Review; strengths & needs
- Extract cover art, defaults to folder.jpg. That saves tons of time!
- Size/position changes in extract (and add) dialog boxes are stored and re-appled -- EXCELLENT.
- Drag & drop album folder to program window opens content (this triggered my donation).
- A generally intuitive management of album and track information.
- Keyboard shortcuts to commonly-used features, like "Tag - Filename", and the Add, Remove and Extract cover art functions. When you are curating dozens or more albums, "mousing around" is too slow, and on a 4k monitor, requires a lot of precision. Thankfully the Windows shortcuts to Select-All and Save are there. Allowing the user to choose and apply keyboard shortcuts would be awesome, but just having some would be great. Generally, the program needs to be useable, within an album/folder, using only the keyboard, because moving back and forth between keyboard and mouse is too slow. When keyboard shortcuts are enabled, a "gaming keyboard" & software makes things even faster with macros, but there is no way to "macro" mouse movement!
- An easier way to get to "edit" of tag information on a track. The long-click and hold is too slow. The delay before playing the track is too short, and having "play track" happen differently would be better anyway (maybe select track by clicking on the data-type icon on the left and hitting the spacebar?). F2 defaults to editing the filename, not whatever column is displayed first (left), but Tab progresses left/right as usual, which is inconsistent. Since "filename" is an "end product" of the metadata, why start there? I don't ever want to edit the filename - I want it generated from good metadata.
- Some indication that the data is "dirty" (hasn't been saved). Since trackwise changes are written immediately but things like album (and art) changes are not, it would be useful to have some visual indication that a needed save has not occurred.
- The Tag - Filename formats are preserved, but can't really be edited or removed. Here too, a way to select the desired commonly-used format BY KEYBOARD would be great, so that all the necessary work on an album can be done without using the mouse.
- When dealing with album art, it would be great to see some visual representation of how much/many images are in the various tracks already. It seems common for album art to be loaded into just ONE file, and it's often higher resolution than what is supplied in the folder. Seeing what is where would help assess the clean-up needed, and avoid doing an internet hunt for better art.
- This is a reach, but it would be incredibly useful! Say you're ripping and curating dozens of albums. You rip them all into a folder tree, scan or acquire the album art, clean it all up to whatever standard you prefer, and name every album graphic something consistent (I use folder.jpg). Wouldn't it be awesome to point Mp3Tag at the top level folder and have it load the "local" folder.jpg into the tag of every IN that local folder, walking the tree and doing THEM ALL? This would save me HOURS of stupid tedious work!