Can I create a custom pop-up display?

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rycher
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Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by rycher » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:30 pm

Hello,

I would like to create a custom pop-up display in a script (i.e. a message window that appears for a few seconds in specific cases, like the built-in pop-up display on track change). Is this possible? I didn't find info on this in the wiki.

Thanks!

Rycher

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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by rovingcowboy » Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:47 am

you can use toaster in mm 3. there are instructions on how to set up toaster in the artwork forum. :)

http://www.mediamonkey.com/forum/viewto ... it=toaster



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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by raybeau528 » Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:52 am

I haven't used toaster so maybe this isn't what you're looking for but you could create a form with a single label and set the caption to the message. Then trigger a timer where you call a subroutine in which you set the form to be invisible. Just a thought.

Here's some code segment which you could add to your script which will pop (make visible) a panel for 5 seconds and then disappear (make invisible). The panel should be initially docked to the bottom of the window. You can then drag it to your
position of choice.

A side benefit of using this for a debug tool is that in the event you get into a loop you can exit MM. Using MSGBOX method the message boxes stack up and you can't exit MM - just end process with task manager.


Anywhere in your script where you wish the pop up to display, just call it like this:

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DebugDisplay("Your text/data goes here")

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Dim DebugPanel,DebugLabel	' Must be set globally - at the beginning of the script

Sub OnStartup

Main code here


Set DebugPanel = SDB.UI.NewDockablePersistentPanel("DebugPanel")
	DebugPanel.Common.Visible=False
	DebugPanel.Common.ControlName="DBugPanel"
	If DebugPanel.IsNew Then
		DebugPanel.DockedTo = 4
	End If
	DebugPanel.Common.SetRect 300,400,300,50
	
	Set DebugLabel = SDB.UI.NewLabel(DebugPanel)
	DebugLabel.Common.SetRect 10,5,250,21
	
	Set DebugTimer = SDB.CreateTimer( 5000)   ' 5 sec Debug Timer 
	DebugTimer.Enabled=False
	Script.RegisterEvent DebugTimer, "OnTimer", "Event_DebugTimer"

End Sub



Sub Event_DebugTimer(x) ' Makes the panel invisible when the timer triggers and shuts off the timer

	DebugPanel.Common.Visible=False
	DebugTimer.Enabled=False

End Sub

Sub DebugDisplay(t)

	DebugTimer.Enabled=False		' Cancel any timer currently triggered
	DebugLabel.Caption=t			' Set the text to display
	DebugPanel.Common.Visible=True	' Make it visible
	DebugTimer.Enabled=True			' Start the timer

End Sub


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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by rycher » Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:48 pm

Neatto! I didn't think of that trick!

I haven't looked at toaster yet, but raybeau528 what you suggested is what I'm looking for... almost.

I want to do this while I'm in the miniplayer. It works if I have the full player, but nothing appears in miniplayer mode. I read the description of NewDockablePersistentPanel and it specifically says that it adds a panel to the main window. So it explained my situation.

I wanted to try NewPanel instead, but I don't know what to pass as the parent control. And I tried NewForm, but MM gives an error message: Object doesn't support this property or method: "SDB.UI.NewForm". I guess the wiki is ahead of the functionnality...

I don't have time right now, I'll dig more later to see if I can make it work with another type of window. But if you know what I should put as a parameter to NewPanel it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by raybeau528 » Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:00 pm

If I understand it correctly myself, NewPanel expects to be a child of a form. So you'd have to create a form first and then create a panel with the name of the form as the argument.

something like:

Set YourForm = SDB.UI.NewForm

Set YourPanel = SDB.UI.NewPanel(YourForm)

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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by raybeau528 » Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:08 pm

Thought I'd add a little interest to the above timer-enabled pop up. This code segment includes an OnPlay event which causes the pop up to display the artist,album,title every time a song starts playing. I expanded the panel to include 3 'labels' and the display sub to accept 3 arguments. The panel size is automatically adjusted if some of the arguments are null.
Note that the panel could still be used as a debug window simultaneously with the OnPlay event, or for different data.

