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Bug Reports / Re: MB 3.5.8206 P doesn't display some album covers
« on: June 22, 2022, 09:30:30 AM »
There are no embedded pictures.
Each album has its separate folder, with either cover.jpg or cover.png.
In the tag editor, the artwork zone is blank, showing "drag artwork here...".

Bug Reports / MB 3.5.8206 P doesn't display some album covers
« on: June 22, 2022, 08:29:47 AM »
some album covers are no longer displayed (although the cover.jpg/png files are still present in the respective folders).
A "File rescan" of those albums retrieves the album covers, which are forgotten again after MB restart.

Version concerned: 3.5.8206 P
Last functioning version: 3.5.8167 P

The impacted albums are always the same when switching from v3.5.8167 to v3.5.8206.
Cover formats: JPG, or PNG
Music formats: OGG, FLAC, or M4A with CUE

Strangely enough, when copying one of those "vanishing" covers to the folder of another album (having a correct cover display in v3.5.8206), the cover display remains correct for that album.

Questions / Re: Japanese characters show up as empty boxes
« on: May 25, 2022, 08:41:59 AM »
The user hasn't said anything about using Linux. Perhaps you should tell the user how to delete the font cache in Windows.

Thanks phred for pointing this out, I was probably misled because I remember having the same message on Linux only, where rebuilding the font cache solved the case.

A batch file for that purpose under Windows 10 is provided here (see "Method 2", run batch and reboot):
I have just tested it on my machine and switched MB to font Yu Gothic: no error message issued, and the only title in Japanese from my collection is displayed correctly.

But the display was already flawless on Windows before (Japanese + Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek).

Note: MB works as a charm with .otf and .ttf fonts on both Windows and Linux (my distro: Linux Mint 18.3 x32 with wine installed).

Questions / Re: Japanese characters show up as empty boxes
« on: May 24, 2022, 09:38:54 AM »
I tried to switch to Yu Gothic but every time I switch to it a get a error
The selected font is not a valid font for MusicBee (the selected font needs to be a TrueType font)

Have you tried refreshing the font cache (Linux)?
sudo fc-cache -f -v

The Cyrillic and Greek alphabets are included in the following standard Windows 10 fonts :

Comic Sans MS
Courier New
Franklin Gothic
Lucida Console
Lucida Sans Unicode
Microsoft Jhenghei / Microsoft Jhenghei UI
Microsoft Sans Serif
Microsoft YaHei / Microsoft YaHei UI
Palatino Linotype
Segoe Print
Segoe Script
Segoe UI
Sitka ... (Display / Small / Text / Heading / SubHeading / Banner)
Times New Roman
Trebuchet MS
Yu Gothic / Yu Gothic UI

Localization / Re: French translation
« on: April 18, 2022, 04:32:56 PM »
Voici deux propositions d'améliorations de la version française où, en l'état actuel, le texte est nébuleux.
Elles concernent le panneau de configuration des albums (Albums / Personnaliser le panneau...).

EN: overlay fields inside the artwork
FR: recouvrir les champs dans la pochette
---> recouvrir la pochette par les champs

EN: fill text background
FR: remplir le texte en arrière plan
---> remplir l'arrière-plan du texte

(MB 3.5.8139 P)

Beyond MusicBee / Re: Song Title Game
« on: February 13, 2022, 02:40:35 PM »
Italian playlist:
(Playlist on YouTube)

* Something to wear: Nuovi jeans - Nashley
* Place: La Valle dell'Eden - Nino De Angelo
* Animal: Alla fiera dell'est - Angelo Branduardi (various animals mentioned in the lyrics)
* Number: Vent'anni - Måneskin
* Color: Nel blu, dipinto di blu - Luciano Pavarotti (original by Domenico Modugno)
* A girl’s name: Mamma Maria - Ricchi e Poveri
* A boy’s name: Caruso - Lucio Dalla
* Profession: Gente di mare - Umberto Tozzi
* Day of the week: Domenica e lunedì - Angelo Branduardi
* Body part: La mia storia tra le dita - Irama con Gianluca Grignani (original by Gianluca Grignani)
* Food: Cogli la prima mela - Angelo Branduardi
* Something Sweet: Felicità - Al Bano e Romina Power
* Weather: La pioggia è uno stato d'animo - Dear Jack
* Family: Vivo per lei - Andrea Bocelli & Giorgia

