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Cantata

   1.3.4  

KDE Sound Application

Score 89%
Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  2551
Submitted:  Dec 21 2011
Updated:  Apr 8 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:

1.3.4
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1. Fix adding songs to playqueue with priority when playqueue is not empty.
2. When loading covers, if load fails, check to see if this is because of an incorrect extension. e.g. load a .jpg file with PNG type, and vice versa.
3. Fix showing of time-slider when Cantata is started minimized to system tray and MPD is playing.
4. Remove unused 'Back' action.
5. Don't treat albums with artists such as 'AlbumArtist ft Other' as multiple artist albums.
6. Fix updating of playqueue sidebar tooltip and icon.
7. Add playqueue action to main window, so that shortcut works.
8. When using track organizer, also try to move artist images, backdrop images, and playlist files.
9. After altering filename scheme from track organizer, save settings.
10. Don't set year or disc in tag editor for 'All Tracks' unless they are non zero.
11. In tag-editor, when obtaining values to use for 'All Tracks' entry, don't ignore empty fields.
12. When determining album year, ignore playlist files!
13. If MPD database is refreshed whilst listview is not at top level, then reset view to top level.
14. When TrackOrganizer is called after TagEditor, only perform MPD update once.
15. When editing filename scheme, after inserting a variable set cursor position to after newly inserted text and give focus back to line edit.

1.3.3
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1. If Cantata is started whilst an instance is also running, raise window of current instance. (Linux only fix)
2. Add song to playqueue from albums page when double-clicked.
3. Fix display of online-service track album-artist in copy dialog.
4. Ensure library is loaded the very first time Cantata is run (ie. after connected to MPD via initial settings wizard).
5. When song is updated in context view, abort any current network jobs.
6. Fix expand all / collapse all actions. Expand all will only expand 1 level for main browsers.
7. When reading lines from user mpd.conf file, read as utf-8.
8. Reset devices and online-services models when artist-view cover size changes.
9. If downloading online-service track listing fails, then stop loader and show error.
10. Use new location of Jamendo DB listing.

1.3.2
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1. In cover/artist dialog, when attempting to save an image into Cantata's cache folder - ensure the 'covers' sub-folder is created.
2. When saving artist image from cover dialog, if set to save in MPD folder and song's path does not have 2 folder elements then save in cache folder. Cantata will only save artist images, and backdrops, in MPD folder if the folder structure is (e.g.) Artist/Album/Track.mp3
3. Use case-insensitive sort of folder view items when adding to playqueue.
4. When determining the 'basic' artist of a track, if albumartist is set and artist is not, then use albumartist.
5. For the web-links in the context view, replace ampersand and question mark characters in artist names with the relevant URL encoding.
6. Use CMake to locate X11 libraries and headers.
7. Set minimum size for initial settings wizard.
8. If buddy of a checkbox or radio is clicked, then toggle check or radio.
9. Disable context-view cancel actions until a job is created.
10. When searching models, also search composer field.
11. Fix enabling of "Initially collapse albums" in playlists settings tab.
12. Fix grouped playlist view initial state when set to initially collapse albums.
13. Fix calculating size of song files when copying off a device that has been previously scanned, and its contents cached.
14. When copying from a CD, check that we have enough space for track that was encoded with a 1:18 ratio. Just a sanity check really.
15. Fix song notification mem-leak (Linux only).
16. When transitioning between backdrops in cover view, draw old at correct position.
17. Dont load library twice at start-up when cache has been deleted current tab is artists or albums.

1.3.1
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1. Fix collapsed context-view selector buttons text when using a dark background.
2. Apply some Fedora patches.
3. Fix MPD HTTP stream playback.
4. Fix painting of Gtk thin scrollbar style on comboboxes.
5. When waiting for replies from MPD, use Qt's standard timeout value of 30s. While the socket is still connected, Cantata will wait up to 4 times the timeout value. Therefore, the actual timeout has increased to 2minutes!
6. If a sidebar view has focus, but sidebar is collapsed, then find action should activate playqueue search widget.
7. FreeBSD 10 compile fixes.
8. Fix scaling of context view background when size of view changes.
9. Elide text of context view selector buttons, if insufficient space.
10. Only show mopidy note in copy/remove dialog if connected to mopidy.
11. Fix broken en_GB translation.
12. Fix folder-view path parsing. If two folders only differed in the last character then Cantata would have placed the contents of the second into the listing of the first.
13. Explicitly link to pthread.
14. Do not allow 'auto-hide sidebar' and 'playqueue in sidebar' to be active at the same time.

1.3.0.1
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1. Fix duplicate translations - causes KDE builds to fail.

1.3.0
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Main new features in this release:
1. Basic undo/redo for playqueue.
2. Search tab - searches performed via MPD. This tab is hidden by default.
3. Optionally cache scaled covers, to improve loading of albums view. (Displaying of covers should be faster after 1st run, when the scaled contents are saved)
4. Only start internal HTTP server when required, and stop after last non-MPD track removed from playqueue.
5. If listallinfo fails then use lsinfo recursively to retrieve the music collection. listallinfo requires more memory with MPD 0.18, and has been reported to fail for large collections.
6. Cache folder listing (as per music collection), if folders view is used.
7. Better support for Mopidy (requires Mopidy 0.18, or newer)




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 resolution

 
 by marthy on: Sep 29 2012
 
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hello
I got a little problem.I have a small resolution (1024x600).I cannot enough reduce the main window and there is a part behind my panels. What can I do ?


