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NEW - Drag Songs to Singer List/Rotation - You can still drag and drop Songs from the Search, Singer List, and Edit Singers windows
into Hoster's Playlist. Now, in addition you can drag Songs onto the Singer List/Rotation and the Singer that you drop the Song onto will be the Singer for that Song.
NEW - Add & Edit Song Notes - Right-click on any Song in Hoster's Playlist, and you can Add & Edit Song Notes for that Song.
Once a Song has a Note associated with it, you can display the Note by right-clicking on the Song again and selecting *View Note from...
If you clear the text of the Note, then the asterisk (*) will be removed from the Status column, as no Note will be associated with the Song.
NEW - Background Audio Song in the Marquee - We added a new option to the Marquee Setup.
This new option is %b. If you place this on a line by itself, then whenever a Song is playing in the Background Audio player, the Marquee will contain the
following line: Now Playing: "Song Title" by Song Artist.
NEW - Allow Hiding Messages in Edit Songs - If you are doing a lot of editing and clean-up of your Songs Database,
you now can select a check box on the confirmation messages in the Edit Songs window and only see them once per session.
NEW - Hot Keys in Edit Songs - If you have a lot of Songs to repair using the Re scan button, Hoster now offers you two new Hot Keys for this:
Ctrl-F - You can quickly open the Define Field Order window by pressing and holding the Ctrl key and then pressing the F key.
Ctrl-R - After you have selected the Song(s) to Re scan, simply press and hold the Ctrl key and then press the R key.
NEW - Allow Backslash in Define Field Order - You can now specify that a Folder contains one of the fields in your DFO.
For example, the file path may be:
CHANGED - Display Field Order in Index Song Files - So you don't have to click on the Define Field Order
button to see what you have it set to, thet DFO will be displayed next to the button when the selected Song File matches the DFO.
CHANGED - Widen File List in Index Song Files - When you widen the Index Song Files window,
the File List window will now widen along with it.
FIXED - Index Video Song Files - Some file types were being bypassed in previous versions of Hoster. This has been resolved.
FIXED - Stereo - We fixed a bug that played Audio songs in Mono all the time.
FIXED - Adding Songs using Ctrl - We fixed a bug that allows you to add a Song to the Singer's Song List but not to the live Playlist.
To do this, press and hold the Ctrl button and then click the button.
FIXED - Parameter is invalid - You may have seen this message when a Song ends. We found and fixed this bug.
FIXED - Marquee Set to Middle - If you set your Marquee to "Middle" and your Singer Name Display set to "Bottom",
the Marquee was misplaced. This has been fixed.
V5.41.03- June 8, 2016
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NEW - <Please Pick a Song> - You can now override this feature which was added in V5.41.02 by clearing the check box labeled
"Display Singers without Songs in the SND and Marquee" in the Playlist settings.
NEW - Progress Bar for Remove Folders - Since this can take some time if you have many songs in your folders or you select multiple folders at once for removal,
we put in a Progress Bar. This bar is "indefinite", since we don't know how many files have to be processed until we open all of the folders.
IMPROVED - Index Song Files - When indexing songs in Batch mode, songs will be imported more quickly,
and the results will better reflect your choice of your Defined Field Order.
FIXED - Play Certain WAV Files as InstaButtons - You may have found certain WAV files that would not play as InstaButtons. This is now fixed.
FIXED - Song Added to Singer's List - When you add a Song to a Singer's List using the right-click menu in the Playlist, you will now see that Singer's List in the Edit Singers dialog window updated accordingly.
FIXED - Long Wait when Select Multiple in Edit Songs - We found and fixed a problem in Edit Songs when you have a lot of .kma files (and very few or no .kmh files).
If you selected more than a few Songs (in "Multiple" mode), Hoster would appear to freeze up. This is now fixed.
FIXED - Flashing Singers List - When a Song is playing, and you click on any other Song in the Playlist, you may have noticed some flashing in the Singers List. This has been resolved.
FIXED - Time Column - While a Song is playing, if you reorder your Rotation, the Time column in the Playlist will now be correct for the new Rotation order.
FIXED - Inactive Singers in the Marquee - If you mark one of your Singers as Inactive, that Singer will not appear in either the Singer Name Display
or the Marquee.
FIXED - Sorting Columns in Edit Songs - A bug in version 5.41.02 caused the right-most columns in Edit Songs to be unsortable. This has been fixed.
CHANGED - WAV InstaButtons - Hoster now limits the ability to play WAV InstaButtons only when you are playing a Song directly from Disc.
CHANGED - Singers Disc - The Singers Disc button is now disabled when you are playing directly from the Singers Disc.
CHANGED - Allow During a Show - In the Edit Singers dialog window, we have added back the ability to:
Save Singers As...
CHANGED - "Before audio start" - In the Remove Silence settings dialog window, Hoster will now allow zero and one second in this field.
This may seem like a small change, but you could get more singers up on the stage during your show by shortening each song by a few seconds.
CHANGED - Mark Song - We added an easy way to clear the MarkSong.txt file.
Simply right-click on the Mark Song button, and choose Clear Mark Song file.
CHANGED - Removed the Bucket Database from the Installer - We redesigned the method by which the Bucket database is delivered to your system.
Now, it is only downloaded when there are changes. This will save you time and data when downloading each Hoster installation file.
V5.41.02- April 27, 2016
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NEW - Copy Song To… - From the following dialog windows, you can now choose "Copy Song To…"
from any entry or entries, and the Song file(s) – along with any corresponding .cdg and .lrc file(s) – will be copied to the location that you specify:
Singer's Current Song List (from Rotation)
Search & Singer's List
Note: If the Song file is already in the selected folder, the Copy will fail.
