( Version 2.0 )
EASY LIST&PLAY program easily allows you to build Playlists of various sound files (*.mp3, *.wav, *.wma, *.asx, *.mid), and pay them.
Each Playlist can be arranged on the fly and played at that moment, but can also be saved and then recalled and played at a different time. The peculiarity is the possibility to restart such Playlist just from the first not-fully played song.
Building a new Playlist
Version 2 of the program gives you the new possibility of
direct loading of a single file to your ongoing Playlist: open the File menu, choose the first option and 2click the desired file. This can be useful when you want to select from any folder just one or few files.
Otherwise you can display your audio files folders in the program interface, select and build groups from there: click the Open button or the second choice of the File menu. In the dialog window that appears, select the folder and then the first of its files you want to be traced in the program window.
(Note - Version 2 offers the possibility of File filtering both specifying a sequence of characters and a wanted filetype (see the Option menu).
The program will copy those names in the current Folder file list. At the moment the displayed files are just Candidates for being included in your Playlist.
The number on le left of the file names, starting with 01-, is a progressive reference to their folders. On top of the list you can see the name of the current source folder and the amount of its Candidate files.
The program offers the possibility to add quickly a Group of Candidate files to the under construction Playlist. Click on the first desired Candidate in the Candidate file list so its position will appear in the from n. box (here is 6); then write the Group amount in the for n. box (here 10). As an alternative to the number of files you may define the whole Group play duration in minutes using the for min. box. Press the Enter key and click the Add Group button, so the selected Group of Candidates will be copied below in the current Playlist frame.
You can repeat these actions as many times you want, changing or not the folders, to enrich the Playlist at your pleasure.
To add a single file: double click on it in the Candidate file list.
To remove a file from the Playlist: click on it and then use the Cancel key.
On top of the Playlist frame you will always see the number of the included files and the overall play duration. The duration calculus uses the data that Windows stores as Folder details; when Windows doesnt provide this information a +x is added beside the duration amount (that happens for mid, wav, and asx file types).
Using the current Playlist
When a Playlist is shown, the play command toolbar is enabled. As often happens in audio players the left button is Play and it filp-flops with Pause. The Pause temporarily halts the playing that can be resumed at that point clicking Play again.
The playing file appears highlighted in the Playlist and its name is repeated below the Playlist space (with a long name move the mouse to display whole text in a tip); information about the Artist and the Year is also displayed there, if available.
To change on-fly the playing file: double click on it in the Playlist.
You can modify the current sequence of a Playlist: select a file and click the Move up/dw buttons.
The Stop button halts the file but carries back to the file beginning.
The FastForward and FastBackward buttons allow skipping
The NextFile and PreviousFile buttons start playing the corresponding file in the Playlist, if any, and can be clicked both in play and pause state.
The ClearPlaylist button does just this action, stopping the playing if present; the same function can be issued from the File menu.
A Progress bar indicates the playing status graphically and numerically; in this case the duration is captured from the file string with the MCI command.
On the right of the Playlist frame you can act on the slider of the internal Volume controller.
Saving and loading Playlists - Options
The File menu gives you the possibility to save at your command the current Playlist. But remember that the standard Save Options are to save it automatically when the program ends and to keep trace of the current playing file as the first one to play when you will reload that list.
On the other hand, at that Playlist opening from the File menu, two standard Reload Options confirm the starting from the above mentioned file and allow to preserve the present Playlist, if any is running already.
But you can modify these choices.