Thursday, December 7, 2006
Performance One of the long standing complaints people have about Banshee is the main view of your songs. Some people want the iTunes artist/album/tracks split view, but others just want switching between their Library and other sources (playlists, devices, etc) to take less than five minutes. Previously I whittled that down to more like one minute, but obviously something was still wrong. Banshee has one TreeView and one ListStore. When you switch sources, it clears itself and loads the new songs. The problem is if you had sorted your view, the ListStore would be resorted after each and every new addition. The fix was to turn off sorting until all the songs were loaded. Net result? Switching takes on the order of one second now. Smart Playlists Also in the patch committed tonight were some changes for Smart Playlists, including fixing a crasher, improving performance and reliability, and fixing the very annoying bug that caused songs to be duplicated or not removed. Aaron also committed a nice little fix so you can right click and 'Edit Smart Playlist' instead of getting there through the obscure 'Source Properties' menu item. He's also roping Jakub into redoing my hastily Gimped smart playlist icon. Audio Players USB mass storage audio player support got some much needed attention a week ago. Fixes included actually working with the new, managed DBus, ignoring iPods to avoid confusion, and providing the ability to override HAL's metadata (if any) for the device by putting key=value pairs in the magic .is_audio_player file. See the new new guide for more details. I've actually been using Banshee recently to sync my iPod, enjoying lots of podcast (thanks Mike!) and cover art (thanks snorp!) goodness. Around the Banshee tromping grounds, Łukasz Wiśniewski announced his work on an OpenGL album browser plugin. There have been a ton of other fixes and new features recently. Aaron has a lot of blogging to do. Look for the next release, 0.11.3, in the next few days. It's going to rock!
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"One of the long standing complaints people have about Banshee is the main view of your songs. Some people want the iTunes artist/album/tracks split view, but others just want switching between their Library and other sources (playlists, devices, etc) to take less than five minutes"ReplyDelete
Hehe, tell them to use Quod Libet. It does it all. Album view, similar in it's approach to Muine. Split view, like Rhythmbox. A File System view, for those old unix geeks.
Or just a playlist view.
Not to mention it's fast and has the best tagging system ever made. And it can search your library with regular expressions.
I think you really should tell the guys who are requesting features inclusions in Banshee to just use Quod Libet. There's no need for two feature-complete mp3 players.
I hope this is the source of my 4m38s startup time as well. Unfortunately, Ubuntu won't ship these changes for several months, so I'll probably have to install a rogue version of Banshee.
Right now I've been using Beagle + Totem to listen to my music, because when Banshee's open my whole computer is boggy.
Excellent! Now can you have a brief look at Arve Bersvendsen's The sad state of media players, part I and The sad state of media players, part II and try to comment on his wishlist and points? I agree somewhat with him, but I think Banshee is a wonderful player and I'd like it to be so for everyone. With his wishlist implemented and the bugs he's been having with it fixed, it will be close to perfect.ReplyDelete