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	Dim DebugPanel,DebugLabel1,DebugLabel2,DebugLabel3


	Set DebugPanel = SDB.UI.NewDockablePersistentPanel("InfoPanel")
	DebugPanel.Common.Visible=False

	If DebugPanel.IsNew Then
		DebugPanel.DockedTo = 2
	End If
	DebugPanel.Common.Width=300

	Set DebugLabel1 = SDB.UI.NewLabel(DebugPanel)
	DebugLabel1.Common.SetRect 10,10,280,21
	Set DebugLabel2 = SDB.UI.NewLabel(DebugPanel)
	DebugLabel2.Common.SetRect 10,35,280,21
	Set DebugLabel3 = SDB.UI.NewLabel(DebugPanel)
	DebugLabel3.Common.SetRect 10,60,280,21
	
	Set DebugTimer = SDB.CreateTimer( 5000)   ' 5 sec Debug Timer 
	DebugTimer.Enabled=False
	Script.RegisterEvent DebugTimer, "OnTimer", "Event_DebugTimer"
	
	Script.RegisterEvent SDB, "OnPlay","Event_OnPlay"
	
End Sub

Call DebugDisplay("Enter some debug info here","","")
	
	
Sub Event_DebugTimer(x)

	DebugPanel.Common.Visible=False
	DebugTimer.Enabled=False

End Sub

Sub DebugDisplay(t1,t2,t3)

	DebugTimer.Enabled=False		' Cancel any timer currently triggered
	
	If t2=""  and t3 = "" Then
		DebugPanel.Common.Height = 30
	End If
	
	If t2<>"" and t3="" Then
		DebugPanel.Common.Height=60
	End If
	
	If t2<>"" and t3<>"" Then
		DebugPanel.Common.Height=90
	End If
	
	DebugLabel1.Caption=t1			' Set the text to display
	DebugLabel2.Caption=t2
	DebugLabel3.Caption=t3
	DebugPanel.Common.Visible=True	' Make it visible
	DebugTimer.Enabled=True			' Start the timer

End Sub

Sub Event_OnPlay

	Dim t1,t2,t3

	t1="Artist: " & SDB.Player.CurrentSong.ArtistName	
	t2=" Album: " & SDB.Player.CurrentSong.AlbumName
	t3=" Title: " & SDB.Player.CurrentSong.Title

	Call DebugDisplay(t1,t2,t3)

End Sub



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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by rycher » Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:27 pm

Thanks a lot, I was able to do what I wanted!

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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by raybeau528 » Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:40 am

Great! How did you do it? Perhaps others could use your implementation.

Ray

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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by rycher » Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:10 am

raybeau528 wrote:Great! How did you do it? Perhaps others could use your implementation.

Ray
Ok, so here is what I wanted: I use an auto-dj script that can insert whole albums. And when I'm in "by album" mode, I wanted to know what was the album coming up. So the script I did with your help does this: when in album mode (custom made by another script, see http://www.mediamonkey.com/forum/viewto ... 15#p173715), when the last track of an album starts playing, it pops a window with the next album (title+artist).

This window is customized to appear just below the mini player where I use it. I didn't see how to associate it to the miniplayer, or get the miniplayer position to adjust its position accordingly. So the position and size are hard coded to my needs. Also, I don't understand why the width of the panel has to be 24 less than the width of the form, otherwise the frame of the panel doesn't appear properly (right side is outside the form). But it does.

