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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 11-20-2014, 10:55 PM  
Thurallor
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Re: Cannot find songbook

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I've save song files (as .txt files based on I can /music then /play <song name> in the game with .txt files but not with .abc files) in my C:/<username>/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Music folder.
I just installed it and it worked for me. Although I have .abc files, not .txt files.

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I downloaded the songbook plugin and unzipped it to C:/<username>/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins folder and then ran the songbookfiller.exe file. It says that it loaded the correct number of songs I have in my music folder.
You need to be sure to unzip it so the "Chiran" folder is directly inside the "Plugins" folder:
C:/<username>/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins/Chiran/Songbook/...

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However, it saved a data file in C:/<username>/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins/<username>/All Servers folder not just the Plugins folder.
Are you sure it wasn't /My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/PluginData/<username>/All Servers?

There shouldn't be a <username> folder inside the Plugins folder.

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Then when I log into the game and type /plugins refresh into the chat window it says that I have 0 plugins available. I tried to type /plugins load songbook and it gives me the same message.
Instead of using the /plugins chat command, I recommend you use the built-in Plugin Manager. You can access it from the main game menu ("^" at the bottom of the screen) by choosing "System" and then "Plugin Manager".

If the game can't see the plugin, then it is probably installed in the wrong location. You might want to use Plugin Compendium to do the installation for you.

Last edited by Thurallor : 11-20-2014 at 11:02 PM.
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Unread 11-20-2014, 09:39 AM  
Skald70
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Cannot find songbook

I am totally new to plugins and am having some difficulty getting this to work.

I've save song files (as .txt files based on I can /music then /play <song name> in the game with .txt files but not with .abc files) in my C:/<username>/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Music folder.

I downloaded the songbook plugin and unzipped it to C:/<username>/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins folder and then ran the songbookfiller.exe file. It says that it loaded the correct number of songs I have in my music folder.

However, it saved a data file in C:/<username>/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins/<username>/All Servers folder not just the Plugins folder.

Then when I log into the game and type /plugins refresh into the chat window it says that I have 0 plugins available. I tried to type /plugins load songbook and it gives me the same message.

I have even tried to unzip the songbook file into C:/<username>/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins/<username>/All Servers folder and still get the same message.

Any ideas?
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Chiran
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Re: songbook problem with languages

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Hey Chiran,
I hope this is the right place to aks my question:
I downloaded the songbook when I still played LOTRO in german and it worked great. Later I decided to switch the game to english and as I did, this issue occured: "...gs Online\Plugins\Chiran\Songbook\SettingsWindow.lua: 139: attempt to perform arithmetic on field 'ToggleOpacity' (a nil value)"
And I couldn't use the Songbbok anymore. When I switch the game to german again, it works like id did before.
So I loaded the plugin again, I build the library again and all that stuff, when the game was in english, but it didn't work. What can I do to make the songbbok work again? Shall I reinstall it? But don't I have the same problem then the other way round with the german game?

(I hope no one asked this already, I didn't found something like that...)
Hi there,

I think it should work if you switch the language, then delete the following file (while out of game):
\The Lord of the Rings Online\PluginData\<lotrouser>\AllServers\SongbookS ettings.plugindata

That should reset the plugin settings. I hope it works!

-Chiran
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songbook problem with languages

Hey Chiran,
I hope this is the right place to aks my question:
I downloaded the songbook when I still played LOTRO in german and it worked great. Later I decided to switch the game to english and as I did, this issue occured: "...gs Online\Plugins\Chiran\Songbook\SettingsWindow.lua: 139: attempt to perform arithmetic on field 'ToggleOpacity' (a nil value)"
And I couldn't use the Songbbok anymore. When I switch the game to german again, it works like id did before.
So I loaded the plugin again, I build the library again and all that stuff, when the game was in english, but it didn't work. What can I do to make the songbbok work again? Shall I reinstall it? But don't I have the same problem then the other way round with the german game?

(I hope no one asked this already, I didn't found something like that...)

But apart from that the songbook is amazing, thanks a lot for making it!!
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Chiran
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Re: Re: problem generating library

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I had similar issues when filenames contained specialchars and blanks. So I suggest checking the filenames.
Yes, that would be my first guess as well.

-Chiran
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Chiran
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Re: anyway to run the hta file on mac?

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i got the plugin running and everything is great, except i can't build the library. I've tried changing the .hta to .html, which did open some script/webpage on safari that had a "generate library" button in it - but when i click it, nothing happens. it just won't build the library no matter how many times i click on it, or if i run LOTRo before/after clicking.
Unfortunately I cannot support Mac clients since the script and file paths are OS specific. I guess it might be possible to get it to work under Wine with some tinkering.

