Amarok

Audioplayers by amarok 574 comments

As described in our FAQ, Fedora has no native support for MP3s. Use a non-crippled distribution or talk to some fedora people.

amaroK barely supports playing from CD, but it is possible if you have kde-multimedia and the audiocd kio slave installed.

Have fun! - Dec 12 2004
i-k Amarok icon

Various Artwork by dave 26 comments

Looks great! But really for me at least, I'd prefer something that isn't a speaker, since all the media-apps seem to have speaker icons.

But this one is distinctive and that is probably the most important thing about icons. - Dec 09 2004
Tux Pimp

Various Artwork by moqnu 3 comments

This is very cool :) But it seems a little blurry and I like the idea of using the GNU symbol on the chain. If you did these things I'd be using this as a wallpaper right now! Nice work :) - Dec 08 2004
amaroK icon

Various Artwork by skullbooks 10 comments

Yes if it is a record with a wolf motif on the side, then I love the concepts. I adore the yellow + black as it is simple and distictive.

Please refine this :) - Dec 08 2004
amaroK icon

Various Artwork by skullbooks 10 comments

What I like best about this one is it has all the hallmarks of a really good icon. Simple colours and basic shapes, but with a very distinctive appearance. Keep working on this! - Dec 08 2004
amused

Utilities by cerebro84 2 comments

Hi, please email us with what dcop stuff you need and we'll happily add them! Thanks. - Dec 07 2004
Konversation

Chat & Messenging by Sho 91 comments

The new Konvi is great, I love everything about it! It brings a smile to my face whenever I load it up.

Your new look is lovely, don't change it! - Dec 02 2004
Jimmac cursor theme

Cursors by kejpi 30 comments

I also would love a black theme of these. They are obviously the cursors I have been looking for. Clean, hard edged, well drawn. I just much prefer black cursors as they are many times easier to see for your average colour scheme. - Nov 29 2004
Amarok

Audioplayers by amarok 574 comments

amaroK should not be able to lock your system hard. *nix is designed not to fail due to anything in the userspace.

Some layer below amaroK, the kernel, X11 or maybe even Qt or KDElibs has a bug that amaroK has innocently exploited, and this has caused your system to fail.

You may like to upgrade one of those packages or describe to us how you have caused this lock so we can make bug reports to the appropriate authorities.

An example of an innocent exploitation: amaroK requests a pixmap from the X server but your video driver has a bug that causes it to hang the X-server for this specific request. - Nov 29 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

I find your opinions very strange. In the name of usability you imply that I should use the file selection dialog for selecting directories, when the file selection dialog is a very bad usability choice for selecting directories, and it is directories that the user must choose!

You nitpick that I need to add a Location label to the toolbar to make it more consistent with Konqueror, but it already has sufficient similarities with Konqueror that it is immediately obvious how to use it. It has up-back-forward toolbar buttons, it has a location bar, it even has stop and refresh buttons, all in the same order as the default layout of Konqueror. Adding the Location label is not necessary IMO, because the technical skills of the average Filelight user are high. They already know how to use the interface, my task is simply to make the new areas of interface intuitive and well labelled. This is hard with such a new concept as the radial map, but I spent many hours thinking about how to do it well. I note that you have found no cause to criticise these sections so I assume at least I succeeded there.

I can only assume it wouldn't really matter how well I had designed this application. You'd still find things to complain about.

However I thank you for reminding me about the ordering of the directories and the use of colour to convey extra information. I'll do some work on that in the near future if I can spare the time. - Nov 25 2004
KDE Menu Shortcut Improvement

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by maarizwan 13 comments

Yes. This would be a good improvement to KDE. However I don't think it is possible to do with the current system. Maybe you should bring it up with whoever maintains that code as they might know. But I think the desktop file spec wouldn't have scope for this kind of thing.. - Nov 25 2004
Search bar improvement

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by oliverthered 16 comments

You can't see how it would be worse?

Look, the search bar is gone! Now people won't find it!

