Picard 2.4 Beta 2

Following the first Picard 2.4 beta we have released Picard 2.4 beta 2 to address a couple of reported issues. Thanks a lot to everyone who tested the last beta and reported issues. The following bugs have been fixed in beta 2:

  • [PICARD-1864] – Adding single files does ignore existing MBIDs
  • [PICARD-1866] – Coverart pane does not update during / after saving files
  • [PICARD-1867] – Guess format fallback is broken
  • [PICARD-1868] – CAA type selection dialog does not translate “Unknown”

See our previous blog post about Picard 2.4 beta 1 for the changes since the last stable release.

Picard 2.4 beta 2 is available for download from the download page.

Please report bugs on the Picard issue tracker and provide feedback in the community forums.

Please also help translate Picard. There have been many changes to the user interface and existing translations need to be updated for the final 2.4 release. Translating is easy and can be done online: Head over to MusicBrainz’s translation page on Transifex and click on “Help Translate MusicBrainz”.
Once you have registered an account on Transifex you can start translating. For Picard the primary resource to translate is “picard“, but there is also the “picard_appstream” resource which is used for providing descriptions for various Linux software-center applications.

Picard 2.4 Beta 1

Picard 2.4 Beta 1 is now available. There have been some important changes and we would like to gather feedback with this beta release before releasing the final Picard 2.4.

This release contains code changes by Gabriel Ferreira, Laurent Monin, Bob Swift, Philipp Wolfer, RaysDev, Wieland Hoffmann and new contributors Adam James and jcaesar.

Thanks a lot to everybody who contributed to this release with code, translations, bug reports and general feedback.

What’s new?

The most notable change in this release are significant performance improvements when handling large amount of files thanks to the excellent work of Gabriel Ferreira.

We would also like to get some feedback on the new scripting auto completion feature and the scripting documentation provided directly inside Picard. Windows 10 users can also try Picard’s new support for Windows 10 dark mode.

Here is the full list of changes:

Bugfixes

  • [PICARD-1753] – Fix font size of script editor and log view on Windows
  • [PICARD-1807] – Wrong error handling when using python-libdiscid
  • [PICARD-1813] – $title function throws error on empty value
  • [PICARD-1820] – PLUGIN_VERSION no longer displayed correctly in plugins dialog
  • [PICARD-1823] – Genre tag ordering is non-deterministic
  • [PICARD-1826] – “no appropriate stream found” when saving .ogg (OPUS) file
  • [PICARD-1838] – Files with a .dff file extension are interpreted as DSF files and fail to load
  • [PICARD-1853] – Crash if tags contain null character
  • [PICARD-1855] – Relationships not tagged for non-album track
  • [PICARD-1859] – “ValueError: Invalid literal” followed by crash when opening certain files

New Features

  • [PICARD-1704] – Support Windows 10 dark mode
  • [PICARD-1797] – Autocompletion for script functions and variables
  • [PICARD-1798] – Add support for inline translatable script documentation

Improvements

  • [PICARD-824] – Expand all option submenus by default
  • [PICARD-920] – Remember selected options page
  • [PICARD-1117] – Instrumental recordings of a work should set language to “No lyrics”
  • [PICARD-1796] – Consider release date when matching files to releases
  • [PICARD-1805] – Make it easier to add the first script
  • [PICARD-1818] – Make PyQt5.QtDBus optional
  • [PICARD-1829] – Add support for disc numbers in cluster Info dialog tracklists
  • [PICARD-1831] – Mitigate performance impacts of file selection and UI updates during processing
  • [PICARD-1840] – Instrumental recordings of a work should drop the lyricist credit
  • [PICARD-1842] – AIFF and DSF: Add support for albumsort, artistsort, titlesort and discsubtitle
  • [PICARD-1843] – Improve load and clustering performance
  • [PICARD-1844] – Further improve loading and clustering performance
  • [PICARD-1845] – Add “lookup in browser” for musicbrainz_discid tag in metadata view
  • [PICARD-1846] – Metadata.unset should not raise KeyError
  • [PICARD-1847] – Restructure tag compatibility options
  • [PICARD-1852] – Make about a separate dialog
  • [PICARD-1854] – Improve sorting performance in main window
  • [PICARD-1856] – Use pgettext function in Python 3.8

Download

Picard 2.4 beta 1 is available for download from the download page.

