Monthly Archives: July 2018

Picard 2.0.2 released! Signed macOS builds

This is a minor release that fixes some crashes due to logging events and compatibility issues on Macs running on dual-core processors.

I would like to extend a word of thanks to Francois Ferrand and Ryan McKern, following whose advice, bitmap was able to successfully fix our macOS packaging and code-signing issues, details of which can be found in our recent CFH blog.

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

The change-log is as follows –

Sub-task

Task

Bug

  • [PICARD-342] – Picard is not properly signed for Mac OS X Gatekeeper
  • [PICARD-1212] – Picard 2.0.0dev4 crashing at startup
  • [PICARD-1300] – Picard crashes when logging lots of events

samj1912 out o/

Call for help: Picard 2.0 macOS packaging

Hello everyone,

As you might know, we recently released Picard 2.0 stable. One of the major problems with the macOS version of the same is that is very unreliable. It works perfectly on some systems and doesn’t on others with the same macOS version. See PICARD-1212 for example.

Another major problem we are facing is code-signing Picard 2.0. In order to ensure that our macOS users have a seamless experience, we paid for an Apple dev account, but we are unable to code-sign Picard.  See PICARD-1296

If you have experience with either and are willing to help, please email us at – support@metabrainz.org or join us on irc at #metabrainz (freenode).

 

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.