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patented_licks

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Doctor Who Questions
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:33:22 pm »

I found a "Doctor Who" icon hanging on my MC application tree and thought it had caught a virus, as it could not be deleted. Clicking it showed a login to what I don't know.

I then discovered that Doctor Who is a Feature listed in the General options area. There is no explanation for it in Help, as there is little or no explanation for many options and features. This is poor (i.e., lazy and inconsiderate) support, and degrades product quality.

Back to the point: what is Doctor Who?
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Re: Doctor Who (& other "Features')
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015, 10:34:38 pm »

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Re: Doctor Who (& other "Features')
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2015, 10:44:43 pm »

Well, thank you for the quick response.

"Doctor Who.  It is an archival system for your playlists.  You will also be able to download playlists from other users.  Once the list is downloaded, MC will search for and set the file location for anything you have in your library."

It's a lousy explanation and I don't understand it. 1) There is no explanation as to what the login is to. 2) What does "archival system" mean? (Is it like export/import playlists, only different?) 3) What does "download playlists from other users" (Is it like export/import playlists, only different?) What I think "MC will search for and set the file location for anything you have in your library" might mean is that DW (Doctor Who) will resolve any disk/folder discrepancies between an imported (DW) playlist and the extant library. If that is correct, then this is a feature that should be basic to the MC playlist capability, and the developers have been remiss not to include it.

Seriously, the forum here is good, but MC developers really need to up their game get some decent documentation on this fine product. It is a common disease of software, and MC needs the discipline to take the cure.

Thanks for the help, and take the complaining constructively (as intended).
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Re: Doctor Who (& other "Features')
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2015, 01:50:16 am »

The idea seems good (though not something I can see myself using) but I wonder if the feature should let anyone download shared lists, and only require an account to upload playlists.
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Re: Doctor Who Questions
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2015, 07:04:11 am »

"Doctor Who.  It is an archival system for your playlists.  You will also be able to download playlists from other users.  Once the list is downloaded, MC will search for and set the file location for anything you have in your library."

It's a lousy explanation and I don't understand it.
Thanks.  I wrote it.
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1) There is no explanation as to what the login is to.
The feature is just now coming to life, so the interface is still crude.

We're also trying a new way to add features.  Right now, it's only available to the beta group, so it won't work for you yet.  We hope to expand this in a few days.

The login lets you gain access to the playlists and upload new ones.
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2) What does "archival system" mean? (Is it like export/import playlists, only different?)
It has several purposes.  Since the playlists are uploaded to our server in the Internet, they serve as a backup for your local playlists.

They are also available to other users, so it's a way for people to see what other people play and to discover music.

We think we can mine this data to establish relationships among artists, and if so, this would allow us to build playlists for you that are more likely to match your tastes and interests in music.  For example, if you build playlists with artists A and B, but other users who build playlists with the same artists often include artist C, then we'll somehow offer artist C to you when you use Play Doctor.
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3) What does "download playlists from other users" (Is it like export/import playlists, only different?)
You'll be able to browse playlists that are stored on our server, and download those you find interesting.
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What I think "MC will search for and set the file location for anything you have in your library" might mean is that DW (Doctor Who) will resolve any disk/folder discrepancies between an imported (DW) playlist and the extant library.
No.  It's finding files online from a legal source and playing samples or full tracks, depending on whether you have a paid membership.  Right now, we're using our Performer Store as a source.  You can see that in the tree on the left in MC, unless you've turned it off in Tools > Options > Features.
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If that is correct, then this is a feature that should be basic to the MC playlist capability, and the developers have been remiss not to include it.

Seriously, the forum here is good, but MC developers really need to up their game get some decent documentation on this fine product.
When the feature is available, there will be a better interface and better documentation.
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Re: Doctor Who Questions
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2015, 04:50:45 am »

When the feature is available, there will be a better interface and better documentation.

You might also need a different name for the feature if you don't want lawyers from BBC Enterprises hitting you hard!
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Re: Doctor Who Questions
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2015, 04:56:29 am »

You might also need a different name for the feature if you don't want lawyers from BBC Enterprises hitting you hard!

Thanks for your concern. That was already discussed and eliminated as a concern.
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Re: Doctor Who Questions
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2015, 06:06:42 am »

You might also need a different name for the feature if you don't want lawyers from BBC Enterprises hitting you hard!
I think that might be a problem if we made a TV series named Doctor Who.  

As CountryBumkin said, it's been discussed before.

Say, isn't there a company named Avid?   ;)
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