layout, you move the mouse over say the genre displayed by the artwork, and if you click it, then it would navigate to show all albums from that genre.
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: ma_t14 on September 17, 2011, 01:51:37 PM
I like the idea. Especially considering the ability to do this: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=4360.0

Another thread with the same request: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=3060.0

So +1
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 18, 2011, 06:28:59 AM
Basically it narrows a search to show all elements linked to that hyperlink. In the above example, by clicking on Jack Johnson, only Jack Johnson related albums would appear.  For that matter, if I moused over the year or the genre or the album title, all related material would appear, to the exclusion of other artists / albums that listed in the initial search. It is a 'nice to have' as you could refine your search in fewer mouse clicks / key strokes, in a more efficient way then typing the exact phrase or artist  in the initial search pane. About half the 'other' music player do it (for eg Microsoft Media Player, Media Monkey etc)
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Steven on September 18, 2011, 11:21:43 AM
i've implemented this for the album and tracks layout but only when album fields are displayed to the right of the picture (like windows media player layout). Its not been done for when the album fields are displayed below the picture because there are some internal GUI glitch issues that arent easily resolved
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 18, 2011, 12:39:25 PM
Wow, thank you again Steven. When might the download be available. Thank you for all your hard work, i don't imagine you have a life outside of this anymore. When i'm 'big', i will certainly make a donation.
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Steven on September 18, 2011, 02:07:23 PM
this has the change:
http://www.mediafire.com/?047dqh1fv2zx1mq

its quite possible i've overlooked something with this so any feedback appreciated
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: ma_t14 on September 18, 2011, 04:30:37 PM
Quote
Its not been done for when the album fields are displayed below the picture because there are some internal GUI glitch issues that arent easily resolved

I think that having the info on the right of artwork is a waste of space (especially if you don't own a wide screen monitor). Oh well I guess unless you find a way to figure out the GUI glitches this feature albeit useful won't see much use from me  :(

Anyway Steven you are doing a great job (!) and the recent horde of topics in the wishlist forums is just "nitpicking". That goes to show how complete MusicBee is feature-wise. It's a matter of different routines and opinions now. Congratulations! It's the first time I see so much dedication towards a software project (including paid ones!). You really deserve a break from all this, just sit back and admire your creation  ;D
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Steven on September 18, 2011, 05:09:46 PM
i'll give the "below the picture" layout another go if i have time over the week
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 19, 2011, 05:07:46 PM
Steven, - weird, - i cant seem to download that file or retrieve it from my mediafire account.  It reports illegal compression or something like that.
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: ma_t14 on September 19, 2011, 05:17:44 PM
Use the direct link instead from the latest beta topic:

http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=4008.msg24483#msg24483
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 19, 2011, 05:34:49 PM
Thank you, downloaded the file that way.
Steven it works like a bomb!
If i discover any jitters i'll let you know.
Thank you for being so resposive.
The program is almost perfect for me now, but you know what they say about perfection being imperfection and focusing on a destination will leave you unsatisfied and all.....
Kidding. :-)
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Steven on September 19, 2011, 09:23:39 PM
this version now supports this functionality when the album tags are displayed below the artwork
http://www.mediafire.com/?1oo14sync75agaf
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: ma_t14 on September 19, 2011, 09:25:44 PM
Thank you!!!
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 20, 2011, 06:57:45 AM
Steven, so i was scrolling in track view and came accross an old album i wanted to listen to - obviously shown in one track. I see you haven't provided a hyperlink on the album, just the other obvious facets like artist / genre / year. Could you please make it active on the album title too? I could simply have clicked once and had the whole album displayed, - instead there were many more clicks / keystrokes to get there.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 22, 2011, 06:22:06 AM
I'm so dof (south african expression for 'numb in the brain).
I haven't seen the extra page tabs, so i have only been viewing page one always.
I best go back and check other posts to see your replies.
Gees Hardo!
Thanks for this mod.
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Steven on September 24, 2011, 03:58:55 PM
i've added clicking the middle mouse button in the main panel as a shortcut to right click/ Search.../ Find XXXX where XXXX is the clicked field
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: ma_t14 on September 24, 2011, 04:00:28 PM
That's great  :o
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 25, 2011, 07:08:01 AM
"i've added clicking the middle mouse button in the main panel as a shortcut to right click/ Search.../ Find XXXX where XXXX is the clicked field"

