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

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

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

Superstoned

9 years ago

Hey, love the theme support! really cool work. Please continue to work on this, and port it to KDE 4 asap as well - would love to have this by default in plasma for KDE 4.0. That can still happen if you're quick enough, you know...

One feature request:
Random theme choosing please ;-)

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Sebien

9 years ago

KDE 4.0.0 has been postponed to December 20th.
So it's no hurge.

And version 4.0.0 will not be very polished for everyday use, I suppose. At least, I think I will not jump in that train quickly.

But I will port Kirocker Music Display a little before KDE 4.0.0. Say at the start of december.

While waiting KDE 4, I want to deliver new features to the biggest number of people, this means releasing KDE 3 versions.

Don't worry: I will continue tu develop it :-)

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darknight

9 years ago

GREAT stuff...
However I have a minor problem, the applet is slightly too high for me. Could you add some option to scale the cd cover?
If there's already one I didn't find it.

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Sebien

9 years ago

I will see what I can do.
The cover still has to be visible.

Do you have an horizontal or vertical panel? What size?
It's to try to understand the need for this option.

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darknight

9 years ago

I have a vertical panel, 180px wide. It takes only a fraction of the screen height (1050px) because above it I have put kopete and skype.
Usually it's ok, but if I start to plug in usb sticks for example the panel will grow vertically and go under the docked applications.
Have a look here: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=65314

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Sebien

9 years ago

Ah, ok, I see better.

I'll add an option.

I don't know yet if it will be an hidden option or not.

Having such a big panel is very uncommon.

But people could also want to limitate the width of the applet if they have a tall horizontal panel. So why not...

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BSDKaffee

10 years ago

The kicker applet will crash with large playlists (I have figured it to be anything over 106 songs). If Amarok is already playing, it will not show anything but the "Play" button. Eventually it will crash taking the kicker down with it. I had 107 songs in the playlist and removed one, then it started working properly again, so I'm pretty sure 106 songs is the limit. I'm using Amarok 1.4.5 and KDE 3.5.7

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fradeve11

9 years ago

Quote, I have the same problem (I'm going mad to understand it!) in my playlist are listed 663 tracks -.- And with Beryl there are also some problem refreshing application (cover don't change). However, very goog application ;) A suggestion: before improving new features, take attention to resolve this tedious bugs :D

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Sebien

9 years ago

I had playlists of ~ 200 songs and didn't get any problem.

But today I tryed a playlist with 600 songs and BINGO.

I've got your problem, found it and fixed it!

=> Large playlists no longer make the interface to stop responding, or do mad things. It should be faster... Even if will not be as snappy as small playlists, but this is a problem that must be solved by Amarok 2.

=> There is also a second good news: by testing very large playlists I finally found and solved a crash problem, reported long time ago but that I wasn't able to reproduce.

I think that after those two fixes, Kirocker Music Display should be solid rock!

I'm going to make a new tarball as soon as possible. But I promess nothing, because my code is messed up with a new (A-MA-ZING) feature I've already began to code.

Note: I do not have Beryl, so please test the changes and tell me if the problems are still there. Or please send screenshots or more detailed information or how in what circumstances the cover bug occurs...

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Sebien

9 years ago

Done.
You can download version 3.4.1 with the bug & crash fixes!

It doesn't include the amazing new feature I was talking about on my previous post... You'll have to wait :-P

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Superstoned

10 years ago

hey, can I say again I love kirocker? Haven't checked it out in a long time, just updated it. Lovely, all these animations and the improved fullscreen mode ;-)

Suggestion: mnaybe lyrics in the mainmode?!?


Thanx for all the work!

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Sebien

10 years ago

Yes, lyrics in full screen display are planned.

