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twotoneblue

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"Automatic" selection of artist pictures?
« on: January 29, 2011, 18:10:45 »
I am loving the gmusicbrowser 1.1.6 - it's SimpleSearch widget and automatic album art selection really makes a large music library shine!


I want to ask: Is there a way to make an artist picture be selected automatically?

I have stored all the artist pictures in one folder, where the picture names were generated by the Picture Finder-plugin, and all correspond to the artist names in the library.

Could I edit something in the gmbrc perhaps? Or put the picture files in the artist folders on disk?


Thanks again for a wonderful music collection interface!
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Re: "Automatic" selection of artist pictures?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011, 04:03:35 »
I am curious about this too.  I have an image in each album/directory but it does not register until I Set Picture from the menu.

It would be nice to be able to scan and register all without going through one by one.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2011, 05:36:00 by VastOne »

Quentin Sculo

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Re: "Automatic" selection of artist pictures?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011, 06:05:47 »
I want to ask: Is there a way to make an artist picture be selected automatically?
not currently, though it will be possible when I implement the options for the auto-selection of covers.

Could I edit something in the gmbrc perhaps?
yes, it's rather easy, you can look at the "[artist]" section of the gmbrc, at the end of the file, it currently only contains the associated picture.
The format is artist_name, tabulation, picture file.
Special characters in the picture file can be escaped as url are (%xx).

twotoneblue

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Re: "Automatic" selection of artist pictures?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 18:59:42 »
Thanks for your answers Quentin!

I did the following:

- Remember: The names of my picture files correspond exactly to the artist names in the library. I use gmusicbrowser 1.1.6 (Ubuntu 10.10).

- List the files in my artist picture directory in terminal, and copy the list from terminal to a spreadsheet column.

- List the filenames again without their extension, using:
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ls | sed -e 's/\.[a-zA-Z]*$//'which I got from http://hintsforums.macworld.com/archive/index.php/t-46389.html, and copy the list into the spreadsheet two columns left of the filename column.

- Clean out the list by deleting rows, removing some album names and the many duplicate artist pictures I have (which are listed as picture_1, picture_2...). This took some time for 600 artists...

- insert the path to my picture directory in the vacant middle column and copy the 3 columns to a text editor. A smart search and replace can adjoin the two rightmost columns providing the full path to the file, while leaving the tabulator space between the artist name and the filename.

- search and replace special characters:
á -> %C3%A1
ã -> %C3%A3
ç -> %C3%A7
é -> %C3%A9
ó -> %C3%B3
ú -> %C3%BA

- copy the list into the right place in the [artist] section of the gmbrc, and start gmusicbrowser
(if you need an example of where to insert the list, set the pictures of a few artists, close gmb and check the gmbrc to see both syntax and special character escapes)

::: artist pictures are back and I can go back to relating to a mosaic of the artist pictures when I need some inspiration to figure out what to stick on next ;D

(The whole thing took about two hours including the writing of this post)

Thanks again for GMB!!
« Last Edit: February 05, 2011, 19:01:38 by twotoneblue »