Reflections and Projections

Version 2.0: Help Wanted

Hi folks,

Yes, it's that age-old call for help that you can hear reverberating through the openlp.org hills again...

We have reached the stage in the development of version 2.0 where we need to start testing. We have a lead tester, but we need some extra folks to help with the testing.

We need folks running Windows (2K/XP/Vista/7), Linux (any distro that runs Qt4 and Python 2.5 or up), and Mac OS X (Tiger and up). You don't need any experience in software testing, you just need to be committed to installing some software libraries on your computer and spending some time running through and testing version 2.0.

If you're interested in helping out, please send a private message to either myself or Wesley (wstout) with the subject, "Help Offered: Tester", and the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your openlp.org username
  • Your operating system (eg. "Linux: Fedora Core 10" or "Mac OS X: Leopard")
  • Your location (eg. "Atlanta GA, USA" or "Pilsen, Czech Republic")
  • Your timezone (eg. "GMT-4/-5" or "GMT+1/+2") (please note that I don't live in the States, so "Eastern Standard Time" means nothing to me)

Another version 2 update...

...with the obligatory screenshot too.

In the screenshot above, you can see how we've started working on Themes, Previews, and the Slide Controllers. I searched for Genesis 1:1 in the Bible Verse plugin, and then sent it to the preview controller.

We're currently working on the Service Manager (what used to be called the Order of Service) to make it a little more powerful that the previous one, and on getting things displayed on the second monitor. We already have some initial bits to both of those working, but neither is complete yet.

Version 1.0.3 Released

Hi folks,

Good news for those experiencing the latest two bugs, I've fixed them and I'm releasing openlp.org 1.0.3.

This release fixes a problem some folks were having where openlp.org would forget which monitor had been setup for the projector, and in some cases would throw a "List index out of bounds" error. It also fixes a bug where some folks would see a number of "openlp.org" folders in the recycle bin.

You can get all the 1.0.3-goodness from the download page.

Version 2 Theme Manager

The new Theme Manager is now taking shape and I have been able to generate some sample layouts.

There are a number of changes being introduced in the new versions.  The most significant is that themes will need to be exported from version 1 and imported into version 2 due to internal changes in the storage mechanism.  The import will correct the structure and add defaults where appropriate.

Other changes include:

  • Real Font sizes not percentages on the screen.
  • Ability to set the font size and color for footers
  • Background rendering for circles.

Two examples are below.

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Platforms, Plugins and Progress

One of the questions we get every now and then is "When is openlp.org 2 going to be released?"

To be honest, we have no idea. We're working on it whenever we get a chance, and I must say that the pace that we're getting things working is actually quite amazing. Many thanks go out to Scott Guerrieri, Martin Thompson and Tim Bentley who have done most of the work so far.

But, before I go on, let me show you a few screenshots on Mac OS X:

If you look in the screenshots above, you'll get a good idea of how the plugins system works. In the main window, you can see each of the items in the media manager. Each of these items is provided by a plugin. In the settings form you can see the tabs at the top of the window. Those tabs (apart from the core tabs - General, Themes and Alerts) are also provided by the plugin system.

The Songs plugin also provides the Song Editor form, which is called up and manages the songs. You can also see the Custom Slide Editor form that the Custom Slide plugin provides.

Eventually, the plugins will even be able to respond to events within openlp.org!

We still have a lot of work to do, but things are progressing nicely. If you'd like to find out how to help out with the development of version 2, have a look at the Getting Started page on our developer wiki.

Version 1.0 in Maintenance Mode

Hi folks,

For those who haven't realised it yet, version 1.0 is in maintenance mode. This means that we are no longer working on it, apart from fixing the occasional bug. This also means that we are no longer supporting anyone else trying to compile or further develop 1.0 because it has reached it's end of life.

If you're keen to add features or otherwise help with the development of openlp.org, please work on version 2.0. We have a developer wiki with some articles on how to get started on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, and other important pages like coding standards and a plugin developers' guide.

You're also welcome to join us in IRC, where we have developers, users, and friends of openlp.org hanging out and chatting from time to time.

OpenLP 2.0 development - Image plugin

I've been hacking on the Image plugin for a while and finally figured out enough about Qt and it's Model View architecture to get  the Media Manager to display the images as previews.  My hope is I can reuse a lot of the code to display the preview and live panes... but that's for another day :)

Openlp version 2 - Bible Plugin.

The developement of the Bible plugin is nearing completion and we have mananaged to add some new features, as well as port the current functionality.

Bible Imports

Two new import methods have been added.

  • Ability to import bibles from Sword bible reader. This functionality will create a bible from a bible downloaded by the sword software. The quality of the import is only as good as the source material but it opens up access to a wide range of bibles in many languages.
  • Ability to access bibles directly from the Internet. These bibles will be downloaded on demand and cached on the local machine so they can be used whist not connected to the internet.

Bible Presentations

It is now possible to mix verses and/or versions on the same slide. For example

  • A slide could have Matthew 1:1 and Matthew 1:3 on the same slide.
  • Also a slide could have Matthew 1:1 from the NIV and The Message on the same slide.

Hopefully this will give you an idea of some of the improvements coming up.

The image below shows search results using the new Bible Plugin.

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openlp.org 1.0.2 has been released!

Hi folks,

After a long time, bugfix 1.0.2 has been released. This includes a number of minor bug fixes, as well as some performance enhancements for presentations and slide changes. Please note that due to the performance enhancements to the presentations, you will need to re-import and presentations you have previously imported and use on a regular basis.

You can download openlp.org 1.0.2 from the download page, as usual.

I've got a list of all the changes below:

  • Speeded up slide changes
  • Fixed error on deleting a song from the Order of Service
  • Fixed error on deleting the last slide in a song
  • Various "List index out of bounds (1)" errors fixed
  • Fixed importing of copyright information from exported songs
  • Get openlp.org to remember the last "Save As" location
  • Fixed unexpected font size change due to resizing of live and preview panes
  • Removed "Enabled Timed Slide" button for images
  • Fixed theme fallback for completely unset themes
  • Sped up loading of presentations
  • Fixed a bug in the theme import process
  • Fixed the theme preview in the wizard to correspond with reality
  • Bibles in drop down list are now listed alphabetically (case-insensitive)
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect credit lines for Bibles straight from the Bible manager
  • Hopefully fixed install file permissions
  • Added German and Brazillian Portuguese translations.

Web-based Converter

With the development of openlp.org 2.0, and a new database format in 2.0, we are (obviously) going to be writing a converter to convert databases from 1.0 format to 2.0 format. A little bit of discussion around the converter in the IRC channel last night gave us a brilliant idea: make the converter web-based.

Having a web-based converter means that we have a central converter that we can control, and things can happen instantly and in one place. This means that the bugs you find will be fixed fairly quickly. It also means that we can add features easily, and you don't have to download yet another application or upgrade your existing application.

As of this moment, I haven't started working on the converter yet, but it will be my main priority over the next while, as we developers need it to migrate our own existing databases!

That's all for now, God bless!