Originally Posted by DJ Egg
Maybe someone could post a list of ALL the features implemented by JTFE
Have heart, DJ Egg.
To post a comprehensive list of all the major and minor things JTFE provides would be too long for anyone to read. It was introduced in 2005 and has grown from a simple thing to the giant it is now. I'll just give some brief comments on 3 things and a summary.
1. Enhanced Jump to File features:
Some users don't use the media library and just keep all their files listed in the Playlist Editor. This ends up being a huge listing and the enhanced features allow for comprehensive Winamp query language searches to be performed on the items in this listing. The context menu associated with search results allow for several operations to be performed, including saving the results in special JTFE playlists for reuse later.
2. Queue and Queue Manager:
The Queue is arguably a better base for playback of files than the Playlist Editor, imo. The Queue Manager and the context menu associated with items placed in the Queue allow for several operations to be performed on them (all that is available in the PE and more), including switching playback to the PE or shutting down Winamp or the computer when the end of queue is reached. Items added to the Queue can be saved in special Queue playlists for reuse later. Queue operations can be selected during playback and/or default operations can be selected in the Winamp Preferences.
3. Enqueue & Play Windows Explorer context menu command:
The default context menu commands either let you add selected items to the end of the listing in the Playlist Editor or replace the items listed and start playback with the new items. The Enqueue & Play context command lets you add selected items to the end of the PE listing, after the currently playing item, or to the Queue. Playback can continue where it currently is, or with the items added to the PE listing, or with the items added to the Queue.
Those who are really interested in what JTFE provides should install it and then look thru the options shown in the Winamp Preferences associated with it. Some of these options are not only in the JTFE section. So you need to make a note of all
the Winamp Preferences options, then disable the JTFE plug-in (shutdown Winamp, change it's extension from .dll to .off, and restart Winamp) and look thru the Winamp Preferences again for what is missing. This will take some time, but is the best way to see most of what JTFE 'brings to the table'. The JTFE changelog is also a long, but interesting, read (http://winampplugins.co.uk/jtfe_dev.html
Select an item in the Playlist Editor and press the "J" key (with and without the JTFE plug-in enabled) and play around with the dialogs that open. One is quite limited in what it can do and one isn't. With the JTFE plug-in enabled, add a few files from the Playlist Editor listing to the Queue and then switch to the Queue Manager and play around with the operations that are available. Don't forget to right-click on stuff and explore the associated context menus.
Those who have JTFE installed and don't think they use it that much should disabled it and then try to use Winamp the way they normally do for a few days, to see if they miss anything.