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Cantata

   1.5.1  

KDE Sound Application

Score 90%
Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  3281
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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 only lyrics pane (again :)) and other cornucopia

 
 by zeltakc on: Dec 23 2013
 
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Hya CraigD

first of all happy holidays!

i know ive asked this before but i would like to ask again for an (option) to have just lyrics in the song information pane pane. i know you can decrease the size of the panel to just show lyrics but its very limiting (especially on wide screens) where i have 90% of the pane for the playlist and the lyrics as a small strip , IE:

https://paste.xinu.at/c7m/

- also i love the new design of cantata! I created monochrome icon themes for both gmpc and gmusicbrowser, examples:

https://paste.xinu.at/y2CbBA/

https://paste.xinu.at/nsIJ5/

if you like them i can send you the full svg/png images, i think some icons could fit in well in cantata and or can be used as an extra theme


-also can cantata read lyrics from id3 tags (for the files that have them)?


- kinda off topic, have you heard of beets?
http://beets.radbox.org/

its fantastic and works really well with MPD, im starting to dive into it and loving it so far

thanks alot again

best wishes

Z.





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 Re: only lyrics pane (again :)) and other cornucop

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 23 2013
 
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1. Option to have context always collapsed into a single pane is now in trunk. However, even in 1.2.x each pane is resizable via a splitter, so you can just hide the ones you dont want.

2. Thanks, but I'm not sure where I'd use the monochrome icons.

3. Cantata can already read lyrics from ID3 tags - but you cannot update them.

4. I have heard of beets, but have never used it.


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 Some ideas..

 
 by zeltakc on: Dec 23 2013
 
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Thx CraigD

built from trunk and works great
since its the holidays and i have some spare (kids and wife allowing :)) time, and i really would like to contribute to cantata, i made some mock-ups of some ideas/usability refinements i think could benefit cantata, i wont get offended if you think it sucks or dont care for them much, just throwing out some ideas :)

1) it would be nice to have the backdrop image resize to fit current size of the window to avoid issues like this:
https://paste.xinu.at/3daDc/

2) horizontal view: would be nice to allow the user (if possible) to swap the vertical view ot horizontal view, here is a simple mock-up i created:

https://paste.xinu.at/AOla1t/


3) Add Bottom bar with small icons option. as you can see in the screenshot below, using the normal icons with the bottom bar looks really bad

https://paste.xinu.at/3daDc/

4)save/load backdrops to artist root location and not folder- currently as far as i understand it saves the same backdrop in each album folder which creates redundancy?

if you find this suggestions annoying/bizarre/uselss etc totally understand and will just bug you with normal feature requests in the future

take care

Z


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 Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 23 2013
 
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1. Agreed - and I had thought about this for a future relelease.

2. Not 100% convinced. Looks awful to me. However, as always, patches are welcome :-)

3. Your screenshot does not show the bottom bar. Anyway, this 'bottom bar' was only ever added when I attempted an android port (which I aborted, as it just didnt work very well)

4. Backdrops are saved in artist folder. e.g. if you have

mpd_dir = /var/lib/mpd/music
file: /var/lib/mpd/music/Artist/Album/File.mp3

...then backdrop.jpg will be saved into /var/lib/mpd/music/Artist. The exception to this is for Various Artists albums, these backdrops are saved in user's cache folder.


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 Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 23 2013
 
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Bottom and top bars with small icons now implemented in trunk.


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 Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 23 2013
 
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...and in trunk, context view backdrop now resizes.


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 Re: Re: Some ideas..

 
 by zeltakc on: Dec 24 2013
 
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Thx alot, wow thats cool. i did find 2 bugs in trunk after the changes

1) about~ 30% of the time the backdrops are wrong, see example

https://paste.xinu.at/jfy/

the artist is iron maiden but it pulls down depech mode
also does cantata use the artist backdrop in the root folder if available? i know now it can save it there but can it read from there (and if not would you mind adding that feature?)

2)resizing works but it splits the image when a certain size is met (see same above screenshot), wouldnt it be better and more aesthetic to just stretch the image?

can you confirm these bugs?

thx

Z



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 Re: Re: Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 24 2013
 
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1. Weird, I have never seen this. All I can suggest is that you run Cantata from a command line using:

CANTATA_DEBUG=4160 cantata

...this will cause the context widget, and network accecss, to gbe logged to ~/.cache/cantata/cantata.log The details of this should help fixing. Also, please report bugs via Cantata's bug tracker.