Helping out

The easiest way to help us getting a great Picard 2.4 release is using and testing this release candidate. Please report bugs on the Picard issue tracker and provide feedback in the community forums.

Please also help translate Picard. There have been many changes to the user interface and existing translations need to be updated for the final 2.4 release. Translating is easy and can be done online: Head over to MusicBrainz’s translation page on Transifex and click on “Help Translate MusicBrainz”.
Once you have registered an account on Transifex you can start translating. For Picard the primary resource to translate is “picard“, but there is also the “picard_appstream” resource which is used for providing descriptions for various Linux software-center applications.

If you are a software developer you are very welcomed to provide fixes and features. Picard is free software and the source code is available on GitHub. See Developing on the Picard website to get started.

Picard 2.3.2 released

Picard 2.3.2 has been released and is available for download. This is mainly a bug-fix release with few minor improvements, see below for a full list of changes.

This release contains code changes by zas, rdswift, outsidecontext, RaysDev and new contributors Undearius and Gabrielcarvfer, who also is working on some interesting changes regarding UI responsiveness.
Thanks a lot to everybody who contributed to this release with code, translations, bug reports and general feedback.

Download

Picard 2.3.2 is available for download from the download page.

Changes

Below is a list of all changes since Picard 2.3.1. If you are upgrading from an older version you might want to read previous release post.

Breaking change:

$find script function now returns “” rather than -1 on not found, for the sake of consistency. You may want to review your scripts.

Notable improvements:

Picard was trying to guess the file format based on file content. This was very IO expensive and in many cases not needed. So we decided to change the logic to:

  • Try guessing the format by file extension first
  • If no extension or no matching file extension is available, guess by file content
  • If format was guessed by extension and loading the file with mutagen fails with an exception, retry with guessing by file content. Retry loading if the newly guessed format is different from the format guessed by extension.

Also notable, On Windows 10, support for fractional scaling was implemented.

The complete list of changes is the following:

Bug

  • [PICARD-1775] – $firstwords function doesn’t catch IndexError
  • [PICARD-1776] – $datetime crashes when invalid format specified
  • [PICARD-1781] – Have $find return “” rather than “-1” on not found
  • [PICARD-1783] – Deleting performer, comment or lyrics tag fails for some cases in ID3, Vorbis, MP4 and Apev2 tags
  • [PICARD-1784] – Host not found error when downloading PDF artwork
  • [PICARD-1785] – $delete(_id3:TXXX:foo) does not delete the ID3 frames
  • [PICARD-1786] – Deleting tag stored in ID3 TIPL frame only removes first occurrence
  • [PICARD-1787] – Deleting case-insensitive TXXX frames does not delete anything
  • [PICARD-1788] – Saving ID3 tags marked as case-insensitive causes duplicated TXXX frames
  • [PICARD-1790] – Crash when selecting plugin that can be updated
  • [PICARD-1791] – Network access is disabled error under VPN service
  • [PICARD-1795] – iTunes tags not removable (reappear after being deleted)
  • [PICARD-1801] – List index out of range when saving Vorbis file
  • [PICARD-1803] – Instrument EWI is rewritten “e w i”

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1777] – Support fractional scaling on Windows 10
  • [PICARD-1800] – Simplify Unicode ‘Bullet’ to ASCII ‘Hyphen-minus’
  • [PICARD-1809] – Optimize format detection logic

Picard 2.3.1 released

Picard 2.3.1 has been released and is available for download. This is mainly a bugfix release, but also some smaller improvements and features made it into this version. Notable changes are the addition of the $sortmulti and $reversemulti scripting functions, overall better handling of releases with multiple release countries and some fixes for the AcoustID fingerprinting. See below for a full list of changes.

This release contains code changes by zas, rdswift, outsidecontext and new contributor RaysDev, who also is working on some interesting changes for the next release. Thanks a lot again to everybody who contributed to this in release with code, translations, bug reports and general feedback. The Picard 2.3 release already was well received, but it is thanks to you all that we can provide a sizeable list of improvements just 10 days later.

