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SimPlaylist (foo_simplaylist), Playlist view with album art
Frank Bicking
post Sep 4 2011, 18:02
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Please check the documentation. tpijag has already linked to the layout editing mode article.


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post Sep 4 2011, 18:07
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You are screwing with portable foobar2000 hacks in another thread. You are not a novice computer user. The install button opens a locate file dialog. What do you think you do? You locate a manually downloaded file and that is it. It is installed. Nevertheless, if simplaylist is in your list of installed components, then it is installed already. You do not need to do anything.

So where - exactly - are you having trouble with using simplaylist.

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QUOTE (Frank Bicking @ Sep 4 2011, 19:02) *
Please check the documentation. tpijag has already linked to the layout editing mode article.


Ths, I found this from you link: "Enable the layout editing mode to manually add SimPlaylist as a UI element. For example, right-click on the current playlist view, choose Replace UI Element, and select SimPlaylist from the list of elements." And now, I can use SimPlaylist instead norma list. Thankyou! smile.gif



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You are screwing with portable foobar2000 hacks in another thread. You are not a novice computer user. The install button opens a locate file dialog. What do you think you do? You locate a manually downloaded file and that is it. It is installed. Nevertheless, if simplaylist is in your list of installed components, then it is installed already. You do not need to do anything.

So where - exactly - are you having trouble with using simplaylist.


Yes, I'm not a nice computer smile.gif but I really don't know how to switch my norma list song to SimPlaylist but now I do . Thankyou! smile.gif


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post Sep 7 2011, 21:28
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This is an amazing replacement for the default playlist view so thank you for writing it.

I seem to be having some issues with the album art though. Some albums simply don't display regardless as to if the album art files are there are not. I also have some albums with embedded artwork and I'm not 100% sure if this is supported. If I can give you more useful information than this please let me know as I realize basically saying "it's broken!" isn't exactly helpful to debugging, but I'm not sure what capabilities I have to help.

Thanks!

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post Sep 7 2011, 22:24
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As per the doc's art as a file or embedded are shown. Are you sure you have a consistent naming practice. Art as a file is controlled by preferences>Display>album art. You might add the default album art viewer temporarily to your config and see if the art shows.

There is a limit as to size of image file. Not sure what the limit size is. You might check and see if missing art are extra large files.
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post Sep 7 2011, 22:34
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Just found an album where the album art won't show up in the playlist, it shows up in the standalone album art viewer, but not in the simplaylist, the image is blank there. Anyone know why? If i embed the album art into the music files of this album the album art shows up in the simplaylist, but that's the only way i've found so far, but if i remove them, they don't show up again.

Edit: It's a 2 disc album, if i only add one of the disc first, and then the second one after the album art show in the playlist, weird.

Edit2: Looks to be some sort of conflict when the files are using disc tags, as in one disc is disc 1, and the other is disc 2.

Edit3: Or not, tried applying disc 1 and 2 to some tracks, but they didn't have the problem with showing the album art in the simplaylist, weird...

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post Sep 7 2011, 23:22
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You need to be more specific about your group formatting string. You have Headers, Columns, and Subgroups. All can be set to show art or not based on the Simplaylist Display setting. How do you have it set?

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post Sep 7 2011, 23:37
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http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/6991/capturefcl.png
That is how it looks atm.

Edit: If i set subgroups to show image the album art shows up beside both disc 1 and 2, but still no album art in the columns.

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post Sep 7 2011, 23:50
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To the best of my knowledge your settings should give you:
. header line
. One album art showing image named front
. subgroups of disk number if present and no additional art regardless of how many disks you have.

Is that not what you are seeing?

EDIT: in reply to your edit. I can not confirm. I just set columns to show image, and subgroups to show image. This gives me 1 column art image and 2 subgroup image.

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post Sep 7 2011, 23:53
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Correct, on most albums, but there is this one album that there seems to be some kind of problem with. See picture:
http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/5530/capturerh.png

As you see simplaylist not showing the album art, but the standalone album art viewer does. But this is the only album i've seen this in so far. The album art is in both folders called front.jpg

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post Sep 7 2011, 23:58
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Maybe a bug. Might help to confirm the size of that image and extension, especially as it relates to the images you have that work correctly.

