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MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Auto-save database file option
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:11:09 AM »
I recently had to re-do quite a lot of changes to Configure Toolbar and Playing Track - Displayed Tabs following an unexpected shutdown http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=15019.0 as I was unaware that the changes I made had not been saved immediately.

A flag to show that there are unsaved changes (colour change in the caption bar for example), plus a command to Save Configuration would be very useful. Auto-save along the lines described would perhaps be the safest option, though there is still scope for losing any edits made before the next auto-save runs.

If possible, it might be better to ensure that the configuration files are updated immediately when the "Update" or "Save" button on the relevant dialog is clicked, rather than rely on a subsequent auto-save process. I think most dialogs also have a "Cancel" button so that you can back out without saving changes if you change your mind.

Could we be certain that auto-save won't cause other problems (e.g. if it triggers while in the middle of making further changes elsewhere)?

I imagine that this problem might also apply to data items stored only in the MusicBee database, but I have always assumed that data stored in tags is written to the relevant music file(s) immediately the changes are "saved". That said, I believe there are issues if changes are made to tag data while the file is being played? I think the tags are only updated once playing has stopped - but I might be wrong here?

so a slightly qualified +1 from me  - whatever the final technical solution, I think this issue certainly should be resolved.....

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Playing Track - Displayed Tabs
« on: February 05, 2015, 02:18:11 PM »
Fixed the problem by rebooting my PC. Issue is probably not with MusicBee, but maybe with something else that MB relies on (.NET perhaps?)

Proceed with caution folks!

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Tips and Tricks / Exit MusicBee to save changes
« on: February 05, 2015, 02:16:01 PM »
It seems (from practical experience  :'() that some settings are only saved when MusicBee exits.

I have recently encountered this issue both with Customise Toolbar settings and the Playing Track - Displayed Tabs settings. It may also apply to other settings as well. I found that after a MusicBee crash my latest changes had been lost, and the settings had reverted to the previous state as far as I could tell.

So if you're working on settings such as these, do yourself a favour and exit MusicBee occasionally to save your updates in the appropriate configuration files to protect yourself in the (very rare) event of a MusicBee crash.

I've made a whole lot of assumptions here, and I was unfortunate that I'd made lots of changes during a single MusicBee session. I'd be interested to hear of others' experiences, and also if my underlying assumptions are a bit wide of the mark.

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Playing Track - Displayed Tabs
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:29:46 PM »
Oh dear!

I've just gone back to MusicBee after finishing my post above. My custom displayed tabs are all working, but I seem to have broken the basic track details tab, which gives a nasty error message, no matter which track is currently playing .......

I don't think this is the result of my displayed tabs settings as I'm fairly sure everything was working just a little while ago - but I don't think I've changed anything else.

I'll post an entry with the error message under Bug Reports shortly, but in the meanwhile you might just want to be careful when fiddling in this area ....... :'(

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Tips and Tricks / Playing Track - Displayed Tabs
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:09:39 PM »
I've been very grateful for a number of posts elsewhere on the forums for advice on setting these tabs up.

After experimenting for a while to see what is possible, I've settled on strings which work for me. In general, I derived these by running a normal browser session and searching for a given artist and album. In most cases, I think you can copy the string from the browser's address bar, and edit it to replace the specific names with MusicBee tags (such as <Album Artist> and <Album>) before pasting the result into the Displayed Tabs set up dialog.

I've pasted my current settings below in case they are useful to anyone else experimenting with these tabs ......

Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=<ASIN>
Note that I store Amazon's ASIN value in a tag on my files, which makes it very easy to find the album/track - assuming it's still available. Amazon seems to handle the search reasonably elegantly when I've not got the ASIN stored locally, or if it cannot be found.

