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    Media Player usefulness

    I've just installed my carPC and am trying out the different front ends. I really like MI, but one problem may keep me from using it unless I can find a solution.
    I find the media player extremely awkward to use for a few reasons:
    1) the scroll bars don't really work like you'd expect them to (touch the arrows to either page down or scroll; as it is, they don't really do anything reliably)

    2) the screen is setup such that you can't read the song titles! With the album art display to the left of the screen, there is barely enough room to read the artist name of a track, and the title doesn't scroll. So unless you set all your songs up into albums (I generally don't) you can't tell what song you're looking at.

    Is there any way around these issues? I think MI would be near perfect if I could get a full line to read the names of my .mp3s!

    thanks,
    mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark2727
    I've just installed my carPC and am trying out the different front ends. I really like MI, but one problem may keep me from using it unless I can find a solution.
    I find the media player extremely awkward to use for a few reasons:
    1) the scroll bars don't really work like you'd expect them to (touch the arrows to either page down or scroll; as it is, they don't really do anything reliably)

    2) the screen is setup such that you can't read the song titles! With the album art display to the left of the screen, there is barely enough room to read the artist name of a track, and the title doesn't scroll. So unless you set all your songs up into albums (I generally don't) you can't tell what song you're looking at.

    Is there any way around these issues? I think MI would be near perfect if I could get a full line to read the names of my .mp3s!

    thanks,
    mark
    86 porsche 928S
    Thanks for the input! When I created the program, I wanted to make sure that the letters on the screen were easily readable, unfortunately I was limited on the space thats available, so I had to compromise on the filelist. I also wanted to make the filelist finger friendly as well. The scrollbars are set up to move the filelist quickly and by a single touch, so if the slider is up at the top, then if you tap lower, the slider and the list will jump to where you tapped it. It also should function by dragging and dropping. The arrows move the list somewhat slowly so you have the option to move it one thing at a time.

    If you have all of your mp3s tagged; then just set the program to Rotate Song Info in the settings. The program will rotate the Song Name, then the Artist, then the Album, etc on the top bar next to the volume. This space has about 20 characters which is ample space for most songs. I hope this helps.
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    Thanks for responding... just some quick thoughts.

    I understand the idea about readibility/space. And I know that's probably not easily fixable... but IMHO, the ability to see your entire song filename is much more important than having album art/pretty visualization. It seems like that was the tradeoff.

    As far as I can tell (and please set me straight if this is wrong!) the scrollbars are about as finger-unfriendly as they could possibly be. Why do I say that? If I had a list of like 10 songs, then sure- the current system works great. If the list is more like 1,000 or 2,000 songs, then a finger is just too blunt of an instrument-- I have no idea if I'll end up in the Ps or the Rs, never mind distinguishing Pa from Pe or something. A simple <page down> would have been a lifesaver there. The dragging and dropping, in my experience, just doesn't work all that well, mostly for the same reason-- it's hard to drag just that tiny little bit that you want. The arrows seem like they'd be the ticket but for whatever reason they are reaaaaaly slow to respond (whereas pretty much everything else responds very quickly). In fact, it seems like they sometimes don't work at all.

    I know about the rotate info setting, but obviously that only works once a song is playing. That's very nice... I love that. But what would be better is if a song which was highlighted in the file list would scroll so you could at least see what song it was.

    Thanks for a great job though; the program has many teriffic features and is certainly the easiest one of the major players to set up to be at least 'very good'. iGuidance looks and works well right out of the box, for example.

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