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Poll: Where should the Title/Artist/Album wording be displayed - overlaid over Cover Art or below it?

Where should the Title/Artist/Album wording be displayed?  

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  1. 1. Where should the Title/Artist/Album wording be displayed - overlaid over Cover Art or below it?

    • It's great just the way it is, no need to change anything
      27
    • It's fine where it is, but I'd prefer the boxes to use the current colour scheme and have rounded corners to match the overall theme
      34
    • I would prefer a user-selectable option to allow the wording to be displayed underneath the cover art rather than obscuring it (for example, at the bottom of the scrolling navigation bar area)
      85
    • I'd definitely like the option to display the wording below the cover art, but if the user does choose the overlaid boxes mode then they should match the overall theme & colour scheme - i.e. both (2) and (3) above
      184
    • I really hate it, I want to see just the cover artwork without ever having it obscured by overlaid text
      63


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A lot of people in the main discussion thread for build 790 have been saying that they don't like the way that Title/Artist/Album text is currently overlaid in solid black boxes obscuring the lower-left of the album artwork. This occurs in both the main Player Screen and also in Grid View library lists. I thought a poll might be interesting to crystallise those views, and gauge what the overall userbase really thinks - maybe the majority are happy just the way it is?

For clarity, we're talking about the black boxes containing the wording "Breakfast in America" and "The Very Best of Supertramp" in this sample image:

Screenshot_2018-05-08-09-28-49.png

This is not binding of course, but it'd be interesting to see the results.

Andre

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Imo , cover art shouldnt have anything on it. Exception might be only random and shuffle transparent  buttons. However , i dont think anyone would watch cover art closely. But seeing it clear is just something i would prefer over other options.

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6 hours ago, andrewilley said:

A lot of people in the main discussion thread for build 790 have been saying that they don't like the way that Title/Artist/Album text is currently overlaid in solid black boxes obscuring the lower-left of the album artwork. This occurs in both the main Player Screen and also in Grid View library lists. I thought a poll might be interesting to crystallise those views, and gauge what the overall userbase really thinks - maybe the majority are happy just the way it is?

For clarity, we're talking about the black boxes containing the wording "Breakfast in America" and "The Very Best of Supertramp" in this sample image:

Screenshot_2018-05-08-09-28-49.png

This is not binding of course, but it'd be interesting to see the results.

Andre

For me they just need some rounding and matching to the current theme however since many people want nothing cluttering their album art .. hence ive selected the 4th option

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Possible long press option on the album art brings up album info? The current rectangles look out of place with all the other rounded corners.

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If it so happens that there's no option to move the text away from the cover when the final release comes I am going to cry. (not really)

I do see how this interface feels less cluttered. But covers just aren't made for this… Sometimes they aren't a square. Sometimes they have text in them. Sometimes they have the main elements of the picture right where the overlay is now! And I will notice every single time it fails, and then I'll cry. So please, please, please give us an alternative scheme.

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17 hours ago, opreax said:

just place tags where meta is now

I agree that there should be a way to merge the track name with the meta. Perhaps show track normally and then allow clicking to display additional album, meta and ouput info. Then have a 3-second timer to return the display to the track name. The font would need to be larger and possibly put on 2 lines.

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Those info such as Track title,album & Artist name should be on the Top & Middle from both side(I mean from right & left)

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I would move all of them (incl. like, 3-dot menu, etc.) below the equalizer, shuffle, etc. buttons. Reduce the height of the track progress zone.

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Offensive comment to both the dev and other users deleted. Make your voice heard by voting, not insulting other users.

Andre

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Well I think the overlaid word is no matter if they have some transparency and can also match the color of the album cover.

BTW, we can see that if the dpi is low(aka display size=small), the layer is no matter because it is so small on screen.

All I want is hi-res XD

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6 hours ago, moyu said:

Well I think the overlaid word is no matter if they have some transparency and can also match the color of the album cover.

