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    Portada - An album art screensaver

    Something I always wanted, having seen it on a friend's Macbook, was an album art screensaver. I couldn't find a single one for Ubuntu, so I decided to create one.

    Portada is Spanish for 'front cover', and this screensaver pulls album art from your Banshee cache and displays it as animated tiles - so you will need to use Banshee as your default music player (hey, it's the best one!).

    A couple of gotchas:
    • You will need a working graphics driver as it's built with Clutter.
    • Does not run well on very old machines.
    • Best suited to higher resolution, 16:9 displays. It should work on nearly any resolution and most normal aspect ratios - tested on 16:9, 16:10 and 4:3.
    • Not actually set up as a screensaver yet - the program is available as a .py executable. Turning it into a proper screensaver is in progress.
    • You will need python-clutter installed. Look in Synaptic.


    Please, all you lovely people, test this for me!

    http://launchpad.net/portada
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    Re: Portada - An album art screensaver

    Wow what timing. I haven't looked for an album art screensaver for linux in about 3 years. I randomly check today and find your script the day you put it online. Made me very happy.

    I have no problems with running it. I installed python-clutter and everything acted as expected. I haven't looked into it much, but do you know a way to make this a screensaver? Someway to tell ubuntu to run python porada.py after X minutes idle time?

    Thanks again.

    joe

    Edit: Just saw on your launchpad page your plan to implement this as a screen saver.
    Last edited by skajoeska; April 21st, 2011 at 05:16 AM. Reason: You are already planning on adding the feature

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    Re: Portada - An album art screensaver

    I'm actually having trouble implementing this into Gnome-Screensaver - can't see a way to do it. I'll look into Xscreensaver, and if that doesn't work it'll just have to be a standalone.
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    Re: Portada - An album art screensaver

    Yeah I couldn't see anyway of using gnome-screensaver. In the man pages of xscreensaver there is a section that describes how to run an external script or command when the screensaver is activated after a certain idle time by using the "watch" argument. You can specify the idle time in the xscreensaver preferences. It seems like the best option, but I don't know much.

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    Re: Portada - An album art screensaver

    I think I'll just work externally for now - it gives me the option to continue working on a rather sexy settings menu. Attached is what I have so far.
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    Cool!

    It's Cool, I Like It Nice Work!
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    Re: Cool!

    Could you guys post some screenshots of how it looks for you? Just wondering how it looks at different resolutions and things.
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    Smile Re: Portada - An album art screensaver

    Hey looks pretty good on my netbook! I'd like to see this in xscreensaver... stretching effects would be nice.

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