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Software News   Software News : aPod (os4 perl based iPod software) updated to version 1.1
   posted by broadblues on 29-Mar-2006 7:33:09 (2322 reads)
I have just uploaded an update to aPod, my iPod management program.


Get it here

The new version allows to copy multiple songs across at once and to sort the song listview by clicking on the various columns.


Here's the Readme for more info....


aPod: Version 1.1 28-March-2006

apod is an application to mantain and synchronise your mp3 collection on your iPod
using from a Amiga OS4 computer with usb.

apod is written in perl and utilises the perl_Reaction interface to the OS4 reaction
gui. The interface with the ipod is maintained using the Mac::iPod::GNUpod module.

INSTALLATION:

NOTE: If installing for the first time, apod requires the following perl modules to be
installed, if updating you only need to copy the apod and .apodrc files.


perl_Reaction version .02 available from (os4depot.net)
Mac::iPod::GNUpod (included)
Audio::Wav (included)
MP3::Info (included)
Unicode::String (incuded)
XML::Parser (included)

install any of these you don't yet have by CD ing into they're directory,
starting abc-shell and typeing

perl Makefile.PL LINKTYPE=DYNAMIC
make
make install

copy apod and .apodrc to the location of your choice say work:apod/
assign apod: to this directory.

edit the paths in .apodrc to reflect the name of your ipod etc.


PREPARING TOUR IPOD:

You may need to create the directory
<ipodname>:iPod_Control/.gnupod/
otherwise your ipod requires no special initialisation.

Your ipod still requires the apple firmware etc this pogram only handles copying of
music file to and from the ipod.

USAGE:

perl apod --help

to get usage

or

perldoc apod to get full pod documentation.

HISTORY:

1.1

Added Multiselect to Addsongs.
Song List can now be sorted by Columns

1.0

Initial Public Release



KNOWN BUGS:

The underlying mac::ipod::gnupod module appears to have some problems with
smartplaylists. If you get a problem with this email me, for a workarround.


TODO:

Mac::iPod::GNUpod ofers some sophisticated search options and a variation on
smartplaylists based on these. adding support for these will be done in the not
too far distant future.

Send an Feature requests to me by email and I'll see what I can do...


DONATIONS:

This work has been largely been to done to fulfil my own needs and to support
the amigaos 4 community in general, but it does take a lot of time so if you would
like to make a donation there is a paypal button at
http://www.broad.ology.org.uk





    

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Re: aPod (os4 perl based iPod software) updated to version 1
Posted on 29-Mar-2006 12:40:02
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Thanks for this.

I got an iPod last week funnily enough so I might give it a go. I've gotta ask thoguh, is there a particular reason that it needs compiling before use? I've not tried it yet but I almost always get these things wrong. It'd be nice if the software was ready to run after downloading.

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its not Andy's software that needs compiling, but rather the perl modules that are required to get the backend stuff working.

Regards

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Quote:

Poster: Mark Date: 29-Mar-2006 7:24:52

its not Andy's software that needs compiling, but rather the perl modules that are required to get the backend stuff working.

Regards

Mark



I wish the user friendlyness of Amiga applications would remain the same. But it's too much to ask from the developers that port stuff to AmigaOS from Linux, because they have done a lot of work for the ports already. I wish there was another way.

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Posted on 29-Mar-2006 16:33:09
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andy:great!

keep the good work up!.


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Posted on 29-Mar-2006 18:47:09
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Quote:

Quote:

Poster: Mark Date: 29-Mar-2006 7:24:52

its not Andy's software that needs compiling, but rather the perl modules that are required to get the backend stuff working.

Regards

Mark




I wish the user friendlyness of Amiga applications would remain the same. But it's too much to ask from the developers that port stuff to AmigaOS from Linux, because they have done a lot of work for the ports already. I wish there was another way.



It's a dilema for me as to what to do with ported perl modules. (apod itself is not a port BTW).

The traditional perl way to install these is by using make, being a unix centric program, it expects all the typical devloper tools to be available even in a user install.

If I pre built the archives (as I have for perl_Reaction) then the various packlists that perl creates as it installs would be incorrect for the users install and so version checking and uninstalling becomes problematic (if upgrading or removeing a module).

Most of those archives aren't actually compiled BTW they are "just" installed by make.
(of course two of them are xs perl extentions and so are compiled c code [XML::parser and Unicode::String IIRC])

Tips: when running perl and make during the install process, make sure you have the latest versions of make and abc-shell, and up the stack to at least 200k.


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Posted on 30-Mar-2006 6:40:24
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andy:but what about dooing an implementation where you just can use shared libs?...or do u need more to accomplish such? (ie..are we missing anything?`)


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@toaks

Perl is using dynamic loaded objects, allready. The two modules mentioned above as xs modules, are such. They aren't shared as such as each instance of perl loads it's own copy, but they are dynamicaly loaded, ie only those required are loaded at run time.

The isues are more about installation, than implementation.

It would be nice to have a complete shared library way of doing it, with a perl.library built from libperl and a very minimal perl excutable, but the way these link together makes this very difficult if not impossible.

But, even given that, you would still have this "unamigalike" installation of modules to contend with.


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Posted on 30-Mar-2006 18:28:43
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thanks alot! :)

i simply love this piece of work!

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