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Plugins / Re: MusicBee Remote (Remote Control for Android)
« on: August 21, 2017, 01:48:25 PM »
Hello lordlance.

The installer is supposed to be an easy way for users that have MusicBee to install the plugin without having to locate anything on their own. This is supposed to go along with a MusicBee installation.

If you just want to extract the dll to a folder I always supply a 7zip archive, thus I am quite baffled by the fact that you had trouble finding the 7zip archive by "fortune" in this topic. If you check the plugin Releases on GitHub you can find the 7z along with the exe for every release in the last 4 years.
Thanks for the reply. Sure, I should have looked better, because in the 1st page of this topic you give all the indications. My bad.
I started from the last page searching for a solution, and I found the link in the previous pages, so... I did extra work for nothing  :)

Plugins / Re: MusicBee Remote (Remote Control for Android)
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:37:59 AM »
Hi! I love Remote. I didn't use it for a while. Now I needed it again, so I reinstalled the App on Android. The App told me that I was using an old version of the plugin in Musicbee. Well, I'll be damned, if I use an old version!
So I went here, and downloaded the 1.1 version. Men, it's a EXE file! Ok... When I launch it, it asks me for the Musicbee folder.
I use portable musicbee (on my NAS, so I can easily start it from any PC in my house). When I try to choose that folder, I can't go on with the installation. I tried to move the musicbee folder on my C:, but still I had no luck: this time, when I choose the musicbeeportable, the installer senses that there's the musicbee executable (I think), 'cause it turn on the OK button, but when I click "OK" to choose the folder, then I can't still prosecute with the installation (the Install button is grey, unclicable).
"Fortunately" in this thread I found a 7z file, that of course I downloaded, and manually substituted, 'cause it's a simple DLL.
So, I simply want to tell you that you should keep your installer more "raw", capable to force the installation on any folder, even on a "not-musicbee" one, so we can just extract the file, and move it in a different folder, eventually.

Questions / Re: Suggestions about a wireless speaker
« on: August 09, 2016, 10:05:38 PM »
Thanks Vincent for the first reply. Yeah, I think I'll choose wifi technology, but I'm pretty concerned 'cause I'm reading the forum, and I've known that there are (big?) problems with dlna plugin and newest MB versions. Also, searching for "Sonos" here in the forum (one of the brands I'm reading of), I also see problems.
This is why I'm asking for people that actually use (and that are happy with) one of these systems. I'd love for an useful solution (tech used, plugin used, eventually external software used etc.)
I'd hate to spend X money (200$?) and THEN discover that I'm opening a can of worms...

Sadly I tried to use the plugin too, but I get the aforementioned error.  :(

Plugins / Re: MusicBee Remote (Remote Control for Android)
« on: August 09, 2016, 03:13:55 PM »
I want to simply drop a HUGE THANK YOU for the whole Remote thing.
Men, this should be fully integrated in MusicBee... Awesome, super useful.

If I can humbly make a request for the wishlist: add the function to start playing an existing playlist, if technically possible, of course.

Questions / Suggestions about a wireless speaker
« on: August 09, 2016, 01:57:00 PM »
Hallo Bees. I'd love to get your suggestions to buy a wireless speaker/speakers for my home. This is how I listen the music right now:
MUSICBEE (with my huge collection, auto-playlists, star scored, etc.) running on a MICROATX-PC in my living room. Portable Musicbee, library, songs, playlists are all on my NAS. Optical cable goes from the PC to my LOGITECH Z906 5.1 speaker system.
I'm pretty happy of this combination, and usually my PC is always on. I connect to it with TeamViewer from other PCs or from my android phone, so I can start/stop music etc.

