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This Music Player entertains you with animated graphics, VU meters and scrolling lyrics. It includes functions to encode CDs with track titles using MusicBrainz database. It will get lyrics from the internet and let you synchronize them in real time by simply clicking each line as it is sung.

The Music Player program can be accessed on the Pippim mserve Repository 🔗. is called with m from the command line or a desktop shortcut.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only tested with Linux, specifically Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Synchronized Lyrics

This video shows how artwork, automatically obtained from the internet, is animated on your screen:

IMPORTANT: Un-mute video to hear song

This video also shows:

Additional notes:

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Automatic Skin Color Based on Artwork

This video shows how the skin changes color:

The album artwork is automatically downloaded from the internet when the CD is encoded. You can also choose artwork from any website and use that instead.

The third pixel to the right and third pixel down set the skin tone when you resize the window that could yield a different skin tone!

Additional Notes:

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CD Encoding

This video shows how the music player keeps playing without any lag while a CD is being encoded:

This video clip show how music player continues in real time while you use mserve to encode a CD.

Great lengths are taken to ensure animations never lag even when focus grabbing dialog boxes require a response.

The encoding process uses libdiscid to read the Audio CD’s Disc ID. Then Musicbrainz is accessed to get track listings for Disc ID. It also automatically extracts coverart from the internet. You can also paste album artwork from the clipboard which you manually copied from Amazon, etc. More work is required in encoding process to support more than just .OGA, .WAV and .FLAC formats currently supported.

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Programs At a Glance

There are 9,300 lines in the core Music Player program.

The 9,300 lines doesn’t include the other programs like CD encoding ( which is 2,450 lines. In turn, it calls sub-programs which is 1,136 lines, which is 186 lines and which is 65 lines. Total CD Encoding Lines: 3,837.

All programs though can use common python modules that Pippim has written such as:

Then there is the splash screen program m which is 155 lines.

Total Lines Other Modules: 12,172

Grand Total Line Count: 25,309

And, there is still more work to be done…


Here are the dependencies documented in python program. You may already have them installed. Also, this list is for Ubuntu under version 2.7.12 and, you may have to substitute python3 where it says python:

sudo apt install python-tk
sudo apt install python-pil
sudo apt install python-pil.imagetk
sudo apt install python-subprocess32             # To compare locations
sudo apt install ffmpeg                          # To get artwork
sudo apt install xdotool                         # To move Kid3 into our
sudo apt install wmctrl                          #  lib_top parent window
sudo apt install python-libdiscid                # Get CD's disc ID
sudo apt install python-musicbrainzngs           # Get metadata for CD
sudo apt install python-requests                 # Get Cover Art
sudo apt install python-notify2                  # Popup bubble messages
sudo apt install python-magic                    # Get file type information
sudo apt install python-mutagen                  # Encode and ID3 tags
sudo apt install x11-apps                        # xwd window dump (screen shot)
sudo apt install xclip                           # Insert clipboard
sudo apt install python-beautifulsoup            # Scrape Song lyrics

Additionally, there are external repositories (PPA) that need to be installed.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:j-4321-i/ttkwidgets  # CheckboxTreeview
# This is necessary for ttkwidgets and ttkcaldenar
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-ttkwidgets           # CheckboxTreeview
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:j-4321-i/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-tkcalendar

Finally, there are programs that have no sudo apt install capability such as pulsectl that require git pull command followed by cp command.

Unfortunately as of 2022-11-24 17:18:39 +0000, dependencies have to be manually installed. It is a priority to create an installation script that installs all dependencies automatically.

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SQL Tables

Here are the tables and indices used:

def open_db():
    """ Open SQL Tables """
    global con, cursor, hist_cursor
    # con = sqlite3.connect(":memory:")
    con = sqlite3.connect(FNAME_LIBRARY)


    # Create the table (key must be INTEGER not just INT !
    # See for explanation
    con.execute("create table IF NOT EXISTS Music(Id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY, \
                OsFileName TEXT, OsAccessTime FLOAT, \
                OsModificationTime FLOAT, OsCreationTime FLOAT, \
                OsFileSize INT, MetaArtistName TEXT, MetaAlbumName TEXT, \
                MetaSongName TEXT, ReleaseDate FLOAT, OriginalDate FLOAT, \
                Genre TEXT, Seconds INT, Duration TEXT, PlayCount INT, \
                TrackNumber INT, Rating TEXT, UnsynchronizedLyrics BLOB, \
                LyricsTimeIndex TEXT)")

    con.execute("CREATE UNIQUE INDEX IF NOT EXISTS OsFileNameIndex ON \


    # One time table drop to rebuild new history format
    # con.execute("DROP TABLE IF EXISTS History")

    con.execute("create table IF NOT EXISTS History(Id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY, \
                Time FLOAT, MusicId INTEGER, User TEXT, Type TEXT, \
                Action TEXT, SourceMaster TEXT, SourceDetail TEXT, \
                Target TEXT, Size INT, Count INT, Seconds FLOAT, \
                Comments TEXT)")

    con.execute("CREATE INDEX IF NOT EXISTS MusicIdIndex ON \
    con.execute("CREATE INDEX IF NOT EXISTS TimeIndex ON \

