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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://
Depends on  KDE 3.x
Downloads:  17609
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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 Xandros 4.0 Packages

 
 by matty323 on: Feb 20 2007
 
Score 50%

Kirocker 2.0 for Xandros 4.0

http://www.xandros.or.id/archive/dists/xxxx/matty/binary-i386/uploads/kirocker_2.0-1_i386.deb


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 nice work

 
 by Superstoned on: Feb 21 2007
 
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I'm really enjoying this applet, and I'd like to say it's clear you know how to develop a nice and usable app - little things, like the close button top-right (including the edges, so you don't have to try and hit it) make this great. It's just new, but already quite a hit, I'd say. Please continue!!!


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 Re: nice work

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 21 2007
 
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Thank you very much.

I have got all my development experience from BasKet Note Pads.

From that project, I learnt programmation: how to optimize drawings and double-bufferize to not have any flicker, allowing the amazing animations I plan to add soon.

And I also learnt usability: Fitt's law, make "it just work", make the default values right for 95% of users and only then, add configuration... I choosen KDE for its configurability, so I will add configuration.

That's very nice to program for another application such as Kirocker Music Display. It's fun again ;-)


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

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 Adding Labels

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 21 2007
 
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Hi,

I was just in full-screen view and encountered an unheard song, and I thought "it would be great, if I could label songs directly from the full-screen view, so I don't have to switch to amarok to do it".

Any thoughts, if that might be included in a later version?

Besides: BasKet is great, too!
It was exactly what I missed in GNU/Linux for over two years after switching on from MacOSX (where I had an app named MacJournal).


Being unpolitical
means being political
without realizing it
- Arne Babenhauserheide ( http://draketo.de )

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 Re: Adding Labels

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 21 2007
 
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Ah... That's true. They added labels in the latest version of Amarok. I do not have use for labels, so I'm less enclined to add support for them.

But I tryed to use labels, just to see if I could adopt this feature, and how I could integrate it in the applet and full screen mode.

The result is bad: I found labels completely unusable, too contraining. As I see them (correct me if I'm wrong), they can only be accessed in the "Song Properties" dialog. You set labels there, you can only see labels from there. This seems to be a feature added without even thinking about use cases. Well, this is a very young feature, so I have no doubt it will be improved very soon, as it can be very useful.

To make labels of any use, I suggest the following points for Amarok developers:
- Add a "Labels" column, not shown by default, but that can be shown for people using labels.
- In the "Playlist" side panel, add a "smart playlist" that show a hierarchy of labels (see below). BTW, this should be done for stars too: without a way to play the song with stars, stars are useless too.
- Add an "Assign Labels" global keyboard shorctuts to popup a dialog in order to assign/remove labels on the currently playing song. Like it is done for stars rating.
- Add a DCOP call to list all assignable labels, for scripts to be able to mimic the top blue (why is it blue?!) list of the song properties dialog. For the moment, scripts can only get and modify the labels of the currently playing song, no way to propose a clickable list to the script/applet users.

Assigning labels is good, but they are only useful if you can request Amarok the songs that have one particular label.
So here is a mockup of a "smart playlist".
Imagine people have 3 tags "tag1", "tag2", "tag3" and 3 musics: "music1" has tag1 and tag2, "music2" has tag1, "music3" has tag2 and tag3.

Labels
| tag1 (1)
| | tag2 (2)
| L tag3 (3)
| tag2 (4)
L tag3 (5)
Rated Songs
| *
| **
| ***
| ****
L *****

The numbers in parenthesis are only there for explanation.
If user double-click (1) then every musics that have "tag1" will be played (music1 and music2).
If user double-click (2) then every musics that have BOTH "tag1" and "tag2" will be played (music1 only).
If user double-click (4) then every musics that have "tag2" will be played (music1 and music3).

Then, and only then, labels will be useful.

Oh, and as a bonus: the "Stars" tree let people double-click "**" to play musics with two or one-and-a-half stars. Double-clicking "Rated Songs" plays musics that have any number of stars.

Again: am I wrong? Are there other ways I haven't seen to use labels?

Please report that wish to Amarok bugtracker if I'm right.


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: Adding Labels

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 21 2007
 
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At least a few things are already possible:

For stars, you can already create smart playlists with songs which have "more than **" and "less than ***" and such.

(Smart Playlist dialog)

And you can do the same for labels:

For example: Play songs which "Contain label foo" and "don't contain label bar".

I think not having a clickeable list is simply because labels are completely freeform. If you want to supply a list, you might have to create it yourself... or wait for the amaroK folks to create one.

But will it contain labels like the following, then?
RPG, Battle, Mechanical Dream, soothe, ship, sea, crossing the valley, death, birth of the goddess, starry night, love, thunderstorm, horror, building excitement, ...
They are the ones I intend to use, because I want again be able to use my music creatively in roleplaying sessions (I lost my whole tags in iTunes, because it used a nonstandard id3 tag which amaroK doesn't yet support).


