Kirocker Music Display
Audio
Score 86%
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!
Last changelog:

10 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

Sebien

9 years ago

Hum, your request is quite specific.
I think you are the only one who would use such an option.

Other people don't need Kirocker Music Display to change size and possibly take all available space, making the taskbar ridiuly small.

But dynamically resizing the applet can uncover a Kicker bug where the background image would be messed up. It's why I haven't done the "resize down to only the Play button when not playing". This would requiere me to work hard trying to find a workaround for this bug.

So, your request is interesting, just low priority. It wouldn't be hard to do, once the Kicker bug fixed.

And yes, I will make a Plasma applet of Kirocker Music Display.

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Slowmo

9 years ago

I already liked Kirocker before but the Theming in the new Version is just great. It would be nice if in the future even more theming would be allowed (Fonts/What information is displayed and things like that), because the main layout of the themes looks somehow everytime the same for me.

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Sebien

9 years ago

The non-theming of displayed information is on purpose.

I want to keep the usability heigh.
This is done by having a very good layout by default, and not allowing themes to mess up things.

Well, I will not pretend I have all answers to how the interface should be. If somebody has a better layout idea or better information to display, then he can tell me, and I will change in the code... once... for everybody. Instead of having to change it in every single theme!

I think it's a good thing, to have a great experience out of the box, and in any circumstance.

Same with objects placement. Place of each screen portion (information, cover, date...) is computed to look well balanced on any screen, so it will not be changeable by themes.
Again: if someone tought it could be a very good idea to include a "Random" switch in a theme, my reply will be that this button is important enough to provide it anywhen, not in one particular theme people would perhapse not like, but be forced to use it in order to have the feature.

For the fonts, it's something I tought to.
I think that fonts are more a user configuration than a theme thing.
And it's quite complicated because every computer has different installed fonts, so theme writers can't rely on a font to be present.

I'm still thinking about that font thing.
A solution could be to allow users to define a font for "serif", another for "sans-serif", another for "fantesy", another for "modern", another for "gothic", "script"... with good defaults, of course.
Then each theme could specify a font category, and possibly a font name, but it will default to the font category if the named font is not installed. Like in CSS.

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Sebien

9 years ago

I just released 4.0 Beta 2.

It allows more theming.
Not what you asked (see reasons above), but it will help themes to be both more readable and more unique.

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Sebien

9 years ago

Since Beta 1, I had fun with very new ideas.
I'm extremely excited about them.
But they are still in early development stage (read: everything is hardcoded in the source, as a proof of concept).

So to make you wait before Beta 2... oh no... to make you envy Beta 2 and wait it badly ;-) here is a screenshot:

http://slaout.linux62.org/kirocker/kirocker-4.0-beta2-preview.png

As you can see there are the following news:
- Lyrics can be displayed (and hidden, to use the previous layout). And this comes with a small bonus usability feature... I won't tell you until Beta 2 :-)
- Themes can draw frames. Those frames are positionned by Kirocker Music Display to espouse the layout of every screens. The frames are also kept pixel-perfect.
- Themes can assign shadows to texts, so they are more readable on top of any background. And yes: it is very fast, as fast as frames.
- Animation has been optimised and is now lightening fast. Oh... no. You can't see that on the screenshot, you just have to believe me!

As I said, all of this is hard-coded to make sure it was all possible (the shadow is only on text information, adding/removing/moving frames need to recompile the code and make sur the frame image in in /home/seb ;-) ). I need more work to make it very easily accessing to theme writers.

Here is an example of what could be possible (the screenshot is old and frames were still buggy):

http://slaout.linux62.org/kirocker/kirocker-frames-proof-of-concept.png

Oh, and I'm still not happy with the "layout of the screen with lyrics". It's not so beautiful and seems cluttered. I know that.

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CptnObvious999

9 years ago

I am listening to GAMER (http://www.hwhq.com) episode 164 in the ogg format and the applet keeps transitioning constantly even though it is still on the same file. I am using 4.0 beta 1.

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CptnObvious999

9 years ago

Ok I clicked download media and it no longer does this, so it was just an issue with the streaming podcasts

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emilsedgh

9 years ago

Hi
Its really Cooool! Best Kicker Applet!
Only I have one Idea, Please provide an Icon for its Tooltip.also when there is no track in playlist, it just hides, but it should not be there (to left the space for other applets)

and providing an Ubuntu Package will help...

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Sebien

9 years ago

The old Kirocker Music Display icon was an empty-cd-cover with a star.
It was too easily confused with "playing a song with no cover" or "playing a song with one star". That's why I removed the icon.

With Kirocker Music Display 4.0 Beta 2, I made a new icon, and it cannot confused anymore, so the icon is back in the big tooltip ;)

By the way, check Beta 2, it's amaizing! Especially the lyrics and enhanced themes :-D

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cfraz89

9 years ago

Sonata Arctica, I like your music taste! I use kirocker while listening to them all the time :) Love the bubbles theme in 4.0.

