Thanks for using Squeed! This software was made with love by a music enthusiast, musician and DJ who was tired of not finding that perfect software to rapidly and efficiently have clean tags in his audio files. I hope that you will enjoy using it as much as I am.
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When you first open Squeed, you will be asked to choose audio files or folders to scan an analyze. Once Squeed has analyzed all the MP3, FLAC, AIFF and M4A files you selected, you'll see the main table is populated with the files and their tags. To open new files, click the "Open files or folders" button in the toolbar. Alternatively, you can drop files or folders from the Finder onto the dock icon, or anywhere on the table to open them.
To close open files, click the "Close all files" button , or select files and use the "File -> Close Open Files" or "File -> Close Selected Files" menu.
Avoid folders that contain too many files, like your Music folder. Loading will be long and the program will use more memory. Rather select individual files or folders containing less than 1'000 files.
Editing tags is a simple as selecting one or more files from the table on the right, then editing the form fields in the sidebar on the left. To select more than one file in the table, hold the Command (⌘) key while clicking on the corresponding rows. Alternatively, to select a range of files, click on the first row of the range, then click on the last row of the range while holding the Shift (⇧) key. All files in-between will get highlighted.
The sidebar gets populated with the tag information of the selected (highlighted) files. When all selected files have the same value for a given tag (e.g. the artist name is the same for all your files), this value is displayed in the text field. On the contrary, if the value is not identical for all selected files (e.g. the track title is different from one file to the other), the field will display "(keep)" and a round button to clear it. As you might guess, if "(keep)" is displayed for a tag field, then saving the form with the "Save" button won't affect the corresponding tag. If you click the round clear button , then the value of this tag will be cleared in all selected files.
When you are done editing tags for the selected files (including changing or adding a cover art), click the "Save" button, hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard or use the "⌘S" keyboard shortcut to write the tags into the audio files. That's it!
You can drag and drop an image file from Finder onto the image well in the sidebar of Squeed, instead of clicking the "Add cover" or "Replace" button. If the checkbox for resizing cover images is checked in the Squeed Preferences, the image will be resized automatically upon adding it. What's more, you can copy and paste images inside this area by right-clicking it or ctrl+clicking it.
Another handy way of editing tags is to double-click inside a cell of the table view. The cell becomes editable and you can start typing the new value right away. By hitting the "Tab" key on your keyboard, the value will be saved and the cell on the right will become editable. If you hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard, the value will be saved and the cell below this one will become editable. This feature is great if you want to edit a single tag (e.g. the track number) for a series of files: just hit Enter and proceed to the next file.
You can edit tags with patterns in the sidebar fields. For example, let's say you have different genres for each track of an album (Techno, Electronica, ...) and you want to add "Electronic/" in front of each of them. Select all the album files in the table, then click the "Tag" icon next to the Genre field to open a popover. Write "Electronic/" then click the "Genre" button inside the popover, giving you the following: "Electronic/%genre%". Squeed will replace the placeholder with the genre of each file individually upon saving. If you prefer not opening the popover, you can manually write a placeholder with the percent characters and it will behave the same.
You can number tracks sequentially by selecting (highlighting) files in the table, then clicking the "Auto-number selection" button in the toolbar. A modal sheet appears and allows you to optionally tune the parameters. Hit the "OK" button or the "Enter" key on your keyboard to re-number all selected files in a sequence, with or without a leading "0" for single-digit numbers and with or without the total number of files after a slash.
Squeed will number the highlighted files in the same order as they appear in the table on the right. Make sure you sort the table in the desired order by clicking on a column header before you re-number the tracks using this feature.
When all your tags are clean and tidy, you might want to have the same name format for every audio file, at least I do. For example, it might be practical to have all files named after a pattern like "01 - Artist Name - Album - Title.mp3" or "Artist Name - 01 Title.flac"
Squeed makes this easy, just select a bunch of files (or all of them) from the table and click the "Rename files from tags" button in the toolbar. A modal sheet appears and lets you change the pattern for renaming the files. Edit the pattern as you like, inserting placeholders by clicking on the buttons at the bottom, then click the "Rename" button or hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard to start the renaming process. You don't need to add the extension (".mp3", ".flac", ".aif(f/c)" or ".m4a") in the pattern.
Squeed makes it easy to change the capitalization of all metadata in one or more files. Select a few files from the table, then hit the "Capitalize fields" button (Aa) in the toolbar. A modal sheet appears that allows you to choose which fields are gonna be affected by this operation, and the type of capitalization you want to use. Click the "All / None" check box to rapidly select all or none of the fields check boxes. For the format, "Title Case" puts an uppercase letter at the beginning of each word, "UPPERCASE" and "lowercase" set everything in uppercase or lowercase (you don't say!), and finally "First letter" only capitalizes the first letter of the field. Click the "Capitalize" button to start the operation.
By hitting the spacebar on your keyboard while a track is highlighted in the table on the right or clicking the "Quick Look" button in the toolbar, you open a Quick Look pane just like in Finder. This lets you hear the audio. This will come in handy when determining what you're gonna write in the "Genre" field.
By clicking the eye icon next to the cover art, you open a preview panel for the cover image.
Now that you master the basics of Squeed, it's time to dive into the good stuff.
Hold on to your pants, this is a killer feature. Discogs is a user-build database of discographic information. It's great for vinyl or CD releases and contains quality data. Squeed allows you to semi-automatically get info from this database and put it right into your files with a few clicks.