        INDEX on OsSongName and confirm original when OsArtistName and
            OsAlbumName match up to SORTED_LIST (aka self.song_list) which is
            format of:
                # split song /mnt/music/Artist/Album/Song.m4a into names:
                groups = os_name.split(os.sep)
                Artist = str(groups [START_DIR_SEP+1])
                Album = str(groups [START_DIR_SEP+2])
                Song = str(groups [START_DIR_SEP+3])

            (last_playlist and last_selections uses the same record format)

        Saving/retrieving LyricsTimeIndex (seconds from start):

        >>> import json
        >>> json.dumps([1.2,2.4,3.6])
        '[1.2, 2.4, 3.6]'
        >>> json.loads('[1.2, 2.4, 3.6]')
        [1.2, 2.4, 3.6]

    # Retrieve column names
    #    cs = con.execute('pragma table_info(Music)').fetchall() # sqlite column metadata
    #    print('cs:', cs)
    #    cursor = con.execute('select * from Music')
    #    names = [description[0] for description in cursor.description]
    #    print('names:', names)
    con.row_factory = sqlite3.Row
    cursor = con.cursor()
    hist_cursor = con.cursor()

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Reopen Windows on Same Monitor with Same Size

Here is how mserve remembers and restores window positions and sizes:

def save_window_geom(name, geom):
        Get geometry for window which was saved on last exit. If no record
        use 100,100 and predefined default width & height. Returns string
        of "width x height + x + y" with no spaces in between variables.

    if sql.hist_check(0, 'window', name):
        sql.hist_cursor.execute("SELECT * FROM History WHERE Id = ?",
        d = dict(sql.hist_cursor.fetchone())
        if d is None:
            print('monitor.save_window_geom error no History ID:', HISTORY_ID)
            return False
        # First time add the record
        # sql.hist_add(time.time(), 0, lc.USER, 'window', name, geom,
        sql.hist_add(time.time(), 0, g.USER, 'window', name, geom,
                     'saved on exit, loaded on starting', None, 0, 0, 0.0,
                     "Used in conjunction with 'screen' History Record Id #")
        return True

    ''' We have the existing history record, simply replace the geometry field '''
    sql_cmd = "UPDATE History SET Time=?, SourceMaster=? WHERE Id = ?"

    sql.cursor.execute(sql_cmd, (time.time(), geom, sql.HISTORY_ID))

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A lot of work has gone into crafting the tooltips to delay before gradually fading in. Also, to gradually fade out. And finally, to follow the mouse pointer.

Key features of tooltips:

Here is the key code:

# ==============================================================================
# - ToolTipsPool, CreateToolTip
#   Aug 16/2021 - Copied from which will be remain intact for
#                 tool tips that do not fade in/out. Only it will be reverted
#                 to former state.
# ==============================================================================

tt_DEBUG = False        # Print debug events

VISIBLE_DELAY = 750     # ms pause until balloon tip appears (1/2 sec)
VISIBLE_SPAN = 5000     # ms balloon tip remains on screen (3 sec/line)
EXTRA_LINE_SPAN = 3000  # More than 1 line is 3 seconds/line
FADE_IN_SPAN = 500      # 1/4 second to fade in
FADE_OUT_SPAN = 400     # 1/5 second to fade out

''' NOTE: Because a new tip fades in after 3/4 second we have time to
          make old tool tip fade out assuming VISIBLE_DELAY > FADE_TIME '''

class CommonTip:
    """ Variables common to ToolTips__init__() and add_tip()
        Must appear before first reference (ShowInfo)
    def __init__(self):

        self.dict = {}                  # add_tip() dictionary

        self.widget = None              # "999.999.999" = top.frame.button  1
        self.current_state = None       # enter, press, release or leave    2
        self.current_mouse_xy = 0       # Mouse position within widget      3
        self.window_mouse_xy = 0        # Position when tip window created  4
        self.enter_time = 0.0           # time button was entered           5
        self.leave_time = 0.0           # time button was left              6
        self.motion_time = 0.0          # time button was released          7
        self.press_time = 0.0           # time button was pressed           8
        self.release_time = 0.0         # time button was released          9
        self.visible_delay = 0          # milliseconds before visible       10
        self.visible_span = 0           # milliseconds to keep visible      11
        self.extra_line_span = 0        # milliseconds for extra lines      12
        self.fade_in_span = 0           # milliseconds for fading in        13
        self.fade_out_span = 0          # milliseconds for fading out       14

