Kirocker Music Display
Audio Software
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:

9 years ago

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

9 years ago

xxxSWATxxx

Pity ! Your program Kirocker Music Display is great .
You did so a great work .
I hope it is not your last word , and soon you will port it to KDE4 ... (just my hope )
Pity...

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9 years ago

Smarre

There is a coder for kde4. So don't worry, we'll try to provide atleast basic applet for you.

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9 years ago

xxxSWATxxx

That is nice to hear ! Not only for me :-)

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9 years ago

GameMage

I was quite upset to read this... You will be surly missed! From the bottom of our hearts, from all of us GNU/Linux Kde users :(
Best of luck in Windows land!
P.S I too switched to linux because of kde but now I love the whole way linux runs and its other tools. Ironically I've had more problems installing Windows then Linux (and I've installed Linux a lot of times on different machines).

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9 years ago

calleneptuno

Great app, i've used in Mandriva. Now I'm using Kubuntu Gutsy and I cannot install:

checking for X... configure: error: Can't find X libraries. Please check your installation and add the correct paths!

Any idea of what can I do?

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9 years ago

nicobrain

Hello calleneptuno,

its a error message about the missing "xorg-dev" package.

I have found out that you will need the following packages:

xorg-dev
libqt3-mt-dev
kde-devel

But after this ill become an error 2, so i dont have lust to test this app.

P.S: Excuse my bad englisch, iam german

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9 years ago

calleneptuno

Thanks very much nicobrain!
I will try installing those packs first.
English forgiven from this bad english speaker (mexico-peruvian).

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9 years ago

calleneptuno

dear nicobrain, it worked perfectly thanks again!

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9 years ago

zeltak

Hi Sebian

I agree with balakrishnan, kirocker and basket are my 2 fav apps...i have to say i was also shocked but wish you all the best and thank you for all the hard work you put in!!

Zeltak

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9 years ago

balakrishnan

While I'm not questioning your reasons for returning to Windows, I'm really disappointed that you will no longer be developing for KDE. Kirocker and Basket notes are two of my favorite apps with a lot of potential, and to think that they will no longer be developed by you is disturbing.
Anyway, thanks for all your effort and best wishes for whatever the future holds for you.
(and let's hope that someday soon you will return...till then, au revoir)

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9 years ago

groo

Kirocker 4.0 final .deb available for feisty fawn (7.04) on padoca.wordpress.com repositorie. i386/amd64.

gutsy gibbon will be available in getdeb.net as soon as the site admin updates it.

enjoy :)

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9 years ago

the7erm

This is a really good program.

However ... some suggestions.
Instead of having F1-F5 being the keys you press to rate on full screen you should use 1-5 (I hacked my version to do this).

I have a remote that is a basically a usb keyboard, and being able to press 1 - 5 across the room make more sense.

The other thing I wanted to mention is that the stars on the tool bar are way too small - my sight isn't the greatest. I have to get way to close to the screen to even see them. So much so that it takes less time to just pop open amarok and click the rating. The whole point of having an applet like this is to quickly rate a song.

I can tell you put a lot of work into this, and for that I thank you. Keep up the good work.

Please make the stars bigger for those of us who can't see too well.

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9 years ago

logixoul

Returning to Windows? Wow, that sure is a surprise...
Thank you for all your work, best of luck.

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9 years ago

apolodor

I have downloaded the file and it seems that it is the Beta 3 version. Does this mean that there will not be a final (as in non-beta) version? That is too bad, I was looking forward to see it finished.

Thanks for your work so far.

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9 years ago

Sebien

Yes, the version 4.0 is 4.0 Beta 3 just repackaged.
It was really stable, just lacked a few polishments only me could notice (I'm somewhat strict about fit&finish).

As soon as I will have a Linux working back again I will repackage it properly.

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9 years ago

mathpr

very big thanks. this is a app i was waiting for a long time.

works great on my opensuse 10.2

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9 years ago

Smarre

It seems to be broken, but...
http://slaout.linux62.org/kirocker/downloads/kirocker-4.0.tar.gz seems to work.

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9 years ago

Sebien

Yes, sorry, thanks.

This is solved.

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9 years ago

freefred

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

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9 years ago

zionazz

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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9 years ago

prizident

i have white icons with question mark everywhere instead of stars

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9 years ago

loak

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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9 years ago

Sebien

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.

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9 years ago

toom77

Debian Lenny amd64 package
http://tomas.krivda.eu/pub/kirocker_4.0Beta3-1tk_amd64.deb

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9 years ago

dunkelstern

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!

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