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When a post contains BBcode
 (preformatted text), that part will show up almost unreadable when looking at it using 'most recent posts':

 is also interpreted differently inside or outside a table.
Outside a table, it comes in two flavours according to the forum theme set (light/dark), both easily readable.
But inside a table, the text is almost unreadable in the dark mode.

Just switch forums themes with the example below to observe it:
pre.../pre outside a table:
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pre.../pre inside a table:
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

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Questions / Re: How can I keep some tags to reapply to new files?
« on: April 12, 2023, 10:44:30 AM »
Glad I could help!

This is the script for both major versions of AHK:

Code: AHK_v1.1
Clipboard := ""
Send ^c
ClipWait 1
if ErrorLevel
clipboard := RegExReplace(clipboard,"([\r]?\n)+$","")

Code: AHK_v2
A_Clipboard := ""
Send "^c"
if !ClipWait(1) {
MsgBox "The attempt to copy text onto the clipboard failed."
A_Clipboard := RegExReplace(A_Clipboard,"([\r]?\n)+$","")

; ------------------------------------------------------------
; Alt+Ctrl+c
; Intended for copying a spreadsheet selection onto the clipboard,
; and adapting it before pasting the clipboard
; with MusicBee's plugin "Advanced Tag & Reporting Tools";
; Steps:
; (1) empty clipboard
; (2) copy current selection to clipboard
; (3) remove all newlines at end of clipboard
; ------------------------------------------------------------

Hello ElArtista, and welcome to the forum.

As you have already guessed, you can define a Virtual Tag for that purpose.
(1) Define virtual tag MyDisplayTitle with this formula:
<Title>$If(<Artists>=<Album Artist>,,{contrast: 60}"        ("$Replace($Replace(<Artists>,<Album Artist>"; ",),;,",")")")

(2) Configure the Albums view to display MyDisplayTitle instead of Title (Display).

* Open the Virtual Tag editor (Ctrl+O -> Tab 'Tags (1)' -> Button '[Define new tags...]').
* In the 2nd table, define MyDisplayTitle.
In the main panel:
* Click on panel header 'Albums'.
* Select 'Customise panel'.
* Under '[v] show the tracks for the selected album or artist:',
   next to '(o) directly ...', click on button '[Show settings]'.
* Under 'fields displayed', replace 'Title (Display)' by your newly created 'MyDisplayTitle' and [Save].

Questions / Re: How can I keep some tags to reapply to new files?
« on: April 11, 2023, 05:47:18 PM »
Back again...

Before moving to a Swiss-army-knife tool such as mp3tag, let's consider the solution that consists of:
* copying the tag contents with Additional Tagging & Reporting Tools (ATRT)
* pasting onto a spreadsheet, and editing with it
* copying back onto the clipboard
* within MB, pasting with ATRT onto the desired tracks.

Have you already tried it that way? What results do you get?

As for me, I have just done it with 8 contiguous test tracks (containing diacritics) and my spreadsheet application (LibreOffice).
The last step (pasting back with ATRT) triggers an error message, saying that there are 9 rows instead of 8.

Viewing the clipboard content with a text editor reveals that:
* when copying the tags with ATRT onto the clipboard, the last row doesn't have a newline character at the end;
* but when copying from LibreOffice onto the clipboard, the last row has a newline character at the end.
The rest is correct.

Thus, after editing with the spreadsheet, the easy solution is the following:
* pasting onto a text editor
* removing the last newline character
* copying back onto the clipboard
before pasting with ATRT.

In order to shorten those 3 supplemental steps to a minimum, you could use AutoHotKey (AHK), and define a shortcut which, called within MB, whould remove the last newline(s) from the clipboard.
EDIT: In order to suppress those 3 supplemental steps, you could use AutoHotKey (AHK), and define a shortcut which, called within your spreadsheet, whould:
- copy the spreadsheet's selection to the clipboard
- remove the last newline characters
=> ready for pasting with ARTR

So, I recommend that you duplicate a few tracks for testing purposes and observe what happens.
If you think you could use AHK and are not familiar with it, I can post the script you will need.

Questions / Re: How can I keep some tags to reapply to new files?
« on: April 11, 2023, 12:30:33 PM »
I understand.
I can explain later today how you can do that with mp3tag (I'm not familiar enough with TagScanner).

