Reflections and Projections

OpenLP 2.4.3 and Personal News

There are a couple of significant bugs and problems fixed in this release of OpenLP, including a fix for SongSelect's website update. Here's a full list of changes.

  • #1600510 Deleting a songbook throws "song" attribute exception
  • #1547964 Escaping video twice results in traceback
  • #1596668 Service theme selector is missing if theme level is song or Service
  • #1599999 CrossWalk bible list is empty
  • #1608194 Import from SongSelect no longer works (website updated)
  • #1562384 Biblegateway Downloads Amplified Classic instead of Amplified 2015
  • #1618489 Improper characters in Mediashout import cause traceback

In other news, Raoul (the project leader of OpenLP) and his family have decided to move from Cape Town, South Africa to Tucson, Arizona in the USA. The current economic climate in South Africa is extremely difficult for a single income household like Raoul's to be able to afford living in South Africa. Raoul's family in the USA have very generously sponsored their move. Please pray for safe travels, wrapping everything up in South Africa and settling easily in the USA, especially for the kids.

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150 New King James Version

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Debian and Ubuntu PPA Updated to OpenLP 2.4.2

The OpenLP project tries to bridge the gap between Linux distributions and itself by having people on the OpenLP team create and update packages for the Linux distributions. Having said that, as is usual for most established distributions, we can't actually get the packages into the repositories, we have to use a sponsor to do that for us.

Unfortunately, in the case of Debian, our sponsor has been unable until recently to look at the package for OpenLP 2.4.2. This means that Debian has been stuck at 2.4.1, and since our PPA pulls from Debian, we've been unable to update the PPA to 2.4.2.

Thankfully, this week our sponsor was able to fit some time in to review the package, and we're glad to announce that our updated package has been pushed into the Debian repositories, and pulled into our Ubuntu PPA as well. For those of you on Debian or Ubuntu or Mint, you should be able to just run an update as usual, and get the new version of OpenLP.

This only applies to Debian unstable, Ubuntu 16.04 and up, and Mint 18 and up.

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OpenLP 2.4.2 Released

OpenLP 2.4 has still proven to be been surprisingly bug-free. Apart from some known issues with video, we've had very few actual bug reports. But that doesn't mean there haven't been any bug reports, or any bugs to be fixed. So, without much further ado, here's OpenLP 2.4.2, the second of the bugfix releases of OpenLP 2.4.

The translations have been updated to the latest versions.

Bugs fixed in 2.4.2:

  • #1579648 BibleStudyTools import broken

  • #1588369 Projector Won't Connect in OpenLP

  • #1582152 SongPro import fails with traceback

  • #1585489 Traceback during songshowplus import

  • #1589815 OpenSong files with non-numeric CCLI cause an exception

  • #1593882 Projector authenticated connection generates exception

  • #1593883 Projector not connecting with authentication

  • #1594945 VideoPsalm import with control chars or escaped quotes causes traceback

    So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith.

    Galatians 6:9-10 NLT

[ Image Credit: Harvest by Phil Dolby ]

New 2.4 Series Release Next Weekend

We'd like to release another bug fix version of OpenLP next Sunday, the 26th of June. This should hopefully fix a few annoying bugs that were uncovered after the last round of bug fixes.

If you are a translator, now is your last chance to get your translation up to date. We are going to be pulling the translations from Transifex (you'll need to log in to see this link) on the morning of Thursday the 23rd. This means that your last day for translating is Wednesday the 22nd.

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Bugs, Translations, and Another Release

As we continue to work towards a shorter release cycle, we have started releasing bug fixes and translation updates on a more frequent basis.

With this in mind, we'd like to release version 2.4.2 in about 3 weeks time. This version will have all the latest bug fixes, but we would also like to release updated translations. If you're a translator, now is your opportunity to get your translation up to date.

We'll be sending out updates via our developer mailing list, so make sure you sign up and keep your ear to the ground.

