Archive | August 2012

New blog and new version

Hi everybody and welcome to the new Radio Tray blog. Well, it’s basically the same blog, just in a different location. The old location platform was no longer supported and it was probably a matter of days until I could no longer access it. So I moved the entire thing over to WordPress.com, which has a number of advantages: the software running the blog is obviously up-to-date and it gives me finally better control over comments to prevent spam. The blog was getting so flooded with spam I couldn’t even read the real comments! So, hopefully, now I can be of more help to anyone who comments on this blog.
And, after a long hiatus, there’s a new version of Radio Tray: 0.7.3. It’s another bugfix release although with some minor new features.Finally, some of the most annoying bugs (at least for me) were fixed. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Previous versions couldn’t reconnect in case of network failure. This was basically a stupid bug related to how RT was dealing with gstreamer states. Although that fixes small network problems, it can’t help in cases where the network failure exceeds timeout. For that, I also added a “retry” operation that prolongs this time. After that, it justs stops. I could keep on retrying, but I’m not sure if that’s the best way. Anyway, if you still have problems, please file a bug so we can review this.
  • Fixed some issues that prevented it from running well on some distros. Some related with crashes and others related to the icon not appearing correctly.
  • As for new features, we have a new plugin: MateMediaKeysPlugin. Thanks to Ken for writing this plugin. This creates the bindings for multimedia keys (in supported keyboards) under Mate desktop. It’s similar to what we had with Gnome. Which reminds me that the Gnome Media Keys plugin doesn’t support Gnome3. As Gnome2 is fading out, this plugin will probably become deprecated. I hope we can have a new one that works under Gnome3 soon. Of course, that means Radio Tray needs to work better on Gnome Shell, which it doesn’t right now, at least without modifications to the desktop.
  • And finally, I also added partial support for album cover. This looks pretty nice, but it works only with a few radio stations. Some stations publish the album cover in the stream, others publish just their logo and most don’t publish anything. Radio Tray displays any image that it receives in the stream, no matter if it’s an album cover or the radio’s logo. Both look nicer than just displaying RT’s stock icon.

That’s all for the highlights of this version. You can examine the complete changelog in Radio Tray’s homepage.

Happy listening