Here are all the planned big features:

- Themes (background image, colors)
- Volume slider
- Party Lock
- Lyrics
- Multiple screens support
- Visualisation

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coling

10 years ago

Hi,

Just trying this out and it crashes when I try to run kirocker. I can't generate a backtrace with debug symbols installed as it says it's just all messed up and is probably due to a corrupted stack. I'm guessing something big is trying to be squeezed into a small variable when compiled for x86_64..... Backtrace w/o debugging symbols below may help but if it is a stack thing then it may be a red herring :/

#5 0x00002af2c05db0cf in DcopInterface::getBool ()
from /usr/lib64/kde3/kirocker_panelapplet.so
#6 0x00002af2c05ce89f in AmarokApi::screenSaverEnabled ()
from /usr/lib64/kde3/kirocker_panelapplet.so
#7 0x00002af2c05db9b7 in FullScreen::windowActivationChange ()
from /usr/lib64/kde3/kirocker_panelapplet.so
#8 0x00002af2c2078eb3 in QWidget::event ()
from /usr/lib/qt3/lib64/libqt-mt.so.3
#9 0x00002af2c1ff2fd3 in QApplication::internalNotify ()
from /usr/lib/qt3/lib64/libqt-mt.so.3
#10 0x00002af2c1ff3abe in QApplication::notify ()
from /usr/lib/qt3/lib64/libqt-mt.so.3
#11 0x00002af2c0f85d8d in KApplication::notify ()
from /usr/lib64/libkdecore.so.4
#12 0x00002af2c1ff6c93 in QApplication::setActiveWindow ()
from /usr/lib/qt3/lib64/libqt-mt.so.3
#13 0x00002af2c1f9b5cb in QApplication::x11ProcessEvent ()
from /usr/lib/qt3/lib64/libqt-mt.so.3
#14 0x00002af2c1faa069 in QEventLoop::processEvents ()
from /usr/lib/qt3/lib64/libqt-mt.so.3
#15 0x00002af2c2006b31 in QEventLoop::enterLoop ()
from /usr/lib/qt3/lib64/libqt-mt.so.3
#16 0x00002af2c20069e2 in QEventLoop::exec ()
from /usr/lib/qt3/lib64/libqt-mt.so.3
#17 0x0000000000402b95 in ?? ()
#18 0x00002af2c6b7dac4 in __libc_start_main () from /lib64/libc.so.6
#19 0x0000000000402459 in QPixmap::metric ()
#20 0x00007fffeb731568 in ?? ()
#21 0x0000000000000000 in ?? ()

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Sebien

10 years ago

Is this crash also hapenning when running the Kirocker Music Display applet in the KDE panel?

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coling

10 years ago

TBH I don't know as I generally run a Gnome desktop. I'll try under a pure KDE session soon.

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Sebien

9 years ago

I finnally was able to reproduce that crash.

It was triggered mainly with using a large playlist, isn't it?

Anyway, *I released version 3.4.1 that fix the bug*!
You can download it right now, and it should crash anymore.

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coling

9 years ago

Great. Confirmed working here. Normally my playlists are not that large but I usually have dynamic playlists which may have also triggered problems. Looks good just now tho'. Consider a Mandriva package forthcoming ;)

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inckie

10 years ago

Great great applet! Just a thought:

Instead of
Quote:killall -sTERM kicker ; kicker
Wouldn't it be better to
Quote:dcop kicker default restart
to restart kicker?

(My 2¢)

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Sebien

10 years ago

Thanks very much for this tip.

I've updated the instructions.

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linmain

10 years ago

be aware that this dcop call has a serious problem: it doesn't call c++ destructors (kicker just exec* itself into its own adressspace) when it shuts down the kicker panel. so applets which changed their settings and call the flush function in their destructors, loose their settings.

i would recommend you to use the killall method. it is much cleaner and call destructors the way they should.