        # Too much window_ ??
        #  'tip_window' used to be 'window_object'
        #  'text' used to be 'window_text'
        #  'window_fading_in' could be 'fading_in'
        #  'window_fading_out' could be 'fading_out'
        self.tip_window = None          # The tooltip window we created     15
        self.text = None                # Text can be changed by caller     16
        Geometry = namedtuple('Geometry', 'x, y, width, height')
        # noinspection PyArgumentList
        self.window_geom = Geometry(0, 0, 0, 0)                           # 17
        self.window_visible = False     # False when alpha = 0.0          # 18
        # Window is never alpha 0 anymore...
        self.current_alpha = 0.0        # current window alpha            # 19
        self.window_fading_in = False                                     # 20
        self.window_fading_out = False                                    # 21

        self.tool_type = None           # "button", "label", etc.         # 22 = None                # Widget name for debugging       # 23
        self.fg = None                  # Foreground color (buttons)      # 24 = None                  # Background color (buttons)      # 25
        self.normal_text_color = None   # self.widget.itemcget(...)       # 26
        self.normal_button_color = None  # .itemcget("button_color"...)   # 27

class ToolTips(CommonTip):
    """ Manage fading in and fading out of tooltips (balloons).
        Canvas button (rounded rectangles) highlighting upon button focus.
        Tooltips can be buttons, canvas buttons or labels.
        Tooltips are internally tracked by their widget object:
                Where .Window is created here.
        From Master Toplevel initialize:
   = ToolTips()
        During screen creation Add tooltip (defaults to type='button'):
  , type='canvas_button',
                            text="This button\nDoes that.")
        In future:
        Parent must poll the tooltips every 33 ms or so with:
        When polling is impractical, fade in and fade out are disabled by:
            VISIBLE_DELAY = 0
            VISIBLE_SPAN = 0
            FADE_TIME = 0
            FADE_STEPS = 0
        TODO: When long pressing button (previous/next song testing) sometimes
              it is ignored while tooltip is fading in. Button press and release
              events are not being tracked in our poll_tips() function. Press
              and hold button then after tooltip fully fades in a pseudo button
              release event occurs and active state returns to normal.
              The error message is usually displayed: "ToolTipsPool.showtip():
              Previous tooltip should not be waiting to be visible".

    def __init__(self):

        """ Duplicate entry_init() """
        CommonTip.__init__(self)        # Recycled class to set self. instances

        self.log_nt = None              # namedtuple time, action, widget, x, y
        self.log_list = []              # list of log dictionaries
        self.deleted_str = "0.0.0"      # flag log entry as deleted = time.time()          # Current time

        self.dict = {}                  # Tip dictionary
        self.tips_list = []             # List of Tip dictionaries
        self.tips_index = 0             # Current working Tip dictionary in list

    def dict_to_fields(self):
        """ Cryptic dictionary fields to easy names """
        self.widget = self.dict['widget']                           # 01
        self.current_state = self.dict['current_state']             # 02
        self.current_mouse_xy = self.dict[' current_mouse_xy']      # 03
        self.window_mouse_xy = self.dict[' window_mouse_xy']        # 04
        self.enter_time = self.dict['enter_time']                   # 05
        self.leave_time = self.dict['leave_time']                   # 06
        self.motion_time = self.dict['motion_time']                 # 07
        self.press_time = self.dict['press_time']                   # 08
        self.release_time = self.dict['release_time']               # 09
        self.visible_delay = self.dict['visible_delay']             # 10
        self.visible_span = self.dict['visible_span']               # 11
        self.extra_line_span = self.dict['extra_line_span']         # 12
        self.fade_in_span = self.dict['fade_in_span']               # 13
        self.fade_out_span = self.dict['fade_out_span']             # 14
        self.tip_window = self.dict['tip_window']                   # 15
        self.text = self.dict['text']                               # 16
        self.window_geom = self.dict['window_geom']                 # 17
        self.window_visible = self.dict['window_visible']           # 18
        self.current_alpha = self.dict['current_alpha']             # 19
        self.window_fading_in = self.dict['window_fading_in']       # 20
        self.window_fading_out = self.dict['window_fading_out']     # 21
        self.tool_type = self.dict['tool_type']                     # 22 = self.dict['name']                               # 23
        self.fg = self.dict['fg']                                   # 24 = self.dict['bg']                                   # 25
        self.normal_text_color = self.dict['normal_text_color']     # 26
        self.normal_button_color = self.dict['normal_button_color']  # 27

