February 19, 2007

Campcaster 1.2.0 Released

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Campware is pleased to release version 1.2 "Kotor" of its Campcaster radio broadcasting application. It is available for download here. If you are an Ubuntu user, see the Ubuntu-specific installation instructions. Lots of useful information about setting up and using Campcaster can be found on our wiki.  If you are already using Campcaster on a two-computer setup, please read this note.

*** What's New in Campcaster 1.2 ***
It has been only two short months since the 1.1.0 release, but there are plenty of improvements to be happy about:

  1. Radio Data System(RDS) support added: RDS messages are displayed on radio receivers which display the name of the station and the name of the song that is currently being played. You will need RDS hardware in your radio station to take advantage of this feature.
  2. Sneaker-net support: you can now easily make a copy of your audio content to removable media in order to physically transport it to its destination or simply keep it as a backup. This is useful when you have a large amount of data to share with affliate stations or when you have little or no Internet connectivity.
  3. The Live Mode audio player has been improved so that reshuffling your playlists around is less likely to create any pause before playing them.
  4. Importing of audio has been seriously improved:
    1. Importing via the command line is now faster and has the option to "link" to your audio files. The previous version of Campcaster required making a copy of each file you imported, which resulted in doubling the disk space needed to store your files.
    2. Duplicate audio files are now detected and not imported.
    3. Importing via the command line and the Web now reads the "comments" and "genre" audio tags properly.
  5. Campcaster Web search is now faster and the results show the album name and track number.
  6. Campcaster Web "Help" menu has been expanded with a link to the online manual and the Campcaster homepage.
Of course a number of bugs were fixed as well, click "read more" to see those.

Are you using Campcaster? If so, please let us know by dropping us an email at:
contact@campware.org. We will feature you on our "Who's Using Campcaster" page.

*** Bug Fixes ***

  1. Campcaster Web - A bug was fixed in the "browse" interface where choosing something in the third category did not refine the search.
  2. Campcaster Web - When scheduling a new playlist, "Snap to Next" did not always work properly; this has been fixed.
  3. Campcaster Web - In the Search screen, clicking "reset criteria" did not redo the search.
  4. Campcaster Web - In the Search screen, the selected "operator" in use was not shown correctly; this has been fixed.
  5. Fixed a bug in the Network Hub where if you tried to cancel an upload to the network hub, it wouldnt work.
  6. During installation, there are no longer any problems if the database has already been installed. This will be detected properly and handled appropriately.
  7. There are now much better informational messages during installation.

*** What is Campcaster? ***
Campcaster is an open source radio management application for use by both small and large radio stations (yes, real radio stations, not internet radio) to schedule radio shows. It provides both live studio broadcast capabilities via a desktop application called Campcaster Studio as well as remote automation via the Campcaster Web interface. Campcaster has networking components that make it easy for affliated stations to share their content with each other, either via the Internet or by exporting content to removable media for ground transport. This latter method is necessary in places where there may be little or no Internet connectivity. Campcaster is extendible via its XMLRPC interface which allows other programs to interface with the audio storage and scheduler. Campcaster runs only on Linux.

Press contact: Doug Arellanes at contact@campware.org

Campcaster is brought to you by Campware, an initiative of the Media
Development Loan Fund, Inc. MDLF is a New York-registered 501(c)3
public charity providing support to independent news media in emerging
democracies. Campware is dedicated to develop, distribute, support and
implement useful tools for independent news media in emerging
democracies. All Campware software is released as open source and under
the GNU General Public License.

Comments

miguel
Posted 2007-03-15 14:49:50 by elsemanal
opinion
Linux
Posted 2007-05-16 22:39:47 by sujanski@aol.com
Hallo, why only Linux end not XP? Thanks (Campcaster runs only on Linux).
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