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Date: 07-15-2013 05:36 AM
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Version: 0.92
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Description
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Songbook is a plugin for browsing your abc song files and playing them with a click of a button. The plugin consists of two parts, an in-game plugin which displays the song library, and an external windows program that generates a list of your abc song files in a format that the plugin can read. The external program is realized as a HTA file (VBScript) so that it's fairly easy to check for safety.

Features
  • Browse all your abc files in-game
  • Toggle music mode
  • Select and play a song just by clicking with your mouse
  • Support for starting synced play and making a ready check
  • Moveable and resizable window
  • Support for subdirectories
  • Support for songs with multiple parts
  • Display of actual song names and not just the filename
  • Complimentary multi part abc file, Oolannin sota!
  • Optional song parts display which can be used to view and directly select parts.
  • Support for German clients (big thanks to Thorsongori for translations and testing!)
  • Support for French clients (big thanks to Vevenalia for translations and testing!)
  • Search feature
  • Custom commands for pasting song information to a chat channel *experimental*
  • slots for instruments or other items/skills (which are saved per character)

Installation
  • If you haven't used plugins before it's good to read this post first
  • Unzip the plugin to your 'Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins' folder
  • If you have upgraded from a previous version, you probably have to run the songbook.hta file before your song library works again. See instructions below.

How to use
  • IMPORTANT - Before loading the plugin, use the supplied songbook.hta file (or this native windows application) to build your library. Double click the file to run it, or just make a shortcut to it and place it anywhere you want. Run it whenever you have made changes to your song library. You can also use a great tool by Arnhor, especially if you have problems with building being slow.
  • To load the plugin type /plugins load songbook.
  • Click M button to toggle music mode (make sure you have an instrument equipped).
  • Select a song by clicking it and then press play button to start playing. There's also buttons for synced play and making a ready check.
  • Click and drag from the bottom right corner of the window to resize it.
  • Click and drag the title bar to move the window.
  • Closing the window will save its position and size.
  • Drag the separator lines to scale the sizes of directory, song, and part lists.
  • If the song has multiple parts, you can click little arrows next to the part number ( marked X: ) to switch selected part.
  • Custom commands can be cycled with the mouse wheel when the mouse is over the "S" (short for Share) button
  • Answers to commonly asked questions can be found here.

Command line options
  • /songbook show - shows the Songbook window
  • /songbook hide - hides the Songbook window
  • /songbook toggle - toggles the Songbook window
  • /songbook - lists command line options

Known issues and comments
  • Songs with special characters, such as accents, in their file names will not play with the plugin. This seems to be a problem with the plugin API.

Future plans
  • Playlist/Favorites

Version history

0.92 (15/07/2013)
  • Fixed account name reading for library generator (hta/exe)

0.91 (21/05/2013)
  • Fixed button opacity

0.90 (12/01/2013)
  • Added option to change button opacity
  • Added option to add or remove instrument slots
  • Added checks to keep window inside game window
  • Pressing enter on search field should start search
  • Fixed a crash with empty song list
  • Added localization fixes
  • Plugin outputs version on load
  • Added icon for plugin manager

0.83 (03/10/2011)
  • new setting for displaying song description first
  • localization fix for instrument slots
  • French and German text fixes, big thanks to Lya for helping out!

0.82 (27/06/2011)
  • Added German translations for instrument slots
  • Fixed a crash with slots and items that are no longer in inventory

0.81 (14/06/2011)
  • fixed error with loading instrument settings
  • fixed search and song description setting not saving correctly

0.80 (12/06/2011)
  • added 8 slots for instruments or other items/skills (saved per character)
  • added an option to show full description in the song list
  • songbook button can no longer be moved outside the screen

0.74 (05/06/2011)
  • fixed a nasty bug with directory list code
  • removed forced z-order setting

0.73 (02/06/2011)
  • now the directory list works more like a real directory browser
  • corrected sync keyword with French translation

0.72 (24/2/2011)
  • .ABC extension no longer shown in song list
  • fixed a problem with tracks that have multiple T: lines
  • tried to fix problems with string conversions of settings
  • settings are now saved on unload
  • made the launch button semi-transparent when not active
  • .hta file now finds files with .txt extension
  • window can be closed with esc (but it might still show game menu as well)

0.71 (29/11/2010)
  • button location is now saved with other settings

0.70 (29/11/2010)
  • new feature: Search
  • new feature: Custom commands *experimental*
  • support for Nov 29 patch
  • added a movable start button/icon
  • new settings window
  • list labels now display the number of list items
  • made song part arrow buttons larger
  • fixed hta parsing for songs with .ABC extension
  • made hta a bit clearer when username is not found
  • plugin now uses native ClearItems and CheckBox
  • plugin now hides when F12 is pressed

Rest of the version history is in the readme file for those interested.

Have fun!

-Chiran, Laurelin (EU)
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0.90
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Chiran
01-12-2013 08:56 AM
0.83
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Chiran
10-03-2011 02:01 PM
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Unread 10-16-2017, 10:42 PM  
Kalex
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My husband would like to know if it is possible to get more shortcut slots in songbook as he can't put one of each instrument type on the bar?
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Unread 09-30-2017, 04:43 AM  
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Well, nobody seems to be interested in trying out my perl script on the Mac.

However, I just discovered that there is a modified version of this plugin that supports Mac. See https://www.linawillow.org/home/plugins-2/songbook/
Wow, great! I didn't know about this .

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Well, nobody seems to be interested in trying out my perl script on the Mac.

