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

5er

10 years ago

Found out that it works fine without the broken files.

A request that space where it shows infos gets shrunk to "run amarok" button size if amarok is closed.

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jasonf

10 years ago

Great app! Small request. Sometimes I change my X resolution to display correctly on my TV before going fullscreen. But when launching the fullscreen mode, it runs in the original resolution. Can you possibly add some code to check the current X resolution before going into fullscreen mode? thanks!!

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Sebien

9 years ago

I'm happy to announce you that Kirocker Music Display 3.2 full screen mode now changes its size to adapt to new screen resolutions.

I can't test it, so please tell me if this works or not. Thanks.
Even if I'm pretty sure it will work fine.

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vagabound

10 years ago

Your App is great!
But it seems to have problems with the displaying of some cd covers in fullscreen mode.
Small cd covers are displayed correctly, but some bigger ones are displayed very "pixel-like" and look very bad.

And it would be cool when the text would scroll automaticly if it doesn´t fit in the kicker.

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Sebien

9 years ago

I'm happy to announce you that Kirocker Music Display 3.2 now always get the full version of cover arts. They will not be pixelised in full screen mode anymore...

And for animations, the goal of this applet is to always show what's you're playing... while you are busy working on something else.

Animations are distracting (see the advertising baners in web pages).
That's why I will not add animated scrolling (or perhapse as an option, later).

Moreover, with srolling text, when you decide to look at the information you will often encounter the middle of the artist/title/... because it started to scroll before you started to read. So it is even longer with scrolling because you have to wait a few seconds for the text to be scrolled back to its original position to be able to read the whole information.

Often, the first words are enough for you to guess the artist and other information.

If you need the whole information, then just move your mouse on the applet and a nice balloon will tell you in details, but only when you want to.

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Fanaz

10 years ago

http://www.baitas.org/RPM/Kirocker-3.0-1.i386.rpm

Fedora/Mandriva compatible package.

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Sebien

9 years ago

Can you package 3.2 and post a link here?

Thanks very much for your work.

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akuaku

10 years ago

As a Supporter of small vertical toolbars, It would be great, if the Songtitle would Move if it didn't fit the applet.

It should behave similar to the iPod Whileplaying screen.

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Sebien

9 years ago

I will reply the same as for the comment below:

The goal of this applet is to always show what's you're playing... while you are busy working on something else.

Animations are distracting (see the advertising baners in web pages).
That's why I will not add animated scrolling (or perhapse as an option, later).

Moreover, with srolling text, when you decide to look at the information you will often encounter the middle of the artist/title/... because it started to scroll before you started to read. So it is even longer with scrolling because you have to wait a few seconds for the text to be scrolled back to its original position to be able to read the whole information.

Often, the first words are enough for you to guess the artist and other information.

If you need the whole information, then just move your mouse on the applet and a nice balloon will tell you in details, but only when you want to.

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SaikoBee

10 years ago

I have a few problems with it:

- I hate the Amarok OSD. I've always turned it off. But when I run your app, every time I turn it off, it turns back on after it hits the next song...

- I don't want the app to use too much space, so scrolling text would be nice
And on that note: When amarok is turned off, it still takes the same amount of room in my kicker, so I make it real big to read text, but if I turn off amarok I have tons of wasted space.

- In the full screen mode, certain album art is very pixelated. With Judas Priest' Sad Wings of Destiny I have a very large cover pic that I can easily view at a size larger than what is displayed using the full screen viewer and I get no pixelation, so something seems to be wrong there.

All in all though, this is a superb app, and very promising. :) Keep up the good work!

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th3doctor

10 years ago

I just wanted to say that I had similar problems; The resolution of the artwork in fullscreen mode is sometimes poor and Amarok's OSD sometimes comes back on randomly, and I haven't figured out why as of yet.

Other than that, it's a great app, thanks!

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Sebien

9 years ago

The Amarok OSD comes back after you used the full screen mode.
I will have to fix this bug in the next version.

The panel is quite buggy in KDE 3, so if I resize the applet when not playing anymore, you will see a lot of graphical glitches on the panel. I hope KDE 4 Plasma will be smarter. I will have another try to bypass the Kicker bugs...

And let's finish with a very good news: the full screen mode album arts are not pixelized anymore with Kirocker Music Display 3.2.

