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Help: Importing Tracks from Sources other than iTunes

DiscLabel can import tracks from many other applications into your design, including: iPhoto, iDVD, Toast, Finder, and even a text file. Importing from alternative applications yields varying resultings as different data is available from each.

Importing from iPhoto will import photo names and date information from a selected album. If you use a template such as "Contact Sheet CD & Case", then you will also see photos with the photo names.

To import from iDVD you must first open your iDVD project, and then do the Tracks import. iDVD can only open one project at a time. The tracks that are imported are your iDVD chapter titles.

For the Finder, you can import file names, modification dates, and related icons. The template "Finder" can be used to show file listings from a folder. To import from Finder you must first have a Finder window open on the folder you wish to work with prior to doing the import.

Importing from Toast is a bit like iTunes, but with more limited data. Toast displays a lot more track information than it shares with other applications for export. Generally if you need more information out of Toast, first burn your disc, and then feed it into iTunes, and import from iTunes.

Editing Tracks

You may wish to edit what you've imported, or even make your own list of tracks.

Tracks can be edited from the Tracks palette. Click Tracks to open the Tracks palette. Next select the Edit tab within it, and then you'll see the tracks in your design.

  • Editing track information
    Click to select the piece of track information you wish to edit (eg. a single title you want to alter). Enter the text you want.
  • Removing a track
    Click to select the track you wish to remove, then click Delete Track.
  • Adding a track
    Click Add Track to add a new track to the list.

Importing from a Text File

To import from your own list of tracks you can choose to import from a text file.
In the Tracks palette, under the Import tab, hold down on Application and choose Text File... as the import option. Select a text file from the file dialog that appears.

The format of the text file is important. The first line needs to be column titles, and then each field should be separated by commas like the following:

Track #,Title,Artist,Album,
1,At home,Me & Mom,Birthday,
2,In the Garden,With Dad,Birthday,
3,The cake,All the Family,Birthday,

Note that the column titles are the same as appear in the Insert pop-up menu under Track Format in DiscLabel's Inspector. You can choose to use as many or as few of them as you want.

Specifying Album Art from iTunes

Track information as well as album art can by imported from iTunes, except when the the the imported playlist is a Bonjour playlist.

To insert album art or an icon from the Finder, click Inspector, choose the Track Format tab, click on the Insert Tag dropdown menu and select Image.

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