MuvEnum Blog

Jul 16

MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth v1.6.0.0 is now available for download.

This version updates some of the artwork sources in preparation forthcoming changes from their respective APIs (the changes are coming 8/15/2009 so please update to this version before then otherwise this source will stop working). It also adds an additional artwork source, JunoDownload to improve the dance music artwork search results. As usual, the full “treat” list can be read below.

Version History:

  • Added support for adding album artwork to AAC, AIFF, AIF, OGG, OGA, and OGV file formats.
  • Added Juno Download (dance music) as an album artwork source to help improve the dance music artwork result percentage.
  • Added “‘Artist Name’.jpg”, “Coverart.jpg”, and “‘Filename’.jpg” as options for saving the artwork in the album folder.
  • Added selected album artwork information button for Amazon album artwork search results to take you to the artwork product details page to meet API requirement. Trial version is limited to showing information for 50 covers.
  • Added double-click support for navigating to a checked folder location in the “Choose Folder(s)” window checked folder list.
  • Added browse for album artwork button and contextmenu item (Ctrl+B) to make it easier to add artwork from local files (previous methods you can use are drag-n-drop and copy-n-paste).
  • Added support for showing image dimensions from artwork file if source doesn’t give it.
  • Added “Remove Selected” button to the “Choose Folder(s)” window.
  • Updated iTunesLib reference to the latest version of iTunes (8.2.0.10). If artwork is not updating in iTunes, please make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes.
  • Updated the folder browser controls on the “Choose Folder(s)” window to the latest versions.
  • Modified the “Save artwork in album folder as “Folder.jpg” to be enabled by default on new installations (not upgrades) due to the way Windows Explorer shows the album artwork folder overlay from the folder.jpg file even if an audio file has embedded artwork. The embedded file and folder.jpg combination provide the best compatibility for all operating systems and players.
  • Modified Amazon search to use their new API.
  • Modified Amazon search to only return 1 page of results (decreases bandwidth usage) with ItemAttributes for future sidebar product reference.
  • Modified Amazon search to now have the first search encode the artist and albums instead of removing diacritics for a better chance of results.
  • Modified the registered version of the software to allow copying of album artwork displayed in the search results to the clipboard and/or external programs as either an image object or a file location depending on the source.
  • Modified some of the wording on the contextmenu for clarity.
  • Modified some tooltip placements so that the mouse cursor does not cover the beginning of them.
  • Modified animation framerate from default of 60 to 30 to help decrease cpu usage while maintaining quality animations.
  • Modified hottracking to be disabled in “Choose Folder(s)” window folder listing.
  • Modified “save checkbox” to be collapsed when album artwork saved status is true as it isn’t applicable to the view.
  • Modified context menu “search for artwork” to be enabled when album artwork has been saved (useful if you want decide you want to change it after saving).
  • Modified license creation so one registration works for all users on the computer. If currently activated, a registered user will need to run the software once and it will push out the license to all users on the computer.
  • Modified installer to install the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 silently (without separate installer prompts) after asking the user if they would like to install it, since it is required.
  • Fixed album artwork source searches causing an extremely long pause of the searching process when the artwork source is unavailable.
  • Fixed licensing expiring the trial prematurely if a system date change greater than a few hours is detected (we only care about the number of albums saved, not the days of usage).
  • Fixed transparency of open file location submenu items (submenu item still goes transparent on mouseover).
  • Fixed Discogs artwork source trying to hit the source unnecessarily when the max number of requests have been made for the day.

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

Apr 07

MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth v1.5.5.0 is now available for download.

This version mainly fixes the album artwork sources that were no longer working in v1.5.2.0 due to changes at the artwork source (Google Image Search, Discogs). There are a few other nice treats that make it a little easier to use which you can read about below.

