• Ant Movie Catalog (5): Manage your music collection

    Article by Ey@el

    As mentioned previously, I also use AMC to manage other collectibles. This tutorial will provide you tips to organise your music collection.

    HTML Template

    Below is the HTML template I have designed to display my music collection in HTML mode.

    It was previously available on AMC's forum but you may download it here with a few corrected bugs.

    Download my HTML template

    Just unzip folder contents in your catalog folder where you also keep your scripts, pictures, etc. Select Eyael-Music-EN in the Display - HTML Template menu but do not forget to select the HTLM display mode first to get it to work! Next we'll see how to use and edit depending on your preference.

    This template uses an HTML file in which you may add/delete/edit all the fields you wish to display, as well as colors, metrics, fonts and various formatting plus associated graphics. For legal reasons I cannot enclose the picture used as background image but it is okay to provide a link to the original site where I've found it. Make sure you rename it bg.jpg and paste it in the same file as the unzipped archive.

    Download background image

    Catalog setup

    See movie tutorial: Ant Movie Catalog (1): Catalog setup and management.

    Custom fields and extras

    To add custom fields and extras, please refer to the following tutorials : Ant Movie Catalog (2): HTML display template and Ant Movie Catalog (3): How to use extras.

    Below is the list of the custom fields and extras you'll need along with their number on the above capture (in red), tag, name and type you'll have to enter.

    Tag: Status
    Name: To listen to
    Type: Boolean
    Check the box (true) for music you haven't listened to yet. In HTML display mode, this field will show as a headphones icon (coloured if checked, greyed if unchecked) on the left end of the title.
    Tag: MediaUnit
    Name: U (it's a trick so that this label won't show after you resize it as show on the above capture)
    Type: List
    The three possible values for this fields are: disks, tapes, size (MB). Actually, I use this field as a "dynamic label". Let me explain: for any  media such as CD's, CDR's or vinyls you need to select "disks"; for musicassettes you need to select "tapes", and for removable media such as external hard drives, ipods or USB sticks, you need to select "size (MB)". This field works along with default fields R (Size) and S (Quantity). If your music is on a physical media (digital or analogic), you need to leave the Size field empty whereas you need to enter its size if it's on removable media such as a HDD or ipod. The actual principle is to display the number of disks (or tapes) when music is on physical media and its size when it's on removable media.
    Extra for media (useful when you have several albums on a CD)

    Tag: Media
    Title: CD title
    Description: List of albums on the CD (add a blank line before typing)
    Comments: Same trick as used with movies. Copy-paste the following code:

    <tr valign="top"><td class="separator" colspan="2"></td></tr>

    Picture: Browse for the desired picture exactly like you would do with the default music picture feature. This template overrides the original dimensions of your picture (ratio is respected) so it doesn't matter how big they are, they'll come out as 136px in height.

    All the other custom fields I have added are used to group and sort movies in list mode.

    Default fields

    Below is the list of the default fields you'll need to fill in to get the most from this template which have been tagged with blue letters. Some label may differ whether you use my alternative language file or not. It doesn't matter much since the template use the coded names which unlike custom fields cannot be edited. Just refer to their position to recognise them since that too cannot be changed.

    Note: If you use scripts to retrieve movie details on the Internet, you may have to edit my HTML file to keep the same fields as your script. You'll find a detailed list of all default fields in the help file.

    General specifications:

    Composer has been turned into Artist since it's more relevant.
    The Category label has been turned into a subcategory called Genre because I have named another field "Category" and I needed more space for genres !
    Certification has been changed into Category (see previous field). For instance: Album, Single, Bootleg, etc.
    Used to link to a playlist or album path to play it when browsing your catalog.
    The media label field will display icons with the exact same name as the content of the field (which is how it works for any field you wish to display in graphic form). The image extension is defined in the HTML file. In this case, it must be PNG. A few icons are provided: Audio CD, MP3 CD, Tape, Vinyl, MP3 et HDD (blank icon).


    See movie tutorial: Movie Catalog (2): HTML display template.

    You may use the same colours as the movie HTML template if you like.


    Reproduction of the above contents is strictly prohibited.
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