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Fail Alerts! posted on July 7th, 2014

By Drew Bennett

MusicMaster continues to listen to our users and add new features to our products. With the release of MusicMaster Pro 5.0sr13, you will now find a new feature called Fail Alerts. (more…)

Replacement Song Options posted on February 3rd, 2014

By Paul Ziino

There are lots of ways to make your MusicMaster database your own.  Today we’re going to look at ways you can customize the Replacement Song Options.

Go to Tools/Options/Replacement Song Options.  There are nine Search Modes and each one can be tweaked to give you exactly what you’re looking for when replacing songs in the Schedule Editor. (more…)

Tracking User Profiles in the Schedule Editor posted on October 29th, 2012

We get a lot of calls regarding the schedule editor and if there is a way to track who did what when scheduling a log.

We offer a field called Schedule: Manual that places the letter, “M,” in the field if a particular element was manually scheduled. You can always add that field to your layout to keep track of songs that were not placed by the auto-scheduler but were manually placed by someone working in the log.

MusicMaster Version 5 introduced two additional fields to give you a better idea of who did what and when in the Schedule Editor. First, though, let’s discuss Dataset Security and how it relates to our new fields.

The Dataset Security section of MusicMaster can be located by choosing Tool, Options, Dataset Security. This is where you can enable and disable Dataset Security. Just below this section is a sub-section called Users and Rights. This is where you can create new user profiles and assign permissions to the profiles, allowing or disallowing access to certain sections of the software or even certain tasks. However, Dataset Security can just be a way of tracking who logs in and out of the database, when they do that and the kinds of things they do when they’re in a section of the software like the Schedule Editor. For more information on setting up Dataset Security see our article on Database Security and User Rights.

Once you have built your user profiles and assigned your staff usernames and passwords for logging in to your data, you are ready to track those profiles in the Schedule Editor.

Open the Schedule Editor and choose the Modify Editor Layout icon. In the screen that appears, find the list of fields in the left side of the screen and look for Schedule: Last Change and Schedule: Changed By. Bring these two fields into the Selected Fields list in the middle of the screen by dragging and dropping them or using the single arrow icon pointing to the right. Drag and drop these fields to position them in the layout in the order you desire. Hit OK and choose the Save Editor Layout icon to save the layout.

Now, when a song is changed in the log or an unscheduled position is filled two pieces of information will display in these fields. Schedule: Last Changed will display the date and time of the change and Schedule: Changed By will record the profile used when the change was made.

This is a great way to keep track of changes in the log so you will know who does what and when! If you have any questions on this or any MusicMaster related topic, please contact your assigned Music Scheduling Consultant. Happy Scheduling!

5 Ways to Decrease Your TSE (Time Spent Editing) posted on September 3rd, 2012

By Marianne Burkett

While there are some who love editing logs for hours on end, most of my clients don’t have the time to check every history or segue for each song in a given day.   Here are a few things to help you shave some time off of editing the logs without sacrificing your personal editing style! (more…)

Song Segue Panels in the Schedule Editor posted on June 25th, 2012

By Paul Ziino

A new feature found in 5.0 is the Song Segue panels. Open the Schedule Editor and activate the Results Bar by clicking on the Toggle Toolbars icon , selecting the Toolbars tab, and checking Results Bar in that list. (more…)

Day and Hour Count posted on April 2nd, 2012

By Paul Ziino

There is a new feature in MusicMaster for Windows version 5.0 that allows you to see how many elements have been scheduled in an hour or a full day. Simply open your Schedule Editor and click the Modify Editor Layout icon, then add Schedule: Day Pos and Schedule: Hour Pos to your layout. (more…)

Song Highlight Filters in the Schedule Editor posted on December 5th, 2011

by Paul Ziino

Too much slow music clumping together in the log?  Too many female artists in one hour and not enough in the next?  There’s a quick way to get a visual scan of any part of a log using Song Highlight Filters. (more…)

Scheduling Tip from a Master… the “+ More” button. posted on July 20th, 2010

by Paul Ziino

When you are in the replacement window of the schedule editor you have three display options: Show all available songs, Hide Unbreakable failures, and Show only perfect songs…these are noted by the flag icons. When in “Hide Unbreakable” or “Show only perfect” mode, by default MusicMaster will display the ten most-rested songs that meet those criteria. If more than ten are available, you’ll see the “+ More” button which will give you an additional ten songs that meet the criteria each time you click “+ More”, until all songs are displayed. But did you know you can change how many songs will be displayed to start with, and how many more will be displayed with each click of “+ More”? (more…)