Plasma Media Center 1.3 beta release!

We are pleased to announce Plasma Media Center 1.3 beta release!
Whats new?
  • Support for fetching media from Baloo. As a result, your media will load almost instantly!
  •  A conflict between GStreamer0.10 and GStreamer1.0 in some distros will no longer break playback (Launchpad Bug)
  • More details in All Music mode
  • MPRIS support – so that you can control PMC from your favorite MPRIS controller
  • (Experimental) support for a simple filesystem based media scanner – when you don’t have Nepomuk or Baloo installed
  • Replaced side panel with full-screen panel
  • For the source code, we now have tests for the PMC core libs
  • Numerous bug fixes and UI polish
Screenshots
              
      MPRIS in action                                                        Videos time duration
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XX4kr5PPUMA/U4y67P0KyzI/AAAAAAAACKQ/ySlucC5x61A/s800/YnLYH9W.jpg      https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-TCA4EhZQUXU/U6COGfrIpFI/AAAAAAAACO4/OWxD6qQV8U8/s800/All_music.jpg
       Picasa login screen                                              Detailed Music information
Install
Follow instructions to install Plasma Media Center on your machine.
Wiki
To know more about Plasma Media Center, check out the wiki http://community.kde.org/Plasma/Plasma_Media_Center
Bugs
 Found any bug in PMC or want to have your favourite feature included in future release? file a bug to  https://bugs.kde.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=plasma-mediacenter&format=guided
Cheers!
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Plasma Media Center 1.2 Beta is here!

We are happy to announce the 1.2 Beta release for Plasma Media Center (PMC). This release comes with nifty new features and an improved media experience for your device!

New Features

  • Even easier to use All Music mode
  • Automatic Artist and Album cover download
  • Folder previews for Browse Pictures mode
  • Multiple Playlist support
  • Keyboard support for media controls [Mute, (Z)Prev, Next]
  • Refactored common components for media browsers (for developers)

In addition to these, there were bug fixes to ascertain consistency in behavior

Screenshots

    

Artist Image                                                                         Album cover

     

Folder previews                                                              Multiple Playlists

Install

Wiki

To know more about Plasma Media Center, check out the wiki http://community.kde.org/Plasma/Plasma_Media_Center

Bugs

Found any bug in PMC or want to have your favourite feature included in future release? file a bug to  https://bugs.kde.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=plasma-mediacenter&format=guided

We want you!

Please try out Plasma Media Center and let us know what can be improved or added in order to make final release more cool and awesome!

Cheers!

Plasma Media Center 1.1 Beta Release

We are happy to announce the 1.1 Beta release for Plasma Media Center (PMC). The first release of the software received a lot of appreciation and feedback, some of which have been implemented in this release. If you find yourself using your computer (a laptop, a tablet, or a computer connected to a big display) for listening to music or watching your favorite videos and photos, you should definitely try PMC 🙂

New Features

  •  Complete keyboard/remote-like keys support
The first version of PMC had key navigation support in it, but it behaved weird at times. This was due to the way we were handling the different UI elements. This has now been changed to the standard PageStack way of putting UI pages on the current view, this made the keyboard navigation consistent.
  •  Better keyboard navigation for All Music mode
Unlike the other media modes in PMC, the All Music mode doesn’t share common components for browing music etc. For this reason, the keyboard navigation wasn’t able to take advantage of the common key bindings. Now, the All Music mode has its dedicated keyboard navigation workflow.
  •  More details in playlist
The playlist used to show only the media name in the list and that was it. In 1.1, we show the media title, artist and duration for each item.
  •  Youtube option to search for and watch videos from Youtube
You can now search for your favorite YouTube videos and watch them directly from your mediacenter.
  • Ability to associate PMC with music and videos
  •  Drag and drop support for removing and rearranging media from playlist
  •  Playlist shuffling
  • Dimming Videos when not viewed directly
  • Places integrated into browsing flow

                      https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/uvNfQZroZh3EpssCPzj3nrojBelOEYFG2UojLr0jQL0=w380-h213-p-no

Major bug fixes

  • Smoother handling of mode changes
  • Keyboard handling for Picasa
  • As a result of storing all the playlist information, the  playlist populates faster.
  • Way to return to the main media by clicking on Empty Home Screen

Videos and Screenshots

This is a video of PMC 1.1 beta running on a netbook with touch ( taken by Shantanu )
–Screenshots–

Install

Please follow install to install Plasma Media Center on your machine.

Wiki

To know more about Plasma Media Center, check out the wiki http://community.kde.org/Plasma/Plasma_Media_Center

Bugs

Found any bug in PMC or want to have your favourite feature included in future release? file a bug to  https://bugs.kde.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=plasma-mediacenter&format=guided

Coming Up

Settings screen (and options) for adding media collection for Indexing
Album covers and Artist images for All Music mode
Local File Browser Searching
Folder Preview  in File Browser
Thanks to PMC contributors Akshay, Shantanu  and Sujith for helping in writing this blog post and making 1.1 beta release happen.