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Official OpenLP Remote for iOS Released

Since we released the Android app we've had dozens of folks asking if there is a version for iOS, and our answer has always been, "No, we don't have any developers who have iOS devices and can write iOS apps. Then, a few months ago we were approached by Daniel Borges Ferreira da Silva, who is an OpenLP user and develops iOS apps, who offered to develop an iOS remote just like our Android remote.

Daniel worked hard on planning the app, wrote out workflows, mocked up screens, designed logos, and eventually had an app to show for it all. After that he started a beta programme to make sure he hadn't created any devastating bugs.

After a very successful beta programme, I am proud to announce the public release of the OpenLP Remote for iOS. We've aimed for feature parity between the iOS and Android apps, so if you find a feature on one and not the other, please let us know so that we can fix that.

At the moment, the OpenLP Remote for iOS is not adapted for iPad, but this is currently in development.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Daniel for stepping up and volunteering to take on the task of developing this app. Daniel spent time and money designing and creating a smooth user experience. His passion, expertise and attention to detail shine through this fantastic app.

Download the app from the App Store


[ Image Credit: iPhone 6 by Olle Eriksson ]

OpenLP 2.4.1 Released

Despite the extremely fast cycle from version 2.2 to version 2.4, OpenLP 2.4 has been surprisingly bug-free. Apart from some known issues with video, we've had very few actual bug reports. But that doesn't mean there haven't been any bug reports, or any bugs to be fixed.

So, without much further ado, here's OpenLP 2.4.1, the first of the bugfix releases of OpenLP 2.4.

Bugs fixed in 2.4.1

Here are the bugs we've fixed in 2.4.1:

  • #1552501 Problem deleting songs
  • #1547234 Missing Verses in EasyWorship 2009 Import
  • #1549549 import OpenSong songs with problem
  • #1552563 Performance regression: Search by songbook very slow
  • #1553863 If searching apocrypha book name while 2nd bible does not have it = Traceback
  • #1553922 EasyWorship import throws exception on unknown character
  • #1554428 The bug-report window produces traceback when pressing "Send email"
  • #1554748 Slide Order Changes in Custom Slides
  • #1557514 Error when importing OLP Song Database
  • #1559336 Traceback error when attached media (to song) not found
  • #1547307 Print Service no longer works in 2.4

Updating Translations

We've realised that we haven't always kept the translations up-to-date. With this in mind we plan to release one or two more "bugfix" releases with updated translations. So don't forget to head over to Transifex and keep your language updated!

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3000 Fans on Facebook!

While we don't place a lot of emphasis on numbers here at OpenLP, it's always nice to see a milestone or two, just to give us an idea of how many people are using OpenLP, and how popular it is.

Just the other day, the number of fans on the OpenLP page on Facebook ticked over 3000.

Now, this doesn't compare to some of the commercial applications out there, nor does it give us a real indication of how many people are using OpenLP, but it's still helps us understand how much of an impact we're having on the body of Christ, which is what our goal is anyway.

If you are on Facebook, and you aren't a fan of our page yet, please pop along to the OpenLP page and click the Like button. And don't forget to share it among your friends. OpenLP has blessed a number of churches, and it's with your help that we can bless more!

[ Image credit: Facebook by Christopher ]

iOS Beta Testers Needed

We are happy to announce that our official OpenLP Remote app for iOS is almost here, after about six months of planning, design and development. We are busy with the last few steps before we finally release the first version of the iOS app, but before we do that we need your help!

If you are an iPhone user you can help us by participating in some internal testing using the TestFlight app. This will allow you to install unreleased versions of iOS apps on your phone from the App Store. Once TestFlight is installed and your e-mail address has been activated against OpenLP, you will be able to download and install the OpenLP Remote.

Once the OpenLP Remote is installed, you will be able to test it out and give us feedback on how to improve the app. Please send all feedback to our support e-mail address.

