Chuck Joiner invited me to join him on his MacVoices podcast. We talk about iTunes and AppleScript (of course) and obsessive-compulsive music organization, among other topics.
Over the weekend, I released a version of Dupin that was basically a simple maintenance release. However, it was then brought to my attention that a bug had been in existence since v2.8.2 which errantly moved files to the Trash when using Dupin to remove tracks from a playlist. This isn’t an often-used feature—most users just want to delete the tracks and Trash the files from the entire library—but you can imagine the problem this would cause when the last thing you expected while just removing tracks from a playlist is to find that the files had been Trashed as well.
I have fixed that issue in version v2.8.4 of Dupin.
iTunes knows some stuff about your tracks but won’t let you see it other than via the Get Info panel because there are no columns in the browser window to accommodate it. We can fix that.
Sundry Info To Comments v4.0 can copy your single choice of filename, file path (location), file’s parent folder path, file creation date (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS), current playlist, volume adjustment, start time or stop time (HH:MM.SS), artwork size (WxH), purchaser name or purchaser account ID to choice of Category, Comments, Description or Episode ID tag of each selected track. By putting data in one of these available tags it can be visible and sortable or used with Smart Playlist criteria.
Setting up to copy the Apple ID to the Episode ID tag of the track selection.
This latest version adds the track’s start time, stop time and artwork size as info to apply; adds the Episode ID tag as a potential target tag; adds user-enterable separator-text field when appending to extant tag text; now stays active and frontmost until Quit; has minor compatibility adjustments for OS X 10.10.
I’ve been on a roll lately with the Managing Artwork scripts, eh?
The latest is Size of Artwork, which simply displays the size of the artwork of a selectd track:
For OS X 10.9 or later. This script is way more convenient to use when you assign it a keyboard shortcut.
Multi-Item Edit v3.0 will display the selected track(s)’s tags in a single window for viewing or editing. When working with two or more tracks, the common tags of the selected tracks are initially displayed; when a single track is selected then it displays all tags for that track.
This latest version, first and foremost, will recognize a single selected track. And because it now also stays active and floating above iTunes until quit (no longer quitting after applying changes), you can cursor through tracks in a playlist to view or edit them individually.
I also added auto-complete to the Genre field, added Close and Miniaturize control buttons to the window, improved accessibility tabbing between text and option fields, improved the UI logic between Plays/Skips and Last Played/Last Skipped fields, and made other minor tweaks.
Multi-Item Edit v3.0 is a free update for registered users, free to try full-featured for ten days, $1.99 to purchase. OS X 10.8 or later.
MP3, AAC and ALAC audio files have the capability to store artwork as image data as metadata internally. In this way, artwork can “travel” with the file. But it’s not always easy to tell if an audio file actually contains this metadata. For example, even though a track entry may have assigned artwork (which you can see in iTunes), its corresponding file may not include that artwork as metadata.
Tracks Without Embedded Artwork will examine the files of the selected iTunes tracks (or tracks in the selected playlist) for artwork metadata. Eligible audio tracks whose files do not contain artwork metadata will be copied to a new discrete playlist.
Re-Apply Downsized Artwork v3.0 will examine the first artwork of each selected iTunes track (or tracks in the selected playlist) and if greater than a user-set resolution (n x n pixels) will downscale the image to that resolution. Artwork already at the set resolution or smaller will not be affected.
This latest version has substantial UI and feature additions: cycle through each selected track; displays track and artwork information; preview the artwork at the selected resolution; pad the image to make square; can insert as track’s first artwork to preserve current artwork(s) instead of replacing the first artwork; apply settings to all selected tracks or just the current displayed track; view image at actual pixel dimensions or proportionally sized to the re-sized window; export the displayed image as a file.
Like last week, I hadn’t gotten around to posting individual blurbs on all the updated stuff from this week (November 9-14). So, briefly:
Drop to Add and Give Info v3.0 – drop files onto this droplet and it will supply a Get Info-type interface to add basic tags to the tracks once they’re added to iTunes. Better Yosemite support.
PDF Adder v5.0 – applet/droplet and PDF Service enable you to supply some basic tags to PDFs added to iTunes, the latter is a PDF Service workflow accessible from any app’s Print Dialog. Yosemite support, minor tweaks.
Make PDF Booklet v3.0 – assists with creating lists of track data exported as a text-only PDF. Support for Yosemite.
This Tag That Tag v4.2 – copy, swap and append data between tags of selected tracks. Fixed a progress indicator that wouldn’t indicate progress. I hate when that happens.
Delete Selected Files v2.1 – removes selected tracks and can move their files to the Trash or delete them immediately. Fixes a problem when canceling and progress would not cancel.
Drop to Add and Make Playlists v3.0- drop folders of media files onto this droplet and it will add the files to iTunes and create playlists for the tracks based on the names of the folders. Adds better support for Yosemite.
All HD and SD to Playlists v2.0 – creates two playlists containing, respectively, all the SD video tracks and all the HD video tracks in the library. Mostly just a maintenance update since last update in 2009.
Make An EQ Preset Script v3.0 – creates a new AppleScript applet using data from the selected EQ Preset. When that applet is launched it will re-create the EQ Preset in any iTunes (on a Mac). Handy way to archive EQ Presets. This is a major maintenance update, added better options in the applet for renaming.
The latest version of M3Unify v1.1.1 fixes a few bugs working with protected files and a couple of other minor issues.
M3Unify is a flexible M3U playlist creator and file exporter that will allow you to load a USB thumb drive or SD card with copies of your iTunes songs the way you and your audio player want. It can archive M3U playlists and audio files to a folder, volume or portable media and includes options to create Artist/Album sub-folders, rename files, convert to AAC, and more.
PDF Adder is a collection of two AppleScripts that each assist with adding PDF files to iTunes as “digital booklet” PDF tracks. Each provides an interface for easily supplying Author (artist), Album, Category (genre), Year, Rating and Description tag data which is then applied to the newly-added PDF track entry in iTunes:
- Add as PDF to iTunes is a PDF Service workflow that, when installed, will be available in the PDF pop-up menu of the Print Dialog. It allows you to save the current document as a PDF file (from any application that uses the Print Dialog) and add it to iTunes. I describe here how I use it with Safari Reader.
- PDF Adder is an applet/droplet that will let you choose or drag-and-drop an existing PDF file and add it to iTunes. It can be installed in iTunes’ Scripts folder for easy access from iTunes Script menu.
Anything you can print from the Print Dialog, you can make into a PDF. And any PDF can be added to iTunes.
The latest version of each script is compatible with Yosemite and has a few minor tweaks for better performance.
More information and download is here.