BTW, we can see that if the dpi is low(aka display size=small), the layer is no matter because it is so small on screen.

All I want is hi-res XD

Yeah it kind of looks good the way it is and will be better if the above improvements are applied .. however i would like the option to a clutter free album art aswell

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I have actually put some thought to it and here's my take.

Ideally the Album Art shouldn't have an overlay with information that is already offered BY the album art.
On the other hand, not all songs have an album art (and IIRC Poweramp still doesn't auto-search for missing album art).

So my take is this: First of all, forget the boxes.
If you HAVE to have text overlaid on top of an image, go subtitles style. That is, white text with a THIN black outline (could also be colored as per the background). That would be a lot less distracting than now.

However ideally I would also prefer the option to completely HIDE overlays with information that the album art already offers.
The proper way to do this programmatically would mean that Max should first have to check if there is indeed an album art and then decide whether to show the overlay, but a quick-and-dirty approach to this would be to simply change the ORDER that Max overlays the various objects.
Specifically, if the album art is overlaid last and OVER the text overlays then the text is still there but invisible. In songs with no album art the text overlays are overlaid last and thus visible. :)

EDIT: I forgot to clarify that the above are for the Playback screen, the grid view library list is jsut great the way it is!

Lastly, the Song title (which obviously isn't mentioned in the album art) could appear bellow it or where the metadata currently are.

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Just my opinion, but —

1 hour ago, Feilakas said:

go subtitles style. That is, white text with a THIN black outline

— Yeah, no. I'd rather have full black background like in the screenshot… That sounds terrible…

Unless the font was absolutely beautiful, that's not going to look very nice. And if you were to use another font, how are you going to handle titles with weird unicode characters? Noto will do just fine, but it's really not that pretty. And using a more good-looking font would most likely just end up using Noto as fallback for anything outside latin characters. I like my ñ's and my CJK how they are now, all in a similar font.

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The more customisable they better, providing that they're are still a few simple default options for n00bs and lazy people.

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Hello Poweramp team 😎 

Thanks for polling 😊

My suggestion is that.... 

Song/album Name is already at the right place. Please make it fit in single box..  Making like unlike button smaller and placing it left of the box in up down fashion.  And please three dot button at right side of the box.  And both lines at the center of the box.  And whole thing should look like visualization panel that we see at the top of the screen . And should match theme and transparency same as the shuffle, sleep timer etc button. 

And no problem draw it over the album art.  It will look okay..  

 No need to move anything .. Everything is already at right place 😘

Thanks 

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It would be perfect if it had the spectrum summarized the same size as the old timeline and if it was possible to put the viewer over the cover darkened

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I just updated my Poweramp v3 to the latest version and i realized that in this new uptate song tags like song name and album is written and displayed at down left of the album art cover while playing the song and unfortunately it  really ruins the beauty of the albumart!

I wish it was possible that there was an option in the setting menue to remove the displayement of song tags from down left of the albumart in the new default skin  introduced at the latest update of Poweramp(there is an option to remove displayment of like/dislike icons from the album art but it is not possible to remove song tags like song name and album and artist name displaying on the album art while playing the song at player UI)

I think it would be better to show the tags of the now playing song like before with a very smaller font and displaying it somewhere out of albumart mybe below the albumart without overlaying it

But now all these features are removed from Poweramp in the latest update

And also at previous versions of Poweramp i could adjust the albumart zoom and i myself always used to set it on 1.02x zoom but now i see that this feature is removed from poweram in the latest update

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(Please delete the above message and account 👆. Ive just logged in in an old account.)

These boxes over the album art should be with transparency so to just can read the info like song, artist and album. Get rid of these thumbs up/down...

Also put option for scrolling...👍

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Agree this is an awesome music player but i am old school and want to see the full artwork.

I have hi-res images for all the albums and want it as large and as clear as possible like back in the day with vinyl. There should be nothing interfering with the artwork.

And the play buttons are oversized. Can they be made smaller or have options for the size we want?

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