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From the Album View you add and edit albums. You can use filters to only display part of your collection, for example albums released by a specific artist, albums you have purchased this year, or live albums.
In this example the grouping list to the left shows all artists in the database (you can group on almost any data field). Simply click on the artist name to display albums by this artist.
|Album Edit window
This is the Album Edit window where you enter album information. You can also edit the tracks on the album from this window.
CATraxx has a comprehensive set of album data fields enabling you to catalog a wide range of information: artist, album title, media format, release year, label, catalog number, purchase price, current value, music genres, total playing time, and much more. If you are not satisfied with the default layout in the data entry window, you can use the Form Designer to change the layout.
|Album View - Card
Instead of the standard browse list, you can show a "card list" in the Album View.
This will display the album cover with the artist, album title, format and release year below.
In the Track View you work with tracks the same way you work with albums in the Album View.
In this example we have grouped by both artist and album title in the grouping list to the left. In the browse list to the right all tracks on the selected album are shown.
|Track Edit window
The Track Edit window is where you enter the track details. You can enter a wide range of information, from artist and title to songwriters, production credits, studios and musicians/instruments, and much more.
CATraxx allows you can register multiple artists on each track – including customizable artist roles (“feat.”, “vs.”, “with”, etc).
|Box Set View
A box set allows you to link multiple albums together. For each box set you can enter information such as artist, title, release date, and notes.
You manage the box sets from the Box Set View. Here you can also add new albums to the box set, remove albums, or rearrange the album order. (You can also link an album to a box set from the Album Edit window.)
Lookup View (Artist/Person)
From the Lookup View you edit data in the various lookup tables (Artist/Person, Format, Genre, Instrument, Keyword, etc.).
You save time by using lookup tables: Register information such as artist, songwriter, musician, label and group lineup only once. The use of lookup tables will ensure that data is not duplicated.
In this example we are browsing the Artist/Person table.
In the Artist/Person table you can store artist profiles, biographies and reviews, as well as pictures and links to web sites.
You can also rate your favorite artists. Let the audio player automatically pick songs by these artists!
CATraxx lets you specify members of a group (the lineup).
You can use the lineup information when you register credits information like songwriters, producers, and musicians. This is a great time saver!
You can set up your own genres by editing the Genre lookup table.
The Explorer View allows you can easily search/browse your database in a familiar web browser interface.
From the home page you can search by various fields, including song title, album title or artist, and browse for albums or tracks by artist, label, songwriter or musician. You also see the latest additions to the database, get access to all stored web links, and look at the play history and other database statistics.
|Explorer View -
Here we are browsing tracks by artist. First we clicked “R” under “Browse tracks by Artist”, and got a list of all artist names starting with “R”.
|Explorer View -
Then we clicked on ”R.E.M.” to display all tracks by R.E.M. in the database.
As you can see, you can play both tracks and albums directly from the explorer (notice the little play icon to the right of the title). You can also rate your music.
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When you click on a track title, you see the detail page with all information stored in the database about this track.
Notice the links at the top of the page: Here you click to display the credits (songwriter, producer, musicians, etc.), or the album details. To edit the track, click the Edit button on the toolbar.
From the Playlist View you create and edit playlists.
A playlist is a selection of tracks you can choose to listen to rather than your entire music library.
CATraxx lets you create two types of playlists: "Manual" (you manually add tracks to the playlist) and "Dynamic" (a playlist based on a filter).
In the Playlist Edit window you select type of playlist, and you can assign the playlist to one or more genres and a status. You can also add your own notes.
When setting up a dynamic playlist you specify both the filter (for example your favorite "5 star" songs) and how you want to sort the tracks in the playlist (for example by artist, song title or album title). You can also control the maximum number of tracks, and whether the playlist should be randomized or not.
Add Audio Files window
From the Scan Folder window you tell CATraxx to scan your hard drive for audio files and automatically add them to your database.
CATraxx supports 12 audio file formats: AAC, APE, FLAC, MP3, MP4, M4B, Musepack, OGG, SHN, WAV, WavPack and WMA.
Audio-Organize Audio Files window
You can organize your audio files into a folder structure and filename format of your choice based on information in the database (artist, album title, track index, song title, etc.). Let CATraxx do all the hard work!
Scan your CDs and automatically download CD data from the CDDB database – no typing.
For vinyl records (and music DVDs) you can download data from Discogs.
Discogs is a user-built database containing information on artists, labels, and their recordings. Discogs also incorporates a Marketplace where you can buy and sell the recordings. Discogs is constantly growing as users submit releases to the database.
You can use the Form Designer to redesign the layout in all data entry windows.
CATraxx allows you to create your own reports with exactly the layout you want, or you can use one of the more than 100 pre-defined reports. You have full control of data fields, groups, sort order, columns, fonts, colors, paper size, margins and print orientation. Reports can be previewed on the screen, printed, or sent to a file (including Excel, PDF and Word).
This example shows a simple report that prints the cover art, artist, title, release year and the song titles.
From the Database Setup window you can customize the tables and fields: Change field names, set default values, hide fields you don’t need, etc.
You can easily export data to a set of HTML pages you can upload to any web site.
CATraxx has its own audio player closely tied to the database that will keep a detailed log of all the music you play.
The player has an explorer pane showing information about the track that is currently playing. You can click hyperlinks to either select another album to play, or to open the Explorer window where you can explore the data further.
From the explorer pane you can also rate the currently playing track, and edit the lyrics.
- Album Carousel
This window allows you to view your collection as album covers in a manner similar to the iTunes "coverflow". You can bring up this window by either clicking the artist name, release year, label or genre in the explorer pane. Here we have clicked the U2 link, and are presented with a nice view of all U2 albums. Select the album you want to play, then click OK.