KMix Project Coin

This is my August 2011 report. I am right now happily in a feature frenzy, adding nice and helpful bits and pieces all along KMix for KDE4.8. These changes are small (like a Coin) and more “behind the scenes”, but it is often the small features that count, so you might want to read on.

  • “Automatic elegant unmuting” – If you increase a playback volume on a muted control, it will automatically be activated (unmuted). This behavior is nowadays common in all kind of Hifi equipment, MP3 players and even car radios. Thus i rate this as a “do what I want” feature.
  • “Power to the people”– Save battery power and CPU cycles by adaptive polling. KMix CPU usage can be reduced by about 97% or more if you use the OSS driver. So for example FreeBSD users will be happy about this feature. Laptops and computers with a slow CPU should profit a lot from this change.
  • Trackpad helper” – Your Mouse Wheel, Volume Hotkeys and  DBUS commands changed the volume by 5% since KMix’s birth . You can now configure it freely, as in some use cases it can be too much, e.g. Trackpads.
    This feature is a bit exotic, so it is only available by changing KMix’s configuration file. If you want a 2,5% change,  you set in your kmixrc:

    [Global]
    VolumePercentageStep=2.5
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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Antti on March 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I noticed this VolumePercentageStep option a bit late, but thanks a thousand times, just what I needed! I’m using mouse wheel to change system volume, and I much prefer to have smooth scale.

    Especially with KDE 4.10 the default step is way too large, around 15%. I found value of 0.4 to be quite nice.

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  2. Posted by Immortaleyes Photography on January 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for VolumePercentageStep. Just what I needed. How about putting it in settings/Configure? That would have saved me a lot of searching.

    Reply

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