To me that empty Genre entry still makes no sense as it is not necessary. The total memory space that can be used for CD-Text is pretty small, so in cases where you have a lot of text, this useless entry could make the difference if it fits on the CD or not.
As we want to minimize any confusion for the end users and as we don't know if this will be changed in Wavelab, we have decided that with the next update of HOFA DDP-Player any empty columns will be hidden in the tracklist table.
It will take some time until that update is available, but I will post it in this thread when it is released.
Thanks for following up on this. I think it will be great that if the Album Genre field is either truly empty, or just marked as unused like WaveLab currently does in a DDP set, that the column will not appear at all in the HOFA DDP Player for clients.
I send every project to clients with the HOFA DDP Player for approval because it is so stable and easy to use/install. Even if they don't plan to make CDs, it's the best way to hear the album in sequence and view all the titles before we move on to making the other master formats. Plus, they have an easy option to export each song in what is still the most standard format for digital distribution (unfortunately) which is 16-bit/44.1k WAV.
I suppose that in the future, master files higher than 16-bit/44.1k WAV will be more widely accepted but for now it's a handy scenario.
Thanks again for a great product and customer support.