I have tried, but failed to understand how to use this function above. I have clicked everywhere. What is the 'main panel' anyway, - the library display?
Please don't forget to activate the album field, - this was part of the original concept.
Regards
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: ma_t14 on September 25, 2011, 09:21:24 AM
"i've added clicking the middle mouse button in the main panel as a shortcut to right click/ Search.../ Find XXXX where XXXX is the clicked field"

I have tried, but failed to understand how to use this function above. I have clicked everywhere. What is the 'main panel' anyway, - the library display?
Please don't forget to activate the album field, - this was part of the original concept.
Regards

I dont think the new version has been posted yet  ::)
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 26, 2011, 07:15:17 AM
aaaaaa - hah! :-)
So i'm not just not getting it.
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 28, 2011, 06:01:13 AM
Steven, you did request:

"Posted on: September 18, 2011, 02:07:23 PM
Posted by: Steven
Insert Quote
this has the change:
http://www.mediafire.com/?047dqh1fv2zx1mq

its quite possible i've overlooked something with this so any feedback appreciated"

I have prompted you a few times with reports that it works fantastically, but that you activate the 'Album' field as well.
Can you please?
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: ma_t14 on September 28, 2011, 09:28:56 AM
Why not use middle click? It should be working that way
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Steven on September 28, 2011, 09:05:00 PM
i've included album for the next update
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on September 29, 2011, 05:49:33 AM
thank you, - i can let this go now. :-)
When is the next update?
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on October 07, 2011, 05:44:45 AM
re update to version 1.3.4285 in downloads.
Man, that middle mouse button clicking on any field in the main pane to sort, is the sh*t!!! That is one up from my request here!
Well done Steven
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on December 12, 2011, 09:58:47 AM
Um, i have picked up a bug with this. Sometimes the mouse over fails to highlight fields. Here is a link to a small video file that demonstrates this: http://www.mediafire.com/?l3ezacxu8746z9p  The file name is 'Link error', -  so dont think you have just had an error when downloading,,,  What is weird is that you can scroll through 5 albums with all mouse over links working, then suddenly the next one none work and the next one some work etc. It is consistent in failing with the same albums each time, - its not random.
Ta
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: jbee on December 13, 2011, 12:33:15 AM
Um, i have picked up a bug with this. Sometimes the mouse over fails to highlight fields. Here is a link to a small video file that demonstrates this: http://www.mediafire.com/?l3ezacxu8746z9p  The file name is 'Link error', -  so dont think you have just had an error when downloading,,,  What is weird is that you can scroll through 5 albums with all mouse over links working, then suddenly the next one none work and the next one some work etc. It is consistent in failing with the same albums each time, - its not random.
Ta

Also, if I use "custom font" (and change the font to smaller; 6,75pt for example) it never underlines the links I hover.
On top of this, I'd like to add one small thing to the request;
"Album Artist" (which is displayed as "header") should be click-able as well (and let the user browse only that artist), just like clicking the "Album Artist" in the "Track Details Panel".
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on December 13, 2011, 07:21:25 AM
Interesting. Gonna try play with font sizes and see what happens. Re album header, - i agree, - should be link enabled. For that reason i dont use that display format, - which would be the prefered viewing option for me.
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on December 14, 2011, 06:27:55 AM
Steven could you please address this problem when you have a moment
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on December 21, 2011, 08:40:52 AM
I'm not sure if it is possible, but this bug seems to be getting worse.... less and less fields are link enabled.  Just done a new installation of windows 7 - could that be it - some library driver missing perhaps?
Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: hardo on January 03, 2012, 08:54:49 AM
Steven,
Um, please could you reply.
I hope you are ok, - you are normally responsive....

Title: Re: Improved Search Idea
Post by: Steven on January 03, 2012, 09:29:59 AM
i know what the problem is and will be fixed for the next weekly update