An early beta version is now available:http://musicbee.niblseed.com/V3_0/MusicBee3_Patched.zip
unzip into the musicbee application folder and run MusicBee.exe
for those of you who want to continue using theinbuilt web-browser for wikipedia, you-tube etc, that functionality is now in a pluginhttp://www.mediafire.com/download/7e1wmhm81xlk6l0/mb_WebBrowser.zip
continuing on from the Win10 Style discussion http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=14941.0
i have set up a separate topic to go more into the detail of the changes that will be implemented. Please continue the discussion on the other topic if you want to add to that which is more high level
I want to reassure people that even though the proposal is that for new users the GUI starts out more simple and clean than now, you wont lose customisation - infact i plan to increase the flexibility and hopefuly make the layout task easier as well.
To start with this is a very quick mockup of how the panel layout will be configured. Elements can be re-arranged in order top-to-bottom
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The "filter" choices include various Thumbnail browser categories (Artist, Album, Genre etc), the Library Explorer or the Column browser.
"track information" is the Details/ Artwork/ Lyrics tabs you get in the Now Playing panel. It will have its own layout when docked in the main panel, probably much like the "Playing Track" panel when docked in the bottom of the main panel today.
By default for new users, the left navigator will not be enabled and navigation will be done via the tabs which i will discuss in a later post or read the other discussion topic where its covered.
Notice you can change the panel configuration directly on the screen eg. click "Artists v" to change to "Library Explorer v" for example. Click "Details v" to change to "Lyrics v", etc
If the left and/or right sidebar is enabled, they can be collapsed/ auto-opened as today, which is set on a per tab basis. The behavior with main panel views will also stay the same, apart from the ability to also set the column browser and maybe left filter sub-panels with the view.
However the Now Playing panel, when displayed in the main panel will change. See the 3rd screenshot in the original discussion. In broad terms it will be based on the Playing Track in a tab panel (the Playing Track panel will no longer be available as a separate view as now). It will have its own configuration which i will do a mock up of next.