NEW - Hot Keys: - We added the following functions to the 12 Function keys on your keyboard:
F1 = Open / Hide the Search Window
F2 = Play / Pause the Background Audio Player
F3 = Volume Down (-10)
F4 = Volume Up (+10)
F5 = Live Sync Timing Backward (-0.25 sec)
F6 = Live Sync Timing Forward (+0.25 sec)
F7 = Restart the Playing Song
F8 = Play / Pause the Playing Song
F9 = Stop the Playing Song
F10 = Toggle Show Display Full Screen
F11 = Go to Next Song in Singer's List
F12 = Go to Next Singer in Rotation
We also added Ctrl + I to play the first song or video in your list of InstaButtons. This will allow you to set the one InstaButton that you
want to be able to play quickly in the top row of your InstaButton definitions.
Then in Hoster, just press and hold the Ctrl key and then press the I key to quickly play this song or video.
Note: We also added a new button to the Help > View Hot Keys… window. Pressing this button will swap between the
Keyboard and F-Keys Hot Key lists.
NEW - 3-D Buttons - Hoster will now display most buttons with a 3-D effect. You can choose to display your buttons
the previous way by un-checking the new check box in Tools > Settings... in the General section.
NEW - Sorting Columns in Search and Edit Songs - If the song list is rather large, it can take a few seconds (or longer)
to sort each column when you click on the column header. If you attempt to sort one column while another sort is taking place, your results may be unexpected.
To avoid this, Hoster will block the second sort request, and you will see a message pop up that says: "Please Wait. Still sorting."
NEW - "No Songs" Indicator - If you manage your Singers in a Singers' List, you will notice a new
indicator in the list. A warning icon will be displayed if the Singer has no Songs in the Playlist. Also, if you have chosen to use colored fonts, the Singer's Name will appear in yellow.
NEW - <Please Pick a Song> - When you manage your Singers in either a Singers' List or a
Rotation, if one or more of your Singers does not have a Song in the Playlist, you will now see <Please Pick a Song> next to
Note: This only shows if you have the Show Song Title check box checked in the Tools > Show Display…
NEW - "Path" Column - We added this column to the Edit Songs
and the window to display the full file path of each Song in the list.
CHANGED - Defaults in Tools > Options… > Playlist:
Keep Songs After Play will now default to unchecked.
Manage the Singers in a Singers List will now default to checked, along with all three check boxes below this selection.
CHANGED - Removed "Always on top" - Having the Show Display and un-docked Preview Display
set to "Always on top" causes problems with viewing other windows. The recommended setting is "On top when playing".
CHANGED - Default in Search and Edit Songs - We changed the default for Search and Edit Songs to be a "Words"
search, instead of a "String" search, since the results from a "Words" search are usually more in line with what is expected.
CHANGED - Default in Import CD Tracks - We changed the defaults in this dialog to be the best
compression ratio (320k for MP3, and 192k for WMA), and to Zip the audio and cdg files.
CHANGED - Set Focus on Main Window - Whenever you click on the Show Display or the undocked Preview Display,
focus was removed from the main Hoster Window. Now, each time you click on either of these windows, you will see the Focus return to the main window.
This facilitates the use of Hot Keys, including the new ones mentioned above.
REMOVED - "Auto Stop on Rotation" - This was the last check box in the Tools > Settings…
window within the Playlist group. Since Hoster plays its Rotations in any order, based solely on the order of the Singers, the "Auto Stop" concept
has no meaning. We removed this check box to clear up any misconceptions the user might have.
REMOVED - Singer Color in Rotation - If you mark one of your Singers Inactive, the text of the
Singer's Name will no longer be displayed in a different color. This was done because Hoster also displays green, yellow, and red icons in front of each name,
based on the current status of that Singer.
FIXED - Time Column in SND - The Singers Name Display had a problem where the Next Time to Sing would have
an incorrect value if a Singer was listed with no Songs. This happens when you list the complete Rotation, and one of the next Singers has not turned in a request for a new Song.
FIXED - Singer's Songs Columns - These have been fixed to be wider & visible by default.
FIXED - Show Display at Startup - Allowing the Show Display to be Fullscreen when Hoster launches can cause problems.
To avoid this, Hoster will place the Show Display window at its last known location in non-Fullscreen mode.
FIXED - Launch SongbookDB at Startup - Customers who selected "No, thanks" still saw this dialog
at startup. This has been fixed.
FIXED - Volume in InstaButtons - Some customers were getting very strange Volume values for their InstaButtons.
The code has been fixed to limit the volume to be always between zero and 100.
FIXED - Invalid Playlist - When customers open an invalid Playlist file, they are left not knowing what state Hoster is left in.
Now, they will know that a "New" Playlist has been created for them.
FIXED - Select Singer or Song - It was discovered that clicking a Singer in the Rotation would not select his or her first Song,
or clicking a Song in the Playlist would not select the associated Singer. This has been resolved.
Note: This is only applicable when the Show is not playing. While the Show is playing, selecting a Singer will not alter the selected Song.
FIXED - Bug in Preview Window Size - We fixed some issues with the undocked Preview Window, when reopening Hoster
and when double-clicking on the Preview Window to quickly enlarge it. You should see expected behavior from the Preview Window now.
FIXED - Live Sync on Restart - Live Sync was always being reset to 0.00 when Restarting the same Song.
In the case of a Restart, the Live Sync value should remain unchanged.
FIXED - Removed Delays in Edit Singer Database - The window that opens when you click Singers
in the main Hoster window allows you to make changes to your Singers Database. We found and removed some unnecessary delays in this window, especially when you
Add a Song to your Hoster Playlist.
FIXED - Key Change Set Wrong on Next Song - At the start of a new Song, the Key Change would sometimes be set
to the modified Key Change from the previous Song. This has been fixed.
V5.41.01- February 22, 2016
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NEW - Field Order & Re scan in Edit Songs - If you have some songs that have incorrect Song Title and/or Artist Name fields,
you can quickly check to see if the source file name has the desired information by right-clicking on the Song and selecting File Properties. If it does, then you can click the new Field Order button to select/set the proper Field Order,
and then click the new Re scan button to update those two fields. The Field Order also allows you to check theID3 Header information included in most MP3 and WMA files.
The Song Title and Artist Name information may also be found there.