    def fields_to_dict(self):
        """ Easy names to cryptic dictionary fields """
        self.dict['widget'] = self.widget                           # 01
        self.dict['current_state'] = self.current_state             # 02
        self.dict[' current_mouse_xy'] = self.current_mouse_xy      # 03
        self.dict[' window_mouse_xy'] = self.window_mouse_xy        # 04
        self.dict['enter_time'] = self.enter_time                   # 05
        self.dict['leave_time'] = self.leave_time                   # 06
        self.dict['motion_time'] = self.motion_time                 # 07
        self.dict['press_time'] = self.press_time                   # 08
        self.dict['release_time'] = self.release_time               # 09
        self.dict['visible_delay'] = self.visible_delay             # 10
        self.dict['visible_span'] = self.visible_span               # 11
        self.dict['extra_line_span'] = self.extra_line_span         # 12
        self.dict['fade_in_span'] = self.fade_in_span               # 13
        self.dict['fade_out_span'] = self.fade_out_span             # 14
        self.dict['tip_window'] = self.tip_window                   # 15
        self.dict['text'] = self.text                               # 16
        self.dict['window_geom'] = self.window_geom                 # 17
        self.dict['window_visible'] = self.window_visible           # 18
        self.dict['current_alpha'] = self.current_alpha             # 19
        self.dict['window_fading_in'] = self.window_fading_in       # 20
        self.dict['window_fading_out'] = self.window_fading_out     # 21
        self.dict['tool_type'] = self.tool_type                     # 22
        self.dict['name'] =                               # 23
        self.dict['fg'] = self.fg                                   # 24
        self.dict['bg'] =                                   # 25
        self.dict['normal_text_color'] = self.normal_text_color     # 26
        self.dict['normal_button_color'] = self.normal_button_color  # 27

    def log_event(self, action, widget, x, y):
        """ action is 'enter', 'leave', 'press' or 'release'.
            If release coordinates outside of bounding box, it doesn't count.
            Just log events to array. Do not process them at this point.
            Called from bind
            Events are logged instantly, however processed every 33 ms
            There is no perceptible lag as 30 fps is faster than human eye.
        Event = namedtuple('Event', 'time, action, widget, x, y')
        # noinspection PyArgumentList
        self.log_nt = Event(time.time(), action, widget, x, y)
        # print('EVENT:', self.log_nt)

    def process_log_list(self):
        """ Process log list backwards deleting earlier matching widget events """

        for i, self.log_nt in reversed(list(enumerate(self.log_list))):
            # print('log_dict in log_list', self.log_nt)
            if self.log_nt.widget == self.deleted_str:
                continue                        # We deleted this one, grab next
            # Delete matching widget events prior to this event (i) which is kept
            # self.delete_older_for_widget(i)

        self.log_list = []      # Flush out log list for new events

    def delete_older_for_widget(self, stop_index):
        """ Process log list forwards from 0 deleting matching widget
            Requires specialized testing using manual calls to
            log_event(action, widget, x, y) followed by process_log_list()
            Intention is to delete <enter> event if there is a <leave> event
            in the queue. Problem is the <leave> event is getting deleted
            instead. Disable for now...
        # Find event log's widget in list of tooltips
        search_widget = self.widget_map(self.log_nt.widget)

        for i, nt in enumerate(self.log_list):
            if i >= stop_index:
                return  # Don't want to delete the last one
            if nt.widget == search_widget:
                # Widget matches so flag as deleted
                print('deleting:', self.log_nt)
                # TODO: What if entering canvas is deleted and colors not changed?
                Event = namedtuple('Event', 'time, action, widget, x, y')
                # noinspection PyArgumentList
                self.log_list[i] = Event(self.log_nt.time, self.log_nt.action,
                                         self.log_nt.x, self.log_nt.y)

    def set_tip_plan(self):
        """ Called to process  event from self.log_nt """
        # Find event log's widget in list of tooltips
        search_widget = self.widget_map(self.log_nt.widget)
        # print('self.log_nt:', self.log_nt)
        for self.tips_index, self.dict in enumerate(self.tips_list):
            if self.dict['widget'] == search_widget:

        if len(self.dict) <= 1:
            print('self.log_nt widget NOT FOUND!:', search_widget)
            for self.dict in self.tips_list:
                for key in self.dict:
                    print("key: %s , value: %s" % (key, self.dict[key]))

        if self.dict['widget'] != search_widget:
            # TODO: This will spam at 30 fps
            print('self.log_nt NOT FOUND!:', self.log_nt)

        self.dict_to_fields()               # Dictionary to easy names
        self.current_mouse_xy = (self.log_nt.x, self.log_nt.y)