However, I just discovered that there is a modified version of this plugin that supports Mac. See https://www.linawillow.org/home/plugins-2/songbook/
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Okay, I wrote a Perl script that should do the job. (My understanding is that Perl comes installed on MacOS X by default.) I don't have a Mac, so I developed this script using Linux. It should work on the Mac, however.

Perhaps you, Arminya, can give it a try, and if it works, Chiran can include it in the .zip file. If it doesn't work, let me know the error message(s), and I can probably fix it.

To run it:
  1. Download the script from here.
  2. Save the file into your Plugins/Chiran folder (the same folder where Songbook.hta resides).
  3. Open a command-line terminal and run the following command:
    perl "/Users/username/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/discover_songs.pl"
  4. Let me know what happens.
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Re: Re: Re: .hta not reading my song files, please help

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Somebody should write a bash script for it. I'll do it if I have some spare time.
Yes, it's actually very simple script which can be ported to any environment really. Only thing it tries to be smart about is locating lotro data folders.

-Chiran
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Thanks =)

Thanks Thurallor. That would be great. Anything to get it sorted would be much appreciated!

Thanks for the swift response Chiran. Looks like a good little plugin. I just wish I could get that .hta to read my music directory. I would run it under Wine as you suggest, but Wine doesn't work correctly on my Mac anymore. I have a rather old mac. I keep it running Lotro by the will of Eru.
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Re: Re: .hta not reading my song files, please help

Somebody should write a bash script for it. I'll do it if I have some spare time.
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Re: .hta not reading my song files, please help

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Is there something I can do to fix this? or use a work around? or is it because the plugin was designed for Windows, and if so could it be modified to work for Mac? I'd really like to use this plugin, so any help to fix this problem would be appreciated.
Hi Arminya,

As you said it's made for Windows, and I don't really have an idea how Windows special directories are mapped in the script when running on a Mac. Probably very badly.. Maybe it could work if you run it (or the exe version) under Wine. But I have no way to test it at the moment.

-Chiran
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.hta not reading my song files, please help

I can't seem to get the .hta to read my songs. I'm on a Mac. I can run it through the terminal just fine, but it doesn't see my songs which are in the music folder. What can I do to fix this?

Music files are located here and works fine in Lotro in all other cases accept when trying to use this plugin:
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Music

Your plugin is here and loads into the game, but no songs:
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran

When I run the .hta through terminal I get the following:

Myusername:~ Myusername$ /Users/Myusername/Library/Application\ Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta ; exit;
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 1: head: No such file or directory
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 2: title: No such file or directory
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chira: command not founde 3:
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 4: HTA:APPLICATION: No such file or directory
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chira: command not founde 12:
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 13: /head: No such file or directory
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 14: script: No such file or directory
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 15: Dim: command not found
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 16: Dim: command not found
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 17: Dim: command not found
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chiran/songbook.hta: line 18: syntax error near unexpected token `('
/Users/Myusername/Library/Application Support/com.turbine.lotroclient/Plugins/Chira'/songbook.hta: line 18: ` ReDim songArray(0), dirArray(0)
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Is there something I can do to fix this? or use a work around? or is it because the plugin was designed for Windows, and if so could it be modified to work for Mac? I'd really like to use this plugin, so any help to fix this problem would be appreciated.
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Re: Totally confused...

Quote:
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Is there somewhere that can explain this so even I, an idiot, can understand it? I should also mention that the F.A.Q. from this website confuses me, as I don't understand how to even activate plugins, or if they're automatically activated, or whatever...
I updated the link to point to new forums. I'm not sure if it's the same tutorial as before though, been a while. It's also good to check the wikis for some more material:
https://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Plugins
http://www.lotrointerface.com/wiki/How_to_use_plugins

The latter has some unnecessary information for normal users though.

To be short, the key things are to place your plugin in the correct folder. Then use Turbine Plugin Manager or chat commands to load it. With Songbook there's an additional step where you have to use the additional utility program to make a catalog of your songs. This has to be done before loading the plugin. I recommend using songbook.exe (instead of songbook.hta).
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Totally confused...

Alright, I'm brand-spanking-new to this, and I have no idea what I'm doing. The link in the description there no longer leads to any site (the old fourms are long-gone and don't help me) and these instructions mean nothing to me.

Is there somewhere that can explain this so even I, an idiot, can understand it? I should also mention that the F.A.Q. from this website confuses me, as I don't understand how to even activate plugins, or if they're automatically activated, or whatever...
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Re: Update songbook list - new song

1. Unload plugin
2. Run the .hta
3. Load the plugin
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Update songbook list - new song

When adding a new song in your music folder, how to update the list in the plugin? Do you have to unload plugin and load again or?
I used the songbook.hta - no problem, it found all my songs, but I dont see the new one on the list in game. Relog works too, but ....

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Re: Windows 10 LOTRO in windowed mode fullscreen bug

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Originally Posted by Bushidoo
Hello,
always when I'm getting startet lotro and join ingame from the charachters page in windowed fullscreen, I always have an uncoordinated icon of the songbook.
Look here, it is the icon on the bottom left side. Sorry for all the drawings but I used the pic also for other comments. Maybe someone can help and fix the bug.

Bye bye
This is due to a bug in the LotRO Lua API. To work around it, temporarily switch to full screen mode, set the game resolution to your desktop resolution, save settings, then switch back to windowed full screen and restart the game. The API will then report the correct display size and your plugins will function correctly - you will likely have to resize or reposition any plugin components but they should then correctly remember their size/position.
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Re: Windows 10 LOTRO in windowed mode fullscreen bug

What do you mean by "uncoordinated"?
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