Picard 2.6 Beta 2

The Picard team is happy to announce that Picard 2.6 Beta 2 is now available. This is a pre-release to gather feedback on the changes before the final 2.6 release.

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

If you wonder why this is beta 2 and there was no announcement of beta 1: We had prepared beta 1 for release last week. But then AcoustID got into serious technical trouble. Asking for wider testing of a new Picard release when such an important service was unavailable seemed not a good option, so we decided to delay the announcement. But since AcoustID has now recovered we are now ready for testing the beta version, and we even could get some improvements in over last week’s beta.

Download

Picard 2.6 Beta 2 can be downloaded from Picard website Downloads section.

For macOS users there are now two separate builds available. If you are using macOS Mojave 10.14 or later, including macOS 11.0 Big Sure, please use the download for macOS 10.14+. If you are still on macOS Sierra 10.12 or macOS High Sierra 10.13 you should use the download for 10.12+ instead.

Functionality wise both are the same, but the 10.14+ build uses newer versions of Qt5 and Python and is hence recommended, but won’t run on macOS before 10.14.

Linux users might want to install the beta version using Snap. If your Linux distribution supports Snap you can install Picard from the beta channel using:

snap install --beta picard

Please report any issue through our bug tracker and give us feedback on this beta release on the Community Forums.

What’s new?

This release fixes Picard becoming unresponsive on some systems, especially when editing or adding tags to multiple selected items. This issue has been around since Picard 2.0 and we are happy to have it now fixed.

Apart of that there are also several new features and improvements, such as support for original release date per track, support for a new “director” tag, WebP support for cover art images, improvements to the script editor and the script documentation and more.

Below is a complete list of changes since Picard 2.5.6.

Bugfixes

  • [PICARD-1528] – “Search for similar albums” causes crashes if the selection includes clusters and files
  • [PICARD-1689] – Freezes when adding tags to large album
  • [PICARD-1747] – macOS: Tearing when scrolling list of plugins
  • [PICARD-1926] – “Show changes first” in tag preview window leads to freeze
  • [PICARD-2088] – Picard hangs when adding new tag to multiple tracks in an album
  • [PICARD-2091] – Loading images from cover art via drag and drop from browser only loads PNG and JPEG images
  • [PICARD-2097] – Crash with zh_CN locale
  • [PICARD-2113] – Script can change title of “Unclustered files” special cluster
  • [PICARD-2127] – “Lookup in browser” in metadata box does not pass tagger port
  • [PICARD-2131] – Tagger button reacts slow in Firefox

New Features

  • [PICARD-204] – Support for track-level original release date
  • [PICARD-1998] – Add “director” (for videos) tag
  • [PICARD-2089] – Support WebP images for cover art
  • [PICARD-2124] – Add MB release annotation field as %_releaseannotation% variable

Tasks

  • [PICARD-715] – Chrome to block browser access to localhost
  • [PICARD-1950] – Fix macOS builds with PyQt > 5.13.2

Improvements

  • [PICARD-2084] – Use TLS for AcoustID web service requests
  • [PICARD-2090] – Reenable TIFF support for cover art images
  • [PICARD-2092] – Improve script editor function/variable auto completion
  • [PICARD-2105] – Improve script function popup descriptions
  • [PICARD-2110] – Add %originaldate% and %originalyear% to file naming examples
  • [PICARD-2114] – Show disambiguation comment in CD Lookup popup window
  • [PICARD-2125] – Enable CAA Release Group cover art provider by default
  • [PICARD-2126] – Allow cross origin access to browser integration
  • [PICARD-2130] – Restructure cover art options to make them easier to understand

Helping out

The easiest way to help us getting a great Picard 2.6 release is using and testing this beta release. Please report bugs on the Picard issue tracker and provide feedback in the community forums.

Please also help translate Picard. There have been changes to the user interface and inline scripting documentation and existing translations need to be updated for the final 2.6 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, and “picard_installer”, which contains the translations for Picard’s Windows installer.

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 2.5.6 released

Picard 2.5.6 is a maintenance release. This fixes issues with the context menu of the metadata view and long standing problems with the app signature on macOS Sierra and High Sierra.

The latest release is available for download on the Picard download page.

Bugfixes

  • [PICARD-1943] – App does not start on macOS 10.12 / 10.13, Gatekeeper reports it as damaged
  • [PICARD-2074] – Crash when trying to add new tags
  • [PICARD-2083] – Snap version: path to fpcalc gets invalid after update
  • [PICARD-2087] – Adding new tags crashes Picard with Qt < 5.10

Picard 2.5.2 released

Picard 2.5.2 is a maintenance release, fixing some bugs and providing minor improvements to the recent 2.5.1 release. Thanks a lot to everyone who gave feedback and reported issues.

The latest release is available for download on the Picard download page.

What’s new?

