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

 

Picard 2.2 released

The Picard Team is proud to announce the release of MusicBrainz Picard 2.2. This version provides a number of new features and bug fixes. Some of the highlights are:

  • Files can be moved to sub folders without renaming the actual file (see below for details).
  • Colors used for highlighting changes in files and metadata can now be configured in options.
  • A new integrated media player toolbar. This feature is considered beta and is disabled by default, but you can enable the toolbar in the menu with View > Player. Please note that the file formats supported by the player depend on your operating system.
  • New plugin hooks which trigger when a file was added to a release, a file was removed from a release, a file was saved and a file was loaded.
  • Improved support for dropping cover art images directly from Google and Bing image search results.
  • Support for ReplayGain 2.0 tags.

There are a few potentially backward incompatible changes.

  • Amazon cover art moved to plugin: If you have been using the Amazon cover art you will need to install the Amazon Cover Art plugin in Options > Plugins. The functionality remains the same, we just moved it to a plugin.
  • Moving files without renaming creates folder structure: Previously Picard would just drop all files into the selected target folder if “Move files” was enabled but “Rename files” was disabled. This was not very useful. Now Picard will generate the folder hierarchy according to your script.
    If you want to retain the old functionality use a renaming script that does not generate any folder hierarchy (no slash or backslash characters in the script).
  • The minimum supported macOS version is now macOS Sierra (10.12) or higher. If you are using macOS 10.10 or 10.11 you can continue using Picard 2.1.3.

Picard 2.2 is available for download on the Picard website.

Thanks to everybody who contributed to this release with code, translations, testing, bug reports and general feedback. This is much appreciated and we are always happy to see new contributors.

Here is the full changelog:

Bug

  • [PICARD-456] – “Delete empty directories” should not delete special folders such as the desktop
  • [PICARD-571] – Scripting and renaming font on macOS and Windows not monospace
  • [PICARD-622] – File Browser resets horizontal scrolling on selection change
  • [PICARD-765] – Refreshing a release reloads the CAA index.json file from cache, even if it changed online
  • [PICARD-1025] – An empty destination directory prevents the options from being saved, but doesn’t show an error
  • [PICARD-1090] – Match quality indicators are blurry
  • [PICARD-1282] – ⌘W does not close Preferences window
  • [PICARD-1284] – Can’t quit with preferences open
  • [PICARD-1446] – Expand/collapse indicator for the release is briefly missing
  • [PICARD-1483] – Can’t submit fingerprints to non-album recordings
  • [PICARD-1489] – Crash on start when loading python-discid without libdiscid being available
  • [PICARD-1490] – Local cover art provider fails on Windows
  • [PICARD-1491] – Version check when loading Picard plugins too strict
  • [PICARD-1492] – Can’t save rated tracks when it’s a FLAC file (when Metadata/Ratings is active)
  • [PICARD-1493] – Crash on pre 1.0 config upgrade
  • [PICARD-1497] – Saving fails when setting tags with invalid names for the underlying tagging format
  • [PICARD-1499] – Picard loads embedded cover art with ID3 type “other” as sticker
  • [PICARD-1501] – Double click in a cover opens it in web browser instead of an image viewer
  • [PICARD-1503] – Scanning CDROM uses path containing ampersand (&)
  • [PICARD-1516] – Picard fails to load MP4 without tags
  • [PICARD-1517] – Functions matchedtracks and is_complete throw exception when run on cluster
  • [PICARD-1522] – Crash when removing NAT recordings
  • [PICARD-1527] – Can’t resize options window in 2.1.x (Mac)
  • [PICARD-1529] – NAT tracks get assigned wrong cover art
  • [PICARD-1533] – Attribute Qt::AA_EnableHighDpiScaling must be set before QCoreApplication is created
  • [PICARD-1541] – Closing log views destroys widgets
  • [PICARD-1543] – v2.1.3 crashes when selecting Preferences in the Apple menu 10.14.5
  • [PICARD-1547] – Picard doesn’t warn about not updating .wav metadata
  • [PICARD-1549] – Source distributions are broken on Windows
  • [PICARD-1551] – “compare_to_track” method considers “score” parameter only if track has releases
  • [PICARD-1556] – Default File Naming Script produces “00” track number in file name.
  • [PICARD-1558] – Setting rating on a track does not apply to already matched files
  • [PICARD-1566] – Cannot drag misidentified song back to the left pane
  • [PICARD-1567] – Parsing track number from file name modifies original title in metadata
  • [PICARD-1571] – On macOS multiple option dialogs can be opened
  • [PICARD-1573] – Crash when loading release with a tag that contains only whitespace.
  • [PICARD-1575] – Can’t drag and drop a picture from the Google Picture Result Page to Picard.
  • [PICARD-1580] – Crash when closing options window on “Preferred Releases” page
  • [PICARD-1582] – “Allow selection of multiple directories” has no effect on Linux with Gtk file chooser
  • [PICARD-1584] – Crash when disabling script function providing plugin
  • [PICARD-1585] – On macOS restore default options dialog opens in background
  • [PICARD-1588] – Metadata box shows tags unsupported by format
  • [PICARD-1591] – Error when loading Vorbis file with invalid metadata_block_picture
  • [PICARD-1593] – Picard crashes on plugin install error
  • [PICARD-1595] – Cursor in tag edit box always jumps to end on input
  • [PICARD-1598] – Metadata box hidden when album gets updated
  • [PICARD-1601] – PyPI source tarball misses some test data

