KoverArtist

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Description:

KoverArtist is a program for the fast creation of covers for
cd/dvd cases and boxes. The main idea behind it is to be able
to create decent looking covers with some mouseclicks.

The project started from my need for some decent covers for the
films I record from television and then often burn on dvd for
archiving.

With series I usually start with one or two dvds, and add more as
more episodes are available. So the program - KoverArtist - had
to be flexible enough to handle that. This also requires changing
covers on the fly to use cases that can house more discs.


Last changelog:

12 years ago

Version 0.7.6
* Fixed a segfault when opening a project with an existing project open and a disc tab active
(thanks to filochard for reporting).
* (Re)activated help menu.

Version 0.7.5
* Fixed a bug around cddb lookup (thanks to filochard for reporting)

Version 0.7.4
* Added missing "Hide title text on front side" option. Thanks to filochard for reporting!
* Allow program start even if no case definitions are found.
* Use the default case if a loaded project uses an unknown case.
* Added debug and trace log-output commandline options. Default log output level is now info.
* Fixed switching to the new disc's tab page when a new disc is added.
* Fixed disc tabs handling when the number of discs is changed in the project page.
* Fixed a crash when loading a project when a current project exists.
* Fixed image file names in saved projects.

Version 0.7.2 and 0.7.3
* Fixed Debian / Launchpad package build

Version 0.7.1
* Added Czech translation (thanks to Pavel Fric).
* Added Netherland translation (thanks to Roger Gabriels).
* Added Debian package structure.

Version 0.7
* KDE 4 port. Finally.
* Current limitations: Drag&drop is not implemented, and the help/manual is missing

Please see the included ChangeLog file for older changes.

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StefanT

7 years ago

Hmmm.... are you sure that did not happen with 0.7.2? I could swear I did not change anything near a code that could be affected. But you do not have to try to reproduce the bug in 0.7.2, knowing if it happens there too does not change much.

Anyways, thanks for the report, I will debug as soon as possible!

Kind regards,
Stefan

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swiftscythe

7 years ago

I updated the PKGBUILD for Arch Linux.

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=6146


Thanks for filling the gap in KDE4 software :D

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StefanT

7 years ago

Ah, very nice. Is it ok if I reference the PKGBUILD URL in the locations above?
Is the URL https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=6146 the correct one for downloading the built binaries?

Kind regards,
Stefan

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swiftscythe

7 years ago

Yes, of course you can reference it.

The link is points to the PKGBUILD website in the Arch User Repository, not to the binaries. Arch users only need to run:
yaourt -S koverartist
And they will download the source code, build the binaries, create an installable package and install it automagically.

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derekkmartin

8 years ago

Hey StefanT, great app, been using it for a while, the best there is I've used it both on KDE 3.5 and 4... is it possible to print directly onto dvd/cd 's if not any chance this could be an upcoming feature??

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JClosed

8 years ago

Well - no news since March 15.

I was under the impression this great application would be ported to KDE4. It seems that this is not the case because no signs of life here for a long time.

This is really a pity because this is the only decent cover designer for the entire Linux range. It seems nobody is really interested to make (at least) something similar, and this puzzles me really. I cannot imagine someone using Linux never has the need to make a CD/DVD inlay at some time...

I wish I would have the time and knowledge to do the port myself, but sadly I lack both.

Well - still waiting and hoping for the best...

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StefanT

8 years ago

Sigh, I am so sorry. I promised several times to start working on it, but never found time up to now.

Maybe I should not try to make a great new koverartist and simply port the existing one to KDE 4, this would be probably enough for most users.

Pushing it upwards on my TODO again...

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walking

7 years ago

I was just wondering if there has been any progress yet? I am actually running both KDE3 & KDE4 on my Gentoo Linux box, but since my last complete system upgrade, for some unknown reason, koverartist segfaults on startup. Having a native KDE4 version would definitely solve that problem.

It hangs on a FUTEX_WAKE_PRIVATE. I can send you my strace output if you want.

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JClosed

7 years ago

Well - I asked about it about one year ago. As you can see the author considered to just do a port without improvement.