        ''' OVERVIEW:
            Enter, wait, create, fade in, wait, fade out, destroy.
            self.window_fading_in and self.window_fading_out already
            setup so just need self.wait_time.
        if self.log_nt.action == 'leave':
            # Leaving widget
            self.leave_time = self.log_nt.time
            prt_time = datetime.utcnow().strftime("%M:%S.%f")[:-2]
            d_print(prt_time, 'leaving widget: ', str(self.widget)[-4:])

            if self.window_fading_out:
                # If already fading out, continue the process
                pass  # Can't return now, need to drop down for save

            elif self.window_fading_in:
                # We were in the middle of fading in, so force fade out from
                # same alpha level
                # WIP: Currently fades from 1.0 to 0.1

            elif self.window_visible:
                # Return widget colors to 'normal' state if needed.
                # Begin fade process now

                # Window isn't visible now, so force it to never mount
                self.enter_time = 0.0

        elif self.log_nt.action == 'enter':
            # Entering widget
            prt_time = datetime.utcnow().strftime("%M:%S.%f")[:-2]
            d_print(prt_time, 'entering widget:', str(self.widget)[-4:])
            self.enter_time = self.log_nt.time
            if self.window_visible is True:
                # At this point window visible, so start fade out early.
                print('ERROR: Should not be visible already. If persistent, then')
                print("activate 'tt_DEBUG = True' and check for two 'ENTER:' in a row.")

            if self.tool_type is 'canvas_button' and self.widget.state is 'normal':

        elif self.log_nt.action == 'motion':
            # Mouse motion in widget
            self.motion_time = self.log_nt.time
            if self.window_visible:

        elif self.log_nt.action == 'press':
            # Button press in widget
            self.press_time = self.log_nt.time

        elif self.log_nt.action == 'release':
            # Button release after press in widget
            self.release_time = self.log_nt.time

            print('ERROR: process_tip: Invalid action:', self.log_nt.action)

        self.tips_list[self.tips_index] = self.dict

    def force_fade_out(self):
        """ Override enter time to begin fading out now
        _fade_in, _fade_out = self.calc_fade_in_out()
        diff = _fade_out - self.enter_time
        self.enter_time = - diff
        # print('diff:', diff)

    def move_window(self):
        """ Move window as mouse moves"""

        # s = start, g = geometry, m = mouse, x = x-axis, y = y-axis
        sgx, sgy = self.window_geom.split('+')[1:3]
        smx, smy = self.window_mouse_xy[0:2]
        cmx, cmy = self.current_mouse_xy[0:2]
        smx_diff = int(cmx) - int(smx)  # How has mouse changed since start?
        smy_diff = int(cmy) - int(smy)
        # New geometry = start geometry + mouse change since start
        x = int(sgx) + smx_diff
        y = int(sgy) + smy_diff
        self.tip_window.wm_geometry("+%d+%d" % (x, y))

    def widget_map(self, event_widget):
        """ Some widget such as menus have unusual naming. For example:
            Widget:  .140408240130024.140408237557160.140408237557952
            becomes: .140408240130024.#140408240130024#140408237557160.
        if '#' not in str(event_widget):
            return event_widget  # Normal widget formatting

        new_widget = str(event_widget).split('.')[-1]
        new_widget = new_widget.replace('#', '.')
        for self.dict in self.tips_list:
            if str(self.dict['widget']) == new_widget:
                d_print('event widget substituted. tool_type:', self.dict['tool_type'])
                return self.dict['widget']

        # Widget wasn't found
        print('widget_map(): widget not found:\n', event_widget)

    def calc_fade_in_out(self):
        fade_in_time = self.enter_time + float(self.visible_delay) / 1000
        extra_time = self.visible_span + \
            self.extra_line_span * self.text.count('\n')
        fade_out_time = fade_in_time + float(extra_time) / 1000
        return fade_in_time, fade_out_time

    def add_tip(self, widget, text='Pass text here', tool_type='button',
                visible_delay=VISIBLE_DELAY, visible_span=VISIBLE_SPAN,
                extra_line_span=EXTRA_LINE_SPAN, fade_in_span=FADE_IN_SPAN,

        CommonTip.__init__(self)            # Initialize all tip instances

        self.widget = widget                # "999.999.999"
        self.text = text                    # "This button \n does that."
        self.tool_type = tool_type

        self.visible_delay = visible_delay
        self.visible_span = visible_span
        self.extra_line_span = extra_line_span
        self.fade_in_span = fade_in_span
        self.fade_out_span = fade_out_span

   = self.widget['text']         # For display during debugging
        except tk.TclError:
   = "Unknown"

