Old 4th January 2004, 22:51   #1
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Show Album Covers in Media Library

During a discussion about album covers I noticed a lot of people wanted to know how I displayed my album covers in the media library. So, encouraged by the other forum members, I developed as an X-mas project, a nice tool called album_covers.bat for generating such a view.

I think Album Covers for Winamp v1.1 is now ready to please a lot more people.
So if you collected a bunch of covers and didn't know what to do with it!

Download Album Covers for Media Library v1.1 (64KB) or visit my website, dedicated to Album Covers for Winamp http://members.***********/cyber_marz.

[img]http://members.***********/cyber_marz/images/album_covers_half.jpg[/img]

What's new in version 1.1
  • When the playlist is not present or has different name, an album.m3u will be automaticly created.
  • The problem with characters like ö, è, í, etc is fixed.
  • If the covers have different names, a cover.jpg is extracted from the existing one.
  • The winampmb.htm will be written in the Winamp directory. The batch will try to find the default path first. If the path C:\Program Files\Winamp" does not exist you will be prompted. (A future release might look in the registry.)
  • Navigation trough the use of frames is availlable as an expert option. (see album_covers_navigation.zip)
  • Reduced manual editing to a bare minimum.
  • No additional plugins requirred.
  • Some other small improvements.
  • An FAQ is included.
Have fun!

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Old 14th January 2004, 12:33   #2
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Update!

What's new in version 1.15 (Quick Fix)
  • Unfortunatly, the album.m3u created by album_covers.bat can't be read by Winamp! The Unicode (txt) format is not supported and will not be implemented by the Winamp developers
    (see The final word on unicode)

    For now:
  • Start the new (non-unicode) album_covers.bat so the correct album.m3u will be created.
  • Only if you encounter problems with characters like ö, è, í, etc.
    Run album_covers_unicode.bat (after album_covers.bat)
    Winampmb.htm will be overwtitten in Unicode, which is supported by Internet Explorer in Winamp!
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Old 15th January 2004, 15:02   #3
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Old 15th January 2004, 16:19   #4
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very nice! thank you!
one problem though: Winamp dosn't open winampmb.htm when I go to Now Playing. I have to open it manualy(sp?) do you know a way to fix that, or could you implement it? thanks!

[edit]oh, forget it, just checked your FAQ.. thanks [/edit]
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Old 28th January 2004, 12:21   #5
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can you make a cover extraction from the mp3 TAG, because I haven't a cover.jpg, I have saved my covers in the mp3 tag.

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Old 28th January 2004, 15:43   #6
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You could always try one of these, maybe?

Cover & Tag v3.02 for Winamp 5: http://fire.prohosting.com/richter/ | http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=138565

Now Playing for Winamp 5:
http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=138756

ID3v2 Picture Box:
http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=37798
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Old 13th April 2004, 12:35   #7
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Very good, thank a lot cybermarz..

I was playing with it yestarday, and well it is very handy..

I do have some problems that may have no and easy solution, here I go..

1.- I have two different hard drivers, so I run the patch in both and then i jointed in one htm document, now the problem is that the program sort alphabetically, wchich it makes sence, but if you have artist that start with A in both hard drivers, it is quite time demanding to sort the web page out, I mean manually..

I'm wander if there is some way to do this automaticaly??

My files are as follow.

D:\Mp3\#Compolations\Albums
D:\Mp3\Artist\Albums

E:\the same as above...

2.- The other thing I wasn;t able to do was to keep the mini browser showing my covers. If i open the .htm, and then I choose not conect to internet, it is okay, but if I go to see my music in the media library and then i come back to Now playing, it does not show me the .htm, and I cannot open it, at least I turn on the internet conection??

Well I hope somebody can help me with this, since I quite like the plugin..

Cheers and thank again
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Old 16th April 2004, 09:06   #8
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Hi DMSS,

Conerning your first question, you've got a point here.
Unfortunatly the limitations of the chosen scripting language make a feature like sorting alphabetically very difficult. I'am aware of the limitations of my tool and started working on my Visual Basic skills and try to rewrite the program.


About the second question. I found some minor errors in the FAQ, which might have confused you.

When you want to run the batch on more partitions, change line 17 (version 1.1) or line 11 (version 1.15) of album_covers.bat to 2 different temporary locations. You have to re-join the files later in "C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampmb.htm" (or equivalent).

Also make sure you select "Not connected to the internet" and the location is "C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampmb.htm".


About the 3th question wich you asked in my guestbook http://htmlgear.***********/guest/con...arz&i=2&a=view

The storing of a front.jpg, back.jpg and cd.jpg etc. is not recommended.
You can try to replace line 44 (version 1.5) from:
copy /B "%%~dpI/*.jpg" "%%~dpI/cover.jpg"
to:
copy /B "%%~dpI/*front.jpg" "%%~dpI/cover.jpg"


I hope this will answer your questions.

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Old 16th April 2004, 09:09   #9
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New FAQ
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Old 17th April 2004, 14:01   #10
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Hi cybermarz

Well, let me tell you what solution did I find for my problems..

Firstly I have over a 1000 cover, so was taken ages to the mb to load all of them..

So, what i did was...

I run the patch in my Compilation folder..

Then I got the winampmb file and i started to edit it to create an index..

Then I run the patch in all my partition separatelly, and I createed a different htm file for A, B, C, etc..

I create a new folder within C:\Program files\winamp, called Cover and I put all the htm doc (A, B, C, etc)..

Then I edited the winampmb doc and I put links to each htm doc (A, B, C, etc..)..

So now the mb just load the winampmb, wich has the index and some covers (compilations)... It is fast and I can browse all the other files from it (A, B, C, etc..)..

More over now when I add a new artist or album to my collection I just have to run the patch in its folder (I changeed the path, so it does not over write the C:\program files\winamp\winampmb), edit the new winampmb (cut the code and add it my A, B, C docs..

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Old 17th April 2004, 18:09   #11
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mmmm

I just realize that now I don't have the "hint tool" when I'm over a cover,,... :-(

Does some1 knows what could I have done wrong for this to happend??

How can I fix it??

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Old 25th April 2004, 11:53   #12
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Good thinking DMSS! I did consider creating folders like you did. Though I can't remember why I rejected it.

A similar solution I have, is the use of a new arrived/ripped folder. In this "New" folder are all new albums stored and will stay there till I've made a backup to CD. In this small folder I run my batch and add the new albums manualy to the album_covers.html, just like I did since the start of my collection.

BTW. Only if the focus is on the right frame, the hints will show up.

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Old 17th June 2004, 17:48   #13
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Hi
cybermarz..

Are you planing to continue the development of this plug in??

I realy love it..

Cheers
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Old 24th June 2004, 18:36   #14
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Other project require lot's of time, but now and then I have time to finish the Album Cover project. Can't see when though.

Some features for next release:
[li]Support for .ogg .wma
[li]Right clicking on a directory will have an context-menu entry to scan this and subdirectories for album covers.
[li]Use of an installer and uninstaller.
[li]And more.....
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Old 21st May 2006, 21:47   #15
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Does this support other image formats such as .png, .bmp or .gif? If not, any plans to support them?

test everything. hold on to the good.
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