Edit: Anything interesting happen if, in simplaylist you give that column more room so the image can be bigger?

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post Sep 8 2011, 00:09
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QUOTE (Nitrius @ Sep 8 2011, 00:53) *
As you see simplaylist not showing the album art, but the standalone album art viewer does. But this is the only album i've seen this in so far. The album art is in both folders called front.jpg

SimPlaylist loads the image from the whole group, album art viewer from the single file that is selected or playing. See how it changes when you select all tracks. foobar2000 does not compare the two images.

The solution is to place your front.jpg in the parent album folder only and to change the search pattern at Preferences, Display to something like $if(%discnumber%,..\)front.jpg.

(Knifa had the same issue, we solved this on IRC earlier.)

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500x500 size 62KB. Making the column bigger does not do anything, beside increasing the size of the place where the album art should be.

But as i said, if i add disc 1 and 2 one at at time, adding disc 1, then disc 2, the album art shows. Also if i embed the album art into the flac files, the album art shows. But i like to have the album art as a single file in the folder called front.jpg mostly.

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QUOTE (Frank Bicking @ Sep 8 2011, 01:09) *
The solution is to place your front.jpg in the parent album folder only and to change the search pattern at Preferences, Display to something like $if(%discnumber%,..\)front.jpg.


Great, that worked, thanks =)

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post Sep 10 2011, 15:40
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Question, is there something i can do to make playlists with different artists/songs a bit easier to scroll through?
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post Sep 11 2011, 03:37
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QUOTE (-AdZero- @ Aug 25 2011, 02:01) *
Hi.

I have updated all components to their 1.0 version (Facets, SimPlaylist and SimPlaylist manager) but I still encounter some annoying bugs :

  • Each time I start foobar, the content isn't displayed until I resize a column
  • Sometimes (can't figure how to reproduce it accurately), the display of the playlist content is not drawn correctly when scrolling down or up. A vertical resize of the playlist box solves this problem.
  • Sometimes after starting foobar (can't figure how to reproduce it accurately), the columns header are not displayed as expected (no names and an odd visual aspect with a tiny vertical scoll bar for each column) and any column resize is impossible as well as any playlist content display. The only solution I found is to replace the theme file by a previous version.


Let me know If I can give you more information.


I'm having these issues as well, but only on my new computer. The biggest related difference between my new and old computer is a switch from nVidia to ATI.

I have the first issue you described only when the SimPlaylist element is contained in a playlist tabs element. When foobar starts, SimPlaylist is blank until a column is resized. When it isn't in a playlist tabs element and there isn't an album art column, it shows up fine.

The bigger issues start when there is an album art column and happen whether SimPlaylist is in playlist tabs or not. As you described, the column header has serious graphical glitches. There are no columns, and sometimes it has small vertical scroll bars across its length. Sometimes the vertical scroll bars are blank and the rest of the header is replaced with the menu bar background. There are a few other varieties that I've seen. On my original (portable) foobar install there was a long non-functional horizontal scroll bar on the bottom of the SimPlaylist element. Scrolling vertically can make some headers show up. I've managed to fix this with some combination of removing the album art column and toggling the groups preset.

These issues occur on a clean portable install of foobar with only SimPlaylist installed.
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post Sep 11 2011, 06:24
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First, thanks so much Frank Bicking for this, I have been waiting for years for this.

I'm, ummm, of course, having a problem, not unusual for me.

Everything is working perfectly, except I can't figure out how to sort based on title formatting, not %path_sort%

Using Foobar 1.1.7 and SimPlaylist dated 8/18/20011, my first problem is that no matter how I change the settings in the dialog nothing changes in the sort/grouping. For instance, removing or changing the checkboxes for presets, does nothing, i.e. columns for album, date, genre are not added when "switching" from "Artist - Album / Cover" to "Artist / Cover - Album-Info", which is what I expected. Also, Changing the "Sorting pattern" from %path_sort% to %tracknumber% does nothing.