        # All widget bound to same four functions
        self.widget.bind('<Enter>', self.enter)
        self.widget.bind('<Leave>', self.leave)
        self.widget.bind('<Motion>', self.motion)
        if tool_type is 'button':
            self.widget.bind("<ButtonPress-1>", self.on_press)
            self.widget.bind("<ButtonRelease-1>", self.on_release)

        # Add tip dictionary to tips list

    def reset_tip(self):
        """ After cycle is finished reset selected widget values """
        self.enter_time = self.leave_time = self.press_time = \
            self.release_time = self.current_alpha = 0.0
        self.tip_window = self.window_geom = None
        self.window_visible = self.window_fading_in = \
            self.window_fading_out = False

    def set_widget_colors(self):
        """ Set the colors for canvas object focus """

        # For canvas buttons do heavy lifting of reflecting button active state
        self.widget.state = 'active'
        self.normal_text_color = self.widget.itemcget("text_color", "fill")
        self.normal_button_color = self.widget.itemcget("button_color", "fill")

        # We know the button is always black #000000 or white #ffffff
        if self.normal_button_color == "#000000":
            # Button color is black so lighten all 25%
            new_text_color_hex = img.rgb_to_hex(img.lighten_rgb(
            new_button_color_hex = img.rgb_to_hex(img.lighten_rgb(
            # Button color is white so darken all 25$
            new_text_color_hex = img.rgb_to_hex(img.darken_rgb(
            new_button_color_hex = img.rgb_to_hex(img.darken_rgb(

        self.widget.itemconfig("button_color", fill=new_button_color_hex,
        self.widget.itemconfig("text_color", fill=new_text_color_hex)

    def reset_widget_colors(self):
        """ Reset colors for canvas object losing focus """
        if self.tool_type is 'button':
            if self.widget['state'] != tk.NORMAL:
                #print('CreateToolTip.leave(): reset button state to tk.NORMAL')
                self.widget['state'] = tk.NORMAL

        if self.tool_type is 'canvas_button' and self.widget.state is 'active':
            #print('CreateToolTip.leave(): reset canvas button state to normal')
            self.widget.state = 'normal'
            self.widget.itemconfig("button_color", fill=self.normal_button_color,
            self.widget.itemconfig("text_color", fill=self.normal_text_color)

    def poll_tips(self):
        """ Check for fading in new tooltip and/or fading out current tooltip """ = time.time()          # Current time

        # Read event log list backwards to avoid unnecessary steps, eg leave after enter
        # means we don't have to do enter step. Empty log list when done.
        self.process_log_list()         # Incomplete...

        for self.tips_index, self.dict in enumerate(self.tips_list):
            self.tips_list[self.tips_index] = self.dict

    def process_tip(self):
        """ Check if window should be created or destroyed.
            Check if we are fading in or fading out and set alpha.

        # Was window destroyed? eg by toplevel closing.
        if self.tip_window:
            if not self.tip_window.winfo_exists():
                self.tip_window = None
                self.window_visible = False
                self.window_fading_in = False
                self.window_fading_out = False
                print("ERROR: process_tip(): tip.window doesn't exist")

        ''' Pending event to start displaying tooltip balloon?
        if self.enter_time == 0.0:
            if self.tip_window:
                print('TEMPORARY: forced tip window close')
                self.tip_window = None
                self.window_visible = False
                self.window_fading_in = False
                self.window_fading_out = False
            return  # Widget doesn't have focus

        fade_in_time, fade_out_time = self.calc_fade_in_out()

        # Are we fading out?
        if > fade_out_time:
            if self.window_fading_out is False:
                self.window_fading_out = True
                self.window_fading_in = False

            # What time will we hit zero alpha? (fully faded out)
            zero_alpha_time = fade_out_time + float(self.fade_out_span) / 1000
            if > zero_alpha_time:
                # We've finished fading out
                if self.tip_window is None:
                    print('process_tip(): self.tip_window does not exist')
                    print('',, 'zero_alpha_time:', zero_alpha_time)
                    diff = - zero_alpha_time
                    print('diff:', diff)


            # Calculate fade out alpha 1.00 to 0.01
            delta = (zero_alpha_time - * 1000
            alpha = delta / self.fade_out_span

        # Are we fading in?
        if > fade_in_time:

            # If we've already left the button, forego the creation
            #if self.leave_time > self.enter_time:
            #    self.enter_time = 0.0  # Prevent tip window creation
            #    #print('prevent tip window creation when leave > enter')
            #    return

            # for those quirky timing situations
            diff = abs(self.leave_time - self.enter_time)
            if diff < 0.1:
                # To Correct:
                # 45:13.059 ENTER: 8216 59 6
                # 45:13.061 LEAVE: 8216 59 52
                # 45:13.1039 leaving widget:  8216
                # 45:13.1041 entering widget: 8216
                self.enter_time = 0.0  # Prevent tip window creation
                #print('prevent tip window creation when enter ~.1 of leave')

            if self.window_visible is False:
                self.window_visible = True
                self.window_fading_in = True

            full_alpha_time = fade_in_time + float(self.fade_in_span) / 1000
            if > full_alpha_time:
                # We've finished fading in
                self.window_fading_in = False
                if self.current_alpha != 1.0:

