Album Art Tagging + Organization

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tj_junk
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Album Art Tagging + Organization

Post by tj_junk » Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:57 pm

In "Properties > Artwork":
  • 1) "Remove Image" via context menu - Allow user to remove an image via the right-click context menu.

    2) "Sort by type", "Sort by size", and "Sort by type and size" - This would be extremely beneficial. I was also going to ask for "move to top" and "move to bottom", but i think that sorting by type and size would be much more useful.

    3) Same context menu for entire cell - Currently, when you hover over an image you get "Show image" and "Save as". When you hover away from the image, you get "Paste". It would be more convenient for the user to have the same context menu for the entire cell, regardless of whether you are hovering over the image or not (including the having the features requested above).

    4) 2D Resize - When you show an image, you can resize it -- but you can only resize one dimension at a time. In other words, you can drag the sides of the image popup, but you can't drag the corner. If possible, i would prefer being able to resize the window by dragging the corner.

    5) Remove or repair broken image links - If art files get renamed, moved, or deleted, then links to those files become broken.
    • a) Possibly add a "Remove all broken image links" feature.
      b) Possibly add a "Find missing image files" feature (similar to the Add/Scan feature).
Organizing art files:
  • 6) Support <ImageType> (or some equivalent) in the pattern for organizing image files - For example, my default organization scheme for image files might be "images\<Artist> - <Year> - <Album> - <ImageType>" which would organize files as "images\AC-DC - 1980 - Back in Black - Front.jpg". Note: Ideally, this would include some kind of shortened or customizable type-name, since I would prefer "Front" over "Cover (Front)" and "CD" over "Media".

    7) Support relative and/or absolute paths in the pattern for organizing image files - For example, "d:\Music\AlbumArt" (absolute path) or "AlbumArt" (relative path).
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knightnz
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Re: Album Art Tagging + Organization

Post by knightnz » Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:03 pm

In the properties, displaying the resolution and filesizes of any existing images would be very helpful in deciding which ones (if any) to keep. Opening the images one-by-one can obviously be done, but I've had old MP3s that for some reason have had a fairly large number of images.

tj_junk
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Re: Album Art Tagging + Organization

Post by tj_junk » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:56 pm

knightnz wrote:In the properties, displaying the resolution and filesizes of any existing images would be very helpful in deciding which ones (if any) to keep. Opening the images one-by-one can obviously be done, but I've had old MP3s that for some reason have had a fairly large number of images.
MM does display the image dimensions in a tooltip when you hover over an image on the Artwork Properties page.

However, displaying the dimensions on the properties page itself would also be useful, especially when you have several copies of an image and you're trying to decide which ones to keep and which to discard.

Pow_2k
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Re: Album Art Tagging + Organization

Post by Pow_2k » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:06 pm

A comment and a feature request that I think would fit in with the list...

Re: 2D resizing: If this is the window I'm thinking of (properties, artwork tab, show an image, then the new window that pops up) the 2D resize does indeed work for me on 4.1.5.1719. Not a very large target in the corners to get the mouse pointer to register but I haven't had any problem doing so on any of the four. Something that might be a nice change for this to consider would be keeping the window's aspecAt ratio constrained when the corner resize is done. The image itself keeps the same ratio but in resizing the window you get letterbox bars around the image if you wander off the image's ratio. In many image editing software applications a resize of a selection area can have ratio constrained via an alt, ctrl, or shift key modifier; not sure if the same could work for an actual window resize.

And my feature request...
Max embedded image size setting: I use MediaMonkey for ripping of my CDs and will include Album Artwork with them. Not all my players support using a separate artwork image that resides either in the same folder as the ripped track or a dedicated artwork folder so I opt to use the embedded ID3 tag artwork feature. This generally works well except that it will take up more space than a single image shared by multiple files and I have encountered images that when embedded were too large for some of my players to be able to handle. If a max embedded image size setting could be established that would then resize images (if needed) being added to ID3 tags it could help both issues. First, the max size could be set to a value that matches the maximum artwork display dimensions of the player of my choosing, which if I updated my entire library could be a significant space savings. Second, I could set a max size that would match the largest supported size (regardless of what size it displays) of the player of my choosing to ensure best compatibility of my tracks and tags across my devices.

I've read through another Album Art sizing thread and also looked at trixmoto's script. While both are a good discussion and utility, I think if a native max size setting that would do a resize at time the artwork gets embedded could be added it would be a good starting point. Not as advanced as a bulk resize of anything that is already embedded or as nice as a per-device resize on sync, but a useful feature that could lay the groundwork for later enhancement.

Thanks!

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