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The newly added section might be a bit cryptic to som users. In

'If you find that most of your music is recognised by Amarok, but some folders are not properly picked up, 'touch' those folders, and the next scan will index them.',

I would suggest that the last two subparagraphs (from 'touch') are replaced by something like

open a console and type touch folder where folder is the path to the folder, and then restart Amarok.

(or whatever it takes to force a rescan). Is that too much detail? --Claus chr 18 September 2009

fair comment. I was in a hurry to get the information down before going to a meeting, and afraid that I'd forget to do it if I left it until later. I'm not sure whether restarting Amarok is the best advice, so I've put in a compromise statement :-) Feel free to alter it if you know Amarok better than I do. --annew 16:18, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I was just guessing. It turns out You are right, though. There is an option in the settings dialog to rescan the collection. I added a line to explain that. --Claus chr 20 September 2009

I don't understand the recently added comment in the Device Support section. I can't find any "Toggle Unified View Mode". Is this relevant to the current release serien of Amarok? If it is, I think this comment should be elaborated a bit. --Claus chr 10 November 2009

The button is in the left panel at the top. I will try to make the article clearer. --Nightrose 15:39, 11 November 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying this. I still can't find it in my Amarok which i v. 2.1.1, but I think I found it in the screenshots. I guess this button is a recent addition to the interface. --Claus chr 11 November 2009

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mp4 and mka files817:31, 18 May 2012
Configurable Playlist View119:36, 26 August 2010
The left pane119:35, 26 August 2010

mp4 and mka files

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Last edit: 14:34, 18 May 2012

I think some words about mp4 and mka files should be added to the Hints, Tips and FAQs section. Currently Amarok will refuse to play mp4 and mka files due to mime types issue (I discussed this topic all the day on IRC in #amarok and #kde-multimedia), there is also bug #267319 open about that. A quick workaround is known: rename mp4 files (with audio only inside) to m4a and mka to mkv. There might be more file types with this problem I'm not aware of. If you are ok I will edit the page to add this.

EDIT 1: I forgot to say this depends also on the phonon backend you are using. For example using the VLC backend solve this problem (but other may show up, like play an mp4 with video contenet but this is off topic). Actually on linux the gstreamer backend (the most used one I think) shows this problem.

Enrico Tagliavini07:37, 18 May 2012

That sounds like very useful information. Please do add it to the page. Don;t forget to check your work when you've finished to make sure that less technical users will understand :-) Ask if you need any help.

annew08:33, 18 May 2012

I added it. It should be technical free. I added a link to the bug if a user wish more technical detail. Now I wonder if is worth to add one example to strip a video stream from an mp4 to convert it to an mp4a. It is not really off topic, but I wonder if this is suitable for this wiki. Additionally, in my opinion, this is an Amarok/phonon/gstreamer (I don't know who's fault here) bug and should be solved one way or another, so this workaroud should just be removed once the bug is fixed. But adding few lines about how to strip the video stream will be very usefull to not experienced users, at least to point them in the right direction. What do you think about this?

Enrico Tagliavini09:23, 18 May 2012

I think you are right. It sounds like a very good idea to have this info availlable for our users. Please go ahead.

Claus chr13:13, 18 May 2012
 

I made a few minor markup changes, to differentiate input from output, and also brought in the Warning template. Thanks.

annew15:19, 18 May 2012

Sorry, but I do not think that the main page of the application is the place for troubleshooting hints.

Troubleshooting and hints should be written in manual, e.g. here.

Thanks.

Yurchor15:42, 18 May 2012

Yes, the main page is probably not the best, but the page you propose deals with relatively technical aspects. I propose Amarok/Manual/Various/FAQ#Playback_Questions as a better place/

annew16:58, 18 May 2012
 

They have been moved to the FAQ page.

Claus chr17:31, 18 May 2012
 
 
 
 
 

Configurable Playlist View

In the section Amarok#Configurable Playlist View there is a mention of a Spreadsheet View, which does not exist in the current version of Amarok, at least not under that name. Maybe it should be formatted differently than a menuchoice in order to avoid confusing readers?

Am I right in thinking that the "No Grouping" option is the same thing?

Claus chr08:24, 26 August 2010

Oh my, I guess we better re-write that completely, I have seen even more inconsistencies :(

Mamarok19:36, 26 August 2010
 

The left pane

I think the section Amarok#The left pane is a little bit confusing. It refers to tabs, but normally in our applications tabs refer to the little labeled bits on the top line of a pane (or sometimes at another edge). The "tabs" in the left pane reminds me more of an expandable tree view. I guess this is mainly a matter of appearances, but I still think it would be a good idea if we could come up with another phrase to describe "tabs".

Also when the tabs are referred to as retractable I think of something like the vertical file list tab i Kate, where the whole pane occupied by the tab can be made to go away by clicking the tab.

Claus chr08:18, 26 August 2010
  • Sigh*, I didn't find time to check that page, and it hasn't been written by us, but looks like we will have to do this ASAP.
Mamarok19:35, 26 August 2010
 

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