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Cantata

   1.5.1  

KDE Sound Application

Score 90%
Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  3221
Submitted:  Dec 21 2011
Updated:  Oct 30 2014

Description:

Cantata is a (yet another!) client for the music player daemon (MPD). Originally started as a fork of QtMPC, the code is now *very* different. Cantata can be compiled with KDE support, or as a pure Qt4 application. The interface is very configurable - most views can be shown as either a list or tree structure.

Currently Cantata has the following views:

1. Library - sorted as Album Artist (or Artist if Album Artist not set), Album, and finally Track.
2. Albums - displays albums as icons, sorted by their title.
3. Folders - displays MPDs virtual filesystem. (This view is hidden by default)
4. Playlists
5. Dynamic - dynamic playlists
6. Streams - allows saving of internet radio URLs, searching for stations via TuneIn or ShoutCast, station listings from; Digitally Imported (+Sky, JazzRadio, RockRadio), TuneIn, IceCast, ShoutCast, SomaFM, etc.
7. Online - Jamendo, Magnatune, SoundCloud, and Podcasts
8. Devices - enables copying from/to USB-Mass-Storage (UMS) and MTP devices, and ripping AudioCDs

The sidebar has a context menu, allowing you to control its style and what items are shown.

Refer to http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/Client:Cantata, and https://cantata.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/README, for further information.




Changelog:

1.5.1
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1. Show correct separators for windows builds.
2. Supply TagLib 1.9.1 for windows builds.
3. Convert filename to UTF16 before passing to TagLib for windows builds.
4. When emiting signal to say cover is loaded, need to adjust size by pixel ratio.
5. Fix updating of toolbar coverwidget if cover is downloaded after song has started.
6. Fix compilation when online services disabled.
7. Fix dynamic playlists with no include rules.
8. Re-add option to show artist images in tree and list views.

1.5.0.1
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1. Add missing libtag.dll to windows setup.

1.5.0
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1. Remove cover size setting, set automatically.
2. Artist images only shown in grid view.
3. No images, or icons, shown in basic tree view.
4. Remove GUI option to control saving of scaled covers. This is enabled by default, and can be toggled via the config file.
5. Don't re-load view when sort changes.
6. Simplify view config pages.
7. Use QUrl with server details to build HTTP address used to compare MPD http file paths against.
8. Store song ratings in MPD's sticker DB. Ratings stored using 'rating' key and values 0 to 10. In the UI, ratings are show as 5 stars.
9. If we fail to download a cover, don't keep trying next time song is played.
10. Simplify toolbar cover widget, no border.
11. Allow preference dialog to shrink smaller. If screen size is less than 800px, then views page is re-arranged to allow much smaller dialog, category selector uses smaller icons, and headers are removed.. You can check this setting by calling cantata as follows: CANTATA_NETBOOK=1 cantata
12. Support MPDs "find modified-since" with MPD 0.19 and newer. If a number is entered it is taken to be 'modified since X days in past', otherwise a date should be entered (e.g. 01/12/2001 to find all tracks since 1st Dec 2001) Cantata will first try to convert from your locale date format, default date format, and then ISO date format.
13. Show covers in search results.
14. Show performer in cover tooltip if this is set and different to album artist.
15. Always large action icons for grid view.
16. Increase gap between add and play icons in grid view.
17. Disable volume fade on stop by default - this is really something MPD itself should implement.
18. Remove 'Add albums in random order' from view context menus.
19. Reorganize playqueue context menu.
20. Use 'Metadata' and not 'Tags' as metadata/tags view in context song pane.
21. Minor changes to song progress slider.
22. Show covers in playlist tree and list views.
23. Use read-only editable combo for filename in tag editor, so that text can be selected.
24. Also read /com/canonical/desktop/interface/scrollbar-mode to determine if overlay scrollbars have been disabled.
25. Add note about 'AlbumArtist' tag to initial settings wizard.
26. Use QDesktopWidget::logicalDpiX()/96.0 to set DPI scale factor.
27. Expand ~/ to QDir::homePath() when read from UI.
28. Save QDir::homePath()/ as ~ in config file, and convert when read.
29. Allow all bar title and artist columns to be hidden in playqueue.
30. Add option to disable song info tooltips.
31. Only show icons in message widget buttons if style uses icons for dialog buttons.
32. Add option to have separate play queue search action - enabled by default.
33. Revert back to storing scaled covers as JPG. PNG is taking too much space, especially with retina displays.
34. Read ArtistSort, AlbumArtistSort, and AlbumSort from MPD. If found, use these to sort items.
35. Add 'Full Refresh' action - cuases caches to be removed, and models to be completely refreshed.
36. Add actions to mark podcast as episode as listened or new.
37. Add action to cancel podcast downloads.
38. Download podcasts sequentially.
39. Configurable limit to auto podcast downloading.
40. When starting, remove any previous partial podcast downloads.
41. Don't make media keys backend configurable, auto detect the best one.
42. Remove Gtk combo popup size hack.
43. Fix Qt5 translations.
44. Add button to status bar to eanble/disable playback of MPD HTTP output stream.
45. Show notification when outputs changed.
46. Connect MPRIS stopAfterCurrent signal to correct action.
47. Add prev/play/pause/etc actions to Unity launcher, and to windows taskbar entry.
48. Fix current track highlight in grouped view under windows for header item.
49. Use same selection drawing for all views.
50. Fix size of collapsed window in windows builds.
51. If run under Unity or OSX, then place close buttons on left.
52. Fix auto-marking of played downloaded podcasts when connected via a local socket.
53. Fix playback of local files by inbuilt HTTP server.
54. In catata-tags.exe set unhandled exception handler, to prevent windows crash dialog appearing.
55. If a command fails to be sent to MPD, and the socket is in an error state, then reconnect and update status and playqueue.
56. For windows builds, when window is not focused, draw sidebar selection as a darkened background.
57. If MPD supports https, then there is no need to convert SoundCould URLs.
58. If playlist is loaded and replaces playqueue, then start playback of first track.
59. Custom/thin scrollbars for context view.
60. If fail to read a Gtk setting from DConf then try GSettings.
61. Send a message (default to 'status') at least once every 30 seconds to keep command connection alive.
62. Fix inconsistent default cover sizes.
63. French translation - thanks to Jaussoin Timothée.
64. Seek 5seconds when control (or command for Mac) and lef/right arrow keys are pressed. (Seek setting may be changed via config file - refer to README for more details.)