Usability is not "hiding away pieces of interface to make it look simpler". A usable interface is an interface that is simple, easy to use and still useful!

You see where your interface is worse yet? You see it is simpler, for sure, but it is less useful because people will never find the search bar.

Finally, I'm a certain a lot of people use the current search bar, or at least Firefox, Safari and Opera agree with me. And gg: is great but it is no substitute for interface that people can see!

Anyway, don't get me wrong, Konqi is a usability nightmare, but this isn't a usability improvement. The location bar is pretty much overly wide for most uses anyway, so I don't see why you thought this was necessary in the first place.

Anyway I don't want to offend you, but I spose I must have, so I apologise. - Nov 25 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

Directories are not sorted in alphabetical order.

There is no room for a text in the center of the map, and also the directory is mentioned in 3 other places, so I figured more redundancy would just irritate another group of people.

I haven't a clue what you mean by "make file selection more like KDE", I use a KDE file dialog and Konqi style browser bar, so seems to me like I do.

Your suggestions for colour and segment arrangement are on my TODO since a long time now. Implementing these things is hard and there were more important usability issues to be dealt with.

Usability is my number 1 priority with this application. I'm sure if you looked at it carefully you would realise it has had a lot of love and care and is overall very pleasant to use.

Thanks for the comments. - Nov 25 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

Thanks, I upgraded the requirements. Unfortunately nobody tells us anything about the requirements of the kde-admin package. Nor even is there a README or set of documentation for it that I could find. Bloody Open Source software! ;) - Nov 24 2004
Search bar improvement

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by oliverthered 16 comments

Still, the other ideas are nice :) - Nov 18 2004
Search bar improvement

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by oliverthered 16 comments

Hardly.

It is not more usable because it is now unlikely people will ever find the search feature at all!

There is no usability improvement here! Usability is not a blanket-term you can apply to anything that makes it easier for you personally to use an application. - Nov 18 2004
Konqueror fine-adjustments

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by peppelorum 12 comments

Actually all the things he pointed out are not theme related. They can be achieved with layout adjustment and changes to the classes.

The excessive use of frames is a fair point. The Splitter widget may look like that for some themes, but I know from looking at the sources that KDockWindow splitters do not draw a splitter, they draw a QFrame, and it looks crap. Look at amaroK, I made it so amaroK's splitter uses the proper drawing code.

The redundant statusbar in the left pane has bugged me for ages too.

If I had time or inclination I'd make a patch, but I don't really have either, sorry :( - Nov 15 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

Cool this is good. I'll update the source for beta6 so nobody else gets this bug. I'm assuming it's a bug for specific gcc versions :( For sure it compiles fine for me, I use gcc 3.4.3. - Nov 14 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

I don't understand the error, but I'll do the same as you I think for beta6. Thanks! :)

So it doesn't work once installed? This sort of issue shouldn't produce a bad binary as it is just a syntax thing. If it doesn't work please email me the error message, if you have the time. Thanks! - Nov 14 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

Actually just replace line 26 with:

extern uint Directory::fileCount() const; - Nov 13 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

Use the Autopackage or don't compile --enable-final. - Nov 13 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

Sigh, kde-apps thought I was quoting HTML or something.

#include <stdlib.h> - Nov 13 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

Add #include to the top of mainWindow.cpp, or use the Autopackage and never worry about compile issues again. Thanks. - Nov 13 2004
Virtual Filesystem

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by meneerdik 30 comments

The world would be better off without people like you. What have you done for KDE lately? - Nov 13 2004
Amarok

Audioplayers by amarok 574 comments

sigh, use CTRL - right click as described in the handbook - Nov 13 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

You'll almost certainly get the same error when trying to build any KDE application. You should probably talk to Mandrake people. If it helps, I'm using the standard KDE build system, and your configure fails checking for an essential KDE build tool.

