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    Album art downloader

    Here is the app

    Windows: http://homer.meso.com/crap/art.zip
    Linux: http://homer.meso.com/crap/zart.tar.gz


    This is version .009

    Bugs Fixed & Additions
    -----------------
    11/03/04
    - fixed an issue with saving album art

    4/28/04
    - fixed an issue on how amazon handles its xml request. Now it works
    - added the linux which is also the source code.. scroll down for instructions on how to install it for linux

    3/16/04
    - i fixed an error on not finding some album art even though it was there.
    - i took away the dos console window from running
    - i added a popup error log
    - all program errors that cause a crash should be written to a log file now

    3/12/04 part 2
    - fixed the null image problem people were seeing. This was due to amazon listing the album but not having a small or large image for that album. I found some had the medium though.
    - I also added to the status bar when you are saving so you know when its done

    3/12/04
    - fixed a nasty bug in the amazon library where if it got a http error code it would die
    - added a log file called debug.txt to the dir so it'll show you which albums it could not find album are for
    - some minor bug fixes and speed tweaks.

    3/11/04
    -I got the bug that rgardjr pointed out. There was a problem with a library not being compiled in correctly.
    - I also added in two labels on the main app
    - the top one shows you the root dir
    - the second one shows you the status of the search. Only search for album art when its idle.


    Features
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    - auto looks up album art from amazon.com
    - has 2 types of directory structure
    - artist - album
    - artist
    - ablum

    - option to show all art by a artist to custom select album are

    known bugs!
    ------------------
    - its a bit laggy. I know this. Its a problem with amazon's web services.
    - closing the app will crash if a thread is still running

    How to run me in Windows
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    - extract the .zip file to anyplace on your system and run art.exe
    - select the options and choose your directory structure type
    - Then load up mass load and select your root directory. MAKE SURE it selects into the dir and just don't highlight it.
    - Then wait. I have 400 albums and it takes like 30 minutes to finish. If you don't see anything just wait.. something will happen

    How to run me in Linux
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    - extract the .tar.gz file on your system
    - You need to following libraries installed on your system
    TKinter (should come with python)
    PIL (http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/)
    PMW Mega widgets (http://pmw.sourceforge.net/)

    - once all libraries are installed you can run python art.py
    - select the options and choose your directory structure type
    - Then load up mass load and select your root directory. MAKE SURE it selects into the dir and just don't highlight it.
    - Then wait. I have 400 albums and it takes like 30 minutes to finish. If you don't see anything just wait.. something will happen

    if you have any issues running in linux contact me

    ToDo
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    - try to make it faster finding an album. The problem is that I can only search by artist and then try to find the album name via what the search results are. So if you have beatles albums amazon has like 400 results.. so it'll take a long time to crawl through them all
    - id3 support. go into a dir and read the id3 tag on all of the files in the dir and if most of them have the same album name then that must be t he album.

    Let me know any features you want



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    HELL YEAH!!!!! I have been looking for an app like this for a long time. command line interface is fine by me just so long as you can make it span several directories so it can cover all my mp3's without having to tell it which one is which. Well I guess that it would have to read the ID3 tag to do that. Oh yeah, if you could port it to winblows, that would be handy too...
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    oh yea go for it dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by monger
    HELL YEAH!!!!! I have been looking for an app like this for a long time. command line interface is fine by me just so long as you can make it span several directories so it can cover all my mp3's without having to tell it which one is which. Well I guess that it would have to read the ID3 tag to do that. Oh yeah, if you could port it to winblows, that would be handy too...

    Well my idea is this.. all my albums are labeled like this

    artist - Album
    artist - album2
    etc


    You can use amazon's webservice to search via that so if you tell the seperator value to be - then it'll try to grab all the art it can find if it finds a match. If it finds more then one match.. you will be prompted to select which image you want to use. So it'll be a quick way to fill a large collection of albums.

    I could easily read the id3 tags but that might be in a later release.. right now i'm just gonna do dir names. I know a lot of people have it setup different and i'll try to make it support as many formats as possible

    As for the porting there is no need. Python is cross platform so it'll run on windows/linux/mac..etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by hijinks21
    Well my idea is this.. all my albums are labeled like this

    artist - Album
    artist - album2
    etc


    You can use amazon's webservice to search via that so if you tell the seperator value to be - then it'll try to grab all the art it can find if it finds a match. If it finds more then one match.. you will be prompted to select which image you want to use. So it'll be a quick way to fill a large collection of albums.

    I could easily read the id3 tags but that might be in a later release.. right now i'm just gonna do dir names. I know a lot of people have it setup different and i'll try to make it support as many formats as possible

    As for the porting there is no need. Python is cross platform so it'll run on windows/linux/mac..etc
    Sounds perfect! I'd love a copy of it when it's done!

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    I love the idea.

    Any chance you could have it read this directory tree:
    Artist1
    - Album
    - Album2
    Artist2
    - Album
    - Album2
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    Quote Originally Posted by mercury
    I love the idea.

    Any chance you could have it read this directory tree:
    Artist1
    - Album
    - Album2
    Artist2
    - Album
    - Album2

    Yes i am going to build that in also since that is the other major way people have their albums sorted.
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    any updates?
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    i have it fully working in console mode.. it grabbed all the album art it cound find automatically.. around 90% of my collection. I'm working on the gui now. I hope to have something by the middle of next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hijinks21
    i have it fully working in console mode.. it grabbed all the album art it cound find automatically.. around 90% of my collection. I'm working on the gui now. I hope to have something by the middle of next week.
    Sounds great! I can't wait to use it. Thank You!

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