Discogs
http://www.discogs.com/search/?q=<Album Artist>+<Album>&type=all

Music Brainz
https://musicbrainz.org/taglookup?tag-lookup.artist=<Album Artist>&tag-lookup.release=<Album>

AllMusic
http://www.allmusic.com/search/all/<Album Artist> <Album>

I guess these strings may well need to change over time as external web-sites modify their interfaces, and I don't know whether it makes any difference if you're based in a different country to the UK (where I am).

My thanks to all who share their knowledge by posting in the forums - I've learnt a lot from their generous advice.

Good luck & successful experimenting, Romney

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Questions / Re: Updating Album Duration & Album Track Count
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:40:19 AM »
Thanks Zak - I knew I'd read about it somewhere, but it was a little while ago now....

I guess it might appeal to a collector, and think how much fun changing CDs you would miss if you could listen to all 19 tracks off a single CD without getting up from the couch ......  ;D Better exercise than going to the gym, I'd say!

Regards, Romney

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Questions / Re: Updating Album Duration & Album Track Count
« on: February 04, 2015, 09:59:23 PM »
Steven,
Thanks for your reply, but ....

The Album concerned is Robbie Williams Greatest Hits from 2004. I have 19 tracks which I believe is the total tracks on the album. The total duration is 1:18:35 according to Tagging tools: Library reports. Whichever way I look at them, Album Track Count shows 105 tracks with an Album Duration of 412:32. Are these values stored from the original tagging exercise, or are they calculated on the fly? Are there any other values involved which could explain the errors?

I think there may have been a special edition of this album with 19 separate CDs each containing a single track. I had wondered if data from this set had some how confused the issue, but I've tried the maths various ways and can't identify an explanation (19 x 19 = 361, not 105, etc.)

I assume that the original data ripped from the CD started out with no tags, and the files were subsequently tagged with (presumably) incorrect data, resulting in these odd values. It's just occurred to me that if these album values were imported as part of that tagging process, and the data was wrong at source, then MB is simply reporting the incorrect data with which the files were originally tagged. If the values can't be updated, then the only solution is probably to re-tag the files with correct data from a different source. Would it help if I delete the tracks from my library and then re-scan them? I guess I might have to dig out the original CD and rip the tracks again ......

These files are currently in my Inbox along with tracks from four other albums. The other albums give reasonable values for Track Count and Duration. As far as I know, all my other tracks also give sensible values for these data items.... (perhaps I'd better check thoroughly?)

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Icons / Re: Coloured Toolbar Icons
« on: February 04, 2015, 09:10:56 PM »
Thank you very much. I guess I really should have noticed that tick box for myself! :-[

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Icons / Re: Coloured Toolbar Icons
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:58:57 PM »
I've just stumbled across your toolbar icons, which I like a lot.

I've tried using some of them, but unfortunately they appear as monochrome, or in several cases a just blank grey square.

I suspect that this might be because I'm using Steven's Spotify B skin? In general, I prefer a darker skin and this one seems close to perfect - though there are a few minor details which I might try tweaking - if/when I get round to experimenting with skins myself.  :)

Do you know whether it is possible to make your buttons appear as designed using this particular skin, or is something in the skin design restricting me to monochrome (for the time being at least)? I'll do some more experiments when I get a moment or two.....

Colour introduced using Highlighting Rules seems to work OK, but I realise that this is not quite the same thing.

Thanks very much for the buttons. I'm sad that it seems I can't use them with my current configuration.

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Questions / Updating Album Duration & Album Track Count
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:01:29 PM »
I have some files where the Album Duration and Album Track Count have values which are clearly incorrect.

I'm not sure where the incorrect data came from as it is a while since the files were tagged (probably while ripping from the CD?). However, I would like to update this data to the correct values. The data does not appear in the Tag Inspector, so I assume it is stored in the MB database only. However, the data isn't editable in situ in columns in the main panel ....

I've tried various tricks such as rescanning the files or converting the file format - without success.

Please, can anyone tell me how to update this information?

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MusicBee Wishlist / Toolbar button - Auto tag, update missing lyrics
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:51:09 PM »
I'm not sure whether this is a bug or not, so I've created a wishlist entry.

