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A New Look Resolution You Can Keep posted on January 28th, 2019

By Jerry Butler

Roughly 80 percent of people have already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions.  Here’s one you can easily keep:  updating the look of your MusicMaster.  MusicMaster has always been known for allowing users to customize the database, views and more.  In MusicMaster Version 7, we have added additional themes/display options and added category coloring options to freshen up your look.

Click on Tools, Options and Themes / Display Options.  You can select various themes including Back in Black, Paint it Black, Purple Rain, Silver Bells, Song Sung Blue or Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.

To update your category color scheme, go to Library, Categories and selecting Color Schemes.

Not only are there numerous different pre-set color schemes, note you can apply one color set to your music and a different one to your non-music.

These options ensure you’ll keep at least one New Year’s Resolution in 2019!

If you have any questions, please contact your Music Scheduling Consultant.

 

Customize the look of your clocks in Version 7 posted on December 3rd, 2018

By Marianne Burkett

As I’m digging deeper into Version 7, I’m seeing things I’ve always dreamed of as a programmer.

First go to Tools/Options/Display Colors and set up this feature that has been in the program for some time.  You can select colors you’d like to see for various elements in the clocks.  In the capture below, I made Stopsets Deep Red and Lognotes Pale Yellow.

When building clocks, I love our “Pie” view.   If you color your categories with various colors, it makes it simple to distribute the categories evenly through the clock.

Check out the default view in Pies which we’ve always had.

In Version 7, with a quick visit to Tools/Options/Additional Properties you can put the number “1” in “PieClockLabels” in the Clocks Section, and you get category code and element information in the pie view as well.

When you hover over anything in the pie you also get details about lognotes, music and non music descriptions below the pie.  In the sample screen shot, my cursor was on a P2 Power 2000 category.

If you made a lot of clock changes and use the pie, this new feature can help in making sure they’re spaced out correctly.

If you’d like the video tour of new core features in Version 7, click the link below.

https://www.musicmaster.com/version7.php

Any questions, call your Music Scheduling Consultant!

Customize MusicMaster with Your Station’s Logo and Sweeper posted on September 24th, 2018

By Jerry Butler

In a time when many program directors are programming multiple stations, it can be really frustrating to find you have made changes in one database, when intending to make those changes in a different database.  MusicMaster gives you the ability to customize multiple settings throughout the software for a different feel and look for each database.  Many programmers have cloned databases to create a new station.  This works great, but copies everything including your categories and category colors over to the new database, making it difficult to tell them apart.   A very easy way to customize each database is by using a station logo or sweeper when you open the database.  Here is how you can set up these features.

Click on Tools, Options and Dataset Identification.  In the first field, you can change the name that you see on the top left of the screen when you have the database open.  This can differ from what the actual database file is called when opening up MusicMaster.

The next field allows you to set up an Audio Logo (Sweeper, Liner, Favorite Movie Drop).  Click on the button to the right of the audio logo field to search your computer for an audio file you would like to play when opening the database.

The next field allows you to show a Graphic Logo file.  Click on the button to the right of the field to find a file on your computer that you would like to show in the main window of MusicMaster upon launch.

Once the file is selected, you need to click display the graphic logo file check box.  You can also adjust the position of the logo with the dropdown selection and choose to have the background as transparent.  There are also settings for a background color with or without using a logo.

When you open the database you will now see your logo and hear the audio you selected.

Play with the setting and get the database customized the way you want it.  Happy Scheduling from MusicMaster!

Schedule Editor Layouts posted on August 27th, 2018

By Paul Ziino

You can really make your Schedule Editor look just about any way you want.  You can add and subtract fields via the Modify Editor Layout icon.

Here you can also change the font, size, colors, and grid attributes.

Click the Toggle Toolbars icon and you can turn on the Test Results panel, Instant Analysis, and more.

Once you’ve turned on the Results Bar, right-click on any panel and select Customize to see all the different items available for review.

And with other icons you can toggle the history graph on and off, as well as the Info bar.

With Show/Hide Elements you can hide different elements from view.

You can turn off lognotes, only display the unscheduled items, hide specific categories, display hour and day counters, and more!

