The BoomBox File Manager module beta 2.1 has been released for all using the BoomBox (not ShoutBox) platform. This is the first step in enabling more features like the Global Music Library and “Clocks” like Playlist Management. Although a couple of days late, all will find it was well worth the wait.
File Manager Features
Besides the usual file management features, the BoomBox File Manager module includes a faster reload (read files from FTP upload) functions and the ability to select multiple files to add to playlists. Here’s some of the highlights…
Part of the reason it took longer than expected to get the File Manager rolled out to all users was because previously music files were tightly coupled to a playlist. Delete a playlist and you would delete all associated files. We rewrote the back-end to make playlists “virtual” and the files assigned to them could be located anywhere on the file system. That’s really important for adding files from the Global Music Library. Now users can move files around their local file system as easily as on any computer system.
Sometimes uploads break or certain files can’t be read or licensed and it’s better just to delete them.
Many users like to use their favorite FTP client to upload files and until we release the new file upload manager, that’s the only way right now to upload music files to BoomBox. Previously known as “Repair”, the “Reload” function reads in files uploaded via FTP, but it also re-indexes files and checks if they are “licensable” for playback. We streamlined the back end so that the reloading happens much quicker, but if you have a large music library, it can still take a few minutes to complete.
This is by far the most requested feature for BoomBox. The ability to select individual or multiple files and assigned them to a playlist. In future releases we make it so that users can assign entire folders, but right now users will have to page through the results and select the songs they want to add.
I know some of you are not seeing the features you requested, but this is an important first step in getting those features and needed functions done. Modules like the Global Music Library, File Upload Manager and the enhanced Playlist Manager will all build upon the File Manager module and you’ll see much faster release times on requested features.