I am currently using Auto-Tag By Track - Update Missing Lyrics quite a lot. I'd like to add a toolbar button to get at this command quickly (or perhaps add a hot-key to trigger it). I can find many of the Tools: Auto-tag by track sub commands under Hot-keys in Edit Preferences and also in the command list of the Set Toolbar buttons dialog (which I think is the same as the hot-key list), but I haven't found Tools: Auto-tag by track - Update Missing Lyrics..

Would it be possible to make this command available (or am I just looking in the wrong place .....)

Many thanks - as always - for MusicBee; the more I use it, the more I like it! :)

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MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Manage filters window
« on: June 21, 2014, 11:48:25 AM »
Thanks for the scroll bar on the Manage Filters window. I still find this window useful, as it shows the filter rules as well as the filter name - in its place, this can be very helpful when housekeeping, or looking for a filter when you cannot remember what you called it .......  ::)

The additions to the right-click context menu are superb, and are mostly how I will be working with my filters in future ...... ;D

I hesitate to push my luck  :-[ - but I would like to ask for a further addition to the context menu commands. In the discussion above, redwing mentioned the facility to group Playlists into folders, which makes working with a large collection much easier. I think it would be a significant enhancement, if a similar folder facility could be added for use with filters (i.e. create/rename/delete folders and drag/drop filters into the folders). I guess this could cause issues with the Manage Filters window - but perhaps this could still display the simple flat view and ignore the folders completely?

Apologies for the delay in responding in this topic - I've been busy writing playlists to CD following the recent changes to that functionality. Thanks again for such rapid implementation.

PS: Redwing - thanks for your comments. I've learnt a lot over several years from reading your posts on the forum. (My playlists are now grouped tidily in folders .....)

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MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Manage filters window
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:48:38 PM »
I guess a command to delete an unwanted filter would be pretty useful too - or perhaps a delete button on the edit dialog (if a little less convenient).

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MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Manage filters window
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:45:24 PM »
Ah, well I'm quite sympathetic to avoiding of pains in the butt!

Still - filters are massively useful and it seems sad to limit their use in this fashion.

An alternative approach might also work - though I had assumed it was less simple than just putting a scroll bar on the existing list.....

I have filters shown permanently under my library in the left hand pane. A right-click on any filter could take you to an edit dialog which allows that particular filter to be modified individually. Also an "Add New" command would be required to open a similar dialog allowing the new filter to be created.

An additional feature which might be nice to have would be to group filters into user-defined categories so that a very long filter list is easier to manage. A text box on the filter edit dialog could allow the user to enter a category name, and the box could prompt as you type with existing values already added - just like many other fields throughout MB. (But I'm not sure how easy this would be to implement .....)

If such an approach was adopted, the original Manage filters window would probably become redundant ....... no scroll bars required!

The Edit and Add New commands might appear in place of the current Manage filters command on the context menu?

Thanks for the feedback.

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MusicBee Wishlist / Manage filters window
« on: June 12, 2014, 06:35:37 AM »
Hi,

I'm not sure whether this is a topic for the wishlist or actually a bug report.

I use a lot of filters to help check my files for consistent and missing tags - I've currently got 28 filters defined. I prefer filters to auto playlists because I'm never going to 'play' the results of my filters - just examine the tags (although I do use auto playlists as well in some circumstances).

On my system, the Manage filters window is not sizeable and does not have any scroll bars, which makes it difficult to work with more than about the current 28 filters I have set up. Good housekeeping means that I can sometimes delete a filter I've "finished" with, but I'm close to the point where I won't be able to define a new filter when I need to.

Is it possible to make the Manage filters window and sizeable and give the filters list a vertical scroll bar?

Many, many thanks for MusicBee. I'm constantly amazed by the features it supports. If I want to do something, a little investigation usually finds the necessary features. - it's just awesome!

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