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

10 years ago

mrvw0169

The animations seem fine for me - could be smoother but it's pretty smooth as it is -- (Intel integrated 855GM video/2.0GHz Pentium M), but in the spirit of KDE, maybe make it optional? Also, hitting the "previous song" button would look better if the animation scrolled the other way, you know so it's backwards.

Also, in fullscreen mode, I think you probably shouldn't scale the album cover too much (it looks really really pixelated).

Great work! (I've 'packaged' it for the AUR of ArchLinux by the way)

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10 years ago

Sebien

Yes, animations will be optional in Kirocker Music Display 4.0, with a lot of other options.

Version 3.0 final now invert the sliding animation when playing a previous song. This is much more natural, you are true.

For full screen mode, make you you provide your own covers.
You can do so by putting a cover.jpg file into your music folders (by downloading the cover on the net). make sure it is big enough to look well when scalled at 300x300 pixels. You can also right click the cover in Amarok and try to get a bigger one on Amazon: Amarok provide a big choice for every albums, and there are usualy big covers as well.

Could you package 3.0 final and post a link here, or instructions on how to get the package? So that people know the package exists.

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10 years ago

mrvw0169

PKGBUILD for ArchLinux: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?do_Details=1&ID=8393&O=0&L=0&C=0&K=kirocker

Wow, you are fast! And can't believe you also wrote BasKet! I don't know how I'd live without your programs =P Thanks a lot and keep on coding!

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9 years ago

Sebien

Can you package 3.2 and post a link here?

Thanks very much for your work.

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10 years ago

sebelk

I compiled kirocker for Mandriva 2007 X86_64 and works somewhat well, but doesn't show covers of albums well, show cover from other album, even when Amarok does well.

Beyond this, it's a nice work and idea.

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10 years ago

josece

dude you did an amazing job this should come by default on the next kde release.. thanks!!

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10 years ago

kriko

Do you use some tricks to prevent going monitor into standby/suspend/power off?

Because when using your applet my monitor doesn't suspend after certain amount of time (even when not using fullscreen mode). Found this in 3.0 Beta 1.

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10 years ago

Sebien

No, I only disable screensaver when entering fullscreen mode and re-enable screensaver when leaving it.

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10 years ago

kriko

I locked my machine and monitor doesn't go off after 40 min like it should. I installed newest beta version and I'll do some further tests. However display power management works fine without kirocker.

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10 years ago

kriko

Nevermind, seems to work with 3.0 Beta 2.

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10 years ago

ArneBab

ebuild 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

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9 years ago

Sebien

Can you package version 3.2?

Thanks very much for your work.

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10 years ago

cewanf

You should mention dependencies: for me it didn't work until I installed automake1.9

Also, how can I configure the applet? I want to remove the cover art...

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10 years ago

Sebien

There is no configuration for now. Like you can see in the roadmap above, it is in the plans for version 4.0.

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10 years ago

Sebien

Oups, I posted the comment before really I wanted. Here it is complete:

There is no configuration for now. Like you can see in the roadmap above, it is in the plans for version 4.0.

So you want to remove the cover. But you still want the other informations and the buttons? Is it because you do not have any cover set or set gain space on the panel?

In full screen, do you also want to remove the cover? I currently do not plan to be able to remove any part of the applet in full-screen mode, there is no room constraint.

Just asking to know better how you, the users, are using the application for me to better design future enhancements.

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10 years ago

cewanf

I'm using Amarok to play internet radio, for that there is no cover, so it's always just an emtpy jewel case for me...

No comment on the dependency stuff?

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9 years ago

Sebien

I'm happy to announce you that Kirocker Music Display now works llike a charm with Last.fm radios.

And I will add an information about automake1.9 dependency right after having posted that comment ;-)

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10 years ago

pupil

really love the new sliding animation...

can i vote twice??? *click vote good*

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10 years ago

matty323

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10 years ago

matty323

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10 years ago

matty323

BTW, love the sliding animation, It looks bad ass.


Please Keep up the good work!

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9 years ago

Sebien

Can you package 3.2 and post a link here?

Thanks very much for your work.

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10 years ago

kriko

What about an vizualization instead static picture in background (talking about fullscreen mode).
I have in mind a gl screensaver like euphoria:
http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=3379

Of course this should be included as an option, since not everyone has 3d acellerator.

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10 years ago

Sebien

First, because I started Kirocker Music Display as a simple applet for me to easily rate music and LEARN what I'm listening to. My memory is not perfect, so I should visualise several times to remember. The full-screen mode is a pratical addition when I'm a few meters away of my computer for the same purpose, or during parties.

The second and most important reason is that the applet/full-screen has no access to the current tone/volume/frenquencies of the music. Only Amarok knows.
And this is for a good reason: making Amarok spread that information to other applications thousand times per second is not realistic.

In fact, with this applet, I'm gathering lot of information in order to improve Amarok 2.0. I see a solution with shared memory for this problem... But this is technical details. I will talk to Amarok developers about that and perhapse it will be possible in Amarok 2.0 and KDE 4.

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10 years ago

kriko

I'm sorry I didn't express myself right:

I didn't mean real visualization, like having an animation going as beat of music goes - just simple animation, like euphoria (regular settings).

See your screensaver section -> OpenGL Screen savers -> Euphoria (GL) -> Setup... -> Mode: Regular.

Buttons, cover and stars (whole layout) should remain as it is, underneath it would be nice to have such sleek animation.

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