[Tellico-users] Several Issues
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;
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
Thanks in advance, and Happy New Year to all Tellico users.
Best wishes -- Peter
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