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Cantata

   1.5.1  

KDE Sound Application

Score 90%
Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  3271
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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 KDE - monochrome sidebar icons

 
 by Grely on: May 10 2013
 
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Cantata is superb - thanks for your job, but version 1.0.x with Monochrome icons ("sidebar" and "other action") on KDE looks not good (in my opinion). You can add option UI based only on Oxygen icons (as in version 0.9.2) or prepare secend source package with gui version 0.9.2?


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 Re: KDE - monochrome sidebar icons

 
 by CraigD on: May 10 2013
 
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1.1 will come with an entry in the s1debar context menu to switch monochrome icons off - but I'd already had 1.0 translated before adding the mono icons, so could not add to this release.


However, you can edit Cantata's config file (as detailed in the ChangeLog (item 99)), and this will turn off the monochrome icons the next time cantata is started.


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 Re: Re: KDE - monochrome sidebar icons

 
 by Grely on: May 10 2013
 
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Thanks for the advice. It works, but not for "streams" (sidebar) and "other action" (main toolbar).


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 Re: Re: Re: KDE - monochrome sidebar icons

 
 by CraigD on: May 11 2013
 
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Streams sidebar icon is not monochrome, but just gray scale. I could not find a coloured stream icon that worked with oxygen, gtk styles (e.g. ambiance), and on windows. If you can find one, then I will gladly use it. (it needs to be in svg format, or at least available in various sizes)

As to the menu button (other actions), this is coloured as per the font colour. I have no intention to change this, as I think it works fine with oxygen. its simple, and matches the chrome menu icon, and various menu icons on android.


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 binary file size ?!

 
 by AozRoon on: May 13 2013
 
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Hi,

Cantata 0.9.2 binary file size was 4.5Mo.
Cantata 1.0.1 binary file size is ~45Mo.

What could explain that ? Thank you !


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 Re: binary file size ?!

 
 by CraigD on: May 13 2013
 
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Which build? Qt, KDE, Windows???

My binary Linux Qt binary is 6M


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 Re: Re: binary file size ?!

 
 by AozRoon on: May 14 2013
 
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KDE (and you make me remind that the previous build I made was a Qt one)


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 Re: Re: Re: binary file size ?!

 
 by AozRoon on: May 14 2013
 
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(linux)


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 Re: Re: Re: binary file size ?!

 
 by CraigD on: May 14 2013
 
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Ah, looks like KDE builds have the debug symbols. You can remove these by runnig 'strip' on the executable. e.g.

strip cantata


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: binary file size ?!

 
 by CraigD on: May 14 2013
 
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Actually, if you tell cmake to create a Release build, then the executable is automatically stripped. e.g. when you call 'cmake' also pass:

-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release

...I'll add this to the install instructions.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: binary file size ?!

 
 by AozRoon on: May 15 2013
 
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It works perfectly !


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: binary file size ?!

 
 by AozRoon on: May 14 2013
 
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Thank for the hint. I will try to clean up the binary at home tonight.

And thank you for this new cantata release !


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 QT5 HTTP stream playback

 
 by bosi1024 on: Jun 9 2013
 
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Hi,

will it be possible to migrate the HTTP stream playback to QtMultimedia for the QT5 build as phonon is notavailable in QT5?

Thank you!


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 Re: QT5 HTTP stream playback

 
 by CraigD on: Jun 10 2013
 
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Possible yes. Anytime soon? No. Not unless someone provides a patch.

Its not a feature I use, and it does not work very well with Phonon - hence disabled from builds by default.


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 Re: Re: QT5 HTTP stream playback

 
 by CraigD on: Jun 12 2013
 
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Feature is now in trunk (which will become 1.1)


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 Tutorial

 
 by alfkde on: Jul 24 2013
 
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Hi.

I want to know if there is some tutorial or manual about Cantata.

I have a problem with streams, I can not add them, Cantata shows:

Music folder not writeable.

And the config of mpd and the folders and files are in my home directory including music folder.

I don't know where search information.

Thanks.


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 Re: Tutorial

 
 by CraigD on: Aug 1 2013
 
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Which version are you using? There was a bug in versions prior to 1.0.3 where it would think the file was not writable.

Anyway, I'd suggest waiting for 1.1 - which I'll release probably next week. This has a *much* better interface for streams.


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 Re: Re: Tutorial

 
 by alfkde on: Aug 2 2013
 
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Thanks.

I think is the last version.

I resolved the problem. It was an option deactivated, the name is some like Store stream in folder music.


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 Wow..

 
 by elric80 on: Aug 16 2013
 
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Thanks a mill for Ubuntu/Ambiance new integration. Looks awesome.


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 Re: Wow..

 
 by CraigD on: Aug 17 2013
 
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Glad you like it - but Ambiance integration has been in since 1.0.0 :-)


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 configure cantata

 
 by chepioq on: Aug 17 2013
 
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I want test cantata, I compile and install, but when I launch it, in connections details window, I don't know how...

I open port 6600, but what I do with Host(or local socket) and password field ?

password is my user password or root password ?

And Host ?

When I click on connect button I have this error message :
Connection to "Default" (localhost:6600) failed.


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 Re: configure cantata

 
 by CraigD on: Aug 17 2013
 
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Do you want to run MPD in system-wide mode? ie. have your music collection shared between all users? IF so, do you have MPD configured, and running on your machine? The password entry refers to the password you have configured in MPD's settings.

Alternatively, you can have Cantata start, and control, a per-user instance of MPD. This will only be accessible to Cantata, and to the current user. For this to function, you must also ensure that MPD is installed.


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