Kirocker Music Display

Audio Apps

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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:

13 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

pupil

14 years ago

for the one in my page, please use this url for downloading. so my download count works:
http://donnie.110mb.com/downloads.php?cat_id=2&download_id=58

for the rpms on my repos, the rpms are still building so i can only post this URL for now:
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SUSE_Linux_9.3/
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SuSE_Linux_10.0/
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SuSE_Linux_10.1/
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/SLED10_SDK_Extras/
http://repos.opensuse.org/home:/dsbhayangkara/openSUSE_10.2/

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cyrus007

14 years ago

Seems like ./configure is checking for 1.9 version of autotools. My Kubuntu x86_64 has 1.7 by default and am reluctant to upgrade (as will lot of other people). In this scenario, ./configure && make && make install fails AFTER configure run.
My question: could the am__api_version not be hard coded to 1.9 in ./configure ?

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ArneBab

14 years ago

Hi,

I just had to kill my kicker, because ti consumed 1.2G of memory (according to top), so I wanted to ask, if kirocker might have a memory leak.

I don't know, if that's the reason, I just wondered, because I didn't have a kicker going wild before...

Wishes,
Arne

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Sebien

14 years ago

For once, I manage the memory quite well and there is no memory leak (just checked again, and all my memory allocations gets desallocated).

In any case, this applet should never take 1.2 Gb.

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ArneBab

14 years ago

Good.

(That's what I hoped for :) )

Thanks for checking!

Best wishes,
Arne

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ArneBab

14 years ago

Hi,

I was just in full-screen view and encountered an unheard song, and I thought "it would be great, if I could label songs directly from the full-screen view, so I don't have to switch to amarok to do it".

Any thoughts, if that might be included in a later version?

Besides: BasKet is great, too!
It was exactly what I missed in GNU/Linux for over two years after switching on from MacOSX (where I had an app named MacJournal).

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Sebien

14 years ago

Ah... That's true. They added labels in the latest version of Amarok. I do not have use for labels, so I'm less enclined to add support for them.

But I tryed to use labels, just to see if I could adopt this feature, and how I could integrate it in the applet and full screen mode.

The result is bad: I found labels completely unusable, too contraining. As I see them (correct me if I'm wrong), they can only be accessed in the "Song Properties" dialog. You set labels there, you can only see labels from there. This seems to be a feature added without even thinking about use cases. Well, this is a very young feature, so I have no doubt it will be improved very soon, as it can be very useful.

To make labels of any use, I suggest the following points for Amarok developers:
- Add a "Labels" column, not shown by default, but that can be shown for people using labels.
- In the "Playlist" side panel, add a "smart playlist" that show a hierarchy of labels (see below). BTW, this should be done for stars too: without a way to play the song with stars, stars are useless too.
- Add an "Assign Labels" global keyboard shorctuts to popup a dialog in order to assign/remove labels on the currently playing song. Like it is done for stars rating.
- Add a DCOP call to list all assignable labels, for scripts to be able to mimic the top blue (why is it blue?!) list of the song properties dialog. For the moment, scripts can only get and modify the labels of the currently playing song, no way to propose a clickable list to the script/applet users.

Assigning labels is good, but they are only useful if you can request Amarok the songs that have one particular label.
So here is a mockup of a "smart playlist".
Imagine people have 3 tags "tag1", "tag2", "tag3" and 3 musics: "music1" has tag1 and tag2, "music2" has tag1, "music3" has tag2 and tag3.

Labels
| tag1 (1)
| | tag2 (2)
| L tag3 (3)
| tag2 (4)
L tag3 (5)
Rated Songs
| *
| **
| ***
| ****
L *****

The numbers in parenthesis are only there for explanation.
If user double-click (1) then every musics that have "tag1" will be played (music1 and music2).
If user double-click (2) then every musics that have BOTH "tag1" and "tag2" will be played (music1 only).
If user double-click (4) then every musics that have "tag2" will be played (music1 and music3).

Then, and only then, labels will be useful.

Oh, and as a bonus: the "Stars" tree let people double-click "**" to play musics with two or one-and-a-half stars. Double-clicking "Rated Songs" plays musics that have any number of stars.

Again: am I wrong? Are there other ways I haven't seen to use labels?

Please report that wish to Amarok bugtracker if I'm right.

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ArneBab

14 years ago

At least a few things are already possible:

For stars, you can already create smart playlists with songs which have "more than **" and "less than ***" and such.

(Smart Playlist dialog)

And you can do the same for labels:

For example: Play songs which "Contain label foo" and "don't contain label bar".

I think not having a clickeable list is simply because labels are completely freeform. If you want to supply a list, you might have to create it yourself... or wait for the amaroK folks to create one.

But will it contain labels like the following, then?
RPG, Battle, Mechanical Dream, soothe, ship, sea, crossing the valley, death, birth of the goddess, starry night, love, thunderstorm, horror, building excitement, ...
They are the ones I intend to use, because I want again be able to use my music creatively in roleplaying sessions (I lost my whole tags in iTunes, because it used a nonstandard id3 tag which amaroK doesn't yet support).


