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Kirocker Music Display

   4.0 (the end)  

KDE Sound Application

Score 87%
Kirocker Music Display

Kirocker Music Display

Kirocker Music Display

Link:  http://
Minimum required   KDE 3.x
Downloads:  17665
Submitted:  Feb 7 2007
Updated:  Dec 14 2007


Make your Kicker (the KDE main panel) rock with your music.

It is a Kicker applet that displays what you listen to in Amarok.
A full-screen display can also be used independently of the applet.

With this panel applet, you always know what you are listening to, and can watch its cover and star rating: it is always visible.
It allows you to rate your music with one click: you can quickly change the number of stars of your musics from anywhere on your desktop.
Finally, it let you remotely control Amarok with one click from anywhere on your desktop: play next or previous track, pause, play, and seek to another position in the current track.

You also have the possibility to show your currently playing music in a beautiful full-screen display. Ideal for parties or to listen to music while doing something else away from the computer.
The full-screen display can be triggered independently of the panel applet. You can start it from the KMenu or from Amarok itself.

To install:
- You need to have automake 1.9 installed for the compilation to work. It should be Ok on modern Linux distributions. You also need Python for the Amarok script to work (optional). This should also be Ok.
- Extract the archive
- Open a konsole in the extracted folder (in Konqueror, go to the extracted folder and press F4)
- Run this set of command: ./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix) && make && sudo make install
- It will asks your root password to install the applet on your system
- Right click the Kicker, choose "Add an Applet to the Panel..." (once the panel is unlocked)
- Double-click "Kirocker Music Display"
- Start playing a music. The applet is empty when Amarok is stopped or paused, to not annoy you with useless information when you are working
- If you do not want the panel applet, the full-screen display can be trigerred from the KMenu or from Amarok itself (restart Amarok, enable the "Kirocker Music Display" script, and then right-click the playlist to see the action to show full-screen)

Note: After an upgrade from a previous version, press Alt+F2 and type the command "kicker default restart" to restart the Panel with the new installed version.

How to make the Kicker translucent:
The Kicker translucent white vertical background is also included in the package.
- Your screen resolution need to be 1280*800. If not, you will need some artistic skills and a Gimp experience to modify the given background
- Extract the image "Kicker Right Translucent Background.png" located in the Kirocker Music Display archive
- Open your desktop background image with The Gimp
- Drag and drop "Kicker Right Translucent Background.png" to the Gimp window of your background image
- Save the image and set it as your desktop background image
- Right click the Kicker and choose "Configure the Panel..." (once the panel is unlocked)
- Place the panel on the right (click the button on the right)
- Set the size to "Personalized" and enter "96 pixels"
- In the "Appearance" tab, check "Enable transparency"
- Click "Ok" and you're done: ENJOY!


- Theme support with wonderful ones provided by default and a graphical editor that is both powerful and surprisingly easy to use
- Have fun karaokees with automatically-scrolling lyrics
- Added a better no-cover image, from Oxygen (sorry guys, but it's the only beautiful and scalable image I found)
- Now using the "Track, Artist, Album" order (instead of "Artist, Album, Track") to be more complient with other displays, such as iPod, Last.fm, and even Amarok.
- Changed the application icon to a better one, using an Oxygen composition. Also show the icon back in the panel big tooltip, as it cannot be confused with an empty cover image anymore
- Removed a lot of bugs
- Enhanced performances

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Older list of changes:


This is the End:
I think I will now return back to Windows, so i'm done with KDE development. I will perhapse help the KDE Windows project in the future, tough.
This project is now abandonned.
I'm afraid it will not be ported to KDE 4, unless new developers pop up.

Why I returned back to Windows:

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 transparent kicker

 by dunkelstern on: Nov 20 2007
Score 50%

About the transparent kicker thing, I am working on a patch to make it really transparent and allow an overlay image with alpha channel in it at the same time.

It will be included in KDEmod as it stabilizes and posted on kde-look too.

So no further "hack" modifying the kicker background by using your background image.

Just for your information :)

And... Kirocker rocks! Keep it up!

KDE... because of the technology.
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 Re: transparent kicker

 by Sebien on: Nov 20 2007
Score 50%

Ah! Thanks very much.
This will be awesome... no more hack!

I hope it will be easier with Plasma in KDE 4. From what I've read, it seems possible to create a plasmoid to draw the panel background.

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Kirocker Music Display: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=52869
Glossyk: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Glossyk?content=40797

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 Debian Lenny amd64

 by toom77 on: Nov 21 2007
Score 50%

Debian Lenny amd64 package

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 Great, but...

 by loak on: Nov 23 2007
Score 50%

I had this app installed (one of the previous versions) and it was great!

However, it's probably the only app which you can put into a KDE panel and has acceptable look and functionality. Aside Kirocker, there's nothing, you can't even get a good clocks, calendar or weather report. It seems almost nobody seriously uses the KDE panel as a side panel. So I left KDE side panel for Screenlets. It doesn't work as a retractable/hidable panel (thumb up for KDE panel), however at least it has a large selection of applets and looks great.
So it would be great to see Kirocker ported to the Screenlets as well, because it is a great applet and would have therer way more users!

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 Re: Great, but...

 by Sebien on: Nov 24 2007
Score 50%

No I will not port it to screenlets.
It will be an hard work enough to port it to KDE 4 and Plasma.

I think Plasma will solve your problem, with plasmoids being able to be used in panels.

Author of
BasKet Note Pads: http://basket.kde.org/
Kirocker Music Display: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=52869
Glossyk: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Glossyk?content=40797

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 by prizident on: Nov 27 2007
Score 50%

i have white icons with question mark everywhere instead of stars

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 covers look bad

 by zionazz on: Nov 30 2007
Score 50%

At first - great application! I really like it a lot.

Now to the subject - because kirocker reads cover art from (as I suppose) amarok cache and I have no files in folder '.../amarok/albumcovers/large' and images in folder '.../amarok/albumcovers/cache' are only 130x130px, album covers in full screen mode still look bad.

To solve this problem I wrote small script in python, that links original album cover file to '.../amarok/albumcovers/large' folder (appropriately named, of course), so that it can be read in full size and takes just little bit of disk space.

sript is here - http://zionazz.ovh.org/scripts/coverlink.py. Before use, delete all covers from '.../amarok/albumcovers/large' folder, that you want to be replaced by links (or move them somewhere else for backup). Remember it only works for covers you have on disk and not those downloaded by amarok.

PS: For now script is very simple and looks only for files (.jpg, .png, .gif), that contains any of following words - 'folder', 'front', 'cover'. It takes first file found. Though I can add some more sophisticated options, if it will be of any use for you.

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 by freefred on: Nov 30 2007
Score 50%

I use kirocker from the first releases,
and now with themes, lyrics..wow.
I wanna only thank you for this wonderful app.

don't be agnostic, be something.
R. Frost

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