Kirocker Music Display
Audio
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:

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

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

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

Not, this is not possible, because the audio frequencies information needed for the visualisation is nto exported by Amarok, but I will mail Amarok developers to find a solution for Amarok 2.0.

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Wezp

9 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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Kormac

9 years ago

It would be really nice if it were possible to lock the fullscreen mode, preferrably asking for a password to disable the lock. Fullscreen is great for parties where you don't want people messing around on the computer, but only if they can't get out of fullscreen.

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Sebien

9 years ago

I will do it in the next version, 3.4.

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Sebien

9 years ago

Well, password screen-locking is a little more complicated than I tought. So this feature is not in 3.4, but I will add it in a very next version.

I wanted to do taskbar alerts for 3.4, but now I can concentrate on the lock thing.

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ArneBab

9 years ago

an ebuild for 3.2 is avaible from the gentoo bug database.

New ebuilds will be avaible from there (link stays).

All gentoo ebuilds: http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=167054

(@Docter: Could you add a link to the bug to the Page? It is also the place where people should request new ebuilds)

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logixoul

9 years ago

"Kicker Right Translucent Background.png" is not contained in the archive :(

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logixoul

9 years ago

Nevermind, I was looking in the kirocker-3.2 dir. Didn't realize this file was outside of it ;)

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Sebien

9 years ago

With 3.4, in addition to the awsome new features, the image has been moved to the folder you were looking at. Everybody was looking there, it's more user-friendly :-)

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apachelogger

9 years ago

I'm working on the Kubuntu package of Kirocker. Now there is one really serious problem (I already mailed twice about some others, though they partly got fixed in 3.2 anyway).

Anyway... the Kicker Right Translucent Background.png _has to be_ moved into the kirocker-x.y directory, else I can't do proper packaging.

PLEASE RELEASE A FIXED VERSION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE :-(

Another minor thing, since I can patch it:
the libraries should be stored in KDE's lib path in my opinion
http://aplg.kollide.net/kubuntu/tmp/kubuntu_kde_ltlibraries.patch

Greetings

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Sebien

9 years ago

Will move the image in the next version, 3.4.

Thanks for the patch too.

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Sebien

9 years ago

That's done, at last!
With 3.4, in addition to the awsome new features, the image has been moved to the root folder of the archive.

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apachelogger

9 years ago

Thanks a lot! :D

But, in the meanwhile the Ubuntu archive admins found a new way to make packaging a bit less funny :S

The admin directory is containing GPL as well as LGPL licensed files, both of these licenses enforce the source publisher, in this case that would be you, to ship a complete license text with the source.
Simply put: please add a COPYING.LIB containing the full license text of the GNU LGPL. Without this file the chance to get Kirocker into the next Kubuntu release is exactly: 0%

However I'll release the current version for revuing now, you should release a fixed tarball ASAP, so I just need to change the tarball then, and therefore speed things up a bit.

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Sebien

9 years ago

That's done, I added the COPYING.LIB file to the archive.
It's the same URL.

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apachelogger

9 years ago

Merci beaucoup :)

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texstar

9 years ago

Do you have some screensaver disable enable code in the kirocker binary? The reason I ask is I have screensavers disabled in kde but after I run kirocker and close it out the screensaver gets activated.

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Sebien

9 years ago

This will be fixed in the next verison, 3.4.

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Sebien

9 years ago

I'm happy to announce you that version 3.4 of Kirocker Music Display is solving that issue: the screensaver will not be re-enabled when you exit the full screen display.

And in addition to such bug fixes, there are awesome new feature ;-)

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scido

9 years ago

Hi,
I really like your applet, but sometimes it makes my kicker crash. I don't know the right reason (plesae, tell me how I can do it9, but I've found some informations in my .xsession-errors:

QWidget::setMinimumSize: The smallest allowed size is (0,0)
WARNING: DCOPReply<QString>: cast to 'QStringList' error
kicker: crashHandler called
DCOP aborting while waiting for answer from 'kded'
DCOPServer::DCOPReply for unknown connection.
KCrash: Application 'kicker' crashing...

Tell me if I can help you anyway.
Regards,
Scido

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Sebien

9 years ago

Thanks for the .xsession-errors.
It will surelly be very helpful in debugging Kirocker Music Display.

I will have a look at that as soon as I have free time.

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ssuuddoo

9 years ago

hi, whta kind of panel/skin did U use on the screenshot (where the KDE icon and the time is full transp. while the others not)

thnx

btw, I use kirocker and think it is the best music applet ever.

thnx

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Sebien

9 years ago

The panel "skin" is included in the Kirocker Music Display archive.

It is an image you must apply over your desktop background image while making the panel fully transparent.

See the section on how to install the translucent panel above in the project description.

The image is made for screens with a resolution of 1280*800. With GIMP basic skills, you should be able to adapt it to any screen.

One day, I will add an automatic script that apply the "skin" on every computers. One day :-)

BTW, thanks for your support.

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ssuuddoo

9 years ago

thnx 4 your info.
I will use this.

:D xixi
nice, but fake. :D

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fabian2de

9 years ago

Owning a MacbookPro I have a built-in remote, which I like to use with Amarok. Now with your script it'd be just great to have the possibility to go into fullscreen-mode by using a dcop call. Or even by starting an application. Unfortunately I see no way to do so by now.

But all in all, I have to say: Your script is great!!! It really is! Thank you for all the work you've done! That's what I was looking for a very long time...

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fabian2de

9 years ago

aah, oh my god, I am just silly... sorry for the above post, I haven't seen there is a new version avaliable.. Sorry!

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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

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

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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