Unfortunately there seems to be no activity at all. This makes me sad, because there still is no decent alternative to this application.

I can only assume nobody in the Linux community never ever burns a CD and needs a cover for it. There is just no way to explain this weird omission otherwise ;-)

But -on the more serious side- I strongly get the impression this project is indeed - dead..

It is really sad...

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walking

7 years ago

Ya it's too bad.
I'd be happy with a port with no improvement. If I knew how to do that, I'd do it myself, but, unfortunately, I do not (yet).

I can certainly understand if the author doesn't feel like working for nothing anymore or simply does not have the time.

I'd like to thank him, though, for the work he has done in the past, and for the time he did put into the project when it was active. This application is certainly missed by many, I am sure.

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StefanT

7 years ago

Damn, you are right. Unfortunately.

I was stuck all the time in a dead end, trying to use OpenGL for rendering.

Ok, time to really get the thing ported. This time as it is, only to Kde4, with no extra features. I am working on it now. Will take some days, however.

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JClosed

7 years ago

Great StefanT!

I really appreciate to be so pleasantly surprised.. ;-).

Glad to hear this great application is not dead after all. I am sure there are a lot of people that will be very pleased by this announcement.

Thanks!

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friendly-demon

8 years ago

Great thing to hear. I was one of the users that was scared the project was dead.

Isn't there anyone to find you can coöperate with? I can't imagine KDE without koverartist. This should be a standard app.

Greetz, and I await kde4 version.

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JClosed

9 years ago

First of all - let me say I think Koverartist is a great application. Good job!

The problem is - I progressed from KDE 3.x to KDE4. As my distribution (Mandriva) not longer supports KDE3.x there is no way back (and frankly - I really like KDE4).

Unfortunately Koverartist is only written for KDE3.x. I was glad to see there are plans to "upgrade" Koverartist to KDE4.

Is there any progress since that announcement? I really, realy, really miss Koverartist and would be very happy to welcome the KDE4 version!

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WillieTheMac

9 years ago

Hello StefanT

How do you print the cover? I've tried a dozen times and either get an over sized image that fills an 8x11 sheet of paper, or half an image, or a chopped off partial image that's still waaaay too big. I've changed cd/dvd format, moved and shrank margins, and selected different paper types. (Selecting dvd paper just spits out a blank sheet of paper - at least it saves on ink.) What am I doing wrong?

PS Nice easy to use program. Better if I could actually get a cover printed.

THNX

What's the best thing about life ...?

I'm
Willie the Mac

and you're not ;-}

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Leiche

9 years ago

Will it give a new version under kde4?
It is a great app, so please make it for 4

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friendly-demon

9 years ago

Is there any chance a qt4 port will make it soon? Perhaps beta...
Really miss this app in kde4 and i won't pull in kde3 dependencies to install the 0.5 release again.

Just realize this is the one and only Linux app who really makes it possible to create and print CD AND DVD covers. I've been using is for all my covers, either self-created or image-based.

Good luck to the dev, and lets hear your voice users! I wonder how many of you out there using this briliant software.

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pstephenson

9 years ago

This is very useful software, and generally does a very nice job. One problem I am having with it, however, is that the resolution of images, when printed, is very low. The images appear to be rescaled to only about 400 or 500 pixels across. This is really too low. (Note that this is only the images, not the text that Koverartist creates.) This despite the fact that the originals are of much higher resolution (say, 2000 pixels across) and the entire image is used (Maxpect option set).

Is there a way for me to increase the resolution used? If not, would you add a method of adjusting this aspect of Koverartist please?

I'm using version 0.5 that comes with Ubuntu

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incubusss

9 years ago

Hi,
Is koverartist abandoned ? If not, is a Qt4 port considered ?
Thanks

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StefanT

9 years ago

Hi!

I am still here, and also did a QT4 port several months ago. But I also wanted to use OpenGL for rendering, which I added too. But it was too complex to implement. And now I am with a half done QT4 port. Probably a good idea to start over but use the rendering engine as it is now, and then replace it later.

Kind regards,
Stefan

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daimadoshi85

9 years ago

Hi!!Your program is great, but I have a new feature request for you, if it's possible. Can you add the possibility to export the cover to image file (png, jpg), and to add new lables anywhere in the layout?

