Announcing the second beta release of amaroK 1.3
Posted on: 06/28/2005 02:11 AM

The second beta release of amaroK 1.3 has been released

No, the amaroK devs are not off enjoying the summer. They have put on thei
r silly hats to shield them from the sun (or the winter cold as is currently necessary for team members located in the southern hemisphere) and are hard at work creating the next version of amaroK.


* The new Helix engine now has support for visualizations
* A queue manager has been added
* Enhancements to the Smart Playlist functionality
* Scripts can now add menu items to the playlist context menu
* The playlist filter has advanced search capability using Google-like search syntax
* Optimization to the default block analyzer, greatly reducing cpu usage
* Lot's of bugfixes

Full Changelog since beta1:
* Support for "media:" URLs. Patch by Sergio Cambra lt;sergio@ensanjose.n
(BR 102668)
* Support for visualizations in the Helix engine.
* Queue manager to help organise your queued tracks. (BR 90594)
* Ability to create Smart Playlists based on file path. (BR 92467)
* Per track scripting via custom playlist context menu items.
* Added advanced, Google-esque syntax to the playlist filter. Lets you
do things like artist:sirenia, "pink floyd", artist:"pink floyd", or even score:gt;50. When just typing words, it works as before. (BR 99312)

* Upgraded included SQLite library to version 3.2.2.
* Bumped GStreamer and GStreamer-plugins dependency to version 0.8.6.
* aKode-engine has been disabled (too buggy/incomplete).
* Repopulate upcoming tracks on demand when using dynamic mode.
* Remodel the playlist browser to incorporate dynamic mode more fully.

* Don't show textual URLs in Wikipedia Tab. (BR 108031)
* Don't refresh the collection view on update scans, if nothing changed.
* xine-engine: Don't pop up hundreds of error messages when something
goes wrong. Patch from John Lash lt;jlash@speakeasy.netgt; (BR 101646)
* Automatic theme download with KNewStuff works now. (BR 107313)
* Clicking on "Lookup track at musicbrainz" use %2520 for spaces in URL.
(BR 107946)
* Crash when loading dynamic playlists without a collection.
* Crash when saving smart playlist without a collection.
* Do not call TagLib::MPEG::File for non-mpeg files - some FLAC files
would cause the CPU to start running in circles. (BR 107029)
* Many Helix engine improvements.
* Crash when dragging playlist items into Playlist Browser. (BR 107709)
* Improved context display when playing radio streams with xine-engine.
* Number of album tracks was incorrect when showing statistics by album.
(BR 107762)
* Massive performance speedup for the default analyzer (BlockAnalyzer).
* Dynamic mode will grab tracks from closed playlists.
* Covermanager tooltips were persistent even when window closed. Toolti
have now been replaced with statusbar text. (BR 106976)
* Turning off dynamic mode when items were filtered only 're-enabled' t
visible items.
* Disable random mode on startup if dynamic mode is on. (BR 107311)
* The user is warned if saving tags failed. (BR 91568)
* Sub-Folders in Playlist Browser are correctly saved and restored.
* Crash after clicking on remove playlists in dynamic mode.
* Crash on Context Menu in dynamic mode.

The amaroK team

amaroK is a soundsystem-independent audio-player for *nix. Its interface us
es 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

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