Use the Autopackage, this is what it is there for. Just do the following from a terminal:

./filelight-1.0-beta5.x86.package - Nov 13 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

It would probably help, possibly fix your problem, if you didn't configure as root! Don't do everything as root! Many things won't work, as well as the fact that you'll probably break you system in the end if you do everything as root. - Nov 13 2004
Filelight

System Software by MxCl 125 comments

I have no idea what's wrong. But it's something fundamentally broken with your kde installation, I can tell you that much. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Try installing more kde-devel type packages. - Nov 13 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

1. Yes, the controls may get overlapped. Good point. I think I can fix this.

2. Annoying, but so is automatically resizing a window that contains controls. Everything's a compromise.

3. Closing the videoWindow stops playback, I feel that closing the application when you close a secondary-window is very bad usability. The other point about wanting to minimise the videoWindow is valid, the problem is related to a few bugs in KWin that I need to figure out and report. Basically the two windows need one taskbar entry, this they have, but KWin isn't perfect in how it handles stuff.

> to make it short: The soultion with
> two windows produces more problems
> than it seems to solve.

Well not IMO. I have listed arguments before that explain that a single window design is not perfect either. All interface decisions tend to involve compromise. I believe my choices offer the best solution for the usage Codeine is designed for. Still I am starting to consider a single Window design that may be a better compromise. I have to make some notes.

Thanks for your comments. Just out of interest, what are you thoughts on Codeine in general? - Nov 06 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I've always found it is more useful to have the windows separate. With video you frequently resize the video, because video streams are always different sizes. However if you resize the mainwindow frequently it also means the positions of the toolbar buttons and status informations are moving and resizing. As a frequent operation this is disruptive to the user experience in my opinion.

Also Codeine tries to be clever and resizes the VideoWindow automatically to the default video size, and then in future sessions, to whatever size the user resized that particular video. It is very disorientating for the user when Windows with controls in them automatically resize. The only real option is to separate the two windows.

Thanks for your interest in Codeine. - Nov 06 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

What kind of integration are you thinking of? - Nov 06 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

Hmm, I made that mistake for beta1, but not beta2. I believe it is possible you didn't upgrade successfully.. - Nov 06 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I'll probably add a volume control, but make it hidden by default.

> Only a glitch, the position bar does
> not work. 99% of the times it goes to
> (the end of the movie - 5secs).

Should be fixed for beta2 that will be released later this week. I'd release today but I'm about to go away for a few days..

> What about making it a "unique
> instance" app? I mean clicking on
> konqueror opens the movie in the
> running player. - Nov 01 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I won't be switching the backend from xine to something else until I am sure it is wise. But if say, NMM becomes common and stable, I may make it possible to compile different backends into Codeine. Most likely this will be a compile time thing, not a plugin system, so as to keep things simple and bug-free.

It is worth mentioning that supporting one backend means Codeine has a good user experience. For example seeking has a different feel for different backends, you have to tweak the UI and the use of the engine to make seeking quick and responsive. If I started supporting multiple backends without care, Codeine would not be as good for any of them. This doesn't mean Codeine will never switch backend or support superior backends, it just means I would be sure to choose carefully.

amaroK's video support will be _very_ basic. Really basic! We won't be adding any new interface to support video at all (in all liklihood). Codeine is very specialised for video and thus will always be a superior option for people who just want to play some video files or DVDs. Of course it doesn't have a playlist and won't ever have one, so maybe Kaffeine is better for some people.

Thanks for the interest! :) - Nov 01 2004
komposé

Utilities by oisch 139 comments

./configure --enable-final doesn't work with Kompose 0.5. This isn't fatal, but enable-final is nice, as the build is faster and the binary smaller. I tried to fix it but I couldn't trace the problem, maybe you'd have better luck? If you don't care about this sort of thing, that's fine, I'll try to fix it again next version. Thanks. - Oct 30 2004
komposé

Utilities by oisch 139 comments

The configure didn't seem to pick this up for me either. - Oct 30 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

Many thanks! I linked above, is that ok? - Oct 22 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

Could you do me a screenshot of you different looking Codeine? Two people have now reported this, and I find it most myseterious! Thanks :-) - Oct 22 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

Does it work with xine-ui or kaffeine? - Oct 21 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

Thanks :-) I appreciate the offer. I hope you still like Codeine once it reaches version 1.0.0. - Oct 21 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I guarantee good subtitle support before beta 2 or 3. Cheers :)

Max - Oct 21 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I liked both posts very well, after I had calmed down... :) I can only apologise for my temper, a problem that plagues me all the time, and gives me no benefits.

