MuvEnum Blog

Jul 21

MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth v1.7.0.0 is now available for download.

This version adds a few new features that we think make MuvUnder Cover much easier to use.  It also includes some bug fixes and quite a few performance improvements.

Important: Due to the recent changes made by some of our album artwork sources, we recommend that you update to v1.7.0.0 as soon as possible to make sure you continue receiving the largest quantity and quality of available album artwork.

We’ve added an “albums with/without covers or all albums” grouping in the bottom left of the application.  This focuses the experience to those albums without covers but gives the flexibility to view the albums any way you want.   Because of this new feature, we have modified the default settings for new customers to load all albums whether or not they contain embedded artwork but to have the grouping set to only show albums without covers.  If you are upgrading, your settings will not be changed, but to have the same experience you may want to change to the defaults: “Options -> “Artwork” -> “Replace the file’s existing artwork with the selected artwork”, and “Albums without covers (x of x)” in the bottom left of the main application.   When a cover is saved to an album, it moves to the “Albums with covers” grouping highlighted with the green check so you can see which album covers were saved during the current session.  We’d love to hear your feedback on this new method of album organization in MuvUnder Cover.

The other big change is the ability to delete embedded artwork from a single album (Right-click album -> “Delete Album Artwork From File(s)”) or all albums (“Album Options” -> “Delete Album Art”).  We provide a prompt when a customer selects this option to verify that they want to do this as it cannot be undone.  This does not delete the “folder.jpg” or any other image stored locally in the album folder.  It only deletes artwork embedded in the actual album files.

We’re confident that these new changes will make the MuvUnder Cover experience that much better.

Version History:

  • Fixed Google and Juno Records Image Search to support their recent API modifications. (Please make sure you update to this version to make sure you get the best/most artwork results).
  • Fixed bug where single album search didn’t display the Searching status image.
  • Fixed some binding errors that were causing performance issues.
  • Added ability to filter shown albums by those with and those without covers, or to show all albums.
  • Added ability to delete existing album art in albums (does not delete locally saved album artwork).
  • Added support for deleting artwork from a single album (Right-click album -> “Delete Album Artwork From File(s)”), or all displayed albums (“Album Options” -> “Delete Album Art”). This feature also updates your iTunes library to inform it that the artwork has been removed from the file as long as “Update your iTunes library” option under “Options” -> “Advanced” is checked.
  • Added support for updating iTunes info when deleting embedded artwork if enabled.
  • Added open log folder button.
  • Modified loading of files to decrease the time to load files considerably by not displaying the albums until after all metadata has been read. This also improves load time for files located on a NAS or slower network drive.
  • Modified encryption to help avoid crashes with certain anti-virus programs.
  • Modified default settings to load all albums whether or not they have artwork, but to filter on “Albums without covers”, changeable in the bottom left of the application. We believe this provides the best of both worlds by showing you the total percentage of your albums that have artwork and to more easily work on only those albums that need artwork or those that you’d like to see if you can find better artwork for.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.

For the latest version of MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth, please visit our downloads section.

-The MuvEnum Development Team

Jul 19

MuvAudio v3.1.2.0 is now available for download.

This release fixes a few small issues listed below. If you run into any problems running this new version, please let us know.

Version History:

  • Fixed the misnaming of the file extension when outputting to .M4A when the temporary file name contained “.M4” (based on the thread ID).
  • Fixed detection of missing output file after completion to inform user there was an error instead of stating it converted successfully.
  • Modified multi-threading to help avoid files being converted getting stuck at 100%.

For the latest version of MuvAudio, please visit our downloads section.

-The MuvEnum Development Team

Jul 12

MuvAudio v3.1.1.0 is now available for download.

This release reverts back to using the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 which should fix a few random issues people were seeing when running MuvAudio 3.1.0.0. It also fixes an issue outputting to .M4A and includes a smaller installer size by about 1MB in addition to a few other changes (details below). If you run into any issues running this new version, please let us know.

Version History:

  • Reverted back to using the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 which resolves some random issues and crashes that were introduced with v3.1.0.0 using the .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile.
  • Added support for detection and installation of Windows Installer 3.1 on XP and 2003 if needed.
  • Updated all encoders to their latest versions for best performance.
  • Modified M4A encoding to no longer require console application for boxing which decreased installer size by about 1MB.
  • Fixed converting to M4A not creating the output file in certain cases.
  • Fixed setting the M4A encoder output extension to MP4 or M4B not saving correctly.
  • Fixed detection of Winamp to work against any version of Winamp for M4A output.

For the latest version of MuvAudio, please visit our downloads section.

-The MuvEnum Development Team

Jul 02

MuvAudio v3.1.0.0 is now available for download.

This release upgrades MuvAudio 3 to use the .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile which means better performance and better text rendering in addition to a smaller/faster .NET installation. This version has been in the works for awhile and can be released now that the .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile has been released on Windows Update. It also includes fixes to the WMA output settings and other improvements. If you run into any issues running this new version, please let us know.

Version History:

  • Modified application to use the .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile; this gives performance, text rendering, and compatiblity improvements in addition to a smaller .NET installation.
  • Modified installer to verify at least SP3 if running Windows XP, which is now required for .NET 4, and if not, to inform the user that they need to upgrade.
  • Modified MVC check to run after audio control initialized error.
  • Modified the remembering of window settings/location to hopefully fix an issue with it crashing MuvAudio on one customers computer.
  • Modified the installation of the .NET Framework to be more informative.
  • Modified adding files to be faster by not showing them being added to the listbox until they’ve all been loaded.
  • Modified required minimum version of Winamp to v5.57 and to upgrade all files appropriately on load.
  • Modified default setting from MP3 VBR -V 3 to MP3 VBR -V 2 for better default quality output.
  • Added support for determining issue with WMP on german OS.
  • Added help to WMA for showing invalid bitrates/samplerates/channels and then added code to auto change the settings in the background when invalid ones are detected rather than not converting the file (with error).
  • Removed double-click to open “choose files window” when you already have files to convert in the list (caused window to open when clicking fast on the scroll up or down arrows on scrollbar).
  • Removed the higher than 256 kbps wma settings as they are not valid.
  • Fixed WMA Pro VBR qualities not saving correctly (it was saving them as the Standard vbr setting instead of the Pro setting).
  • Fixed crash when ‘access is denied’ when trying to set the child process processor affinity.
  • Fixed reset button shadow being cutoff.
  • Fixed size of WMA control being too tall when “Advanced” was expanded.

For the latest version of MuvAudio, please visit our downloads section.

-The MuvEnum Development Team