To use properly this component, you need to have of your album covers somewhere. You can download them thanks to softwares like AlbumArtAggregator, this script (in python), MA3D, etc.. It's only a graphic extra and may increase your CPU usage.
Needs both MSVCP71.dll and MSVCR71.dll present in order to work, as well as GDI+ runtime installed (standard in Windows XP and newer). (see the official topic for more details)
Center album covert art in panel: Centers the image in the panel
Expand album covert art to fit panel: Will resize your album cover image solely when it increases the size. Remember that increasing the size of a picture may be quite ugly if the aggrandizement is important.
Shrink album covert art to fit panel: Will resize your album cover image solely when it decreases the size. I advice you to use this function as it is quite hard to have the same size for all your albums and as it is better to see the whole cover instead of the top-left corner..
Use background color: Grey doesn't fit you? just change it here
Maintain aspect ratio: Uncheck it with great care. It may be useful to stretch your covers to fit exactly the panel but also could have some scary effect on rectangular shapes.
Draw a black pixel border: will draw a black border pixel on the edge of your album cover.
Resizing quality: Choose the quality of the resizment, the higher it will be the higher it will need CPU usage.
Minimum panel Height: choose it to set the minimal size of the panel
Pad or crop: Use it with care as it will do as if the panel was with ±XX pixels.
Album covert art follows cursor even when playing: if you use this option, the album displayed will be the one corresponding to your selection else it will always be the album of the playing track.
Allow external control of cover art display: The album art displayed could be selected from other panels as album list.
Revert to first source when current source would result in different display: No idea of what it does..
Refresh: will refresh the album art cover
Open in external viewer: will open the picture with your default software associated to the file format
Toggle follow cursor: No idea of what it does
Focus playing: if you use this option, the album displayed will be the one corresponding to your selection else it will always be the album of the playing track.
Refresh: will refresh the picture displayed
Next source: will display the next picture in the directory
First source: will go back to the first picture displayed
Sources for album cover art images: Change how the images will be displayed. You can make a more fitted script for your album covers.
right clicking on the album art panel will offer you to go to settings (preferences..) and the same options as said above.
You can change the default image showed by putting another one in .png format called default.png in the components folder.
If you want more images for album without covers, this is a tip to switch between 10 pictures instead of only one.
Change the last line from :
And then put (in the "components" folder of foobar2000) ten different images of your choice called:
It's done, moreover, refreshing the image will restart the script and can change the image if it does not fit you. If this tip works, it's not a reason to turn foobar into a picture viewer ;-) . It may use some CPU resources and create gaps.... Using this tip with the option Album covert art follows cursor even when playing is strongly direcommended as the software will have to generate a random number, calculate it modulo 10, choose the image, resize it at each track when you are selecting several tracks.. extremely slow..