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Izo

9 years ago

I would LOVE to be able to install and use this applet, but I cannae do it!

I've downloaded 3.4 source code, extracted it, opened up the extracted folder into the Konsole, typed in "./configure" and everything is FINE, until I get this:

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

What am I doing wrong?

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Sebien

9 years ago

You need to install various development packages in order to build this application.

They are usually named like what the error tell you, with the extension "-dev" or "-devel" (depending on your distribution).

For your error, the package to install should be named "x-dev", "x-devel", "xorg-dev", "xorg-devel", "x11-dev" or "x11-devel".
I don't remember exactly what is the name but with a quick search in your package manager, you should find easily.

It's possible you will need to install other packages as well.
Follow the same technic: do a ./configure, look at the error, find a -dev/-devel package like the error tell you, do another ./configure... until it works.

As I'm a developer, I already have all those packages installed on my machine. So I can't tell exactly what packages are really needed.

It would be very cool if you add a comment there with all the packages that you were asked to install. So I can add a notification here and every future users will be able to install them without having errors.

Of course, if you have another error, you can also post a comment, I will try to tell you what to do to resolve it.

Thanks in advance.

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prplmnky

9 years ago

On Kubuntu Hardy make sure you have the following packages: build-essential, g++, xorg-dev, libqt3-headers, libqt3-mt-dev, kde4-libs-dev

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dummy

9 years ago

Hi, I have made another theme, To match te KORE design and desktop. I think that version V1 is a clean and nice theme, Whit the V2 I was testing a bit whit the background.

...One thing... It's to bad that I did not make the wallpaper, its from code2 (http://www.code2-design.com/)
I hope he don't mind. (it's GPL).

Ps. One thing, If you want to go full screen inside of Amarok you can do that whit a right mouse click and select > Kirocker, but why do you have to go again to a submenu > kirocker music display to select the option,... why not one button?... just my two cents.

geep up the good work, Kirocker rocks!

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dummy

9 years ago

oops, forgot the link :(
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/KORE+Kirocker+Theme?content=65660

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Sebien

9 years ago

I forgot to reply to "why not one button?"

It is an Amarok policy.
The script tells Amarok "I want that button", and Amarok is automatically putting every items in script menus.

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cado

9 years ago

Kirocker 3.4.1:
https://codigolivre.org.br/frs/download.php/5915/kirocker_3.4.1-1_i386.deb

Kirocker 4.0 Beta 1:
https://codigolivre.org.br/frs/download.php/5916/kirocker_4.0-b1-1_i386.deb


Grat Job. ;)

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dummy

9 years ago

I have upload two new themes maybe you like them, the wallpapers are under GPL here you can find them:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=65437

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Sebien

9 years ago

Yeah, I like them.

But they have too much contrast, the text is not very readable.

This is a problem I have to fix.
I have two solutions in mind:

- Allow theme to define a text shadow. But it is terribly slow. I need a way to optimize that (technically, this means caching the text+shadow in a semi-transparent pixmap: something very hard in Qt 3)

- Allow themes to define "frames" arround key areas. For instance, they could add a rounded semi-transparent white frame arround the Title+Artist+Album text. I need to test if it's fast enough with Qt 3. Or I must wait KDE 4 to implement this.

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dummy

9 years ago

I think you are right, it's readable but not that good. I think if you make the background a little darker, it's fine. A drop shadow to the fonts will be nice but if it's going to be slow than you can better not implant that just yet.

Maybe you can make a code that it go's from normal to a bit darker and than back to normal again, I mean like this -->

__________________________
normal
__________________________
Darker 1x
__________________________
Darker 2x
__________________________
Darker 1x
__________________________
normal
__________________________
(whit no lines of course ;))

A frame will be a good idea but just make the complete image darker will do the trick this time.

Feel free to adjust the theme to you liking.

<off topic> PS. I want a button inside of Amarok to go full screen. </off topic>

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dummy

9 years ago

ps. I have edit the themes so now the themes are a bit darker than before, now you can read the fonts better i think.

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Sebien

9 years ago

I realised your wishe with that sort of frame in Kirocker Music Display 4.0 Beta 2.

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dummy

9 years ago

Owke... another message :/

I have now made a darker version of the theme. and upload the themes 2 times

here
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=65437
and here
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=65556

<off topic>
ps2.
I install the script so now I can go full screen when Amarok is running (so the PS. on the message before was not needed, sorry)</off topic>

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kdefish

9 years ago

Fantastic app!

Any chance for a KDE4-plasmafication of this?

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Sebien

9 years ago

Of course, there will be a Plasma applet for KDE 4.

This means you will also be able to put Kirocker Music Display on your desktop!

See my reply to Superstoned just above to learn more.

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10 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

==========================

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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