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Cantata

   1.3.4  

KDE Sound Application

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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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 Sorry

 
 by lionhater on: Feb 23 2012
 
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All right, sorry for being irritable. I've really been treated badly by another developer (of a GTK mpd client) and mistakenly took you to be the same sort.


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 Best player except

 
 by lionhater on: Feb 23 2012
 
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I've tried all the music players in Linux and this is the best one, but ability to sort albums (in album-cover view) by album artist/artist instead of album title would make it perfect.

In large collections visiual clue is very useful or rather necessary, more sore with classical albums. By expanding the album-cover pane I can achieve a very nice iTunes-like view, but this should be sorted by album artist/artist. Otherwise this visiul clue is not very helpful. I've got 35 Bach albums (when ripping replaced composer tags with performer), 30 Vivaldi albums, 12 Yes albums etc. And now they're all scattered around -not a logical flow to navigate. Think of a regular library or CD shop.

Sorry for being long-winded, but it's just too good to be wasted by just one flaw, in my humble opinion.


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 Re: Best player except

 
 by CraigD on: Feb 23 2012
 
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Must admint I don't personally use the album view - its a bit slow. So, I was never quire sure on album-artist or artist-album. I'll add a config item :-)


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 Re: Re: Best player except

 
 by lionhater on: Feb 23 2012
 
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YOU-ARE-GREAT! An option to sort by album-artist, if not present artist would be great. Or this sorting would be the default and only one available.

Please, consider to put a screenshot of the extended album-cover view as this is most useful for many users, a big selling point!


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 just another one

 
 by lionhater on: Feb 23 2012
 
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Sorry; another useful feauter would be the ability to have a kind of album mode in playlist view, as one can have playlists containing albums as well as songs and in that case the current playlist view as a song list is not very convenient.

BE::MPC has it (http://qt-apps.org/content/show.php/BE%3A%3AMPC?content=137091). DeadBeef, Aqualung, Banshee and Beatbox have it too in various ways.


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 Re: just another one

 
 by CraigD on: Feb 23 2012
 
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This is already on my TODO - just haven't gotten round to implement it. Probably won't be in the next version (0.5.0), but I do fully intend to add this (but as an option).


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 Re: Re: just another one

 
 by lionhater on: Feb 23 2012
 
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EXCELLENT! Since I've left Mac OS X a few months ago, this is the first time I see the light! At last a music player app better than iTunes. Thank you and best regards.


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 Great

 
 by bendersteed on: Mar 12 2012
 
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Just commenting to let you know that I'm really grateful for this app. Really great.
Made me switch from sonata, immediately.
Keep up the great work.


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 Devices not working.

 
 by Jestern on: Mar 12 2012
 
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First of all, i have to thank you for this excelent application. But the copy to device, with or without transcoding, doesn't work. It just create 0 bites files. I don't know if it's a bug o something wrong in my config.


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 Re: Devices not working.

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 12 2012
 
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I have tried this and it was working, but its possible I broke something before release. Which device type are you using? UMS or MTP?


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 Re: Re: Devices not working.

 
 by Jestern on: Mar 12 2012
 
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I'm using a UMS device(actually my android phone), i haven't tested any MTP, thought.


Cheers.


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 Re: Re: Re: Devices not working.

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 13 2012
 
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Hmmm.... this is odd, as I've just tried and managed to copy files to my Android phone (Motorola Defy with froyo), and the files were copied fine.

Can you send me an email (my address is in the AUTHORS file), and I'll create a build with lots of debug. Then I can hopefully track down the issue.


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 A small request

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 13 2012
 
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Hi there

Just discoverd cantata after years of mpd use (and kde use) and was blow away..this is just amazing..thx alot for you work!

a small request (before i really get into cantata and ask for bigger things :)). is it possible to have cantata also pickup folder.jpg (currently it only does cover.jpg) and also give an option to not auto save images it finds? (i preffer to manually download album covers)

thx alot again

Best

Z


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 Re: A small request

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 13 2012
 
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P.S

would be cool though to have an option to save the lyrics as a text file similar to saving the cover.jpg in the same folder

Z


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 Re: Re: A small request

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 13 2012
 
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I can add this. Currently, Cantata will attempt to rea lyrics form <filename>.lyrics if found - if not it will attempt to download. Donwloaded lyrics are cached to ~/.cache/cantata/lyrics


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 Re: A small request

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 13 2012
 
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It already reads cover.jpg, cover.png, folder.jpg, folder.png, AlbumArt.jpg, and AlbumArt.png.

It only *creates* cover.jpg/png for library albums though.

If one of the above files is found, then Cantata will *not* download a cover. So, I fail to see the issue here...


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 Re: Re: A small request

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 13 2012
 
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thx for the quick response

in that case i will transfer the above request to a 'bug' report :) on my machine (arch linux 64 bit latest kde) it dosent read Folder.jpg (with a captile F..that how i have my covers) and it definantly creates a cover.jpg when there is already album cover art avilable (again Folder.jpg). is there a bug tracker to the project so next time i can report to a more adewaute place?

Also as i said im completly blown away by cantata (and trust me ive tried ALOT of mpd clients over the years..). I have no coding knowleadge but would love to help out to the porject in any other areas needed, let me know what i can help with

Thx again alot for cantata it trully rocks

Best

Z


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 Re: Re: Re: A small request

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 13 2012
 
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Ah, it does not look for 'Folder.jpg' only 'folder.jpg' I can think about adding a config item for the cover filename for 0.6.0, but for now could you not just rename your Folder.jpg's to folder.jpg? If not, just edit gui/covers.cpp and at about line 59 change QLatin1String("folder") to QLatin1String("Folder") :-)


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: A small request

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 13 2012
 
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heheh as i said i have zero programing knowledge so ill definantly rename the the files rather then go into the cpp ;-)

as i said before would love to help out if needed!


P.S is there support for the 'comment' tag in the file edit

best

Z.


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