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General Discussions / Re: GUI changes for v3.0
« on: January 28, 2016, 12:07:58 AM »
How can I change the look of the library explorer in 3.0?

In 2.5 it looks like this: -

The entire list fits on the screen with room to spare.

In 3.0 it looks like this and has a scrollbar as the list doesn't fit on the screen: -

Is there any way to make it just a basic list like in 2.5? Is there any way to be able to expand each genre to see the artists, like in 2.5?


General Discussions / Re: GUI changes for v3.0
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:55:53 PM »
Is library explorer still a feature in MB3?

I have MusicBee set up like this: -

I only have 1 "node", which is plain old "Music". I use Library Explorer and have it set to display a list of genres.

Search currently works like this: -

If I use the main search box, it will search my entire library no matter what. If I use the Library Explorer search box, it searches genres, for example, if I start a search by typing "hi" then Library Explorer jumps to the genre "Hip-Hop".

So, currently, there is no way for me to click on a genre in Library Explorer and then search just within that genre, for example if I click on "Hip-Hop" via Library Explorer, I can't search for something solely in my collection of hip-hop albums.

Here's the change I'd like to see made: -

When "Local Node Only" is selected in the search options, I'd like MusicBee to search solely within the genre I've got currently selected via Library Explorer. When that's not selected, or if I click on "Music" instead of a genre in Library Explorer, it would search my entire library.

If that change isn't acceptable, I'd like to see a new option added that effectively does the same thing, but is specific to Library Explorer.


MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Expandable View in the Artwork layout
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:09:07 PM »
I've found a new bug in the latest 2.5 beta related to the expandable view when using the A-Z jump list. Details here: -

Questions / How to change the colour of this in a skin?
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:56:52 AM »
When you expand an album to view the track listing and you single click on a track so it's highlighted, how do you change the colour of the highlighting? It's currently light grey in the skin I'm using and I want to change it to something else.

Beyond MusicBee / Re: Software beyond MusicBee
« on: July 20, 2014, 05:30:50 AM »
MicroBin - This places a small recycle bin in the system tray, so that you no longer need the desktop icon. Right-click it and you get a menu where you can open or empty the bin or just double-click it to empty it. It's free and there's another free version called MiniBin that has more options.

Driver Booster - This scans your PC then tells you if your drivers are up to date. If not, you can update any outdated ones with a single click. It has various options, such as the option to only install drivers that have passed WHQL testing. There's free and paid for versions, with the latter having more options.

LICEcap - This basically gives you a resizeable frame that allows you to capture an area of your screen directly to an animated GIF. You can move the frame around while you're recording. It's free.

Icaros - By default Windows will only show thumbnails for certain audio/video files if property handlers are present for those file types. Icaros adds in the ability for Windows to generate thumbnails for other files types, such as MKV, FLV and FLAC. You can customise which file types you want to show thumbnails for and you can select how far through video files that thumbnails are generated using a slider. It's free.

WizTree - This is a handy tool that allows you to see how much space files and folders are taking up on your drives. It will also give you a list of the top 1,000 largest files on your system. It's really fast and it's handy if you've suddenly lost a bunch of drive space and can't figure out why. It's free.

ShellNewHandler - This is a free tool that allows you to clean up the "New" right-click context menu in Windows. It often gets cluttered up with stuff that you don't need. It uses a checkbox system, so you simply uncheck the boxes next to the items you want to remove from the menu and if you later change your mind you just go back in and re-check them.

Sumatra PDF - This is a free, fast and very lightweight PDF reader. It's only got a basic feature set, but if all you want is to read, search and save PDFs - including in your web browser - then this is great. It can read a few other file types too, such as ePub and CBR/CBZ comic book files.

Mp3Tag - A powerful and free tag editor. What I love about this is the ability to create actions, so, for example, in 1 click I can tag an album based on the folder and file names, embed album art, set all of the words to the correct case, remove underscores etc. and it also supports pulling in metadata from several different services.