Version History:

  • Fixed album artwork sources that were modified at the sources end and they should now be working (Google Image Search, Discogs).
  • Fixed selecting multiple items in “Choose Folders” and hitting space to actually check/uncheck all of the items selected based on their checked/unchecked status.
  • Fixed checking for updates causing the program to crash if the xml update file wasn’t downloaded correctly.
  • Modified secondary source search to include Google Image Search results after the main secondary source results.
  • Modified copying album artwork within MuvUnder Cover.
  • Modified reading of current embedded image dimensions by not validating stream when reading for improved performance.
  • Added ability to extend trial for an additional 25 covers where users used the initial 25 but didn’t have the “Save artwork in album folder” option checked and would like to test it (double-click on empty space in the trial screen progress bar).

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

Jan 09

MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth v1.5.2.0 is now available for download.

This version fixes adds a status icon for telling when an album that already has artwork was searched without results as well as fixes a crash we’ve been seeing in exception reports related to removing albums while albums are being added.  Look out below for the rest of the changes in this new version.

Version History:

  • Added a link to “View Version History” to the update window.
  • Modified updating of information for files in iTunes to search by album title and by album artist to avoid missing files that are actually in iTunes; improved speed of updating file information; added iTunes file update information to support logs.
  • Modified update window to set the “Yes” button as the default button.
  • Modified to show a red status icon with tooltip above the album when there are no search results; now can tell when an album that already contains artwork has been searched but did not have any results.
  • Modified noalbumcover-completedwithoutresults image to use red x instead of yellow triangle to match status icon.
  • Modified status icon and search status to update correctly when a firewall is blocking internet access.
  • Modified removal of saved albums to make it faster and provide removal status information.
  • Modified album context menu to disable most of the options while adding, searching, or saving to avoid crashes caused by modifying the album list while other work was being performed that may also be modifying the album list.
  • Removed the ability to remove albums while albums were being added which could cause the program to crash.
  • Fixed only the first file of an album being added when the album files didn’t contain an album artist.
  • Fixed “No supported files found…” message so it doesn’t show when you click “OK” from the “Choose Folder(s)…” window without selecting any folders.
  • Fixed album title and album artist text displays bleeding over the saved album artwork highlight border.
  • Optimized user interface graphics which helped improve scrolling performance.
  • Updated removal of temporary files on version upgrades to only remove the serialized search results and not the images. Binary serialized search results in a strong-named assembly break between versions so they must be deleted between versions; Bug Report on Microsoft Connect: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=119402

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

Jan 05

MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth v1.5.1.0 is now available for download.

This version fixes a few issues with v1.5.0.0 which we felt needed to be fixed ASAP.

We hope you enjoy this new release and all the additional fixes and improvements it brings!  We’d like to thank the people who let us remotely connect to their machines to diagnose a couple of very important issues which may have not been resolved without their help.  We thank you for your support.

Version History:

  • Added clearing of album list when changing the existing artwork option from “replace” to “exclude” when files had been added with “replace” (a prompt verifies that you want to do this).
  • Modified non-primary source (google excluded) to not add album artwork that is less than 100 pixels wide which would cause Google Images not to be searched when set, which provides higher resolution artwork.
  • Removed caching of Google Image results as they are very dynamic and caching would inhibit better results appearing at later dates if the user hadn’t cleared their Windows “Temporary” files/folders.
  • Fixed some users not being able to add files/folders due to an invalid “My Music” folder, making the software unusable.
  • Fixed random crashing due to “Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at MuvUnderCover.VirtualWrapPanel.<>c__DisplayClass3.b__2…” caused by watching of “operationposted” in cleanup of virtualized items dispatcher timer.
  • Fixed issue with Google Images always being search when the option to search Google Images when no results from the primary sources existed, even if results from primary sources existed.
  • Fixed “restoring defaults” to not cause the “options dialog” to be shown on the next run of the software.

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

Jan 03

MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth v1.5.0.0 is now available for download.

