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eviLjazz
post Oct 6 2007, 09:27 AM
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Finally! Almost a year after the first mentioning of my new media player for the Sharp Zaurus, Iím today officially releasing the Quasar Media Player for SharpROM- and pdaXrom-based distributions.
For more details please visit the projectís homepage: http://katastrophos.net/quasar

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Please leave a comment, thanks!
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post Oct 6 2007, 06:53 PM
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Very nice front end!
I'm still paying with it, so this is by no means a definitive review. On pdaxii13 it auto-decides that mplayer is mplayer2--there might be a better option available. Video playback is a bit choppy, as with other mplayer guis. this may be due to my still being new to the setup, though. I wouldn't take this as cause for concern yet.

All in all it seems like a really slick piece of media software, I'm ,looking forward to getting more familiar with it.
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post Oct 7 2007, 12:09 AM
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man, this bitchen piece of software is so awsome. It took me by surprise. Kinda not use to it but after playing with it, it's simple and very sleek. Too bad not many outside of our little universe will enjoy it.

Most of my mp3's have embedded id3 tags with images. The album covers displayed is incredible. it showes my album cover standing up erect and slightly angled towards the right as if it was standing on glass. The bottom has the reflection of the album cover. It looks so fucken cool.......MAN!!!!

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More surprises the more you use it. Audio is sounding great.

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post Oct 8 2007, 01:16 AM
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I'm testing Quasar on my 3200, pdaXii13.

In the menus, there is the entry e.g. "New Playlist", and some strange character on the right. It could be a symbol for a shortcut key but it hasn't rendered properly. Maybe you're expecting some special font ? Or maybe there's a keyboard graphic that hasn't loaded properly ? Most of them look like a box but some of them look like an fi ligature.


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post Oct 8 2007, 06:02 AM
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Fantastic software: fast loading of large library, very fast and easy sorting, very nice looking, fullscreen, etc... I use it to play movies too: I have the bvdd version of mplayer so the space to add options allowed me to rotate + double size videos for fullscreen playback.
THANKS!!!!
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Antikx
post Oct 8 2007, 06:07 AM
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Wow! Excellent job! I'm impressed with how polished it is.
Thanks for taking the time to make this program and share it with us.

FYI: it works on pdaXrom R198 too.
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post Oct 8 2007, 05:49 PM
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Will it work on SL-5600 with Sharp ROM?
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post Oct 10 2007, 01:24 AM
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Wow, I was excited when I first saw this. But all my songs came up without titles after the scan as you can see in the attached pictures. Oh well. Still nice to see that people are still making amazing software for this device. I'll keep an eye on it and maybe someday it will be useful. Great job on the look though! blink.gif Maybe I need to change the font? I'll see if there is a section for that in the options.
Also, videos play rotated 90 degrees and on only half the screen, and there is no "redraw" when it is closed so my menus are all messed up with the video. I imagine it is a matter of telling mplayer to rotate 90 degrees and I'm trying to find the command right now. Don't take my post to be negative. I post to provide information on problems I have with it in the hope that these issues will get fixed.
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Also, what is that BatteryPlus option? It is disabled on mine. Is it similar to the over clock function of kino2? It would be useful if it worked because I have found that the over clock has significant speed increase for videos.
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post Oct 10 2007, 02:00 AM
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QUOTE(xamindar @ Oct 10 2007, 02:24 AM) *
Also, videos play rotated 90 degrees and on only half the screen, and there is no "redraw" when it is closed so my menus are all messed up with the video. I imagine it is a matter of telling mplayer to rotate 90 degrees and I'm trying to find the command right now.


Ahh, I needed to add "-vo bvdd" to the additional options section in the settings. Now it is using the wonderful bvdd for video and displays fullscreen correctly. Nice.
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post Oct 10 2007, 03:53 AM
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I would recommend adding bug reports here: http://trac.katastrophos.net/quasar/newticket
...if you want to help him out.
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eviLjazz
post Oct 10 2007, 12:30 PM
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Hey, thanks for the comments! Glad some of you like it.

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Will it work on SL-5600 with Sharp ROM?

The SL-5600 isn't supported yet. Somebody would have to adjust the current skin (located in /opt/QtPalmtop/share/quasar/skins/default) for QVGA resolution (320x240) or create a new skin. If anyone feels like doing so, go ahead and please send me the files so I can include them in the next release! smile.gif

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Also, what is that BatteryPlus option? It is disabled on mine. Is it similar to the over clock function of kino2?

Yeah, it's an over/underclock function, but you have to install the BatteryPlus applet. To be honest, I never tested it myself. The feature was included in ZPlayer which Quasar is based on. I didn't remove it because I thought it would be useful to someone. Ideally, one would have to add support for freqchange and the extended battery applet which comes included with Cacko. We'll see...

Video playback hasn't been tested much, since I'm mostly using it for audio files. I'll probably iron out some of the issues in the next release.
As for the tag and song title issue, perhaps somebody could provide me with some MP3 files with Japanese or Korean tags, so I can debug the problem. I wasn't able to find free non-western MP3 tracks with ID3 tags yet.
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post Oct 10 2007, 12:48 PM
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QUOTE(eviLjazz @ Oct 10 2007, 01:30 PM) *
Video playback hasn't been tested much, since I'm mostly using it for audio files. I'll probably iron out some of the issues in the next release.
As for the tag and song title issue, perhaps somebody could provide me with some MP3 files with Japanese or Korean tags, so I can debug the problem. I wasn't able to find free non-western MP3 tracks with ID3 tags yet.


Here is what I added to the mplayer options in quazar and it seems to work just fine on my 3100:
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-vo bvdd -nortc -noaspect -dr -autosync 100


I also emailed you a few japanese mp3s to help with the tags.
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eviLjazz
post Oct 10 2007, 03:22 PM
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xamindar, thanks for the testfiles. I'm going to switch the tagging library for the next release. Hopefully this will fix the tag encoding issues once and for all.
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post Oct 10 2007, 11:34 PM
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Unreal!
so much better then the sharp player!

Just one question, might be me for that matter. How can I keep it playing when i close the lid on my c3200?
With the sharp rom i can hit play and off it goes when i close the lid it still plays

I can't seem to get Quasar to do that?

Thanks
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eviLjazz
post Oct 11 2007, 12:26 AM
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QUOTE(pyrotek @ Oct 10 2007, 11:34 PM) *
Just one question, might be me for that matter. How can I keep it playing when i close the lid on my c3200?
With the sharp rom i can hit play and off it goes when i close the lid it still plays
I can't seem to get Quasar to do that?

In Qtopia Quasar doesn't prevent suspending of the device when the lid is closed. However, I think I can add this feature. Just looking at the qcoptest output Sharp's Music Player seems to temporarily disable the suspend function by sending the message 'setEnableSuspendCoverClose(FALSE)' via the system's QCop channel. I'll add the same call to Quasar.
In the meantime you can also disable the suspend function completely via the Light & Power settings. The option for that is on the second tab page in the dialog.
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