Another video, hope you like it :-)
Another video, hope you like it :-)
However, since it's a very early snapshot, everything here is available on KDE 4.2
Kontact came back with KDE 4.1 (it didn't make it on time for KDE 4.0).
Or set different identities:
You can set custom fonts:
The message list:
The Message Window:
Add a system tray icon:
And your message tags:
You can also configuring the mail composer:
And other things:
The search feature works as expected:
And, since it's integrated with Kontact:
Finally, Amarok 2 has been released. The 1.x series were the champions on music management (on BSD and Linux) and playing during KDE 3.x time. Actually, it was preferred on all desktop environments, shells or plain windows managers.
KDE 4 meant (and means) an enormous refactoring of basely all KDE. Amarok developers decided that was the moment for a new GUI (Graphical User Interface). At first users, seemed to be happy about it (they were they beloved Amarok creators), however, as time passed they truly started hating the new interface, some adapted, other are still using Amarok 1.4.x, and the majority, completely migrate to another application.
The sidebar tabs
It has an advanced search feature, to access it just click on "advanced"
Or, if you find that dialog to be the poorest design ever by mankind (my god, so much waste space), you just simply write what string you're looking for. As an example, let's say you want to search for artists only, just write "artist" plus ":" at the end ;-)
Find a little bit more about the artist once you add the "service info applet" to the context view, will see more about this plasma containment later
Downloading is a breeze
And it's very integrated, since it opens KGet (or your default torrent application I assume) for managing the download
Librivox.org.: To be fair, I hate audiobooks, and I'm yet to find anything I would read (listen?) (mainly philosophy or high quality literature...) on Librivox , but if you like audiobooks you may find some famous books there. It's quite easy to use, instead of browsing a catalog, you just search.
Magnatune.com: Has basely the same features as Jamendo service.
Of course, the only difference is that downloading (not listening) isn't free
Opmldirectory: Lots of podcast, about pretty much everything, really nice :-)
Shoutcast Directory: An enormous list of radio stations, actually, in the service selection, it self-clames to be the biggest of all (and I don't doubt it is).
If you go to the more section, you'll get the following options
Well, well, this is how it looks,those icons on the bottom are self-explanatory (from left to right: clear playlist, show active track, undo, redo, save, export).
The flaw: It shows a lot less items in the same amount of vertical space. Same collection, loaded on Amarok 1.4 and 2. Amarok 2 is almost showing 16, while Amarok 1.4 is showing 24 (a 50% more). But, of course, Amarok 2 playlist is much prettier.
The super, ultra, mega, unimaginable and any other exaggerated adjetive, flaw: If any of your songs belong to the same album... you're toasted... only 11 (vs the same 24)
It also support Get How New Stuff! So installing new functionality is extremely easy :-)
Cover Manager: Practically all recent OSS music players download your cover arts, but only Amarok and Exaile have a manager for them. The first being quite superior
You can also browse them by artist
And of course, watch it full size
OSD: It looks well, it could work better, in my eyes it has some issues, for, example, if I put it close to my panel, I expect it to never touch it, but songs with long names or rating will, but I'm being nit-picky here
This is a buggy release: Yes, you can use it as your main music player, it won't crash, but it has many little bugs, among them, the most annoying one I think is that you usually have to restart Amarok for this to notice changes. Even basic ones as changing a cover art needs this.
Coming up next:
Kontact (KMail part)