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Re: Dragging and dropping a file into Audacity in Windows locks up Explorer

Post by kuchikirukia » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:17 pm

This is a problem for me. My workflow has me throwing things into mkvtoolnix GUI, gmkvextract GUI, and Aegisub. While Audacity doesn't come into play in every mux, when it does it puts everything on hold while the files load, and throwing two 6GB m2ts's in there is a pretty big hold.

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Re: Dragging and dropping a file into Audacity in Windows locks up Explorer

Post by steve » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:37 am

kuchikirukia wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:17 pm
throwing two 6GB m2ts's in there is a pretty big hold.
You could use "File menu > Import > Audio" instead of drag and drop.
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Re: Dragging and dropping a file into Audacity in Windows locks up Explorer

Post by kuchikirukia » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:01 pm

There should probably be an import audio button.
I actually find MeGUI's audio input button to be slightly easier than a drag and drop, since it immediately opens a file open dialogue and my encoding is usually going to be all in the same directory and it will remember that. File-->Open is much clunkier from a UX perspective since you have to make a precise mouse movement to a previously invisible option. The File-->Import-->Audio is even worse since it's two invisible options.

Though an import audio button would still suck for my use since I'm comparing audio tracks between two different directories, usually on different drives. Dragging and dropping from two explorer tabs is waaaaay easier than navigating all the way between the two in a File Open dialogue. Audacity barely supporting drag and drop is a headache.

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Re: Dragging and dropping a file into Audacity in Windows locks up Explorer

Post by KeyMo90 » Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:41 pm

I'm surprised that there is only 1 thread about this issue. I also experience this even with the latest Audacity 2.4.2 with i7 - 6700k - 4c/8t.
I've seen that this version also brings fixes to mentioned wxWidgets library but I guess this isn't highlighted as an issue.

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Re: Dragging and dropping a file into Audacity in Windows locks up Explorer

Post by waxcylinder » Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:14 am

I just tested on W10 with 2.4.2 and the latest 3.0.0 alpha test build that I have - an d drag&drop of a file into Audacity does not lock out Windows Explorer while the file is loading.

I used a 3 hour stereo WAV file to giv eit a fair bit to chew on with the import.

I tested drag&drop of teh WAV file onto:
a) an already open Audacity window
b) the desktop shortcuts for Audacity that I have
c) the Audacity exe files in Windows Explorer

I also tested File>Import and that also did not lock out Windows Explorer either.

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Re: Dragging and dropping a file into Audacity in Windows locks up Explorer

Post by steve » Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:36 am

KeyMo90 wrote:
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:41 pm
I'm surprised that there is only 1 thread about this issue.
If you search Google for:
windows file explorer freeze
you will find lots of discussions about the problem.
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Re: Dragging and dropping a file into Audacity in Windows locks up Explorer

Post by KeyMo90 » Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:49 pm

I can replicate it anytime with any audio file. For example I threw 3 flac files into Audacity and as you can see in the video I made. I was trying to click with my mouse while the files were importing to Audacity but I wasn't able to as the explorer was "frozen"

https://youtu.be/y_hQRFBznVo

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