Thanks for your reply. There is quite a bit of history to this request, as I will explain, and my decision as to whether to sign up for Roon in the long-term may well depend on the perceived likelihood of being able to experience something along the lines I have requested.
About 15-20 years ago I decided to rip my whole CD collection and scan all of the artwork from the CD booklets. It felt important to me to keep more of the feel of the CD, by saving high quality images of any good photos from the booklet, the back cover, etc. The plan from the off was to find a way of being able to view this as the music played.
At the time I was using J River Media Centre on a PC or on a Mac with Parallels installed. One of the third party plugins for J River allowed for a slideshow of art from the album folder.
Then I decided to just stick to the Mac and at this time there wasn’t a version of J River for the Mac, so I went back to iTunes, and was able to develop, with some help, a quartz composition that could be used with an iTunes plugin called iVisualise, to create a slideshow of folder artwork that included tag info. This was perfect for my needs and I’d still be using it if it wasn’t for the fact that iVisualise was discontinued, and the last version stopped working with iTunes sometime ago.
So since this time I have been stuck. My most recent plan, until I learnt of and started testing out Roon, was to pay someone to develop a standalone Mac application, built using AppleScript, to build the slideshow from the path to the file and the tags. I have been led to believe this is possible, but haven’t had the free time to invest in this yet.
So, when I saw that Roon was able to display all of the artwork from the album folder on one of the Playing Now views, albeit manually, I got excited and hoped I had found an application that would meet my needs.
What I can say about the slideshow, when I had it working with iVisualise, is that it augmented the listening experience in a great way, bringing the music/artist more to life. Everyone who saw/experienced it said so. Hence my continuing interest in getting it working again. Yes, it depended on scanning artwork, but I always thought it could be extended to automate the process, e.g. by downloading artist images from the internet. It could also be made to work with the PDF booklets that are increasingly issued along with downloads.
In an ideal world then, there would be a lot more customisation of the Playing Now views in Roon. From something like the current Album image view, but with a slideshow along the lines I have described above, to a more minimal slideshow either with just images, or images and more minimal text - perhaps just the artist, track, album and release year in white text against a black background.
I hear that this isn’t in the scope of Roon at the moment, but given that Roon already pulls in all of the artwork from the album folder, and the images can be changed manually, I imagine it wouldn’t be that difficult to make it work as a slideshow, or to have an option to switch the view to a slideshow?
Given that this isn’t on the Roon roadmap at the moment though (as far as I am aware), I wonder whether this is something that could be done with a Roon extension, and if so, how much work would be involved in this? It looks like there isn’t an AppleScript library for Roon, meaning that I wouldn’t be able to build a standalone application to work with it - hence my hesitation in moving forward with Roon, when I could do this with other media players.
I am also wondering if there is a system in the Roon community for specific developments such as this - i.e. people pledge money to support the development of a feature, with developers who can dedicate time to this?
Mainly though, I am thinking that this would be a great feature to add to what is clearly already very well designed software. It would definitely add to the aesthetic experience. And, if I felt that, by one route or another, this was a viable option in the not too distant future, I would gladly sign up for a lifetime membership, probably two!
Thanks for reading!