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edwin2006
2019-07-15, 00:35
Perhaps its already past through the forum, then please point me in the right direction :)

Since a short time the owner of a very nice transporter and after replacing a bit dodgy display power supply repair i'm now really using it.
Only thing thats missing is a nice display with album art and/or artist info so I was wondering if there would be a solution to use (for example) a raspberry pi with 7" display to solely displaying this information.
I am aware of this thread https://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?74270-Remote-quot-NowPlaying-quot-Display but that would require to connect a 7" HDMI screen to the pi and I guess that's more expensive as the normal 7" display. Not to mention the visible hdmi cable.

All suggestions are welcome.
Edwin

bpa
2019-07-15, 01:04
How about something simpler. 2nd hand iPad / Touch running browser with Material UI.

Man in a van
2019-07-15, 01:31
Squeezeplay on an O2 Joggler, connect via wireless to network,just run it as a controller.

Source would be best from the UK (that thar 'bay), or look over here

https://www.jogglerwiki.com/forum/


A cheap Lenova Yoga Tab 3.

ronnie

edwin2006
2019-07-15, 07:34
I do like the material idea but i only want the artist part (the right pane) is that possible with the material design?
Or even better Left the artist info etc, and right album art.

Roland0
2019-07-15, 09:53
Another approach is discusses in this thread (https://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?109694-piCorePlayer-with-cava-and-tmux-(so-far)).
Basically, create a status image and display it directly on the Pi's console.
The advantage is that it's light-weight (no X server, browser, etc.), easily automated (start when booting the Pi), and, since it's a picture, easy to customize.
A script to generate such an image can be found here (https://www.nexus0.net/pub/sw/lmsvarscripts/)

Jeff07971
2019-07-15, 10:38
I use an old laptop running Debian 9 and Jivelite

It doubles as a pictureframe when not doing "Now Playing" etc

blackbear
2019-07-15, 10:45
The easiest way is probably to simply use a Squeezebox Touch to control your Transporter.

You can experiment with your Radio if you want proof of concept.

Greg Erskine
2019-07-15, 13:48
Why not RPi/7" screen with pCP and jivelite, that's what I use.

I have it on my desk to see what's playing on my main system.

edwin2006
2019-07-15, 20:57
Why not RPi/7" screen with pCP and jivelite, that's what I use.

I have it on my desk to see what's playing on my main system.I was thinking of that but are you able to use the screen just for album art and artist info? So no (or almost none) navigation stuff on the left?

bluetdi
2019-07-15, 21:04
Use SDT on the Touch or Pi. Then you can create a screen you like with CustomClockHelper easely.

Paul Webster
2019-07-15, 23:56
You could have it set to switch to the Now Playing screen when there is something playing ... and screen off when it is not.

kidstypike
2019-07-16, 00:50
I was thinking of that but are you able to use the screen just for album art and artist info? So no (or almost none) navigation stuff on the left?

Pi/Pi screen/Jivelite, now playing. Sorry about picture quality, looks better in real life.

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bpa
2019-07-16, 01:51
Back to the Browser based "nowPlaying".

A few years ago an addition was done for a Remote Now Playing display ona say a Smart TV (ie. just a browser page which display covert art and artist info) . Many variations were posted earlier in the thread - can be tested now with no additional h/w

See
https://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?74270-Remote-quot-NowPlaying-quot-Display&p=940635&viewfull=1#post940635

edwin2006
2019-07-16, 04:09
Pi/Pi screen/Jivelite, now playing. Sorry about picture quality, looks better in real life.

27687That would be ok for the purpose!

edwin2006
2019-07-16, 04:09
Use SDT on the Touch or Pi. Then you can create a screen you like with CustomClockHelper easely.Uh, what is SDT?

edwin2006
2019-07-16, 04:10
Back to the Browser based "nowPlaying".

A few years ago an addition was done for a Remote Now Playing display ona say a Smart TV (ie. just a browser page which display covert art and artist info) . Many variations were posted earlier in the thread - can be tested now with no additional h/w

See
https://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?74270-Remote-quot-NowPlaying-quot-Display&p=940635&viewfull=1#post940635That was the post I was referring to in the start post :)

bpa
2019-07-16, 04:14
That was the post I was referring to in the start post :)
But you qualified it that it required using a Pi with a HDMI screen - this is NOT a requirement of the solution - any old tablet,tv, game console, phone with a browser will do.

d6jg
2019-07-22, 10:31
Craig has now added an option to start the Material skin into a Now Playing screen. This will work on any html5 compliant browser so some Smart TVs will support it as well as any recent iOS or Android tablet and Windows, Mac or Linux (with GUI) PC

Install Material to LMS and then call

http://lmsip:9000/Material/now-playing

He has left the controls in place but obviously you donít have to use them

Designed for landscape mode

edwin2006
2019-07-22, 11:08
Looking very nice on F11 mode. Does anyone now a command line to open browser on a certain size and location (so not full screen) without menu bar etc. So just a plain window.?

d6jg
2019-07-22, 11:33
Looking very nice on F11 mode. Does anyone now a command line to open browser on a certain size and location (so not full screen) without menu bar etc. So just a plain window.?

Which OS?

d6jg
2019-07-22, 11:37
If itís a PC OS with GUI install Chrome and run it as a Chrome app.
https://support.google.com/chrome_webstore/answer/3060053?hl=en-GB
Once you have resized the window to suit it will always reopen with same dimensions

edwin2006
2019-07-22, 14:24
Android pie and windows 10

paul-
2019-07-22, 17:23
<edit> didn't realize how long this post has been going on.... lol

alfista
2019-08-10, 04:29
I tried a different take on this, casting the web interface, in this case the Now Playing of the Material skin, to the Google Nest Hub.
The word to note here is the "casting" bit, my home automation controller (Homey) allows me to cast a web page to a specific Chromecast player, but I'm sure there are software available to be run on our servers that can achieve the same thing. The key is that it's the server that initiates this instead of you pointing your display to a specific source. In many cases I think this can be beneficial, perhaps the community can come up with more ideas based on this.

One thing to remember is that this particular setup can not be both controller and player. I can use the castbridge plugin to play on the device, but that stream will replace the stream with the control interface and vice versa. Perhaps this could be solved if it was integrated in the same plugin, but as the sound from this device is far from exciting, I don't care.

Anyway, I got a tidy interface on my device with minimal tinkering.
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