The Tracks Dialog


 

This dialog lets you type in and edit your tracks listing - your song list, for an audio CD or DVD; your file list, for a data CD/DVD; or your chapter list, for a video CD/DVD. If you're editing an audio CD, you can import your tracks from a playlist and save yourself all that tedious typing. You can also import files from audio and data CDs or DVDs.

Editing Individual Tracks Fields

To type in the contents for a field in the contents list - "Song Title", "Artist", "Chapter", etc. - click on the field and start typing. Once the contents list has the keyboard focus, you can also move from field to field by using the arrow keys or the tab key. There are several other ways to get a field into edit mode. Here's the lot:

press the Enter key: selects the text in the field and puts the caret at the end of the text

press F2: selects the text in the field and puts the caret at the end of the text

click the Edit button: selects the text in the field and puts the caret at the end of the text

double-click the text field: selects the text in the field and puts the caret at the end of the text

just start typing: replaces the existing contents of the field with whatever you're typing

If the contents of a field are too wide to fit in the available space in the tracks list, you'll see a row of periods, like so: … at the end of the field. If you drag the mouse cursor over the field and let it sit there, a tooltip will pop up that displays the unabbreviated contents of the field.

You can adjust the widths of the different columns in the tracks list by clicking on the borders between the columns and dragging them. This doesn't affect how wide the columns will be on any actual labels. You can also double-click on a column header's right boundary to automatically widen it to fit the widest text in the column.

All About the Buttons on the Tracks Dialog

Like many another dialog, this one has a bunch of buttons. Here's what they all do:

Add Row: inserts a new row before whichever row you've currently got selected.

Remove: removes the currently selected row.

Edit: lets you edit the text of the currently selected item.

Clear All: removes all the tracks in your list. If you click on this by accident and realize that you miss your old tracks, you can click the "Undo" button on the label maker's main toolbar or select the "Undo" button from the Edit menu to restore them.

Move Up: moves the currently selected row one row up.

Move Down: moves the currently selected row one row down.

Import: this button will only be visible if you're working on an audio CD label. It lets you import tracks from a playlist file. When you burn a CD, you usually create a playlist file that lists the songs you burned to the CD. Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker can read most types of playlist files, including the .cbs files generated by our own Acoustica MP3 CD Burner, and automatically create a song list for you.

Read CD: this button will be visible if you're working on an audio or data CD or DVD label and you have a CD/DVD drive attached to your computer. It will attempt to get tracks information from the CD or DVD in your drive. For audio CDs, if your CD has an entry in cdplayer.ini or cdburner.ini, the program will use it; if not, it will try to look up a tracks listing for your CD over the Internet. For data CDs and DVDs, it will just read all the files and folders off the disc.

iTunes: If you've got iTunes installed on your computer, click this button and the Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker will attempt to find your iTunes library and read in all your playlists, so you can import an iTunes playlist to the label maker without having to export it from iTunes first.

Formatting: This button will only be enabled if you checked the "Display Tracks on Current Label" option. It launches the Tracks Formatting Dialog, which lets you play with the display attributes of your tracks listing, including layout, fonts, colors, field display order, and which tracks fields should be visible and which should be hidden.

Done: closes the window.

Display tracks on current label: If you check this box, your tracks will be displayed on whichever label you've got currently visible. If you uncheck it, they'll be hidden.

Data Type: This control lets you choose what kind of data you're displaying for your project. If you choose the Audio CD/DVD option, you'll get a standard audio playlist with song titles, artists, song lengths, etc. If you choose the Data CD/DVD option, you'll get a playlist for a Data CD, with file and folder names, file sizes, etc. If you choose the Video option, you'll get a playlist for a video disc, with chapter titles and lengths.

Show Files & Folders, etc.: This combo box, only available if you've chosen the Data CD/DVD data type, lets you choose whether you want to display file names, folder names, or both.

Details: This button, only available if you've chosen the Data CD/DVD data type, launches the Data Layout Details dialog to let you set a variety of display options for the files and folders on your data CD playlist.


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