Jukehead software

Use Jukehead to:
– Store records info
– Discogs search
– Assign to a jukebox
– Print labels/lists
– export (wish) lists

Installation Windows
Download Windows version here.
Unzip the file and copy the Jukehead folder to the Program files folder. Inside this folder is the Jukehead.exe program. If you’re updating a previous version: you can override all files with the downloaded ones, al data and settings are safely stored elsewhere.

Installation Mac
Download Mac version here.
Unzip the file and copy the Jukehead program to your Apps or Programs folder. If you’re updating a previous version: you can override all files with the downloaded ones, al data and settings are safely stored elsewhere. Put the label image files somewhere in your Documents folder, where you create a Jukehead folder for them.
When you run Jukehead for the first time, it might be possible that OS-X prevents you to run it (“developer not verified, bla bla…”). This is because the program did not come from Apple’s app store. If you encounter this: RIGHT-click the program file and choose OPEN from the menu. You’ll get a warning: again choose OPEN.

First time use on Mac & Windows
When you run Jukehead for the first time, it will create a new database. The location of this database file is shown in the top of your screen. Every time you close the program, it will make a backup copy of the database file called Jukehead.rsd to your documents folder. If you want, you can copy this file to a safer location like a Dropbox or Google Drive folder that has version history, so you can roll back if you should make an error or damage your database file. If you have moved your database file to such a folder, you can run it from there. Just drag & drop it on Jukehead’s interface. The program will restart and use the new location from now on.

Now click on the button “Jukeboxes” on the top right of the screen. Here you can describe your jukebox(es) and give each one it’s own number if you have several. Keep “0” for records that are not in a jukebox and I would suggest “9” for your wish list of records or “99” if you have more than 10 jukeboxes. This will prevent it from getting between the jukeboxes in the pull down menus. You can also create your own categories here that are not jukeboxes, like “in the attic” or “on loan to Frank”.
Restart the program if you edited this list to update the pull down menu’s.

You can add any graphics file as a label, but I would suggest using JPG files with the same width/height ratio as the ones that came with Jukehead. To use an image file as a label, copy the file to a location where it can stay and then drag & drop it from there on Jukehead’s interface. Jukehead will show this label in the bottom right and use it to print your labels with. This label is shown in the real printing font (which you can change in the pull down menu below the label).

Entering records
In the left bottom fields you can enter your records. Enter text and use your TAB key to jump to the next field. After you press “Save” it will be added to the database and you will see it show up in the list (unless you have a filter active that mutes it out). You can also edit existing records by clicking on it in the list, edit the data in the text fields in the bottom and then choose “Save”. Don’t forget to click “Save” to store your changes!

Using Discogs online database
You will need an active internet connection for this feature.
If you enter the catalogue number of the record and press enter (or button “Discg”), Jukehead will look up the number in the Discogs online music database and show you a list of songs in the pull down menu next to the “Discg” button. You can select the correct song/version and when you choose it, all info on that song will be entered in the fields so you won’t have to type it in. Using the catalogue number, Jukehead will also warn you if you try to save a record you already have in your database.

Each record has a checkbox called “Selected”. You can switch these on or off in the list (column “Sel” with the checkboxes in it) or you can toggle these when editing the record in the bottom left corner of the screen. This checkbox helps you make a selection of records to print labels for or export to a list. You can use the filter pull down menu “Only Selected” for that purpose.

Using filters
You can use a filter to manipulate the records shown in the list. At the top of your screen you will find the tools for that, just below the database path. In the first field you can type (part of) a title or artist to filter on that. The second filter is a pull down menu that lets you select records from a specific jukebox, on your wish list or all records that are not in a jukebox. The third filter is a pull down menu that allows you to see only the Selected records (or the Unselected records for that matter). This filter is useful for printing labels, exporting lists or just finding stuff in your collection.

With this button you will create a plain TXT file with the selection of records that is currently in your list. Use the filters to manipulate the list. This file, called Jukehead.txt will be copied to your desktop.

Print labels or list
These two buttons print labels or a list for the records shown in your list. Use the filters to manipulate the list. You can use the settings (pull down menu below the label) to set some stuff for printing.

Settings (pull down menu below the label)
Here you can change some settings for Jukehead. Choose the settings you wist to alter with the pull down menu, change the settings in the text window and type ENTER key to confirm.
– max. width artist: this will show the percentage of the labels width to use,
– font titles: name of the font in which the titles are printed,
– font artist: same for the artist,
– size titles: maximum font size for the titles,
– size artist: maximum font size for artist,
– distance: how far all labels are printed from each other,
– printer DPI: 600, 300 or 72, I recommend you do not change this unless your printer prints your labels way too big or small,
– screen list font size: font size of the listbox in the middle of the screen

Mass edit
This pull down menu at the left bottom of the screen allows you to change the records that are shown in your list. Use the filters to manipulate the list first. This way you can set the Selected value to Yes or No and you can change the jukebox number.

Encounter a problem? Please give me some feedback!
This program is a labour of love. I wanted to manage my vinyl collection and print labels and I love to program, so this was the result. And why not let other people enjoy? I created this software on a Mac, so this version is tested the most extensively. I did some minor testing on Windows 8 and 10, but it is possible that Windows users run into a bug, problem or quirk. If you do, please let me know and shoot me an e-mail! I will fix it as soon as possible.

How Jukehead got created
"When I got a large collection of vinyl from my father, I started looking around what to do with it. For many years it was just sitting in boxes because a jukebox was out of my reach. Then I discovered the relatively undesired era of the '70s and I was mesmerized by the designs of it's jukeboxes. There came a surge of daring models with bright lights and colors. In hindsight it looks like this dying industry wanted to go out with a bang. So I bought a 1972 Seeburg Bandshell Firestar  with some bugs in it for a nice price and I love it! A week after that it was followed by a Seeburg Olympian with even more stuff to repair so the bug finally got me...

I wrote Jukehead because I needed something to put my collection in so that I could browse websites and fairs to shop for missing records without buying stuff I already have. I also needed something to print labels with and since programming is another hobby of mine: here is Jukehead! Feel free to enjoy it."

Mario van Ginneken

My blog (Dutch language only!)

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