Since the process of getting the tags from Discogs is semi-automatic, the files of at most one release can be tagged at once. Select all the files in the table that belong to the same release, then proceed to using this feature.
To use this feature, first select one or more files from the table on the right. Then click on the "Get tags from Discogs" button in the toolbar. A modal sheet appears and a search is performed with the terms that were automatically generated from the tags already present in the file. If the artist, album name and track title tags were not present in the file, the search terms are generated from the file name. If the search field is empty, enter your search terms and hit the "Search" button.
When processing several files at once, this feature works best if some tags are already present in the files (track number or track title). This way, Squeed can match the tracks from discogs with the files you have on your computer. If no information allows the app to guess which files goes with which track, they are processed in the same order as they appear in the table.
If the search was successful, a list of results appear in the frame below. If not, then you can manually edit the search text field and try again. Usually, simpler/fewer search terms yield more results, so try removing unnecessary parts like "feat." or special characters.
We now distinguish between two cases: did you highlight only 1 file or several files from a single release?
Single file search
First, select the result that best matches your file by clicking on its cover art or title in the list view, it gets highlighted. Then, Squeed tries to select the track in this release that best matches your file. If it did a good job at it, just validate using the "Write tags" button. Otherwise, choose the right track from the dropdown.
Multiple files search
In this case, it's even simpler. Just pick the release that best matches your files by clicking on its cover art or title in the list view, it gets highlighted. Click on "Write tags" and Squeed will match your files with the tracks in the release automatically! This works best if the track number or track title is already present in the tags before launching the search (see "TIP" above). Note that the software will alert you if you selected more files than there is tracks in the highlighted release (you might have chosen the wrong one in this case).
That's it! You sucessfully used the power of the internet.
Regarding cover art, you'll find two preferences in the Squeed Preferences (⌘,) allowing you to set if you want to embed the cover art inside the audio file, save it in the same directory as the file, or both.
You will notice a small arrow button next to the "Write tags" button. It opens a popover window that allows you to choose which information from Discogs is gonna be actually written to the files. You can, for instance, get only the cover art from Discogs and leave all the other fields unchanged.
In a similar fashion to batch-renaming, you can extract metadata from the filename by providing the format. Click on the "Extract tags from filename" button and fill in the format your filenames use. You instantly preview which part of the filename is gonna be associated with which field by looking at the colors. Click "Extract" to process the selected files.
When extracting info from the filename, if you want to ignore a portion of the name, manually add an %ignore% tag. The part captured by this tag will turn red and will be ignored during the operation.
File 01. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up.mp3
Format %track%. %ignore% - %title%
The "Track number" and "Title" fields will be added to the metadata, but the middle part will be ignored.
If you're done editing your audio files, you can add them to your iTunes library by simply highlighting them in the table and clicking on the corresponding button in the toolbar.
In the Squeed Preferences window (shortcut ⌘,), two check boxes allow you to choose if you want to include genres and artist names extracted from iTunes in the suggestions when you type (autocomplete). If you check the boxes, start typing into the "Genre", "Artist" or "Album artist" fields and the software will complete the words for you. You can also click on the button to the right of the field to have those suggestions as a dropdown list.
Squeed lets you copy and paste tags from one file to the other. To do this, right-click on a row in the table view and select the "Copy Tags" menu option. Alternatively, with one file selected in the table view, click on Tags > Copy Tags in the application menu. Then, right-click on another row and select the "Paste Tags" menu option to populate the sidebar form with the copied info. You can optionally edit the form, and don't forget to click on the "Save" button in the sidebar to valide your changes.
Click the "Extract cover" button in the toolbar to open a Save dialog. This allows you to save the cover image on your hard drive and use it for other purposes. As simple as that.
To resize the cover image inside an audio file, click on the "Resize embedded cover(s)" button in the toolbar, and input the desired width and height. The aspect ratio of the picture will be conserved, and its size will be adapted to fit in the desired dimensions. If the input size is bigger than the original image, Squeed can optionally enlarge it, although its sharpness will decrease.
Right-click on a row in the table, then select "Reveal in Finder" to open the location of the selected file in the Finder.
Squeed can almost be used without a mouse, and that makes it great at increasing productivity! Most features are accessible via a keyboard shortcut. Refer to the application menu or to the table below to learn them.
|Open and scan a folder||⌘O|
|Refresh the file list||⌘R|
|Save the tags||⌘S||Only available when the sidebar form was edited.|
|Rename files from tags||⇧⌘R|
|Auto-Number selected files||⇧⌘N|
|Get tags from Discogs||⇧⌘D|
|Extract metadata from filename||⇧⌘E|
|Add selected files to iTunes library||⇧⌘I|
|Focus on Table||⇧⌘T||Useful to change the selection in the table view after having saved the sidebar form. The table can be navigated with the arrow keys of the keyboard.|
|Focus on Form||⇧⌘F||Useful to start editing the form fields after a selection has been made in the table view. The first field ("Title") gets focus and is ready to be edited. The form can be navigated with the "Tab" key.|
|Write tags (Discogs)||⇧⌘↵||Only inside the "Discogs Search" window|
|Select previous table row||⌥⌘↑|
|Select next table row||⌥⌘↓|
Most Squeed-specific keyboard shortcuts use the "Command" and "Shift" keys as well as a letter which is related to the function. Notice the underlined letter in the feature name corresponds to the letter key in the shortcut.