For those not aware, calliope is the out of the box media player designed at being made just for you.
It's been going for a while now, but only since 3.0 has it really taken off with some serious feature additions that have made it a talking piece.
Calliope, being made for the blind, does not, it has to be said, have the prettiest of looks. There's no fancy animation, no blinking "Click me" blue buttons. What there is though is an out of the box interface that's simple, easy to navigate and most importantly, hastle free.
This is version 3.4 of the program which contains 21 documented bug fixes (key word documented as there are probably a few I fixed without thinking about it and forgot to note down), as well as an exhausting new feature list.
I have posted the full log at the end of this post for those interested, but some of the highlights include an audio converter, better tag use, settings for subtitles being read and messages being suppressed, better lyric integration, global keystrokes can be customised, a new DAISY screen, a search feature and even more.
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Calliope is the first release that has been code signed for your verification and safety, which is why this update took that much longer.
Now, for the full change log:
Bug Fix: Fixed a bug with the tag editor's screen.
Bug Fix: Fixed a crash that could occur if you selected a device as output that was already selected.
bug Fix: Fixed the ffmpeg window popping up constantly during youtube downloads.
Bug Fix: Fixed where some playlists were unloadable due to how they handled new lines.
Bug Fix: Fixed where the program incorrectly identified whether a directory still existed after a program reboot.
bug Fix: Fixed several warnings to do with sliders in the GUI.
Bug Fix: When you try to access directories that you do not have the permission to enter, or that no longer exist, the program now warns you about it rather than getting stuck and, ultimately, crashing.
Bug Fix: Fixed where playing a stream would just crash the program.
Bug Fix: Fixed where retrieving the title of a URL could crash the program.
Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where if a title was not correctly encoded it would crash the player.
Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where backspace sometimes got stuck if you were not focused on the ".." at the top of a list.
bug Fix: Previous Youtube DL settings used now save properly.
Bug Fix: If you are in a text box, the control left and control right keystrokes disable themselves so you can navigate properly within that box.
bug Fix: Fixed so that the search results of streams focus on the first item.
Bug Fix: Fixed a bug with navigating between albums in song lookup.
Bug Fix: In song lookup, fixed a bug where the program sometimes pulled the wrong information for a track.
Bug Fix: Pressing enter on song, album or artist in song lookup now also starts the search.
bug Fix: Fixed a bug that could occur with downloading audiobooks from Librivox.
bug Fix: the context menu for playlists now works in the youtube screen.
bug Fix: Fixed a bug that would occur when downloading videos.
Bug Fix: Optimised the updator to speed up start times.
Feature Change: Removed lyricwikia in favour of a better service for getting lyrics.
Feature Change: Instead of having ".." at the top of folders, you instead have "Back to <folder name>"
Feature Change: In the video downloader, you now see which file is being downloaded, rather than just the link each time. this is useful when downloading a list of videos.
Misc: Reprinted the documentation after a bug fix to Sunrise Waterfall.
New Feature: Calliope now shows drive names where possible in the file explorer.
New Feature: Video search results now show duration.
New Feature: Added the subtitles to screen reader option, see the docs in the settings screen section for more information.
New Feature: Specify number of search results between 5 and 20 to be shown.
New Feature: The global keystrokes can now be changed.
New Feature: Added the DAISY screen.
New Feature: Added the audio converter tool.
New Feature: you can now search playlists, playing queue, library, radio streams and audiobooks with the control shift F keystroke.
New Feature: Calliope now supports the media keys.
New Feature: Added a setting called extended screen reader keystroke, allowing us to flex those accessibility muscles and add keystrokes which only a screen reader would use for quick retrieval of things, see the docs for more info.
New Feature: Added a setting to be able to suppress the messages that pop up and instead just have them spoke to you. I also went ahead and implemented a history log for this. Once again, all explained in the docs.
New Feature: You can now listen to song previews in the song lookup.
New Feature: Added a keystroke to jump to a specific time allowing for both text entry and list choices of that time.
New Feature: Where available, tag information is now shown in the info list of the file explorer screen.
New Feature: The program now attempts to use audio tags from files to name the track currently being played, so for example it may now say: "Playing song, by artist, from album."
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