Lazik - Winamp remote controll with media library access

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popy76

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Dec 20, 2009
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Hello,

I present you my first application for Android called Lazik/Lazik+!
It's a remote control for Winamp media player compatible with versions 1.6 to 2.2 of Android.

Here are a few screenshots to get an idea of rendering:

player_controls.png
library_albums.png
playlist.png


Two versions are available, Lazik which is free and supported by ads and Lazik + (1.69 €)

Lazik features:
.playback controls
.playlist
.media library
.search
.display album covers

Lazik+ features:
.no ads
.conection over 3g,edge,...
.fetches missing album covers
.more to come

Possible actions from the madia library have been thought to be as practicable as possible:
- Enqueue at the end of the playlist
- Enqueue just after the current song
- Enqueue just after the current song and play immediately
- Play immediately at the current position in the playlist or at the end of it

To operate Lazik you must install a plugin for Winamp, More information and a tutorial are available at: http://www.bypops.com.

Feel free to comment and report any bugs you might encounter ;)

Lazik :
qrcode_lite.png
Lazik+ :
qrcode_pro.png
 
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IceBone

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Mar 4, 2009
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Sweet! This is the best program to control winamp I've come across. It's 99% perfect! (apart from a few grammatical errors ;) )

Works brilliantly on my rooted Desire!
 

popy76

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Dec 20, 2009
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Sweet! This is the best program to control winamp I've come across. It's 99% perfect! (apart from a few grammatical errors ;) )

Works brilliantly on my rooted Desire!
Thanks for the comment ;)
About grammatical errors, feel free to send me corrections on the support email address if you are motivated enough. I'm french so my English is not perfect ...
 

IceBone

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Mar 4, 2009
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Will do so. In the mean time, the only gripe I have with it is that you can't use the scroll bar to advance a track. In fact, it doesn't move at all. Is that a Lazik+ feature only? Also, sometimes it takes a while for the controls to show when you press the album art.

Well, the only things wrong with the text I've found were in the server management: "Search for servers" would sound nicer. As well as Searching for servers when the app is looking for them.

Keep working on the app, it's awesome, but I have a few suggestions if you don't mind, hehe...

Would be nice if the search would use the standard Android search functionality, as it is, it's kinda odd.
Also the colours are quite ghastly. The design isn't bad, but the colour choice is quite off, if you ask me.

But these are just my suggestions, still your app. :)
 
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popy76

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Will do so. In the mean time, the only gripe I have with it is that you can't use the scroll bar to advance a track. In fact, it doesn't move at all. Is that a Lazik+ feature only? Also, sometimes it takes a while for the controls to show when you press the album art.

Well, the only things wrong with the text I've found were in the server management: "Search for servers" would sound nicer. As well as Searching for servers when the app is looking for them.

Keep working on the app, it's awesome, but I have a few suggestions if you don't mind, hehe...

Would be nice if the search would use the standard Android search functionality, as it is, it's kinda odd.
Also the colours are quite ghastly. The design isn't bad, but the colour choice is quite off, if you ask me.

But these are just my suggestions, still your app. :)
The seeking scrollbar should be working, even in the free version. Maybe it's too small for you to be able to drag it. It's size will be changed as some people asked for that.

For the grammatical problems, I'll update it, maybe with your suggestion, or maybe by changing the way it's told.

Concerning the search suggestion, I will consider it but I can't say if I will change it or not. It will depend on how it have to be implemented and if it would prevent some current functionnalities ... The colors have been choosed to integrate in the android UI, because they are colors used in Android. They won't change for the moment as I have some more importants things to implement, but I will try so change them to see what result I can have when I'll have some time to. Maybe it could be a theme option in a future version (but certainly only for Lazik+ users).

By the way I have seen some posts of you on other forums about my App, so I want to thank you for that, since I don't know all good english forums for Android ...
 

IceBone

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Mar 4, 2009
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Yeah, no problem, great apps should be shared. As for the design, I REALLY REALLY like the way DoubleTwist is done, it's a real treat to look at.
 

Gorkytje

Senior Member
Apr 1, 2010
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First of, great great work!

Works really well!
Side note: People please note that you need to have proper firewall settings.

Some things I noticed.
The app found my winamp server, I then flipped open my keyboard to type in my server name (This was on a HTC DREAM: G1) , yet the little window disappeared and went behind the add and search server window.

When installing the plugin, the installer automatically kills winamp. Dunno if its stated somewhere, it didn't bother me though!

