Making graphs is easy. Making intuitive, easy-to-understand graphs? It’s harder than most people think. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, the ISTE-260 (Designing the User Experience) course teaches the language of design to IT students. For an introductory exercise in the class, students are tasked to visualize any set of data they desire. Students David Kim, Jathan Anandham, Justin W. Flory, and Scott Tinker used the MusicBrainz database to look at how five different Queen songs went mainstream in different ways.
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 –
- [PICARD-1283] – Fingerprinting not working on macOS in Picard 2.0
- [PICARD-1286] – Error creating SSL context on Windows
- [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!
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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.