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Kirocker Music Display

   4.0 (the end)  

KDE Sound Application

Score 87%
Kirocker Music Display
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Kirocker Music Display
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Kirocker Music Display
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Link:  http://
Minimum required   KDE 3.x
Downloads:  17623
Submitted:  Feb 7 2007
Updated:  Dec 14 2007

Description:

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!




Changelog:

4.0:
- 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

Browse for new themes:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/search.php?search=Search&text=kirocker

Older list of changes:
http://slaout.linux62.org/kirocker/old-changelog.html

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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:
http://slaout.linux62.org/Why_Windows.html




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 suse rpm

 
 by HessiJames on: Feb 19 2007
 
Score 50%

well done.
here is a fresh suse 10.2 rpm:
http://kaligames.de/rpms/kirocker-2.0-1.suse10.2.i586.rpm


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 love 2.0

 
 by Superstoned on: Feb 19 2007
 
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tough i have to do a make -f Makefile.cvs ;-)

anyway, tough I'm not a hacker at all, I really wanted the progressbar to move to the side (above the text) to increase the size of the album pic when using a horizontal kicker. So i modified coverdisplay.cpp, here's a diff output:

330,334d329
< // Compute progress position and height:
< m_progressRect.setX( m_margin + m_progressMargin );
< m_progressRect.setY( m_margin );
< m_progressRect.setHeight( height < 58 ? (height < 30 ? 3 : 4) : 5 );
<
341a337,341
> // Compute progress position and height:
> m_progressRect.setX( m_margin + m_progressMargin + m_coverRect.width() );
> m_progressRect.setY( m_margin );
> m_progressRect.setHeight( height < 58 ? (height < 30 ? 3 : 4) : 5 );
>


It's definitely not 'the right way' but I don't think it's usefull for me to try to do it that way ;-)


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 Re: love 2.0

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 19 2007
 
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Ah!
I knew I forgot one "smart behavior" but didn't remembered which one.
To not forget it anymore, I will add it to the 2.2 roadmap:

* Move the progressbar on top of the text for horizontal panel if there is enough place there (making the album cover bigger)


Author of BasKet Note Pads (take notes and keep a full range of data on hand).
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 Re: Re: love 2.0

 
 by Superstoned on: Feb 19 2007
 
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maybe move the stars to the text area as well, and remove the reflection. it's not noticable anyway, and my kicker is 50 pix (pretty big already, i'd say).

maybe a sideway reflection would work, tough... but you really need the albumart to be as big as possible on small horizontal kicker sizes.


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 Re: Re: Re: love 2.0

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 19 2007
 
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I took note of your excelent ideas.

I changed the roadmap accoringly.
The verison 2.2 will only focus on fixing the issues with very-small panels.

It is clear that most people have a small-enough panel.

Animations & options are postponed to later 3.0 and 4.0 releases.


Author of BasKet Note Pads (take notes and keep a full range of data on hand).
http://basket.kde.org/

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 Re: Re: love 2.0

 
 by Superstoned on: Feb 19 2007
 
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why doesn't reply to this not work for me? or did i hit 'reply' three times?


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 Re: Re: Re: love 2.0

 
 by Superstoned on: Feb 19 2007
 
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nah just stupid me... tree view was turned off after a post. weird, but at least it works ;-)


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 Re: love 2.0

 
 by Superstoned on: Feb 19 2007
 
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A few improvements (still I can't get the progressbarwidth to be the text size..)

330,334d329
< // Compute progress position and height:
< m_progressRect.setX( m_margin + m_progressMargin );
< m_progressRect.setY( m_margin );
< m_progressRect.setHeight( height < 58 ? (height < 30 ? 3 : 4) : 5 );
<
338c333
< m_coverRect.setY( m_progressRect.bottom() + 1 + m_margin );
---
> m_coverRect.setY( m_margin - 1 );
341a337,341
> // Compute progress position and height:
> m_progressRect.setX( m_margin + m_progressMargin + m_coverRect.width() );
> m_progressRect.setY( m_margin );
> m_progressRect.setHeight( height < 58 ? (height < 30 ? 3 : 4) : 5 );
>
343c343
< m_progressRect.setWidth( m_coverRect.width() - 2 * m_progressMargin );
---
> m_progressRect.setWidth( m_coverRect.width() );


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 Re: love 2.0

 
 by Sebien on: Mar 3 2007
 
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Version 2.2 now have bigger cover art for horizontal panels!

It puts the progressbar on the right if there is more place here.

And it also puts the stars on the right, if there is more place here.

The reflexions are also removed in that case!


Author of BasKet Note Pads (take notes and keep a full range of data on hand).
http://basket.kde.org/

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 2.0 ebuild

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 19 2007
 
Score 50%

Here's the new ebuild:

http://draketo.de/dateien/gentoo/kirocker-2.0.ebuild

To other Gentoo-Users in here:
is there a clean way to add

./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix)

to src_compile() ?

I don't think that my way of doing it is really nice.


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 Re: 2.0 ebuild

 
 by Temet on: Feb 19 2007
 
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src_compile() {
econf --prefix= $(kde-config --prefix) || die "econf failed"
}

I think


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 Re: Re: 2.0 ebuild

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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doesn't work, sadly. (doesn't compile with that).