Note: You can select Single or Multiple Songs for processing with the new Re scan button.
NEW - Capitalization Button in Edit Songs - Edit Songs also contains a new button next to Re scan.
This button will allow you to fix capitalization errors in your songs' Artist and Title fields, one at a time, or multiples at once.
Examples of corrected capitalization are:
"JENNY JONES" to "Jenny Jones",
"daniel's, charlie" to "Daniel's, Charlie",
"jay-z" to "Jay-Z",
"MCDONALD, MICHAEL" to "McDonald, Michael", and
"don't say goodbye" to "Don't Say Goodbye".
Notice that the "Z" in "Jay-Z" is capitalized, but not the "t" in "Don't". Also, the character after "Mc" is capitalized, as in "McDonald".
NEW - Auto Start Play - You can now right-click on the Auto button on Hoster's main window and set Hoster's Player to automatically start playing if the show is stopped and a new song is added.
Note: You must be in Auto Mode to take advantage of this new feature. This Feature is GREAT when Playing Audio files using the SongbookDB Phone Application.
NEW - Hot Keys
Alt+S & Alt+M in Edit Songs - To quickly select Single or Multiple mode in Edit Songs, you can now press and hold either Alt key and then press the S or M key, respectively. Focus (the cursor) will be placed into the Search window at that time.
Ctrl + 0 thru 5 Sets Plus ("+") Key - In the main Playlist, Search and Edit Singers, you can now press and hold the Ctrl key, and press 0 through 5 to set the plus key changes.
Ctrl + Alt + 0 thru 5 Sets Minus ("-") Key - Likewise, press and hold the Ctrl & Alt keys, and press 0 through 5 to set the minus key changes.
Ctrl + Shift + S - In the main Playlist will launch Search.
Ctrl + Alt + S - In the main Playlist will launch Edit Singers.
Ctrl + B - In the main Playlist will launch the Background Audio Player.
Hot Keys for Add Song Key Change - If you are a keyboard user, you can now set the Key Change buttons found within the Add Singers & Songs box at the top of the Hoster window using Hot Keys.
"Ctrl-Shift" and 0 through 5 will set the "plus" keys, and "Ctrl-Alt-Shift" and 0 through 5 will set the "minus" keys.
Note: If "Ctrl-Shift-0" does not work for you, it is because this Hot Key is reserved by Windows to change your keyboard's default language.
If you want to use "Ctrl-Shift-0" to change the Key button to "0" in Hoster, follow these "simple" steps:
Open your Control Panel,
Choose Region & Language,
Select the Keyboards & Languages tab,
Click the Change Keyboards… button,
Choose the Advanced Key Settings tab,
Select Between input languages from the list,
Click the Change Key Sequence… button,
Select Not Assigned for the Switch Input Language setting,
Click OK three times.
NEW - Max # Per Singer - We added a new "spinner" control between Abort and Tempo. This will allow you to set the Maximum Number of Songs Per Singer in the Playlist at any given time.
It can be set from "Unlimited" to 100 in increments of 1.
Note: SongbookDB users will see an error message on the Plugin's window stating that the Singers Song Limit is Exceeded, and the Song will be rejected by Hoster.
NEW - "Help > View Hot Keys…" - We added a new dialog window that you can open by clicking on Help and selecting View Hot Keys…
This window can stay open while you continue to run your shows. We have added the most-used Hot Keys to this list.
NEW - SND in Preview - You can now Hide the SND in the Preview window. Simply click on the "Preview" button in Tools > Show Display… and then check the "Hide" check box in the "Singers Names Display" area.
NEW - Mono - You can now click on the Stereo button to set your system to Monophonic output.
Note: Each time you open Hoster, it'll go back to Stereo.
NEW - Update Key, Tempo, & Sync - When you display the Rotation Singer's Songs, you can now update the Key, Tempo and Sync by changing the values in the small window, and clicking the Update button.
NEW - Halloween Genre - New Genre added.
NEW -"Brand" added to SongbookDB - The SongbookDB developer asked us to include Brand in the SongbookDB.csv file. This now allows the Brand of your songs in Hoster to be shown to the SongbookDB Phone App user.
NEW - Remove Silence for Videos -
There has been a surge in Karaoke Videos on the market. As a result, we have modified the Remove Silence code to handle Video files as well.
You can either process individual Video files in the Tools > Edit Songs… dialog, or you can process them all at once using the Tools > Remove Silence… dialog.
The first time you run Remove Silence on your Video songs, you may be prompted to download a 3rd party tool. Simply follow the instructions, and you can continue with the Remove Silence.
NEW - Warning if "Add" Window Open Too Long - The problem with leaving this window open is that it freezes Hoster's main processing thread.
If someone does this, and the window "disappears" behind other windows, then Hoster will not go on to the next song until the Add window is closed. Now, if it remains open for more than a minute, you will receive a warning message.
CHANGED - BA Player "Path" Column - By request, we have made the width of the Path column persistent.
If you wish to view this column, you can slide the width of the Artist column slightly to the left using the Header column separator bars. Then you can "grab" the sizer for the (default hidden) Path column and slide it to the right.
From then on, this column will maintain its width as you resize the BA Player window or when you close and reopen Hoster.
CHANGED - Timer in Index Songs - Some customers have folders with a lot of songs. When Include Sub-folders is not checked, there was no indication that Hoster was doing anything.
Now, we will display the same "clock" icon that sub-folders uses.
CHANGED - Tab Order in Edit Singers - After selecting a Singer, if you wish to tab directly to that Singer's Songs, now the focus will go there directly.
CHANGED - Video Default to Stereo - It has been determined that the proper way to handle all song files (audio or video) is to default them to Stereo,
and then allow you to set the MUX accordingly. This is especially valid now that we can index video files into the Song Database – allowing you to set the MUX value for a given video file individually.
CHANGED - SND Rotation - We made the Tools > Show Display… window slightly taller to allow the new check box "Show Rotation & List Singers with their Song count."
all the time. This check box used to only apply to the SND on the Left or Right. Now, it applies all the time.
