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Volumio2 Release Candidate

April 15, 2016 1 comment

Last night I found time to finally install the first release candidate of Volumio 2, my preferred audio player software. This is more exciting than it sounds, because when I read the blogpost last summer that Volumio is going to be completely rewritten, with replacing the base technologies, I was a bit afraid that this will be one of the last bits that we heard from this project. Too many cool projects died after famous last announcements like that.

But not Volumio.

volumio2

After quite some development time the project released RC1. While there were a few small bugs in a beta, my feelings about the RC1 are really positive. Volumio2 has a very nice and stylish GUI, a great improvement over Volumio1. Album-art is now nicely integrated in the playback pane and and everything is more shiny, even if the general concept is the same as in Volumio1.

I like it because it is only a music player. Very reduced on that, but also very thought through and focussed to fulfill that job perfectly. I just want to find and play music from my collection, quickly and comfortable and with good sound quality. No movies, series, images. Just sound.

About speed: While the scanning of my not too big music collection on a NAS was a bit of a time consuming task in the past, this feels now much faster (maybe thats only because of a faster network between the Raspberry and the NAS?). Searching, browsing and everything works quite fluid on an Raspberry2. And with the Hifiberry DAC for output, the sound quality is more than ok.

This is an release candidate of the first release of the rewritten project, and the quality is already very good. Nevertheless I found a few things that did not work for me or could be improved. That the volume control is not working is probably because of the Hifiberry DAC driver, I remember there was something, but haven’t investigated yet.

There are some things in the GUI that could be looked at again: For example on the Browse page, there is the very well working search field. After entering the search term and Enter, the search result is displayed as a list of songs to select from. I wished that the songs were additionally grouped by albums, which should also be selectable to be pushed to the play queue.

Also it would be great if the Queue would somehow indicate which entry is currently played. I could not spot that.

But these are only minor findings which can easily be addressed later after enhancement requests were posted 🙂

I think Volumio2 is already a great success, even before it was released! You should not hesitate to try it if you love to listen to music!

Thanks for the hard work Volumio-Team!

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Dolphin Overlay Icons for ownCloud Sync Client

December 8, 2014 13 comments

Our recent ownCloud Client 1.7.0 release contains the new feature of overlay icons in GNOME nautilus, MacOSX and Windows. That is nice, but that makes us as old KDE guys sad as Dolphin was missing on the list.

KDE's Dolphin with overlay icons for ownCloud

KDE’s Dolphin with overlay icons for ownCloud’s file sync


That needs to change, and here we go: Olivier Goffart wrote a patch to do overlay icons also in Dolphin, which was not straightforward, because in addition to an dolphin plugin, also a patch for libkonq was required.

We prepared some test packages in our development repository isv:ownCloud:devel for those who wanna try and know their way around. Current it only builds for a couple of openSUSE Distros. You need to install kdebase4 and dolphin-plugins and after installation, it’s easiest to restart KDE to make it registered. But be warned: The two packages replace packages from the previous installation, only do it if you really know what you’re doing!

It would be great if at least the libkonq patch could make it to upstream, and I would appreciate if somebody who is a bit more fluent with recent KDE libs development could give me a hand on that. Otherwise, if distros wanna pick up the patches to make the overlays work, of course the patches are here: patch for libkonq and the ownCloud Dolphin plugin. The plugin will work with the released version 1.7.0 of ownCloud Client.

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Kraft Release 0.55

May 29, 2014 2 comments

Herewith I announce the availability of the new Kraft release 0.55.

It was finished today and fixes two issues that came up after the release of the previous version: A compile fix for compiling Kraft against the latest version of ctemplate, which did not work out of the box with Kraft 0.54. The other fix is a fail in generating PDF documents which is a pretty severe problem for Kraft. Both is now working well with the new version 0.55 which can be downloaded here.

Thanks a lot to the Kraft community for testing!

If you find other problems, want to give feedback or seek help, please see here how to proceed. Thanks!

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New Kraft Release 0.54

May 13, 2014 10 comments

blogheadI am happy to tell about the new release 0.54 of Kraft which was released a couple of days ago.

It is not only a maintenance release but also comes with a couple of new features, the most outstandig is the ability to handle a new document type, the delivery note which prints no prices. That closes a gap for interesting use cases. Here is a more detailed log of what was added to this release.

