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Cantata

   1.5.1  

KDE Sound Application

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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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 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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