[gst-devel] Anouncing amaroK 1.3-beta2, Codename Sombrero!

Seb Ruiz me at sebruiz.net
Mon Aug 1 07:46:51 CEST 2005

Under our large sombrero's, the amaroK development squad would like to invite 
you to a party night filled with music, women and tequila! After a month of 
hard work, the latest beta in the 1.3 series is upon the world like a lime in 
your Corona! 

Three cheers for all! 

    * 17 Equalizer Presets
    * Cover image shadows for extra drooling
    * Crash persistent settings
    * Podcast support
    * Revamped xine engine, including crossfading!

Full changelog since 1.3-beta2
    * New "not in the last" option for the date fields in Smart Playlists.
      (BR 107725)
    * New OSD tokens: %directory and %type (shows whether it's a stream, or
      otherwise the extension).
    * New DCOP call "player: lyrics" (BR 100306) and Lyrics Caching. 
      (BR 97961)
    * New DCOP call "player: transferDeviceFiles". Transfers queued files to
      the Media Device.
    * New DCOP call "player: queueForTransfer". Queues files for transfer to
      the Media Device.
    * Download your favourite podcasts and let amaroK manage them for you!
    * 17 Equalizer presets. (BR 96302)
    * xine-engine supports crossfading. Note: Your audio device must support
      mixing. SBLive, dmix or ALSA 1.0.9 will do the trick.
    * Shuffle the queue list in the queue manager. (BR 108861)
    * The audio plugin (autodetect, ALSA, esd etc.) for xine-engine is now
    * Playlist-Browser now remembers the state and layout of its tree view.
    * Show a stop icon next to the track to stop playing after.
    * Miniature player window for the minimalists out there! (BR 85876)
    * "Stop Playing After Track" now also works for queued tracks.
    * "Open in External Browser" button for Lyrics Tab, patch from Nick
      Tryon (Dhraakellian). <dhraak at gmail.com>
    * Funky shadow effect for the album cover @ Context-Browser and OSD.
      (BR 108334)
    * Create playlists by dragging tracks onto the Playlist Category in the
      PlaylistBrowser. (BR 75029)
    * Show OSD when pausing and unpausing. (BR 104508)
    * Make 'The' prefix of artists be transparent in the collection
      browser and sort accordingly. (BR 85959)

    * TagLib version 1.4 is required.
    * Renamed "Track Name" column to "Filename", "Extension" to "Type".
    * "Use hardware volume mixer" option has been removed.
    * "Play AudioCD" gets disabled for engines that don't support KIO.
    * The OSD (by default) and systray tooltip now show the same infos in
      the same order as the columns in the playlist.
    * xine-engine's configuration dialog has been reworked and simplified.
    * xine-engine has been given the highest engine plugin rank.
    * Systray tooltip now shows "elapsed time / total time" for the length.

    * When playing, the text in the current track's columns wouldn't get
      ellipsii added if the column was too short.
    * Dragging 'All Collection' smart playlist made amaroK hang.
    * Compilations reported incorrect number of tracks in the Context
      Browser. (BR 109651)
    * Track play icon remains even when stopped playing. (BR 107284)
    * Sometimes valid tracks were not submitted to AudioScrobbler. (BR 100278)
    * Current playlist is now being remembered when amaroK crashes. (BR 98689)
    * Playlist-Browser saves its state after each change, so that no data
      is lost when amaroK crashes. (BR 108814)
    * Crash when trying to save Smart Playlists after creating a Collection
      for the first time.
    * Context menu of compilations was empty in context browser.
    * Don't append albums and compilations when clicking on text in the
      context browser. (BR 98797)
    * xine-engine: pre-amp for the equalizer works now. (BR 104882)
    * Crash when changing the number of minimum upcoming tracks right after
      starting amaroK. (BR 108251)

The amaroK team

amaroK is a soundsystem-independent audio-player for *nix. Its interface uses 
a powerful "browser" metaphor that allows you to create playlists that make 
the most of your music collection. We have a fast development-cycle and 
super-happy users. We also provide pensions and other employment-benefits.

"Easily the best media-player for Linux at the moment. Install it now!"
    - Linux Format Magazine

WWW:  http://amarok.kde.org
WIKI: http://amarok.kde.org/wiki
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MAIL: amarok-devel at lists.sourceforge.net

  Seb Ruiz

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