Jukebox Automator is a YAMJ Jukebox Organiser and Scheduler to Automatically update your Jukeboxes, developed by Tiwas, based on C# and run on your PC.
Jukebox Automator is a tool to make it easier for newbies to generate their YAMJ jukebox, as well as for advanced users to use multitasking to either just get away from the command line and batch files or to create several jukeboxes without having to worry about the software used will mess up.
What, exactly, is Jukebox Automator?
All in all, Jukebox Automator is a shell running other programs made by other developers in a controlled GUI environment. In order to make it work you have to observe the following:
- You need to know where your media files are stored.
- You need to know where you want your generated jukeboxes stored.
- You need to have YAMJ and Java on your computer
- (optional) You need to have BoxCovers installed
For advanced users, if they want to create multiple jukeboxes or keep the jukebox and media files on separate drives, the following is needed:
- You need to create an xml config file for YAMJ, manually, or using Omertron's tool
How to set up
When first starting the program, you need to do a few settings for it to work as intended.
- First, go to Settings and then External Applications. Locate Java.exe, the main folder where YAMJ is located (not the one with the java class in it), and, if you want to use it, the location of boxcovers. If you don't want to use boxcovers, just leave this blank. Click OK, and this part is set up.
- Now, go to Settings and then Jukeboxes. Click New Config and fill in the details. If you have an xml config set up, check Advanced Config. Click Save, and you're set. Repeat for any number of jukeboxes you'd like to have created
- Finally (optional), go to Settings and then Program Preferences and set the options to your liking.
Now, if you've set up YAMJ and BoxCovers (optional, as always) correctly, this should work. If not, try to run it from the command line to see if YAMJ actually runs giving you the correct output, and then double check your settings under Jukeboxes.
At this point, you should go to File and then Save config. You never know, and if the program crashes you might lose your settings. Exiting the program will automatically save your settings.
If all is well, clicking the big button saying AUTOMATE IT should work well! If not, please check out the forum thread.
If you don't need to re-generate all your jukeboxes, you should go to Generate and then Jukeboxes. This will present a list of checkboxes for each jukebox. Check as many as you'd like and then select Create selected jukeboxes. This could save you a heap of time if you have several jukeboxes set up and only one of them has been changed.
Some times, you may want to delete one of more of your jukeboxes. This is recommended when getting a new version of YAMJ, but you may have your own reasons. Select one or more and then click Delete selected jukeboxes. This should be way faster as Windows' delete function, and also saves you a trip around the network. If one of the checkboxes is greyed out, it means the jukebox doesn't exist yet.
There will be more stuff added from time to time, but please ask in the forum if you want something incorporated. As long as it stays fun, I will continue developing. Should I stop, the program is open source and can be picked up by anyone. If the latest version isn't available for download, I'll email it on request.
Where to download
The links should be available in the forum thread, but just in case, you can get it from either
Please come in to the forum thread and ask or suggest! I love feedback :)