Download

Picard 2.3.1 is available for download from the download page.

Changes

Below is a list of all changes since Picard 2.3. If you are upgrading from an older version you might want to read what is new in Picard 2.3.

Bug

  • [PICARD-1745] – Packaged libdiscid is not compatible with macOS 10.12
  • [PICARD-1748] – Many release events can cause the versions context menu to overflow
  • [PICARD-1750] – Existing acoustid_fingerprint tags are not considered for AcoustID submission
  • [PICARD-1754] – DEL always removes release or file from main window
  • [PICARD-1756] – Plugin update fails to compare plugin versions with double digit versions
  • [PICARD-1757] – Crash on loading a release if $div(n,0) is used in a script
  • [PICARD-1760] – Prevent duplicates in top tags editor
  • [PICARD-1762] – Dropping a PDF file on cover art image box doesn’t work
  • [PICARD-1765] – Adding uppercase tags to preserved tags list is not handled correctly
  • [PICARD-1772] – Unexpected results with $num function
  • [PICARD-1773] – Untrapped error on $mod with zero input
  • [PICARD-1774] – $lenmulti with missing name returns “1”

New Feature

  • [PICARD-1743] – Add script functions $sortmulti and $reversemulti to sort and reverse multi-value variables
  • [PICARD-1751] – Provide a %_releasecountries% variable

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1746] – Change Generate AcoustID Fingerprints shortcut to Ctrl+Shift+Y / ⌘⇧Y
  • [PICARD-1752] – Use preferred release countries to select a matching release country if there are multiple
  • [PICARD-1755] – “Supported Languages” on Microsoft Store shows only English (United States)
  • [PICARD-1759] – Make editing tags in top tags list more intuitive
  • [PICARD-1771] – Completely ignore release types set to zero in preferred releases

 

Picard 2.3 now available

The Picard team is happy to announce that version 2.3 of MusicBrainz Picard is now available for download. MusicBrainz Picard is the official tag editor for the MusicBrainz database and helps you get your music collection sorted and cleaned up with the latest data from MusicBrainz.

This release brings changes across the board, including additions to the user interface, performance improvements, better tag support, improved desktop integration and many more.

Notable changes

User interface

Picard now allows you to customize the columns in the main panel, so you can choose to see additional details about the files you are tagging, such as album artist, composer, catalogue number, genre and more. And while it has always been possible to reorder and resize the displayed columns, Picard will now remember your settings.

Picard's new configurable columns

Editing tags became more comfortable with multi-line editing for comments and lyrics and autocomplete for media, release country, release type and release status and the ability to reorder the values of multi-value tags. For date tags there is an indication of the expected format shown as “YYYY-MM-DD”. You can now also specify which tags you want to have always on top in the tag editor (Options > User Interface > Top Tags).

Easy submission of AcoustID fingerprints

One complaint we often received was about the ability to submit fingerprints to AcoustID. While Picard leverages AcoustID for identifying your files and searching matching recordings, and you can submit the fingerprints for such scanned files if the found match was wrong. But just using Picard to submit fingerprints for your already well tagged files without doing another search and match was not possible. To address this we added a “Generate AcoustID fingerprints” action which allows you to just generate the fingerprints. There is also a new “Fingerprint status” column which will indicate whether a fingerprint was calculated for a file or not. As can be seen above this uses the new configurable column feature. A red fingerprint icon indicates the fingerprint has been calculated. Once you submit the fingerprints the fingerprint icon will turn gray.

Desktop integration

Picard on Windows will now indicate the progress when loading or saving many files in the Windows taskbar.

picard-windows-taskbar

The same is available on Linux if your desktop environment supports it, e.g. if you are using KDE Plasma or the default Ubuntu desktop.

picard-plasma-taskbar

picard-ubuntu-dock

On macOS Picard is now registered for supported file types. That means you can directly open your music files in Picard using Finder. Furthermore you can also drop files or entire folders directly onto the Picard dock icon.

