Official MusicBrainz cross-platform music tagger Picard 1.4.2 is now out.
This is mainly a bugfix release, the only notable improvement is related to TOPE/TOAL tags.
Users can get Windows and MacOSx packages from Picard website downloads section.
- [PICARD-1053] – Picard does not stop analyzer while moving
- [PICARD-1055] – picard hangs with: RuntimeError: maximum recursion depth exceeded in cmp
- [PICARD-1070] – The “Convert Unicode punctuation characters to ASCII” function only works in certain tags
- [PICARD-1077] – ID3v2.4 text encoding settings are not saved correctly
- [PICARD-969] – Search dialog webservices get queued behind matched album requests
- [PICARD-1034] – Picard not seeing TOPE and TOAL
Official MusicBrainz cross-platform music tagger Picard 1.4.1 is now out, it contains few fixes and enhancements, plus few extra features that didn’t make it to 1.4.
As usual you can get Windows and MacOSx packages from Picard website downloads section.
Most notable changes are the fix of a regression concerning drag-n-drop on MacOSx and improved cover art box, with better visual feedback about changes in cover art images.
Thanks to all contributors who helped on this release: Antonio Larrosa, Frederik “Freso” S. Olesen, Laurent Monin, Lukáš Lalinský, Sambhav Kothari, Sophist, tungol, Ville Skyttä, Wieland Hoffmann.
And to all of our translators!
To report any issue about this release, please use our bug tracker. As usual you can also get help on the forum or on IRC (freenode, #musicbrainz).
We’ll now focus on 2.0, which will be mostly a port of 1.4.x to Python 3 and Qt5.
It will open the way to UI improvements, and improved overall performance.
- [PICARD-953] – Album shown matched even if extra unmatched files
- [PICARD-972] – Removing album with saves pending does not remove pending saves
- [PICARD-973] – Pending log messages not flushed to stderr on quit
- [PICARD-988] – Drag & Drop not working
- [PICARD-990] – Picard violating ID3 standard for TXXX frames
- [PICARD-996] – Disabling the cover art box and enabling it again doesn’t bring it back
- [PICARD-998] – Disabling the action toolbar sometimes doesn’t work
- [PICARD-1005] – If a cluster is moved to the album side of the main window it gets moved to unmatched files
- [PICARD-1006] – Drag and drop for cover arts doesnt work on OSX
- [PICARD-1010] – Unsetting View/Cover Art doesn’t work permanently
- [PICARD-1011] – Toolbar tab order incorrect after PICARD-908
- [PICARD-1014] – Number of images in release info is calculated incorrectly
- [PICARD-1015] – Artwork tab of the Track Info DIalog doesn’t show changes anymore
- [PICARD-1018] – CoverArtBox doesn’t show new/removed images after unmatched files are added/removed to the album
- [PICARD-1023] – Directory persistence for Add Directory needs tweaking
- [PICARD-1029] – Fix ~artists_sort metadata variable
- [PICARD-1042] – Missing import for PICARD_APP_NAME
- [PICARD-258] – Visual feedback for changes to artwork in before-after pane.
- [PICARD-1000] – Implement artwork diff for albums
- [PICARD-943] – Remove monkey patching of file write methods in picard formats
- [PICARD-1041] – Replace Ok button text by Make It So! in Options dialog
- [PICARD-223] – Remove should work when Unmatched Files is selected
- [PICARD-666] – Drop MP3 tagging support
- [PICARD-951] – Always use HTTPS for musicbrainz.org
- [PICARD-952] – Use Cover Art Archive over HTTPS
- [PICARD-961] – Mention AcoustID on Scan button too
- [PICARD-980] – Drag&drop cover art doesn’t work for images from amazon/google images/https links
- [PICARD-1012] – Buttons on the “User Interface” and “Scripting” pages are smaller than buttons in other places
- [PICARD-1016] – Multiple images in related tracks confusing
- [PICARD-1021] – Picard loads all pending files before quitting
- [PICARD-1024] – Allow specifying a configuration file path
- [PICARD-1030] – Allow to add/replace cover art images and keep existing cover art
Official MusicBrainz cross-platform music tagger Picard 1.4 is now out, containing many fixes and new features!
The last time we put out a stable release was more than 2 years ago, so a lot of changes have made it into this new release. If you’re in a hurry and just want to try it out, the downloads are available from the Picard website.
2 years is a long time for software, and Picard has been the subject of a couple of Google Summer of Code projects and plenty of developments required by changes in dependencies and the MusicBrainz project itself. Overall, the changes would be too numerous to list. If you’re curious to read it all, a complete list of changes can be seen on the website. Here are at least a few of the highlights: Continue reading
Starting with this release, PostgreSQL 9.5 is now our minimum supported version. In order to import any future data sets, you will need to upgrade your installation to version 9.5.
Due to unforeseen problems with the Live Data Feed (AKA replication), users with slave databases will be required to first import a fresh data dump into their new 9.5 installation. We apologize that this is the case, but even had this stream not been broken, doing a clean import is faster and easier than doing the migration. For details on what happened during this rather lengthy schema change release, stay tuned for a post mortem blog post that covers the details.
