Panflute 0.7.0 released

Panflute 0.7.0 has been released, with lots of improvements. Panflute 0.7.0 adds several new features, such as the ability to control the player’s volume, dealing sensibly with multiple players running simultaneously, better support for pausing and stopping playback, the ability to seek by using the mouse’s scroll wheel on the time display, and the ability to remove ratings from songs. It also adds support for four more players: Clementine, Decibel, Pithos, and Qmmp. And in case that’s not enough, there’s also lots of bug fixes, detailed in the release notes.

Panflute 0.6.2 released

Panflute 0.6.2 has been released; all users are encouraged to upgrade. This release fixes several bugs, including a creeping CPU usage bug and compatibility problems with Banshee and Exaile. It also includes four new translations: Czech (cs), French (fr), Dutch (nl), and Portuguese (pt). See the release notes for more details.

Panflute 0.6.1 released

Panflute 0.6.1 has been released. This version adds support for rating songs in Banshee 1.5.3 or later, and fixes a few bugs. It also expands the types of song information that can be displayed in the applet.

Panflute 0.6.0 released

Panflute 0.6.0 has been released. This release adds support for several new players, namely Guayadeque, Listen, MOC, and Songbird, as well as older (1.4) versions of Amarok and recent (0.3) versions of Exaile. On top of that, it’s now possible to seek within the current song from the applet, and the song information display can be customized. There’s also assorted bug fixes, and new translations for Spanish (es) and Polish (pl).

Panflute 0.5.3 released, Karmic PPA imminent

Panflute 0.5.3 has been released. This version fixes a few minor bugs. It is also the first release to have packages for both Jaunty and Karmic uploaded to the PPA.

Panflute 0.5.1 released

Panflute 0.5.1 has been released! This release contains no new features but fixes several bugs. A list of bugs fixed in this release can be found in the release notes. All users, especially those who use Panflute with Quod Libet or VLC, are encouraged to upgrade.

Panflute 0.5.0 released

Panflute 0.5.0, the successor to Music Applet, has been released. The source can be downloaded from Launchpad, and I’ve also set up a PPA for Panflute to make installation even easier (at least for users of Ubuntu and other Debian-based distributions).

Panflute 0.5.0 is essentially feature-compatible with Music Applet 2.5.1. There are only two notable differences in terms of functionality:

  • The applet now supports two-row layouts for fat panels, and offers greater flexibility in how widgets in the applet are arranged.
  • The time display can be switched to show remaining time instead of elapsed time.

Under the hood, of course, it’s a complete re-write of the code, splitting the music player abstraction layer off into a separate process, which can be used by other programs without needing to install the applet. This post explains the rationale for this fundamental change in more detail, but from the casual user it should (hopefully!) be invisible.

Unfortunately, Panflute doesn’t currently have any translations into other languages. I plan to use Launchpad to manage translations, but haven’t yet had a chance to set it up.

If you find any bugs in Panflute, please report them via Panflute’s bug tracker, also hosted on Launchpad.

Music Applet 2.5.1 released

Hot on the heels of the previous version, Music Applet 2.5.1 has been released. This version is purely a bug-fix release and adds no new features. It does, however, fix a bug that could leave the applet in a hung state when the music player closes, and it fixes a bug in fetching album art from Rhythmbox.

Music Applet 2.5.0 released

Keeping my word, Music Applet 2.5.0 is now available. This release adds support for the long-awaited Amarok 2. It also fixed lots of bugs. In particular, the applet will no longer try to take over your entire panel if you play a song with a long title, and handling of metadata when playing Internet radio streams is vastly improved. There are additional bug fixes too; check the release notes for details.

Music Applet 2.4.2 released

Music Applet 2.4.2 is out. This is another bugfix-and-translation-updates-only release. In particular, it fixes the slow creep in CPU usage after each song and updates the Polish (pl) translation.

Music Applet 2.4.1 released

Music Applet 2.4.1 has been released. This is a bug-fix release, with no new features. The dependency on the deprecated python-dcop, previous used for Amarok support, has been removed. A bug in password handling for MPD has also been fixed. See the release notes for details.

Music Applet 2.4.0 released

Music Applet 2.4.0 has just been released. The main change is that it now supports the recently-released Banshee 1.0, in addition to older versions of Banshee. There’s also improved support for debugging crashes, as well as an updated Czech (cs) translation.

Unfortunately, the new version of Banshee doesn’t provide a way to manipulate song ratings. Once that gets fixed in Banshee, I’ll update Music Applet accordingly.

A few technical notes on Banshee 1.0 support: since this new version of Banshee completely changed its D-Bus interface, there’s now two plugins for Banshee: the old one and the new one. While it’s inelegant to have two plugins for what the user sees as one program, it’s the only reasonable technical solution, given that the two versions of Banshee are completely different as far as Music Applet is concerned. If you have problems with Banshee support after upgrading the applet, check to make sure the new plugin (now called “Banshee”) is enabled. The old plugin has been renamed “Banshee (pre-1.0)”. I have no plans to remove support for old versions of Banshee any time soon.

Music Applet 2.3.1 released

A new release of Music Applet, version 2.3.1, is now available. This is primary a brown-paper-bag release, fixing the crasher that, in hindsight, probably affected everyone trying to use 2.3.0. If you were one of them, try upgrading to 2.3.1 and see if that fixes things for you.

For those interested, I’ve done a write-up of what was causing the bug and why it took me so long to figure it out.

There’s also a few other bug fixes, as well as a bunch of new translations for Czech (cs), German (de), Spanish (es), French (fr_FR), and Russian (ru).

Music Applet 2.2.1 Released

Music Applet 2.2.1 has been released! As you might guess from the version number, this is primarily a bug-fix release. In particular, this release fixes a compatibility issue with GTK+ 2.12 that prevented the song information tooltip from actually having any song information in it. In addition to a few other, more minor, bug fixes, there’s also an updated Polish translation.