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Thread: Browse by Cover (Coverflow) - Updated 11/8/07

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    That's what I'll prob do then... omg! that's gonna take forever and a day!!! Did I read that you'd written a script for this task?? I'd be so greatful, if you could let me have a copy and I'll edit it as needs be, so it works with my files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex21008 View Post
    That's what I'll prob do then... omg! that's gonna take forever and a day!!! Did I read that you'd written a script for this task?? I'd be so greatful, if you could let me have a copy and I'll edit it as needs be, so it works with my files.
    I did a script but it's not ready for primetime. I am not a coder and did a script that works for my system and likely nobody else's without some tinkering. In fact, I sent someone else on the forum a copy and he had a heck of time getting it to work properly with his system. Attached is the script. Bear in mind that it's not elegant coding by any means and running it could easily fubar your system since your system will, no doubt, differ somewhat from mine. I'm making it available so you can see what it does and then tailor it to your own system.

    You will see that it relies on the Windows search feature. It searches for all the files called "album.m3u" in your music folder. Windows will then display them all in a list. It then formats the list so the files are displayed in a single column. The script then simply opens each of the files in the list, adds the 00-, saves the file, and moves to the next one. It's important that before running the script you go to folder options and tell Windows that Notepad (rather than Winamp) should open m3u files. That's all there is to it. I have about 1,300 albums and it takes 20 minutes to modify them all.
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    Thanks so much for this - having a play now, but getting...



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    Any ideas??

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex21008 View Post
    Thanks so much for this - having a play now, but getting...



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    Any ideas??
    Yes. You need to run the search manually first. Once it is complete, save the search (File/Save Search) as c:\album.m3u.fnd. That's the file it's looking for.

    A couple of tips:

    1. When you run the search manually, note the number of files it finds. Add about fifty to that number and substitute the result for 1350 in the line of autoit code that says $<=1350. (So if your manual search results in 750 album.m3u files found, substitute the number 800.) This number determines how many times the script repeats itself and you always want it to be more than the number of albums you have; otherwise, not all of the album.m3u files will be modified. The last file edited will have multiple 00- added at the top. Just delete the extras and save. You could use a number equal to the number of albums, but you'd have to edit the script every time you add an album to your collection. This way you only have to edit the script after you add a bunch more albums. There may be a fancy autoit command that will tell it to stop repeating once it has reached the end of the list, but I don't know what it is.

    2. Run the search manually each time before running the script by clicking on the album.m3u.fnd file and hitting search. For some reason, the first time you run the search it takes longer for the search to complete. You don't want the script to start editing files before the search is complete. I have set up the script to sleep for 30 seconds to allow the search to complete, but if I don't run the search manually first it often takes longer than that. How long it takes to complete the search depends on how many albums you have. You could probably avoid the need to run the search manually by substituting a larger number, say 60000, for the 30000 in my script.

    3. I designed this script for XP Home Edition. It uses alt-keystroke commands to make the script work on my setup. Yours may or may not be the same. If you don't make any necessary adjustments to the script before executing, it may fubar your system.

    Good luck.

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    Fantastic! thanks for all your help with this - really appreciated!

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    really great customizable plugin, thank you moahdib. i have a few issues with it though. most of my files are in russian, file names as well as tags. i have recently converted them into UTF-8. the builder-arttist does compile all the right files - artist, artistlist, artist_"letter" and so on. they all look fine, cyrillic characters are displayed properly, all the paths, folder and file names are alright. once i run coverflow1.swf it'd show only those albums with numbers in them (cyrillic characters wouldn't be displayed at all). wouldn't read artist name and album name, would show songs titles perfectly though. is it related to the character coding or it has something to do with embedding languages in flash you mentioned in the first post. if so, would you build an swf file for russian, please? thanks in advance

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    I search a Coverflow version without the left buttons. To a better embedding at my skin. Knows anybody a working download link?

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    Save Playlist with Coverflow only?

    This is a great plugin but I have some questions.

    I am getting weird characters saving my playlist with wimamp or tag&rename and trying to use it with CoverFlow. Do you have to let Coverflow generate the playlist file (.m3u) for it to work correctly?

    Does gracenote or something else work better than tag&rename generating ID tags with Coverflow? My ID tag information does not import correctly using tag&rename. I am missing artist and album information (I see it correctly in tag&rename) so my xmls are wrong. My music files are in .wma format (I think I will just make them all mp3s - hope this will help).

    Music format
    Artist/Album w/folder.jpg/Music

    Thanks for your help.

    Edit: This is what I discovered what works well.

    1. Make sure all of your music is in mp3 format (Gracenote works well to convert). I was using wma but Tag& Rename worked better with mp3 file to create the id3 tag and it worked better for Coverflow.
    2. Tag&Rename works better for Coverflow to set up tags (this is important since Coverflow need the right information to create the xml,txt and m3u data).
    3. Put your music in the correct structure X:\XXXX\Artist\Album (put folder.jpg here too)\Music for Artist build or you can use genre build with different structure
    4. I use the builder-artist list after doing the above and my xml, txt and m3u data came in fine.
    5. On the first song issue (weird characters) when Coverflow creates the .m3u file to play in Winamp, I was able to edit the .m3u file with Wordpad and put a blank line as the first line instead of the 00- mentioned before. Both seem to work though.
    6. So, can we add to the builder script to put a blank line as the first line when creating the
    .m3u so it can play in Winamp as well? It shows up and plays fine as a mp3 player in flash.

    Thanks...
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    I read the whole thread, and I don't understand what this means:

    Add / replace menu.txt in FSR skin with this:

    &sidebut11=LIST@COVERFLOW||VISEMBED@icons\list. png &

    Double clicking on top of the album selected will load the album and take you to audio player screen.
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    Disregard previous post....
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