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Bert57
2008-10-28, 13:37
Just downloaded and installed Album Review from
http://www.herger.net/slim-plugins
Am using it at the office running Softsqueeze and was enjoying the review as I listened. Abruptly, it ended, telling me "read more on the web". Very dissappointing. I had envisioned sitting in my living room listening to my library of music as I read complete reviews and biographies on my duet controller.
Was I expecting to much? Is it some kind of copyright thing with Allmusic or am I doing something wrong that only lets a portion of the review display?
Steve

mherger
2008-10-29, 04:27
> Am using it at the office running Softsqueeze and was enjoying the
> review as I listened. Abruptly, it ended, telling me "read more on the
> web". Very dissappointing.

I'm sorry about this. The issue here is that it's pretty complex getting that data. The plugin has to do several lookups to get that far. And as allmusic.com usually is pretty slow, fetching the full review can take too much time to respond.

> I had envisioned sitting in my living room
> listening to my library of music as I read complete reviews and
> biographies on my duet controller.

This should be possible if you have the latest plugin version. Review/Bio are accessible from the track information menu.

> Was I expecting to much? Is it some kind of copyright thing with

Don't talk about the "c" word, or I'll have to remove that plugin immediately...

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Michael

Bert57
2008-10-29, 05:45
Michael,
Sorry about the "c" word.
Really do like the pluggins and don't mean to be negative about them. I did find when I got home and tried them on my real server that the functionality was better but had a problem with the display on the duet. It would give me a line or two of the biography then a lot of computer type command or language then another line or two of review. Will try to get by the house and copy it so you can see what I mean.
Steve

Bert57
2008-10-29, 08:54
Went by the house and took another look. Using the web interface I get a great screen that has the beginning of the review or biography with a link to the full review/biography.
On the duet I get:
blonde on blonde if<a href="http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p= and so on for 6 or so lines then 3 or 4 lines of review then more of the computer stuff. Biography is the same sort of display.
Is there anything that can be done about this?
Can Album Review/Biography be pointed to a different site?
Thanks
Steve

mherger
2008-10-29, 09:06
> blonde on blonde if<a href="http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p= and
> so on for 6 or so lines then 3 or 4 lines of review then more of the
> computer stuff. Biography is the same sort of display.
> Is there anything that can be done about this?

Sure, but it'll take a few days...

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Michael

Bert57
2008-10-29, 11:28
Thanks again Michael.
I'll be watching for it.
Steve

mherger
2008-10-31, 04:59
Bert - are you running SC on Windows? You might need to install my "MHCPAN" package for this to work. Screens are definitely looking good here.

http://www.herger.net/slim/detail.php?nr=473

Bert57
2008-10-31, 06:51
Michael
Just saw this post and am at work right now. I have dl'ed this at work but will admit I am not sure about home.
Will check and get back to you.
Thanks for taking an interest in this.
Steve

Bert57
2008-11-04, 08:07
Michael
Just back in town and have been working on this. Loaded the MHCPAN package and it seems to have helped. Strange behaviour. Some albums and biographies show perfect while others still display things like this:

blonde on blonde if<a href="http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p= and

It may go on for ~20 lines or may only be 5 or 6 lines. Makes it difficult to read. May just be a problem with Allmusic.
Haven't checked to see if this is also the display on the web interface. Will let you know when I get back to the house.
Thanks
Steve

Nonreality
2008-11-04, 23:00
I've noticed a speed up in allmusic in the last 2 months. They must have updated their servers or something. They used to hang a lot and you had to be patient, but now they seem pretty quick. This is from my laptop not a controller mind you.

Bert57
2008-11-06, 13:43
New to allmusic and album review/biography so can't speak to the speed other than to say it seems fast enough on my Duet.
Still have a problem with Album Review. On the duet it is now all computer stuff like:
blonde on blonde if<a href="http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p= and
Goes on and on.
Still hoping for a fix or suggestions for what I can do on my end.
Steve

Bert57
2008-11-17, 07:37
Played with album review over the weekend. Decided to check my installation and found that when I extracted MHCPAN there was a problem and not all of it ended up with my plugins. Did it over and now AR/Bio work perfectly.
Lesson learned.
Thanks again for all the help. This is a great plugin. Brings more than just a review or bio. You also get similar artist, influenced artist, influenced by artist, etc..
For anyone who hasn't tried it that enjoys reading liner notes with their music this is a musthave.
Steve