Anyway I will look into the subtitle support. I confess that I was not aware that you could have subtitles on anything apart from VCD and DVD. So I'll have to do some research. I promise beta2 or 3 will have full-subtitle support.

Stop is actually there, play is a toggle button. This is different to other players, and I'm seeing how it pans out. If people don't like it I'll deactivate the toggle. Back and forwards are only useful in a single-use player as rewind/fast-forwards which I do plan to try to implement. In dvd's/cds they are useful so they will pop-up when required as another toolbar in these cases.

I think I have been convinced to make docking possible too.

Thanks!

Max - Oct 21 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I'm not a big fan of K-naming, really. - Oct 21 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I get 4 or 5 emails a month from users slagging me off for not adding a toolbar and not putting anything useful in the menuitems with regard to Filelight. It is most frustrating, and is all down to them not installing Filelight before they try to use it. I emphasise as much as I can that you simply must make install the application or you will not get an interface. This is common to any KDE application that uses the KXMLGUI system. Now naturally the application should alert the user that the interface files were not found, I only wish I could. KDElibs unfortunately is at fault here, and it needs to be corrected.

Fortunately amaroK doesn't work at all if you don't install it so we don't have to put up with this kind of complaint/bad first impression.

Anyway, I apologise for losing my temper. With regard to the unresponsive startup, you have a point, I'll make the cursor the busy cursor, I'm not sure how this slipped my mind. The delay is due to xine initialising. This has to be done at some point, so I do it after the window appears to make startup seem faster.

It is true about the kicker and fullscreen issue. I'm not sure why this happens, perhaps I need to set the window to be always on top also? Would seem daft, KWin should handle that.

I do like the idea of a left click in fullscreen mode showing the control window.

Definitely an option to configure and load subs, both divx and dvd ;)

What do you mean?

I like the idea of making it possible to dock the video window, but am not sure of it yet. I considered that route before but in the end have always preferred 2 window video players.

Again I apologise for my previous comment, it is clear from your post that you took the time to write a response and that you were being constructive and often very kind. It's just this particular issue has come to drive me crazy.. Thanks,

Max - Oct 20 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

With regard to codeine not using your configured kde colour scheme and style, I can only assume you ran the application as root because I assure you Codeine doesn't pick its own scheme or colours! It is a completely standard KDE application.

I confess I see no reason to make the initial dialog optional, it doesn't appear if you open Codeine via Konqueror etc. so why would you open Codeine if you didn't first want to play some media?

I'd like to add fast forward/rewind as I think they are useful. Volume slider will be coming, although personally I think there are already too many volume sliders on your average computer without media players getting cluttered with them too.

Thanks for the comments. - Oct 20 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I imagine this is a specific avi movie as I have tested it with avi movies, and also I am fairly sure it is because xine is telling codeine that the file has no seeking support. I only disable the slider when seeking is not possible (according to xine). - Oct 20 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

I'm afraid you have been an idiot. You didn't make install, if you don't make install with KDE applications the UI files don't get installed and you don't have an interface! Of course there are play/pause buttons you wally! Didn't you even look at the screenshot.

Fool. - Oct 20 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

Originally it came from deviantart.com, but here you go:

http://www.methylblue.com/images/marine.jpg - Oct 20 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

Please download the new tarball. This should be hopefully now fixed. Also the K-Menu entry now installs properly, and madpenguin8 whipped up some documentation too (we loves him!). Write back if it still doesn't work, thanks! - Oct 20 2004
Dragon Player

Video Players by eean 278 comments

You mean you want one? I don't know how to make them. Hopefully someone will email me one before beta2.. - Oct 20 2004