JUL
15
2005

Missing KDE Applications

I'm happy about the whole bunch of applications which are nowadays available for people's daily tasks: Whether you want to play music, burn CDs, chat, send instant messages, read RSS feeds, manage your photos, keep your money together, draw a mindmap or download a Torrent - there is a KDE-based and nicely integrated solution available.

But for some small tasks an application is still missing and I am not aware of work on them:

  • a Podcast client with integrated Bittorrent client and directory browser like iPodder (but without having xmms hardcoded!) would be nice. With support to enclosure all media types (animation, video!). Not sure if it makes sense to add all this to Akregator.
  • a stream directory browser like streamtuner with support for SHOUTcast, Live365, Xiph.org and so on. This could be integrated into amaroK but then some people may prefer a stand-alone version for use with their favorite player.
  • an offline blog client like Drivel with support for popular interfaces like LiveJournal, Blogger, MovableType, Advogato, and Atom journals. For me the web interface to my blog is sufficient but your flavor may differ.

If you miss some other application feel free to comment and maybe some bored developer without an idea what project to start next reads it and will start to work on it. :-)

Comments

For me a fully KDE based replacement for GameSpy / All Seeing Eye.

I know there is xqf (http://www.linuxgames.com/xqf/index.shtml), but I'd love to see a fully KDE based replacement that can take advantage of more specific DCop calls (eg lowering volume of music, setting your away status in Kompete / Konversation).

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By lovedaddy at Fri, 07/15/2005 - 12:38

There's Kqf in playground, but it doesn't work at least for Quake2.


By tpr at Fri, 07/15/2005 - 14:26

Had no idea that existed, great stuff =)

The only other thing I'm really missing (looking at my start menu at work) - is a frontend to Par2. Something like QuickPar (http://www.quickpar.org.uk/) - that also handles Par1 files and sfv files.

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By lovedaddy at Fri, 07/15/2005 - 16:40

A good option would be working on the blog KResource, for use in KOrganizer. There is already some code there, but it does not work for me.


By Carlos Leonhard Woelz at Fri, 07/15/2005 - 14:35

KDE isn't the only one missing it, I haven't yet seen one I really like. JuK comes the closest, I think. What would be nicer is one where you tell it where your music/audio files are and your preferred tagging and filenaming scheme, and it does the rest -- cddb, musicbrainz, synchronizing tags and filenames, et cetera -- by itself. This was one of my submissions to the SoC, but it didn't get accepted...
...but if someone makes me C (or for bonus points, Ruby) bindings for TagLib's advanced API (there already is one for the simple API, but that doesn't let you do stuff like control what type of tags to use), I'll do it anyways =)


By Gábor Lehel at Fri, 07/15/2005 - 17:11

Like I wrote in http://bram85.blogspot.com/2005/05/stop-for-15-seconds.html, I'd like to see an application which keeps track of the work intensivity of the user and reminds the user that he should take a break, for his own health. Maybe I will seriously work on it in September, if I have time.

Bram Schoenmakers
KDE Netherlands (www.kde.nl)


By Bram Schoenmakers at Fri, 07/15/2005 - 17:44