As it is, it compiles, but it doesn't look nice, so I want to improve it, but it already works, so it's not the worst of hurries.


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 Re: Re: Re: 2.0 ebuild

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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the ebuild is, what doesn't look nice :)
(Just realized that my sentence could have been misunderstood :) )


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 2.0 ebuild

 
 by Temet on: Feb 20 2007
 
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Hi,

I made it like this: http://goondy.free.fr/gentoo/ebuilds/kirocker-2.0.ebuild

I added the nomirror trick, remove the unpack (it's automatic) and used econf.

Worked nice.

I didn't think to use this app because my kicker didn't seem huge enough, but it is and this app is awesome!

Feel free to take this ebuild and maintain it if you prefer with the changes. In my mind, it's your ebuild ;)

Thanks by the way


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 ebuild 2.0-r2

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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Your ebuild works, so it seems I made some dumb typo-error...

And due to nomirror it is much faster now :)

Thanks a lot!

Looking at your version I just realized I also made a mistake with the license, so I changed it in r2 to GPL-2 or later.

http://draketo.de/dateien/gentoo/kirocker-2.0-r2.ebuild

And I know the feeling of seeing this app in your kicker the first time. Kirocker is just great!

And with the full-screen mode it just made me enjoy the music without distractions again for the first time in maybe 5 months or so.

Thanks again!

And many thanks to Sebien for this widget!


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 Re: ebuild 2.0-r2

 
 by Temet on: Feb 20 2007
 
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You're welcome, it's Open Source ;)



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 Re: ebuild 2.0-r3

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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Third version...

http://draketo.de/dateien/gentoo/kirocker-2.0-r3.ebuild

using the clean econf sadly doesn't work... so I use ./configure and it works :)
(sorry for the chaos...)


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 Sidenote

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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Sidenote: I filed a bug for econf:

http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=167754


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 Re: 2.0 ebuild

 
 by Temet on: Feb 20 2007
 
Score 50%

I don't understand your trouble.
You can also make it like this :

src_compile() {
kde_src_compile
}


A piece of advice : open a web directory with all your ebuilds so that Sebien can put a link to that directory. It's boring to update the page for only a link ;)


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 Re: Re: 2.0 ebuild

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 21 2007
 
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My trouble is not, that it can't be done, but that I can't do it, or I should say, I couldn't :)

But this also uses the prefix /usr instead of the kde one.

It works, but it doesn't install the files where the program wants them...

I think I'll change it to that anyway. It's the proper way for gentoo, I assume.

The repository already exists:
http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=167054

Wishes,
Arne


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 Slackware 11.0 pack!

 
 by gohanz on: Feb 19 2007
 
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A Slackware 11.0 package from www.slacky.it!


http://www.slacky.it/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=29&func=fileinfo&id=1613


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 Bug: Flickers

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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Hi,

2.0 flickers from time to time (whole widget disappears and reappears a fraction of a second later).

This happens about once a minute or so.

Thought you might be interested...


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 Re: Bug: Flickers

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 20 2007
 
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Hum... This should not happens anymore.

Can you reinstall the latest 2.0 final by making sure it is not a beta version, and that you install it with the following command line:

make -f Makefile.cvs ; ./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix) && make && sudo make install

If you installed from a package, this is possible I forgot to change the package link from beta to final. Perhapse you downloaded a beta while the link said it was the final. I checked the links, please redownload and reinstall.

The flicker was only present in 2.0 beta versions (and in version 1.4).


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 Re: Re: Bug: Flickers

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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It might be, that the ebuild is still creating problems...

I'm checking...


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 Re: Re: Re: Bug: Flickers

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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I just built it completely from source using your command and it still flickers now and then, so it's not teh ebuild.

Flickering happens about once per minute.


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 Bug: close amarok

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 20 2007
 
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When I close amarok, the kirocker music display doesn't show the play-button but stays in playing.

sidenote: Flickering could occur because my system-load is usually quite high :)


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 Re: Bug: close amarok

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 20 2007
 
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Ah... That's true, I forgot to take this case into account.

In fact, Kirocker Music Display polls Amarok a few times per second to know what's changed.

And if the polling fail once, instead of displaying nothing (thinking it is paused) it silently ignore the failure and retry another time.

This means:
- It should not flicker, it should stay with the previously played music.
- When Amarok is closed, the polling always fail, and the applet always retry. I must add a condition to check if Amarok is still alive. If not, it should displays paused, this time it will be right.

Please try another thing: place your mouse over the applet.
When flickering, does the "Play" button appears?

On my side, I will try the applet under heavy load.


Author of BasKet Note Pads (take notes and keep a full range of data on hand).
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 Re: Re: Bug: close amarok

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 21 2007
 
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Yapp, you seem to have caught it.

Kirocker shows the play-button when flickering.

(Heavy load means for me, that even my mouse gets jumpy while i2p and i2phex do hard cryptography in the background :) )


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 Re: Re: Re: Bug: close amarok

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 21 2007
 
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Ah, even if the mouse gets jumpy it's a very special case :-)

It should be a bug in DCOP. I have no mean to solve that one.


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