Performance improvements

We addressed some cases where the Picard user interface became totally unresponsive for a while when clustering files or moving and matching files to releases. This was most notable when working with large releases with several hundred tracks.

Tags and file formats

With custom tags support for MP4 files an often requested feature is now finally available.

There is also new support for raw AC3 files and more details are shown for TAK files. For AC3 and AAC files Picard can save APEv2 tags, which is supported by many other tools, but also can cause problems in others. E.g. players not supporting tags in AC3 and AAC files will often show a wrong duration if there are APEv2 tags present in the file. Hence you can now choose whether to save APEv2 tags to files or not, or even remove existing APEv2 tags for those files.

Scripting

Few new script functions were added:

  • for strings: $find, $reverse, $substr
  • for multi-value variables: $getmulti, $slice, $join
  • for loops: $foreach, $while, $map
  • for current date and time: $datetime

Complete documentation can be found on Picard website.

Breaking changes

We fixed some scripting functions that are supposed to be used as conditions but behaved differently. This affects $is_complete(), $startswith() and $endswith(). If you use one of these functions in your script please read this forum post on how to update your scripts.

Packaging

If you are using Windows 10 you can now install Picard from the Windows store and receive future updates automatically.

Picard for Windows is now also available as a portable application, which you can run directly without installation. You can put it in any folder, including putting it on a USB thumb drive, and it will store all its settings and plugins in the folder it is located in.

The Picard installer and portable app are now signed with a certificate issued to the MetaBrainz Foundation. When you run the installer or the portable app for the first time after download Windows will show you a dialog like the following:

windows-smartscreen

Official releases, including beta version and development builds, will show “Metabrainz Foundation Inc.” as the publisher. If it is showing anything else, e.g. “unknown”, this indicates you are not using an official release. Once enough people have trusted the app the above warning will eventually completely go away.

For macOS the Picard app is now also fully compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina, which means you can run Picard now without security warning.

More changes and bug fixes

Picard 2.3 has many more improvements and fixes. See the full changelog for details on all changes since the last stable Picard 2.2.3.

Download

Picard 2.3 is available for download from the download page as well as from the Windows Store.
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Known issues

On macOS 10.12 Sierra the CD lookup functionality is unavailable. We will address this issue in Picard 2.3.1. See PICARD-1745 for details.

Picard 2.3 Release Candidate

Following our recent beta we are today releasing a release candidate for Picard 2.3. Besides a few fixes there have been also a couple of improvements. Most notably Bob Swift has implemented a couple of useful new scripting functions.

Should no blocking issues arise we expect a final release of Picard 2.3 in about a week.

Download

Please see the Github release page for more download options, including the source code.

Helping out

The easiest way to help us getting a great Picard 2.3 release is using and testing this release candidate. Please report bugs on the Picard issue tracker and provide feedback in the community forums.

Please also help translate Picard. There will be no changes to translatable text before the final release of Picard 2.3, so this is a great chance to ensure Picard is available in your language. Translating is easy and can be done online: Head over to MusicBrainz’s translation page on Transifex and click on “Help Translate MusicBrainz”. Once you have registered an account on Transifex you can start translating. For Picard the primary resource to translate is “picard“, but there is also the “picard_appstream” resource which is used for providing descriptions for various Linux software-center applications.

If your are a software developer you are very welcomed to provide fixes and features. Picard is free software and the source code is available on GitHub. See Developing on the Picard website to get started.

Changes since Picard 2.3 beta 1

Below are the changes in Picard since the last beta release. For a more detailed overview for what is new since Picard 2.2.3 please see our recent beta announcement.

Bug-fix

  • [PICARD-1688] – “Submit AcoustIDs” fails with many tracks
  • [PICARD-1719] – $unset marks tag for deletion
  • [PICARD-1724] – Fingerprint status on left should not be submittable (red)
  • [PICARD-1725] – Fingerprint indicator rendering artifacts
  • [PICARD-1726] – Crash when closing options quickly before plugin list got loaded
  • [PICARD-1727] – Performer tag in metadata list is not translated
  • [PICARD-1733] – App does not start on macOS 10.12
  • [PICARD-1736] – “Generate AcoustID Fingerprints” is too long for the toolbar

