Commit 647ab145 authored by Gabriel Burt's avatar Gabriel Burt

[release] Prepare for 1.7.0 release

parent 98b1dea3
WELCOME TO BANSHEE 1.6.0 - Released March 31, 2010
WELCOME TO BANSHEE 1.7.0 - Released May 5, 2010
* Banshee is a multimedia management and playback application for GNOME.
......@@ -10,181 +10,37 @@ WELCOME TO BANSHEE 1.6.0 - Released March 31, 2010
experience automatic cover art fetching as you listen; and easily browse,
search, and control your media collection."
* Learn More:
* Learn More:
Banshee 1.6 is a stable release, the culmination of a year's work. There
are so many new features, bug fixes, and polish in this release, we won't
be able to do it all justice in these notes, but we'll try. These notes
aggregate the highlights from the 1.5 series releases.
Banshee 1.7.0 is the first of the unstable 1.7 series, leading up to a
stable 1.8 release in the fall. It contains many bug fixes for 1.6, as
well as new features.
New Features Since 1.4:
New Features Since 1.6.0:
* Play Queue Auto DJ keeps the tunes coming
* Add Keybinding for Switching Sources
Keep your Play Queue filled with endless music, selected randomly
by artist, album, song, rating, or score mode.
Typing 'g' activates the source switcher, where you can type the name
of a source to switch to it. You can type its acronym or a substring
as well. As soon as only one source matches, it will be activated.
For example, you can type 'g' and then 'np' to switch to Now Playing.
* Sync device from playlist option
* Connect to Remote DAAP Servers
Either manually manage what files are added/removed to your device,
or choose a playlist to sync from. You can make a size-limited smart
playlist to sync just the right amount to your device.
Connect to remote DAAP server by entering its IP address.
* Grid View
We are debuting a new grid mode for our custom list widget, visible
in the modified Album browser. It will be used for Videos,
Audiobooks, and more in future releases.
* Banshee Community Extensions
A new sub-project named Banshee Community Extensions has been
created. Its code is hosted on Gitorious, and its bugs tracked
in It already contains 15 extensions, including
Lyrics, Telepathy and Mirage, and has 19 maintainers. Its releases
track Banshee's; for more information, see
* Type-ahead find in track, artist, and album lists
An alternative to filtering, type-ahead find jumps you to the first
track to match your query. Activate with shift+/, cancel with Esc,
and jump to next match with F3. In track list it matches against
artist, album, or title.
* Automatic Scoring
Songs now have scores, updated as you play and skip. The score
can be used in searches and smart playlists, and serve as a basis
for ratings.
* New Shuffle Modes
Shuffle by artist or album let you listen to everything by an artist
or on an album before jumping to a new random artist or album.
Shuffle by rating or score lets you shuffle through your songs, with
higher rated or scored tracks being more likely to play.
* Audiobooks library extension
Rough first version, main benefits are separating your books from
your music and defining a different file system organization. In
future versions we plan to add intuitive bookmarking and a better
browsing experience. Enable in Extensions tab of Preferences.
* Library-folder watcher extension
Watches your libraries' folders for added, renamed, or deleted
files, and updates your libraries appropriately. Requires
Mono >= 2.4.3. Enable in Extensions tab of Preferences.
* eMusic importer/downloader extension
If you have purchased music from eMusic and have a .emx file, Banshee
will download and import the music files for you. Select
'eMusic Files' from the normal Media > Import Media dialog. Enable
in Extensions tab of Preferences.
* GIO file backend, supports non-local files
This backend uses the GIO library to support importing local files
and network-share files alike. Requires glib >= 2.22 and Gio#.
* Internet Archive extension
Search and stream content from the Internet Archive's vast store of
media, including 70,000 concerts and 200,000 videos. Enable it in
the Extensions tab of the Preferences dialog.
* YouTube Extension
This extension shows YouTube videos in the Context Pane related to
what you're playing, and lets you watch them within Banshee. You
can enable it in the Extensions tab of the Preferences dialog.
* Improved Metadata Handling
Banshee is now able to read and write rating and playcount
information contained in your media files. Enable this option
in Preferences.
Searching and smart playlists use unicode-aware case-insensitive
search; i.e. n matches Ñ and vice-versa, and similarly smart sorting.