If you are interested in becoming a beta tester please fill out this application form and we will add you to our list of beta testers, while we still have space. Further instructions will for the beta tester process will be available once you have completed the form.

Once we've gathered all the feedback and fixed up any bugs that have arisen, we will release the OpenLP Remote for iOS to everyone.

Thank you for the interest.

[ Image Credit: iPhone 6+ Curved Glass by Omar Jordan Fawahl ]

OpenLP 2.4 Released

After an extremely short release cycle, we're proud to present OpenLP 2.4.

Some folks might be wondering why we're releasing a new version after such a short amount of time. Others might be looking at the new features, and wondering why there's almost nothing there. The reality is that we were forced to upgrade some of the libraries we use sooner than we had anticipated.

Some of the Linux distributions removed one of the components of the GUI library we are using (Qt), and in order to continue using that component we had to upgrade the GUI library. When the component was removed from those Linux distributions, OpenLP was also removed. So in order to make sure OpenLP is in the next version of Ubuntu, we had to move fast.

Known issues

Moving so quickly also meant that some of the issues we discovered while upgrading to the latest Qt version could not be solved within the limited timeframe. These issues are only seen on Windows and Mac OS X and relate to the use of transparent themes, and cause the presentation display not to update correctly. We have also spotted some issues with the webkit player, which is used for live backgrounds, and again is only seen on Windows and Mac OS X. If you need to use these features, we recommend skipping OpenLP 2.4 and waiting for OpenLP 2.6.

As with any upgrade, make sure you backup your data before upgrading to OpenLP 2.4. This way you can always revert to the previous version of OpenLP without losing your data should you be negatively affected by these issues. You can follow the instructions in our manual on how to backup your data.

Bugs we've fixed in OpenLP 2.4

  • #1544263: Tools -> Song Usage Tracking -> Toggle Tracking doesn't work
  • #1531319: The presentation display isn't updated on windows
  • #1404669: KDE Plasma 5 is breaking the look of OpenLP
  • #1532169: Expanding or Collapsing a Song in ServiceManager raises an Exception
  • #1532938: Presenting with PowerPoint or Impress triggers traceback
  • #1533081: Importing Song DB fails
  • #1534306: Empty song-titles causes tracebacks on update from 2.0 to 2.2
  • #1535332: Startup display on second monitor hides items send live
  • #1536411: Verse order textbox jumps to end
  • #1490508: Powerpoint / object has no attribute 'slidenumber'
  • #1533280: Songs with linked audio cause traceback
  • #1537212: Song book number input box - not clearing and unexpected 'Enter' action
  • #1066323: Add song to multiple song books
  • #1533246: No Shortcuts work in 2.3.2
  • #1490184: '?' help buttons not working
  • #1510572: Double verses at end of song shows as 1 on stageview
  • #1531872: Fix projector test temp db file
  • #1530340: Ctrl-F should select all text in the search field
  • #1530354: Allow entering verse order in lowercase
  • #1420276: Remove old upgrade code
  • #1507385: VLC not available after upgrade to 2.2
  • #913508: cannot delete a theme if it is assigned to a song
  • #1516171: Alert with line break from remote makes desktop report a bug
  • #1168778: Search as you type setting in wrong settings tab
  • #1281100: Unable to distinguish between songs with the same title
  • #1413217: optparse deprecated
  • #1439304: Print service change font size
  • #1487014: Image disappearing from images list
  • #1390699: Better wording for "Plugin List"
  • #1390706: Improve File menu

New features we've added in OpenLP 2.4

  • #1509550: Support song import from VideoPsalm
  • #1512674: Customise styles for remote interface

All over the world

With every release, we hear of more and more people from all over the world who are using OpenLP in their churches. We love hearing from you, so please drop us a line (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, e-mail, or just comment below) and tell us where you're from and how OpenLP is helping your church worship the Lord better.

But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Romans 10:18 KJV

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