So, obviously I have no idea what to do to change the sort/group ordering.

What I need is to group on %album-artist%-%album%-%date%, for instance, if I have tracks with different dates with the same album name (and artist) they need to be grouped into the same album. Also, album groups by the same artist need to be sorted by date.
Next I need tracks in the same album to be sorted by track number regardless of date.

Thanks for any help.

John
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post Sep 11 2011, 10:29
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QUOTE (gotdelta @ Sep 11 2011, 04:37) *
I'm having these issues as well, but only on my new computer. The biggest related difference between my new and old computer is a switch from nVidia to ATI.

Same here with nVidia.
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post Sep 11 2011, 17:07
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QUOTE (jonpb @ Sep 11 2011, 01:24) *
First, thanks so much Frank Bicking for this, I have been waiting for years for this.

I'm, ummm, of course, having a problem, not unusual for me.

Everything is working perfectly, except I can't figure out how to sort based on title formatting, not %path_sort%

Using Foobar 1.1.7 and SimPlaylist dated 8/18/20011, my first problem is that no matter how I change the settings in the dialog nothing changes in the sort/grouping. For instance, removing or changing the checkboxes for presets, does nothing, i.e. columns for album, date, genre are not added when "switching" from "Artist - Album / Cover" to "Artist / Cover - Album-Info", which is what I expected. Also, Changing the "Sorting pattern" from %path_sort% to %tracknumber% does nothing.

So, obviously I have no idea what to do to change the sort/group ordering.

What I need is to group on %album-artist%-%album%-%date%, for instance, if I have tracks with different dates with the same album name (and artist) they need to be grouped into the same album. Also, album groups by the same artist need to be sorted by date.
Next I need tracks in the same album to be sorted by track number regardless of date.

Thanks for any help.

John


The SimPlaylist settings allow you to add custom columns and grouping presets. To pick a preset or add columns, right click on the column header in the SimPlaylist element. The checkboxes next to presets in the settings only determine which presets will show up in the right click menu.
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post Sep 11 2011, 20:34
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QUOTE (a3aan @ Sep 11 2011, 11:29) *
QUOTE (gotdelta @ Sep 11 2011, 04:37) *
I'm having these issues as well, but only on my new computer. The biggest related difference between my new and old computer is a switch from nVidia to ATI.

Same here with nVidia.


Maybe this only happens with high resolutions? I always have the problem at my main PC (2560*1600) but never at the second one (1600*1200).
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QUOTE (gotdelta @ Sep 11 2011, 09:07) *
The SimPlaylist settings allow you to add custom columns and grouping presets. To pick a preset or add columns, right click on the column header in the SimPlaylist element. The checkboxes next to presets in the settings only determine which presets will show up in the right click menu.

Thanks, I couldn't find the context menu, found it, it's on the column headers at the top of the playlist control.

I'm using the following sort pattern:

$stripprefix(%album artist%) - %date% - %album% - %discnumber% - %tracknumber% - %title%

which works almost perfectly. The problem is with "Greatest Hits" compilation type albums where each song in the same album may have a different date. I would like them to be grouped into the same album, but they are broken into groups based on album-date. Any idea on how to customize the grouping in this regard? %date% is in the sort string, positioned so that the album groups for an artist are sorted by date.
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QUOTE (jonpb @ Sep 11 2011, 21:40) *
QUOTE (gotdelta @ Sep 11 2011, 09:07) *
The SimPlaylist settings allow you to add custom columns and grouping presets. To pick a preset or add columns, right click on the column header in the SimPlaylist element. The checkboxes next to presets in the settings only determine which presets will show up in the right click menu.

Thanks, I couldn't find the context menu, found it, it's on the column headers at the top of the playlist control.

I'm using the following sort pattern:

$stripprefix(%album artist%) - %date% - %album% - %discnumber% - %tracknumber% - %title%

which works almost perfectly. The problem is with "Greatest Hits" compilation type albums where each song in the same album may have a different date. I would like them to be grouped into the same album, but they are broken into groups based on album-date. Any idea on how to customize the grouping in this regard? %date% is in the sort string, positioned so that the album groups for an artist are sorted by date.


