Record Labels, Metadata Collector revamp, new panes and various design improvements

Record Labels:

We’ve added a new asset to Reprtoir accounts: Record labels.

Essentially, Record Labels are a new entity representing master right owners that tracks can be associated to. For instance, if you are managing a label, you can associate your artists’ recordings to a given Record Label you have created.

Metadata tabs:

We’ve restructured metadata information found in most of your assets such as albums, tracks, artists, etc. to make things more coherent.

We’ve divided your metadata into two main tabs: Your Details tab and your Collector tab.

Metadata Collector:

The Metadata Collector has undergone a big upgrade. Here are its highlights:

  • All data fetched by the Metadata Collector is now found within the Collector tab.
  • The Metadata Collector of Tracks now gives users access to two different sub-tabs: one tab called “Metadata” contains the Spotify metadata of the track and another tab called “Audio Analysis" contains the track’s audio characteristics.
  • We are also fetching more data than before from Spotify for your albums, tracks, artists, etc.
  • Last but not least, we’ve improved the fetching of the data: on one hand data is fetched every single day now allowing for daily updates, and on the other hand, when your assets are modified (for instance if you change an artist name), we go fetch data immediately according to the modifications brought to the asset.

New panes:

We have added panes for Writers, Publishers, Record Labels, Contacts and Companies.

The metadata relevant to these assets will now be found inside of these panes.

Numerous improvements have been brought

Our last changelog was about redesigning the platform and this update goes along those same lines. This time we actually went even deeper in the remodeling of the interface by modifying and improving tons of little (and some not so little) things here and there. Because there is quite a lot of ground to cover, and because all of these changes have already been loaded to your Reprtoir account, we will just give a brief description of the most significant changes brought to your account. Here goes: Edit sidebar:
  • We have deleted the mass edit feature when multiple resources are selected. Any type of resource editing now happens in a unique Edit selection sidebar.
  • We have also improved how users can assign tags and resources to multiple resources selected simultaneously. To accomplish this, we’ve added innovative Add and Remove tools that allow you to manage resource tagging in any way you see fit.
  • When editing a resource, one can now create any resource directly from the resource forms in the Edit selection sidebar without having to open up that resource’s creation panel. Instead, resources are created on the spot. Sorry for making this sound complicated. In other words, we have greatly improved how resources are created when editing resources.
  • The Edit sidebar is now more compact, allows better navigation and is generally better integrated to the interface than before. At least we hope you think so!
  • The resource creation panel has now been replaced by an overlapping resource creation sidebar. Before, when you created a new album, playlist, artist, or any other type of resource, you would have a bulky ugly panel open on the right pushing and compacting the rest of your interface on the left. We have now fixed that by making a unique resource creation sidebar for every resource.
  • The column templates hamburger has now been placed more conveniently on the right of the list’s search engine.
  • Now, from within lists, users can directly click on resources to open them up. For instance, from the Album List, all album names are blue links that open up their respective album panels when you click on them.
  • Action icons associated to resources from within lists now only appear when you hover over these resource’s respective lines. This makes your interface cleaner and less cluttered.
  • We’ve moved your filters on the left of your List Section. Instead of having to expand them like before, now your filters are displayed at all times. We believe this will make the filtering experience more convenient.
  • You can now edit multiple playlist shares at once.
  • You now have the possibility to add tracks to playlists directly by right-clicking on track from the Tracks’ list and choosing “Add tracks to playlists”.
That’s about it for today. A lot to take in. Many of these changes are not that apparent but make a big difference in how you will manage your metadata. We hope they make your lives easier.

Filter design overhaul

We decided to redesign our filters section to make it more versatile. The changes we just implemented may seem like small adjustments, but in reality they are game changing. Here is what filters looked like before: And here is what they look like now: So what does this mean? Before we would display every single category of content and tags in the filters section whereas now the users construct their own sets of filters. This gives way to two major improvements:
  1. Users will have much more flexibility when filtering their content and finding what they are looking for in their catalogs.
  2. The filters section is not clogged up with tons of unused filters.
The new filters section works by adding the filters you need one after  another. Here is an article we wrote that explains how all of this works: How filtering works in Reprtoir

Design overhaul

Reprtoir’s interface has undergone many design revisions these past weeks. After numerous trails and errors, we have applied what we believe was necessary to make the user interface more user-friendly. I am not going to go into any details regarding what was modified. Some things and quite apparent while others are not so flagrant, but a lot has been done to bring you this latest version of the app. Enjoy.

Deleting artists

It is now possible to delete artists from the Artist list as well as from an artist’s panel. You can only delete an artist if that artist is not already associated to another asset such as an album or a track.