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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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 re on bugs/requests

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 20 2012
 
Score 50%

Hi again

1)concerning the volume pop up bug, there are no other clients running. it happens only when you add files/albums to the playlist not when swtiching tracks/albums from the playlist. if i open another client and add tracks the volume popups doesnt come up.

2)what i mean by adding info in the playlist is not using the spread sheet type playlist but actually the beautiful cantata one. i was just wondering if it could be user customizable like in amarok (using the playlist layout editor: http://paste.xinu.at/EzN/).
that way each user can choose which fields to show in the playlist

3)can you add the "edit tracks" option in the playlist , i often tag songs while they play as you can see if the tags are wrong.


4)there is a new mpd option (in git but maybe in stable) to "add after current" (basicly a queue option). can that be added to the menus and icons?

Also would you consider maybe opening a Irc chat/forum/google group? i think cantata is growing rapidly (i have loads of friends that started using it recently), would be easier to communicate :)

best

Z


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 Re: re on bugs/requests

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 20 2012
 
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1. Again, I still dont see this. Did you try enabling the debug? Kinda hard to fix a problem I dont see, without the extra info.

2. Not at the moment. I'm running out of spare time to do this, and Cantata already fills my needs. The amarok thing I think is just way too complex.

3. Will think about this for the next release.

4. I have *no* idea how to do this :-(

I keep meannig to add the code to googlecode, as I have an account there, so perhaps this will help. Then, I hope at least, some others can add the missing bits...


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 Re: Re: re on bugs/requests

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 25 2012
 
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Just noticed my mistake... The "i have no idea how to do this" was in reference to setting up forums/irc...

As to suggestion 4... You can drag and drop songs into place, so I see no real point to a "add after current"


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 Re: re on bugs/requests

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 20 2012
 
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One thought with the volume issue, do you have 'Fadout on stop' set? If so, try changing this so that it says 'Do not fadeout'. Does that help???


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 re on bugs/requests

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 21 2012
 
Score 50%

Hi again

1)concerning the volume pop up bug, there are no other clients running. it happens only when you add files/albums to the playlist not when swtiching tracks/albums from the playlist. if i open another client and add tracks the volume popups doesnt come up.

2)what i mean by adding info in the playlist is not using the spread sheet type playlist but actually the beautiful cantata one. i was just wondering if it could be user customizable like in amarok (using the playlist layout editor: http://paste.xinu.at/EzN/).
that way each user can choose which fields to show in the playlist

3)can you add the "edit tracks" option in the playlist , i often tag songs while they play as you can see if the tags are wrong.


4)there is a new mpd option (in git but maybe in stable) to "add after current" (basicly a queue option). can that be added to the menus and icons?

Also would you consider maybe opening a Irc chat/forum/google group? i think cantata is growing rapidly (i have loads of friends that started using it recently), would be easier to communicate :)

best

Z


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 re on bugs/requests

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 21 2012
 
Score 50%

Hi again

1)concerning the volume pop up bug, there are no other clients running. it happens only when you add files/albums to the playlist not when swtiching tracks/albums from the playlist. if i open another client and add tracks the volume popups doesnt come up.

2)what i mean by adding info in the playlist is not using the spread sheet type playlist but actually the beautiful cantata one. i was just wondering if it could be user customizable like in amarok (using the playlist layout editor: http://paste.xinu.at/EzN/).
that way each user can choose which fields to show in the playlist

3)can you add the "edit tracks" option in the playlist , i often tag songs while they play as you can see if the tags are wrong.


4)there is a new mpd option (in git but maybe in stable) to "add after current" (basicly a queue option). can that be added to the menus and icons?

Also would you consider maybe opening a Irc chat/forum/google group? i think cantata is growing rapidly (i have loads of friends that started using it recently), would be easier to communicate :)

best

Z


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 volume bug

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 22 2012
 
Score 50%

Hya

first for some bizzare reason it keeps doubling my posts..have no idea why..

so i tried both options in the Fadout on stop with no sucess..how does one turn on the debug mode?


thx

Z


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 Re: volume bug

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 22 2012
 
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To see the messages sent between Cantata and MPD, edit mpd/mpdconnection.cpp and remove the double slashes (//) from lines 39 and 40. Then recompile.