You just need to add tags I think? Use f.e %release_date% and %performed_date%, and then sort by %release_date% and use something like %title%[ - %performed_date%] to show track title.
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QUOTE (sylla @ Sep 11 2011, 13:11) *
QUOTE (jonpb @ Sep 11 2011, 21:40) *

I'm using the following sort pattern:

$stripprefix(%album artist%) - %date% - %album% - %discnumber% - %tracknumber% - %title%

which works almost perfectly. The problem is with "Greatest Hits" compilation type albums where each song in the same album may have a different date. I would like them to be grouped into the same album, but they are broken into groups based on album-date. Any idea on how to customize the grouping in this regard? %date% is in the sort string, positioned so that the album groups for an artist are sorted by date.


You just need to add tags I think? Use f.e %release_date% and %performed_date%, and then sort by %release_date% and use something like %title%[ - %performed_date%] to show track title.

I'm easily confused, but, as far as I can tell the top level groups are hard-coded to %album artist%-%date%.
Let's say I wanted the top level group to be %genre% and sub-grouped by %album artist%, I tried the following, but it still groups top level by %album artist%-%date%

Preset: Genre
Headers: [%genre%]
Columns: [%genre%]
Sorting pattern: [%genre%]
Subgroups: [%album artist%]
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post Sep 12 2011, 01:13
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One thing I miss about the NGPlaylist is ability to tweak it so you can use the keyboard to jump between top level groups.

For instance if you are in a group that start with "A" you can jump to the first group that starts "S" by pressing "s".

This was possible because the search was done on the first column, so you add a zero width first column with the script: $select(%tracknumber%, $stripprefix(%album artist%))
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QUOTE (jonpb @ Sep 11 2011, 19:42) *
I'm easily confused, but, as far as I can tell the top level groups are hard-coded to %album artist%-%date%.
Let's say I wanted the top level group to be %genre% and sub-grouped by %album artist%, I tried the following, but it still groups top level by %album artist%-%date%

Preset: Genre
Headers: [%genre%]
Columns: [%genre%]
Sorting pattern: [%genre%]
Subgroups: [%album artist%]


It sounds like you don't have the correct preset selected. You might as well create a new one and start from scratch to avoid any confusion later on.

As for your example, you can get what you want with two headers:
[%genre%]
[%album artist%]

If you want album art, add an entry to columns (the text doesn't matter) and make sure the display property is set to image/front.
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QUOTE (gotdelta @ Sep 11 2011, 17:16) *
QUOTE (jonpb @ Sep 11 2011, 19:42) *
I'm easily confused, but, as far as I can tell the top level groups are hard-coded to %album artist%-%date%.
Let's say I wanted the top level group to be %genre% and sub-grouped by %album artist%, I tried the following, but it still groups top level by %album artist%-%date%

Preset: Genre
Headers: [%genre%]
Columns: [%genre%]
Sorting pattern: [%genre%]
Subgroups: [%album artist%]


It sounds like you don't have the correct preset selected. You might as well create a new one and start from scratch to avoid any confusion later on.

As for your example, you can get what you want with two headers:
[%genre%]
[%album artist%]

If you want album art, add an entry to columns (the text doesn't matter) and make sure the display property is set to image/front.

Ok, thanks, with your help I think I have finally come to some understanding of this system.

1) I still don't think that top-level grouping by %genre% is possible, because it is hard-coded to group by %album%.
This is fine, I was only using this as a hypothetical example to find out how this system works.

2) While the top-level grouping fundamentally works at the %album% level the Header display plays a part in the top-level grouping. For instance, if you add %date% to the header, you will top-level group by %album%-%date%. This breaks Greatest Hits compilations into multiple top-level groups. But, since the parsing is serial, I don't see how this behavior can change.

Conclusion: To support Greatest Hits compilations you can do one of either:

a) Remove the %date% tag from the header
or
b) Re-tag your Greatest Hits albums so that each song's %date% is the release date of the album and add a %recorded_date% field for display if desired.
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