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2015/05/08 13:16:41 (permalink)

ProjectScope helps find CWPs and keeps them organized - updated to "Producer Edition"

File updated on 5/16, Version 1.20. Audio preview and wildcard file scans. See update section below in stunning orange color.
 
Over the years of using a DAW, I have amassed many, many project files. I'll bet you have too. (Or soon will, you creative-type, you!) Keeping track of them and revisiting them ends up, for me at least, a bit of a chore when I'm looking for a specific Sonar project and I don't remember what it's called on the outside. (I know I'm supposed to keep the folder/directory structure organized and all, but--well....) If I could just peak INside the project file, but that peaking involved loading a bunch of projects in a row before I found the right one. Takes too much time. So, I came up with a software tool, a cwp file browser, to help me out. Peaking is much faster and I find the project I was looking for much more quickly.
 
I am sharing this utility with the community. Maybe you will find it of use as well. You can download it here: http://adamczyk.com/images/projectscope.exe or http://adamczyk.com/images/projectscope.zip (Same file either way.)
 
It's use is pretty simple. Launch projectscope.exe, navigate to where your Sonar project files are, select a file, ProjectScope shows you some information about what's in the file. It's read-only, project files are not messed with in any-way-shape-or-form. There is no setup, just put the exe in a directory and run it. ProjectScope generates a companion INI file to save your project directory. I've only used this with Sonar files, going back about a decade.
 
Update for version 1.20: Wildcard search for filenames is now in. You can search for specific related projects (for example, if they all have "Sharknado_Album*" in the file name. Filename search is in addition to searching for project info, audio files, etc.
Also, for version 1.20, VC update (very cool), you can preview listen to the audio files listed in a project! I find this feature VERY handy (I can listen to the bounced audio reference I have for each project and instantly know what it is, even the old ones), I trust you will too.
 
By the way, if you doubleclick a project in ProjectScope, it gets launched in Sonar.
 
Update for version 1.15: Search functionality is now in. You can search ALL your Sonar projects for keywords in the Project Info, or audio file names, or plug-in names, etc. Also, copy and paste for exporting lists to other programs, for record-keeping or just impressing friends.
 
I hope you find it useful. If you have suggestions or, heaven forfend, issues with the program--a) keep in mind that I've only ever run it on my DAWs with my projects up to now so give me some slack and, b) contact me with said suggestions/issues. I hereby commit to spending a reasonable amount (my definition of reasonable takes precedence) of time clearing up issues and even improving this utility, should it prove advantageous to do so (what the heck did I just type?). An obvious improvement would be a search-across-multiple-cwps feature.
 
Here is a screenshot of the puppy in action:

Here is the newly-added Search panel

 
post edited by czyky - 2015/05/16 03:15:24

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 14:21:22 (permalink)
Thanks for sharing, Mark. Could be useful. I'm one of those guys with a million old projects and they're mostly instrumental so names are not terribly useful for remembering what's what.

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 14:29:47 (permalink)
Many thanks Mark. This could be very useful.

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 14:42:05 (permalink)
Yes, Opus1, Opus2...etc has it's limtations.
 
Thanks for providing this.
 
Have an upcoming feature request to improve browser in Sonar.
I kind of like some abilities in Cubase media browser, like ability to mark with up to 5 stars, to use as a filter.
Keep track of progress kind of - embryo, in progress, final mix, mastering, done etc.
 
Something I also liked about Tracktion, a space to use to manage projects.
Instead of just - recent projects - menu.
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 15:39:55 (permalink)
Thank you for this. I still have files from 2XL, and the names lost meaning long ago....
 
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 15:46:51 (permalink)
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An obvious improvement would be a search-across-multiple-cwps feature.

Yup a VST "where used" report is something I've requested from the bakers but yet to see.
 
Need it to help find say all projects that have Sample Tank 2.5 so I can replace it with 3.5. Or just look for projects that have those other two or three old-timey 32bit plugs still on my system.
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 16:32:44 (permalink)
Awesome share.
Thanks for that tool.
 
 

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 21:56:00 (permalink)
Thank you for your comments, all.
 
haha, lfm! "Opus1, opus2...." At least there's a progression there. Better than: "today's idea", "today's idea_a", "another idea", "cool idea", "very awesome idea that I simply have to develop some day", etc. Or, even worse, "client project #1", "client project #2", "client...."--you get the photo. (And I wish I was kidding.)
 
Now that I have a way to check the "project info" directly (without loading each project), I am being much more diligent about filling that in, even just a few keywords and jotting some notes to myself. (haha, whole projects are just "jotting some notes to myself"!) I put keys and musical terms ("Cm rock", "E blues") in as key words, for example. I've also standardized some of my wordings, like using "mm." for the metronome count (ex. "mm.96") or "AABA" for song form (not 20th century Swedish superbands).

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 23:04:28 (permalink)
Thanks for sharing! Nice utility that will be useful when looking for the right CWP.

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/08 23:26:25 (permalink)
Thanks for this. This is the sort of thing we need built into the platinum browser.
 
Some feedback? Couple of bugs perhaps.

Won't show Addictive drums 1 (or maybe AD 2) plugin.

