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A utility to catalogue and play media.

Project description

A utility application to catalogue, sort, filter, and play media files on local disk. The catalogue can be imported using csv text, and it can be maintained by adding, editing, and deleting records.

In addition to flat lists of media, support is provided to group the media into ‘series’ in a shallow tree structure.

Installation

For Version 1.0 the only supported platform is Linux. It _should_ work with Mac, but I do not have a Mac available for verifying the port. The port to Windows is not possible at present (May 2013) because the Python-gi libraries are not available for that platform (it _may_ be possible to back-port to Python 2.7 and use PyGTK instead).

System Requirements:

  • Python 3
  • Gtk
  • Python Gtk+ introspection bindings 3.4.2
  • lxml >3.0 (and supporting libraries)

Installation (Linux):

  1. Unzip the tar.gz somewhere.

  2. In a console window navigate to the UXBgtk-0.9 directory and run the following command as root (on Ubuntu/Debian use sudo):

    [sudo] python3 setup.py install

  3. On Ubuntu a desktop launcher is installed, which you should be able to find in the Dash and drag to the launcher bar.

Design Notes and Plans

MediaList allows storage of data in two formats, a Python ‘pickle’ file, or an xml file. The pickle has some advantages for a large datadase, but the xml version makes it easier to transport data between other packages and manually edit the data when required.

Rather than use Python’s own sax and dom parsers, the xml implementation is based on element trees, using lxml.

The playing of the media is delegated to VLC Media Player, which, of course, is assumed to be installed. A future version of MediaList may be able to choose the media player to use.

A simple import from csv text is available to facilitate creating a new file. Future versions may enable importing to add to an existing database, possibly by using csv, but also possibly by extending the xml facilities.

Author:

Bob Bowles <bobjohnbowles@gmail.com>

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