Intone (0.20 - alpha release) Elementary based mplayer frontend
cgagneraud at techworks.ie
Thu May 7 12:08:21 CEST 2009
> Well, it took a lot longer than I thought - but finally - here's the alpha release of Intone - a mplayer frontend (for audio files - as of now) in C. Uses about 2% CPU (max) while running - memory goes up depending on your playlist - on my phone (~2500 songs) it uses about 15%.
> All you need to do is download the attached ipk and install it. Intone depends on sqlite3 and libelementary. If you have elementary on your phone upgraded to a level where the elementary test application shows you a demo of sliders and genlists, Intone should run on your phone.
> The recommended way to organise music is to put all the files in a folder (lets say Music), with sub folders named after artists (say Music ->Eagles) and with sub sub folders holding albums (that becomes Music->Eagles->Hell Freezes Over->*.mp3). That way, Intone can correctly organise your music collection into albums. It automatically creates a default playlist containing all songs and individual playlists for each album. I have added features to manage playlists and albums - but there is always scope for improvement.
> Intone uses a sqlite database as a backend for the playlists and albums. That should, hopefully, give flexibility in adding more features later.
hum.. stupid question: Where do you get the dependencies from?
(mplayer, codecs, etc...). I'm using OM 2009 testing release 2.
> Things that don't work as of now :-
> 1. Feedback. - I haven't been able to add dialogs yet. So - wait a little while for Intone to finish long operations (like adding your music collection for the first time - my 2500 odd songs took about 6 secs - the button remains pressed too)
> 2. Dialogs for deleting stuff. It's safe - Intone does not delete any files - but it does delete tables(albums and playlists) - and it doesn't yet ask for confirmation.
> 3. Seek. Dont know how to use the slider for seeking. Any Ideas?
> 4. DBUS. - Haven't gotten around to learning edbus - so no occupy resouce CPU or pause on incoming calls yet. Will take some more time.
> 5. Album art and lyrics. - Don't yet know the best way to go about doing this other than downloading art from some retailers etc. Ideas welcome.
> 6. Toggle View. Not working yet. I intend having 2 more views - Album Art and Lyrics.
> I'm also looking at adding support for the button that the standard handsfree has - as a volume control (3 preselcted levels in rotation) or to go to next song (1 click) and prev song (2 clicks). Any suggestions?
> Since I also have half a podcast manager built (which I couldn't finish in time for the competition) - I'm also looking at adding that support in the future.
> Feedback Required
> 1. Bug reports.
> 2. Artwork - Ideas / png's / whatever
> 3. Elementary help. I have a lot of questions. Here are a few :-
> a) How do I reduce the vert height of 1 entry in the genlist? Right now each line in the list is too high (almost 3 text lines high) - so I get only about 4 song names on the screen. Can I reduce the height to say 1.5 text line - 2 text line?
> b) How do I use the pager with a genlist? In my case the pager works - but it doesn't show the genlist - the buttons all show up though.
> c) Dialogs and progress bars. I know elementary doesn't have them - but can I make/have a simple ty solution for the time being?
> Oh! And I'm only adding .oga, .mp3, .m4a and wma files into the albums. Any other types I need to add?
> I'll upload the code to intone.googlecode.com soon.
> All feedback welcome. Thanks.
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