Questions / Re: How can I keep some tags to reapply to new files?
« on: April 10, 2023, 04:09:25 PM »
My pleasure.

That feature from the Additional Tagging & Reporting Tools is intended for copy/paste of untouched values.

As for your 2nd question: I wouldn't do it that way, for two reasons:

(1) When copying from your spreadsheet onto the clipboard, you don't know whether your spreasheet will use the same parameters as Additional Tagging & Reporting Tools for: field separator, line separator, character coding.

(2) Using a "normal" tag editor is much more convenient and will lead to fewer errors. MusicBee has a built-in tag editor, in which you can select several tracks and apply the same tag change to all of them. Otherwise, you have mp3tag (which I always use for tagging my files), or TagScanner, or Kid3.

To open MB's built-in tag editor:
* select tracks
* right click -> Edit (of Shift+Enter if you haven't changed the hotkey)

Questions / Re: Viewing Albums by release year
« on: April 09, 2023, 01:29:14 PM »
Hello Rich, and welcome to the forum!
In the Music tab, you can specify the view type for the main panel by clicking on its panel header:
  • Tracks
  • Album and Tracks
  • Album Covers
  • Artists
  • Jukebox
Except for the "Artists" view, in the same panel header menu, under sub-menu "Sort By", you can choose your preferred order or define a custom one.
Note "Sort Ascending" and "Sort Descending" at the sub-menu bottom.

Questions / Re: Update file path in playlists?
« on: April 08, 2023, 09:35:06 PM »
A difference spotted after exporting an MBP to an M3U:
the MBP can reference the subtrack of a file that comes along with a CUE sheet, whereas the M3U cannot.

Questions / Re: Update file path in playlists?
« on: April 07, 2023, 06:32:07 PM »
AFAIK, MB has a path replacement setting which is applied only when exporting a playlist to an m3u copy:
Properties -> Tab "Library" -> section "playlists" -> "map base file paths in exported playlists"

But if you have a whole bunch of mpb playlists, I would rather use a batch replacement program like "Text Crawler Free" (or similar).
As for me, I find Text Crawler easy to use, and you can perform a "find" before the effective "replace". But first, make a backup copy of your collection of mpb files to be sure.

Questions / Re: Playlist problem on portable version of MB ?
« on: April 07, 2023, 05:51:37 PM »
My Playlist does not reside in
 Library -> playlists -> library playlists
It is located In my main Music Folder.
MB has added a Sub Folder to my Music folder
Called Music and in there is my Playlist.mbp
With "Properties -> Library -> playlists -> library playlists", I did not mean a folder path but the following:
* Open MB's properties Ctrl+O,
* Select tab "Library"
* In the window, under section "playlists", check the value of element "library playlists"

But now that you have located the folder your playlist resides in, you can change that path by using the properties window mentioned above (Properties -> Library -> playlists -> library playlists:) and force the value to  E:\MusicBee_Portable_Installation\Library\Playlists, so that all your playlists reside from now on on your external SSD (provided you have kept drive letter E: for your two computers).
Last thing to do "manually": move the existing .mbp (you've just pinpointed) from your HD drive to your SSD.

Questions / Re: How can I keep some tags to reapply to new files?
« on: April 07, 2023, 11:45:36 AM »

As for MB, plugin 'Additional Tagging & Reporting Tools' has menu options called "Copy tags to clipboard..." and "Paste tags from clipboard".
I haven't used it for that purpose yet, but from just a glance at the interface, it is beautifully done.

Otherwise, I usually tag my files with mp3tag, which I've used several times for what you describe, but MB's plugin mentioned above seems much easier to use.

Anyway, don't lose your temper:

Questions / Re: Link to full album or artist discography
« on: April 07, 2023, 11:18:11 AM »
It's located in the Track Information panel.

Questions / Re: Playlist problem on portable version of MB ?
« on: April 06, 2023, 05:05:23 PM »
Hello Flourgrader,

Force the same drive letter for your external SSD on both machines. If they run Windows 10:

Make sure the playlist folder is where your expect it to be:
Properties -> Library -> playlists -> library playlists

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