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Questions / Re: Tricky regex expression...?
« on: July 03, 2023, 06:18:22 PM »
Thankyou so much karbock. You're a genius! I must confess, I doubted if it was even possible.
You're very welcome! As for me: I'm not a genius, but simply used to analysing. :)

Tested and seems to work perfectly - that was the easy bit! It'll take me quite a bit longer to figure out HOW it works!
Maybe the updated presentation above will give better insight into the different RegEx parts.

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Questions / Re: Tricky regex expression...?
« on: July 02, 2023, 04:59:54 PM »
A first remark:
In this case, you must include the separator ("; "), and not just rely on "\w+" to define an element.
Otherwise, you will get a false positive with "ABC; ABCD".

The following RegEx works:
$IsMatch(<MyCustomField>,"^(.*; )?([^;]+); ([^;]+; )*\2(; [^;]+)*$")

I have tested it with different cases, but I may have forgotten a particular configuration. Let me know if you come across a false positive/negative.

Explanation of the RegEx parts:
Nr.
RegEx part
Alternative RegEx part
Meaning
Condition
1^beginning of field
2([^;]+; )*(.*; )?any number of elementsThe substring, if present, must end with a semicolon.
3([^;]+); a specific elementFollowed by semicolon + space. The separator (; ) is not included in the capturing group.
4([^;]+; )*(.*; )?any number of elementsThe substring, if present, must end with a semicolon.
5\2repeated specific element
6(; [^;]+)*(; .*)?any number of elementsThe substring, if present, must start with a semicolon.
7$end of field

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Questions / Re: Seperate Album titles in album collections
« on: June 15, 2023, 08:05:50 AM »
Hi Sem, and welcome to the forum.

Are you aware of the sub-grouping header? It can be seen as a subtitle within an album.

Based on your only example (the CD set with works by Berlioz), I would suggest using tag WORK as subgrouping header, provided that WORK is populated in your audio files. But you can choose any tag as sub-grouping header, which can be specified in views Album and Album and Tracks of the main panel.

See examples of what you can achieve with the sub-grouping header in the links provided below,
which present more general solutions or other options you might consider:

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Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee File Paths: Installed vs Portable
« on: May 31, 2023, 09:03:43 PM »
In fact, the location is already in the table, but with «%APPDATA%» instead of «c:\users\<your id>\appdata\roaming».
Ah, O.K. I overlooked that.
But other users might too? Not everybody will fully understand the workings of %APPDATA%?
(not a strong opinion, your call of course)
I've just added some explanation about the environment variables used.

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Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee File Paths: Installed vs Portable
« on: May 31, 2023, 07:33:36 PM »
Perhaps this location for TM's should be added?:
https://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=39390.msg212893#msg212893

Doing a speed-read on it, I am a bit confused if this is about Theater Modes or Skins though.

In fact, the location is already in the table, but with «%APPDATA%» instead of «c:\users\<your id>\appdata\roaming».
There are 2 «Add Skin» commands:
  • one for skins (which copies the file to «%APPDATA%\MusicBee\Skins», see F.1)
  • one for theater modes (which copies the file to «%APPDATA%\MusicBee\Plugins\TheaterMode.List», see F.2)

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Well, the option is already present... :)

Preferences
-> tab "General"
-> section "application"
-> minimise to: Notification Tray

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Questions / Re: Why would this album not merge?
« on: May 23, 2023, 10:08:02 PM »
There are about 1000 metadata fields in musicbee. Which should I be checking? I confirmed the Path is the same for all files in MB

With the setting "files for each album are organised in their own folder", the only metadata fields that could interfere are those selected in the "Sort by" and "Group by" menus.

I have tried to reproduce the behaviour with a test album after applying your settings (files for each album are organised in their own folder, sort by: date added, group by: no grouping), to no avail, even by shifting manually the "date added" by a year for a file of the test album.

My MB version is 3.5.8540 P.

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Questions / Re: Why would this album not merge?
« on: May 23, 2023, 07:48:50 AM »
I could not agree more with hiccup.

When albums are defined by the folder, even files with different metadata but in the same folder will show as one album (in that case, MB shows the Album name and Album Artist name stored in the first track). But if for example the tracks are subdivided into 2 folders (even located in the same parent folder), they are treated as belonging to different albums.

For checking purposes, could you do the following?
  • switch to view "Album and Tracks" (and select "detailed list" if needed in its "Customise Panel..." menu)
  • add "Path" to the displayed fields, and widen the column to show the full path
  • check that the path is identical for all the concerned tracks

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Questions / Re: Play Count and portable music bee
« on: May 20, 2023, 10:00:42 AM »
Hello,
The play count is specific to MusicBee (MB does not know how many times a track has been read by other players).
It is thus stored in MB's folder tree (most probably in the main library file, MusicBeeLibrary.mbl), not outside it.

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Questions / Re: Can MB 3.5 sort/group multi-disc tracs vertically?
« on: May 17, 2023, 12:12:22 PM »
No problem, it's completely forgiven. :)

Well you're right, there are indeed columns in "Album and Tracks" (compact grid): with my settings (two browsers to the left of the main panel), there was not enough room to split in 2 columns.

As for a future wishlist item, don't give up hope...

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Create an auto-playlist with the following conditions:

match all the following rules:
Path / starts with / (your folder)
Playlist / is not / (your static playlist)

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Questions / Re: Can MB 3.5 sort/group multi-disc tracs vertically?
« on: May 16, 2023, 07:40:20 AM »
Hello heroclix,

You asked the same question 2 years ago, comparing the behaviour in MB 3.0 vs. 3.4:
https://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=34997

Unfortunately for you, MB 3.5 separates discs the same way as in 3.4.

I have also tried myself, after reading the suggestions proposed in 2021:
  • In view 'Album Covers' (= 'Albums'), MB will always separate discs with a blank line across all the columns, even if the disc number is not displayed, thus whatever the sub-grouping header you set (either null, or anything that does not include the disc number).
  • In view 'Album and Tracks', you can of course tick option 'do not separate discs', but here the track list cannot be split into several columns.

I suggest that you add the topic to the wishlist.

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Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee File Paths: Installed vs Portable
« on: May 15, 2023, 07:12:08 PM »
Added:

* E.4 History

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Questions / Re: Keeping Music Offline
« on: May 15, 2023, 06:03:34 PM »
Hello Vonsworld,
As long as the external drive is not included in the monitored folders, its content will be kept in the library.

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If MusicBee initially scanned folders that you no longer want to be included in your library, you have two possibilities.

Option A
  • Keep the unwanted folders in the list of monitored folders.
  • As frankz proposed, move those folders or their content to another location (not included in the monitored folders), or rename the folder names (by appending a suffix such as .EXCLUDE, for example).
  • Rescan the monitored folders.
    -> All the unwanted tracks will be removed from your library.
  • Afterwards, you can remove the unwanted folders from the list of monitored folders and, if needed, move back the audio tracks to their original locations (or reset the original folder names).

Option B
  • Remove the unwanted folders from the list of monitored folders.
  • In the main panel, select view "Tracks"
  • Add "Path" to the displayed fields and sort on it.
  • Select the tracks of the unwanted folders and delete them. After hitting [Del], make sure you select "Delete from library only".

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