This is a good solution when I'm near the living room, 'cause I can listen the music, if I pump the volume up enough... but, of course, when I'm pretty distant (garden, bedroom) the thing becomes awkward. So, I'd love to add a wireless (wifi?) speaker to listen my songs. I don't like the idea to use other software or to continually export songs/playlist to another system, so, PROBABLY, I just need a kind of wireless speaker and a system to broadcast my audio-out stream to it. OR MAYBE I'm completely off road, and there are better systems that I ignore.
So, this is why I'm asking to you: probably someone has the same situation of mine. How did you solved it?

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: I'm not interested in a specific model (I know, there are a lot of brands / prices) while I'd still love to hear your considerations about a model you are particularly happy of. I'm more interested in the technology / plugins / additional software you chose to archive the goal.

Questions / Problem with Playlists Path
« on: August 09, 2016, 12:39:35 PM »
Hallo Bees!
I have a problem with my playlists. It's a smaller one (and I don't know if you can see it as a bug), I'll explain it with an example.
I have MusicBee portable, patched. I keep it in a folder of my NAS, so I hope to use it from various PCs around the net (of course, one at time).
Ok, when I create a new Auto-PlayList, and I choose a rule that refers to another playlist, this is what I see:
As you can see, the dropdown button show me the playlist path, starting from \\\etc.etc.
But the path is (not so) long, so I can't actually see the playlist name!

Well, when I actually choose one of them, then I can finally see the name, but of course trying to guess the right one isn't a good way to use it.
So, is it a problem of mine version? Can I make something to fix it? (I tried to choose "use relative file paths" in Preferences>Library, but nothing changed (and of course I'm not sure that option could be useful or not, with my Portable version).

I hope you can help me! Thanks in advance.

You need to resize it manually.
Whooops, my fault. Probably I have an issue with my mouse rendering, ie. it stays in the "arrow" shape even when I hover on the borders of the panel, or also on the edges of the columns. So I didn't realize I can move them manually.

Very good.

Questions / Track Information doesn't resize correctly [solved]
« on: May 29, 2016, 12:42:37 PM »
Hi people.
I'm toying with the new v.3 edition, actually I have the portable edition patched with 29/05/16 executable.
In the Track Information settings (Configure Layout > Right Sidebar) I removed the checkmarks, because I like to have all the standard 3 sections active, together (Playing Tracks, Lyrics, and Track Information).
Ok, usually the album image is shown under (or before) the various track informations, but I tried to change it in the [...] option, putting "Show Artwork left of Fields". The thing is working, BUT the whole dimension of that panel is not changing, ie. I have a lot of wasted space under the image and the information, and that is negatively impacting on the other panels (Playing Tracks and Lyrics) dimension.
Is there a way to resize the panel? Or is this a bug, and MusicBee doesn't resize it correctly?

I attach the screenshot, as you can see in the lower right portion I have a lot of wasted space that (I think) is usually occupied from the artwork when it's in its "expanded" shape. Now as you can see it's set to the left of the infos.

For comparison, here the same MusicBee with the standard artwork placement, as you can see the panel dimension stay the same:

Thanks in advance!

Absolutely, Redwing, I think I made an error, using the "standard" installation. Also, my goal is to have MusicBee database library in a NAS folder, and music files in another NAS folder. Untill now, I had it working, and I installed several MusicBee in several PCs in my network, and they shared the same library and music folder. All it was working, however I suppose that I could simply have one portable MusicBee directly located in the NAS.
I return to the test! :D

1st of all, thanks for the reply. I'm simply trying to better understand the software.
About the old topic you gently quoted, I have to say that I "ignored" your reply, because after your post Psychoadept gave me a good solution, as you can see in the following page:
That method worked as a charm, and until now I had no problems. Side note, I never thanked Psychoadept for that reply.

About 2 years are passed, and as you can see I never spammed other questions, because I had MusicBee ok.

Now, when I have more time, I'll keep doing tests, and try to better understand the mechanics of all those menu and of the auto-organized music folder. If someone have other hints to give me, please add your experience and your knowledge.