            # Calculate fade in alpha 0.01 to 1.00
            delta = (full_alpha_time - * 1000
            alpha = 1.0 - (delta / self.fade_in_span)

        # At this point we are simply waiting to fade in or fade out

    def update_alpha(self, alpha):
        if alpha != self.current_alpha:
            self.tip_window.attributes("-alpha", alpha)
            self.current_alpha = alpha

    def create_tip_window(self):

        # Screen coordinates for tooltip balloon (window)
        x = self.widget.winfo_rootx() + 20
        y = self.widget.winfo_rooty() + self.widget.winfo_height() + 10
        if self.tool_type == 'menu':
            # For menu bars the x & y is way off to 0,0
            parent = self.widget.master.master
            x = parent.winfo_rootx() + self.widget.winfo_width()
            y = parent.winfo_rooty() + self.widget.winfo_height()
            x = x + self.current_mouse_xy[0]
            y = y + self.current_mouse_xy[1] + 30

        # Track mouse movements to change window geometry
        self.window_mouse_xy = self.current_mouse_xy

        # Invert tooltip colors from current widget album art colors.
        #if self.tool_type is 'button' or self.tool_type is 'menu':
        if self.tool_type is not 'canvas_button':
            self.fg = self.widget["background"]
   = self.widget["foreground"]
            self.fg = None
   = None

        self.tip_window = tw = tk.Toplevel(self.widget)
        self.tip_window.wm_overrideredirect(1)   # Undecorated
        self.tip_window.wm_geometry("+%d+%d" % (x, y))

        # self.tip_window['background'] =
        self.tip_window['background'] =
        self.tip_window.wm_attributes('-type', 'tooltip')  # only works X11 and not all distros

        #print('created self.tip_window:', self.tip_window)
        #print('w.wm_geometry("+%d+%d" % (x, y)):', "+%d+%d" % (x, y))

        ''' Throws py charm error: access to protected 'tw._w'
            # For Mac OS
                       "style", tw._w,
                       "help", "noActivates")
        except tk.TclError:
        #        label = tk.Label(tw, text=self.text, justify=tk.LEFT,
        label = tk.Label(tw, text=self.text, justify=tk.LEFT,
               , foreground=self.fg, relief=tk.SOLID,
                         borderwidth=2, pady=10, padx=10, font=(None, g.MON_FONTSIZE))

        self.tip_window.attributes("-alpha", 0)  # Start at 1%
        self.window_geom = self.tip_window.wm_geometry()
        d_print('tip_window created at:', "+%d+%d" % (x, y), 'for:', self.widget)

    def set_text(self, widget, text, visible_delay=VISIBLE_DELAY,
                 visible_span=VISIBLE_SPAN, extra_line_span=EXTRA_LINE_SPAN,
                 fade_in_span=FADE_IN_SPAN, fade_out_span=FADE_OUT_SPAN):

        """ Text can be changed at any time externally """
        for self.tips_index, self.dict in enumerate(self.tips_list):
            if self.dict['widget'] == widget:
                self.dict['text'] = text
                self.dict['visible_delay'] = visible_delay
                self.dict['visible_span'] = visible_span
                self.dict['extra_line_span'] = extra_line_span
                self.dict['fade_in_span'] = fade_in_span
                self.dict['fade_out_span'] = fade_out_span
                self.tips_list[self.tips_index] = self.dict
                # TODO: When text expands/shrinks line count
                #       we need to

        print('ERROR: set_text(): tip not found')

    def enter(self, _event):
        d_print('ENTER:', str(_event.widget)[-4:], _event.x, _event.y)
        self.log_event('enter', _event.widget, _event.x, _event.y)

    def leave(self, _event):
        Enter has 500 ms delay so leave may come before tooltip displayed.
        TEST: When leaving early button remains "active" so force to "normal".
        d_print('LEAVE:', str(_event.widget)[-4:], _event.x, _event.y)
        self.log_event('leave', _event.widget, _event.x, _event.y)