New Feature

  • [PICARD-143] – Add a plugin hook for a file-added-to-a-track event
  • [PICARD-1130] – Post save plugins
  • [PICARD-1488] – Built-in media player (beta feature)
  • [PICARD-1510] – Add a plugin hook for a file-removed-from-a-track event
  • [PICARD-1512] – Add a plugin hook for an album-removed event
  • [PICARD-1514] – Replace genre / folksonomy tag blacklist with more comprehensive list
  • [PICARD-1524] – Replace hardcoded colors by user-configurable ones
  • [PICARD-1560] – Add a plugin hook for a file loaded event
  • [PICARD-1594] – Provide $is_video() / $is_audio scripting functions

Task

  • [PICARD-1353] – Update Travis CI to use newer Xcode
  • [PICARD-1388] – Document how to uninstall local built version of picard from CLI
  • [PICARD-1561] – test_file.TestPreserveTimes fails on macOS 10.14
  • [PICARD-1563] – Add ‘picard.egg-info’ file to .gitignore

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1235] – Picard is not responding during start while CD is being inserted
  • [PICARD-1361] – Add “Launch Picard” to Windows installer
  • [PICARD-1400] – Remove Amazon cover art provider from Picard and place it into a plugin
  • [PICARD-1468] – Localize Windows installer
  • [PICARD-1485] – Picard should show the hours of long tracks
  • [PICARD-1494] – Use Python3.3+ nano seconds resolution stat()/utime() to preserve times on file save
  • [PICARD-1496] – Display count of Other versions available once known in album’s contextual menu
  • [PICARD-1502] – qApp.setDesktopFileName (wayland app_ip)
  • [PICARD-1525] – Log/History views are updated even if not actually visible
  • [PICARD-1546] – Display in Others submenu is messy for albums with a lot of tracks
  • [PICARD-1552] – “compare_to_release_parts” considers track count of only first medium
  • [PICARD-1559] – Allow moving files to subfolders without renaming
  • [PICARD-1564] – Picard code for parsing response from AcoustID servers ignores tracks
  • [PICARD-1576] – Open option help context sensitive
  • [PICARD-1578] – Allow dragging images from Bing image search result
  • [PICARD-1579] – Dragging cover art from Google image search on Linux drops just preview image
  • [PICARD-1581] – “Recursively add files and folders” is very technical and hard to understand
  • [PICARD-1586] – Support for ReplayGain 2.0 tags
  • [PICARD-1599] – Use fpcalc json output for more robust output parsing

 

Picard 2.1.3 released

Picard Team is proud to announce MusicBrainz Picard 2.1.3 is now officially released.

It includes a lot of bug fixes, and few improvements, but no major feature.

