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Audacious 3.2

audacious 3.2

Audacious 3.2 has finally been released. You probably already know what's new since Audacious 3.2 beta was already available in our unstable PPA, but here's the changelog again, just in case:
  • New music library plugin which lets you search your whole music collection and easily create playlists.
  • MPRIS v2 support which allows Audacious to integrate with the Ubuntu Sound Menu or GNOME Shell (via extensions like GNOME Shell Mediaplayer).
  • GTK interface improvements: a new button to toggle the new quick search on/off, buttons to close and add new playlist tabs, a drop-down menu to enable and disable visualization plugins, and a menu item to remove unavailable files from the playlist
  • Many changes related to handling large playlists (tens of thousands of entries) efficiently
  • Startup time, memory usage, and disk writes reduced signigicantly

To install the latest stable Audacious 3.2 in Ubuntu 11.10 or 12.04 from our main PPA, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacious

Gnome Pie 0.4

gnome pie

Gnome Pie 0.4, a slick application launcher, has been released a couple of days ago and the new version brings support for GTK3 as well as a new settings dialog which makes it much easier to add new pies and slices. Check out the video below to see the new settings dialog in action:

Unfortunately, there are a few issues in this release:
  • if there's a modal window with overlay scrollbars, the dialog is not modal anymore
  • the Ubuntu AppIndicator didn't show up for me in this release, although there is a regular systray icon. If this occurs for you too and you haven't whitelisted the systray in Ubuntu, here's how to access the settings: after running GNOME Pie for the first time, run it again and the settings dialog should pop up. Update: the bug has been fixed and the AppIndicator works again.

To install Gnome Pie 0.4 in Ubuntu, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:simonschneegans/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-pie

More info about Gnome Pie 0.4 @ http://www.simonschneegans.de/?p=503

Xnoise 0.1.31

xnoise media player

Xnoise Media Player, a lightweight audio/video player that uses a tracklist centric design, has reached version 0.1.31 and the major change is that it has finally been ported to GTK3. A complete list of changes can be found here.

Install Xnoise in Ubuntu 11.04 or 11.10 (there's also an Ubuntu 10.10 version in the PPA, but it's quite old) using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shkn/xnoise
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xnoise

thanks to / via: dmtlsv, Simon Schneegans, Lffl.org