French playlist:
(Playlist on YouTube)

* Something to wear: Les sabots d'Hélène - Georges Brassens
* Place: Afrique adieu - Michel Sardou
* Animal: L'aigle noir - Marie Carmen (original by Barbara)
* Number: 17 ans - Claude François
* Color: Paradis blanc - Michel Berger
* A girl’s name: Ella, elle l'a - France Gall
* A boy’s name: Complainte de Pablo Neruda - Jean Ferrat
* Profession: Le blues du businessman (J'aurais voulu être un artiste) - Claude Dubois  
* Day of the week: Les lundis au soleil - Claude François
* Body part: Coeurdonnier - Soprano
* Food: Le petit pain au chocolat - Joe Dassin
* Something Sweet: Mistral gagnant - Renaud
* Weather: Sweet Fanta Diallo/Adieu soleil - Magic System
* Family: Papaoutai - Stromae

Localization / Re: French translation
« on: February 11, 2022, 09:38:53 AM »
Bonjour klint,
Merci pour la traduction française !
Une mini contribution :
* Remplacer "Album Cover" par "Pochette" (dans le panneau principal, type d'affichage: Pistes / Albums et pistes / ...)
* "bar des onglets"  ;)  -> "barre des onglets" (Préférences -> Interface (1) -> barre d'en-tête)
* "colorier le texte" -> "colorer le texte"

(MB 3.3.8033 P)

Tips and Tricks / Re: user-defined web links Collection
« on: February 08, 2022, 03:13:27 PM »
Anyone can help me for a weblink search for <Artist> - <Title>, and an other one for <Artist> - <Album> for searching covers on

Here you are... :)

Code$Lower($Replace(<Artist>+<Title>," ","+"))

Code$Lower($Replace(<Artist>+<Album>," ","+"))

The functions $Lower and $Replace are not mandatory, since the site would perform both changes by itself anyway.

Questions / Re: Anybody care to share their settings?
« on: February 02, 2022, 03:19:51 PM »
Here are a few special features that I use:
* custom tags
* virtual tags
* highlighting rules

Below, a brief introduction to their purpose, so that you can select what you're interested in.

* Catalog: used for classical music (e.g.: 'BWV 211')
* MediaType: for storing the source (e.g.: 'CD', 'LP', music provider names, ...)

As far as I know, you need to set such custom tags by using MB's interface. In other words: simply importing the definition files into your own folders won't work, since MB adapts its library just after your defining the custom tags.

Note: standard tag names in .mp3 files:
* MediaType -> TMED
* Language -> TLAN

Used for displaying titles on two rows:
1) if available: Work
2) if available: Movement (nr. and/or name), otherwise: Title

TitleRow1: $IsNull(<Work>,,$If(<Work>=<Title>,,<Work>))
TitleRow2: $IsNull(<Movement #><Movement Name>,<Title>,$IsNull(<Movement #>,,<Movement #>". ")$IsNull(<Movement Name>,,<Movement Name>))

They are based on tags such as Genre and Language, in order to see at a glance, for example, what tracks are instrumental or sung, and in what language. They rely on a bunch of icons.

Example of highlighting rule for works sung with accompaniment (not a cappella):
  <Name>GENRE=Sung (with accompaniment)</Name>
    <Value1>A cappella</Value1>

Highlighting rules can be defined with MB's interface. They are stored in MusicBee3Settings.ini, between:

Icon location:
* installed version: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\MusicBee\Icons
* portable version: <MusicBee folder>\Icons

Thanks for your answer.
It's not a big deal to me, I mentioned it just in case it would affect things I didn't suspect.

I understand that the work needed exceeds the benefit for those rare cases of language switching.
Should I need it more often, I could still write a workaround with, say, gawk or Perl.

Bug Reports / Some hotkeys not kept when changing the interface language
« on: January 28, 2022, 10:40:14 AM »
Some hotkeys are not kept when choosing another interface language.

Concerned actions:
* (EN) View: Theater mode
    --> (FR) Affichage: Mode Cinéma
    --> (IT) Visualizza: Modalità home theater
* (EN) View: Theater mode - Show list
    --> (FR) Affichage: Mode Cinéma - Afficher la liste
    --> (IT) Visualizza: Modalità home theater - elenco visualizzazioni

Note: I haven't performed an exhaustive check of the hotkeys, so I don't know if other actions are concerned.