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'==========================================================================
'
' MediaMonkey Script
'
' NAME: ComingUp
' DESCRIPTION:
'  When playing AutoDJ by album (using script DJTiedSongsGroups), displays the next album
'  on playing the last track of the previous.
'
' AUTHOR: Rycher
' DATE  : 31.10.2008
' 
' Thanks to raybeau528 for his help with the time-delayed window display.
'
' INSTALL:
' - Copy script to MediaMonkey's "Scripts" folder
' - Add an script entry to file Scripts.ini (example shown below)
'
'    [ComingUp]
'    FileName=ComingUp.vbs
'    ProcName=OnSongStartsPlaying
'    Order=1
'    DisplayName=Coming Up...
'    Description=Album coming up
'    Language=VBScript
'    ScriptType=2
'
'==========================================================================

Dim NextUpForm, NextUpPanel, NextUpLabel, NextUpTimer

Sub OnSongStartsPlaying

  Set NextUpForm = SDB.UI.NewForm
  NextUpForm.Common.Visible=False
  NextUpForm.Common.ControlName=""
  'NextUpForm.Common.SetRect 0,0,400,27
  NextUpForm.Common.Top = 25
  NextUpForm.Common.Left =492 
  NextUpForm.Common.Width =400
  NextUpForm.Common.Height =27
  NextUpForm.FormPosition = 0
  NextUpForm.BorderStyle = 0
  NextUpForm.StayOnTop = true

  Set NextUpPanel = SDB.UI.NewPanel(NextUpForm)
  NextUpPanel.Common.ControlName=""
  NextUpPanel.Common.SetRect 0,0,376,27

  Set NextUpLabel = SDB.UI.NewLabel(NextUpPanel)
  NextUpLabel.Common.SetRect 6,6,400,27
  
  Set NextUpTimer = SDB.CreateTimer(7000)   ' 7 sec Timer
  NextUpTimer.Enabled=False
  Script.RegisterEvent NextUpTimer, "OnTimer", "Event_NextUpTimer"

  if SDB.Player.isAutoDJ AND SDB.IniFile.BoolValue("TagGroup", "ByAlbum") AND SDB.Player.CurrentSongIndex < SDB.Player.PlaylistCount - 1 Then
    dim NextUp : Set NextUp = SDB.Player.PlaylistItems(SDB.Player.CurrentSongIndex + 1)
    If SDB.Player.PlaylistItems(SDB.Player.CurrentSongIndex).Album.Id <> NextUp.Album.Id Then
	  NextUpDisplay("Coming up :   " & NextUp.AlbumName & " - " & NextUp.AlbumArtistName)
    End If
  End If

End Sub


Sub Event_NextUpTimer(x) ' Makes the panel invisible when the timer triggers and shuts off the timer
   NextUpForm.Common.Visible=False
   NextUpTimer.Enabled=False
End Sub

Sub NextUpDisplay(Msg)
   NextUpTimer.Enabled=False      ' Cancel any timer currently triggered
   NextUpLabel.Caption=Msg         ' Set the text to display
   NextUpForm.Common.Visible=True
   NextUpTimer.Enabled=True         ' Start the timer
End Sub
The only little thing I was not able to fix is this: I set the mini player to be semi-opaque when working in another application. When the window pops with the upcoming album, it is opaque and it makes the mini player opaque, while the focus is on another application. The only way to get the mini player semi-opaque again is to switch to it and switch back to whatever application I was using. I didn't see anything to control opacity of a window through script.

If you have an idea on how to fix that let me know.

Rycher-

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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by raybeau528 » Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:24 am

Cool! Glad it works for you.
Also, I don't understand why the width of the panel has to be 24 less than the width of the form, otherwise the frame of the panel doesn't appear properly (right side is outside the form). But it does.
I'm not sure about that either but I did notice that your label is wider than the panel it is in. Your form has a width of 400, the panel has a width of 376 and then your label has a width of 400. Perhaps you don't need the panel at all. You could associate the label directly with the form. The 24 pixel difference might be the width of the border around the form. I believe the Wiki description for the common object includes let/get methods for the interior dimensions of a form. As such, I would think a panel within a form should be smaller than the form. Same with a label, or Edit Field, etc. they probably need to be smaller than the form or panel in which they reside. Might have to experiment more but I would try eliminating the panel within the form and reducing the width of the label.

Ray

rycher
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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by rycher » Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:15 pm

Might have to experiment more but I would try eliminating the panel within the form and reducing the width of the label.
I tried without a panel, this is what I get:
Image

It looks like something is missing, like a ghost window when a program freeze up.
With a panel, it adds a little border that give a nicer look:
Image

And I don't want the big border of a regular window. So I'm going to keep the panel.

