The KDE community has a Christmas gift for you! We are happy to announce the release of KDE's Plasma Media Center 1.2—your first stop for media and entertainment created by the Elves at KDE. Plasma Media Center is designed to provide an easy and comfortable way to watch your videos, browse your photo collection and listen to your music, all in one place. This release brings many refinements and a host of new features, making consuming media even easier and more fun.
New Features and Improvements
Working with feedback from users since the previous release, the team has implemented many cool new features and a variety of improvements and bug fixes.
Improved Music Mode
A lot of effort went into improving the All Music mode so that you will have a good time navigating through your music—search by artist, album or just see it all.
Artist and Album Cover Retrieval
From now on, your collection will look better and it will be quicker to locate that album you want to listen to. While PMC already used album covers contained in your music files, this new release enables PMC to go to last.fm and fetch new album covers and artist images!
Folder Previews for Picture Browsing
While browsing for pictures, you can now see thumbnails of pictures that are inside folders, making it easier to identify which folders are interesting. This feature was much requested and the team is glad to be able to deliver it in this release.
Keyboard bindings for media control
It's not always convenient to use the mouse or media buttons to control your media playback. You can now also use the keyboard; default shortcuts include (N)ext, (Z)Previous, and space for Play/Pause.
Multiple Playlist Support
You want to listen to different kinds of music in different moods and situations. For this it was essential that you be able to create your own playlists to manage your music. This is now possible as the team has built an interface to create and manage these playlists.
Shiny new icons for controller
The controller icons didn't work well on darker screens so a change was needed there. The new icons are much easier to distinguish.
If you requested a feature that is not listed above, feel free to contact us! The team might be working on it already, or might not know about it if there was not a feature request on bugzilla (see "Bugs and Feature Requests" below). You can also leave comments and requests on this article.
Videos and Screenshots Of What's New
Below is a video of what's new in this release. You can also click through to Youtube directly.
There are more screen shots of Plasma Media Center 1.2.
For binary packages, check to see if your distro has them. If you are a packager (or know someone who is), the team can help with any questions regarding packaging. Currently, ArchLinux (AUR), Fedora, OpenSuse and Ubuntu have packages for Plasma Media Center.
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Bugs & Feature Requests
Found any bug in PMC or want to have your favorite feature included in future release? File a bug to bugs.kde.org. You can use the same link to request features; please indicate "Wishlist" in Severity.
Thanks to our Google Code-In students:
- Egor Matirov for fixes to Picture Strip
- Ilkin Musaev for designing icons for the media controller
- Oskar Jauch for displaying system time on the home screen
The team is already hard at work on the next release of Plasma Media Center! Some things to expect in the next release:
- Local File Browser Searching
- Settings screen for:
- Configuring media locations (for indexing)
- UI Customization
- Ignoring media like very small images (icons) or very short audio files (audio from games, apps etc)
- Navigation improvements to Picasa
- Detailed info about Youtube videos
For detailed release and feature plan of PMC 1.3.0, please take a look at this wiki page.
Thanks to all the developers, testers and people for giving useful feedback on improving Plasma Media Center. The team hopes you are as excited as they are and will enjoy this release!