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v1.0.9 beta, 2021.11.06

CD Ripper updates:

Added the unique Barcode Reader feature. This uses the computer's webcam to read the barcode from the CD's cover before doing a Barcode Search. This is a superfluous bloatware feature, but it can be amusing.

Corrected the displayed duration of the last audio track if the CD contained an additional DATA track. This affected only the displayed mm:ss value. (The 11400 frame gap between the audio and the data session was not subtracted from the length of the last audio track.)

Correct unhandled exception if the freedb category returned from the FreeDB server was unknown.

Modifications to the 'Tools' menu.

v1.0.8 beta, 2021.10.18

Now uses the default browser (e.g. Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or whatever is configured as your default browser) instead of the embedded browser, which was an old version and not so secure. The only disadvantage is that it cannot close the page that was opened.

Added a 'Repeat' option to the Music Player's context menu, so the cue list can be played in a continuous loop.

Added a Discogs 'Catalog Number' search feature to the CD Ripper, see 'Tools > Discogs Catalog Number Search'.

Default album art search path is now google.com (was google.ch).

The Music Player's waveform view stopped working when the next track played automatically.

Correction to CD Ripper for 'various artist' handling to prevent 'unknown artist' when tracks were added to the music library.

Fix unhandled exception in the CD Ripper's 'FreeDB Submit' feature if the genre/category was blank.

Minor updates to the help texts.

v1.0.7 beta, 2020.12.31

The CD Ripper has a new field for the 'Catalog Number'. This is probably more important than the 'Barcode'.

The FreeDB search feature now shows inexact matches if the actual CD is not found. This sometimes finds different releases of the CD.

v1.0.6 beta, 2020.11.18

The Music Recorder now pauses recording automatically if there has been no sound for 10 seconds, and resumes recording if sound returns (i.e. it will not fill your hard drive with hours of silence at 192kHz).

The music library can now be exported as a CSV file to be used by Microsoft Excel or other applications or scripts. You can easily create a CSV file of your entire music collection, even if you don't use MuMan for anything else.

v1.0.5 beta, 2020.11.06

The CD Ripper's FreeDB Submit feature can now be used with the new "gnudb.gnudb.org" FreeDB server, see https://gnudb.org/.

Improved checks for multiple CDs with the same DiscIDs in the 'FreeDB Submit' feature.

v1.0.2 beta, 2020.10.18

The Track Editor now has the option to save in 24-bit FLAC format, up to the maximum sampling rate supported by your computer's hardware (often 192kHz or above).

The stand-alone CD Ripper is now visible in Windows 'Apps and Features', for Uninstall.

WAV file tags now use the computer's default character set (code page), or UTF-8 if any characters are not supported, e.g. if you save Chinese characters on a computer using a European character set. (Windows does not show UTF-8 characters correctly in the 'Properties' of a WAV file. The old Microsoft WAV file spec has not still been updated to support UTF-8!?)

v1.0.0 beta, 2020.10.02

Preliminary release, for validation.

 

Historical Notes ♫♪♪

Development of MuMan was started in 2009, as a home project for learning about digital audio (when snowed-in over the Christmas break). It was created for fun, but has evolved over the years into a professional-quality product. But please excuse the remaining jokes in the Help texts, and the funny/insulting/politically incorrect error messages. I haven't taken them out yet. But if you like them, could it be time to start a new trend in amusing user-interface design? :-)

The author has over 35 years of professional development experience. Designing, specifying, prototyping, developing and documenting hardware, firmware and software. Using C, C++, C# and Intel/Motorola assembly languages, and more. Plus many years of Windows desktop software development in C++/MFC, and now C# .NET. Specializing in virtual machines; assemblers/compilers/linkers; debuggers and editors for programmable controllers; security and alarm management systems; and the odd Turbine Propulsion Simulator for QinetiQ. The author has Six-Sigma Certification, with qualifications in electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications and software development. He has worked in London, Scotland, California, Switzerland, Wales, Surrey... and is now back in Switzerland.

Back in 2009, software products for creating and maintaining large libraries of music files lacked inspiration. User interfaces were appalling. Too complex and unintuitive. Or too simplistic with no useful features. So I decided to develop my own application which did exactly what I wanted. Not much has changed in recent years. Even the latest offerings have the same problems, or are even worse than the old apps. Some user interfaces are prettier now - but they are still inefficient, unintuitive, and lack many essential features.

MuMan tries to solve these limitations. It has been made available as a trial version because so many people have said they like it - and they use it!

As .NET has evolved, key parts of MuMan have been re-written several times. New features for working with the Discogs, MusicBrainz and Deezer web services have been added, and many more features will follow...

The official release version will be re-targeted for Microsoft® .NET Core, and should be available on the Microsoft Store sometime next year. For now, use the free beta version.