Anyways, thanks again! Real nice app!
 

PieP

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Jul 9, 2009
17
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Works great with my 2.2 Desire! :)

But... When I start the App, WiFi is enabling itself. I would like to control my Winamp trough my 3G connection.

I'm using a VPN, so the local ip-address is no problem. Also with a portmap in my router it should be possible to use it externally. All you have to do is turn off the automatic WiFi enabler and add support for connections over 3g?

Keep it on! :D
 

vigin

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May 27, 2008
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I love the app, simple and works a treat :)

here' s a couple of suggestions:

+1 on scrollbar size, it's a bit tricky to use it

would it be possible to add bookmarks support? I have all my radio links there...

I' ll play with it a little bit more an post more :)
 

Snowtoad23

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Jul 17, 2010
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Yeah, no problem, great apps should be shared. As for the design, I REALLY REALLY like the way DoubleTwist is done, it's a real treat to look at.

I don't really agree..
Double twist's gradients look bad and it all looks a bit 'cheap'.
There is too much wasted space and no instant easy access button to get back to library or playlist. Stock HTC music app is much more practical and usable, and looks cleaner and more profession.
Judging by the screenshots the design of this app looks great
 

popy76

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Dec 20, 2009
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Works great with my 2.2 Desire! :)

But... When I start the App, WiFi is enabling itself. I would like to control my Winamp trough my 3G connection.

I'm using a VPN, so the local ip-address is no problem. Also with a portmap in my router it should be possible to use it externally. All you have to do is turn off the automatic WiFi enabler and add support for connections over 3g?

Keep it on! :D

I already thinked about this possibility, but judged it would be too hard to use for a simple user without computer skills. Anyway, your post shows me some people would like to use Lazik over 3g. I didn't gave it a try but it should work. Maybe it won't be in the next release but I'll add an option to disable automatic wifi in the future, so that "experimented" users would be able to test it over 3g. The way I thinked it would be not to hard was by using a service like no-ip.com, so that you could use an alias, and not your internet ip. By the way, router configuration will be necessary, but you seem to already know that ;) Send me an email on lazik support so I'll be able to contact you when a version with this option will be available ;)
 

popy76

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Dec 20, 2009
10
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First of, great great work!

Works really well!
Side note: People please note that you need to have proper firewall settings.

Some things I noticed.
The app found my winamp server, I then flipped open my keyboard to type in my server name (This was on a HTC DREAM: G1) , yet the little window disappeared and went behind the add and search server window.

When installing the plugin, the installer automatically kills winamp. Dunno if its stated somewhere, it didn't bother me though!

Anyways, thanks again! Real nice app!

Thanks for the comment :)

The fact that the installer kills Winamp is normal, because Winamp needs to restart in order to see the new plugin.

Concerning the problem you mentionned while entering the server name, I wasn't aware of it since I never had the possibility to try Lazik on a G1 or any device with physical keyboard. I'll try to find why this occurs ... For the moment I advice users to use the virtual keyboard here.
 

popy76

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Dec 20, 2009
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I love the app, simple and works a treat :)

here' s a couple of suggestions:

+1 on scrollbar size, it's a bit tricky to use it

would it be possible to add bookmarks support? I have all my radio links there...

I' ll play with it a little bit more an post more :)

Thanks for the comment :)

Concerning the bookmarks, I never used them in Winamp but it could be a good thing to add them to Lazik. I can't promise it will be added quickly but it will be added to my todo list for a future version :)
 

eatkabab

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Jan 4, 2007
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THIS APP IS AMAZING! It works so unbelievably quick and well its really astonishing. Not quite perfect, but oh so close. (Winamp is also still the best music player in my opinion)


Bugs:
- The seek bar doesn't "seek"/There is no way to seek through a song
- There is no way to remove songs from playlist


Suggestions:
- Make seek and volume bars larger in the 'play screen'
- when you tap on a song on the playlist (or on the play button to the right of the song), a "back, play/pause, next" should hover up at the bottom or top of the playlist to give you more control within the playlist. Also, a seek bar should hover over the playing song. (I realize this would kinda take the place of the playback screen...)
- Alternate suggestion to previous one: Add a 'tap to play' queue to the playback screen.
- long press song in playlist to remove or move. Something similar to the home screen icons where a trash can pops up would be consistent and nice.


