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Stig's Art Grabr

Grabbing big high resolution album cover-art from various sites

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Author
Stig Nygaard
Daily installs
1
Total installs
159
Ratings
4 0 0
Version
2017.06.26.1
Created
Updated
License
N/A
Applies to

Author's Description

Fetch the original full-size cover-art versions, as uploaded to sites like AllMusic, Bandcamp, iTunes, Last.FM, MusicBrainz, SoundCloud and more...

NOTICE!
Currently grabbing covers directly from the iTunes website doesn't work when using Stig's Art Grabr as a bookmarklet. It does however still works with script installed and used as a userscript. Also grabbing iTunes covers indirectly via musicdiner.com, fnd.io and labs.stephenou.com/itunes should work both ways.

This script makes it easier to get big size album art from various sites. For example it helps you get (variously sized, but usually high-resolution) album cover art from itunes, bandcamp, last.fm and soundcloud.

The script works by "inline" replacing shown art with largest size found by fiddling with the image-urls. In many cases an image doesn't change display-size in browser, but behind the curtain it has been replaced with a larger image version (now downscaled in browser).

The script can be used and activated in three ways:

  1. As a userscript. Activate functionality by Menu Command.
  2. As a bookmarklet running latest version of script as hosted here on Greasy Fork.
  3. As a bookmarklet running a specific version hosted in my GIST.

How to install and activate the script is further described below, but first what happens when functionality of the script is activated:

  1. Once activated, an orange border appears on all images that the tool tries to re-load in originally uploaded versions...
  2. When finished loading original full-size version of an image (inline replaced), the border changes to red and if you hover your mouse over it, you should see a mouseover text showing you the image's real dimensions (Note, in most cases the images will not actually change the size shown with on the page).
  3. To see or save the full-size version of an red-bordered image, now right-click the image and choose view or save image (or whatever it is called in the browser you use). You might also be able to simply drag the big image to your desktop. Alternatively, if the image is not defined as a link on the page, you can usually also see it full-size simply by clicking on it.

How to use it...

For most people, one of the two first options will be the best choice:

Using the userscript

If installed as a userscript, you can activate the functionality on supported sites via your userscript manager addon's User Script Commands. When you are on a supported site, you should see the menu-item "Search big size cover art" be added to items in the addon's menu-list. The script's functionality is not activated until you select this menu-item. For Greasemonkey, Tampermonkey and Violentmonkey, you can open a dropdown menu from the addon's icon in the browser toolbar where you find the menu-item.

Using the Greasy Fork hosted bookmarklet

You can use Grabr via a bookmarklet pointing to the latest hosted script-version here on Greasy Fork. Simply create a bookmarklet having the following URL/location/address:

javascript:(function(){document.body.appendChild(document.createElement("script")).src="https://greasyfork.org/scripts/20771-stig-s-art-grabr/code/Stig's%20Art%20Grabr.user.js?t="+(new Date()).getTime();}())

You activate the script simply by clicking the bookmark when on a supported site. Just like with userscripts, using Grabr this way ensures you always run the latest official version of Grabr. You don't need to install the userscript (or addons) to use the script via a bookmarklet.

Using the GIST hosted bookmarklet

If you want full control over which version of Grabr you are running, you can create a bookmarklet pointing to a specific version in my GIST. Right-click the "Raw" button on GIST page to get URL for a specific version, and edit the following bookmarklet to include the found gist-URL:

javascript:(function(){document.body.appendChild(document.createElement("script")).src="https://gist.github.com/StigNygaard/83ed9ce9cf7c7377ede59eb702cca2f5/raw/bedf152a68ad2c76d7ccd581bfe078913cf13505/Stigs_Art_Grabr.user.js";}())

For example above points to version 2016.06.21.9 of the script. I cannot change the content of a specific version hosted on GIST. A new version of the script will always get a new URL. So this gives you full control over what version you are using of the script. This is for the "paranoid people" (it's okay to be a bit paranoid on the internet, I'm not offended), but the downside is you will have to manually update the bookmarklet whenever you want to upgrade to a new version of Grabr.

Supported sites

Exactly how well and "wide" Stig's Art Grabr works on supported sites varies. The following sites are those my main attention has been towards. Links point to example pages to test the script:

But more sites are supported [will update this description soon].

This userscript replaces my old bookmarklet Bigger Cover Art and is partly based on tips found on wiki.musicbrainz.org/User:Nikki/CAA and on itunes-tip from jesus2099.

You might want to try one of my other userscripts too:

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