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 Re: Re: volume bug

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 22 2012
 
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hya

errr ive never really compiled stuff and on arch things are a bit more tricky..perhaps you could add a 'debug mode'command line switch on the next version..ill see if i can compile myslef and if not ill wait for a new version..ill keep you posted

Thx

z


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 Re: Re: Re: volume bug

 
 by Rasi on: Mar 22 2012
 
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http://paste.xinu.at/MAqC/

here a patch for the cantata PKGBUILD from aur.
Simply save this in the same directory as the PKGBUILD and call it "debug.patch"
Then run makepkg


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: volume bug

 
 by Rasi on: Mar 23 2012
 
Score 50%

oops, forgot the modification to the PKGBUILD:


build(){
cd $srcdir/${pkgname}-${pkgver}
patch -p0 mpd/mpdconnection.cpp < ../../debug.patch
mkdir build && cd build


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: volume bug

 
 by Rasi on: Mar 23 2012
 
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oops, forgot the modification to the PKGBUILD:


build(){
cd $srcdir/${pkgname}-${pkgver}
patch -p0 mpd/mpdconnection.cpp < ../../debug.patch
mkdir build && cd build


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: volume bug

 
 by bendersteed on: Mar 29 2012
 
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Hi, I had the same "volume" issue as zeltakc describes.
The problem was that in mpd.conf the volume setting was "hardware". I' ve set it to "software" and everything is fine now.
Hope I've helped. Cheers.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: volume bug

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 29 2012
 
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Just tried with hardware mixer - but still no error messages.

Can you enable the debug? If so, do you see cantata sending extra "setvol XX" (where XX = volume level) messages??



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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: volume bug

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 30 2012
 
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thx

that seemed to solve the issue

cool :)



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 wow..thx for this awesome release

 
 by zeltakc on: Apr 11 2012
 
Score 50%

Wow!!

What an amazing update..thx alot..lots of really cool new stuff!

some bugs to report and a small request :)

first i would really love to use cantata as much as i can with just a keyboard so i would love a 'global keybind' (ala amarok) keyboard shortcut to bring up cantanat and focus on the search library filter. that way i can easly quickly add songs/albums to the playlist with the keyboard, is that possible?

BUGS:

1. the fetch any cover image found("When loading covers, if we fail to find one of the standard names (cover.jpg/png, AlbumArt.jpg/png, folder.jpg/png), then use the first image found") isnt working on my machine. still get loads of empty covers even though i know there is a Folder.png/Folder.jpg in the album folder.

2.the cool new locate in library should override the filter (if present). currently if you forgot the clear the filter in the library view the locate in library dosent respond..could be confusing

P.S, have you given any thougt on the fanart/artist image as a background for the lyrics view? the white is a little bit boring conpared to the rest of the sexy cantata looks :)

Thx alot again, i really appriciate it, cant tell you enough how much i love cantata

Best

Z


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 wow..thx for this awesome release

 
 by zeltakc on: Apr 11 2012
 
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Wow!!

What an amazing update..thx alot..lots of really cool new stuff!

some bugs to report and a small request :)

first i would really love to use cantata as much as i can with just a keyboard so i would love a 'global keybind' (ala amarok) keyboard shortcut to bring up cantanat and focus on the search library filter. that way i can easly quickly add songs/albums to the playlist with the keyboard, is that possible?

BUGS:

1. the fetch any cover image found("When loading covers, if we fail to find one of the standard names (cover.jpg/png, AlbumArt.jpg/png, folder.jpg/png), then use the first image found") isnt working on my machine. still get loads of empty covers even though i know there is a Folder.png/Folder.jpg in the album folder.

2.the cool new locate in library should override the filter (if present). currently if you forgot the clear the filter in the library view the locate in library dosent respond..could be confusing

P.S, have you given any thougt on the fanart/artist image as a background for the lyrics view? the white is a little bit boring conpared to the rest of the sexy cantata looks :)

Thx alot again, i really appriciate it, cant tell you enough how much i love cantata

Best

Z


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 Re: wow..thx for this awesome release

 
 by xdarklight on: Apr 11 2012
 
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I just have to agree: great release!


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 Re: Re: wow..thx for this awesome release

 
 by CraigD on: Apr 12 2012
 
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Thank you, nice to hear some encouraging word now and again!

The main feature for the 0.7.0 release will be dynamic playlists. Its not 100% finished yet, but seems to work.


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 Re: wow..thx for this awesome release

 
 by CraigD on: Apr 12 2012
 
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Keyboard... To have Cantata start when you press the 'media player' icon on a multimedia keyboard; right click kmenu icon, select 'Edit Applications...', navigate to Multimedia/Cantata, select 'Advanced' tab, click on 'Current shortcut key' button, the press the button on your keybard. This should assign the shortcut to starting cantata. You would then need to press-tab until the search has focus. Maybe for 0.7.0 I'll add a 'search action' (assigned to CRTl-F?) that will focus on the current pages search field...

As to the other points...

1. Oops, I never fully tested that! Is fixed for 0.7.0
2. Good idea, fixed for 0.7.0
3. Not 100% convinced that its worth the effort. The sidebar is meant to be quite slim, if so there is not much width for an image. Also, text above an image would not be as clear.


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