DriveSort - This sorts files on a drive based on their name. It's handy if you have a car stereo that you can plug a USB stick into, as typically, the car stereo will scroll through the list of files based on the date they were added to the stick, so you're not browsing in alphabetical order. This is a free way to fix that so you can browse alphabetically.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Bit confused on the way search works....
« on: July 19, 2014, 03:31:48 PM »
However, you can search within Library Explorer just by clicking there and typing.

That doesn't really work how I'd expect either. For instance, let's say I click on the R&B node within Library Explorer, then I type to start searching. If I hit the letter "p" first, the Library Explorer node will switch to "Pop" as that's the first genre that begins with "p". It's not searching within R&B for things that begin with the letter "p".

MusicBee Wishlist / Bit confused on the way search works....
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:14:52 PM »
This is potentially a "wishlist" topic, but maybe a bug report.

I use the Library Explorer to browse by genre, so let's say that I select "R&B" so that only R&B albums are shown. If I then do a search where "Local Node Only" is selected, it still searches my entire library.

Is that how it's supposed to work? I would expect that if I select the "R&B" node, that it would only search within my R&B albums as long as "Local Node Only" is selected.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Expandable View in the Artwork layout
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:36:24 PM »
its working fine here with the fix and i am not prepared to spend any more time on this

If you won't fix the bug, then can we at least have an option to disable the double-click to show the full sized album art? It's broken as it is now.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Expandable View in the Artwork layout
« on: June 24, 2014, 07:31:56 PM »
this should fix it:

Thanks for the quick update, but unfortunately it doesn't fix the issue.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Expandable View in the Artwork layout
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:27:18 PM »
Since you added the double-click to view artwork feature to this, it's messed up double-clicking to play an album in certain circumstances. It occurs when you are playing an album in the far-right column of the artwork view and you double-click the album directly underneath the one that's playing.

For example, let's say I'm playing this album: -

When I double-click the Zapp album that's underneath it, rather than playing the album, it opens the artwork: -

This occurs because when the expanded view opens, the mouse pointer is where the artwork is, so the double-click action is being registered as "open artwork" instead of "play album". If the album is in a different column, then when the expanded view opens, the mouse pointer isn't over the artwork so the double-click action correctly registers as "play album".

This is just a minor tweak that I'd like to see. When you use the auto-size columns option in the Now Playing list with short artist names, I don't think the artist column is as thin as it could be.

Here's an example with the artist, GZA, after auto-sizing the columns: -

The width of the artist column could be less to fit more of the track names in, for example, I think this would be better (done by manually resizing): -

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Expandable View in the Artwork layout
« on: June 15, 2014, 05:38:44 PM »
Excellent, thanks!

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Expandable View in the Artwork layout
« on: June 14, 2014, 04:01:55 PM »
One thing that I think needs fixing: -

With CD rips, all of my albums are tagged with track numbers that are numerical. Everything works fine.

With vinyl rips, I tag them with track numbers that go A1, A2 etc. for the A side and B1, B2 etc. for the B side. When I play one of those albums/EPs, no track numbers show up at all in the expanded view.

I think it needs to work like the Now Playing panel, where it uses 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. regardless of what the tag info says.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Expandable View in the Artwork layout
« on: June 01, 2014, 03:00:40 AM »
There's only one thing left that bugs me about this now.

When you click on an album and the expanded view opens, the white "highlighted" box appears around the album art just for a fraction of a second. If you close the expanded view, the white box comes back and stays on screen.

When it flickers like that, it looks like it's a bug or that it's not meant to be happening. To me, it should work in either of these ways: -

1. When you click on an album, the white box appears around the album art and stays there while that album is highlighted, regardless of whether the expanded view is open or closed.

2. When you click on an album, the expanded view opens but the white box does not flicker on and off. If you close the expanded view, the white box appears so you know which album is highlighted.

But yeah, right now it looks like it's something that shouldn't be happening and on my PC, the box flickers on and off so quickly that it's basically pointless.

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