If you want to show your Rotation in one of the three Horizontal positions (Top, Middle, or Bottom), you can now tell Hoster to display your entire Rotation (except for Inactive Singers), along with the current count of Songs that they have in the Playlist.
CHANGED - Rotation (#) - We included the total number of Singers in your Rotation in the Rotation header.
CHANGED - Playing Song Not Counted in Total - Once a song starts playing, the SND will no longer reflect that song in the Singer's total.
FIXED - BA Player - In version 5.40.03 you could not select and play a different song than the one that is currently playing. Now, you can.
FIXED - Song Book - When creating a Song Book listing the Artist Name followed by the Artist's Songs, Hoster will now group all Artists together, ignoring different cases in the names.
For example, "Pink Floyd" will now match "PINK FLOYD" (but not "Pynk Floyd"). If you have Artists with mismatched cases in your Songs Database, this will slightly shrink your Song Books and also make them look more professional.
FIXED - Hang When Adding a New Song - A SongbookDB customer contacted us about a hang in Hoster when he added a new song using the Plugin.
FIXED - Start Play from CD - We found out why songs were immediately disappearing from the Playlist when they were "Play from CD" type.
It has to do with the "spin up" time for a CD. This has been fixed, as long as a disc spins up within five seconds. If you have a drive that takes longer, please let MTU know by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIXED - Drag & Drop from the "Add" Window - We re-enabled this feature from the Add window, to allow you to select files from multiple sub folders without having to press the Add button repeatedly.
FIXED - BA Player Restore to Full screen - If you closed Hoster with the BA Player set to Full screen, you may have noticed that when you reopened Hoster, the columns in the BA Player Playlist were all very narrow.
This has been fixed.
FIXED - Search Add Songs - We sped this process up considerably. You should see marked improvement.
FIXED - Play Button Enabled - When adding songs to an empty Playlist from the Singers List or the Edit Singers windows,
the Play button will now be enabled for you to start you show, without having to click songs in the Playlist first.
FIXED - Add Song Using Kiosk - A customer reported this problem: When a single song is in the Playlist, and it is playing,
if you add a song using the SongbookDB Kiosk station, Hoster would lock up. The problem has been found and fixed – verified by the customer who called it in.
FIXED - Add Song for Inactive Singer - Adding a Song for an Inactive Singer did not set that Song's Status to "Skip". Now it will.
FIXED - Focus Rectangle on Colored Buttons - You may have noticed that the "dotted" rectangle did not always show up on buttons. This has been fixed.
FIXED - Multiple Select when switching to Single in Edit Songs - When switching from Multiple to Single in Edit Songs, if you had selected multiple Songs, now Hoster will leave only the first Song selected.
FIXED - Scroll Playlist using Arrow Keys - This feature was not working correctly. Now, any action you take (e.g. "Ctrl-K" to mark "SKIP") will work on the selected Song.
FIXED - SND with 2nd Singer - We fixed the issue that was reported in Beta 9, where adding a 2nd Singer to a Song would remove the Title from the SND.
FIXED - Power-On Drive with Inactive Singers - When powering on an external hard drive, any Songs in your Playlist that are on that drive will change from UNAVAIL to READY.
Now, any Songs in the Playlist for an Inactive Singer will be marked SKIP, appropriately.
FIXED - SND Alignment - The problem arose because some Singers did not have Songs, so their "Next Time to Sing" value was not being placed into the SND. Now, a blank "filler" is placed in there to maintain alignment.
FIXED - Reset Key & Tempo - After adding a song in either the Search or the Singers List window, the Key and Tempo values will be set to their defaults (0 and 100, respectively).
FIXED - Drag Item Below List - Dragging an item to the area below the list would give in unpredictable results. Now, dragging to the area below the list will always place the dragged item at the bottom of the list.
FIXED - Drag Item Onto Itself - If you started dragging a List Item and ended up dropping it onto itself, the selected item would actually be the one above the item you chose. This has been fixed to leave the selection where it should be.
FIXED - New User & Rotation, CD Drive - A new customer called us about a problem. In previous versions, if you select Rotation when prompted,
and then set your default CD/DVD Drive, the Rotation selection was lost. Now, it will all be saved as expected.
FIXED - Playing Videos Back-to-Back - We found and fixed the problem with this scenario.
FIXED - Video & SND - We found and fixed the problem that was reported where playing Videos would mess up your Singer Name Display (SND).
FIXED - Batch Indexing - Batch indexing of Audio or Video files is now much faster.
FIXED - DFO & Songs with Sub-Folders - If you set your Define Field Order and then select a Song in the Index Song Files list that includes a Sub-Folder,
the DFO field would turn pink and you would get an error, even if the file name parses successfully. This has been fixed.
FIXED - Warning in Index Songs - If the Folders and Sub-folders you are trying to Index contain Duplicate Songs (DiscID & Track #), the Index Song Files code did not check for this.
Therefore, the list of Songs to Index contained several Songs with the same Track #. We will now detect this situation and warn the user accordingly.
FIXED - Select New Folder - In Build Songs Database, if you choose a folder that as a LOT of Songs,
it may still be populating the list on the right when you select a different folder. This fix will stop the current request before beginning the new one.
FIXED - Hoster Opens Off Desktop - If Hoster is not appearing on your desktop when you launch, it may be that you have removed a monitor from your system, and Hoster was still being placed there.
The code will now detect the actual available desktop area when launching Hoster and place the window in view.
V5.40.03- September 30, 2015
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NEW - InstaButton Auto Stop - There is a new check box in the InstaButton setup dialog window.
This check box will allow you to choose whether you want InstaButtons to immediately stop when you start playing a song in the main Playlist, or if you prefer that they continue until either they end or you click the Stop button yourself.
NEW - Display Note from Singer - SongbookDB users know that the Singer can send a Note to the KJ using the smart phone app or the Kiosk.
The SongbookDB Plugin is now passing this note to Hoster, and Hoster will display the note to you.
