Author Topic: album cover please not automatically  (Read 1364 times)

redwing

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Let me tell you how it works.

Say you have an Adele's track. In order to display Adele's picture in the thumbnail browser, MB would look at "Thumb" sub-folder of artist picture folder set in Preferences> Tags (1) settings. That's the only place it's looking at for artist picture and won't look at any embedded, linked pictures for that. And if it can't find Adele.jpg (or png) file in that folder, it retrieves one from the Web. If the downloaded image is in a good quality, then it gets saved as Adele.jpg in Thumb folder, and MB will always use that picture for Adele without downloading a new one. If the downloaded picture is not good (same or small than 128x128px), then it remains only as image cache without getting saved in Thumb folder. Next time it will repeat the process. So if you notice MB keeps downloading an artist's image, that means MB has not found a good quality picture for the artist from MB's image providers.

Then how can you make it show your custom image for Adele? Add the file as Adele.jpg to Thumb folder. But that would be pretty cumbersome. An easier way would be copy the image (adding to the clipboard) and then paste to Adele's artist picture in thumbnail browser using "Paste artwork" context menu, then MB saves the picture to the Thumb folder with proper naming.

If you have artist pictures embedded to files, you can use track information panel to copy the picture. Right click on the artwork of the track info panel, select the embedded artist picture, and then select "Copy" context menu. Then just paste it to the thumbnail browser.

redwing

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As for the compilations issue, that's probably because your album grouping setting (Preferences> sorting/grouping> album grouping) includes album artist field. Then you need to add the same album artist tag (for instance Various Artists) to compilations to make them "Album" or remove album artist field from the album grouping setting.

Wandervogel

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As for the compilations issue, that's probably because your album grouping setting (Preferences> sorting/grouping> album grouping) includes album artist field. Then you need to add the same album artist tag (for instance Various Artists) to compilations to make them "Album" or remove album artist field from the album grouping setting.

Oh, that's good, thanks, now is this correct

Wandervogel

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Let me tell you how it works.

Say you have an Adele's track. In order to display Adele's picture in the thumbnail browser, MB would look at "Thumb" sub-folder of artist picture folder set in Preferences> Tags (1) settings. That's the only place it's looking at for artist picture and won't look at any embedded, linked pictures for that. And if it can't find Adele.jpg (or png) file in that folder, it retrieves one from the Web. If the downloaded image is in a good quality, then it gets saved as Adele.jpg in Thumb folder, and MB will always use that picture for Adele without downloading a new one. If the downloaded picture is not good (same or small than 128x128px), then it remains only as image cache without getting saved in Thumb folder. Next time it will repeat the process. So if you notice MB keeps downloading an artist's image, that means MB has not found a good quality picture for the artist from MB's image providers.

Then how can you make it show your custom image for Adele? Add the file as Adele.jpg to Thumb folder. But that would be pretty cumbersome. An easier way would be copy the image (adding to the clipboard) and then paste to Adele's artist picture in thumbnail browser using "Paste artwork" context menu, then MB saves the picture to the Thumb folder with proper naming.

If you have artist pictures embedded to files, you can use track information panel to copy the picture. Right click on the artwork of the track info panel, select the embedded artist picture, and then select "Copy" context menu. Then just paste it to the thumbnail browser.

I have found an even simpler and faster method:

Automatically convert all your own cover images to .png and save them in the Thumbs folder of MB with the help of an image editing software.

Afterwards MB reads the pictures as thumbnails, at least those pictures whose names are correctly tagged. With all pictures that are still foreign, the user has to rename his own picture manually to the correct name or copy it in MB from the song tag into the thumbnail.

Thus the user reaches his goal much faster than if he has to edit an estimated 6000 images individually in MB.

But it would be even easier if MB would not load thumbnails from the net ...

Thanks
Matthias