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Yaccin

10 years ago

configure went well, but when starting make i get this:

yaccin@Hephaistos:~/Desktop/kirocker$ make
cd . && make -f admin/Makefile.common configure.in ;
make[1]: Betrete Verzeichnis '/home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker'
*** Creating configure.files
make[1]: Verlasse Verzeichnis '/home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker'
cd . && /bin/bash /home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker/admin/missing --run aclocal-1.9
/home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker/admin/missing: line 52: aclocal-1.9: command not found
WARNING: `aclocal-1.9' is missing on your system. You should only need it if
you modified `acinclude.m4' or `configure.in'. You might want
to install the `Automake' and `Perl' packages. Grab them from
any GNU archive site.
cd . && /bin/bash /home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker/admin/missing --run automake-1.9 --gnu
/home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker/admin/missing: line 52: automake-1.9: command not found
WARNING: `automake-1.9' is missing on your system. You should only need it if
you modified `Makefile.am', `acinclude.m4' or `configure.in'.
You might want to install the `Automake' and `Perl' packages.
Grab them from any GNU archive site.
cd . && perl admin/am_edit
cd . && perl admin/am_edit Makefile.in
cd . && rm -f configure
cd . && make -f admin/Makefile.common configure
make[1]: Betrete Verzeichnis '/home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker'
Can't open configure: No such file or directory.
make[1]: Verlasse Verzeichnis '/home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker'
/bin/bash ./config.status --recheck
running CONFIG_SHELL=/bin/bash /bin/bash ./configure --prefix=/usr --no-create --no-recursion
/bin/bash: ./configure: No such file or directory
make: *** [config.status] Fehler 127


:(

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exit91

10 years ago

>.../home/yaccin/Desktop/kirocker/admin/missing: line 52: automake-1.9: command not found
> WARNING: `automake-1.9' is missing on your system. You should only need it if...

You need automake1.9

Just type in 'sudo apt-get install automake1.9' and 'sudo update-alternatives --config automake'. Now you should be able to compile this neat program :D

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pupil

10 years ago

hi, my rpms, for opensuse are updated. sorry for the late update.

available here:
http://donnie.110mb.com/downloads.php?cat_id=2&download_id=58
(opensuse 10.2, i586)

my repos:
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/
(suse 9.3, 10.0, 10.1, SLED 10, 10.2; arch i586, x86_64) --> still building

openSUSE KDE:Community repos:
http://repos.opensuse.org/KDE:/Community/
(suse 9.3, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2; arch i586, x86_64) --> still building

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pupil

10 years ago

sorry, but there's a build error in 9.3, 10.0, and suse factory. see the error log here:
http://d.cl1p.net/kirocker/

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indifference

10 years ago

Well it's just me or the animation are slow... (Intel 855GM)

I also don't like the way that the butons appear over the cover art and the names of the artist, i think it would be better if you make the buttons a bit smaller and make an effect that replaces, replaces and not put over it, the text displayed, while the cover art is still visible...

Besides that, great app!

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cyrus007

10 years ago

This maybe a dumb question but I could not find my answers anywhere (README file is empty), even a search on google points to here...
How do you switch to fullscreen coverdisplay mode from the kicker applet on the panel ? Right click only brings up options 'Unlock panel' and 'Help' and double click nor any of the buttons on the applet itself does not work.

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Sebien

10 years ago

Make sure you are playing something and the "window with red arrows" button let you switch to full screen view.

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cyrus007

10 years ago

Thanks. Funny I needed to reboot the m/c for it to work. What happened was that I had an older version on my task bar. Then I downloaded and make-installed it and then I removed the older applet and installed the new version on the taskbar (so I thought) and did not find these new buttons without realizing that it was still using the in-memory version. But after a reboot, I see the new buttons and everything is working fine.

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jarizaro

10 years ago

I compiled 3.0 beta 2, but i can't see any animation, when does it appears? :¿?

Is there any form to see what is the version of kirocker that i'm running? In about applet, i can't see the version.. maybe i'm running yet the last version? could be a great idea put the version number in dialog "About".


Congratulation, great application :)

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Sebien

10 years ago

After an upgrade from a previous version, press Alt+F2 and type the command "killall -sTERM kicker ; kicker" to restart the Panel with the new installed version.

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jarizaro

10 years ago

I've seen animations... They appears when a changging song succed..
They are fine in my computer (pentium 4, 2.4Ghz, Nvidia Ti4400, 1680x1050)

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jarod82

10 years ago

Can anyone create a Kubuntu (or generally deb) package? I tried to do it myself, but I'm not a capable packager and didn't succeed... I want to try this applet so badly!

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Yaccin

10 years ago

++++

please do a .deb for kubuntu!

i tried to compile it, but didnt work, also tried the suse rpm with alien, not working... there was a deb linked in the comments a few days ago, but the server was not reacheable :(

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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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