Artist/album/track sort fields are now supported, the License URI
field is now exposed and Creative Commons aware, and the BPM field
is exposed with an option to calculate it for all songs.
* Gapless Playback
* Optional cover art in lower-left corner
* Cover art editable via drag-and-drop and right-click
* Playing song kept visible in the track list
* Separate library locations for Music, Video, and Podcast
* iTunes and Rhythmbox library/metadata importers
Notable Bugs Fixed (41 fixed since 1.6.0):
* More devices supported:
- Android: Nexus One, Desire, Galaxy, Droid, Pulse
- Other: Palm Pre, Nokia N900
* Improve search responsiveness on large libraries
* Play Queue item count, size, duration now ignores old tracks
* Muinshee fixes: disable Auto-DJ, allow reordering, hide previous song
* Wikipedia context pane extension enabled by default
* Add tooltip to playback error column
* Enable 'Delete From Drive' action in File System Queue
* Cover art for unicode artist/albums now supported
* Dropped glade-sharp dep; GNOME 3.0 ready
* Add columns showing track sample rate and bits per sample
* Option to sort an artist's albums by year, not title
* Allow seeking in DAAP streams
* Additional tokens for file system organization (bgo#489861)
* Cleaner track change notification popup (bgo#565453)
* Move settings to the preferences dialog
* Keyboard shortcut (ESC) to clear the search box (BGO #558938)
* Expose LAME's "preset" option (BGO #563303)
* Better support for devices running Rockbox
* Set video sync folder for Android and WebOS devices
* Auto-completion for composer, conductor, grouping and copyright (BGO #592129)
* Added the 'comment' search filter (BGO #380524)
* Selectable song properties (BGO #586106)
* Show a tooltip in track editor when the property is truncated (BGO #589782)
* Support importing/exporting XSPF playlists
* Support loading ASF playlists (BGO #545646)
* Whitelist .spx, 669, it, med, mod, mol, mtm, nst, s3m, stm, ult, wow, xm, and xnm (BGO #580014)
* Source-specific preferences, accessible via Preferences dialog and via sources' context menu
* Much improved child source sorting - live, persistent, with group-by-type option
* Podcast espisode details tabs in track information/editor
* Can rename podcasts
* Can unsubscribe/download/refresh multiple podcasts at a time
* New 'Creative Commons' default station
* New Refresh button for stations
* More accurate seeking with click/DnD, can use mouse scrollwheel
* Make it easier to edit and reset ratings
* Add mnemonics to track editor fields and import dialog
* Make previous button go back if less than 4 seconds into a song
Notable Bugs Fixed (since 1.5.6):
* Fix device support on upcoming distros with DeviceKit rename
* Restore equalizer preset correctly (bgo#614313)
* Handle broken symlinks correctly (bgo#614065)
* Allow overriding Android, Maemo, WebOS default settings (bgo#611991)
* Fix crash deleting playlist on mass storage device (bgo#613734)
* Fix issue with iTunes importer dialog sizing (bgo#613607)
* Fix play count calculation with gapless enabled (bgo#613418)
* Handle exceptions thrown by old plugins (Mirage, etc)
* Use panel-specific (eg monochrome) icon in notification area
* OS X build/bundle improvements
* Fix Windows compilation issues
* Fix gettext locale selection on Windows
......@@ -193,9 +49,9 @@ SOURCES / PACKAGES
* Banshee 1.6.0 Tarballs:
* Banshee 1.7.0 Tarballs:
......@@ -212,13 +68,13 @@ Packages
Binaries for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6:
ChangeLogs & Checksums
hesitate to file bugs!
......@@ -21,13 +21,23 @@
<name>1.6.0 Release</name>
<file-release rdf:resource="" />
<name>1.7.0 Release</name>
<file-release rdf:resource="" />
<!-- Version Control -->
dnl Granularly define the version components
dnl Remember to also update the Display Version
m4_define([banshee_version_major], [1])
m4_define([banshee_version_minor], [6])
m4_define([banshee_version_minor], [7])
m4_define([banshee_version_micro], [0])
dnl set to 0 when doing an official release
......@@ -23,7 +23,7 @@ m4_define([banshee_version],
dnl this can sometimes differ manually
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