Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Beta update: playlist sync, autofill of empty titles, youtube filter and quality


It has been a while since my last post here. My daughter turned one year last month and even though I try to spend as much time with her as possible I have also been able to sit down a few hours with Stoffi each week for the last couple of months. The result is a new and fresh beta update with some minor, but also some larger, tweaks.

Even though I try to avoid introducing new features into beta, I just couldn't help myself. I just had to squeeze in a few cool gems. First of all you can now select the quality when watching the YouTube video. This should come in handy if you are on a connection with limited bandwidth. I have also added a filter to YouTube so it only searches inside the Music category. You can change this using a drop down in the upper right corner at the YouTube list. The last new feature is a rather simple one: if a track has an empty title I fill the title with the name of the file. This should make it easier for us with files which have bad meta data.

There's also a lot of bug fixes and minor adjustments. The keyboard shortcuts has been updated so they now include all the new navigation (YouTube, SoundCloud, Radio, etc) and I've also changed the default keys so they are easier to learn and remember.

There's also better support for regional settings of displaying time, dates and numbers in Stoffi. The Last played, Views and Installed will now display correct formatting depending on your locale settings in Windows. It even updates when you make a change in the control panel so you don't have to restart Stoffi!

When you clear a search it will go back to the previous scroll position. The cloud interface has been polished a lot (you can now manage links to Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. directly from inside Stoffi). A bug when you pressed numpad - while renaming/creating a playlist has been fixed (thanks to andrey8688 finding it). Another bug, preventing tracks from being dropped from Explorer onto a Stoffi playlist, has been squashed (thanks to Genedon for finding it). Lastly, the seek bar is now much smoother in its movements.

So that's it. I have one more thing to fix before I am ready to send this to the general public, namely the equalizer. But while I work on that you guys should download/upgrade the beta and put it through the usual tests to make sure it's up to our standards. As soon as we can't find any more bugs and I've polished the equalizer I will mark this as stable.