Bangarang – a media player

January 30, 2011

Bangarang 2.0 Released

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — jamboarder @ 6:47 pm

I’m happy to announce the release of Bangarang 2.0.

After a year in development, we’ve have finally crossed the finish line.  There are many new features and  bugfixes since 1.0 including:

  • New Info View that provides helpful information about your media when you need it and integrated metadata editing and drilling.
  • Info fetchers to help lookup additional media information for Artists, Movies, TV Shows, Actors, etc.
  • Support for Audio and Video feeds
  • Organize and browse media using (nepomuk) tags.
  • Improved DVD support including support for subtitles, chapters, audio channels and angles.
  • Embedded and external subtitle support
  • Improved audio and video settings
  • Bookmarks support
  • Revamped Files and Folders support
  • MPRIS and system tray support
  • Shortcuts support
  • and more…

This has been a fun and enlightening development cycle. Bangarang, like other open source software, is the product of volunteer effort . Speaking for myself, I poured chunks of my heart and soul into this – more, sometimes, than I probably had to spare – but that’s half the fun! That’s the deal with life – you can’t take it with you in the end.  Besides, it has been wonderful having something into which I can direct my creative energies. :-)

Stefan Burnicki has been a great developer to work with and if he ever comes knocking on your door offering to help out with your project, feel free to let him in!  Andreas Marschke provided helpful support in the early 2.0 development cycle.  Elias Probst and Jérôme Artu have been the best testers and bug reporters ever and made a huge difference in what 2.0 might otherwise be without them. The translators have been great and several others have provided one-time patches and support. If you would like to participate positively in the next release see the project links at the bottom of the page.

Now, as excited as I may be about this release, I realize that some people may encounter bugs that we did not find during our test phase.  Please feel free to use the issue tracker to report these bugs. Packagers can find the released source tarball here.  This release can by downloaded from opendesktop.org.

I hope you enjoy this release!

Peace!

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29 Comments »

  1. Congratulations for this awesome release.

    I tried to vote for Bangarang as the new KDE Multimedia default player. What do you think? I think Bangarang really is better than Dragon, better than Juk, and would be a great default for a KDE 4.7 Software Compilation. Do you agree with me, Jamboarder? ;)

    Comment by Ernesto Manríquez — January 30, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    • Thanks, I really appreciate your support. At the moment, I am convinced that the KDE software ecosystem is healthy enough and diverse enough to accommodate different applications for different needs and even for the same needs.

      I’m excited for, and inspired by, the work that others have done on other KDE multimedia projects that are frequently mentioned. I am content for now to have Bangarang be exactly where it is doing exactly what it does. Maybe in time, when we’ve earned our way, we’ll have the privilege to be included as a part KDE SC.

      Thanks again for your support! :-)

      Comment by jamboarder — January 30, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

  2. Congratulations this is a great media player for KDE!

    Comment by KPeter — January 30, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

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  4. a big congratulations! I look forward to giving this release a spin.

    Comment by Vladislav — January 30, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  5. Quick question. what plasma theme and wallpaper are you using :) .. Thanks for the great release

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  7. Congratulations! And great work! Going to take it for a spin straight away. Off-topic question; what plasma theme are you using in that screenshot?

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  10. Congratulations!

    I’m going to try it now but judging from the screenshots it seems Bangarang really embodies the new KDE motto of elegance.

    Good job!

    (And I’m also interested in knowing what Plasma theme you are using). :-)

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  12. It seems nice but often crashes when I add my whole collection to the playlist.
    Oh, and may be more global keyboard shortcuts available would be great.

    But after all…this is a quite good project. Keep going ;)

    Comment by Kiril Vladimiroff — January 31, 2011 @ 5:27 am

    • If you encounter crashes, please make sure you have the debug packages installed/built bangarang with debugging symbols and report the backtrace at the issue tracker.

      Thanks a lot!

      Comment by eliasp — January 31, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    • @Kiril:
      Could you send some backtrace of the crash or even open an issue on the issue tracker (link posted above)? That would really help us to care about your problem.
      And: Which other global shortcuts were you thinking of/are you missing?

      Comment by Stefan Burnicki — January 31, 2011 @ 7:59 am

  13. Bangarang sucks!

    Just joking, obviously :) Keep up the awesome work dude!

    The only thing I don’t consider top of the pops is the usage QToolBox. QTB has some usability issues (a lot space used tor titles, and too much mouse movement when switching). And it may be better looking if it didn’t have the border around it.

    Cheerio and see you in a few months!

    Comment by Ivan Čukić — January 31, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    • Thanks Ivan!

      I may have some questions for you about activities and our next release. I’ll holler after my self-imposed post release break. :-)

      Comment by jamboarder — February 1, 2011 @ 6:34 am

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  15. Nice looking and working AV player. Good work.
    Looking forward to spend some time testing and exploring Gangarang 2.0 !
    One question: is there any option for setting non-english external subtitles ? I can not find any options for this, and it`s big issue for many users.
    Thanks again, and keep up with this fabulous work on Gangarang :)

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  19. Just downloaded Bangarang 2.0 through the Ubuntu repos as a replacement for AmaroK, which is comparatively slower and more creeping feature-ridden. Bangarang is an impressive piece of software that I’d recommend to other KDE users. Your team has obviously put a lot of thought and work into this project, and the clean interface and fast performance of the software make it a welcome alternative to other Linux media players. Congratulations on the release and keep up the good work.

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