Thursday, 29 November 2018

Catalogue your CD collection with Pittman MusicDB



Pittman MusicDB includes options to catalogue your tracks with very little typing – this includes importing audio file information, importing existing data from CSV files and getting CD information from the web!

This short step-by-step guide will show you how you can use Pittman MusicDB to catalogue your CD collection!

If you haven't already done so, you can download a free trial of Pittman MusicDB – there are no obligations, no spyware and we won't ask you for your e-mail address!



Step 1
Place the CD you want to catalogue into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD drive.


Step 2
In Pittman MusicDB, go to the Data menu, and select “Import CD Info”.



Step 3
From the window that appears, select the station/collection for which you wish to catalogue the CD, and enter a catalogue number. For example, the catalogue number could be a label you have on the side of the CD to help identify it within your music collection.



Step 4
Click the “Get CD Info” button – this will retrieve the information for the CD from the web.


Step 5
The columns will then be filled out with the various tracks on the CD. If you want to edit a row before the data is added to the database, double click an item. If you are happy for the items to be added to the database, click the Add button!


The data has now been added to the database – and will show up when people search for tracks that are on that CD.


If you have any questions about importing your data into Pittman MusicDB (or any other aspect of the software), send them to: simon@libraryplayer.co.uk

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Pittman MusicDB 2019



Catalogue and organise your CDs, records, digital tracks and other music with Pittman MusicDB.

Keep track of your large music collection, and easily find which CD has the track you are looking for.

Perfect for broadcasters, DJs or home use. Features include:

  • Don't spend hours typing! Catalogue your CDs without any typing using the "Import CD Info" option - insert the CD into your CD drive, and it will try and find the track information for you!
  • You can also import data from CSV files and audio file information.
  • Highlight tracks you are interested in - helpful for putting together a playlist or to bookmark tracks that you are interested in.
  • Catalogue tracks for multiple stations or music collections.
  • Add up to two additional fields/columns.
  • Quickly list tracks you've recently catalogued - perfect for staff who want to see what's new within your music collection.
  • Search all fields, with more specific search options (e.g. between years, for a specific artist, etc.) available.
  • Display statistics for your music collection - including finding out how many unique tracks (excluding duplicates) you have within your music collection.
  • Customise and change the columns displayed within your search results.
  • Option to open a web browser and search the web for more information on that item - useful for researching shows or finding out more about an artist or song.
  • Store your database on your desktop or a server.

No subscriptions, and you don't need constant internet access to use the software (the only feature that requires Internet access is the option to import CD info). No additional software is required to run Pittman MusicDB (unless you choose to store your data in an SQL Server database).


Improvements in the 2019 release include: the option to customise the buttons available in the top toolbar, hints and tips on using the application displayed at startup, improvements to editing collections, an option to search by collection and improvements to the sizing of columns after using the column editor.


Try the software for free for up to 30 days - there are no obligations, no spyware and we won't ask you for your e-mail address.



Price: £65 per computer

Includes 12 months product support, and updates to any new version of Pittman MusicDB released during that time.

You can purchase the software using the "Buy Now" buttons within the trial, or from this page - we use FastSpring to securely handle payments and orders.




We can help you transfer your existing data across or move over from another music catalogue application - to discuss further e-mail: simon@libraryplayer.co.uk


Thursday, 25 October 2018

Planning with PittStop – Part 3 – Next week's to do list

Previously we have covered getting started and adding tasks, plus managing different projects. This time round, we'll show you how to use PittStop to plan your to do lists for next week.

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Remember you can try PittStop for free for up to 28 days – why not download your free trial, and use Pittstop to plan your tasks for next week?


When you add or modify a task (by double clicking a task) you can assign tasks for a particular day, and set deadlines.


In your list of tasks, you can select multiple tasks at the same time by holding down the CTRL key and selecting each task. You can then modify all these tasks at the same time by right clicking and selecting “Modify Task”.


You can then set an assigned day for these multiple tasks, which will then be applied to all the tasks you have selected!


From the Calendar section of PittStop, you can view tasks and deadlines for a particular day – this can be useful for seeing your to do list (and updating the status of each task as you complete them) for the day.



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It would be great to hear how you are getting on using PittStop to plan your tasks for next week (and also let us know if you have any questions) – e-mail simon@libraryplayer.co.uk

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Planning with PittStop – Part 2 – Projects


If you haven't already, you can download and try PittStop for free for up to 28 days (you don't need to register or provide us with your details – just click the download button), and if you like the software and it helps make a difference to your planning, you can upgrade and buy the full version to continue using PittStop.


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In PittStop, you can split tasks into different projects:



Each project can then be split further into different categories.

For example, you may be working on a software development project – that project is then split into different categories, for example designing, testing, coding, etc.

In the Projects section of PittStop, you can view tasks for each project. To see all the tasks for a project, just select that project.

To add a new project, click the Add Project button below the project list.




You can then enter details for that project – including the name of the project, and a start/end date.




In the list of projects, double click a project to modify that project.

You can right-click a project to display options for that project, including archiving that project (which is useful once a project is completed, as it hides the project from the main list but keeps it archived).




You can change between viewing current projects and archived projects using the option at the bottom of the projects list:




Project Categories


To add/manage the different categories for that project, click the Categories button in the list of tasks for that project.




You can then add, rename and delete categories. There are also options to import/export the list of categories from/to a text file, and to duplicate the categories for another project.




At the top of the task list are options to filter tasks, so the current task list only displays tasks with a particular priority, status or containing a particular keyword. At the bottom of the list of possible filters are options to filter tasks for different categories, so only tasks for that category will be displayed.



Have any questions about projects in PittStop? Or have any other challenges managing your time, tasks and projects in general? Contact simon@libraryplayer.co.uk and we'll be happy to discuss further.

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Tomorrow: using PittStop to plan your tasks for next week!