Bug

  • [PICARD-1948] – ScaleFactorRoundPolicy breaks text rendering on Linux
  • [PICARD-1991] – Case-only changes to file names are not applied on case insensitive file systems on Linux
  • [PICARD-1992] – Case-only changes to file names are not applied on FAT32 and exFAT file systems on Windows 10
  • [PICARD-2001] – Directory drag & drop from file browser to cluster area broken
  • [PICARD-2004] – Metadata changes loaded asynchronously by plugins are reset if file gets matched to track
  • [PICARD-2005] – Modified fields are sometimes not correctly marked as changed when multiple files are selected
  • [PICARD-2006] – “Local files” cover provider does not detect cover files for files already present at release loading time
  • [PICARD-2012] – Loaded files not shown in UI if release MBID is a redirect
  • [PICARD-2014] – Config upgrade from Picard < 1.3.0 to version 2.4 or later fails

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1828] – Allow assigning cover art to multiple selected files
  • [PICARD-1999] – Provide binary distributions for Windows and macOS on PyPI
  • [PICARD-2007] – Disable analyze / audio fingerprinting for MIDI files

The complete list of changes of this and previous releases is available in the changelog. You can also discuss new features or usage on our forums.

Picard 2.5.1 released

Picard 2.5.1 is a maintenance release, fixing some bugs and providing minor improvements to the recent 2.5 release. Thanks a lot to everyone who gave feedback and reported issues.

The latest release is available for download on the Picard download page.

What’s new?

Bugfixes

  • [PICARD-1987] – Special variables %_multiartist%, %_pregap%, %_datatrack% and %_totalalbumtracks% missing after files got matched to a track
  • [PICARD-1988] – Aborts if directory scan finds a directory which cannot be read
  • [PICARD-1989] – Auto-sizing does not work right on first column
  • [PICARD-1990] – Case-only changes to file names are not applied on Windows if running with Python >= 3.8

Improvements

  • [PICARD-1985] – Support chorus master recording relationships as “performer:chorus master” instead of second conductor
  • [PICARD-1995] – Add command line parameter –no-player to disable media player
  • [PICARD-1997] – Reduce performance impact of fingerprint status column

The complete list of changes of this and previous releases is available in the changelog. You can also discuss new features or usage on our forums.

Picard 2.5 release

Picard 2.5 is now available.

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

What’s new?

This release contains few fixes and improvements over previous beta version. A complete list of changes since the beta release is available below.
New packages can be downloaded from Picard website Downloads section.

As usual, please report any issue through our bug tracker.

Bug

  • [PICARD-214] – Take case insensitive filesystems into account when renaming files
  • [PICARD-1972] – Times missing in bottom panel
  • [PICARD-1973] – Multi-value tags getting flattened when files get matched to tracks
  • [PICARD-1974] – Picard crashes when using the same tag name more than once in “Tags from File Names…”
  • [PICARD-1975] – Tags from file names does not properly set hidden tags
  • [PICARD-1976] – Cover art providers do not handle URLs with query arguments correctly
  • [PICARD-1979] – Comment tag in MP4 not saved correctly
  • [PICARD-1982] – Coverart not saving properly

Improvement

  • [PICARD-1978] – Add keyboard shortcut for Tags From Filenames and allow to place it in toolbar

The whole Picard team would like to thank everyone involved in this project, whether they are developpers, users, translators, documentation contributors.

Since some time the whole Picard documentation is better than ever, thanks, mainly, to the fantastic job rdswift did. With the help of the community we should be able to provide translations for this documentation in upcoming future (tests were done recently). If you want to help, read Contributing page.

You can also discuss new features or usage on our forums.

Picard 2.5 Beta 1

Picard 2.5 Beta 1 is now available. This is a pre-release to gather final feedback on the changes before the final 2.5 release.

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

What’s new?

This release fixes some possible crashes, makes Picard able to run on the new macOS 11, provides several small UI improvements, allows using file tags and variables in tagger script, and more. See below for a full list of changes.

Bugfixes

  • [PICARD-1858] – MusicBrainz Picard does not respond on macOS 11 Big Sur Beta
  • [PICARD-1882] – Scripting text not well readable with dark theme on KDE
  • [PICARD-1888] – Returning tracks to cluster uses matched release rather than what’s in the files
  • [PICARD-1932] – Failed AcoustID submission shows as successful
  • [PICARD-1939] – Crash when “Remove” button is hit without picking a file first
  • [PICARD-1941] – Unchanged multi-value tags on tracks show up as changed
  • [PICARD-1954] – Right-clicking on album with “could not load album” message crashes
  • [PICARD-1956] – It is possible to have the same file multiple times inside the same cluster
  • [PICARD-1961] – Capitalization for non-standardized instruments
  • [PICARD-1963] – Possible stack overflow when loading files
  • [PICARD-1964] – Scripting documentation does not support RTL languages
  • [PICARD-1969] – Browser integration port changes without saving options
  • [PICARD-1971] – Tags from file names dialog does not restore window size

New Features

  • [PICARD-259] – Make file-specific variables and metadata available to tagger script
  • [PICARD-534] – Support SOCKS proxy
  • [PICARD-1908] – Allow loading release group URLs / MBIDs
  • [PICARD-1942] – Display tracklist in Info dialog for loaded releases
  • [PICARD-1946] – Map “vocal arranger” rel to arranger tag

