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VisiTrax Frequently Asked Questions

Is VisiTrax Lite really free, or is there a catch?

How do I use VisiTrax with my MP3 files?

How can I be sure that I'm using the latest version of VisiTrax?

How do I update VisiTrax to the latest version?

How can I stop other software, including Windows XP, from interfering each time a CD is inserted?

How can I import data from another program into VisiTrax?

How can I export VisiTrax data to another program?

How do I export my track listings to DJ Intelligence?

How do I export my track listings to WeDJ.com?

How can I print numbered CD spine labels?

How can I print CD labels and jewelcase inserts?


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Is VisiTrax Lite really free, or is there a catch?
A: No catch. Anyone can use VisiTrax Lite, our free edition, for small libraries (under 100 CDs or 1000 tracks) with no time limits. If your library has grown beyond this size, simply upgrade to the Standard Edition.
Q:  How do I use VisiTrax with my MP3 and other audio files?
A: VisiTrax was designed to interoperate with and complement the Winamp media player (http://www.winamp.com). As a result, VisiTrax can support all audio file formats (MP3, WAV, etc.) supported by Winamp ... as long as you also have Winamp v2.9 or v5.

VisiTrax can catalog each disk-based audio file as its own track, or, if you prefer, you can associate audio files with your existing CD tracks (or LP tracks, ...). VisiTrax directly imports from your active Winamp playlist view, so the process is very quick and easy.

Playing your audio file tracks from VisiTrax is even easier. Just select the tracks you want played, and click the "Play audio file(s)" button to queue them to Winamp. If Winamp isn't already running, it will be started up for you. You can even queue complete volumes or playlists to Winamp with a single click.

For additional details, please see our Help topic entitled "MP3 and Other Audio Files" - or look up "Winamp" or "MP3" in the Help index.

Q:  How can I be sure that I'm using the latest version of VisiTrax?
A: If you have an Internet connection available, you can select "Check for Update..." from the VisiTrax Help menu. Alternatively, you can compare the VisiTrax version shown in the About box to that shown on our web site home page.
Q:  How do I update my copy of VisiTrax to the latest version?
A: The method of update is the same for all VisiTrax users, whether or not they have registered. Simply download the latest version from our web site, and install it by running the setup program (vsxsetup.exe). Use of a single setup program for everyone keeps configuration control pretty straightforward for us, and ensures that you can't inadvertently install the wrong edition.

Downloading and running a VisiTrax setup works much the same way as it does for many other programs you can find on the Internet. You might find the following web page helpful in this respect:

http://www.asp-shareware.org/users/how-to-download.asp

Our VisiTrax download page offers two alternative downloads: either VSXSETUP.EXE, which can be started directly following the download, or VSXSETUP.ZIP, which you then open to extract a copy of VSXSETUP.EXE (sort of like a peanut with or without the shell). The ZIP also contains some informational files one can view before running the VSXSETUP.EXE. With older versions of Windows, you have to have an unzipping utility (such as PKUNZIP or WINZIP) to open ZIP files and extract their contents; newer versions of Windows have this capability built right into Explorer, such that the ZIP file looks and acts a lot like an ordinary file folder.

As for running the VSXSETUP.EXE setup program itself, you can simply install on top of the previous installation - no need to uninstall first.

Incidentally, when downloading files, it's generally a good idea to establish your own folder for this purpose, and direct your downloads explicitly to that folder. For example, you might want to create a folder named "Installs" or "Downloads", with a named subfolder for each product you've downloaded (e.g. Winamp, VisiTrax, ZoneAlarm, etc.).

Q:  How can I stop other software, including Windows, from interfering each time a CD is inserted?
A: Whenever VisiTrax is the topmost window, it automatically inhibits autoplay by most other programs. However, you might prefer to disable autoplay on a more persistent basis.

You can disable Windows autoplay for audio CDs by running the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and selecting Administrative Templates > System >Turn Off Autoplay. (To run the Group Policy Editor, type "gpedit.msc" in the Start menu's "Run..." box.) Another way to control autoplay is to right-click the CD's icon in Explorer, then select the Autoplay tab under "Properties".

Q:  How can I import data from another program into VisiTrax?
A: The easiest approach in most cases is to copy data from a spreadsheet program. An alternative method is to convert the data to a special text format, which then can be read directly into VisiTrax. Either approach supports merging with existing VisiTrax data.

For additional details, see our Help topic entitled "Exporting and Importing Data".

With respect to data format conversion, in most cases nothing more is needed than a good text editor and a spreadsheet program. If you need assistance in this regard, please contact us at .

Q:  How can I export VisiTrax data to another program?
A: Two methods can be used:

1) Select Save As from the File menu, and save the data as a text file (using a .txt extension). This exports the entire data set in a relational format that can then be processed with a custom program, or with a text editor.

2) Select "Copy to Clipboard" from the Tracks view, then paste the clipboard data into another program (e.g. a text editor or spreadsheet). You can do this from other views as well, although only the Tracks view contains everything.

For additional details, see our Help topic entitled "Exporting and Importing Data".

Q:  How do I export my track listings to DJ Intelligence?
A: DJ Intelligence (http://www.djintelligence.com) is a web-based booking service for DJs. By uploading your track listings to DJ Intelligence, your clients can search your music library right on the web, then build and submit custom request lists for their event.

With VisiTrax, it's very easy to export a tracks listing file that can be uploaded directly to DJ Intelligence; just choose Export Track List from the File menu. For more details, see our Help topic entitled "Exporting Data for Upload".

Q:  How do I export my track listings to WeDJ.com?
A: WeDJ.com (http://www.wedj.com) is a web-based service for locating and booking DJs and photographers for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, or other special events. By uploading your track listings to WeDJ.com, your clients can search your music library right on the web, and build custom request lists for their event.

With VisiTrax, it's very easy to export a tracks listing file that can be uploaded directly to WeDJ.com; just choose Export Track List from the File menu. For more details, see our Help topic entitled "Exporting Data for Upload".

Q:  How can I print numbered CD spine labels?
A: You can unzip and use this Word file in a pinch. It contains a series of numbered labels, and is easy to adapt to obtain any prefix or range of 1000 you like, using search/replace.
Q:  How can I print CD labels and jewelcase inserts?
A: VisiTrax includes support for SureThing CD Labeler, a very popular product for designing and printing CD labels, jewelcase inserts, and similar items. For details, see our Help topic entitled "Printing CD Labels".