Thursday, May 24, 2018

GMMP 3.0 Alpha 1 Released

After around a years worth of development, I finally have gmmp in a good enough state that I can release an alpha.  As I've mentioned in previous posts, this is a very early alpha and it is not feature complete.  Its missing a bunch of major features like search, smart playlists, tag editor, customizations, etc.  The UI has also not really be optimized for different devices and there are no transitions yet.  All these will come later.  I also have only been doing legit testing for the last week and a half.  During that time i have found a lot of bugs that still have not been fixed, however gmmp's current state should be good enough to use.  Probably not as your daily driver yet, but it still works as intended.  Most of the bugs are minor and can be addressed by just reloading the UI.

There have been a few changes since the last WIP update.  One being the complete split between artists and album artists.  They now have their own views.  The album artist views might be a little buggy since I just coded that all up last night, but from my testing today I have not seen any real issue.  I also added a few additional preferences: manual scan and keeping the screen on during playback.  The majority of the other changes in the last 2 weeks were bug fixes.


With this alpha, I do encourage feedback from everyone, however I do want to limit what type of feedback I am receiving.  Please restrain from giving feedback about missing features / capabilities.  I've already said a lot is missing.  If 3.0 gets to the beta stage and a feature you were waiting for is still not present, then feel free to ask me.  What I am looking for is: bugs/crashes and general feedback on how it feels to use the player.  As I said transitions are not there so going from screen to screen wont be to smooth depending on your device, but comments on the navigation in general would be appreciated.  I didnt spend too much time on that yet since I wanted to hear from the users.

If you are going to report a bug, first check out trello to see if its already been reported.  https://trello.com/b/JCyp2kas/gonemad-music-player-development   unders 3.0 - bugs.  As you can see there are already plenty reported by myself.

Moving forward I should be able to maintain a regular release schedule similar to how often I would post WIP updates.  So expect updates every 1-3 weeks.  Some may just be minor fixes, others include major additions.  Trello shows everything i am working on and what has been accomplished.  Right now things are split between alpha releases but that will most likely change (things listed for alpha 2 might end up in a few releases from now.. but they will be added before things listed for alpha 3).  Once 3.0 is stable enough I will move over to the play store.  For now the alpha will be a separate package and will be installable along side GMMP 2.x

Download link and feedback post is here:
http://gonemadmusicplayer.proboards.com/thread/941/gonemad-music-player-alpha-feedback

Edit: note if you have a very large library and are using 8.0 you will probably run into issues with having duplicate of each songs and the scan restarting a bunch of times.  Oreo will kill the scan when it goes into doze or takes longer than 10 minutes.  I have not seen any issues with large libraries on pre 8.0.  If some music appears to be missing you can run a manual scan in the settings

Edit 2: it also appears that changing the primary dark theme color does nothing.. despite working fine earlier today.  I guess just leave the default theme for now.

Edit 3: themeing in general does not work.  When I create a release version of the app it ends up obfuscating a lot of the code and that appears to break a lot of the custom UI elements i wrote for the themeing.  For now keep the default theme and i'll work on getting a fix out this weekend