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Adopting abandoned apps?

asked 2018-12-04 22:45:23 +0200

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Hello Sailors!

I stumbled across Picross in Jolla Store a few weeks back, but it didn't work at all. At some point a fatal bug had slipped in the release version, or something, but there was a patch for it already. I tested it and it worked - and I liked the game, too. I decided to fix the application properly and publish it, and ended up rewriting some parts of it.

This gave me an idea; are there any other community-provided applications that you would like to use, but are no longer maintained? Submit your suggestions in answers, and I see what I can do :)

Edit: This question was inspired by Sailfish Devember, so make sure you check out that, too!

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Even abondend apps on OpenRepos that with some TLC may find their way in the Jolla store?

JSE ( 2018-12-04 23:51:04 +0200 )edit


Direc ( 2018-12-05 00:42:35 +0200 )edit

These two I miss:


Call Recorder:

kaari ( 2018-12-05 03:05:57 +0200 )edit

I miss "Daily Comics" from tardypad on OpenRepos:

Code is here:

And maybe you can improve it by enabling users to edit and fix the comics definitions/urls.

melg01 ( 2018-12-05 06:25:53 +0200 )edit

Daedalus Musicplayer:

In my eyes the best player for SailfishOS, but unfortunately no longer able to get/display album information since Sailfish

dyraig ( 2018-12-05 10:10:40 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-12-06 12:36:10 +0200

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updated 2018-12-06 13:27:07 +0200

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-Defender (I don't know if it is still being actively developed, but it has not seen any updates in a while)

-Shmoose or PingYou (Just like Defender, no idea if it is still in active developement.)

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I think YTPlayer only needs an updated version of the youtube-dl. Also a feature to update it from the app would be good to make it "future proof". Haven't used other you listed, so no comments on those. ☺

raketti ( 2018-12-06 12:44:12 +0200 )edit

to make ytplayer work you should open a terminal and update YouTube-dl via curl -L -o /usr/share/harbour-ytplayer/bin/youtube-dl and then chmod a+rx /usr/share/harbour-ytplayer/bin/youtube-dl

but i perfectly agree, an option to have the update inside the app would be wonderful ...

247 ( 2018-12-06 18:22:41 +0200 )edit

Nice! Thanks for the tip @247!

raketti ( 2018-12-06 19:00:12 +0200 )edit

@247 I think that could be done within YouTube-dl... I see what I can do :)

Direc ( 2018-12-07 09:57:32 +0200 )edit

@LemD I think you need, because user nemo can't write to /usr/share/ or its subfolders. There may be a way to relocate the binary to user data path instead. If that is possible, then I can (try to) implement updating the component directly from the application.

Direc ( 2018-12-07 17:26:27 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-12-05 17:41:12 +0200

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updated 2018-12-05 17:41:12 +0200

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daedalus music player

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I'm checking it out!

It looks like I have to downgrade myself a Sailfish 1.x or 2.x, luckily I still have my Jolla 1 so I can see how it is supposed to work!

Direc ( 2018-12-05 18:33:59 +0200 )edit

I do not see point of fork Daedalus, because we have unplayer, that's is basically same application.. Also unplayer is still under development.

Better idea would be help to enchance unplayer even more better, like add equalizer and so on.

And I know that even there is one application it doesn't mean it's waste of time to create alternative application. But I don't see it relevant idea until we have everything important applications. You know.

@Direc you chooses but reconsider first, there is many other more important applications.

Jk ( 2018-12-05 22:59:06 +0200 )edit

I liked a lot the ability to download artist and album pictures automatically that Daedalus had; I don't think Unplayer supports it?

Federico ( 2018-12-06 01:35:21 +0200 )edit

In my eyes, daedalus has a number of advantages over upnplayer:

  • Able to use the SailfishOS trackerDB directly => it follows any change in the collection "automatically". Unplayer runs its own DB and requires you to update it each time you change something in your collection - I find that highly annoying.
    • I like the way daedalus handles play queues much better
    • I find the deadalus interface much easier to use, which is in part due to its similarity to SMPC, which I use frequently. The idea of having these two apps so similar was a really good one of the original author.
    • I like the handling of album and artist images much better in daedalus
    • daedalus supports plain-text playlists, which allows me to change them with a text editor, if I want to (does not happen often, but it does happen). Those playlists are even readable by the Sailfish-player...

I actually think that daedalus is much further in development than unplayer (as in: I do not remember missing any features) - it's only that something in the backend broke due to a SailfishOS change.

@Direc - I have not upgraded to or higher yet, but on 2.1.x, daedalus is running and you can add songs to the play queue and play them, but as all album information is missing, any sorting does not work, nor do album images and anything else related to that information. As mentioned above, SMPC works and looks very similar to daedalus, so if you happen to have an mpd running somewhere, you can use that for an impression as well. Also, I'm not much of a programmer, but I'd be very happy to help with testing should you need somebody to do so.

dyraig ( 2018-12-06 10:52:30 +0200 )edit

Daedalus is inspired by SMPC, which is a mpd client. Actually I did some work on SMPC and daedalus. The plan was unifiying the components used by both players.

But I guess it's too big for me beside my other projects...

@Direc maybe we could work together on SMPC and daedalus

michfu ( 2018-12-07 14:46:00 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-12-06 18:44:29 +0200

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  1. PhoneHook or Scumstopper
  2. Call recorder because recording calls don't work anymore
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answered 2018-12-05 17:40:30 +0200

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updated 2018-12-05 17:40:30 +0200

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squeeze ui

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answered 2018-12-06 13:57:09 +0200

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