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RateMe!
2012-04-1, Sunday @ 5:30
Articles in English | Music | Programming | Software

Rate songs from the menu bar!
UPDATE: v 1.3 and newer is now available on the AppStore!
Visit rateme.audiocommander.de to download the current version!

Okay, I admit, I love tidy playlists, I love stars and I try to keep my iTunes track ratings quite accurate, so that I can always enjoy my intelligent playlists. There has been a tool called iTunesRatings by Matthew Handley, which disappeared some years ago. Because I think this was a very nice application, I spent some hours programming my own app, which has some improvements:

RateMe! - See &uamp; Edit iTunes Ratings in the Status Bar

Features:
· See the rating of the current track
· Edit the rating of the current track (Rate itunes songs from the menu bar)
· Supports 1/2 stars (eg. 4.5 stars) by clicking & dragging
· Context Menu with access to iTunes controls (Play/Pause, Previous/Next…)
· Floating Cover Panel
· Simple & Clean Fullscreen Cover
· Quick Playlist and Track Access without opening the iTunes window
· Option to autostart at login
· Option to hide the Menu Bar icon when iTunes isn’t launched
· Designed to use as less resources & processing power as possible!
· Runs on 10.5. (Leopard) or 10.6. (Snow Leopard) / Universal Binary

Update:
Version 1.3 is now available on the Mac App Store. All Versions up until 1.2 will be still available here as a free download.
Since 1.2.5, RateMe has a nice, clean & simple fullscreen cover view. I needed one for a party recently. I wanted to project the current cover to the wall, but it should not be animated as this would be too distracting. I wanted it more like a wallpaper. So I first tried iTunes coverflow, but I wasn’t satisfied with that, as it also shows the covers next to the current one and there was apparently no way to hide the control bar. So I tried several available plugins and apps to no avail: one was really nice, but failed after three tracks showing a blank one instead; all the others were totally overloaded with fancy animations that couldn’t be disabled; constantly spinning CD-Cases or showing other useless animated stuff (I don’t want a visualizer, I want a cover view). After five apps, I decided to stop wasting my time and to integrate it into RateMe and hope that you like it as well!

Support:
Visit the RateMe! Forum.

System Requirements:
· Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6. (Snow Leopard)
· iTunes 7

Download:

RateMe is now available on the AppStore!

· Visit rateme.audiocommander.de to download the current version!


Version History
v1.3.0 (120330):
· Now available on the App Store
· Many minor improvements & bugfixes
· Converted to ARC (and thus even more crash proof!)
· Playlist & special Playlist icons are now language independent
· User guidance on first launch
· New Preferences
· New Icon
· German Localization
· Cover Panel Error Log Messages fixed
· Library Scan Error Log Messages fixed
v1.2.5 (110309):
· New resolution independent star graphics, including new high resolution stars
· Fullscreen cover: simple & clean fullscreen cover view without any useless fancy animations
· Option to keep track of current playlist (to enable pause/resume)
· Fixed TV Icon for iTunes 10
· Automatic library scan (each day to keep track of newly added tracks)
· New preferences window
· Minor fixes
v1.2.3 (100320):
· Exposé & Spaces behaviour fixed for cover view panel
v1.2.2 (090802):
· SnowLeopard ready 32/64-bit Universal Executable
· Optional high contrast stars selectable in preferences
v1.2.1 (090408):
· added library update menu item
v1.2.0 (090329):
· final cleanups, added default album art
· startup fixes, get current playlist now updates correctly
v1.1.9 (090328):
· added cover album art in menu & mini window
· alpha slider, tracklist for current playlist
· severe bugfix with incidential NSImageCell binding
· many bugfixes
· tracklisting icons (music, movies, podcasts)
· shuffle support (& loop rewrite)
v1.1.8 (090327):
· iTunes Library playlist integration
· show iTunes window does now open iTunes maximized & shows current track
v1.1.7 (080915):
· Minor bugfixes, fixed virtual memory allocation
v1.1.6 (080726):
· added experimental rating for selected track (currently deactivated)
v1.1.5 (080607):
· Fixed possible star visibility issue
· Updated graphics (stars) for improved quality display on darker backgrounds
v1.1.4 (080517):
· Added click&drag support for half stars, removed context menu options
· Removed “Mute” context menu item (reduce to basic functions)
· Fixed 0.5 steps for ratings
· Added context menu option for Autostart at Login
v1.1.3 (080330):
· Option to hide the Menu Bar icon when iTunes not launched (see context menu: About >; Hide without iTunes)
v1.1.2 (080310):
· Receives iTunes NSDistributedNotification (), therefore increased efficiency by reducing script polling
· Shows current Trackname (Status Bar, Context Menu, ToolTip)
· Show iTunes Window item
· Rating is only allowed if iTunes is playing
v1.0.1 (080308):
· Fixed scripting autorelease bug
v1.0.0 (080307):
· Status Menu Item
· AppleScript Messaging
· Context Menu on right-click
· iTunes style rating (supporting “half” stars)

Original Timestamp of this post was 2008 March 07





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