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Monday, August 6, 2007

Resizable Coverflow in iTunes!

One of the things that I didn't notice at first is that Coverflow is actually resizable. This will be even more useful when we get Coverflow all around the Finder. Just under the scroll bar, there is a small icon made out of three short white lines. If you click on it, you can easily make the album arts take up more or less space. The range is actually very large.

It can be as small as:

Or as large as:


Blogger alonking said...

there is also full screen view

August 6, 2007 at 2:38 AM  
Blogger ryu said...

When in full screen mode, many of the covers are distorted... why is that happening?

August 6, 2007 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

The reason your photos are distorted is because they are of a smaller size/resolution than they are being displayed in. When you take a, say, 500x500 image, and blow it up to 1000x1000, the image makes up for the missing pixels by sampling pixels around the known pixel. Think of it like taking a piece of silly putty, making it 500x500 pixels wide and pressing it on newspaper. Then stretch that silly putty to 1000x1000, and the picture is distorted and stretched. It's basically the same principle.

August 6, 2007 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Doc said...

Is there a method to stream lyrics on a full screen?

August 6, 2007 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Peter Czosek said...

is there anyway to make the iTunes cover flow just like the iPhone cover flow? I don't understand why Apple hasn't add this feature in yet. What is the point of putting iTunes into full screen cover flow if you can only play (view) the top track of an album and not the entire album?

August 6, 2007 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

The advantage of 500x500 over 1000x1000 is that it takes up a lot of room on your HD to have larger pictures.

On the main post though, I think coverflow looks cool. However, when you enlarge it (or if you don't have album art) it loses it's efficiency.

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August 6, 2007 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

True. The larger the image, the larger the file. I was simply answering why his images appear distorted in full-screen mode.

August 6, 2007 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger sri2097 said...

To view the lyrics in full screen, there is a small script which plugs into iTunes. It's called JewelCase. It's pretty good.

It might prompt you to pay money, but all the basic functionality is already enabled. So you need not pay ;-)

August 11, 2007 at 9:41 PM  

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