Get it all set up just the way you want it, and you have a completely customized workspace!

And with a few clicks and drags you can rearrange the whole thing and some color adjustments, you have a whole new look!!

Customization of your Schedule Editor is just one of the ways you can make your MusicMaster yours!  Have any questions?  Contact your Music Scheduling Consultant for help.

Adding Category Info to the InfoBar posted on December 19th, 2016

By Dave Tyler

I will be the first to admit that I am a bit of an “Info-Geek”! I like having the tools I need and the information I need at my fingertips when I need it. MusicMaster has a couple displays that I now take for granted but when I run across a database that is not using them it drives me crazy! Over in your Info Bar where your categories live there is a big blank area…dead space that could, in my Info-Geek mind be filled with something useful to me.

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Well if you are using MusicMaster 5.0 or later then you already can fill that space and you have 3 options to choose from Song Count, Average Run Time & Slot Count.

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These options are pretty straight forward. Song Count is literally how many songs are in that category. Average Run Time is just that, the average length of the songs within that particular category. Finally Slot Count denotes how many “Slots” are in that particular category. Slot Count can be important to you if you use a lot of packets. You will note in the above example in Category B there are 117 songs in the category (Song Count) but only 108 Slots (Slot Count) because 9 of those songs are packeted in some form or another. These option give you a quick reference to information that may be specifically important to you.

Ok so now I’ve shown something cool now let me show you how to make the magic happen in your Info Bar. Start by going to Tools/Options.

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Then go to Library Editor Options and you will see the drop down box with your available options below the heading of “Show Extra Category Information”.

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Choose which one of these will be of the most value to you, click Apply then OK and it is done! This additional information is just another great function of MusicMaster that puts the important information you need at your fingertips.

To find out about other time saving functions, if you have any questions or are on an earlier version and want to upgrade your version of MusicMaster to have access to these wonderful features contact your MusicMaster Music Scheduling Consultant.

Making Layout Changes in MusicMaster posted on September 29th, 2014

By Drew Bennett

One of the most common phone calls we get is how to change a layout. Many times, our customers have been so conditioned to accept the layout they are given in a music scheduler like DOS or other Windows-based software that some of them don’t even know they have the choice of what fields to see or not see on the screen! (more…)

How to Add Custom Buttons for User Tools posted on August 20th, 2012

By Drew Bennett

One of the many features we all love about MusicMaster is the ability to customize the look and feel of it. You can change layouts, move windows around, choose to show or hide elements. You can even plug your own logo into the software and print reports or just spruce things up a bit. Now, MusicMaster 5.0 takes customization a step further with Custom User Buttons for your main Toolbar. (more…)

Customizing MusicMaster posted on February 27th, 2012

by Marianne Burkett

When you start using MusicMaster after having worked with other scheduling software, you may or may not be aware of all the choices you have about colors, layout, font sizes and embedding your logo into the software.  Yes, all things are possible and it’s very fun to play at setting it up. (more…)

New Year’s Resolutions posted on January 30th, 2012

By Aaron Taylor

So, here it is…The end of the first month of the year.
How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Even if many (or all of them) have fallen by the wayside at this point, the way I look at it, it’s still not too late. Here is one completely achievable New Year’s goal, resolve to more fully utilize one of the most important tools in your programming arsenal…MusicMaster!

Perhaps you’ve seen or heard about some of the features and functionality I’ll touch upon here, but either you’ve never had the time (or the knowledge) to put them into practice or maybe you weren’t even aware they existed. Let’s resolve to change that today. (more…)

Taking a Look “Under The Hood” of MusicMaster posted on April 6th, 2011

by Aaron Taylor

In this article, we thought it would be helpful to run you through some “under the hood” areas of MusicMaster for Windows that you may have never had the opportunity to see before, or perhaps had poked around in these corners and always thought, “hmm, I wonder what this does” and figured you’d either ask your MSC about these areas, or might read up on those areas someday. Someday is today! This article is meant as an overview to these areas. We’ll be looking to write more about these areas in the future in more detail. In the meantime, if you have any questions about these areas, just contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss the areas with you in more detail. (more…)