(2015-09-14 20:29)Powerhouse Wrote:
(2015-09-11 18:14)gibxxi Wrote:
(2015-09-10 20:00)Powerhouse Wrote: Ok, so the original cdART Manager no longer works, but the updated one from stef.an does (I'm on Kodi 15.1, and see his repository lists it as Helix+ compatible)?
Also, if I scrap all my music with MusicBrianz Picard. Then Run all the Music files through MediaElch (to grab all the Fanart, Album Art, Artist.nfo, Banners, etc), is there a point to still using cdART Manager? Does cdART Manager do something that MediaElch misses?
Not familiar with MediaElch, does it download CD artwork (cdart.png) files? If not then there's one thing that cdART Manager does that you'll want to retain it for. cdART Manager has been around for quite a long time, so a lot of skins are already set up to make use of it if it's installed. To take advantage of that integration with another program / utility, said program has to create filenames / paths with exactly the same structure as cdART Manager would do, otherwise your going to need to rename a lot of files or manually point your selected skin to resources you have downloaded.
Most of the 3rd party media managers I've seen/used tend to bias Movies and TV. Music is a bit of a poor relation in comparison. I guess this is 'most' people's main area of focus for their media center.
Yep, MediaElch does indeed download cdart.png files, and multiple fanart files if they are available. Also MediaElch grabs the MusicBrainz info for the Artists, and their CD's, so it integrates well within Kodi.
The problem I'm seeing with Skin integration of cdART Manager, is they are using the old non-working version, so when you run it, it just sits there (sometimes for hours) not doing anything, but you never know that. Which why I ended up in this thread to see what's going on.
The solution here would be to do what I did. Download and install stef.an's version, and manually extract it to your addons folder, then rename the addon folder itself to be exactly the same wording as the old one. Anything that references the addon by it's folder name will then work. With regards artwork, you just point your skin of choice to either your music library folder, or the separate, 'extended artwork' folder selected via cdART Manager's 'Path to Music Library' setting.
This is one of a few places in the addon that are worded badly IMHO. The 'Path to Music Library' setting/folder doesn't actually mean that at all. It's simply a folder where you wish to place any artwork downloaded by cdART Manager that is NOT
either a folder.jpg or a cdart.png file. I like to keep my music folders clean as they are referenced by other programs, so I store the extended artwork in a seperate folder well away from the music. It's this folder I then specify in my skin of choice, for artwork. folder.jpgs and cdart.pngs ALWAYS
reside with the music for obvious reasons, and this cannot be changed.