I think more viable would be to include a clickeable list of all labels which are assigned in the music library.
(that's what the blue list is, if I understand it correctly)

How about smart playlist:
A dialog opens, where I can click on tags as I can for assigning them to songs.

But I think you are right on the useability issues, and that amarok should provide better support for DCOP calls for labels.

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Sebien

14 years ago

Well, I already added a smart playlist for stars. My point was that Amarok should be "plug & play" and provide such playlist by default. not everybody is going to think about creating a smart playlist.

As for label smart playlists, it's more painful because everytime you create a new tag, you have to think to create an associated smart playlist. Same when you modify or delete labels. This quickly become unmaintainable and should be done automatically (especially for combinations I talked about in my mockup).

This list should be automatical: you are right every people have a different set of labels. I never tought to something fixed!

Right now, I could display labels and let people remove/add labels. But it will be all textual: to add existing labels, people would have to remember theire name and type them without making mistake, no "blue list of available labels" because Amarok does not provide any way to do that.

That's why I will wait Amarok 2.0 before adding label support.

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Superstoned

14 years ago

I'm really enjoying this applet, and I'd like to say it's clear you know how to develop a nice and usable app - little things, like the close button top-right (including the edges, so you don't have to try and hit it) make this great. It's just new, but already quite a hit, I'd say. Please continue!!!

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Sebien

14 years ago

Thank you very much.

I have got all my development experience from BasKet Note Pads.

From that project, I learnt programmation: how to optimize drawings and double-bufferize to not have any flicker, allowing the amazing animations I plan to add soon.

And I also learnt usability: Fitt's law, make "it just work", make the default values right for 95% of users and only then, add configuration... I choosen KDE for its configurability, so I will add configuration.

That's very nice to program for another application such as Kirocker Music Display. It's fun again ;-)

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matty323

14 years ago

Kirocker 2.0 for Xandros 4.0

http://www.xandros.or.id/archive/dists/xxxx/matty/binary-i386/uploads/kirocker_2.0-1_i386.deb

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ArneBab

14 years ago

When I close amarok, the kirocker music display doesn't show the play-button but stays in playing.

sidenote: Flickering could occur because my system-load is usually quite high :)

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Sebien

14 years ago

Ah... That's true, I forgot to take this case into account.

In fact, Kirocker Music Display polls Amarok a few times per second to know what's changed.

And if the polling fail once, instead of displaying nothing (thinking it is paused) it silently ignore the failure and retry another time.

This means:
- It should not flicker, it should stay with the previously played music.
- When Amarok is closed, the polling always fail, and the applet always retry. I must add a condition to check if Amarok is still alive. If not, it should displays paused, this time it will be right.

Please try another thing: place your mouse over the applet.
When flickering, does the "Play" button appears?

On my side, I will try the applet under heavy load.

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ArneBab

14 years ago

Yapp, you seem to have caught it.

Kirocker shows the play-button when flickering.

(Heavy load means for me, that even my mouse gets jumpy while i2p and i2phex do hard cryptography in the background :) )

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Sebien

14 years ago

Ah, even if the mouse gets jumpy it's a very special case :-)

It should be a bug in DCOP. I have no mean to solve that one.

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ArneBab

14 years ago

Hi,

2.0 flickers from time to time (whole widget disappears and reappears a fraction of a second later).

This happens about once a minute or so.

Thought you might be interested...

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Sebien

14 years ago

Hum... This should not happens anymore.

Can you reinstall the latest 2.0 final by making sure it is not a beta version, and that you install it with the following command line:

make -f Makefile.cvs ; ./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix) && make && sudo make install

If you installed from a package, this is possible I forgot to change the package link from beta to final. Perhapse you downloaded a beta while the link said it was the final. I checked the links, please redownload and reinstall.

The flicker was only present in 2.0 beta versions (and in version 1.4).

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ArneBab

14 years ago

It might be, that the ebuild is still creating problems...

I'm checking...

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ArneBab

14 years ago

I just built it completely from source using your command and it still flickers now and then, so it's not teh ebuild.

Flickering happens about once per minute.

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gohanz

14 years ago

A Slackware 11.0 package from www.slacky.it!


http://www.slacky.it/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=29&func=fileinfo&id=1613

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ArneBab

14 years ago

Here's the new ebuild:

http://draketo.de/dateien/gentoo/kirocker-2.0.ebuild

To other Gentoo-Users in here:
is there a clean way to add

./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix)

to src_compile() ?

I don't think that my way of doing it is really nice.

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Temet

14 years ago

I don't understand your trouble.
You can also make it like this :

src_compile() {
kde_src_compile
}

A piece of advice : open a web directory with all your ebuilds so that Sebien can put a link to that directory. It's boring to update the page for only a link ;)

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ArneBab

14 years ago

My trouble is not, that it can't be done, but that I can't do it, or I should say, I couldn't :)

But this also uses the prefix /usr instead of the kde one.

It works, but it doesn't install the files where the program wants them...

I think I'll change it to that anyway. It's the proper way for gentoo, I assume.

The repository already exists:
http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=167054

Wishes,
Arne

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Temet

14 years ago

src_compile() {
econf --prefix= $(kde-config --prefix) || die "econf failed"
}

I think

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13 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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