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 Nice work

 
 by xlx on: Dec 22 2011
 
Score 50%

This app seems pretty promising!

I've been a ncmpcpp user for quite a while, and I really don't remember seeing a nice KDE MPD client so far.

I'll surely give it a try and let you know about my conclusions. Thank you very much.


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 Fantastic!

 
 by piwsko on: Dec 22 2011
 
Score 50%

This is what I was looking for. Great job :)
It's not perfect yet, but as for a first release it shows a great potential.

Apart from praise, i would like to give a couple of request and point out some bugs:
Feature: play/pause on middle clicking the tray icon. For kde version I've already changed the code:
mainwindow.cpp, line 1507, add something like
connect(trayItem, SIGNAL(secondaryActivateRequested( const QPoint & )), this, SLOT(playPauseTrack()));
Bug1: Having the tray icon enabled if you enter and leave the settings, each time a new tray icon appears
Bug2: folder view in tree mode does not respond to double clicks.

If I find something more, I will post it here, because I have only played with your application for about 5 minutes.


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 Re: Fantastic!

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 22 2011
 
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Middle-click feature, thanks I'll add this.

BUG1: I don't actually use the tray icon, hence I've not noticed this! I'll fix

BUG2: Ahh! Just noticed this. I have my KDE set to single click, so didnt see! Again, will fix.

Thanks for testing!


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 Re: Re: Fantastic!

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 22 2011
 
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BUG1: Edit gui/mainwindow.cpp at about line 1945 simply add: "if (trayItem) return;"

BUG2: Edit widgets/itemview.cpp, and comment out line 330 ( "connect(treeView, SIGNAL(activated(..." )

This should fix these issues.


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 Re: Re: Re: Fantastic!

 
 by piwsko on: Dec 22 2011
 
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BUG1: Strange, I don't have as many lines in mainwindow.cpp, only around 1632. Maybe you meant line 1495 in setupTrayIcon(), because there it works :)

BUG2: Great, it works now:) However, now that I can properly see the tree structure I was wandering why are there no tree expand arrows in the top level directories. But it's not a biggie.

Now that both bugs are fixed I'm going to use your client full time :)


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Fantastic!

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 22 2011
 
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The top level expand arrows are not there as I thought they just added visual noise. No big deal, I an always add them back if people prefer them that way...


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 ...

 
 by acidrums4 on: Dec 22 2011
 
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I just tried it. I'm stuck with ncmpcpp but it seems so cool. The only thing I disliked is toolbars are not configurable and buttons are too big for my taste... Everything else is OK, at beggining it was slow for searching and stuff like that but I guess it's by it reads the mpd database. Maybe a progress bar would be cool.


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 Re: ...

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 22 2011
 
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Do you mean slow at start-up when the collection is loaded? How slow is slow? How large is your collection? I have about 300 albums, and I dont notice any slow down. (Is it fast enough after the initial start? The MPD database is cached to an XML file, so should be quicker on restarts)

The search is just using Qt's inbuilt model filtering, so does not query mpd - as the whole collection list is in memory.


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 Deb package for the brave

 
 by piwsko on: Dec 22 2011
 
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I compiled a deb package for those eager to try it out. I made it with checkinstall, so don't expect anything fancy.
Made on Kubuntu 11.10, KDE 4.7.2 (probably)

http://www.mediafire.com/?nohh2b0f10lk7eo

I hope the application creator is ok with me distributing packages.


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 Re: Deb package for the brave

 
 by piwsko on: Dec 22 2011
 
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Sorry for spamming the comments, but it turns out that the checkinstall package I made was not really ok. Fortunately, the author included cpack directives, so now I'm posting a properly (I hope) made package
http://www.mediafire.com/?la1dzv698oslwf8


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 Re: Re: Deb package for the brave

 
 by 442206 on: Dec 23 2011
 
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I would like to have it for kubuntu in 64


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 Re: Re: Re: Deb package for the brave

 
 by piwsko on: Dec 23 2011
 
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I'm really, really sorry, but I don't have a 64bit build environment around. If I had, I would be more than glad to help. However, I suggest that you built it yourself, it turns out to be much easier than expected.


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 Polish translation

 
 by piwsko on: Dec 22 2011
 
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It's me again. I made an almost complete translation of Cantata. The .po file can be found here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?sp6lljr7zjmyisz
I hope the quality of translation will be satisfying.


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 Thank you.

 
 by ArchieArevalo on: Dec 23 2011
 
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Thank you for this no-frill MPD. I've packaged it and sent it upstream for consideration (and hopefully addition) to our distro's repository. Good luck and more power on the development! Best regards.


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