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The power of direct drag/direct edit

The ability to drag files from a folder into an application for editing is incredibly useful. That is, IF the files are all in a single location. For example, if you have a group of files all bunched together, or a folder containing files that all need editing, being able to drop them into Army Knife in one swoop and do bulk changes to Comments, Genre, Tempo, etc., is terrific. But what if the files you want to alter are scattered all over the place, in a dozen or more different folders? That's where our new "direct drag/direct edit" capability between Lightning and Army Knife comes in so handy.

Suppose you decide you want to start using the Rating attribute to control your music mix based on the decade when the song was on the charts. You know that your songs all have a Year attribute marked, and you want find them on that basis and mark them so you can use a number system, where the number 5 is used for all the songs from the 50s, 6 is used for the 60s, 7 for the 70s, 8 for the 80s, 9 for the 90s, 0, for the 2000s, 1 for the 2010s, and so on. Here's what you could do:

  1. Open Lightning and do a search from Year 1960 to Year 1969.
  2. Click in the found list and do CTRL-A to select all
  3. Right-click on the selection and choose "Edit song info..." which will automatically launch Army Knife and place the songs into it directly. Alternatively, you can drag the list of songs over to an open Army Knife program if you prefer, but the first option is quicker.
  4. Assure Army Knife's dropdown button is set to "The Editor," and that all the attribute x-boxes are unchecked!
  5. Scroll to find the Rating attribute, and put a checkmark next to it.
  6. Type the number 6 in the Rating field, and click the Apply button.

Now, a line like this, placed in your master log, will result in random selection of all the songs in your library that are from the 60s.

Random Rating 6

That's just an example, of course. There are LOTS of ways the direct drag/direct edit can make simple work of complex tasks.

DID YOU KNOW: You can also direct edit a song's attributes, right from AutoCast. Just right-click on the song in the program log list and choose "Edit song info..." and it will be directed to Army Knife for editing.

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