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1716] – Add script functions for strings ($find, $reverse, $substr), multi-value variables ($getmulti), and loops ($foreach, $while, $map)
  • [PICARD-1717] – Backup config file on update
  • [PICARD-1720] – Add script function $slice to extract a portion of a multi-value variable
  • [PICARD-1721] – Add script function $join to join the elements of a multi-value variable
  • [PICARD-1723] – Match to album should consider the disc number
  • [PICARD-1729] – Add scripting function $datetime to return the current date and time
  • [PICARD-1737] – Add keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+F for “Generate Fingerprints”
  • [PICARD-1738] – Load a recording URL entered into the search field as standalone recording

Picard 2.3 Beta 1

Have you heard? Jean-Luc Picard is back, once again rescuing the galaxy. And MusicBrainz Picard is back with a new beta release, once again fixing your digital music collection.

We have just released Picard 2.3 beta 1 as a pre-release for the upcoming Picard 2.3. There have been quite a few additions and changes and we would like to gather feedback with this beta release before releasing the final Picard 2.3.

What’s new?

You can see a full list of changes in the changelog. Here is an overview of the most notable new features and fixes:

  • It is now possible to customize the columns in the main panel, so you can choose to see additional details about the files you are tagging, such as album artist, composer, catalogue number, genre and more. For now the number of columns is intentionally limited, but this opens the door for other enhancements, like ordering releases by completion status.
  • The new “Generate AcoustID fingerprints” action allows you to just generate the fingerprints without doing a search and match. This allows you to generate and submit fingerprints for already tagged files easily. To make this feature complete a new “Fingerprint status” column can be enabled indicating whether a fingerprint has been generated (showing a red fingerprint icon) and whether it has been submitted (the fingerprint icon turns from red to gray).
  • AcoustID lookup (aka Scan) has been improved and now respects your configured preferred release types.
  • The Scripting options have been reworked to be more consistent and easier to use.
  • Several smaller improvements to tag editing, like multiline editing for comments and lyrics, manual reordering of multivalue tag values, autocomplete for media, release country, release type and release status tags and format indicators for date tags (e.g. showing “YYYY-MM-DD” for the date tag).
  • Custom tags support for MP4.
  • Support for tagging raw AC3 files with APEv2 tags.
  • For AAC and AC3 tags you can choose whether to save APEv2 tags or not, or even completely remove existing APEv2 tags from the files. This addresses compatibility issues with those tags in some players. E.g. many players not supporting APEv2 tags in those formats will show a wrong duration.
  • On Windows and some Linux desktops (e.g. KDE Plasma and Ubuntu GNOME) the task bar or dock icon will now show the progress of loading or saving many files.
  • We addressed some cases where the Picard user interface became totally unresponsive for a while when clustering files or moving and matching files to releases. This was most notable when working with large releases with several hundred tracks.
  • We fixed some scripting functions that are supposed to be used as conditions but behaved differently. This affects $is_complete(), $startswith() and $endswith(). If you use one of these functions in your script please read this forum post on how to update your scripts.
  • macOS: It is now possible to directly open supported files in Picard from Finder. Also you can drag and drop files and folders onto the Picard dock icon to open them.
  • macOS: The Picard app is now fully supported on macOS 10.15 Catalina and can be opened without security warnings.
  • Windows: Picard is now available as a Windows 10 app from the Windows Store. See “Getting the beta” below for details.
  • Windows: Picard is also available as a portable app, which can be run from any folder or external drive without installation. All settings and plugins will be stored in the folder in which the Picard portable app is located.

Getting the beta

You can download the beta version from Picard’s GitHub relase page. Windows users might want to try the new portable version, as it can be run alongside the current installed Picard using different settings.

If you are using Windows 10 please help testing the newly available Picard in the Windows Store. The app is not yet publicly findable in the store, please use the direct link to Picard’s store page.

Helping out

The easiest way to help us getting a great Picard 2.3 release is using and testing this beta. Please report bugs on the Picard issue tracker and provide feedback in the community forums.

