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jGromit

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Plays audio files
Posted: 14-Apr-2019 20:08
 
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Occasioned by the query of a user, in another thread, I took a look at the skins that claim to be able to play audio files. Most of them can't.

There are two feature attributes for a skin: Background music and Plays audio files. These are not the same thing. Background music is exactly what it says - the skin can take your MP3(s) and use it as background music for the album. A skin that can play audio files is different - it should create a thumbnail for the MP3, and produce a slide page (either as a separate page or in a lightbox) on which the user can play the MP3.

Here are the skins that say that they can play audio files, but actually can't:

  • BluPlusPlus - ignores MP3 object.
  • Clang - MP3 object can be used as background music, but not as a slide.
  • FancyBox - produces a thumbnail, but can't play the MP3.
  • Gridster - skin doesn't work at all with current jAlbum, so can't be tested.
  • horizontal - MP3 object can be used as background music, but not as a slide.
  • LightFlow - produces a thumbnail, but can't play the MP3.
  • Mr.Burn5 - inclusion of an MP3 breaks the slideshow.
  • Pages - produces a thumbnail, but can't play the MP3.
  • PhotoSwipe - produces a thumbnail, but can't play the MP3.
  • Slide Show 4 - produces a thumbnail, but can't play the MP3.

I'll leave it to the respective skin developers either to correct their skin listings, or show me that I've done something wrong. I did my testing with simple default settings. I'll ask Anders to take care of the orphans.

Edited by: jGromit on 18-Apr-2019 11:32 - skins updated, or attribute removed from skin page.
ctwist

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Re: Plays audio files
Posted: 14-Apr-2019 20:45   in response to: jGromit in response to: jGromit
 
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BluPlusPlus does play MP3 files. To enable this, you must change the ignore pattern http://bluplusplus.jalbum.net/doc/html/including_audio.htm. I assume that the default settings were set up like this so that background audio files can be in the same folders as the images.
jGromit

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Re: Plays audio files
Posted: 14-Apr-2019 20:48   in response to: ctwist in response to: ctwist
 
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ctwist wrote:
BluPlusPlus does play MP3 files.

Ah, right you are! I hadn't thought to look at the ignore pattern - few skins use that to control things. That's one off the list.

ETA: One nasty side-effect of using the ignore pattern is that it persists, even if you switch skins.

Edited by: jGromit on 14-Apr-2019 14:50
jGromit

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Re: Plays audio files
Posted: 17-Apr-2019 13:42   in response to: jGromit in response to: jGromit
 
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FancyBox update now allows an MP3 to play. List edited.
AndreWolff

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Re: Plays audio files
Posted: 17-Apr-2019 14:41   in response to: jGromit in response to: jGromit
 
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jGromit wrote:

Here are the skins that say that they can play audio files, but actually can't:

  • FancyBox - produces a thumbnail, but can't play the MP3.
The newest version plays now an mp3-file in the ligthbox
* PhotoSwipe - produces a thumbnail, but can't play the MP3.
The next version will plays an mp3-file in the ligthbox
* Slide Show 4 - produces a thumbnail, but can't play the MP3.
After 35936 downloads I did get no complaint about this missing feature, so I guess it is not required, I will clear the correspoonding check-mark.

Edited by: AndreWolff on 17-Apr-2019 14:42
jGromit

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Re: Plays audio files
Posted: 17-Apr-2019 14:57   in response to: AndreWolff in response to: AndreWolff
 
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I included MP3 support in only one of my skins, and no one has ever asked for it in the others. It's an unusual thing for an album creator to want to do, so there doesn't seem to be much demand for it. And of course, if the album also includes background music, things can get ugly. ;)
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