|| What is UberView?
UberView is a small utility to
easily manage your music collection. It merges all you album
directories, sorted by artist, so your whole
music collection appears to be in one place. The
albums can be spread across many different
directories, or even drives, but will appear as one
large collection, making it easy to find and play
your favorite songs. It also does other nifty stuff
like show you the album covers, create playlists and
has a super fast search function.
It is written in assembler, hence
it is very small (~27kb) and is very fast. It is
designed to work with Winamp or Foobar as your
|| What's the best naming scheme for
UberView looks best when all your
albums are in "Artist - Year - Album"
format. This way it will combine all albums of the
same artist together. The tracks in each album should
be in either long format like "Artist -
Track# - Title" or short like "Track#
- Title" for best results. Any format
should work however, as long as it has " -
" (hyphens) in the name, as this is how
UberView seperates Artist and Album.
Check out the UberStandard for a great guide to ripping and naming your mp3 albums.
|| Can I use my own cover art
Of course! UberView will use
whatever cover art images you like, whether you
download them, or scan them yourself for example.
Simply place the jpg images in the album directory. As of version 1.16
you can set the default name for cover images.
|| It will not play anything through
UberView tries to detect your
default player for your audio files. Hopefully this is
either Winamp or Foobar. If either of these is found
it will be listed in the menu bar at the top. If
neither of these are found to be the default, it will
just say "Play" in the menu, and the status
bar will show "Unknown player". In this
case it may still work (?) as long as the player uses
the same argument passing scheme as Winamp/Foobar.
Sometimes Windows Media Player can
hijack your default player settings without you
knowing. If UberView is not playing things as you
expect, first check that WMP has not changed your
default player settings.
|| I use Foobar/Winamp as my player
but it keeps opening up Windows Media Player?
If you have Foobar/Winamp set as
your default player, but UberView keeps playing stuff
in WMP check the associations on "m3u"
files. Sometimes Foobar will own mp3's but not m3u.
The easiest way to fix this is run the Foobar
Associations program and make sure m3u is ticked.
|| I use Windows Media Player (WMP)
and UberView won't play?
Officially UberView supports either
Winamp or Foobar as the media player. It should work with
any player that supports "m3u" playlist files.
|| Adding stuff to Favorites?
You can add both albums, or
individual songs to favorites. To add complete
albums, right-click on a thumbnail in the right hand
pane. You can also right-click on an artist in the
left hand pane and "Add to Favorites", and
it will add all the albums for that artist to
When adding favorites, it basically
adds whatever is selected in the right pane at that
time. If nothing is selected, it will add everything.
|| How do you resize the cover art?
Use the scroll wheel while hovering
over the cover art to change its size.
|| How do you dock the cover art?
You can move the cover art image by simply left clicking and dragging it around. Right click on the image to automatically dock it again in the lower right-hand corner.
|| The Short/Long naming scheme
option seems reversed?
These option's affect the way the
mp3's are displayed in the right-hand pane. If you
use the short scheme in your filesystem, selecting
short in the options means that it will extract the
ARTIST from the directory name and show the mp3's as
ARTIST - TRACK -TITLE instead of just TRACK - TITLE.
This is mostly of use when you select multiple
artists/albums, because you would lose track of
"which artist/which song" in the mp3 list.
|| The same artist is listed
multiple times in treeview?
Closely check the spelling of the
artist(s). If they appear to be listed twice, then
the spelling is different. Also things like "The Grateful Dead" and "Grateful Dead" will be listed seperately. UberView
will treat these as different artists.
|| The automatic cover art download sometimes
grabs the wrong cover?
The album art download feature will
attemp to grab the Large jpg from amazon.
It does this by searching for the artist and album
name. Although it returns the correct cover about
80-90% of the time, there are some cases that will
confuse it. For example, self titled albums usually
return a cover by the correct artist, but may not be
the correct album. Various artist albums can also be
a bit hit 'n miss, but this is due to the
non-specific naming such as "Pure 80's