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SubFire 1.1.2 for Chrome, Web, Fire - Artists Browsing

Postby acroyear » Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:39 am

A major update for SubFire for the Web and for the Chrome app has been pushed, 1.1.0.

http://subfireplayer.net/

This fixes a number of annoying issues:
  • Clicking anywhere would cause a tiny border to appear around the whole window.
  • Hitting an empty folder would cause it to bounce back 'twice'.
Adds the following minor features:
  • Cover art urls are now cached, even when using the md5 hash, including the 'blobs' generated for the Chrome app.
  • The Year is now rendered in the folder browsing view, when available.
And adds the major new feature, Artists. You can now browse through by the Artist ID3 field. Viewing an artist's page gives you the list of all albums they are on, and allows you to play the top songs (if using a 5.3 server) and even generate a random "radio" playlist of similar artists' music (if using a 5.0 or greater server).

The Fire TV/Tablet version will be coming soon, once I've had a chance to test and fix any issues with remote control navigation.
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SubFire 1.1.2 for Chrome, Web, Fire - Artists Browsing

Postby acroyear » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:52 pm

An update to 1.1.2 for SubFire is out, fixing a few bugs, plus now working with the FireTV remote control.

This also adds 2 new actions to the Artist detail page: Play All Songs and Shuffle Songs. Each does what is expected: the first loads all albums in order (chronological or alphabetical, as your server is configured). The second does that and shuffles the list before playing.

Chrome and the Web deployed now. Fire and FireTV/Stick should be up by tomorrow afternoon.
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Re: SubFire 1.1.2 for Chrome, Web, Fire - Artists Browsing

Postby daneren2005 » Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:51 pm

So I just started playing around with SubFire a bit. Is there any chance you can add hover description popups to some of the buttons. Some of them are obvious but some of them aren't (this isn't a ding on you. It's almost impossible to always find good self-explanatory button icons).
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Re: SubFire 1.1.2 for Chrome, Web, Fire - Artists Browsing

Postby acroyear » Tue Dec 29, 2015 7:06 pm

daneren2005 wrote:So I just started playing around with SubFire a bit. Is there any chance you can add hover description popups to some of the buttons. Some of them are obvious but some of them aren't (this isn't a ding on you. It's almost impossible to always find good self-explanatory button icons).


i've thought about it. trouble being how does one do that for a 'tv' ? a title popup for a mouseover hover is automatic in Chrome and Firefox. the browser just does it for you. the tv would need explicit coding to do it, both in rendering and in the 'timeout' to determine when it should pop up. (actually, i do wonder if the amazon tv renderer would just popup the title if you leave it idle long enough - update: no, it doesn't.).

time to hunt the jquery archives to see what's out there... :)

of course, it means nothing for mobile. a long enough press-down on an image usually triggers the android to automatically pop up the "save this image" dialog.

of course, the negative side of popup text, like any text, is globalization. the less text you have, the more likely nobody's going to care that it isn't translated.

no worries. worth looking at.

at the very least, i can write up some help text at the app's official web site. :)

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Re: SubFire 1.1.2 for Chrome, Web, Fire - Artists Browsing

Postby daneren2005 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:57 pm

Yeah I'm not sure if its worth worrying about all platforms. Most apps just seem to have them when it makes sense and not worry about it when it doesn't
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SubFire 1.2 for Chrome, Web, Fire - Artists Browsing

Postby acroyear » Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:49 pm

ok, 1.2 is now official on web, Chrome App Store, and Amazon. For web/Chrome, they are standard tooltips that show up on a hover. For FireTV, it'll put text in the footer or in the space below the time range bar if you leave an icon button focused for 5 seconds, and then hide it again after 5 seconds.

I have no idea if they'll ever show up on a tablet, but there we are.

This release also hacks around a Chrome for Android problem that got more extreme on Android 5: the audio tag never updates "currentTime" - it is always 0 no matter how long the song has actually been playing, so the time slider never moved. Impacted Chrome and my personal apk file generated from PhoneGap Build by Adobe. Didn't affect Samsung's internet browser because that's based on an older version of Chrome before the bug appeared (it showed up in version 40, that browser is from version 38). Yes it has been reported, no idea why Google won't fix it.

"Write Once, Test Everywhere". Little has changed for me in development after 22 years of cross-platform UI.

Yes, I've thought about releasing the APK as a side-load option. The UI isn't clean enough for Google's Android-TV standard, but maybe Samsung's store may take it 'til I can redesign a little for 2.0. Who knows. Just rambling. 8)

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