Tune-Instructor OS X: iTunes Organizer, Player and Interactive Widget

March 23, 2015 in iTunes (E)

[prMac.com] Weil am Rhein, Germany - Independent developer, Tibor Andre today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Tune-Instructor 3.5 for Mac OS X, an update to his iTunes Controller application that provides 25 workflow options for organizing iTunes files, plus convenient playback controls. In addition to the menu bar controller, a widget within the notification center conveniently permits playback navigation, title information, ratings, and more without opening iTunes, and minimizes when iTunes is not in use.

The menu bar controller launches an optional Track Info window, which can display song information and scrolling lyrics. Hovering over the menu bar expands the interactive info window and disappears when a user removes mouse. The application allows custom editing of ID3-Tags, which contains all the metadata of iTunes MP3 files. Users can easily organize their song libraries, titles, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish.

The menu bar controller is located on the upper menu bar of a Mac and allows users easy access to music selection, navigation, and playback controls. Users can hover over the playback controls to pop-up song details, artwork, rating options, and free jumping inside a playback to a specific part of a song. Clicking on the artwork, will bring iTunes to the front. A dial shows to the right of the playback controls, which allows users to display lyrics, change preferences, and access the Tune-Instructor platform for custom iTunes organization.

Much like the menu bar controller, a widget is now secretly available within the notification center for easy access. Controlling iTunes is easier than ever with quick functions like rating a song (even half star ratings are possible), playback options, and title information, such as song, album and artist. The extension also allows users to click on the embedded artwork to bring iTunes to the front of the screen so users can perform advanced operations. When iTunes is not in use or a song has been paused, it is removed from the notification center and the widget minimizes itself to free up space.

There are 25 organization options within Tune-Instructor. Each option comes with a video tutorial on the website's homepage. By clicking on "tutorial", users will access a list of all workflow options for easy instruction and quick set-up. Workflow can be edited and enhanced through these categories: ID3-Tag, files, folders, artworks, lyrics, library and utilities. A user can search and replace an ID3-Tag, embed iTunes store artwork in an ID3-Tag, automatically search lyrics, synchronize library with music folder, and much more.

Feature Highlights:
* iTunes Controller on menu bar
* Widget in notification center
* Widget minimizes to reduce screen usage
* Control Back/Forward, Play/Pause from widget and controller
* Track Info Window shows track information in Info Mode or rating in User Mode
* Rate album by using the Alt key within widget
* Lyrics Window scrolls lyrics automatically and remains the topmost window
* Edit ID3 Tags of iTunes songs
* 25 ways to organize any iTunes Library according to customized criteria
* Video tutorials available on website

Navigation Menu accesses Last.fm functionality:
* Access Last.fm profile
* Use Last.fm
* Last.fm status
* Open lyrics window
* Organize library
* Options
* Help

The Lyrics Window comes in handy with rules that push the window to the front of the screen above all other standard windows for easy visualization of lyrical content. While lyrics scroll automatically for better workflow, moving the mouse into the Lyrics Window will pause scrolling and allow the user to manually navigate. Users can preset parameters to customize scrolling behaviors.

Advanced audio players and ID3 editors are called taggers, and permit batch tagging other utility functions. Tune-Instructor offers Search & Replace functionality across all the following categories: Name, Artist, Album, Album Artist, Composer, Show, Sort Name, Sort Artist, Sort Album, Sort Album Artist, Sort Composer, Sort Show, Genre, Comment, Grouping, Lyrics, and Episode ID. Search parameters include: Tag-Text Contains, Starts With, Ends With, Is Equal; and Word Contains, Starts With, Ends With, and is Equal.

Additional Tag operations, applicable to any of the 17 previously mentioned categories include: Upper/Lower Case set or reset; Copy, Swap, or Overwrite; Cut Numbers or Characters; Expand or Add Numbers or Characters; and Auto-Delete Tags or Unnecessary Spaces.

Additional organizational features permit syncing of File Names and ID3 Tags; setting Folder Names according to ID3 Tags; searching, extracting, scaling, and syncing Album Artwork; searching for and extracting Lyrics from the ID3 Tag; and syncing the Library with the Media folder.

An Application Preferences window permits the user to set whether or not to have the app appear in the menu bar, and which windows and applications to launch automatically. Also under user control from the Preferences are the: Track Information Window, Lyrics Window, Controller Design and Visibility, Application Keyboard Shortcuts, Ratings, and Last.fm interconnectivity. Last.fm allows the user to keep a record of what they listen to, and receive recommendations based on their tastes.

"Most people who listen to music on iTunes don't realize how customizable their Library is," stated Developer Tibor Andre. "Tune-Instructor 3.5 let's you organize your music any way you like, and play music without opening the iTunes application. Tune-instructor's widget gives people the freedom to access title information and quickly control playback and ratings on the fly, all without losing space or productivity."

Language Support:
* US English and German

Device Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.10 or later
* Apple iTunes 8.2 or later
* 2.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Tune-Instructor 3.5 is donationware and available now. Complete information about countries, cities, categories and subcategories, units and currencies the application contains can be found on Tune Instructor's homepage.

Independent developer Tibor Andre is located in Weil am Rhein, Germany. His passion for the Mac platform is only exceeded by his aim to create useful software. Tibor has been developing software since 2005; Tune-Instructor is his first application. Copyright (C) 2015 Tibor Andre. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac OSX are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.



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