[Tellico-users] Several Issues

Peter Mayes peter at petermayes.org
Fri Jan 1 23:37:25 UTC 2016

I am running tellico 2.3.10 under Fedora 23, although I think the issues 
I want to raise have been around for many versions. But a New Year 
resolution is to tackle some of the items which have been on my ToDo 
list for ages!

My collection is about 1500 classical music CDs. There are several 
general problems with classical music. 1. the CDDB information which 
comes from the internet is, more often than not, very poor - 
inconsistent information for multi-CD sets, track information riddled 
with errors, and so on. 2. Most classical music involves three key 
pieces of information - a title (e.g. "Symphony No 9 in D minor"), a 
composer ("Ludwig van Beethoven") and performers ("Berlin Philharmonic; 
Simon Rattle")

Anyway, to the specific issues:

A) When using "Import Audio CD Data", some CDs crash Tellico. How can I 
collect more information to help debug this?

B) Suppose I want to add a cover image to an entry. I do "Edit Entry" > 
"Cover" > "Select image". The file dialogue has very large icons - they 
look like 64x64. I want 16x16, which I can get by dragging the slider to 
the left. But I want to set the smaller icon size by default. KDE 
applications like Dolphin remember the change of icon size.

C) I think when I first started using Tellico some years ago, I added 
"Composer" as a custom field. When I am updating a newly-added entry to 
the Composer field, if I start typing "Beet....", the existing choice 
"Beethoven" is presented for me to select and auto-fill. That is great. 
It also works when I have a CD with pieces by multiple composers, 
separated by semicolons. I would really like that to work for the 
"Artist" field, which often contains values that I have entered many 
times before, and often with multiple values again separated by 
semicolons, such as "Berlin Philharmonic; Simon Rattle".

D) My default view has the "Composer" field down the left-hand side, and 
then "Album" top right. I have a problem when I "Import Audio CD Data" 
for a new CD. I can't find it!! Because the disk/track information from 
the internet is so "varied", there is no guarantee that it is going to 
be under an existing "Composer". As soon as I import a new CD, I like to 
edit the information to correct the internet information. But it takes a 
looooong time for me to find the new disk!

E) When I change the Album, Composer, Artist fields after adding a new 
CD, if I look at the "tracks" pane, I only have "Title", "Artist" and 
"Length". The "Artist" field is the original from the internet, and 
doesn't reflect the change to the "Artist" field in the "General" pane. 
In fact, I would really like to have Artist and Composer fields in this 
view, as different tracks may be by different composers. So far, I 
haven't found any way to customise this "tracks" view.

F) My music collection is actually stored on a Network Storage Device in 
FLAC format, and I have taken a lot of trouble over the years to make 
sure that the individual FLAC tags are accurate. What I would really 
like to be able to do is to have some sort of "batch import" of textual 
tag information to load into Tellico's "tracks" field. I could do this 
manually using cut-and-paste, but with around 20,000 FLAC files, that 
will be VERY laborious! I'm not afraid of editing and scripting, but I'm 
not sure how best to achieve this.

G) Some entries have an extra blank row in the "tracks" field, which I 
can't seem to get rid of. If I right-click on the empty row and "remove 
row", the "Save Entry" button is greyed out, so the change doesn't seem 
to be detected. If I make a real change somewhere else, and also remove 
the row, and press "Save Entry", the empty row re-appears.

My apologies for the length of this post, and also if I have missed any 
obvious function.

Thanks in advance, and Happy New Year to all Tellico users.


Best wishes -- Peter
Peter Mayes
07460 890503

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