If you have a non-replicated standalone database, you can use pg_upgrade and run ./upgrade.sh directly, but for simplicity we strongly recommend importing the latest data dump. Thus, we will only provide instructions for a clean import:
- Make sure you have PostgreSQL 9.5 installed, and your database settings in lib/DBDefs.pm are updated to point to the 9.5 installation if you currently have an older version of postgres running. If you already have postgres 9.5 and want to replace the existing database there, you’ll need to drop it first (using dropdb or from within psql). Be careful that you’re not dropping any important data if this is a standalone database that you’ve made changes to.
- Take down the web server running MusicBrainz, if you’re running a web server.
- Turn off cron jobs if you are automatically updating the database via cron jobs.
- Switch to the new code with
git fetch origin followed by
git checkout v-2016-05-23-schema-change-v2
cpanm --installdeps --notest . to ensure your perl-based dependencies are up to date. Note the dot at the end.
DB_SCHEMA_SEQUENCE to 23 in
- Download the latest data dumps. If you don’t need historical edit data, excluding the edit dump will speed up your import significantly.
- Initialize a new database from the data dumps downloaded in step 7. Detailed instructions for doing this are located in INSTALL.md in the musicbrainz-server repository; if your data dumps are in /tmp, the command should simply be something like
./admin/InitDb.pl --createdb --import /tmp/mbdump*.tar.bz2.
- After the import has finished, turn cron jobs back on, if applicable.
- Restart the MusicBrainz web server, as well as memcached, if applicable.
We would like to thank bitmap, Gentlecat, zas, chirlu, reosarevok, gcilou for contributing directly to the release and we’d also like to thank all of the people who helped test, debug or otherwise offer support in this quite difficult release. Thank you!
And finally, here’s the list of changes you can expect in the upgrade:
- [MBS-6406] – Admins can’t change email addresses
- [MBS-8288] – Missing indexes for inverse lookup on *_gid_redirect tables
- [MBS-8669] – Primary key for place table missing on old slaves
- [MBS-8906] – Release pages ISE if CB doesn’t return JSON from its API for whatever reason
- [MBS-8928] – If you submit the release editor without being logged in, it displays “[object Object]” as an error mesage
- [MBS-8943] – Some pages do not respect DB_READ_ONLY setting
- [MBS-1873] – Fix vote tallies for edits
- [MBS-3887] – Duplicate artist and label names not being checked against alias
- [MBS-8287] – Log deleted entities that were in a subscribed collection
- [MBS-8433] – Work attributes don’t have a uuid
- [MBS-8716] – Store the edit data in a JSONB column
- [MBS-8717] – Move the edit data to a separate table
- [MBS-8838] – Add gids to all *_type* tables
- [MBS-8873] – Convert and unify artist credit editors to React
- [MBS-8909] – Add logos to IMDb and VGMdb links in the sidebar
- [MBS-8939] – Update the Instagram logo used in the sidebar
- [MBS-8940] – Let banner message editors dismiss the banner only temporarily
- [MBS-8656] – Bring edit table indexes back into sync
- [MBS-8719] – Stop materializing of edit and vote counts
- [MBS-8720] – Add a materialized view of edit note recipients
- [MBS-8727] – Prevent duplicate votes
- [MBS-8800] – Create the earthdistance extension and add a geodetic index for place coordinates
- [MBS-8804] – Add BRIN indexes for timestamp columns
- [MBS-8897] – add new entity icons
- [MBS-8938] – Schema changes to support alternative tracklists
Our next schema change version will be released on Monday, 18 May, 2015 around 10am PDT/1pm EDT/17:00 UTC/18:00 BST/19:00 CEST. We expect that MusicBrainz will be unavailable for 15 – 30 minutes during this time. We will put up the downtime notification on the site and tweet from @musicbrainz right before the release.
Since we’re total slackers, we still haven’t set up our backup database server since it suffered a hardware failure. This means that we won’t be able to put the site into read-only mode and will require us to do a full downtime. Hopefully for our next schema change we’ll have tackled our backlog of sysadmin duties and will have a backup DB server to make the release easier.
Sorry for any trouble this may cause you.
P.S. Look for another blog post on Sunday for details on where to get your access tokens for the Live Data Feed.
Picard 1.3.2 is now available on the Picard download page. This again is only a small maintenance release which mainly updates the OS X build to fix crashes some users experienced with Picard 1.3.1. Here is the complete list of fixes:
- [PICARD-681] Fixed tags from filename dialog not opening on new installations
- [PICARD-682] Picard 1.3.1 crashes on OSX on start
For Ubuntu users we have also finally updated our stable PPA.
This is a maintenance release, mostly bug fixes. All users are encouraged to upgrade.
Binary packages are available at http://picard.musicbrainz.org/downloads/
- [PICARD-273] – Picard should use the correct Accept header when talking to web services.
- [PICARD-589] – Picard refuses to load files if any path component happens to be hidden
- [PICARD-642] – ConfigUpgradeError: Error during config upgrade from version 0.0.0dev0 to 1.0.0final0
- [PICARD-649] – Windows installer sets working directory to %PROGRAMFILES%\MusicBrainz Picard\locale
- [PICARD-655] – Last.fm plus tooltip help elements are all messed up
- [PICARD-661] – Regression: Tagger script for cover art filename does not work anymore
- [PICARD-662] – Retrieving collections causes AttributeError: release_list
- [PICARD-663] – Artist name makes it impossible to save
- [PICARD-658] – Support the new pregap and data tracks
- [PICARD-659] – Set the originalyear tag when loading a release
- [PICARD-665] – Web service calls to ports 80 and 443 do not need explicit port specification. 443 should be automatically made https.