Shows "Grooveplayer" quite regularly for some reason - is this "Session Drummer 3"? Not sure. Maybe it thinks Grooveplayer is Addictive drums??


Also if you click on some of the values displayed it gives "Index out of bounds"
 
Very useful!
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/09 09:19:52 (permalink)
Doktor A., thanks for the feedback. Um, those aren't bugs, they're features? (he said weakly. Now, per the forum hosts, I'm supposed to put a smiley here, but which one? Choices, choices.)
 
Yeah, what's up with that "Grooveplayer"? Now that you mention it, I notice it everywhere. There used to actually be a Grooveplayer plugin (I think it was a Roland addition), so I just assumed it was that...but wait a minute, I haven't used it in ages! (Maybe I never did?!)
 
I get AD 2 tracks showing up, but I don't think I've used AD 1, so I'll have to fire it up in a project and see what's the deal with that. Dok, this is actually a benefit of ProjectScope that I did not foresee! (For me, that is!) If someone here says they don't see, say, Kontakt tracks, or--even better--Omnisphere, I get to justify buying those products that I've been lusting after for "testing and support" purposes (insert a smiley here.....um, I'll do that later).
 

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/10 15:17:45 (permalink)
A very useful utility. Thanks a million - much appreciated!
 
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/10 15:22:12 (permalink)
Now, where's that "search a directory (and sub directories) for all .cwp files to produce a VST/VSTi where used list?
 
Thought you'd be done with that by now.
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/10 16:01:33 (permalink)
Very nice indeed! Thank you.

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/10 18:16:46 (permalink)
Thanks Mark...

This sounds like a very helpful util...

Thanks for all your work and sharing!

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/10 19:24:08 (permalink)
Okay, to keep Bapu quiet (I can dream, can't I?), I've put the Search feature in. Since ProjectScope is now twice as useful as before (to Bapu, at least), I've had to double the price. Is fair, no? (Since you early adopters are my beta testers, you're eligible for deep discounts!)

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/10 20:15:35 (permalink)
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Okay, to keep Bapu quiet (I can dream, can't I?), I've put the Search feature in. Since ProjectScope is now twice as useful as before (to Bapu, at least), I've had to double the price. Is fair, no? (Since you early adopters are my beta testers, you're eligible for deep discounts!)


lol ... great!
Maybe half of double won't be such a hit to the savings account.

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 02:11:34 (permalink)
Hi Mark, please provide link to the version that includes "search". Thanks!
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 03:21:15 (permalink)
Wow. The depth of talent on this forum is extraordinary. Thanks very much.

Yes please I will pay double for the feature that bapu wants ie. list plugins used in a sonar project.

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 05:08:58 (permalink)
Grooveplayer is the metronome.
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 05:57:52 (permalink)
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Grooveplayer is the metronome.

Yep.

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 05:59:03 (permalink)
Ah ha!
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 07:26:01 (permalink)
Wow , this is helpful .
Thank you !!
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Wow. The depth of talent on this forum is extraordinary.



No kidding! Perhaps czyky and azslow3 can collaborate on finally finishing that hovercar.

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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 09:45:28 (permalink)
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Okay, to keep Bapu quiet (I can dream, can't I?), I've put the Search feature in. Since ProjectScope is now twice as useful as before (to Bapu, at least), I've had to double the price. Is fair, no? (Since you early adopters are my beta testers, you're eligible for deep discounts!)


Wear bee the knew version?
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 09:53:08 (permalink)
czyky,
 
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth.....
 
I was thinking that since I store ALL my projects (in sub folders) below F:\Cakewalk Projects, I was hoping the program could search that, or any specified directory, for ALL .cwp files and then produce a list by folder/cwp of the VSTs used
 
I want to look at all projects to detect VST that may either be missing (though unintentional uninstall) or that I would like to deprecate (like Sample Tank 2.5 XL).
 
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 10:04:31 (permalink)
Sadly (Windows 7 x64 SP1), I get an array error on any click ("List index out of bounds (3)") - eg. click on track, plug-in, audio file.  Always the same
 
It looks like an awesome tool though...if I could use it.
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 10:11:00 (permalink)
Very cool thanks. This could be used when troubleshooting a problem as well to quickly isolate what plugins may be causing an issue. It might point out also help to show when you should add a plug in into a template or when you might be able  to create side bus to minimize repetition.
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 10:24:44 (permalink)
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czyky,
 
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth.....
 
I was thinking that since I store ALL my projects (in sub folders) below F:\Cakewalk Projects, I was hoping the program could search that, or any specified directory, for ALL .cwp files and then produce a list by folder/cwp of the VSTs used
 
I want to look at all projects to detect VST that may either be missing (though unintentional uninstall) or that I would like to deprecate (like Sample Tank 2.5 XL).
 




Can we also integrate this with Google? ;)
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Re: This utility helps me keep my cwps organized 2015/05/11 12:24:29 (permalink)
Very useful utility, thank you czyky!
 
also getting the: Win 7x65 sp1, "List Index out of bounds (3)"
google for possible solution:
Do a selective start-up, eliminating groups of programs until problem goes away. Then eliminate specific program from start-up.
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