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 Re: resolution

 
 by CraigD on: Oct 1 2012
 
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Cantata can definitely be reduced to well within those limits.

Right click on the sidebar, and reduce the number of entries (assuming you dont want all items - but even with all items, its only 540px for me). Also, try changing the sidebar style, or remove text labels.


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 Where are the built packages?

 
 by maystar on: Oct 13 2012
 
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This is really the best mpd client I've ever used. And it's more stable than the most ones.
That's why I am very surprised that here are no packages provided at all. In my ubuntu system I wasn't able to build Cantata without modifying my system. I didn't want to solve the dependencies just to give yet another player a try (I haven't expected such a good one...).
Fortunately I've found an rpm package here: http://software.opensuse.org/package/cantata
This could be easily transformed to a deb file using alien. I've also seen that you provide Windows version on the google code site. So you could provide packages for 3 mainstream system without any effort on this page. I guess this would increase the number of users as well as supporters.
Thanks for the great tool!


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 Re: Where are the built packages?

 
 by CraigD on: Oct 15 2012
 
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Cantata is developed on Kubuntu/Ubuntu. There is no need to modify your system - apart from installing some development packages.

Sorry, but I do not have the time to create packages for other systems. The windows build exists, as I thought it might be fun to try and port it to windows. However, even here no installer is provided.


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 Re: Where are the built packages?

 
 by maystar on: Oct 17 2012
 
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If you develop in Ubuntu why don't you offer prebuilt *.deb packages??? I guess you will do many people a favour.
Is there any information about the required dev packages? Normal user don't have them on their system and don't know anything about their dependancies.


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 Re: Re: Where are the built packages?

 
 by dodgie74 on: Dec 10 2012
 
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Building .deb packages is not such a trivial task as you appear to think it is.


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 request

 
 by marthy on: Dec 7 2012
 
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I saw an update of Cantata in my distribution's repositories and It remind me I have a little request.
First of all, thanks a lot for your application, your time spent about It and your abilities.
Is it possible to make severals "Play Queue" like exaile. You know, some playlists (with personals names) in severals tabs. According to you, Is it technically possible with mpd client ? Thanks again for your job.


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 Re: request

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 9 2012
 
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I think this /might/ be technically feasible - but its not something I would use. It would be mixing playlists and the playqueue - which I think would be a bit confusing. i.e. if the user had an active playqueue, but then switched to a playlist (to play it) - the original playqueue would either have to be stored as a playlist (as what name?), or be 'lost'

Cantata does allow you to list the contents of playlists in its playlists page.

p.s. Sorry about the late reply - kde-apps would not let me log in until now!


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 great

 
 by AozRoon on: Dec 13 2012
 
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Nice new version !
Thank you


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 Where are the menus

 
 by jjordanthesailor on: Mar 7 2013
 
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All I get is a settings menu with 1 item: configure shortcuts and a help menu. There is not even a menu to close Cantata.

Used to use cantata quite a lot so I thought I would go back to it but I need menus.

-j


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 Re: Where are the menus

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 8 2013
 
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Which versin of Cantata is this? 0.9.2? KDE, or Qt?

Cantata ha no menu bar, but in the top right there is a menu button. I've just compiled 0.9.2 for KDE, and Qt, and both versions have this menu button - which *does* have a quit option.


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 Re: Where are the menus

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 8 2013
 
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Which version of Cantata is this? 0.9.2? KDE, or Qt?

Cantata has no menu bar, but in the top right there is a menu button. I've just compiled 0.9.2 for KDE, and Qt, and both versions have this menu button - which *does* have a quit option.


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 Re: Re: Where are the menus

 
 by JTux270 on: Mar 11 2013
 
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hi Craig, sorry for contacting you here in the comments, but a month ago i've sent you a message through the kde-look form regarding Russian translation for QTcurve. Would you kindly contact me back? Thank you.


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 Re: Re: Re: Where are the menus

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 11 2013
 
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Hmmm... sorry if I did not reply, I usually do. Please feel free to contact me via email (I *hate* kde-apps/look messagging!). My email address is in the AUTHORS file (of Cantata, QtCurve, etc.)


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 [feature-request] stop after current song

 
 by faemir on: Mar 28 2013
 
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Hey, love Cantata, easily the best mpd client i've ever used.

The one feature I really do miss from foobar on windows (and many players) is a toggle to stop after the current song. Obviously it's not implemented in mpd, and all of the 'workarounds' to get it are pretty messy and horrible.

Would Cantata ever have this feature?


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 Re: [feature-request] stop after current song

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 28 2013
 
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If you select the '1' icon in the bottom right - this will enable MPDs single mode. Here only 1 track is played - either repatedly (if repeat is on)m or just the once. So, this will 'sort of' get what you want.

Not really sure how else to accomplish this. Perhaps filing a feature request with mpd? (actually there already is a bug report - http://bugs.musicpd.org/view.php?id=3126)

I'll give this some thought...


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