Currently Mixxx does not give any cover art support and this may be considered a disadvantage for some users due to the fact that it greatly facilitates the searches of albums and tracks, moreover most of the other softwares already offer this feature.
I realize that generally people tend to associate this project to something purely decorative, where the focus is on just think about a good place to put the cover on the interface, but this is wrong because have a good interface where covers can not be loaded correctly and quickly is worse than does not support covers. So the main idea is to focus on this part, doing tests to be sure that it is working as expected.
Links to Launchpad bugs:
Doing cover art scan during the library scan would be a good solution for new users, however, it could be a pain for existing users, mainly if the user has a big library, because it would be a very slow process and most of these users would not be able to see the covers.
Thus, the idea is doing it “on-demand”. It means that we would be searching for covers that the user want to see and it will make our project works for any kind of user in a way where they would not need to do new inputs (setting something or doing a new library scan) to start to see the covers. Everything would start to appear automatically.
The most important point is that the users must be able to choose easily if they want (or not) to see the covers (on/off), just because if an user does not have covers or does not care about it, they would likely turn it off.
The best ways to show covers are:
- It is fashionable - many users like it - it has a modern visual
- It could take up much space
Where and how
- Horizontal or vertical position - LibQxt and pictureflow
- VirtualDJ [http://i.imgur.com/wXOXQii.png?1]
- It's clean - It's easier to find a cover, because the user can see everything in a good size.
- It may be awful depending on monitor size and amount of tracks.
How and where
- We need change the current layout of our table view - User could change the cover size
- Serato [http://i.imgur.com/aJNCeCz.jpg]
- Banshee [http://i.imgur.com/Opo1ZVG.png]
- It's clean - It's good because it doesn't bring any sudden change in the current layout of our table view.
- It may be awful when you want mainly look at covers, because the list will show just about 30% of the image. - Use the tree view space to show covers would be a pain for smaller screens (as in netbooks), but it's not a big problem because we could have a simple enable/disable button.
Where and how
- Show about 30% always (as Traktor) - Show about 30% and increase to 45% when hover - Show about 30% and open a pop-up when hover (as MixViber)
This year the idea is have a fast integration of GSOC contribuitions. It means that we will split the project in smaller tasks, grouping them to be able to do fast pull requests on Github.