Please also help translate Picard. There have been many changes to the user interface, which means many translations are in need for an update. Translating is easy and can be done online: Head over to MusicBrainz’s translation page on Transifex and click on “Help Translate MusicBrainz”. Once you have registered an account on Transifex you can start translating. For Picard the primary resource to translate is “picard“, but there is also the “picard_appstream” resource which is used for providing descriptions for various Linux software-center applications.

If your are a software developer you are very welcomed to provide fixes and features. Picard is free software and the source code is available on GitHub. See Developing on the Picard website to get started.

Acknowledgements

I want to thank everybody who contributed to this release, be it with coding, translation, reporting issues on the bug tracker or general feedback on the community forums. Many of the changes in this release are the direct result of some forum discussion.

Special thanks to team members zas and samj1912 for incessantly reviewing all my code changes. Also a special shout out to the Dutch, Finnish, French and Italian translators which provided a 100% translation of this Picard beta into those languages. Unfortunately the translation process currently is very hidden and anonymous and I would like to see this changed. But I definitely appreciate all the work put into this.

Known issues

  • When deleting scripts the UI shortly shows the previous selection. This is just a visual glitch, the correct script will still be deleted. See PICARD-1708.

Picard 2.2.3 released

MusicBrainz Picard 2.2.3 is available for download. This is a bugfix release which mainly fixes a couple of crashes and some UI issues on macOS.

The complete list of changes:

Bug

  • [PICARD-1633] – macOS: Automatic locale detection broken
  • [PICARD-1634] – macOS: File browser sets wrong horizontal scroll position
  • [PICARD-1635] – Terminated randomly when deleting files when saving
  • [PICARD-1636] – Default locale detection fails if locale categories have different locales
  • [PICARD-1637] – Crash when saving after removing some underlying files
  • [PICARD-1640] – Picard with –config-file parameter copies over legacy configuration
  • [PICARD-1642] – Picard crashes on launch (AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘setPopupMode’)
  • [PICARD-1643] – Performer with instruments containing non-ASCII characters are not written to Vorbis and APE tags
  • [PICARD-1644] – Crash when initializing translations on Python 3.8
  • [PICARD-1647] – macOS: Plugin enable/disable button does not always update the icon
  • [PICARD-1648] – Crashes when using search dialogs
  • [PICARD-1651] – File and release counts in status bar not updated when files get removed
  • [PICARD-1654] – macOS: Logout button / username stays visible after logout
  • [PICARD-1655] – macOS: Login dialog can be hidden behind options

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1630] – Ensure FLAC metadata is visible/editable in Windows Explorer
  • [PICARD-1632] – Tooltips for genre filter help hide too quickly

 

Picard 2.2.2 released

Picard 2.2.2 is available for download. Most significantly this release addresses a performance regression which affected the Windows and macOS versions of previous Picard 2 releases. It is highly recommended for Windows and macOS users to upgrade.

The complete list of changes:

Bug

  • [PICARD-1606] – Crashes on opening options with broken plugin
  • [PICARD-1612] – Trackpad tap is not working properly on macOS
  • [PICARD-1614] – macOS: Incorrect ‘LSMinimumSystemVersion’
  • [PICARD-1618] – macOS and Windows packages built without C astrcmp
  • [PICARD-1621] – Lookup CD dropdown does not list additional drives
  • [PICARD-1624] – Updating default CD device in options does not change default for keyboard shortcut

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1610] – Make the labels in Options > User Interface > Colours wider
  • [PICARD-1619] – Grey out cover art providers list when cover art is disabled

Picard 2.2.1

We have released Picard 2.2.1, which is a small bugfix release for the recently released Picard 2.2. Thanks to everybody who gave feedback and reported issues.

Picard 2.2.1 is available for download on the Picard website.

The changes in detail:

Bug

  • [PICARD-1603] – Translations from picard/ui/colors.py don’t show up in Picard
  • [PICARD-1604] – Windows install is not using Qt default translations
  • [PICARD-1607] – Upgrading a plugin displays the dialog box multiple times
  • [PICARD-1608] – “[non-album tracks]” can not directly be removed
  • [PICARD-1609] – Picard About shows Qt version PyQt was build against, not actually used Qt

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1602] – Tests should not be included in the sdist package