This version adds support for additional album artwork sources which increase the quality and number of album artwork search results.  We’ve also added support for updating your iTunes library, if installed and can be disabled, automatically.  In earlier versions, you would have to load iTunes and manually have it pull the newly embedded artwork from the files.  This was a major pain for all iTunes users which is why we’re glad to announce this is now all done automatically.  We’ve also added the ability to resize artwork to the dimensions and quality that fit your needs, whether it’s a smaller artwork file size to keep your music files smaller or whether it’s to make all your artwork the same dimensions, this is a very useful addition to MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth.

We hope you enjoy this new release and all the additional fixes and improvements it brings!

Version History:

  • Added support for updating your iTunes library (can be disabled) when album artwork is added so that iTunes will automatically display and sync the new artwork without having to right-click-> Get Info on each album in iTunes.
  • Added Album Art Exchange and Discogs in addition to Amazon as the default album artwork sources.
  • Added removal of 0kb downloaded album artwork when loading from cache or after downloading to help remove lingering downloaded artwork for search results.
  • Added support for resizing album covers when saving; includes width, height, aspect ratio, background color, and compression quality.
  • Added support for opening Windows Explorer to the album location(s) from right-click menu.
  • Added option to clear search results.
  • Added logging of albums to support log that don’t have artist or are corrupt, for user reference purposes.
  • Added “Always” options to certain dialogs so users can choose not to be prompted every time.
  • Added ability to sort by album title or album artist.
  • Added fading information messages near the bottom left when adding, searching, and saving which can be redisplayed by moving your mouse over that area.
    Added “remove saved albums automatically” option.
  • Added message displaying number of album artwork found out of the number of albums with percentage and the prompt to search Google Images for remaining missing artwork.
  • Added showing image dimensions for the currently embedded image.
  • Improved performance and memory usage.
  • Improved visibility of scrollbars.
  • Improved album and artist tooltip to display the full text when trimmed and increased the font size.
  • Modified default window size for better usage of space on lower resolution displays.
  • Modified panels to remove the option of virtualized vs. non-virtualized and now auto switches based on number of albums in the list.
  • Modified size of artwork being displayed to match the actual zoom ratio: increases when zoomed out, decreases when zoomed in; to help with performance.
  • Modified listboxitem textboxes to only be generated when displayed.
  • Modified temporary directory and filename length to avoid cases where they could possibly exceed the OS limit.
  • Modified globe search to add images to the beginning of results.
  • Modified label and checkbox foreground and opacity when disabled to be more readable.
  • Modified display of from “No Album” and “No Artist” to “Unknown Album” and “Unknown Artist” and grayed the font to be able to easily tell the difference.
  • Modified to show the options dialog the first time the software is run.
  • Modified the button focus on MessageBoxWPF to the default button.
  • Modified adding of albums to allow adding of albums that are missing the “artist” as long as the “song title” or “album title” exists.
  • Modified number of albums shown on default window size from 5 to 4 for increased performance and better visibility of albums.
  • Modified listbox to not use deferred scrolling method.
  • Fixed an issue where no files could be added to the album list if the users MyMusic path had been modified incorrectly.
  • Fixed issue with the audio files size not changing/decreasing when the file previously contained large artwork that was replaced by smaller artwork. 
  • Fixed default window size of not being set on initial load (some large auto size was being used).
  • Fixed major slowdown of application when a large number of album ( > 1000) were in the album list.
  • Fixed search not working when artist was empty.
  • Fixed album artwork not saving correctly to files that had multiple tags with artwork in different formats when the “Add Artwork” option was used.
  • Fixed options not saving on some options after having restored the default settings and then changing them.
  • Fixed cuebanner not showing when removing last album.
  • Fixed some issues with the copying/pasting of images.
  • Fixed issue with showing separate albums for files that have spaces at the end or front of the album title.
  • Fixed file extension uppercase of files not adding to the album list.
  • Fixed maximize mode covering taskbar when taskbar is set to auto-hide.
  • Fixed random crash when removing saved albums from the album list.
  • Fixed random splashscreen crash.

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

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