Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Banshee 1.5.3

We've just released Banshee 1.5.3, containing a lot of exciting new features and bug fixes.

New Features:
  • Sync device from playlist option
  • Type-ahead find in track, artist, and album lists
  • Optional cover art in lower-left corner
  • Cover art editable via drag-and-drop and right-click
  • Audiobooks library extension
  • Library-folder watcher extension
  • eMusic importer/downloader extension
  • GIO file backend, supports non-local files

Read the 1.5.3 Release Notes for the full scoop and some screenshots of the new features.

screenshot showing manual cover art editing, ipod sync-from-playlist options, and lower-left cover art

This release is what will become Banshee 1.6 and be picked up by distros; your help testing it and filing bugs is important and appreciated!

Try It

You can get packages for your distro, grab the source tarball, or follow the bleeding edge by trying it from git master.

Aaron worked hard to bring back the OS X build this release, too.

Digg It!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Banshee Release Schedule

We are aligning Banshee's release schedule with GNOME's, at least for the next few months. Banshee 1.6 will be released the same day as GNOME 2.30, and we'll have three beta releases before then.
  • 1.5.3 - Jan 27 - Wednesday!
  • 1.5.4 - Feb 24
  • 1.5.5 - Mar 10 - String Freeze
  • 1.6.0 - Mar 31
I'm excited to try switching our schedule from feature and whim driven to time-based; I think it will be felt positively by everybody: contributors will know when their work will reach people, translators will have time to translate, and users can stop wondering what mixture of magic and bribes will cause a release to finally happen.

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