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Thursday 23 October 2008

Try out the new Musicbrainz Collection Feature

Musicbrainz is now testing a host of new features including the ability to create a list of all your releases on the Musicbrainz server. This is a really good time to add your two penneth because server releases don't happen that often.

In jaikoz 2.6.0 I added the ability to upload your collection to Musicbrainz, so now Musicbrainz have made this available on their Test server you can try it out.

This is what you need to do in Jaikoz
Open Preferences
On 'Musicbrainz/Match tab' change the value of Musicbrainz Server to http://test.musicbrainz.org
On 'Musicbrainz/Submissions to Musicbrainz tab' change the value of your password to mb
Select Action/Remote Correct/Submit Collections to Musicbrainz to submit all releases with a Musicbrainz release Id to Musicbrainz.

Then to see your results in Musicbrainz login to http://test.musicbrainz.org and click on My collection

More details about this feature at http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/MusicCollectionIntroduction

There are a couple of bugettes at the moment. Jaikoz might display error 400 when submitting releases to Musicbrainz if any of the releases are not in the test server
but the other releases are still submitted successfully, go to the website to check.

If you have a problem with your login on the test server you need to remember to use the password mb not your usual password and you remove any cookies for test.musicbrainz.org and musicbrainz.org

Friday 17 October 2008

Jaikoz changing its spots, becoming more Leopard Like.

One drawback of Java on the Mac platform is that it isn't easy to get applications to look really Mac like. Since Jaikoz started I've been using Quaqua to get round some of the issues, but OSX Leopard has made some radical changes to the UI which cannot yet be replicated in Quaqua. Luckily a new library is being developed rapidy called MacWidgets that goes a long way to getting that native look. Take a look at this screenshot of what Ive done so far.
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