MetaBrainz team changes, autumn 2018

Hello!

The only constant in the world is change, right?

First off, the somewhat sad news: Sambhav, AKA samj1912, has left MetaBrainz the team as a contractor and has moved to London. The upside of this news is that he will continue to work on Picard for us and will remain a part of our team as a volunteer, but his presence will not be quite as intense as before. Thank you for your hard work these past months, especially for finishing the impossible Solr search project!

With Sambhav’s departure and our improved finances, I’m proud to announce that we’re taking on two new contractors!

Nicolas Pelletier AKA Monkey: You may remember the talented Monkey from when we designed our new logos. He was the designer who created the logos and our new bootstrap theme that adorns most of our pages now. Working with Monkey was straightforward, effective and the results were great, so when he expressed interest in working on BookBrainz, I was pleased to hear this news. Monkey will be working for us full time and spending 75% of his time on BookBrainz and 25% of his time to help with design and UX work for the rest of our projects. In the next blog post I’ll talk more about BookBrainz and what we can expect from that project in the future.

Nicolás Tamargo AKA Reosarevok: Reosarevok is no stranger to our community — he’s made 1.7M edits to MusicBrainz, is our Style BDFL and answers all of our support@ emails. He’s been learning more programming and asked to be part of the MusicBrainz team part time. We agreed to give this a go and in the short term he will be focusing on genre support and helping with the React migration among other tasks. If this trial run works out, we’ll see about expanding his scope on our team.

Welcome on board Monkey and good luck with the new position, Reo!

 

 

Picard 2.0.4 released

This is a minor release that fixes a lot of issues, most notably few annoying crashes and a bunch of audio file formats-specific bugs.

I’d like to thank Philip Wolfer (outsidecontext/phw) for the fantastic job he did on this release.

As usual, you can find the latest downloads on Picard’s Website.

Here is the complete changelog for this release:

Bug

  • [PICARD-803] – tagging “8½ Minutes” with “replace with non-ascii characters” results in a directory being created
  • [PICARD-1216] – Does not display version information
  • [PICARD-1267] – 2.0.0dev6 crash in debug mode on Windows April Update (1803)
  • [PICARD-1281] – Picard has wrong version string
  • [PICARD-1294] – Crashes every time Picard connects to MB server.
  • [PICARD-1310] – Picard crashes on clearing log
  • [PICARD-1318] – RuntimeError: dictionary changed size during iteration
  • [PICARD-1321] – CD drive selection not working on Linux
  • [PICARD-1322] – Crash in options on “Restore defaults”
  • [PICARD-1323] – Restore defaults does not restore CAA types
  • [PICARD-1324] – Default locale not working reliable
  • [PICARD-1326] – Picard Save Changes 5.1 Mix Type
  • [PICARD-1327] – Loading TAK files fails
  • [PICARD-1328] – Loading OptimFROG files fails
  • [PICARD-1329] – Picard fails saving ID3 tags with iTunNORM tag
  • [PICARD-1331] – Picard crashes on error during plugin install