Improvements

  • [PICARD-1390] – Apply a network timeout to avoid network requests hanging indefinitely
  • [PICARD-1782] – Allow locking table headers to prevent accidental resorting
  • [PICARD-1879] – When dragging tracks onto a release add those tracks sequentially
  • [PICARD-1906] – Clarify uninstall message in Windows installer
  • [PICARD-1936] – Rename the “Whitelist” cover art provider to “Allowed Cover Art URLs”
  • [PICARD-1937] – Add context menu entry to cover art box to browse for local file
  • [PICARD-1938] – Add context menu option to load files / folders from file browser
  • [PICARD-1951] – Avoid complete hiding of metadata box or file panes
  • [PICARD-1952] – Allow using native Qt styles on Linux
  • [PICARD-1955] – Use built-in search by default for new installs
  • [PICARD-1957] – Load files in file browser on double click
  • [PICARD-1958] – macOS: Offer link to Applications folder in disk image
  • [PICARD-1959] – In disc ID dialog rename “Lookup in Browser” to “Submit disc ID”
  • [PICARD-1960] – Allow adding new items in list editor views using Insert key
  • [PICARD-1965] – Allow opening fingerprinting options in AcoustID missing API key dialog

Tasks

Download

Picard 2.5 beta 1 is available for download from the download page.

Helping out

The easiest way to help us getting a great Picard 2.5 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 2.4.4 released

This is another bugfix release for the 2.4 release series of Picard, fixing a couple of issues discovered since Picard 2.4.2 and updating the Spanish and Hebrew translations.

Due to a last minute fix we had both a 2.4.3 and 2.4.4 release today, below is the combined list of changes:

Bugfixes

  • PICARD-1916 – Picard crashes on older releases of macOS due to theming exception
  • PICARD-1918 – Saving files fails if there is no front image and “Save only one front image as separate file” is enabled
  • PICARD-1921 – Windows 10: With dark theme inactive checkboxes cannot be distinguished from active ones
  • PICARD-1928 – After clustering fingerprint icon disappears
  • PICARD-1931 – Regression: “Unmatched Files” do not appear when release was deleted from MB

Improvements

Download

Picard 2.4 is available for download from the download page. For Windows 10 users installing from the Windows Store an update will come automatically as soon as the new release has been approved by Microsoft.

Thanks a lot to all contributors who made this release possible.

Picard 2.4 released

The Picard team is happy to announce that version 2.4 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 releases brings significant performance improvements, improved documentation, new features and many bugfixes.

What’s new?

Better performance and responsiveness

Picard 2.4 features heavily improved performance and responsiveness of the user interface when loading or saving a large amount of files.

Improved online documentation

There is a completely new User Guide for MusicBrainz Picard, which replaces the documentation previously available on the Picard website. This documentation is much more complete and easier to update and maintain.

We are also looking for contributors who help to improve the documentation. If you have some ideas for improvements have a look at the Picard Docs project on GitHub.

Support for tagging WAVE and DSDIFF

Picard now finally supports writing tags to WAVE files. This was previously not possible, as there is lack of a proper standard to tagging WAVE files. Now Picard will allow you to write ID3v2 tags to WAVE files. As this is not supported by all players and tagging tools, Picard can optionally fall back to writing RIFF INFO tags to the files. Just be aware that RIFF INFO is very limited in regards to tags available and support for non latin character sets.

As a new file format Picard now supports DSDIFF (also known by their file extension as DFF) files. These can be loaded and saved using ID3v2. Similar to WAVE there is no standard way for tagging DSDIFF files, but many playback tools which support DSDIFF also support the ID3v2 tags.

Script auto completion and inline documentation

The script editors in the options dialogue (both for file naming and metadata scripts) now support auto completion for function and variable names. In addition there is a new script documentation dialogue, which shows the documentation for all scripting functions without the need to open the online documentation in your browser.

Dark mode support for Windows 10

On Windows 10 Picard now respects your settings for the Windows dark mode. If enabled, Picard will use a dark color theme and optimized syntax highlighting. This work also allows us to further improve Picard for dark themes on other platforms in the future.

Updated translations

With this release a lot of translatable text has been added to Picard, and many translations have been updated.

But not all translations are completed and we always need help maintaining the translations for Picard. Translating is easy and can be done online: Head over to MusicBrainz’s translation page on Transifex and click on “Help Translate MusicBrainz”. Any changes to the translations will be included in the next release.

More changes and bugfixes

Picard 2.4 has many more improvements and fixes. See the full changelog for details on all changes since the last stable Picard 2.3.2.

Download

Picard 2.4 is available for download from the download page. For Windows 10 users installing from the Windows Store an update will come automatically as soon as the new release has been approved by Microsoft.

Acknowledgements

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

Special thanks go to Gabriel Ferreira for his excellent work in profiling and improving Picard performance and to Bob Swift, who completely overhauled Picard’s documentation, making it much more complete then it ever has been, and to all the translators who updated their language translations on Transifex.

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.