You will recognize Songs with Notes by an asterisk ('*') after the Status. If you have not viewed the Note yet, the color of the Status box will be pink.
The default is to display the Note in a pop-up message when you first slide your mouse over a Song that contains a Note.
Once the note has been viewed, the color of the status will return to normal, and you can show the Note again by right-clicking on the Song and selecting the menu item: "*View note from...".
You can turn off the default action by un-checking the check box in the message.
IMPROVED- Edit Songs > Delete - We greatly reduced the time it takes to delete multiple files using Edit Songs….
CHANGED- Edit Songs & BookID - Since the only thing in Edit Songs that affects the BookID list is "Delete", we changed the design slightly.
Instead of regenerating the BookID list every time a change is made in Edit Songs, we are now deleting each BookID from the list in the main window as each Song is deleted.
This means that the BookID list will always be up-to-date when closing the Edit Songs window. Ergo, there is no more need to regenerate the BookID list for Edit Songs.
CHANGED- Drop-down Menu in the Playlist - It was reported that the drop-down menu when you right-click on the Playlist had some problems:
Several items were enabled when you clicked on the empty space below all songs. The only thing you should be able to do here is "Add Auto Stop" (or "Add Rotation").
The three "Mark As..." options were enabled for "Auto Stop" entries.
Now, anything you can do using the drop-down menu should make sense given where you right-click.
CHANGED- Allow Stop, Restart and Abort when Paused - These three buttons were being disabled when your Show was Paused.
But enabling them and allowing these functions works just fine. They are now available to you.
CHANGED- SongbookDB Singer Name - With the addition of SongbookDB, Hoster added the ability to manage Singer Names from the SongbookDB plugin.
Singer Names can be "First Name Only", "First Name, Last Initial", or "Whole Name". Customers have requested that Hoster recognize Singers' First Names of more than two names.
For example, "John Paul Jones" should result in the First Name being set as "John Paul", and the First Name, Last Initial should be "John Paul J". This has been changed to handle situations like this.
CHANGED- BA Player "Mark As" - These are now disabled this for the Playing song. You shouldn't be able to change the state of this song.
FIXED- BA Player Stopping at 00:01.
FIXED - Index Song Files: Brand - In 5.40.02, Hoster left this field blank when it should have placed *Unknown Brand* into it.
This will save you from having to choose a brand if this is good enough.
FIXED - Index Song Files: DiscID - A bug was fixed where if you Index some song files with DiscID, and want to go back and add more songs with the same DiscID,
they would not match if the DiscID had some lowercase letters. This is now fixed to match DiscID's regardless of the upper- or lower-case.
FIXED - Strange Message Box - Several reports were received of seeing a very tall and narrow message box when closing Hoster.
This message box should contain the "Do you want to save the Rotation?" message. This situation has been resolved.
FIXED - Tempo Mode - If you change the Tempo Mode setting in Tools > Settings…, the slider on the main window did not get enabled or disabled appropriately. This is now in order.
FIXED- Restarting Song Marked "PLAYED" - Restarting a Song will no longer set the Song's status to PLAYED.
FIXED- Several Crashes and Hangs.
V5.40.02- August 31, 2015
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NEW - Prompt for Rotation - With the addition of Singers List and Rotation to Hoster in version 5.40.01,
many customers contacted us asking how to use these new features. We decided that a one-time prompt for the user would be helpful. If you do not have Singers List or Rotation enabled in Hoster, then the first time you run version 5.40.02,
you will see a prompt, asking you if you would like to try the new Rotation feature.
If you answer Yes, you will see the Tools > Settings window with Playlist selected, and a little "balloon message" will point you at the check boxes you need to select to use the new features.
Note: This is a one-time only prompt, so once it's gone, you will not see it again.
NEW - Random Song Buttons - To further enhance your Karaoke Hosting experience, we added two new Random Song buttons.
The first one is in the Search window's Singers Song List window. The second is in the Edit Singers window.
They both work the same way. Pressing this button will select a random song from among the selected Singer's songs. Then you can click "Add" or double-click the song to add it to the main Playlist.
NEW - Progress Bars - For those users with a lot of songs in your Songs Database, the first time Hoster opens it may take some time.
The reason for this is that if you have a lot of Songs in your Songs Database, the BookID's must all be read from the Database and stored in the drop-down list on the main Hoster panel.
Suggestion: To avoid this time-consuming process, you can leave Hoster in the Brand view. Then, when you reopen Hoster, it will take less time to initialize.
Index Song Files:
IMPROVED- Add Files - The time it takes
to populate the list of song files to be indexed has been greatly reduced. This applies when you are using Single mode, and you have defined a Field Order
that includes the DiscID.
FIXED- Brand - A problem was reported where some songs existed in the Songs Database, and new ones were to be added with the same DiscID.
Clicking on the file name in the top list would populate the Brand and DiscID properly, but then clicking on Add Songs would change the Brand to "*Unknown Brand*". This has been fixed.
FIXED- DiscID - It was reported that if more than one DiscID is listed
in the File List at the top of the Index Song Files window, the last DiscID would be used for all indexing. Now, Hoster will always use the DiscID of the selected (highlighted) file name.
FIXED- First File Selected - It was pointed out to us by a customer
that when you click on any of the buttons on the left and select a folder, the first file name is selected, but the Fields & Separators field was not filled in. This has been remedied.
In addition to this, if the Field Order doesn't match the pattern of the selected file name, the field will get a pink-colored background, and the warning message stating this fact will appear.
FIXED- Singer's Current Songs - When you have Singers List or Rotation active, you can view any singer's current songs
by right-clicking with your mouse on the singer's name and choosing Show Current Songs…. In the new window that opens, you can drag and drop the songs in the list to reorder them.
A problem existed where the singer's songs would not be placed in the proper order after clicking the Update button. This problem has been fixed.
FIXED- Play Button Disabled - When a song is playing in the main Playlist, and you click on a different song, and then click back on the playing song,
the Play button would remain enabled. The Play button will now be disabled, as it has no meaning in this case.
