Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Managing different categories of members

Clubs and charities often have different categories of members or volunteers – for example these could be different roles, or you could have honorary members as well as formal members.

Member Manager makes managing these different categories of members really easy.

In addition to keeping track of current membership categories, you can also view previous memberships (for example, you may wish to find out when a full member was previously a junior member, when an honorary member was a full member, etc.).


Let's get started – first of all download Member Manager if its not already installed – you can try Member Manager for free for up to 28 days (you don't need to register or give us your e-mail address).



You can can edit the different categories of memberships by going to the Data menu and selecting “Edit Membership Categories”.



From here, you can add and edit/rename the different membership categories. You can also import/export the list to/from text file.



If there are members assigned to that category, then you won't be able to delete that category (as doing so would leave members without a category). You can also right click a category for additional options – including merging two categories into a single category.

Double click a member to edit that category – including the name of the category, and any colours.

You'll notice that some categories are highlighted a different colour – you can set different colours for different categories of members when you add/edit a category, so in search results members with a particular category will be highlighted in those colours:



This helps make different categories of members easy to identify in search results (e.g. in the above examples you can see that members highlighted yellow are honorary members, and members highlighted green are junior members).

You can set the category of membership when you set the date they joined – you can do this from the “Dates Joined” section when you add/edit a members details.



In the above example, you can see that someone who is currently an honorary member was previously a full member and a junior member.


When you import your membership data from a CSV file, the membership categories will automatically be added to the database if these are included – and don't forget that we can help you transfer any existing data across (e-mail simon@libraryplayer.co.uk to discuss further)!



Don't be afraid to experiment with Member Manager and the various features - and if you have any questions, or would like to discuss any current challenges with managing your members (and how Member Manager can solve them), e-mail simon@libraryplayer.co.uk

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Customer Orders - Public Beta


Still using paper to manage your company's stock, customers and orders? Or relying on multiple spreadsheets, or home brewed databases?


Customer Orders helps you manage your customers, stock, suppliers and orders, all from a single application. Monitor stock level, track orders and manage customer details quickly and easily. Ideal for small businesses and sole traders.




Includes options to alert you of low stock, import existing data from CSV files, assign orders to different team members and print invoices.



An ideal alternative to cloud based software – Customer Orders runs from the desktop - there is no subscriptions and no need for constant Internet access.



Our beta version allows you to try the product for free (no obligations to purchase, and you don't need to register or give us your e-mail address) - and provide us with feedback before we officially launch the product.

All comments, questions or suggestions are welcome - e-mail: support@libraryplayer.co.uk

Sample data to use with the application is available upon request.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Music Scheduling – posting a playlist to your blog or Facebook page

Music Scheduling helps you create hours of playlists within minutes – and is ideal for preparing a playlist for a show, off air output or an event.

You may wish to post your playlist on a Facebook page, or in a blog, and Music Scheduling includes an option to help make this task really easy!



Step 1

If you haven't already done so, download Music Scheduling – you can use the software for free for up to 24 days (there are no obligations, and you don't need to give us an e-mail address) before buying the full version.

Step 2

Create your playlist – just add the tracks (or folders containing the tracks that can be used) to the Available Tracks, set the Playlist Length (in the Options section) and click Create Playlist.



Step 3

Go to the File menu and select Text/HTML Playlist.

You will then be presented with a plain text list of your playlist, with options for HTML versions, which you can copy and paste into your blog or social media.



Step 4

Select the version of the list you want – often a text version will be suitable for pasting directly into a Facebook post, or a WordPress blog when editing in the visual editor.

The HTML options are ideal if you want HTML code for copying and pasting into a blog – the blog editor will often have a HTML view when editing which you will need to use. The advantage of the HTML options is you have HTML code for presenting the list as a table, or a numbered list.

You can experiment with the different versions in the list to see which works best for your blog.

Click the Copy button for the version of the list you wish to copy.



Step 5

In Facebook or WordPress, create a new post, and right click where you would type the post and select Paste.



In WordPress, if you are posting the Text version of the list, make sure you are using the Visual view of the editor. If you are posting one of the HTML options, paste from the HTML view.



And finally...

Here's how the playlist looks in a WordPress blog (both as a HTML table and list):




If you have any questions or comments about the above, or questions about how to carry out any other task in Music Scheduling, e-mail: simon@libraryplayer.co.uk



Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Saving a list of audio files to a text file

You need to save a list of audio files to a text or CSV file – perhaps for importing into a database, e-mailing a list of your tracks to a friend or for organising your music. Whatever your reasons, MP3 List makes getting a list of your audio files really easy.


MP3 List supports MP3 files, WMA files and WAV files. For MP3 and WMA files, it can use the track information (e.g. artist, title, album, year, etc.) within the files to create the list, and with WAV files uses the information within the filenames.



Step 1

Download and install MP3 List – you can try MP3 List for free for up to 28 days (the trial can list up to 500 tracks at a time – the full version does not have this limit).

 Purchase MP3 List Commercial Edition


Step 2

From the top toolbar, select the folder containing your audio file by clicking the yellow folder icon.



Step 3

Click the Save List button at the bottom, and select where you wish to save the list and the filename.


You can also select whether to save the list as a CSV file (which you can open in many spreadsheet applications including Excel and OpenOffice – and includes all the columns you see in the MP3 List screen) or a text file (which will just contain a list of filenames).

And that's it! Whether you are doing this as a one-off, or need to carry out this task on a regular basis, MP3 List can save you a significant amount of time, and makes getting a list of your audio files really easy.


MP3 List also contains a wealth of formatting and editing options, including filtering particular files, editing rows before saving and much more – its worth spending some time experimenting with the different features of MP3 List.

And if you have any questions about the software, or wondering if it can carry out a particular task, send them to: simon@libraryplayer.co.uk


 Purchase MP3 List Commercial Edition