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Players preferences

The players preference tab allows you to select a player for the two file types and to add new players to mdb. The players for your operating system that mdb supports are listed in the column labeled players. Double clicking on a player brings up a complete description of the player interface which can be edited.

The next two columns labeled mp3 and ogg allow you to select which player to use for each file format. If a player supports a format the check box for it is labeled ok. Otherwise it is disabled and labeled with as X. Only one check box in each column can be selected.

The next column marked found indicates if the player has been located on your computer. To initiate a search for players press the search button. Players that have not been found will have their check boxes disabled. On Linux and OS X the search is conducted from a list of standard locations. On Microsoft Windows the Registry is searched for the executable files for each player.

The fourth column labeled pause indicates if each player can be paused by mdb. If a player does not support pause then the pause button at the bottom of the tracks window will be disabled.

The first time you play a track mdb searches for a player. It selects the first player for each format that supports pause. If no supported player (with or without pause) is found on your system for the track you are trying to play a warning is given.

Pushing the new player button in the first column will bring up a window in which you can define a new player interface. Editing an existing player interface or defining a new player is an advanced option that requires some technical expertise.

Editing the player interface
Adding a player


Editing the player interface

This section describes advanced options that requires technical expertise.

Double clicking on a player pops up a window with six text fields and additional options.

Following these fields are a row of two check boxes to select which format or formats the player supports. Next is a row of three check boxes that determine how mdb advances to the next track. It can time the track and start the next one when the time has elapsed. If the program exits at the end of the track, mdb can detect this to start the next track. Finally mdb can time the track and force the program to exit and restart it with a new track. One and only one of these three options must be chosen.

The last row of check boxes indicates if the player supports pause with a command line option. One of these two boxes must be checked.

Following this is a button to search for player and window giving the results of the search. If you edit the command to execute player text you can push this button to see if there is such a player on your computer.

There are four buttons at the bottom of this window with the following function.


Adding a player

This section describes advanced options that requires technical expertise.

To define a new player select Edit-->preferences from the main window. Then select the players tab. Finally select the new player button. The popup window that appears is identical to that described for editing an exiting player interface except for the row of buttons at the bottom of the window. Only those buttons are described here.


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