-Chiran
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Re: problem generating library

Hi bron,

I had similar issues when filenames contained specialchars and blanks. So I suggest checking the filenames.

btw...the songs to DL aber most likly crap. Try to build your own files.
Not that easy if you are new to midi, abc and playing music in gemeral.
But it's worth the effort.

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problem generating library

I installed everything correctly and was using it and it was working perfectly had about 43 songs loaded, then i downloaded some more songs and ran the library builder to load the new songs and it only loaded a total of 13 of my 50 files. I unistalled songbook and reinstalled and still only generated 13 files.... can some one please help me figure out what ive done wrong?

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anyway to run the hta file on mac?

i got the plugin running and everything is great, except i can't build the library. I've tried changing the .hta to .html, which did open some script/webpage on safari that had a "generate library" button in it - but when i click it, nothing happens. it just won't build the library no matter how many times i click on it, or if i run LOTRo before/after clicking.
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And yet another bugfix to WANSongBookFiller: Until version 1.3, you couldn't browse through folders where no ABC files were located at all. From version 1.4 on, all "in-between" folders down to a sub-sub-sub...folder are now included so that you can browse to a song called "sub1/sub2/sub3/sub4/mysong.abc" even if sub1/2/3 are completely empty. You can download v1.4 as usual from http://lotro.hanft.de/wansongbookfiller/

Thanks to "The Just Abby's" for the bug report

-Arnhor
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WANSongBookFiller v1.3 released

Hi,

as you may have noticed there were some daylight saving time issues with my "WAN Songbook Filler" (everything was re-read at the start and the end of daylight saving time). Version 1.2 should have avoided this by using UTC time zone generally, but it doesn't seem to be that easy... Linux servers store file modification time together with time zones, WebDAV servers deliver GMT or local time (together with time zone information or not), WebDAV clients (and Windows itself) add or subtract their local time zone to or from the delivered time... and all this even depends on DST active (or not) by the time of uploading and/or downloading! There are just too many pieces of software involved in this process so that you can get unpredictable results anyway.

So I gave up finding a solution for managing the correct time zone by all means, but installed a checkbox in the program which treats an exact 1-hour offset as "same time". Granted, this may lead to miss a changed file if it was modified exactly one hour (to the second!) after the last write, but I think this won't happen very often and if you're suspicious about it, just un-check the new "Ignore" checkbox.

(If you just use a local drive instead of a WebDAV server, the impact of re-reading everything might not be annoying twice a year anyway.)

You can download the new version 1.3 as always from http://lotro.hanft.de/wansongbookfiller/

-Arnhor

PS: There's still that "European Bug" that music instrument slots are stored as "[1,000000] = 0,000000" in the SongbookSettings.plugindata file when leaving the game. In order to reload Songbook, you have to take Notepad and "search and replace" all ",0000" by ".0000"...
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Mac OS functionality

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Having just got a Mac, this is the only Lotro related thing I can't do (populate and maintain Songbook). What's needed is the .hta or standalone .exe file to be made available in Java. How difficult this might be, I have no idea.
Yes, it's a bit of a shame. The script itself is fairly easy to port to Java I believe. Problem is how the directories and such resources are handled in a Mac environment of Lotro. And unfortunately I cannot test those out myself for the moment.

-Chiran
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Re: Re: Re: Mac OS functionality

Having just got a Mac, this is the only Lotro related thing I can't do (populate and maintain Songbook). What's needed is the .hta or standalone .exe file to be made available in Java. How difficult this might be, I have no idea.

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Ah OSX again. Unfortunately I do not have a Mac to make this happen. You could try running the .exe version or this tool under Wine. Obviously the .hta will not work. There was also a user working on a AppleScript version here in LotroI, but I don't think he ever released it.

-Chiran
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Second account

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Ok looks like there's an error in the settings file. You could try to delete SongbookSettings.plugindata file that is mentioned in the error message. There's no crucial information there, just plugin window position and such. But delete the file while the plugin is not running (or even game). Then try again starting the plugin.

Since the file is account-specific, it may work on the other character on the other account.

-Chiran
Yes, that did it. Songbook is working perfectly fine again. Thank you, sir!
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Re: Re: Re: Second account

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...ings Online/PluginData/musicbuddy/AllServers/SongbookSettings.plugindata:1: unexpected symbol
...gs Online\Plugins\Chiran\Songbook\SongbookWindow.lua: 44: Unable to parse file!
Unable to load "songbook".

This is what comes in the chat when I try loading it. I also use the lyrical plugin and the hugebag plugin, and they work just fine.
Ok looks like there's an error in the settings file. You could try to delete SongbookSettings.plugindata file that is mentioned in the error message. There's no crucial information there, just plugin window position and such. But delete the file while the plugin is not running (or even game). Then try again starting the plugin.

Since the file is account-specific, it may work on the other character on the other account.

-Chiran

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