FIXED- Skip in Edit Singers - The problem here was that checking the Skip check box
and then double-clicking on a song would not set the song to "SKIP" in the Playlist. The same is true if Skip was checked, and you un-checked it then double-clicked on a song. The Skip check box now works as expected.
FIXED- Song Book with Certain Exclusions - Certain conditions existed where your Song Book would not be created.
These conditions involved the Use the 'Exclude Checked Items'…. For example, excluding Type: Audio and Video without Lyrics
might have resulted in zero (0) entries in your Song Book.
DISABLED- Dragging Objects into Show Display - In previous versions of Hoster, you could drag objects, such as File Folders, into the frames within the
Show Display. This would give undesirable results. Hoster will ignore any attempt at this.
REMOVED- "&This" from the First DFO Field - The first field in the Field Order contained this string. However, it is not appropriate in the first field,
since it indicates that you want to join the previous field to the this one. It has been removed.
V5.40.01- August 10, 2015
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TOOLS > SETTINGS - We combined several of Hoster's options settings windows into one location. The left side column contains buttons that will guide you to the appropriate settings.
SINGER ROTATION - MTU's Video Hoster now offers you the ability to create and manage your Singers in a Rotation. You have several options with regard to this new feature. You can run your shows:
just as you always have by leaving all of the new check boxes unchecked.
with a simple Singers List, that will keep track of how many Songs your Singers have sung, along with the last time each Singer was on stage.
using a full Rotation, with all of the features of the Singers List, and in addition, allowing Hoster to select the next Song based on the order of the Singers in the Rotation.
If you wish, Hoster can also insert your Singer's new Songs in a logical "Rotation" order for you.
All of these options are available to you by clicking on Tools > Settings…, and then selecting the Playlist button on the left.
You can place the Singers List on the Left or Right side of your Playlist.
You have total control over the Singers List. You can:
Set the List on the Left or Right side of the Playlist
Adjust the Width of the Signers List
Reorder the List by dragging and dropping Singers
Mark Singers Inactive and then Active again
Show all current Songs for any Singer
Show any Singer's saved Song List (Edit Singers)
Clear the # Times and Last Time columns for each Singer or All Singers
Refresh the entire Singers List
Note: When you quit out of Hoster, you will be asked whether you want to save your Rotation for the next time Hoster starts. You can check the box to choose the same answer each time.
The Rotation is continually saved during Hoster operation in case of a crash. When you restart Hoster, the Rotation will be intact.
VENUES - Hoster also has a new feature which allows you to store and track your gig Venues. The information for each venue includes:
Name of the Venue
Contact Phone Number
Venue's Web page
Any Notes that you may want to include
In addition, all of your Singers can be associated with one or more Venues. You assign Singers to Venues in the Edit Singers window.
Simply click on the Singers button, and then select any Singer and click the Venues button,
or right-click on the Singer and select Venues… from the drop-down menu.
SONGBOOKDB - MTU has partnered with SongbookDB to bring you a new suite of products that will revolutionize the way you run your shows.
Using SongbookDB, your Singers can request Songs from the "Cloud", thereby removing the need for slips of paper or users having to come up to your KJ Station.
All your Singers have to do is download the free SongbookDB app from the Apple's iTunes or from the Google Play Store.
Visit the SongbookDB section of Tools > Settings… to customize the SongbookDB features within Video Hoster.
You will also note a new SongbookDB button near the top-center of Hoster.
The button will flash when the SongbookDB Plugin wants your attention. Click this button to bring the SongbookDB Plugin program to the foreground of your desktop.
In addition, you can right-click on the button to quickly launch the SongbookDB Settings dialog window.
Note: It is strongly recommended that you install the SongbookDB Plugin into its default location (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\).
RANDOM SONG - This new button offers you a quick and fun way to choose a new song.
To use this new feature, you simply have to be in the BookID view (as opposed to the Brand view),
and the "Random Song" button will appear. Click it, and a new song from your database will be chosen at random.
A great way to use this would be to have contests with your regular singers to see who can sing a random song the best.
NEW - Multiple Singers - Using the Singers List, when you add multiple Singers, only the Primary Singer will be added to the List. All Singers will appear in the Playlist. You can separate the Primary and Additional Singers by using:
" and "
" with "
Note: " and " and " with " require a space on both sides. This will avoid finding "and" in a name like "Sandy".
NEW - Singer Name Display - You can now set your SND to appear on the Left or Right side of the Lyrics panel in the Show Display window.
This new location will only list Singers Names, with an optional column for the number of Songs each Singer currently has in the Playlist.
NEW - Countdown Timer - In addition to the current time, your Marquee can now display a countdown timer for the currently playing Song.
Also, you can choose to display the countdown timer without having to display the current time.
NEW - Karaoke Videos - Your Video files are made up of simple videos and Karaoke Videos (Videos with Lyrics). Now, Hoster gives you a way to mark your Karaoke Videos so that
they are easier to find. Use Tools > Edit Songs… to mark your Karaoke Videos. Then use Search to quickly find them and add them to your Playlist.
NEW - Playlist Report ON/OFF - There are times when you do not want to log every Song that you Play. For example, if you are at home, running a "mock" show,
you would not want those Singers and Songs to appear in your Playlist Report. Set this by opening File > Playlist Report… and checking or un checking the new check box:
"Temporarily turn off logging of Songs played…"
The default for this setting is ON.
IMPROVED - Initial Opening - We have shortened the time it takes for Hoster to first appear after launching the program.
CHANGED- Audio and Graphics Priority Level - We removed "Highest" as a choice for these two processes.
If you had Highest chosen, you will be defaulted to "Above Normal".
CHANGED- Hoster Backup & Restore - Now, this program can be run independent of Hoster. To launch this program, go to
C:\Program Files (x86)\Micro Technology Unlimited\Hoster\ and run the program HosterBackup.exe.
FIXED - Free Space on Hard Drives - Before importing songs from CD, Hoster will verify that you have plenty of space available.