Kraft is KDE software to help people driving a small business. Emphasis is on small and business. We are not talking CMS, ERP or any other monster. Kraft is about a handy alternative for people who wrote their first 25 invoices using Libre Office and now start to think of how they could could be more efficient in doing that: Using structured templates, being able to create an invoice based on a quote that was done before, no need to fiddle around with slipping paragraphs, a proper address book, such stuff. zollstockSoftware for people who have other things to do than sit in front of their computer. Hard to understand for geeks like us who enjoy this technology, but yes, there are a lot of people who do not, who just use computers because they must, because they have a business.

I started to work on Kraft in 2006, and worked on similar software before, well, we all have our dark history. I always enjoyed doing software for people who would prefer to not use the computer. And the more I got involved into KDE the more obvious it became to me how perfectly KDE is able to help with that. High level classes, components to reuse, other projects aiming the same direction, and a community of helpful, friendly and open minded people. Also I think software like Kraft is a good addition to the KDE family as it has potential to bring more and different users to KDE.

However, if measured by the number of known users of Kraft, this idea failed completely. Compared to other KDE software, Kraft has disappointing little (known) users. Also contributors: Apart from very few brave developers who spent some time on Kraft, I am the only contributor. The reasons for that can be discussed in another thread.

What still keeps me motivated to work on Kraft is that the few users often tell how happy they are with it. And that Kraft really helps them to drive their business and save time. Also that they found with Linux and KDE a computer “environment” that really helps them reliably instead of facing them with scary stuff. That is really cool, and the best is that this recently happened more often than the years before.

That is what keeps me around with Kraft.

For the future, there are enough ideas: “Combined Kraft” which means using one instance of Kraft from distributed home offices, with ownCloud as sync hub, or an easy to use project management and of course a port to KDE Frameworks 5 to be able to ship for Mac and and and…

Well, it’s a pet project, and my day unfortunately does not leave very much energy behind for that currently, so don’t expect big movement, but be sure that there will be small steps.

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Kraft Release 0.53

October 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Only short time after Kraft’s release 0.51 I am announcing version 0.53 today. Kraft is the KDE software that helps you to handle your daily quotes and invoices in your small business.

The new release fixes a problem with the tarball of 0.51 which contained a wrong source revision. That did not cause any harm, but also did not bring the announced fixes. That was brought up by community friends, thanks for that.

Additionally another, actually the last known bug of Kraft’s catalog management was fixed. That was the problem that it did not work to drag sub chapters onto the top level of the catalog. That is working now.

Please update to the new version and help us with your feedback.

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Kraft Release 0.51

September 22, 2013 2 comments

I am happy to release Kraft 0.51 today. Kraft is the KDE solution to handle daily business documents like quotes and invoices in your small business.

This is a bugfix release which brings a handful of useful fixes against bugs which were reported by Kraft users since the last release.

In the catalog view, now drag and drop is working to sort templates. Removing of sub chapters is also working now. A bug in the unit handling was fixed that picked wrong units in some cases. The path to document templates is not utf8 save.

As a new feature the address of the own company now can be picked from Kraft’s settings dialog also after first setup routine.

A source tarball can be downloaded from the Sourceforge Project, binary packages are on the way. Please also report bugs on SF.

Thanks for your interest and contribution to Kraft. If you want to support Kraft, please give feedback, spread the word or buy cool stuff.

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Kraft 0.50 Released

December 18, 2012 5 comments

blogheadShort before Christmas here is another present for you: After more than one year without release I am happy to announce the availability of Kraft 0.50, the latest version of the KDE software for easy quote and invoice management.

The most important change is that now multiple tax rates are supported within one document. That means that within e.g. one invoice items without tax, with reduced and full tax rate are supported. The sum calculation takes that in consideration properly. That enables Kraft for even more usecases.

Apart from that, a lot of bug fixes and improvements happened, read more details on the Kraft Homepage.

Sources and binary packages for various Linux distributions are available from the Download Page or will appear there soon.

This release is nice progress for Kraft and I hope you have fun and success with the new release. Thanks all who contributed to Kraft! I am looking forward to getting your feedback!