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Saved views or Bookmarks
11-05-2021, 07:31
Post: #1
Saved views or Bookmarks
I don’t know if this is a feature request or something that can already be done and I don’t know how. I love the power of Minimserver to leverage my file tags and take me to the music I exactly want to hear. But often it is a lot of taps. For example from tags I can select Concerto (genre), Piano (instrument) and finally Russia (country) and see all my Russian piano concertos. It would be great if I could somehow save this view or bookmark it if you like. Is this possible or easy to implement?
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11-05-2021, 08:48 (This post was last modified: 11-05-2021 09:48 by simbun.)
Post: #2
RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
I think this would be a question for your control point of choice (BubbleUPnP can do this with bookmarks) rather than MinimServer, assuming you wanted an interactive experience (the ability to create them whilst browsing).

I guess you could manually create your own with tagUpdate:

Code:
@GENRE=Concerto
&INSTRUMENT=Piano
&COUNTRY=Russia
+BOOKMARKS=Russian piano concertos

indexTags:Bookmarks
tagUpdate:/path/to/tagUpdate.txt
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11-05-2021, 11:13
Post: #3
RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
Thanks @simbun. Yes I can do this in Audirvana but they are moving to a new subscription model and I’m really not sure I want to go down that route at all. So I was looking for a way to embed in Minimserver browsing so I could find them with more basic control points like say mConnect on my iPad.

Your solution looks interesting and nothing lost giving it a go! Would this solution accommodate more than one txt file?
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11-05-2021, 11:50
Post: #4
RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
(11-05-2021 11:13)samnorthernlights Wrote:  Your solution looks interesting and nothing lost giving it a go! Would this solution accommodate more than one txt file?

Instructions are simply appended, so you only need one tagUpdate.txt file:

Code:
@GENRE=Concerto
&INSTRUMENT=Piano
&COUNTRY=Russia
+BOOKMARKS=Russian piano concertos

@GENRE=Concerto
&INSTRUMENT=Piano
&COUNTRY=Germany
+BOOKMARKS=German piano concertos
...
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11-05-2021, 16:18
Post: #5
RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
Thanks so much. I’ll give this a try. So I reckon if I place the txt file in the same folder as my music files on my NAS and point the path to that it should work.
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11-05-2021, 17:25
Post: #6
RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
(11-05-2021 11:13)samnorthernlights Wrote:  So I was looking for a way to embed in Minimserver browsing so I could find them with more basic control points like say mConnect on my iPad.

As suggested by @simbun, setting a Favourite shortcut is also available with the mconnect app.
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11-05-2021, 17:29
Post: #7
RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
(11-05-2021 16:18)samnorthernlights Wrote:  Thanks so much. I’ll give this a try. So I reckon if I place the txt file in the same folder as my music files on my NAS and point the path to that it should work.
The tag update file can be called anything and placed anywhere as long as the process running MinimServer can read it, so the root of the content directory should be a safe enough place.
So your tagUpdate configuration option should be: /content directory path/tagUpdate.txt (if you call it tagUpdate.txt).

I don't know what OS you use, but if you're going to create the tagUpdate file on Windows make sure you transfer the file to the NAS using an ASCII transfer, otherwise you'll have a carriage return character on the end of each line and your matches won't work (if your tag update file has a .txt extension your transfer software should take care of this for you unless you use scp which I think always uses a BINARY transfer, and would therefore need to use dos2unix).

What this tagUpdate script does is add a new tag to all the files that meet the criteria (internally to MinimServer), and then just displays the tag as normal because of the "indexTags: Bookmarks" configuration option. As such, any files that don't match at least one instruction set will fall under the catch all group '[unknown]' in the control point. Whilst you can't remove this, you could call it something different using:
tagValue: Bookmarks.default={'Other'}
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11-05-2021, 19:31
Post: #8
RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
You are a genius @simbun. I have tried this out and it works perfectly, and is exactly what I wanted. I will now keep adding to my text file when a new combo that I want to access quickly arises. That really was easy to implement. I use a Mac so copying the txt file caused no problems. I know I can get to all of these albums by following the usual path and opening each folder one after another but for me this offers a new and welcome convenience. Thank you again.

And also thank you @Alandbush. Your suggestion alerted me to the fact I can now put the resultant bookmark folders generated into mConnect favourites making it even easier!
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12-05-2021, 09:07
Post: #9
RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
I'm glad you're happy with the result, and that I could help.
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13-05-2021, 11:51 (This post was last modified: 13-05-2021 11:52 by AndreaAbraham.)
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RE: Saved views or Bookmarks
Hi, this really works great !!!)))
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