keystroke shortcut to make the current song a Favorite, please

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04 Jan, 2019 10:30 PM

You have a shortcut to locate the currently playing song in the library. I've added a wireless (RF) remote to my setup and can map most of its button presses to keystrokes that control beaTunes, like Space for Play/Pause, Command-Right Arrow to move ahead one song, etc.

The point being that I can be listening to my music on a remote speaker in a room at the other end of my place from the laptop that's actually playing it through beaTunes, and do everything I want with the remote. EXCEPT mark the current song as a Favorite :-(. I'd love to hit the button that sends Command-L to highlight the currently playing song, then another one to send a keystroke shortcut to mark that song as a Favorite... I would probably argue against this shortcut acting as a binary toggle, where doing it for a song that already is a Favorite would remove that flag!

This is the only action/function I want to do periodically that I can't accomplish with my remote, at the other end of my house - it's inconvenient to have to physically go to the music laptop to do it. "First World Problems" :-).

Something to consider. Thank for listening. I continue to be amazed at how well beaTunes performs, delivering music that matches my chosen mood.

  1. 1 Posted by mr.m.kaufman on 10 Jan, 2019 06:14 PM

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    I now realize that clicks on the heart icon for a song in my library actually cycles through Favorite/Not-A-Favorite/blank with subsequent clicks. Which makes sense :-).

    So ignore my earlier mention of not making the keystroke a toggle. If I can get a keystroke mapped to the current heart/favorite functionality I'd be thrilled.

    Thanks for listening.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by hendrik on 11 Jan, 2019 12:32 PM

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    So ignore my earlier mention of not making the keystroke a toggle. If I can get a keystroke mapped to the current heart/favorite functionality I'd be thrilled.

    I have actually spent some time on this the other day. As you can see in the Edit menu, there are shortcuts defined for Like and Dislike, but they don't work due to a bug. I haven't been able to resolve this bug quickly, but it's still no the todo list.

  3. 3 Posted by mr.m.kaufman on 11 Jan, 2019 03:23 PM

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    Oh my gosh! I never saw those on the Edit menu! I had only been looking at
    the Controls...

    Well, pretty good news then, once you squash that bug :-). Once they are
    working, are those two actions toggles, or one way actions? If the latter,
    I guess Undo accomplishes more or less the same thing. Cycling that song
    back to "neutral" later will still involve finding it in the library and
    clicking its heart icon to clear it regardless. I could see implementing it
    either way...

    Thanks for your ongoing support and involvement! Once they're working, your
    current Edit actions are all I need :-).

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by hendrik on 13 Jan, 2019 11:04 AM

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    Well, pretty good news then, once you squash that bug :-)

    Actually, I have been working on this on a dev version, which showed the bug I mentioned. Testing this on the production version shows: There it actually works as intended.

    Please try it out!


  5. 5 Posted by mr.m.kaufman on 14 Jan, 2019 01:27 AM

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    Works great :-). For my use case, where remote selection of these keystrokes is the norm, the fact that multiple entries of the shortcut do in fact toggle the setting on-off-on-off-... makes me especially wary of hitting the "Like" button for a good song more than once, as I hear it again in a week or a month. Suddenly it's not "Like"d any more :-(.

    The alternative is to restrict the Like/Dislike actions to be one way no matter how many times activated, but that would almost require a third keyboard shortcut to remove the Like/Dislike setting, back to neutral!

    Problems, problems... Well, I confirmed those shortcuts work, so thanks for that. Have to give my workflows a bit more thought.

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