Thanks to all developers, translators, testers and users who contributed to this version, and especially Philip Wolfer (phw/outsidecontext).
Here is the complete changelog:

Bug

  • [PICARD-323] – Only the discid of the first disc in a release is written to tags
  • [PICARD-455] – Picard setting cover art height, width and depth to 0 for FLAC files –> breaks libFLAC
  • [PICARD-729] – Tracks get stuck at “[loading track information]” on Bad Gateway errors
  • [PICARD-938] – Need two left-arrow key presses to go from track with file to album
  • [PICARD-1178] – Images tagged with extra types that the user has chosen to ignore should not be shown as ‘modified’
  • [PICARD-1288] – Folskonomy tags / genre fallback on album artists tags not working
  • [PICARD-1422] – Windows: Uninstall 32 bit Picard before upgrade
  • [PICARD-1447] – When releasing a new version, appdata should also be updated
  • [PICARD-1460] – Windows installer does not detect running instance
  • [PICARD-1461] – Crash when running with Spanish language
  • [PICARD-1463] – Picard crashes on startup on Windows
  • [PICARD-1469] – Force close when adding songs to larger albums
  • [PICARD-1471] – Artist searches do not show begin and end area
  • [PICARD-1473] – AcoustId lookup fails if fingerprint already in tags
  • [PICARD-1474] – Windows installer shows outdated version string in file properties
  • [PICARD-1475] – Cover art sources do not support HTTPS
  • [PICARD-1476] – Filled up thread pool prevents metadata box updates
  • [PICARD-1478] – Changing MB server requires a restart
  • [PICARD-1480] – Search line input clear button icon is too small

Task

  • [PICARD-1459] – Remove OptionsPage.info method
  • [PICARD-1472] – macOS code signing on Travis CI fails for xcode7.3 image

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1242] – Consider the number of AcoustID sources for linked recordings
  • [PICARD-1457] – “Check for Update” should be in the Picard menu
  • [PICARD-1458] – “Check for Update” should have an ellipsis at the end
  • [PICARD-1470] – Make warning about Qt locale loading less prominent

As usual, packages will be available from Picard website and from GitHub release pages

Bugs can be reported on Picard bug tracker.

Picard 2.1 release

MusicBrainz Picard 2.1 is finally here. This version includes a lot of fixes and improvements over previous stable version (2.0.4). It is recommended to upgrade of course.

Most notably, it includes following changes:

  • support for MusicBrainz genres
  • new convenient script functions: $title and $delete
  • new command line option (-P, --no-plugins) allowing to skip plugin loading, which may help when a plugin is crashing Picard at start and to identify if an issue is due to a plugin or the main program
  • improve tags support, better compatibility with other applications, wider range of audio files supported
  • better stability and performance

I’d like to thank all developers, translators, testers and users who contributed to this version, kudos to Philip Wolfer (phw).

Binary packages from OSx and Windows are available from Picard Github releases page and from Picard website.

Here is the complete change log:

