A few annoyances with Zen Sleek Photo 20GB (Reque

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I have just recieved my wonderful new Zen Sleek Photo 20GB, and right now I am only allowed to test it (Christmas present ^^)
I am very impressed with the player, absolutely wonderful
Of course there are a few problems/annoyances with the player.
I haven't been able to thoroughly look at the player, but a few things have come to my mind already.
I am sorry if this thread is perhaps too big :-/ But I really like the Creative MP3 players and want to enjoy my player as much as possible and recommend them to my friends.
>> Artist listings
The most annoying thing is with Artist names!
When you browse the artists, it looks for COMPLETE ONES, exactly as in the tag.
This is a very big problem for me... I would really prefer having it search IN the tags..
So if I look for Dr. Dre, it will find him with ANY of the features in the song.
I don't want it to display about 30 different ones with him in...
For example:
Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre, Mel Man
Dr. Dre, Hitman, Eve
Dr. Dre, Eminem
Dr. Dre, Hitman, Eve, Eminem
etc etc etc
This becomes very annoying and makes an extremely long list.
So what I would like to see, is that it just shows Dr. Dre as ONE artists, and then show his albums with ANY of the featured artists, not only solos.
Secondly......
>> Background Pictures
I have been looking around for images to add to my player as background pictures and found that there is no option to "fit to screen". When you view pictures it adjusts to the >> full-screen << size, not the actual menu size..
I think there should also be stretch/tile etc options.
>> Listen whilst viewing
I think it would be much much better to be able to listen to music whilst viewing pictures..it's just not the same :-/
>> Other formats
I think it is a shame you can only view jpegs on the Sleek Photo
It would be very easy to allow it to display PNG, GIF, BMP files and maybe even VIDEOS.
I am sure many people would be the sleek over another player because of that.
>> Pictures: Folders get image for thumbnail
This isn't much of an inconvenience, but it would be a nice little feature
So you can set or there is automatically an image set for the folder, so you don't have to wait for the address to display at the bottom. That is a bit too long sometimes too with the /pictures etc (If I remember correctly *hope*)
I really hope Creative gets around to making some additions to the firmware, user contact is the key to user satisfaction.
Something else I should say, is the products need updating on various area-specific creative sites. The Sleek wasn't even on some.
I couldn't search for any updates to the sleek photo as it wasn't on the US site for updates either.
Many many thanks for reading,
StephenR
EDIT: It may also be a nice feature to have album art displayed when you play a song Message Edited by StephenR on 2-7-2005 :43 PMMessage Edited by StephenR on 2-2-2005 04:48 AM

StephenR wrote:<B>>> Artist listings</B>The most annoying thing is with Artist names!When you browse the artists, it looks for COMPLETE ONES, exactly as in the tag. This is a very big problem for me... I would really prefer having it search IN the tags..
This range of players have always worked from tag data, so it will always show what's in the tags. If you want to see different data then it's a case of changing the tags.
Similarly the search works on start of string data, rather than searching as a substring. It might be too much for the small brain of this player to do substring searching, but still a good wishlist item. No Creative players do substring searching to-date.
<B>>> Background Pictures</B>I have been looking around for images to add to my player as background pictures and found that there is no option to <B>"fit to screen"</B>. When you view pictures it adjusts to the >> full-screen << size, not the actual menu size.. I think there should also be stretch/tile etc options.
I guess it might be a case of adjusting the pixels and aspect ration of the file?
I don't have the player, so just a guess.
Still a nice wishlist for pictures you don't want to have to mess with.
<B>>> Listen whilst viewing</B>I think it would be much much better to be able to listen to music whilst viewing pictures..it's just not the same :-/
There's a petition on this for the Micro Photo. Clearly Creative have listened as the Zen Vision:M will be able to do this, and hopefully they'll backtrack firmware for the Micro and Sleek Photo to do it also.
<B>>> Other formats</B>I think it is a shame you can only view jpegs on the Sleek Photo It would be very easy to allow it to display PNG, GIF, BMP files and maybe even VIDEOS. I am sure many people would be the sleek over another player because of that.
Again, see the Vision:M. It does all this.
I couldn't search for any updates to the sleek photo as it wasn't on the US site for updates either.
Did you try the European site? Ultimately it's very new so they might not be any updates.
What with the similar release times of the Sleek Photo and Vision:M it might be that regions forego the Sleek Photo and replace with the Vision:M anyway.

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