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Old Guy
2005-05-07, 16:05
I have been scanning some of my CDs' cover so that I could enjoy "Browse Artwork".
I found that the "thumbnail" page nice, where all artwork is sized the same (it would be also nice if the titles are displayed below the thumbnail as well, though...). But the artwork .jpg size is different on the pages of each album, depending on the resolution I selected for scanning. It would be nice if the size of thumbnail is standardized (or normalized?) on those pages. Some album's artwork is so big and the artwork itself can be seen only left half! Of course, I can scroll the page, but a little awkward. should I file the "enhancement request"? Thanks!

Jack Coates
2005-05-07, 17:10
Old Guy wrote:
> I have been scanning some of my CDs' cover so that I could enjoy "Browse
> Artwork".
> I found that the "thumbnail" page nice, where all artwork is sized the
> same (it would be also nice if the titles are displayed below the
> thumbnail as well, though...). But the artwork .jpg size is different
> on the pages of each album, depending on the resolution I selected for
> scanning. It would be nice if the size of thumbnail is standardized
> (or normalized?) on those pages. Some album's artwork is so big and
> the artwork itself can be seen only left half! Of course, I can scroll
> the page, but a little awkward. should I file the "enhancement
> request"? Thanks!
>
>

why not just use one of the scripts from the contributions page to
automatically download properly-sized images from Amazon?

--
Jack at Monkeynoodle dot Org: It's a Scientific Venture...
Riding the Emergency Third Rail Power Trip since 1996!

Old Guy
2005-05-07, 19:16
Tag&Rename can do that also and I would if they were all in Amazon database. Most of my CDs are classical which are now hard to find even on Amazon (very old, out of print, foreign origin, etc.) and artist/title format is far from standardized thereby makes it even harder to find even if it were still available. So I decided to scan my CDs instead. Am I asking too much?

pfarrell
2005-05-07, 20:33
On Sat, 2005-05-07 at 19:16 -0700, Old Guy wrote:
> Most of my CDs are classical which are now hard to find even
> on Amazon (very old, out of print, foreign origin, etc.)

I had the same type of problem, my collection is
mostly jazz, old and out of print (with a smaller
amount of classical) Amazon is a great resource
for popular stuff. I often had to
search many sites to find the cover art.
I had better luck with allmusic.com than
with amazon for much of my collection

> So I decided to scan my CDs instead.

The key is that you want all your artwork to
be the same size. And there is no point in having
a lot of resolution on the images, since
most of the time, you won't be looking at
it for detail. Thumbnails do a pretty good
job for me.

You probably want to get a graphic image editor
that can resize/resample your images down to
the same size for all your collection.

There is a server setting for thumbnail size,
but I have not noticed one for the main "now playing"
section of the skins. (The display size were
different for different skins, last time I looked
in detail.

> Am I asking too much?

If all you are asking is "does it sound reasonable
to add user image control for skin XYZ" it is of course
reasonable. Add the request. Since most of the skins
are actually pretty simple, and the source is included
with all the distributions, you could even
submit a patch (which are _always_ appreciated)

I think the more general question about artwork sizing,
resizing, etc. is more complicated and less reasonable.
In HTML, the image size is a hint to the browser.
And some browsers (and some versions) to a pretty lame
job of resizing. Solving that and making it look
professional is non-trivial, and maybe even really hard.

Send me private email about which skin you are using
and I can see if I can point you to the right
place in the code.

I've thought about a related improvement, which is to
allow more explicit control of which image to be
used for each sized hole in the HTML. The utility
I wrote (see my .sig) can retrieve up to three different
sized images, and the 5.* series server did not make
analysis of which would be optimal to use. I tabled
the idea until the 6.* series settled down a bit.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

Old Guy
2005-05-07, 23:45
Now I have edited the original jpg so that the size is almost 300 x 300, which should nicely fit in the album page. Thumbnail pages show the new photo (I see that because I trimmed the edges), but the album page (left side frame of the page) still shows the original, big, with supposedly-timmed-edges photo, after "wipe cache". Needless to say, the photo which is still shown on the album page no longer exists anywhere in the hard disk. Is this some bug? I am using 6.0.3 5/6/05 nightly.

PS: By the way, I have filed a enhancement request (#1515) for "auto-resizing" the artwork on the album page.

kdf
2005-05-08, 00:02
>
> anywhere in the hard disk. Is this some bug? I am using 6.0.3 5/6/05

maybe this...workaround, clear the browser cache

http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1193

Old Guy
2005-05-08, 00:35
A-ha! It solved. My system deletes cache every night, so this is not much issue for me... Thansk, kdf!

Victor Brilon
2005-05-08, 07:28
On May 8, 2005, at 1:45 AM, Old Guy wrote:

>
> PS: By the way, I have filed a enhancement request (#1515) for
> "auto-resizing" the artwork on the album page.
>
I suspect that this feature would not be useful enough to the majority
of users to be included in Slim. Why not just run a few lines of perl
(or ask someone here to help you) and use ImageMagick to automagically
resize all of your artwork in one batch run?

Victor