  • [PICARD-105] – Picard won’t load non-album tracks from fingerprints
  • [PICARD-421] – Releases in private collections are not shown as being in them
  • [PICARD-518] – Sliders without labels in “Options – Metadata – Preferred Releases”
  • [PICARD-637] – $matchedtracks is broken
  • [PICARD-875] – AIFF does not support any of the compatid3 tags
  • [PICARD-949] – Track can be placed in the incorrect spot on the release after using Scan
  • [PICARD-1013] – False file save error in specific circumstances
  • [PICARD-1060] – Collections menu not displayed correctly anymore
  • [PICARD-1112] – Cannot save tags that were previously deleted from file
  • [PICARD-1133] – Plugins list doesn’t load automatically after setting proxy
  • [PICARD-1162] – Solo vocals are tagged wrong
  • [PICARD-1219] – Picard creating empty ID3 TIPL / TMCL / IPLS frames
  • [PICARD-1245] – Set field “Grouping” doesn’t work as expected
  • [PICARD-1275] – After uninstalling a plugin Picard needs to be restarted for it to be reinstalled
  • [PICARD-1281] – Picard has wrong version string on macOS
  • [PICARD-1320] – Black text on a dark theme
  • [PICARD-1332] – Deleted tags for matched files stay deleted
  • [PICARD-1336] – MP4 reports “bpm” as unsupported tag
  • [PICARD-1339] – Removing unclustered files can be very slow
  • [PICARD-1340] – File info doesn’t display Mono / Stereo in Channels field anymore
  • [PICARD-1341] – Cluster track order misinterprets disc/track numbers
  • [PICARD-1346] – Move additional files fails if multiple patterns match
  • [PICARD-1348] – Keyboard shortcuts broken due to localization
  • [PICARD-1350] – Drag and drop on cover image box does not always work as expected
  • [PICARD-1355] – Setting or unsetting album for non-album tracks does not work
  • [PICARD-1359] – Crash with tagger integration when using DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials
  • [PICARD-1364] – picard.exe has no version tag
  • [PICARD-1368] – Info messages are not shown on logging level Info
  • [PICARD-1369] – Crash on Python 3.7.0 opening URLs
  • [PICARD-1370] – Windows installer to add “Quick Launch” icon no longer supported on Win10
  • [PICARD-1371] – Windows installer does not warn when installing on 32 bit system
  • [PICARD-1373] – Source distributions are unusable
  • [PICARD-1374] – Picard crashes while typing a regular expression in some cases
  • [PICARD-1375] – Metadata sanitation before move-script execution fails
  • [PICARD-1376] – Error saving Ape files with tag marked for deletion that does not exist
  • [PICARD-1381] – Test results depend on execution order of tests
  • [PICARD-1397] – Do not save tags marked as unsupported
  • [PICARD-1398] – Snap package is missing locale files
  • [PICARD-1405] – Pasting formatted text into scripting window shows formatting
  • [PICARD-1410] – Loading Vorbis file with invalid rating value fails
  • [PICARD-1412] – Deleting tag counts not as important metadata change
  • [PICARD-1414] – Image errors lead to crash in info dialog
  • [PICARD-1415] – Open Containing Folder and Open with MusicPlayer does nothing for UNC paths
  • [PICARD-1418] – Display localized default dialogs and keyboard shortcut hints
  • [PICARD-1420] – Can not save wma file. TypeError: sequence item 0
  • [PICARD-1428] – Removing tags which are only in original file metadata not possible
  • [PICARD-1430] – “Authentication required” dialog does not trigger authentication
  • [PICARD-1431] – Some ID3 frames gets deleted even if the corresponding tags are shown as unchanged
  • [PICARD-1434] – Tag acoustid_id can not be removed or deleted in script
  • [PICARD-1436] – Text extraction of “title” and “label” for translation.
  • [PICARD-1437] – After reload file is being shown as changed
  • [PICARD-1438] – Message box buttons Yes/No aren’t translated
  • [PICARD-1439] – Newline character in cover art naming script causes exception on saving

New Feature

  • [PICARD-490] – Allow tagging AAC/ADTS files with APEv2 tags
  • [PICARD-1043] – Support reading & writing iTunes Classical tags
  • [PICARD-1045] – Check for new version
  • [PICARD-1268] – Support concertmaster recording relationships as performer:concertmaster
  • [PICARD-1273] – Add an option to exclude new cover art type “Raw / Unedited”
  • [PICARD-1319] – Provide cover art metadata to cover image naming script
  • [PICARD-1344] – Add $delete function
  • [PICARD-1352] – Add a command-line option to skip plugin loading
  • [PICARD-1354] – Allow using vocals and instruments as credited
  • [PICARD-1367] – Allow opening searches in browser when using search dialogs
  • [PICARD-1384] – Add AppStream data
  • [PICARD-1386] – Add $title function
  • [PICARD-1395] – Support genres from MusicBrainz
  • [PICARD-1440] – Support loading and renaming Standard MIDI Files (SMF)

Task

  • [PICARD-1333] – Run CI tests agaist oldest supported mutagen
  • [PICARD-1347] – Refactor script.py to avoid code duplication
  • [PICARD-1365] – Allow building with PyQt 5.11 or later
  • [PICARD-1442] – Support new Audio Play secondary type

Sub-task

  • [PICARD-1407] – Save originalalbum / originalartist to ASF/WMA
  • [PICARD-1408] – Save originalalbum / originalartist to APE

