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Plasmoid Binary

Score 89%



Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  11173
Submitted:  Nov 25 2008
Updated:  Jan 13 2010


This plasmoid is a controller and a visualizer of informations about the songs for amarok 2.0.
It is quite, let's say, advanced compared with the "Now Playing" plasmoid. I have Kirocker as a model, so it works well even on a thin panel.
Currently it shows basilar info about the song, the cover image, the rating and other minor things, but I plan to add some other Things in the future.
Anyway if you have some feature request, please tell me!

Hope you enjoy it!


-fixed licensing issues
-compiles with kde < 4.4 too

-added a lyrics extender item
-fixed a bug that with qt 4.6 could make playwolf to show nothing
-now the info are hidden when stop is pressed
-refactor of some code with a smoother scroll animation

-fixed the multiplication of the extender items.

-got rid of the annoying plasma status dialog when downloading some covers
-fixed a plasma crash when closing it with more than one PlayWolf
-fixed a typo: Information instead of Informations
-fixed a plasma crash when closing PlayWolf
-better performance when moving or resizing PlayWolf

-added a spacing betwenn the meter and the buttons in planar formfactor
-fixed high cpu usage whith a big playlist
-better implementation to launch amarok
-the misc extender show the next three songs
-the wheel:
on the meter seeks in the song,
on the cover changes the volume,
on the info changes song

-added an option to change the path to the amarok executable
-added the possibility to hide the infos when in horizontal panel
-splitted the extender in two items:
-one with the infos,
-one with misc things
-fixed the bad positioning of the cover
-fixed the Soprano compilation issue

added an extender dialog in wich are shown:
-title, artist, album, time
-5 stars to read the rating
-a volume slider

-the cover can be hidden once again
-the meter and the buttons resize themselves with the applet
-added an option to change the font
-minor things

-fixed many bugs
-some little improvements in the graphic

-shows a generic cover for lastfm and one when it is not set
-workaround to make it work with different styles and not only with Oxygen

-fixed some bugs
-works again with kde 4.1

-Added support for scrolling labels besides resizing the font.
-Possibility to, if needed, resize the font till a minimum size and then scroll the labels.
-Better different formfactor support.
-Added the cover image in the vertical panel too.
-Added a label on the meter that tells the percentage.
-Now the button to open Amarok works always.

-Added a configuration dialog
-Added the image of the cover of the album
-Added a button to open amarok
-Now you can surf the song clicking on the meter or using the mouse wheel
-Little things

-Resize the font if the label is truncated
-Center the labels in the available space
-Clears the labels if amarok is stopped

0.1 - Initial version
-Basic things: control amarok and display info
-Basic support for different formfactors

Source(For qt 4.6 +)
Source(0.5 for kde 4.1.x)
Ubuntu(Binary package for (K)Ubuntu (thanks Xand3r!))
Debian(Binary package for Debian amd64 (thanks kilah!))
Source(0.7.3 for qt < 4.6)
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 text problem - black on black

 by google01103 on: Mar 5 2010
Score 50%

I use a black desktop theme and earlier iterations used white text but now I have black text on a black background. Could you add a color chooser for text in settings?


running 0.8.1

Suse 11.2 x64, KDE 4.4, Opera 10.x weekly build
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 Re: text problem - black on black

 by google01103 on: Mar 6 2010
Score 50%

well after an upgrade and kde4 restart the text is once again white but the progress meter is like a squished oval with a curve on top that goes from green to red as it widens but because of the light grey the %played is barely readable - could it be because I'm running a kde4.5 alpha/beta?

Suse 11.2 x64, KDE 4.4, Opera 10.x weekly build
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 Re: Re: text problem - black on black

 by google01103 on: Mar 6 2010
Score 50%

ignore me - it's now working properly

Suse 11.2 x64, KDE 4.4, Opera 10.x weekly build
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 Better than Now Playing?

 by tameboy on: Mar 15 2010
Score 50%

I loved this on a previous Fedora KDE installation. However recently upgraded to Fedora 12 and the now playing plasmoid seems to do everything that PlayWolf used to.

I was going to install PlayWolf but just to get the libraries I would need would involve installing 50+ packages from the Fedora repositry.

In what ways in PlayWolf superior to Now Playing?

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 Re: Better than Now Playing?

 by giucam on: Mar 15 2010
Score 50%

well, it's a long time i don't try the now playing plasmoid so i don't know what it does now. but i don't think it shows the lyrics and the ratings nor it allows to open amarok with a click.
anyway sinced qt 4.6 playwolf has some big problems that aren't so easy to solve.

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 Will it work?

 by fatino on: Apr 4 2010
Score 50%

Are you still working on it? I really enjoyed using this plasmoid. It was great!! But now :/ It doesnt work anymore. Doesnt show information. I use him only for stop/play.

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 Re: Will it work?

 by giucam on: May 10 2010
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qt 4.6 introduced a change in its dbus module that caused playwolf to not work. to make it work it would require a bit of work and currently i'm busy with other things. so i'm sorry but you'll have to live without it for a bit :)

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 link is wrong??

 by gummibj on: May 4 2010
Score 50%

I tried to download the kubuntu package and the link was to some weird German site with no nothing on it.

I also wondered why Kubuntu is still shipping 0.71 as of 4/5/2010. I have this problem that playwolf wont update the picture and the stop button is not functioning. I hope this was fixed after 0.71


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 Re: link is wrong??

 by giucam on: May 10 2010
Score 50%

that package wasn't done by me, but by a user. maybe if you search you can find a ppa with the latest version, but anyway it won't work either.

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 Bad version info

 by donpedro69 on: May 16 2010
Score 50%

plasma-aplet-playwolf.desktop reports version 0.7.2 instead od 0.8.1

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 A couple of requests

 by TheBlackCat on: Oct 25 2010
Score 50%

I have a couple of requests:

1. Playwolf doesn't work very well in very large panels (high horizontal panels or wide vertical panels). The buttons become tiny while the sliders and album art become huge. I think that if the panel gets very large playwolf should just switch to the desktop form factor.

2. The buttons and progress bar expand with no limit as the widget grows but the text stays the same size. I think the text should grow with the widget up to a certain point. while the buttons and slider should not get above a particular size and height, respectively.

3. Using the next and forward buttons in the playwolf widget seems to break the lyrics extender. This only happens if you drop the lyrics on the desktop, and only if you use the back and forward buttons in the widget. Leaving the lyrics in the popup and/or controling the songs from within amarok works just fine.

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