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Quick Setup

  1. Open the category editor (Shift+"M").
  2. Select category type (Video / Audio / Picture / Executable).
  3. Click "Create Category" and pick a category name.
  4. Pick the initial folder where the media files for this category are stored.
  5. If a "Video" category type is selected, now select the type of video category (Movie / TV / Video). The type of video category determines how images and meta-data description for the media is used.
  6. If more folders should be merged into this category, click the "Add Folder to Category" button.


Category Configuration
After creating a category, pressing the "Configure Category" button opens a category's configuration dialog, providing additional control on how the media in the category is presented.

JukeBox Mode
When JukeBox mode is enabled, and the category's content is setup in the right format, a movie's backdrop, poster and metadata (title, overview, cast, etc) are displayed in fullscreen when opening a folder containing the movie's media files.

Thumbnail view (otherwise default to list view)
Present the media as a list of thumbnail. By disabling this setting, the media is presented as a list of media names (file names or titles).

Crop thumbnails to fit the maximum display area
When enabled, the thumbnail is cropped to fill the entire thumbnail display area (no borders).

Use a video frame as thumbnail if metadata scrapers fail
When online scraping fails to find a poster or backdrop image for the video, enabling this setting tries to extract a frame from the video file.

Draw thumbnails with a metadata derived title (instead of using the file name)
When the scraped metadata contains a title and possibly season/episode numbers, use the metadata information as the thumbnail's text instead of using the file name.

Darken thumbnail background
When enabled, the area behind the thumbnail is darkened.

Draw background folder icon on folders containing a thumbnail
When enabled, a folder icon is drawn behind the thumbnail's image to make it clearer the thumbnail represents a folder.

Scrape for parent folder name when file name scraping using metadata scrapers fails
When scraping a media file and the media file online scraping did not return any data, try using the parent folder's name as a secondary search.

Create folder thumbnails from first media file within the folder (if scraping is disabled or fails)
When online scraping is disabled or fails to find any data based on the folder's name, try scraping using the first media file found within the folder.

Re-scrape folder thumbnail when the folder's modified time-stamp changes
With this setting enabled, if the windows file system 'modified' time-stamp for a scraped folder changes, the folder is automatically re-scraped. Note that windows changes the 'modified' time-stamp on a folder when changing the folder's first level content (changing the content of a sub-folder within that folder may not update the parent folder's 'modified' time-stamp.

Disable all scraping operations for this category
If this setting is enabled, no scraping will be performed on this category at all, not even extracting an image from the video file.

Aspect Ratio
You should choose a thumbnail's aspect ratio based on the type of content contained within the category. Note that when changing a thumbnail's aspect ratio, you will be prompted to reset the other thumbnail layout values to the Aspect Ratio's defaults which ensures consistent text sizes.

Columns
The number of thumbnail columns to display on screen.

Text-Box Lines
The number of text lines to display under the thumbnail.

Text-Box Height
The height of the text-box area in percentages based on the thumbnail's height. Note that the combination of "Text-Box Height" and "Text-Box Lines" control the font's size.

Thumb horizontal spacing
The horizontal spacing between thumbnails based on a percentage of the thumbnail's width.

Thumb vertical spacing
The vertical spacing between thumbnails based on a percentage of the thumbnail's height.

Lock Category with a Password
Specify a password to prevent access to a category. Please note that you must exit a passworded category to lock access, leaving the category open or a media from the category playing will still keep content from the passworded category exposed.



Navigation in Thumb View mode

Using the keyboard or remote control



You can navigate through a folder by using the Arrows and the PgUp/PgDn/Home/End keys.

Pressing Left on the first thumbnail brings up the category list.

Pressing Enter opens the mini-menu with access to "Play (or open)", "Send to Recycle Bin", "Function Menu" and "Back to Category List" functionality.

Bumping against each side (e.g. pressing left while the active thumbnail is already the left most thumbnail) pops up a customizable function. By default "Go to first entry" when bumping Left and "Switch sorting mode" when bumping Right.

Bumping the first or last thumb rows shows a momentary glow effect to signify navigation has reached the start or end of the thumbnail display. Pressing up or down once again scrolls to the other end of the thumbnail display.

Press Delete to send the currently highlighted media or folder to the recycle bin (with prompt).


Using the Mouse or Touch [Screen/Tablet] device



Drag and drop the list to scroll through the item. As soon as scrolling begins, a scroll bar fades-in on the right side of the screen to provide a faster scrolling option.

Single click a thumbnail to begin playback or to open a folder.
Hold a thumbnail for a couple of seconds for a cog-wheel icon to appear. Letting go of the thumbnail at this point opens the mini-menu with access to "Play (or open)", "Send to Recycle Bin", "Function Menu" and "Back to Category List" functionality. Holding the thumbnail a little longer hides the cog-wheel icon and disables the long-press action.

Press the media library icon or title text to go back to the Category List.



Navigation in List mode

Using the keyboard or remote control



You can navigate through a folder by using the Up and Down Arrows and the PgUp/PgDn/Home/End keys.
Press Left to bring up the category list.
Press Right to bring up the function menu.
Press Enter to open a folder or play a media.
Press Delete to send the currently highlighted media or folder to the recycle bin (with prompt).


Using the Mouse or Touch [Screen/Tablet] device



You can navigate by holding the left mouse button (or touching the device) and dragging Up/Down to scroll through the list or use the scroll bar on the right side of the screen.

Double click/touch a media to play.

Single click the function icons on the right side of the media name for additional functionality such as playing the file or opening the function menu.

Press the media library icon or title text to go back to the Category List.



The Function menu
The function menu is accessible through multiple routes detailed in the text above.
Using the function menu, you can apply multiple actions on the selected media or change the way content is displayed for the entire category. Some of the functions are self explanatory, the more advanced functionality is explained here:

Quick Search
Quickly browse through long list by browsing only a subset of the list.

Select / Unselect
Pressing enter selects the currently active item, pressing Right opens up an advanced selection menu with options to select by file type, name and to clear the selection entirely.

Add to Playlist
Press enter to add the currently selected (or active media if nothing else is selected) media to the playlist. Pressing right opens the playlist navigation interface.

Erase
Send the currently selected (or active media if nothing else is selected) media to the recycle bin.

Rename
Rename the currently active media.

Sort
Change the media's sorting order based on file name, media type, file date and file size.

Cut, Copy & Paste
Cut, Copy & Paste the media between different folders on your system.

New Folder
Create a new folder at this location.

Settings
The settings sub-menu can be used to enable or disable thumbnail view mode (switch to list view), control which file types are listed and what information is displayed. Some of the settings may only apply to either thumbnail view mode or list view mode.

Re-Scrape media
Under some conditions (internet failure, bad database entry, etc) online database scraping may fail or return the wrong data. Using the re-scrape media menu you can re-scrape selected thumbnails, all the thumbnails in the current folder or all the thumbnails in the current category.



Start navigating
With the categories configured to your satisfaction, open the Media Library Navigator (Alt+"M" or click the "Open Navigator" button) and start browsing through your content.