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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:  17624
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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 Screensaver

 
 by bulsa on: Mar 4 2007
 
Score 50%

Very nice app. I was always looking for something like this and already thougt I had to write it myself, but kirocker fits perfectly.

How about making a screensaver with the fullscreen app? (I dont have a clue about how to make a screensaver)


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 Re: Screensaver

 
 by Sebien on: Mar 5 2007
 
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Already in the roadmap:

4.0:
- If user is inactive & is playing, show full screen a few seconds before screensaver

This does not replace the screensaver but triggers a few seconds before the screensaver (and the fullscreen mode blocks the screensaver, so it's the same).

Advantages of this technic:
- If you are not playing anything, your normal screensaver is used (instead of a blank full-screen mode).
- No external configuration needed, all is in the applet configure dialog.
- Less code do produce on my part ;-) [That one is just a sideeffect, not a priority. Of course, priority is to have a usable application that just works]


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 Re: Re: Screensaver

 
 by bulsa on: Mar 5 2007
 
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If that is your way, could you include an option to lock the screen, because my point is to be able to have a nice screen with a musicplayer but keep the rest locked?


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 Re: Re: Re: Screensaver

 
 by Sebien on: Mar 5 2007
 
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Ah, locking is something I haven't tought to.

So, perhapse it will effectively be good to be a real screensaver to benefit from those features easily and safely.

Another reason why I wanted not to be a screensaver is that the applet poll Amarok 3 times per seconds to ask what is the status (played track, progress...). This is well optimised, so that if the applet is running at the same time as the screensaver, only one poll is done and both the applet and the full-screen are updated accordingly. This save CPU ressources over separate applet & full-screen.

Anyway, I will see...


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 icons not installed?

 
 by daen on: Mar 4 2007
 
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Lovely plugin! Thanks!

A tiny installation bug:
'make install' does not recurse into the 'icons' directory.


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 nice applet

 
 by daperi on: Mar 5 2007
 
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however, the fullscreen mode does not work fine with mergedFB or Xinerama configs.

if there are two displays and the desktop is e.g. 2560 x 1024 (2 screens with 1280x1024), your applet is showing with the size of the desktop but only on one screen meaning that the half of your applet is not seen.

potential for improvement, but excellent idea!


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archlinux

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 Re: nice applet

 
 by Sebien on: Mar 5 2007
 
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Added to the roadmap.

But *DEVELOPERS ARE WANTED*.

I do not have dual-screen, so I cannot test.

And, ultimately, there should be an option to define on what screen the full-screen mode is shown. Or better, be able to move it directly from the full-screen mode itself.


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: nice applet

 
 by daperi on: Mar 5 2007
 
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wouldn't i be in middle of my master thesis, i would have helped you... but i cannot afford any time for other things atm, sorry.

thanx for adding it to the roadmap. i can test code, if needed. feel free to contact me (damir at archlinux dot org)


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 Re: Re: Re: nice applet

 
 by Sebien on: Mar 5 2007
 
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I think the full-screen mode should work with 3.0 Beta 1. Please test and report.


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

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 beta compile fails

 
 by apokryphos on: Mar 6 2007
 
Score 50%

cd . && rm -f configure
cd . && make -f admin/Makefile.common configure
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/francis/downloads/kirocker'
configure.in:43: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE
If this token and others are legitimate, please use m4_pattern_allow.
See the Autoconf documentation.
configure.in:48: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_CONFIG_HEADER
configure.in:51: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_CHECK_COMPILERS
configure.in:52: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_ENABLE_SHARED
configure.in:53: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_ENABLE_STATIC
configure.in:58: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_KDE_WITH_NLS
configure.in:61: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_PATH_KDE
configure.in:70: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_CHECK_KDEMAXPATHLEN
make[1]: *** [configure] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/francis/downloads/kirocker'
make: *** [configure] Error 2


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 animation?

 
 by pupil on: Mar 6 2007
 
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pardon me if i ask such a stupid question. but what animation? i don't see any animation. i've build and installed kirocker 3.0Beta1 but i don't see any animation, could you give me any hints of what it looks like?? maybe my eyes too tired to see it??? or did i build the package wrong??


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 Re: animation?

 
 by pupil on: Mar 6 2007
 
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just occurred to me, maybe i need to restart my KDE after updating kirocker?


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 Re: Re: animation?

 
 by Sebien on: Mar 6 2007
 
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Oh, yes you need to restart the panel to get the new version working.

I haven't tought to say it.

Three methods:

- Remove the applet and re-add it again. Not sure it will work.

- If it doesn't work, type Alt+F2 and type the command "killall -sTERM kicker ; sleep 0.5 ; kicker"

- Or, if you prefer a simpler solution, restart KDE :-)


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: Re: animation?

 
 by pupil on: Mar 6 2007
 
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i use the second method :)
now i see the animation :D

fluent enough for me, and sometime i see the glitches.


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 Visualization

 
 by kriko on: Mar 6 2007
 
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What about an vizualization instead static picture in background (talking about fullscreen mode).
I have in mind a gl screensaver like euphoria:
http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=3379

Of course this should be included as an option, since not everyone has 3d acellerator.


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 Re: Visualization

 
 by Sebien on: Mar 6 2007
 
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First, because I started Kirocker Music Display as a simple applet for me to easily rate music and LEARN what I'm listening to. My memory is not perfect, so I should visualise several times to remember. The full-screen mode is a pratical addition when I'm a few meters away of my computer for the same purpose, or during parties.

The second and most important reason is that the applet/full-screen has no access to the current tone/volume/frenquencies of the music. Only Amarok knows.
And this is for a good reason: making Amarok spread that information to other applications thousand times per second is not realistic.

In fact, with this applet, I'm gathering lot of information in order to improve Amarok 2.0. I see a solution with shared memory for this problem... But this is technical details. I will talk to Amarok developers about that and perhapse it will be possible in Amarok 2.0 and KDE 4.


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

 
 by kriko on: Mar 6 2007
 
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I'm sorry I didn't express myself right:

I didn't mean real visualization, like having an animation going as beat of music goes - just simple animation, like euphoria (regular settings).

See your screensaver section -> OpenGL Screen savers -> Euphoria (GL) -> Setup... -> Mode: Regular.

Buttons, cover and stars (whole layout) should remain as it is, underneath it would be nice to have such sleek animation.


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