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Thread: Smart PlayLists (aka Smart Views) Plugin - Enables querying of your music library

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    The album load is not a feature of the active_winamp API as far as I can tell. What winamp is most likely doing is a second query where album=(the selected song's album).

    You can do this with the plugin as is, but will require some creative custom RR skinning. First you'll need a new button on a screen containing the playlist, that will load the entire album from the currently selected file. Basically what that button does is grab the selected song's album data from its id3 tags and run the new query mentioned above using the plugin. I'm new to RR skinning, so I'm not sure how to do this offhand. You'll have to dig through "Skin Commands.txt" in the RR folder to figure out the playlist selection and grabbing id3 data.

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    Help Please

    Hello, this plugin is EXACTLY what i have been looking for, and I was quite glad to see it posted. Unfortunately I can not get the plugin to work. I have followed the instructions for installing the plugin (or atleast I think Iīve done it all correctly);

    Requirements:
    Winamp 5 (I have Version 5.0 (x86)- Dec 14 2003)
    ActiveWinamp plugin (Downloaded from link providede at begining of this thread)
    Road Runner (Have the latest version)
    Road Runner skin with SmartPlayLists support (Added the skin edits of BMV2 provided in the zip at the beggining of this thread)

    Installation:
    Copy SmartPlayLists folder to Road Runner root directory (Did this, copied to C:\Archivos de Programa\Road Runner\ the .vbs file is inside the folder C:\Archivos de Programa\Road Runner\SmartPlayLists Yes my windows in my test machine is a spanish version)
    Ensure Winamp 5 is installed (Check, ver 5.0 (x86) Dec 14 2003)
    Ensure activewinamp plugin is installed (Check)
    Ensure Road Runner winamp path is set to your Winamp5 install (Check, this was done when I originally installed road runner, if not I would not be able to hear my music right?)
    Set Road Runner to use a skin featuring SmartPlayLists (see BMVW skin patch folder) (check, I copied the supplied files, both the .jpg and the .skin into the BMV2 folder to test out the plugin)

    Now when I run Road Runner, I go into the audio player skin and press any of the 4 color coded buttons, nothing happens, the music continues to play without a problem, but I do not see the play list update, and the buttons on road runner lose functionality, When I try to press any of the buttons I hear the windows error "ding". I open the the task manager and it seems road runner hasnīt crashed becuase the "not responding" message is NOT there, and the CPU usage is less than 10%. but I cant use road runner, the buttons stop responding after I press one of the smart play list buttons, I have to terminate the roadrunner.exe process from the task manager and restart road runner in order to regain control. Anyone have any idea of how I can fix this. I thank you all in advance for your help.

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    this is a TERRIFIC plugin.. just implemented it into my skin. Great work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman_jkh View Post
    Thanks John. I have a lot of songs that are part of compilation albums (eg: Ministry of Sound - Sessions). I search for a particular song, which I find, but I decide that rather than just play that 1 track, Id like to load the entire album - and listen to it as it should be heard. Thing is, I dont know which album its on, so I cant search the album alone. (Also, I cant search via album with this plugin anyway, I dont think. Further more, I heaps of 'Ministry of Sound' albums, so it will be hard to search that way too.). Any suggestions on how I can overcome/fix this?

    I really like the way winamp does it at the moment (in Winamp V5), if you've tried it?
    Been using winamp v5.2x I think, and have had apsolutly NO problems with it..

    And with the other issue, depending on how you have you music organized, a simple autoit or vb script could do that...
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    My music is organised into a single folder per album. Within that folder there are CD1 and CD2 directories (or CD3...etc). The track ALBUM also contains 'Ministry of Sound - Sessions 1 (Disc 1)' for example. So the disc data is stored in the Album name as well. This prevents winamp from adding the tracks to the playlist like this: track1/disc1,track1disc 2,track2disc1,track2disc 2, etc. Having the disc number stored in the ALBUM seemed to overcome this. Is there another way to do it (a better way) blue? I looked into 'sort by filename and directory, but it didnt seem to do anything in RR. I also label my MP3 files [track number Artist - Title.mp3], so it usually fixes most ordering issues. Except when you have multiple CDs from the same album (see "track1/disc1..."above).

    I understand that you could do (althougn not sure exactly how) this with an AutoIT script.. then only reason I would prefer to have it added to the plugin (as a feature in itself), is that it would then become a standard feature for the plugin - and skin developers would code their skin to incorporate it.. rather than everyone coding their own AutoIT's slightly differently. get what I'm saying?

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    Couldn't resist...as this could really be used an any skin, any button, with/without this plugin

    Simple run this from a button code, and it will play from the current album, starting with currently playing song.

    Delete the ".txt" ext

    NOTE: music has to be like artist\album, or it will just play the files that are contained in whatever folder that the currently playing song is from...
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    Thanks for a fantastic plugin/script!!!!!!!!

    tejesh83L I just wanted to say THANK YOU for a fantastic little script! Altering it a bit, and creating a variety of searches, it is fantastic addition to Road Runner! Searching for something now only takes a second or two, compared to up to a minute with the standard Hard Drive search!

    I created a skin simply for this search feature, and it works great! Thanks again!

    In this screen cap, I tapped "Filename Search" and used the keywords "meat para" It's great being able to use partial words and such!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman_jkh View Post
    Thanks John. I have a lot of songs that are part of compilation albums (eg: Ministry of Sound - Sessions). I search for a particular song, which I find, but I decide that rather than just play that 1 track, Id like to load the entire album - and listen to it as it should be heard. Thing is, I dont know which album its on, so I cant search the album alone. (Also, I cant search via album with this plugin anyway, I dont think. Further more, I heaps of 'Ministry of Sound' albums, so it will be hard to search that way too.). Any suggestions on how I can overcome/fix this?

    I really like the way winamp does it at the moment (in Winamp V5), if you've tried it?
    I just wrote another tiny script, that when you do a search for a song, and would like to the the entire album it lets you. This works by getting the ID3 tag for album name, from the currently selected song in the list.

    All of the scripts and code are in my DigitalFX skin (link in my sig) if someone wants to pick it apart and add it to their own skin.
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    I would if I knew how to John!
    But thanks for letting us know ... atleast I might be able to try pick the code apart :P

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    Hiya,

    Just wanted to chime in a massive thanks for this plugin - Guino pointed me in the direction of it and I'm using it to solve my new podcasts problem perfectly.

    I am using an external RSS/Podcast grabber, HappyFish to manage the download of new podcasts (couldn't get Shoutcast Wire easily to work so gave up on it) which downloads to a known location and alters the genre to "podcast", Winamp media library is then set to scan this location regularly to pick up and catalog new files.

    I then mapped one of my buttons (mixer which I don't use) to call this plugin for genre = podcast, playcount = 0 which fires all my shiny new podcasts into my playlist and I am a happy man

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