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Plexamp: A few thoughts on Plexamp
First off: What a wonderful new little app. It's absolutely perfect for daily usage at the computer – something I've not felt the previous Plex apps were as suited for.
A few thoughts:
- If I'm working I'd like not to be distracted by the shifting album artwork, so I'd typically hide the app with command+H on my Mac. Making the app reappear is a bit difficult. As far as I can see, I have to go into the menu, and select some option that changes the app size or the about link, and it'll pop back up. Could the shift+command+space combo be enhanced to "resurface" the app in these scenarios? This could allow for easy purely keyboard-based use of the app.
- It seems impossible to surface any sort of search UI in the nihilist app size? (See the issue about about "resurfacing" the app)
- It's probably related to some sort of other installed app and not a fault of Plexamp, but the rating shortcuts are not working for me. I've tried checking the keyboard section under system preferences, but can't see any other apps that have registered those keyboard combos. Do Electron apps allow for publishing these action shortcuts as system services or similar so the keyboard shortcuts may be overriden/modified, or so I can somehow make Plexamp take precedence?
- The CPU usage of Plexamp is somewhat higher compared to regular iTunes usage. For me iTunes will typically use 0,5–1% CPU while playing, while Plexamp and its helper use a combined 10–18%. Is this an unavoidable function of the Electron base, or could this be an area for optimization in the interest of prolonging laptop battery life?