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Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #325
Hi WilB and thanks for this wonderful plugin. Although I have some problem saving album cover for my music files. From server settings I've changed the Auto-Save value from "0" to "1", like this :

Auto-Save Folder=$directory_path(%path%)
Auto-Save File Name=cover

Then I save the biography.ini file and restart foobar2000. I looked up in my music album folder but there's no cover art in it. I've tried to delete the biography.ini file and let foobar2000 recreate it but still no luck. I'm using w/ Jscript Panel v2.1.7.2

please help, thanks :)

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #326
I just checked & it's all working here.

Please bear in mind:

1) The aim is to obtain MISSING covers. If auto-save is enabled, searches when unable to load a cover according to main foobar2000 preferences (display > album art > front cover > search patterns) and there isn't a cover in the save location. So it ONLY searches when no cover is found through the above routes.

2) Search requires album artist / artist name & album name. So files need to have the tags. If either are missing it won't search, since they're required for searching.

3) The names have to match those used by the site. Autocorrect is on by default so there is a little lee-way in the matching. The site also has to have the cover you're searching for - it's pretty comprehensive though. There might also be occasions when the site is down, like over last w/e, but it all seems to be back to normal now.


Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #327
Thanks for the reply!
Yes, music files I use for this is properly tagged and I make sure there's no external images (ie. cover.jpg, front.png, etc) exist in the folder.

edit: I searched my music collection and found some files that don't have embedded cover in it. the plugin works! It saved cover artwork in the same folder as the music files.
back to play some other music w/ embedded cover, I let it play 2-3 songs to see if the site is not responding or down, plugin doesn't work.

Is it possible that embedded cover in my music files stops the plugin from saving cover artwork?

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #328
The check for an existing cover is whether the main foobar2000 preferences (display > album art > front cover > search patterns) is able to find a cover. That checks both embedded and external sources. Since the aim of Biography is to obtain missing covers, an embedded cover in a music file means you have a cover & so Biography doesn't search. It's not clear why you want to search if you have the cover.

So it's all behaving as expected.


Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #329
Hi WilB. I've been waiting quietly for a Spider Monkey version but Santa Claus didn't bring this to me. Could you please update us on progress on this version.


Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #330
Yes thanks for offering to test them. There had been a number of teething problems with Spider Monkey panel & I wasn't keen to release stuff while I was aware of issues. But SMP v1.1.2 is now looking excellent - at least I haven't encountered any bugs or stability issues. All scripts are essentially done, so just a little more pre-release testing...

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #331
Hi WilB! I tried installing your component but it's giving me this error:

And this is the line in question:

Not sure what is wrong =/ Thank you!

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #332
I only comment this line:
// window.DlgCode = 0x004;
Script work.
In version 2.2.0 of foo_jscript_panel marc2k3 remove window.DlgCode.

P.S. marc2k3 propose a solution:
window.DlgCode = 0x004;
replace to
if ('DlgCode' in window) { window.DlgCode = 0x004; }
I check it - script work.

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #333
I have done a quick maintenance update of Biography (& also Library Tree & YouTube Track Manager) to fix compatibility with JScript Panel 2.2.0+. There are no new features. They can be downloaded from the usual locations.

Spider Monkey Panel versions with new features will appear shortly...

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #334
Spider Monkey Panel versions with new features will appear shortly...

the suspense is killing me... my most anticipated update (really!)

(patiently waiting for follow selection/now playing option eg. SYSTEM.Prefer Focus from Biography to appear in YouTube Track Manager?)

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #335
New Version: Biography 1.0.0

NEW: Improved menu options.

NEW: Touch Control (enable: menu > layout > options)***.

NEW: track reviews. In review mode there is now a choice of displaying album and/or track reviews (menu > sources > review > type).

NEW: Ability to cycle cover images: front/back/disc etc and/or those in designated folder (menu > sources > cover).

NEW: Theme options, e.g. Text: Show Summary First (menu > layout > theme).

NEW: Lock option (Middle Click: "More Items Button"). Stops track changes updating display.

NEW: Open containing folder (menu > sources > open containing folder).

NEW: Tag writer: Write Tag: "Locale" [multi-value].
   First value: $meta(locale,0). Usually town/city, e.g. The Beatles -> Liverpool; Madonna -> Bay City
   Last value: $meta(locale,$sub($meta_num(locale,1)). Usually country, e.g. The Beatles -> United Kingdom or Madonna -> United States
   Whole value: %locale, e.g. Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
   Library Viewers: see documentation for example patterns for View by City and View by Country

CHG: Tag writer: tags written can now be set from menu.

CHG: Require shift can now be set for the menu items: "Write Tags...", "Paste Text From Clipboard" (new default behaviour requires shift) and "Playlists" (panel properties ["Menu items..."]).

CHG: Requires Spider Monkey Panel - if you're unfamiliar with it, then it's based on JScript Panel but has a modern Javascript engine. Spider Monkey Panel can be run alongside JScript Panel, & so other panels can continue to run in JScript Panel if you don't have Spider Monkey Panel versions.

*** for an extra scroll experience, if you don't have a touch screen, enable touch control and drag with left mouse button down.

Panel properties will be reset as its a new panel. Export JScript panel properties or back-up layouts before updating if you want a record. Importing JScript panel properties isn't supported: panel properties have been overhauled & more key options are now on the menu. Server settings in biography.ini should update automatically if upgrading from a recent version, i.e. 0.9,, and If updating from an older version, biography.ini will be reset and the original backed up.

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #336
New Version: Biography 1.0.0

Thanks so much for your scripts and effort!!

One question about Biography RE: artist image source

It seems I can either cycle artist images from lastfm, or I can select a single local artist image (with no cycle option).

Is that correct or am I missing a setting for cycling local artist images?

Re: Biography Discussion

Reply #337
Thanks for the feedback.

You are correct.

The behaviour is the same as before. I just changed the wording to try and make it clearer when its cycling and when it isn't. For info:

Photo: Cycle. Cycles images in the set Image [Artist] Folder. This is where artist images are saved, and so it was logical to name the choice as "Cycle". You could change this to another folder and disable downloading if you want a different set of images.

Photo: Artist. This loads a single image & that was how it worked before. It loads from "foobar2000 > preferences > display > album art > artist pattern".

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