See the README file for details of how cantata saves/loads backdrops, covers, etc. (Section 5)

2. Stretch the image? You mean distort the aspect ratio? No way, that'd look terrible!


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 24 2013
 
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...instead of tiling, the image is now draw in the centre. Better?


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Some ideas..

 
 by zeltakc on: Dec 25 2013
 
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hehe yeah much better :) and posted the log as requested on the bug tracker on google code

best

Z


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 Suggestion

 
 by bvbfan on: Jan 4 2014
 
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First of all great app. Why name is Cantata with C we are KDE user and i really like all names to start with K especially C names, in this order C++ must be K++ :)
Vkontakte.ru may will be great feature.


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 Re: Suggestion

 
 by bendersteed on: Jan 7 2014
 
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Probably because this isn't purely a kde app. It can be built against kde libs but then again it can be built as a pure qt app so Kantata would be kinda misleading. My 2c though, I'm not the developer.


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 This MPD client is superb

 
 by therealpxc on: Jan 25 2014
 
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Hey, Craig! I just wanted to drop by to tell you (and any of your committers, if applicable— spread the word and the love!) that I'm really impressed with Cantata.

I'd used MPD before in the past (2009-2010), and decided to reinstall it when I reconfigured a cabinet-bound, old laptop I sometimes use to play music at parties. I had no idea such a fine MPD client even existed! There's truly no contest.

I look forward to dancing and listening with my friends at our next party, and for all of us taking turns showing each other our favorite music without unplugging and replugging the speakers over and over. I've already much enjoyed using the many streams you've made easily accessible from your app, and especially the radio streams (I love NPR's Weekend Edition in the mornings). The SoundCloud capability of this app is great for spontaneous listening to tracks not in my collection, too!

I haven't been this delighted by the discovery of a new application since (perhaps fittingly) I tried Amarok 1.3.8 for the first time! I guess that makes Cantata part of a long and honorable tradition of excellence in KDE music players. ;-)

Thanks for all the care you've taken in building an application that manages to be elegant even as it is so feature-rich. I hope it sees many more years of such care, because it's really a joy to use. :-)

— Patrick C.


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 Re: This MPD client is superb

 
 by CraigD on: Jan 27 2014
 
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Thank you for your kind words, glad you like the program :-)


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 pthread error

 
 by viron on: Feb 28 2014
 
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Doesn't seem to want to compile with glibc 2.17 pthread. Throws DSO error and end of compilation as follows:

Linking CXX executable cantata-replaygain
/usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.8.2/../../../../i486-slackware-linux/bin/ld: /usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.8.2/../../../libavcodec.a(pthread.o): undefined reference to symbol 'pthread_join@@GLIBC_2.0'
/usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.8.2/../../../../i486-slackware-linux/bin/ld: note: 'pthread_join@@GLIBC_2.0' is defined in DSO /lib/libpthread.so.0 so try adding it to the linker command line
/lib/libpthread.so.0: could not read symbols: Invalid operation
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
make[2]: *** [replaygain/cantata-replaygain] Error 1
make[1]: *** [replaygain/CMakeFiles/cantata-replaygain.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2


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 Re: pthread error

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 1 2014
 
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Please try 1.3.1 - I've modifed the build to explicitly link against pthread.


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 Lyrics from tags

 
 by imruska on: Mar 2 2014
 
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You said that Cantata can read lyrics from ID3 tags, I have a few files that have lyrics in USLT tags (ID3 2.3.0), but Cantata does not show them (1.3.0.1, openSUSE), It only tries to retrieve the lyrics from various on-line sources.
It would also be great if you could implement displaying Lyrics stored in other files such as Flac files.


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 Re: Lyrics from tags

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 2 2014
 
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Cantata *DOES* read from USLT in id3 tags - but only if it can access the file.

Also, it reads lyrics from LYRICS tag for FLAC, Opus, Vorbis, and Speex files.


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 Lyrics from tags

 
 by imruska on: Mar 6 2014
 
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Oh, yes, you are right. The problem was that my collection was not complete. I had to do a database refresh and Cantata shows the embedded lyrics. Thank you very much.


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