Suggestions that I'm not sure are possible:
- In the media library, when you navigate to a song, you should be able to tap it (not on the "+") to play the song, but NOT add it to your playlist. (should have similar hovering controls as in the playlist but of course no next/back cuz its not a playlist, its your media library)
- A way to save the playlist to the phone or to the computer
- A way to transfer song to phone or download all playlist songs to phone
- A way to stream music to the phone exclusively or at the same time as the computer
- Be able to 'screen' a song on your playlist from your phone WITHOUT having it play back on the computer (this builds upon the previous suggestion)
- Have the streaming music to the phone perfectly in sync with computer (Mac's Airport does this as well as a PC application called "Airfoil")


The last two suggestions would be absolutely invaluable to this app as it would CLEARLY distinguish the app from anything of the like. They would also be an incredible asset in a light DJish environment. Not to mention the phone would basically turn into a wireless speaker access point which I would gladly pay cash monies for if it worked as excellently as the app currently does.


Ridiculous Suggestions:
- Since you're already installing a plugin, add a simple VPN client built into the application so that you can access your music from your computer and play the music over the phone. (this builds upon the previous suggestions)
- Link multiple computers on the network using Winamp and send songs to be played on different computers (I don't even know what I would do with that function)
- A way to play songs from the phone, on the computer in the same synced/exclusive manner
- Ummm, don't hit me, but, video playback support?


Many of these suggestions require the app to have a full music player within the app which just might be FAR outside the scope of a "controller app". I personally don't like DoubleTwist at all, but I could see the majority of these suggestions (if possible) being rolled into the DoubleTwist app.

Ultimately I believe the implementation of the majority of my suggestions are limited by the audience. Unless this app becomes like a renowned/feature app on Android, I couldn't see anyone expending that much energy developing it... :(

Excellent app! AMAZING job! Thank you VERY much! Keep up the exemplary work!
 

Streetking21

Senior Member
May 9, 2009
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Just bought your app. Works very well, but I've got one bug to tell you:
When I create a playlist in Winamp and select a track via your app, it doesn't show the cover on my device (HTC Desire with 2.2). In Winamp the cover is shown properly. I tried it with several mp3s, so I don't think it is a problem of a specific mp3.

I just tried to find the problem and I think it is a problem concerning the media database. All mp3s included in the main- and subdirectories are display with cover. But sometimes you wanna listen to the mp3 before archiving them. They are stored temporarily on my Desktop, but not on my media drive.

Would be very nice if you are able to include cover support for this setting (mp3 which are not in the database) as well.

Another 'bug': When Playing a track of your playlist and removing it while playing in Winamp, the main view of your app switches to the next song, but Winamp continues to play the song you just removed (which is a feature). Would be better if the plugin updates the current song after the song has finished to play.

Just found another small bug: When you search in your media library the searchbar at the bottom covers the last entry of your search results.

added on 28.08.: isn't it possible zu merge all tracks of one album together? Now all tracks of each album are show seperatly, even when i search for an album explicitly.
 
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phoniclynx

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Jan 31, 2009
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Nice work Mr.

I have a suggestion that might be doable.. Can you hook into the fact that a phone call is coming in and have it pause the music during the phone call? Might also be nice to have it as an option.. also to have it so u have to manually press play again so u don't get blasted as soon as you hang up the phone.
 

DaanJordaan

Senior Member
Jul 13, 2008
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Really excited about this app. A lot of positive reactions. And indeed there hasn't been a proper winamp remote app on the market. But finally here it is!

But i have the following problem on a Windows XP sp3 installation at work:

I can't find the server and cannot connect to the IP adress the server should be running. Also, I'm not sure the server is installing like it should. Because I can't find the plugin in Winamp's plugins list. (Anyone know what it is called?)

Furthermore i'd like to add that Winamp had an iTunes plugin installed, but it did not have iTunes installed. So it would promt that it needed iTunes installed in order to use that plugin. Maybe this could mess things up? I'm just guessing.

The Windows firewall is turned off, but I do have Norton AV 2008 running. I couldn't find any settings for port managing so i thought Norton leaves this alone.

I tried turning the Windows firewall on and make an exception on port 5976, but no luck.

I'll try it in a few minutes at home on a Windows 7 64 bit box. (Without the iTunes plugin.)

But does anyone have some suggestions on how to get it to work at the bar I work in.


Regards,


DaanJordaan

edit:

Works fine at home! Really cool app!
 
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    I've a backup of Lazik and the associated Winamp plugin.
    So, you will find the files as attachment.

    I hope popy76 don't mind if I share them here.
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