I think more viable would be to include a clickeable list of all labels which are assigned in the music library.
(that's what the blue list is, if I understand it correctly)

How about smart playlist:
A dialog opens, where I can click on tags as I can for assigning them to songs.

But I think you are right on the useability issues, and that amarok should provide better support for DCOP calls for labels.


Being unpolitical
means being political
without realizing it
- Arne Babenhauserheide ( http://draketo.de )

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 Re: Re: Re: Adding Labels

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 22 2007
 
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Well, I already added a smart playlist for stars. My point was that Amarok should be "plug & play" and provide such playlist by default. not everybody is going to think about creating a smart playlist.

As for label smart playlists, it's more painful because everytime you create a new tag, you have to think to create an associated smart playlist. Same when you modify or delete labels. This quickly become unmaintainable and should be done automatically (especially for combinations I talked about in my mockup).

This list should be automatical: you are right every people have a different set of labels. I never tought to something fixed!

Right now, I could display labels and let people remove/add labels. But it will be all textual: to add existing labels, people would have to remember theire name and type them without making mistake, no "blue list of available labels" because Amarok does not provide any way to do that.

That's why I will wait Amarok 2.0 before adding label support.


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

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 Memory Leak?

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 21 2007
 
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Hi,

I just had to kill my kicker, because ti consumed 1.2G of memory (according to top), so I wanted to ask, if kirocker might have a memory leak.

I don't know, if that's the reason, I just wondered, because I didn't have a kicker going wild before...

Wishes,
Arne


Being unpolitical
means being political
without realizing it
- Arne Babenhauserheide ( http://draketo.de )

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 Re: Memory Leak?

 
 by Sebien on: Feb 21 2007
 
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For once, I manage the memory quite well and there is no memory leak (just checked again, and all my memory allocations gets desallocated).

In any case, this applet should never take 1.2 Gb.


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: Memory Leak?

 
 by ArneBab on: Feb 21 2007
 
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Good.

(That's what I hoped for :) )

Thanks for checking!

Best wishes,
Arne


Being unpolitical
means being political
without realizing it
- Arne Babenhauserheide ( http://draketo.de )

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 Prob with Makefile

 
 by cyrus007 on: Feb 22 2007
 
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Seems like ./configure is checking for 1.9 version of autotools. My Kubuntu x86_64 has 1.7 by default and am reluctant to upgrade (as will lot of other people). In this scenario, ./configure && make && make install fails AFTER configure run.
My question: could the am__api_version not be hard coded to 1.9 in ./configure ?


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 openSUSE RPMs

 
 by pupil on: Mar 3 2007
 
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hi there, i really love your applet. i have to confess, i never really at this applet before. but now i fall in love :-).

i've created RPMs for opensuse, available at my website and my repos.
i put your Kicker_Right_Translucent_Background.png (i renamed it, i hope that's alright) and a tranculent_howto file (pasted from this page & modified) in /usr/share/doc/packages/kirocker/transculent_bg

keep up the good work. and thanks for making this applet.


http://donnie.110mb.com
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/

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 Re: openSUSE RPMs

 
 by Sebien on: Mar 3 2007
 
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Can you give me a precise URL to the RPM? So that I can put it directly on that page.


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: openSUSE RPMs

 
 by pupil on: Mar 3 2007
 
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for the one in my page, please use this url for downloading. so my download count works:
http://donnie.110mb.com/downloads.php?cat_id=2&download_id=58

for the rpms on my repos, the rpms are still building so i can only post this URL for now:
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SUSE_Linux_9.3/
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SuSE_Linux_10.0/
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SuSE_Linux_10.1/
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SLED10_SDK_Extras/
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/openSUSE_10.2/


http://donnie.110mb.com
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/

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 Re: Re: openSUSE RPMs

 
 by pupil on: Mar 3 2007
 
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the one in my repos:
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SUSE_Linux_9.3/i586/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.i586.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SUSE_Linux_9.3/x86_64/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.x86_64.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SuSE_Linux_10.0/i586/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.i586.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SuSE_Linux_10.0/x86_64/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.x86_64.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SuSE_Linux_10.1/i586/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.i586.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SuSE_Linux_10.1/x86_64/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.x86_64.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SLED10_SDK_Extras/i586/kirocker-2.2.0-3.2.i586.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SLED10_SDK_Extras/x86_64/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.x86_64.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/openSUSE_10.2/i586/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.i586.rpm
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/openSUSE_10.2/x86_64/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.x86_64.rpm

SRPM:
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/openSUSE_10.2/src/kirocker-2.2.0-3.1.src.rpm


http://donnie.110mb.com
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/

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