If you see the warning message, you can continue with the imports. It is strongly recommended that you clear off unnecessary files or add new (fixed or external) drive space to your system.
EXPANDED - Number of Singers Per Line - In the Tools > Show Display… window, you can set this value
to a maximum of nine (9). This will allow you to list a larger number of Singers in the Singer Name Display when using Top, Middle or Bottom location.
This is especially useful if you do not include the Song Title or the Time.
NEW - "Played Through" Setting - In the Tools > Settings… window, the Playlist group has a new setting.
Set this new value to the number of seconds left at the end of a Song when the Song will be considered "Played". If you set this to "30", and you click Stop, Skip or Abort with more than 30 seconds remaining in the Song,
the Song will return to "Ready" status. If there are fewer than 30 seconds remaining, the Song will be set to "Played".
This value will also affect when a Song is logged in your Playlist History, using the same reasoning.
NEW - "Quick Add" and "Update Singer before Add" - The three buttons – K-oke, Audio, & Video – now allow
you to select whether the Song is immediately added to the Playlist, or if you wish to update the Singer's Name and Key before adding the Song. Simply right-click on any of the three buttons, and make your selection.
NEW - Auto Add Song to Singer's List - There is a new check box option in the Tools > Settings… window Playlist group.
Choosing this option will cause every Song added to the Playlist to also be added to that Singer's Song List. It is the same as clicking the S+ button for each song.
NEW - Find Same… - We added three check boxes to the Find Same… dialog window that you can use to limit the types of files that are found.
These new check boxes are: Karaoke, Audio, and Video.
CHANGED - Singers Disc - You can choose to look up any Song's Title & Artist on-line, if they are available. To select this option, go to Tools > Settings…
and click the General button. Then select the check box that says "Use on-line CD Title & Artist database.". Obviously, you must be on-line to take advantage of this. When you insert a Singers Disc
and click on the Singers Disc button, Hoster will show you the Title & Artist of each track, if they are available.
CHANGED - Title Column Editable - The Title column of the Playlist is now editable. Use this feature if you wish to shorten or change a Song's Title in any way.
FIXED - Brand - We discovered an oversight in Hoster, where the Brand was not being pulled from the File Name. If you choose "Brand" in the defined Field Order,
it will now be recognized and used in the Indexing of the new Songs.
BUILD SONG DATABASE
NEW - Open Folder - Right-click on any folder, and you can immediately open it to view the files it contains.
NEWRemove Song From Singers List - Right click on any Song in the Playlist, and you will see a new option that will allow you to remove the Song from the Singer's List of Songs.
This can be undone by adding the Song back into the list. Note: Removing and reading a Song will clear out the Last Date and Number of Times Sung fields.
NEWMerge Singers - You now have the option to combine all Songs from two different Singers into either of the two Singers, or create a third (new) Singer with the combined Song list.
Click on the "Singers" button, and then select two Singers from the list. The "Merge" button will become active. You can click this, or right-click on either Singer and choose "Merge…" from the drop-down menu.
Please note, this is a non-reversible function. Once it's done, it's done. The only version of this that is easily undone is merging into a third (new) Singer. This new Singer could easily be deleted, if you decided that this was not what you wanted to do.
V5.35.01- March 20, 2015
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NEW - Noting Songs in the Playlist - In the Search, Singer's List & Edit Singers windows, any song that is in your Playlist will now be shown in underscored green.
This will help you when searching for new songs to add to the Playlist. You can also mark songs as strikeout red by choosing "Mark As > Unavailable".
We have also added the ability to change the colors that are used to display the "In Playlist" and "Played" songs, if you prefer colors other than red & green. You can make turn this on or off under Tools\Options
NEW - Reset all Played Songs to Available - In the Search, Singer's List & Edit Singers windows, you can now reset all Played songs to Available with one click.
Right click on any song list window, and select Mark As > Reset All.
NEW - File Properties - In the Main Hoster Playlist and in the Search, Singer's List Edit Singers, & Edit Songs windows, you can view the File Properties of any song.
This will show you the full path name and file name of the song file, along with any other details that Microsoft displays.
NEW - Show Display... - In the Tools > Show Display... settings window:
You now have the option under Audio DJ to cause those settings to take effect when the Background Audio player is playing a song.
If you leave this new checkbox unchecked, then the Intermission settings will be used.
You can set the Singer Name Display to appear on the Left or Right of the Graphics Area window.
If you choose either of these, the SND will contain only the Singers' Names, and there will be only one Singer Name per line. The list will begin with "Singer List" at the top.
Use these options when you want to show more than just a few Singers' Names in the SND area.
Note: The Marquee will span the entire width of the Show Display, regardless of the SND position setting.
IMPROVED - CD/DVD Drives... - We redesigned the Tools > CD/DVD Drives... settings window. The changes include:
Display/recognize more than four (4) drives
Widen the list of drives for better visibility
Right-click on any drive to access the Test and Mark tools
New Excluded status, to use when you do not want to mark a drive Bad .
CHANGED - Tempo Mode - You can now set the Tempo of a song from 75% to 125%.
In addition, we have added another option in Tools > Tempo Mode... which will allow you to adjust the Tempo more precisely.
This new option is Tempo Increment and will give you ranges as follows:
5% - giving you a range of 75% to 125% in increments of 5%
4% - giving you a range of 80% to 120% in increments of 4%
3% - giving you a range of 85% to 115% in increments of 3%
2% - giving you a range of 90% to 110% in increments of 2%
1% - giving you a range of 95% to 105% in increments of 1%
Regardless of the Tempo Increment, you can manually enter any Tempo Change value from 75% to 125% for any song in the Playlist (except Videos or "Play from Singers Disc") at any time.
CHANGED - Visualizations - Due to performance issues, Windows Media Player Visualizations will no longer appear in the Preview window.
They are only displayed in the main Show Display window.
FIXED - Restore from Launch Bar - Running Hoster on Windows 8, sometimes when you minimize your Hoster window, it would not restore to its previous position when you clicked in the Hoster icon.
This has been resolved.
