a tool to create tiptoi gme files from mp3 files. Also creates a printable sheet to play the music.
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ttmp32gme

a platform independent tool (inspired by the windows tool ttaudio ) to create tiptoi gme files from mp3 files. Also creates a printable sheet to play the music.

Features

  • convert music/audiobook albums from mp3 to gme format playable with the tiptoi pen using tttool.
  • automatic generation of control sheets that allow to control playback of music/audiobook.
  • flexible print layouts for various applications (see screenshots below).
  • Printing was tested to work with Chrome and Firefox on Mac Os and Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 (Chrome and Firefox do not print with high enough resolution on Win 10, Opera seems to work occasionally).
  • Creation of printable PDFs on Windows systems.
  • automatic readout of id3 tags to get album and track info (including embedded cover images).
  • add cover images for nicer print layout.
  • copy gme files to tiptoi if tiptoi is connected.

Installation

  • Mac/Win: download the executables from the releases page. Put them somewhere and run them. Open localhost:10020 with a browser of your choice (except Internet Explorer).
  • linux: run the perl sources (see instructions below)

Usage

1. Add mp3 files

Add one or more mp3 files on the "Upload" page. Only add one album at a time.

2. Configure and create gme files

On the "Library" page, you can configure and create gme files. Mp3 tag data of recently uploaded files will automatically be used to pre-populate the artist, album title and track info.

3. Print the control page(s)

Once you choose to print one or more album from the library, a new page will open that displays the albums and their tracks from the gme files that you selected for printing.

You can customize the the print layout by clicking on " Configure print layout".

You can choose one of the three presets:

list : A list layout that includes all album details.

tiles : A tiled layout that includes only minimal album details and general controls that work with all albums.

CD booklet : A layout that is optimized for printing CD booklets.

Alternatively, you can manually choose which parts (cover image, album information, album control buttons, track list) to display, how many columns should be used and how large each album should be when printed.

You can also configure here which resolution should be used (in DPI) for printing (start with the maximum resolution your printer can handle). And how many pixels (in x and y direction) each dot of the OID code should use. Start with a value of 2 (read this if you want to know why). If you have problems with not recognized oid codes, first try to increase the number of pixels to 3 or 4 and then try to change the resolution setting.

If the pen does not recognize the printed pages

It is a known (and sad) fact that the oid codes do not work with all printers. This is because the oid codes are very fine detailed patterns and need to be reproduced exactly by the printer. Many printers simply do not have a good enough resolution or their drivers mess around with the patterns during image processing. In the latter case, this can sometimes be circumvented by playing around with the print settings but sometimes, it simply does not work.

  • Make sure to print at 100% scale. Do not use the "autoscaling" or "fit to paper" settings in your print dialog.
  • print in 1200dpi if possible, sometimes 600dpi seem to work, too
  • play around with the quality settings, resolution, contrast
  • use different paper
  • try black-and-white versus color prints
  • Try to set your print driver to Graphic/Image mode (some drivers mess up the oid patterns in text mode).
  • If your driver does not have such a setting, try to convert the PDF to a 1200 dpi png and print that.

Before reporting any problem with the pen not recognizing printed pages, please read the wiki page on printer support for tttool: https://github.com/entropia/tip-toi-reveng/wiki/Printing

If possible, please try to print the oid table you can download below:

oid-table (borrowed from tttool).

When you point the pen at any of the patterns, it should say something like "Bitte installieren Sie erst die Audiodatei für dieses Produkt" or "Bitte berühre erst das Anschaltzeichen für dieses Produkt". Then at least the pen recognized that these are oid codes. If the pen does nothing, this likely means that your issue is unrelated to the software but is a problem with the printer.

If you still think it is a software issue, please report exactly (step by step) what you were doing and what (if any) messages the pen is saying, otherwise I cannot help you.

4. Copy the gme files onto the tiptoi pen

Connect the tiptoi pen to your computer. If you do not see the button "Copy selected to TipToi", reload the library page. Now select the desired albums and click on "Copy selected to TipToi". Wait till the operation completes and a message appears that tells you that it is safe to disconnect the pen from the computer.

Screenshots

Print as detailed list

list

Print as tiles (fits many albums on one page)

tiles

Print as CD booklet (fits into standard CD cases)

booklet

Print configuration

config

Required libraries and perl modules (for running ttmp32gme from source)

Required libraries

ttmp32gme requires the following libraries to run" libc6, libxml2, zlib on a debian (-based) system (including Ubuntu), you can install these by running: sudo apt-get install libc6-dev libxml2-dev zlib1g-dev.

If you want to use the ogg format, you need ffmpeg: sudo apt-get install ffmpeg.

On linux systems, pdfs can be created using wkhtmltopdf if version 0.13.x is found on the path (i.e. in /usr/local/bin or /usr/bin).

You also need to install tttool and copy/link the resulting binary into your path.

Required perl modules

Run cpan -i (or the equivalent tool from your distro such as g-cpan for gentoo) followed by the following modules (some modules required the -f flag to install on my Mac OS system):

EV AnyEvent::HTTPD Path::Class Cwd File::Basename File::Find List::MoreUtils PAR Encode Text::Template JSON::XS URI::Escape Getopt::Long Perl::Version DBI DBIx::MultiStatementDo Log::Message::Simple Music::Tag::MP3 Music::Tag::OGG Music::Tag::MusicBrainz Music::Tag::Auto MP3::Tag Image::Info

Running ttmp32gme from source

Once you have all the required perl modules installed, check out the git repository into a directory of your choice: git clone https://github.com/thawn/ttmp32gme.git.

Then run the main ttmp32gme perl script: cd ttmp32gme/src perl ttmp32gme.pl.

Now you should be able to access the ttmp32gme user interface (http://localhost:10020) using your web browser.

Build requirements (for building mac and windows binaries)

For building from source, you also need:

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ToDo

  • handle more than 10 tracks for CD booklet (two column track layout)
  • upload multiple albums at once from the upload page
  • add and remove music files from library page
  • make library path configurable

Maybe later

  • automatic splitting of audio files as described here.
  • automatic download of cover images
  • enable separate printing of oid codes/text and cover images
  • interface to use external CD ripping tools such as fre:ac
  • run on a real webserver so that users can generate their gme files online (thanks to Joachim for the idea).
  • create a docker image for linux
  • add a config option and/or a control button to stop playing after each song/repeat one song/repeat all songs