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Feature Suggestion(s): NOT-filtering, filtering by custom fields, menu for mass modification of fields


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It would be helpful if filters were more flexible and powerful by being able to individually modify certain fields by filtering by what something is not. (Particularly for just taking specific titles out of certain filters) For instance I might want all of my games that aren't completed for a sort of backlog of games, but that wouldn't include games that don't have any real goal, so I might want to add "NOT genre: sandbox" to the filters. In addition filtering by custom fields (which i understand is on Jason's radar from reading a different post) seems to me to be a must for any kind of custom filters, and I'm sure the usefullness of filtering what something is NOT will only become more powerful with more things to filter by. Finally, an easier menu for mass adjusting of fields (some of the databases aren't quite right/setting custom fields for larger libraries is a hassle whenever custom fields become useful) than opening the settings for each game individually and navigating to the fields and then setting them seems necessary. In my mind this would be more of a checklist of games to add/modify at a time, and then the operation to perform (add genre, add playmode, set playmode, set genre, set custom field, add to custom field, etc.) The difference between adding and setting would be very important as setting could mess up other filters/narrow the genre or playmode of a game too harshly (some games are multiplayer and singleplayer, horror and fps, etc.) Since the two biggest features of the premium launchbox IMO are the custom filters and the theater view, it seems like custom filters need a bit more power.
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CryoBreeze said It would be helpful if filters were more flexible and powerful by being able to individually modify certain fields by filtering by what something is not. (Particularly for just taking specific titles out of certain filters) For instance I might want all of my games that aren't completed for a sort of backlog of games, but that wouldn't include games that don't have any real goal, so I might want to add "NOT genre: sandbox" to the filters. In addition filtering by custom fields (which i understand is on Jason's radar from reading a different post) seems to me to be a must for any kind of custom filters, and I'm sure the usefullness of filtering what something is NOT will only become more powerful with more things to filter by. Finally, an easier menu for mass adjusting of fields (some of the databases aren't quite right/setting custom fields for larger libraries is a hassle whenever custom fields become useful) than opening the settings for each game individually and navigating to the fields and then setting them seems necessary. In my mind this would be more of a checklist of games to add/modify at a time, and then the operation to perform (add genre, add playmode, set playmode, set genre, set custom field, add to custom field, etc.) The difference between adding and setting would be very important as setting could mess up other filters/narrow the genre or playmode of a game too harshly (some games are multiplayer and singleplayer, horror and fps, etc.) Since the two biggest features of the premium launchbox IMO are the custom filters and the theater view, it seems like custom filters need a bit more power.
I know that custom filters are going to be getting a bit of an upgrade soon enough, exactly when is hard because Jason is alone in coding. However, as far as Bulk Editing goes this already exists. When you select 2 or more roms at any given time then right click -> edit, this brings up the Bulk Edit feature. Ctrl + A will select all of the roms in the given current view and from there you can bulk edit. Sorry if I can't help much else, quite honestly I don't use custom filters all that often, so I can't speak on their behalf, I just know what Jason has stated in the past and that custom filters are getting an upgrade. Bulk Edit may need an update as well for what it offers to you to edit, but I haven't run in to any issues personally with it.
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Oh thanks @SentaiBrad for letting me know about the bulk edit tool, that's really helpful but not exactly what I was hoping for. Similar to how the import wizard lets you remove games from the import list or alter their names, I was hoping for a sort of table of values to appear that you could edit them from. Although the bulk editor is definitely a better method for a lot of the mass editing that needs to be done. @Jason, glad to hear it's on your radar, personally I think custom-filtering is the real selling point behind the premium version.
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