More collection colors?

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hvg
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More collection colors?

Post by hvg » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:09 pm

Is there a technical reason we're limited to 7 collection colors? For me, the Live 10 collors have been a godsend as it's the only way for me to group everything (VST, Kontakt libraries, samples) in one place. But with such a limited number of colors I ran out fairly quickly and it's starting to get messy again...

pottering
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Re: More collection colors?

Post by pottering » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:01 pm

I think it is because they are meant to be color tags, not simple favorite folders, and the 7 colors already use the primary and secondary colors that are easy to tell apart.

The tertiary colors start to get hard to tell apart from the primary and secondary colors.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tertiary_ ... _wheel.svg

It is easy to tell apart Yellow from Green, but look how Chartreuse Green is hard to tell apart from Green, or how Violet is hard to tell part from Magenta.

hvg
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Re: More collection colors?

Post by hvg » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:08 pm

You are probably right, but at least black and white could be added without causing confusion. It's not enough to make me really happy but it would be something at least. Because yeah, I'm probably not using the colors the way they are meant to be used by the developers, but my VST plugin folder is a complete mess without them :( The only other way I can think of is to group every individual VST into a .adg file, and put that in my user library somewhere where I can find them. Yuck.

(so actually more colors might not be what I really want, but a smart built in way to structure my plugins folder in some hierarchical way)

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Re: More collection colors?

Post by pottering » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:59 am

The DLLs of most VSTs can be moved without breaking them. You can rename folders, etc. and organize them.

If you don't want to move anything, you can create another folder and use shortcuts to the original DLLs, Live recognizes those. Then you can organize the shortcuts in that folder, create sub-folders for categories, favorites, etc..

hvg
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Re: More collection colors?

Post by hvg » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:44 pm

That is true, I wasn't very specific here. The problem is they still live in their own separate space. What I really need is a way to bridge everything I want into different collections. Colors are the only way to do that (as far as I know). For example, I want ONE TRUE place called "Piano" where I have:

- All piano related samples
- All Kontakt piano libraries (wrapped in groups)
- All Piano VST plugins

Same with drums, guitar, soundscapes etc. Ultimately, which is also only possible with Colors, I want the same thing in two places at once. Like a DX7 plugin could be in "Synths" and "80s sound" at the same time. This is just gravy though, I can live without it. But as it is, I'm running out of colors fast and without them it's a mess :/

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