Thank you.

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ChojinDSL

10 years ago

Hi, great work.

I know this has been requested before:
Printing of labels directly on Printable DVD-R or CD-R if the Printer supports it. I just wanted to give you some pointers.

I'm not sure if all CD-capable Printers do this, but I think that the printer automatically does not print beyond the defined area of the disc, at least when its in CD-Print mode.

Thats at least the way it is on my Canon Pixma IP4000. (I use the proprietary Turboprint driver by the way)

Anyways, I've noticed that I can use pretty much anything to print CD labels even Gimp. The only real requirement is to have a square image, eg. 1000x1000px and to make sure that Cover design is contained within the Circular boundary of the actual CD. As far as I know the printing driver handles the specifics with CD Label printing.

Anyways. My suggestion would be that you simply implement a simple layout template which is square and has the markings of a CD (with adjustable outer and inner ring) so that you have a visual guide to see where the image would get cut off.
I don't think you have to get funky with the printing mechanism itself.

When I print labels in Gimp, I usually use a pre-existing CD Label image (which I downloaded from somewhere) as a template. Its a bit of a hassle, but it works. I basically load the template image, then make a new layer with 75% opacity so that I can see the boundaries, and then create the label on that new layer. Once Im done I change the layer opacity to 100% and print. Like I said, the actual image file itself is square and can be of any resolution.

If you wanted to implement CD Label printing, I would suggest, simply make a basic option for a CDlabel template and let the printer driver handle the rest. Oh yeah, and a nice function with the template would be to be able to adjust the inner and outer ring. This helps with some Printable Discs where the inner Ring is not printable, or has a different Size than expected.

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tcr

10 years ago

Hi,

I'm under Mandriva 2007.0 and I have installed KoverArtist from Mandriva sources (with package manager).

Now, I want put it in French language but I don't know how. I look in the "settings" but nothing to change language... (in source

So, I got to the directories of KoverArtist and I guess which the language files (.po) are missing...

Can I add the languages files ?

If, yes, how change language ?

Thank you,

Regards,

Thierry

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tcr

10 years ago

Hi,

I'm under Mandriva 2007.0 and I have installed KoverArtist from Mandriva sources (with package manager).

Now, I want put it in French language but I don't know how. I look in the "settings" but nothing to change language... (in source

So, I got to the directories of KoverArtist and I guess which the language files (.po) are missing...

Can I add the languages files ?

If, yes, how change language ?

Thank you,

Regards,

Thierry

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tcr

10 years ago

Hi,

I'm under Mandriva 2007.0 and I have installed KoverArtist from Mandriva sources (with package manager).

Now, I want put it in French language but I don't know how. I look in the "settings" but nothing to change language... (in source

So, I got to the directories of KoverArtist and I guess which the language files (.po) are missing...

Can I add the languages files ?

If, yes, how change language ?

Thank you,

Regards,

Thierry

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12 years ago

Version 0.7.6
* Fixed a segfault when opening a project with an existing project open and a disc tab active
(thanks to filochard for reporting).
* (Re)activated help menu.

Version 0.7.5
* Fixed a bug around cddb lookup (thanks to filochard for reporting)

Version 0.7.4
* Added missing "Hide title text on front side" option. Thanks to filochard for reporting!
* Allow program start even if no case definitions are found.
* Use the default case if a loaded project uses an unknown case.
* Added debug and trace log-output commandline options. Default log output level is now info.
* Fixed switching to the new disc's tab page when a new disc is added.
* Fixed disc tabs handling when the number of discs is changed in the project page.
* Fixed a crash when loading a project when a current project exists.
* Fixed image file names in saved projects.

Version 0.7.2 and 0.7.3
* Fixed Debian / Launchpad package build

Version 0.7.1
* Added Czech translation (thanks to Pavel Fric).
* Added Netherland translation (thanks to Roger Gabriels).
* Added Debian package structure.

Version 0.7
* KDE 4 port. Finally.
* Current limitations: Drag&drop is not implemented, and the help/manual is missing

Please see the included ChangeLog file for older changes.

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