As far as label rectangle is concerned (NextUpLabel.Common.SetRect), top and left do specify where to start within the label. But width and height seem to have no impact at all. Wether I put a very small or very large width it still displays the full label without going outside the form.

So there are a few parameters that do not seem to matter, but in the end I got the look I want so I'm not going to worry about them...
If I can just keep the current transparency when it pops up I will be completely happy with it (I'm 99% happy with it as is).

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Re: Can I create a custom pop-up display?

Post by rycher » Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:44 pm

Here is a revised version of the script, that sets the form width to the width of the message displayed, giving a nicer look:

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'==========================================================================
'
' MediaMonkey Script
'
' NAME: ComingUp
' DESCRIPTION:
'  When playing AutoDJ by album (using script DJTiedSongsGroups), displays the next album
'  on playing the last track of the previous.
'
' AUTHOR: Rycher
' DATE  : 31.10.2008
' 
' Thanks to raybeau528 for his help with the time-delayed window display.
'
' INSTALL:
' - Copy script to MediaMonkey's "Scripts" folder
' - Add an script entry to file Scripts.ini (example shown below)
'
'    [ComingUp]
'    FileName=ComingUp.vbs
'    ProcName=OnSongStartsPlaying
'    Order=1
'    DisplayName=Coming Up...
'    Description=Album coming up
'    Language=VBScript
'    ScriptType=2
'
'==========================================================================

Dim NextUpForm, NextUpPanel, NextUpLabel, NextUpTimer

Sub OnSongStartsPlaying

  if SDB.Player.isAutoDJ AND SDB.IniFile.BoolValue("TagGroup", "ByAlbum") AND SDB.Player.CurrentSongIndex < SDB.Player.PlaylistCount - 1 Then
    dim NextUp : Set NextUp = SDB.Player.PlaylistItems(SDB.Player.CurrentSongIndex + 1)
    If SDB.Player.PlaylistItems(SDB.Player.CurrentSongIndex).Album.Id <> NextUp.Album.Id Then
	  Set NextUpForm = SDB.UI.NewForm
	  NextUpForm.Common.Visible=False
	  NextUpForm.Common.Top = 25
	  NextUpForm.Common.Left =492 
	  NextUpForm.Common.Height =27
	  NextUpForm.FormPosition = 0
	  NextUpForm.BorderStyle = 0
	  NextUpForm.StayOnTop = true

	  Set NextUpPanel = SDB.UI.NewPanel(NextUpForm)
      NextUpPanel.Common.Height = NextUpForm.Common.Height
	  
	  Set NextUpLabel = SDB.UI.NewLabel(NextUpPanel)
	  NextUpLabel.Common.Top = 6
	  NextUpLabel.Common.Left = 6
	  NextUpLabel.Autosize = true
	  
	  Set NextUpTimer = SDB.CreateTimer(7000)   ' 7 sec Timer
	  NextUpTimer.Enabled=False
	  Script.RegisterEvent NextUpTimer, "OnTimer", "Event_NextUpTimer"
	  
	  NextUpDisplay("Coming up :   " & NextUp.AlbumName & " - " & NextUp.AlbumArtistName)
    End If
  End If

End Sub


Sub Event_NextUpTimer(x) ' Makes the panel invisible when the timer triggers and shuts off the timer
   NextUpForm.Common.Visible=False
   NextUpTimer.Enabled=False
End Sub

Sub NextUpDisplay(Msg)
   NextUpTimer.Enabled=False      ' Cancel any timer currently triggered
   NextUpLabel.Caption=Msg         ' Set the text to display
   NextUpPanel.Common.Width=NextUpLabel.Common.Width + 12
   NextUpForm.Common.Width=NextUpLabel.Common.Width + 12
   NextUpForm.Common.Visible=True
   NextUpTimer.Enabled=True         ' Start the timer
End Sub
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