Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] [new plugin] Desktop Art

Hi Mathias,

Great idea and good work so far - it works on my desktop with Python 2.5 and Compiz-Fusion.  The only real bug that I noticed is that the forward/back/pause icons do not appear, although blank boxes do show up, and they function as these buttons.  I got this behaviour both with my custom icon set (Gion) and the default "Human" set (I'm running Ubuntu Gutsy).  Other than that, I hope you don't mind if I make a few suggestions:
- it'd be nice to have an option to place the display anywhere on the desktop.  Mine is pretty cluttered on the left hand side, so even with "align_right" selected in, I end up with the writing for the album art on top of various icons.
- when I hit "show desktop", the album art is hidden - I'm not sure how you'd make it stick to the desktop, but it seems like it should.
- when the music is paused, the icon switches to the default Rhythmbox logo (really nitpicky, but maybe it could display the art of the currently selected album?)

Otherwise, I like it!  Looking forward to seeing more of your work,


On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 9:13 AM, <mathias nedrebo org> wrote:

I have started to work on a new plugin. It is a plugin that displays album
cover art on the desktop. It is far from perfect yet, but I think it is
ready for daily usage now.

You can find the plugin at:

The plugin can be check out from svn, as described in the page linked to

Any feedback is appreciated. I don't do any cover fetching from the net
for several reasons.
- There is already code for that in RB, should be possible to take
advantage of that
- There is already code for that in a ton of applications. It should not
be necessary to invent the wheel for the twentieth time.
- If I am going to write something, it will be a separate python module
that can be reused by other apps.

- Mathias

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