Cheers!

Plasma Media Center demo on Desktop and Tablet

Hi!
Recently I have blogged about Running Plasma Media Center on Fedora and Ubuntu distro and I am very happy with the response 🙂 Some of you have requested for a demo video, but didn’t get time. Finally I am ready with two videos of PMC – one on the ExoPC tablet and other on a desktop.

PMC demo video on tablets on ExoPC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Duf-jk9yOU4
PMC demo video on Desktop (courtesy Shantanu Tushar)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZED3N0hQ7nI
(the videos are recorded through a camera because screencast was jittery)

Finally, thanks to all of you that you appreciated PMC. This gives me a feedback that we are going in right way. Enjoy these videos and if you have any suggestion, feel free to post it.

Cheers!

Running Plasma Media Center on Fedora, Ubuntu and openSUSE distro

Hi to all !

Good news for all PMC lovers and those who wanted to try it but haven’t yet. Anyone can easily install PMC on their system with little effort. Only you need to do is, follow the steps which are mentioned below.

Required packages
Fedora

– 17, 18 and 19

$ sudo yum groupinstall “Development Tools”

$ sudo yum install kde-workspace-devel kdelibs-devel

$ sudo yum install qt-mobility-devel

$ sudo yum install taglib-devel

$ sudo yum install nepomuk-core-devel

– 20 and higher versions

$ sudo yum groupinstall “Development Tools”

$ sudo yum install kde-workspace-devel kdelibs-devel

$ sudo yum install qt-mobility-devel

$ sudo yum install taglib-devel

$ sudo  yum install baloo-devel kfilemetadata-devel

Optional Package(kffmpegthumbnailer)

In order to install  kffmpegthumbnailer, enable rpmfusion free repo

$ sudo yum localinstall –nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

$ sudo yum install kffmpegthumbnailer

Ubuntu

– 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10

$ sudo  apt-get install cmake kde-workspace-dev kdelibs5-dev build-essential

$ sudo  apt-get install libdeclarative-multimedia

$ sudo  apt-get install libtag1-dev

$ sudo  apt-get install kffmpegthumbnailer

$ sudo apt-get install nepomuk-core-dev

– 14.04 and higher versions

$ sudo  apt-get install cmake kde-workspace-dev kdelibs5-dev build-essential

$ sudo  apt-get install libdeclarative-multimedia

$ sudo  apt-get install libtag1-dev

$ sudo apt-get install baloo-dev libkfilemetadata-dev

Optional package (kffmpegthumbnailer)

In order to install kffmpegthumbnailer package in Ubuntu 14.04,  add ppa:mc3man/trusty-media

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo  apt-get install kffmpegthumbnailer

openSUSE (13.1 and higher versions)

– checkout blog http://sujithh.info/2013/12/plasma-media-center-on-opensuse-13-1/
Build Instructions

Common for all distro
$ git clone git://anongit.kde.org/plasma-mediacenter

$ cd plasma-mediacenter

$ git checkout  v1.4

$ mkdir build

$ cd build

$ cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config –prefix`

$ make

$ sudo make install

Note: If you find any error related to moccpp and don’t want to build test, pass -DKDE4_BUILD_TESTS=OFF to cmake

Screenshot

Cool! Now you are ready to try it . So, what are you waiting for? Give it a try and have fun.
Still facing any problem? Have suggestion, feedbacks? post as comment!

Cheers!

Plasma Media Center 0.9 rc1 released

I am happy to announce the release of Plasma Media Center 0.9 rc1. This comes after weeks of improvements over testing of PMC 0.9 beta . Various small fixes has been done after beta release in order to make it better. Thanks to the KDE community to make the release happen with their support and valuable feedback. Please refer the beta release for more information.

List of fixes done are:

  1. Let backends have an option of not loading if dependency are not satisfied. Very useful if run in an environment without Plasma Active.
  2. Adding a disable-opengl option so that video can run if OpenGL is not available
  3. Exit PMC when escape key is pressed in welcome screen
  4. Option to show/hide controller
  5. Reset media progress slider value to default when playing of media gets completed
  6. Let the user toggle fullscreen.
  7. Allow user to browse back upto root directory in o    rder to find media in other partition
  8. Search support for media browser

Screenshots:

Metadata Music

Search in Metadata Video


Tarball download:
You can download tarball from following link
http://download.kde.org/unstable/plasma-mediacenter/0.9/src//plasma-mediacenter-0.8.90.tar.bz2.mirrorlist . Checkout README file for help.

Cheers!