* MB version 3.4.8033 portable (but the bug showed up in the installed version, too)
* Win 10 x64

Steps to reproduce:
* Interface language = EN
* Define hotkeys for the two actions above.
* Choose another interface language (I have tried with FR and IT).
* Result: hotkeys not available anymore (unless you revert to the original interface language).

The behaviour also shows up when defining the hotkeys in FR and then switching to EN/IT.

After changing the language and noticing that the hotkeys are not present, if you want to re-assign them, you get a confirmation window.
Warning message in EN: F9 is used for '' - do you want to reassign it to 'View: Theater Mode'?

Screenshots available here.

Anyway, thanks to Steven and the team for their brilliant work: MB is a pure gem!

Questions / Re: Sort the "Artists" by last name
« on: January 28, 2022, 09:22:23 AM »
(N.B.: Below, AA=AlbumArtist)

Yes, you can edit AAsort in MusicBee:

* Open the tag editor (right click -> Edit)
* Select 'Sorting' tab



If you are satisfied with all the values in AAsort and do not wish to maintain both tags (AA and AAsort), you can copy AAsort into AA (with mp3tag) and then forget about AAsort.

Moreover, AA is always easily accessible in MB's interface (more easily than AAsort).

But make sure that AA is always in the desired format: "SURNAME, given names".

In a first phase, especially for newbies who are afraid of making mistakes when converting tags with mp3tags, it's good to have both tags (AA + AAsort), so that you can always correct/tweak your conversion formulas, while keeping the original values.

And afterwards? The choice is yours.

Questions / Re: Sort the "Artists" by last name
« on: January 26, 2022, 04:35:12 PM »
My pleasure!

I can't answer your first question...

As for the second one, in mp3tag:
* select the concerned rows
* in the left panel, type the common value in the desired zone
* click on the Save button (above)

If the desired zone is not included in the left panel, you can add it like this:
* right click in the left panel
* if the tag IS the list but not activated, just click on it
* if the tag IS NOT in the list, select Customize... -> Tag panel -> Add field (1st button)

By the way, you can personalise both left and right panels: content, tag order / description / size.

Questions / Re: Sort the "Artists" by last name
« on: January 24, 2022, 10:52:07 PM »
Karbock, I tried to do the process you indicated...and  it gives this as a result ??

Bonsoir, Anatole.

Oops, there was a mistake in step (4.9) due to distraction. I have corrected it in my previous post.
You can correct it in mp3tag like this:
* Select Menu Actions -> Actions (or [Alt+6]).
* Select "AA to AAsort - 1 given name".
* Click on the second buton (Modify).
* Select the 2nd row and click on button Modify again.
* In the third zone, replace "$upper($1), $2" by "$upper($2), $1" and confirm.
* Apply the updated action (AA to AAsort - 1 given name) to the concerned tracks.

Next step, I guess, is to use this in "Musicbee/ Settings/Display order" but how  ??

There are two possible ways.

FIRST OPTION (the simpler one):

* Open dialog Preferences -> Sorting/Grouping.
* Make sure that the box to the left of "enable custom sort values..." IS NOT ticked (FR: définir les critères de tri personnalisés).
* Browse your collection by "Album Artist Sort" instead of "Album Artist":
   - Click on the main left panel header showing "Album Artist"
   - Select Other tags -> Album Artist Sort.


(1) Activate the sorting criteria in MusicBee:
* Open dialog Preferences -> Sorting/Grouping.
* Make sure that the box to the left of "enable custom sort values..." IS ticked (FR: définir les critères de tri personnalisés).

(2) In the same dialog box, remove the incorrect sorting criteria:
* Click on button "Artists..."
* Click on button "Show as text".
* Empty the list (click in the edit box, [Ctrl+A], [Delete]).
* Confirm (button "Save" twice).

N.B.: Step (2) above is necessary if you updated your MusicBee library after defining incorrect AlbumArtistSort values with mp3tag.
You can also delete the values on a case-by-case basis with the [--] buttons.

(3) Update your library, by pressing [Insert].
(Or: Menu MusicBee -> Files -> Scan folders for new files.)

And I have a new question!! I found out that part of the "album artist" tags are empty...: How, with Mp3tag, automatically copy the contents of the "performer" tag into the "album artist" tag

* In the main panel, select the concerned tracks.
* Menu Convert -> Tag-Tag (or [Alt+5])
* Format string:%artist%
* Confirm.

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