Improvement

  • [PICARD-664] – When dragging a recording, show the actual file name instead of the path
  • [PICARD-792] – Package a start menu tile for Windows 10 on the windows version
  • [PICARD-1039] – Use forward delete instead of delete button on macOS
  • [PICARD-1049] – Picard should use TXXX:WORK rather than TXXX:Work
  • [PICARD-1068] – Picard should use MP4 ©wrk for Work rather than generic text field
  • [PICARD-1244] – Refresh list of plugins after uninstalling or installing a local plugin
  • [PICARD-1285] – There is no Close menu item in Picard 2.0 on macOS
  • [PICARD-1313] – Refactor plugin UI
  • [PICARD-1325] – Allow disabling new version update checking for packagers
  • [PICARD-1338] – Picard should be more resilient if it gets invalid responses from servers
  • [PICARD-1358] – Use macOS style widgets in the user interface of the macOS version of Picard
  • [PICARD-1363] – AcoustId submission for matched files is impossible when musicbrainz_recordingid is unset
  • [PICARD-1366] – Show Python version in about
  • [PICARD-1379] – Port astrcmp to new Python C Unicode API
  • [PICARD-1383] – Use MCN / barcode read from disc to improve DiscId lookup
  • [PICARD-1393] – Change the application ID
  • [PICARD-1416] – Should store ID3 Artists field as TXXX:ARTISTS not TXXX:Artists
  • [PICARD-1417] – Only show plugins with compatible API version
  • [PICARD-1424] – Translate AppStream data
  • [PICARD-1425] – Support all movement tags for APE, Vorbis and MP3
  • [PICARD-1426] – Map musicbrainz_originalalbumid and musicbrainz_originalartistid to MP4 and WMA
  • [PICARD-1443] – Sort secondary release types in UI alphabetically

Picard 2.0.1 released! (Windows and macOS users rejoice)

Note – There are no changes for Linux users, so they can safely skip this release if they want.

Given the massive feedback about the shortcomings of the Windows and macOS versions of Picard, we decided to do a minor release addressing some of the issues with our executables.

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

The change-log is as follows –

Bug-fix

  • [PICARD-1283] – Fingerprinting not working on macOS in Picard 2.0
  • [PICARD-1286] – Error creating SSL context on Windows

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1290] – Improve slow start up times by moving to a non single file exe
  • [PICARD-1291] – Use an installer for Picard 2.x windows exe

Basically, the Windows executable is now a proper installer and some missing SSL dependencies are bundled with it.

The macOS builds also include the missing AcoustID fingerprinting binary.

The startup time for both the Windows and macOS version has been improved as well.

Have fun tagging your files!

samj1912 signing off o/

 

Picard 2.0 released

Hey people, samj1912 here again o/

This time we are announcing the release of a new Picard!

Official MusicBrainz cross-platform music tagger Picard 2.0 is now out, containing many fixes and new features and much needed upgrades!

The last time we put out a major release was more than 6 years ago (Picard 1.0 in June of 2012), so this release comes with a major back-end update. If you’re in a hurry and just want to try it out, the downloads are available from the Picard website.

If you have been following our Picard related blogs, you will know that we switched up our dependencies a bit. Python should now be at least version 3.5, PyQt 5.7 or newer and Mutagen should be 1.37 or newer. A side effect of this dependency bump is that Picard should look better and in general feel more responsive.

A couple of things to note – with Picard 2.0, Picard Windows builds will be portable standalone binaries. Also, we will only be supporting 64-bit Windows officially because of lack of resources to build a 32-bit image. The macOS requirements were also bumped up for the same reasons, with macOS 10.10 being the lowest version that is supported.

As such, Picard 1.4.2 will be the last version that is supported for both Windows 32 and macOS 10.7-10.10. You can find it in the Picard downloads section as well.

You can find a detailed change-log on the Picard webiste.

The highlights of this update are –

  • Retina and Hi-DPI display support
  • Improved performance
  • UI improvements

We would like to thank all contributors, from all around the world, who helped for this release: Laurent Monin, Sophist, Wieland Hoffmann, Vishal Choudhary, Philipp Wolfer, Calvin Walton, David Mandelberg, Paul Roub, Yagyansh Bhatia, Shen-Ta Hsieh, Ville Skyttä, Yvan Rivierre and also all of our translators!

Be aware that downgrading from 2.0 to 1.4 may lead to configuration compatibility issues – ensure that you have saved your Picard configuration before using 2.0 if you intend to go back to 1.4.

Note:  If you are facing errors while tagging releases on Windows, do take a look at this FAQ about SSL errors.