FIXED - Playback Offset - If you have the Playback Offset set in your Tools > Audio Controls,
you may have noticed that this feature stopped working in version 5.34. It is now fixed and working again.
NEW- InstaButton Limit - When your InstaButtons are in view, there is now a floating "+" mark that will allow you to set the right margin for your InstaButtons.
This will give you control over where the buttons wrap to the next line. You adjust this by clicking on it with your left mouse button and dragging it left and right on the Hoster panel. Release the left mouse button to set its position.
If you set it up against the right side of the Hoster window, it will stay there as your resize – or maximize – the window.
NEW- Delete Song Prompt - The menu item Tools > Options... contains a new option: Prompt me before deleting a song from the Playlist.
Checking this option will ask you if you are sure you want to delete a song before the deletion happens. The default is un-checked.
EXPANDED- Playlist Report:
The Playlist Report will now log the Brand, DiscID, and BookID of each song after they play.
The Playlist Report... dialog has also been updated to allow you to rearrange the order of the columns in the reports.
And we made the From date and the Karaoke, Audio, and Video checkboxes persistent. They will be remembered & set the same when you close and reopen Playlist Report.
CHANGED- Mark Song - When no song is playing in Hoster's Playlist, the button will remain enabled (green).
You can now click on this button to display the contents of the MarkSong.txt file. While viewing this file, you can edit the contents, or clear it completely. If you clear it, future Mark Song information will be written to it starting at the top.
CHANGED- BookID & Brand - We combined these two buttons into one that switches between the two selections. Since most users choose one of these and stay with it, it seemed like a waste of space to have both.
This also gives us some room for new functions in the future.
FIXED- Sync Adjust - When adding songs from the Singer's List or Edit Singers windows, the Sync Adjust value will now appear correctly in Hoster's Playlist.
NEW- Interrupt Search - If your search is taking too long, you can now interrupt it by pressing the Esc button. This will present you with the songs that were already found
to match your search criteria.
CHANGED- Better Matching - Hoster will now match other contractions like "I'm" and "You'll" if you only type "Im" or "You'll" respectively.
This will allow you to be faster when typing in search terms in the Search and Edit Songs windows.
CHANGED- Search Options - We removed the "Show Fields" button. Now, to show – or hide – the Search Options,
you simply need to right-click on the Search Field or on the button.
The "Search Options" will appear, and you can make changes to the type of Search that you wish to perform. By removing this button, we are able to give you a larger Search Field.
NEW- Swap Title & Artist in Multiple View - If you have more than just a few songs that have the Title & Artist swapped, you can now take care of them all at once.
Click on the Multiple button, select the songs you want to fix, and click the Swap button to the right of the Title & Artist fields.
NEW- My Drive Letter has Changed - If Microsoft Windows happens to change the drive letter assigned to an external drive, you can quickly and easily change the drive letter
in your Songs Database. When you click on this button, you will see a dialog that will ask you for the From & To drive letters.
Note: This should only be used if you
are certain that the drive letter has changed and you don't have any other options!
CHANGED- Remove 2nd Warning Message - In Multiple View, if you click the Apply Changes button, you will see a list of the fields you have changed.
You will no longer have to click OK twice in order to process the songs you have chosen.
FIXED- Sync Adjust - The &Sync Adj& setting now will affect the Play feature in Edit Songs.
NEW- SongbookDB Button - We have been working with the people at SongbookDB to create a product that you can use
during your shows to streamline the song request process. This button will create a formatted .CSV file named SongbookDB.csv that you can upload to their servers. You can then use that Song Book and their application
to present to your singers using either their smart phones or a kiosk that you provide.
NEW- Export to .CSV - You now have the option of creating both .RTF and .CSV format files. CSV (Comma Separated Values) files are especially useful when using
Microsoft Excel or any other program that can understand this format.
NEW- Exclude Duplicates - If you only want one listing for a given Song Title and Artist in your SongBook, now you can archive this easily with the SongBook tool.
Simply check the new box that says Include only one entry for songs with the same Artist Name & Song Title.
This will bypass any duplicates, in case you have more than one version of a song from different Karaoke Producers, for example.
IMPROVED- Creation Speed - We have greatly reduced the time it takes to create your Song Book files.
NEW- Add selected song to the Playlist - Using the Sung By... tool, you can now quickly add that song to the Playlist for the chosen singer or for a different singer.
NEW - Status Column - The left-most column is now the Status column. This column will contain one of the following words:
Ready - Not played. Will eventually be chosen to play while the Background Audio player is active.
Play - Currently playing. The Duration column will also display the time remaining for this song. This status will also be displayed in reverse colors to help it stand out.
Played - This song has been played in the current rotation.
Skip - You marked this song to Skip, so it will not be played until you mark it either Ready or Played.
You can change the state of any song (except the song currently Playing) by right-clicking on it and choosing from the Mark As... list. You can also begin playing, stop playing, or delete a song from the list using this drop-down menu.
NEW - Repeat All / Play Once Through Button - A new button on the BA Player will allow you to select whether to repeat every song in the Playlist once they have all played or to stop at that time.
CHANGED - Random Play Button - The Random Play setting was moved from the top menu under "Settings" to a new button on the main window. It is located next to the Repeat/Once button.
NEW - Delete Songs using the "Del" Key - In addition to the "Del" button, you can now also delete songs using the "Del" key on your keyboard.
NEW - Pause Play for Other Windows - When the BA Player is playing, and you open the Edit Songs, the Import CD Tracks, or the InstaButtons settings window,
the BA Player will pause, but only when you click the Play button in these windows. This will allow you to make changes during a show, without interrupting the BA Player. But if you want to hear a song in any of these windows,
you no longer need to remember to Stop or Pause the BA Player first.
CHANGED - Total Time Display - The box in the upper-right corner of the BA Player will now display the total amount of time for all songs in your Playlist. Note: Skipped songs will not be counted.
FIXED - Play Selected Song First - The Background Audio player will no longer jump away from the song you have selected (highlighted) when you click ON or Play.