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linmain

10 years ago

i would use this one to wait the right amount of time:

pidkicker=$(pidof kicker)
kill -TERM 0$pidkicker
while [ -f /proc/$pidkicker/environ ]
do
sleep 0.1s
done
kicker

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joe81

10 years ago

Great application, dude!!
anyway, it has just crashed, making kicker crashing too.
This is the backtrace, hope it can help:
#6 0xb754a002 in operator>> () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#7 0xb6ab3ee9 in DCOPProcessMessage (iceConn=0x80820c8,
clientObject=0x8081950, opcode=3, length=43, replyWait=0xbfec1138,
replyWaitRet=0xbfec10c4)
at /root/kdelibs/kdelibs-3.5.7/./dcop/dcopclient.cpp:370
#8 0xb6ac4273 in KDE_IceProcessMessages (iceConn=0x80820c8,
replyWait=0xbfec11c8, replyReadyRet=0xbfec1218)
at /root/kdelibs/kdelibs-3.5.7/./dcop/KDE-ICE/process.c:326
#9 0xb6aaf669 in DCOPClient::callInternal (this=0x8080700,
remApp=@0xbfec13f8, remObjId=@0xbfec13f0, remFun=@0xbfec13e8,
data=@0xbfec13d0, replyStruct=0xbfec1274, useEventLoop=false, timeout=-1,
minor_opcode=2) at /root/kdelibs/kdelibs-3.5.7/./dcop/dcopclient.cpp:1931
#10 0xb6aaf94d in DCOPClient::callInternal (this=0x8080700,
remApp=@0xbfec13f8, remObjId=@0xbfec13f0, remFun=@0xbfec13e8,
data=@0xbfec13d0, replyType=@0xbfec13d8, replyData=@0xbfec13c8,
useEventLoop=false, timeout=-1, minor_opcode=2)
at /root/kdelibs/kdelibs-3.5.7/./dcop/dcopclient.cpp:1821
#11 0xb6ab4397 in DCOPClient::call (this=0x8080700, remApp=@0xbfec13f8,
remObjId=@0xbfec13f0, remFun=@0xbfec13e8, data=@0xbfec13d0,
replyType=@0xbfec13d8, replyData=@0xbfec13c8, useEventLoop=false,
timeout=-1) at /root/kdelibs/kdelibs-3.5.7/./dcop/dcopclient.cpp:1765
#12 0xb6ab43f7 in DCOPClient::call (this=0x8080700, remApp=@0xbfec13f8,
remObjId=@0xbfec13f0, remFun=@0xbfec13e8, data=@0xbfec13d0,
replyType=@0xbfec13d8, replyData=@0xbfec13c8, useEventLoop=false)
at /root/kdelibs/kdelibs-3.5.7/./dcop/dcopclient.cpp:1730
#13 0xb6ab611d in DCOPClient::isApplicationRegistered (this=0x8080700,
remApp=@0xbfec1480)
at /root/kdelibs/kdelibs-3.5.7/./dcop/dcopclient.cpp:1225
#14 0xb2f4d176 in DcopInterface::isApplicationRegistered ()
from /usr/lib/kde3/kirocker_panelapplet.so
#15 0xb2f5071e in InformationPoller::failed ()
from /usr/lib/kde3/kirocker_panelapplet.so
#16 0xb2f531eb in InformationPoller::poll ()
from /usr/lib/kde3/kirocker_panelapplet.so
#17 0xb2f53851 in InformationPoller::qt_invoke ()
from /usr/lib/kde3/kirocker_panelapplet.so

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NabLa

10 years ago

Didn't know about it, stumbled upon it when idling on kde-apps... it's just excellent!!!

Just a wish... Last.fm :) it would be brilliant to be able to ban/love/skip a track when listening to Last.fm on Amarok, and also to display the cover :)

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Sebien

10 years ago

Amarok does not have any way for plugin developers to simulate a click on ban/love/skip. So I suppose this feature will be for KDE 4.

And now (version 3.4), the Last.fm cover is working for everybody. There was a little bug in the previous version (version 3.2).

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aaronm67

10 years ago

It would be pretty cool if rather then a background image the fullscreen mode used visualizations. Is this at all possible? I may look into it, if you can point me in the right direction.

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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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