    # noinspection PyMethodMayBeStatic
    def motion(self, _event):
        """ Mouse is panning over widget.
            Consider moving tooltip window along x-axis
            This generates a lot of noise when printing debug information...
        #d_print('MOVES:', str(_event.widget)[-4:], _event.x, _event.y)
        self.log_event('motion', _event.widget, _event.x, _event.y)

    def on_press(self, _event):
        """ Widget type is button and it was just pressed """
        d_print('PRESS:', str(_event.widget)[-4:], _event.x, _event.y)
        self.log_event('press', _event.widget, _event.x, _event.y)

    def on_release(self, _event):
        """ Widget type is button and mouse click was just released.
            A leave event is automatically generated but we may no longer
            be in the same widget.
        d_print('REL_S:', str(_event.widget)[-4:], _event.x, _event.y)
        self.log_event('release', _event.widget, _event.x, _event.y)

    def close(self,7 widget):
        """ When window closes all tooltips in it must be removed.
            :param widget either button or parent(s) of button.
        new_list = []
        for self.dict in self.tips_list:
            if not str(self.dict['widget']).startswith(str(widget)):

        diff = len(self.tips_list) - len(new_list)
        print(diff, 'Tooltips removed on close')
        self.tips_list = []
        self.tips_list = new_list

def d_print(*args):
    """ Only print debugging lines when tt_DEBUG is true """
    if tt_DEBUG is True:
        prt_time = datetime.utcnow().strftime("%M:%S.%f")[:-3]
        print(prt_time, *args)

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Lyrics Synchronization

You can synchronize each lyrics line to highlight as it is being sung.


  1. When video starts with song in orange the default is “Auto Scrolling”
  2. Click button to engage “Manual Scroll”
  3. Now scroll bar appears on right, and you can scroll lyrics
  4. The vido changes to next song in black and the default is “Time Scrolling”
  5. Click the button to engage “Manual Scroll”
  6. Click the button again to reengage “Time Scrolling”
  7. Now each lyrics line is automatically highlighted as it is sung
  8. For Time Scrolling to work you need to train mserve with the timing.

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Basic Time Synchronization

Basic Time Synchronization is fairly straight forward. You start playing the song and then click each line as it is sung.

This video shows:

  1. The “Hamburger Drop Down Menu” where the Basic time index option is picked.
  2. Canceling the Basic time index option once started.
  3. Restarting the Basic time index from the Hamburger menu.
  4. Clicking each line as it is sung.
  5. The time indices are automatically saved when the song ends or, you can choose the “Save index” option from the Hamburger menu if you don’t want to wait for the song to end.

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Fine-tune Time Synchronization

Sometimes you just can’t seem to click at the right time using Basic Time Synchronization in the previous section. For those cases the Fine-tune Time Synchronization window is provided.

Begin Sync option

In the following video notice how the option is included in the “Hamburger” menu and is selected. The video delays long enough so that you can see all the menu options.

This video shows:

  1. The Lyrics “Hamburger Drop Down Menu” options
  2. The “Ignore click” option on the menu. This closes the menu which is the same as moving the mouse off the menu and clicking outside the menu.
  3. Access the hamburger menu again and select the “Fine-tune time index” option
  4. The Fine-tune time-index window opens up and pauses the regular music player
  5. Select lyric lines in the lyrics score
  6. Begin sync button. As music plays you can click the line as it is sung
  7. Clicking each line as it is sung is the same behavior as the Basic time index function except that additional details are displayed
  8. Finally, the Fine-tune time index window is closed and regular music player resumes where it was interrupted

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Sample All option

The following video shows again how the Fine-tune time index function is selected. This time the video spends a little time showing you all the buttons in the function. After turning on sound for the video below and clicking play, make sure you move your mouse outside the video. This way you can see the entire contents underneath the video control bar.

This also video shows:

  1. The “Paused” graphic in the regular music player. It is programmatically generated and not an image file.
  2. The regular music is resumed and the Hamburger menu is used to select the Fine-tune time index option
  3. The Sample all button is selected
  4. The function plays the first second of each line
  5. We noticed at time index 154 seconds the instrumental section was left on too long. This caused the Chorus line and next line to start too late.
  6. Those three lines were selected and Being sync button was used to fix the timing
  7. When fixing the timing though we clicked too soon rather than too late as before. So we click back on a previous line and take a “mulligan”. Then we click again as the music catches up.
  8. Next, the time indices are saved by clicking the Save button
  9. Finally, the function is closed by clicking the Close button and the regular music player resumes play automatically.

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Hide Chronology

The chronology section shows the previous three songs played, the current song being played and the next six songs coming up in the playlist.

You can hide the chronology section, which expands the art work dynamically:

Note that if you resize the window the artwork animation also shrinks and expands accordingly. It will maintain the “square” proportions and the skin background color can change depending on the color of the pixel at “3, 3” in the artwork.

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In addition to the music stored on your local storage, you can access music stored on a File Server or your Cell Phone.

If the File Server spends most of its life sleeping, you can wake it up with a “Magic Packet” and keep it awake by “touching” a specific filename on the server.

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