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 Post subject: CD Art Display 2.0 beta 4 (02Jun2008)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:22 am 

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The CD Art Display 2.0 developement started right after CD Art Display 1.0 release back in 24Aug2007.

And now CD Art Display 2.0 Beta 4 is ready for testing and it reflects what can be the final version.

What is CD Art Display? It is a skinnable application that shows the now playing song cover on your desktop. It fully supports AlbumPlayer including the new AlbumPlayer 5.0 interface. See Readme.txt for requirements.

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It's a major, major upgrade with several new and improved features including:

  • 100% real time preview Skin Editor
  • drag and drop a zip or rar to install a skin
  • smooth horizontal and vertical text scrolling
  • full screen skin
  • screensaver module
  • custom picture slideshow when player is stopped or not running
  • cover search timeout (CAD will not freeze while searching)
  • lyrics search timeout (CAD will not freeze while searching)
  • Windows Vista Aero blur support
  • new skin elements
  • new elements transitions
  • translation support (German and Portuguese-Brazil included)
  • see complete list here


Download CD Art Display 2.0 beta 4 here

Make sure to see Readme.txt inside the zip!!

There are a lot to explore and the best way is trying the new skins. So visit CD Art Display Skin Gallery for latest and 100% 2.0 skins!

Read my blog article about CD Art Display 2.0 beta 4 for more details.

Have fun! :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:39 am 
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Good news carlos. :)

By the way new AP V5 will be able to connect multiple pictures to an album or artist. I will make them available in the AP interface. I see you can show slide show when not playing, but would it be possible to show these AP pictures in a slide show even during play.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:11 pm 

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Hi Peter

In fact CD Art Display can display a slideshow while playing with current album related images (back cover and so on) so I think it'd be possible to get an AlbumPlayer image list (*) and add it to slideshow.

(*) with full image paths

By the way, here's a screenshot of a full screen skin made by OtisBee (working in progress but should be available in a few days) that can also be used as a screensaver in the new CD Art Display 2.0 beta 4:

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Click the image for a 1680x1050 preview

:)


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That looks cool. Would it be an idea (and possible) to convert the AP screensavers too to run using CAD. This instead of making them available as separate screensaver package for V5.

By the way as soon as I have the images ready in the interface I will send you something to test it.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:28 pm 

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I just updated the screenshot for the current skin state.

The new CD Art Display screensaver module works along with CD Art Display itself, so it'll work as long as CD Art Display is running.

By the way, I'd be glad to test the "images" interface and please don't forget the bitrate track information support. A lot of users asked for that feature. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:46 pm 
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Carlospr wrote:
The new CD Art Display screensaver module works along with CD Art Display itself, so it'll work as long as CD Art Display is running.


I don't see that as a problem when CAD is auto launched from AP.


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 Post subject: New screensaver version for AP v5
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:52 pm 

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@Peter; As the screensaver that can be downloaded from the site is not working with v5 (screensaver doesnt show the playing album cover) Carlos informed me that he has send a new version that would work fine with v5. Is it possible to download this version as Carlos does not want to do that himself.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:37 am 
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Since release of V5.0 beta, the download link has all the time be in the main topic :) : http://forum.albumon.com/viewtopic.php?t=1152


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Hi Carlos,

great update you did there on CAD! I just have a problem with the current version of the screensaver for AP. As I use it extensively, I experienced this:

- When a track is played, that has no cover, then the cover of the previous track is not removed. It is displayed as long as the next track (with a cover) is played.

- The more difficult issue though is, that sometimes the screensaver refuses to start. I figured out, that this is artist-related. So for example whenever I play an album by Alicia Keys and start the screensaver, it just flashes up for half a second and closes immediately. I think it crashes in the moment, it wants to load the cover. Playing around with the settings dialogue, I sometimes got this error message:

"Error Code 76 (Path not found) in procedure LoadMyCoverNow of Form frmMain"

Could you have a look at this?

Kind regards!


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