Archive | February 2010

Version 0.4 of Radio Tray

I haven’t had the time to blog, but here it is. Last Tuesday I released Radio Tray 0.4 with some new cool features!
First thing was adding sorting operations to the configuration dialog, something that several people was asking for. The configuration dialog now has 2 more buttons, one for moving up and another for moving down. Simple enough.
Playlist handling was also improved and a few bugs fixed.
And finally, something that I was interested in developing from the beggining, was enhancing the tooltip by showing the song name and artist. I think it looks good and it’s a nice extra for Radio Tray.

 

This information about the song and artist comes from metadata in the stream. But unfortunately not all radios implement it well. Some don’t publish any metada, others just keep pushing the station name, instead of the song title. Others even show ads in that metadata. So, the effectiveness of this feature really depends on the radio station. Shoutcast radios are examples of well implemented radios. It’s a pity not everyone does the same.
So, this is it for version 0.4. Now it’s time to think about the future and the features for the next release. I have a list of things that would be nice to have (including some suggested by users), but I have to concentrate on one thing at a time. And I think it’s time to add translation support (i18n). I just need to investigate a little and see how other projects are dealing with this. Next on the list is supporting more playlist formats, but it may have to wait one version more.

Have fun with version 0.4. And thank  your comments and suggestions.