Questions / Re: Stop auto-playlist refreshing
« on: May 28, 2016, 01:45:08 PM »
I'm interest in this topic too. I usually have autoplaylists with multiple rules, random X songs, and usually one of those rules is to exclude the songs into a particular NOTautoplaylist.
When I transfer a chunk of music into my smartphone (syncing the autoplaylist), I usually then select all the songs in the autoplaylist, and drag them into the NOTautoplaylist, so the next time I'm sure that I can't listen the same songs again, until I have all my the songs in the NOTautoplaylist. At that point, I empty the NOTautoplaylist, and start anew.

But, sometime when I select the autoplaylist, it refreshes, so it select other random songs, so I can't drag them into the NOTautoplaylist. So I'm interested in the switching on/off the autoplaylist refresh, if it's possible.

Hi people. I'm trying to better understand the MusicBee behavior. In particular, I'm interested in having a folder with all my music files, automatically organized, and another, different folder, when I put new "temporary" files, that seldom I let MusicBee check, so it can import in my organized folder.
I always used MusicBee this way, however now that I upgraded to v.3, I had some problem (maybe related to network paths, but this is another topic...). So I decided to "clean up the whole thing", keeping my library intact but re-building the physical folders, reorganizing the files, changing the naming structure etc.

Ok, here's the issue. I see different menu scattered around MusicBee, and I'm not sure how I have to use them.
What is this operation? From what I can understand, every (music) file the software finds in the DRIVE that is specified (no subfolders), it's copied into another drive/folder as I can specify in the TO FOLDER box. Correct?
2 - In FILES > ORGANIZE FILES I find another similar to the former menu. What differences there are between the two menus?
3 - In FILES > SCAN FOLDERS FOR NEW FILES I can specify a path. If MusicBee finds (music) files in that folder, it adds to my Library. Does it physically copy the files into my auto-organized folder? I need to be sure of it (in the older version it was true), and eventually I'd love to understand what other option I need to check to tell MusicBee to do that (in the aforementioned menu, I see no check box that tells me "copy/move the files into your music folder".
4 - In FILES > LIBRARY > REMAP MUSIC FOLDERS I have other options for moving my main music folder (I think), however the text in the menu tells me that MusicBee doesn't move the files into the new location (??). So what I need this menu for? Why I can simply set new path into menu 1 or 2 that I described before? Why I need to create a new folder, manually moving all the files, then go into this menu, change the path, and then what? I need to go into other menus to tell again MusicBee that the new folder is my main folder and that I want it auto-organized?
5 - In TOOLS > ADVANCED > RESCAN ALL FILES I have the possibility to make a full rescan of my auto-organized folder (I think). The question here is: why I should do this, if MusicBee should already check that folder and auto-organize the files? Maybe because if I (for example) go thru windows explorer and I delete some music file, MusicBee cannot check this operation, so it can't understand that I removed some file? But if it's keeping my main music folder organized, why it shouldn't feel the changes in it? Or maybe this is an emergency tool just in rare weird-behavior-cases?

Thanks a lot for the attention, I hope you can help me to clarify my mind, actually I feel very confused. Also, I think I'm not the only one with all those doubts about the matter.

Bug Reports / Re: Organize library files
« on: May 28, 2016, 09:13:58 AM »
Steven, I did some test in these days. I'm trying to tamper with the options, to better understand what is going on.
I found part of the problem (and now I understand it's not a problem, maybe): when I'm in ORGANIZE LIBRARY FILES, I find a couple of rows, one with MUSIC, one with AUDIOBOOKS. Well, I have no audiobooks in my collection, so that row is unchecked. BUT when I start the process, for example if I changed the Naming Template in the Music row, and I hit the PROCEED button, the software STILL CHECK THE LOCATIONS THAT FIND in the other unchecked rows (in my case, audiobook), and return me an error because in that row probably I had a wrong/old path.
This is annoying, also I can't remove useless rows "in excess".

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