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SonosController

Description: Control Sonos speakers with your Amiga
Download: sonoscontroller.lha       (TIPS: Use the right click menu if your browser takes you back here all the time)
Size: 3Mb
Version: 1.1
Date: 28 Sep 2021
Author: Michael Rupp
Submitter: Michael Rupp
Email: SonosController/mrupp ch
Homepage: https://mrupp.ch
Requirements: MUI 3.8, AmiSSL 4, one or more Sonos speakers
Category: audio/misc
Replaces: audio/misc/sonoscontroller.lha
License: Freeware
Distribute: yes
Min OS Version: 4.1
FileID: 11820
 
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SonosController lets you control your precious Sonos speakers from any Amiga
connected to the same network.

If you like SonosController, please consider a donation by PayPal:
https://paypal.me/mirupp
Any donation is highly appreciated, no matter how small, and it helps to keep
motivation up to develop software like this for the Amiga!

Features
========
- searches your network automatically for Sonos speakers (that was a tricky
  one) but if that fails for whatever reason, they can also be added manually
- listing your speakers with the info of the currently playing song, sporting
  an icon that is downloaded from the speaker itself
- subscription of the speaker's UPNP events (that was probably the hardest
  one to crack, man-o-man), it means that the controller gets a notification
  if the Sonos system receives a command from some other controller
  (f.e. from your mobile or on some other computer) or directly from the
  speaker's buttons
- sending control commands (sending SOAP requests, another tricky one):
  - Play
  - Pause
  - Next
  - Back
  - Jump to time index
  - Volume
  - Mute
  - Shuffle
  - Repeat (everything, current song)
  - Crossfade
- display of the current song's title, artist, and album on the selected
  speaker
- download and display of the album cover if possible (f.e. if embedded into
  the playing MP3 file)
- local cache for album covers for better performance
- local cache can be emptied in the Preferences dialog
- album cover download can be deactivated in the Preferences dialog
- listing the selected speaker's current queue
- playing a song by clicking an entry in the queue
- listing the Sonos favourites incl. starting one
- listing the Sonos playlists incl. starting one (normal oder shuffled)
- listing TuneIn's saved radio stations incl. starting one
- listing TuneIn's saved radio shows incl. starting one
- browsing your music library incl. starting songs, albums, etc. (normal or
  shuffled)
- searching your music library by search string and search type (artist,
  album, composer, genre, song or imported playlist)
- the last x search strings are save, whereas x can be configured in the
  Preferences (0 - max. 50)
- saved search strings can be emptied in the Preferences dialog
- keyboard shortcuts

And I absolutely wanted to have an Amiga exclusive feature in it, something
that the original Sonos app doesn't feature:

- Exporting playlists in M3U format. These can be put into your music
  library's "playlists" folder to be re-imported into Sonos, thus enabling
  you to kind of backup and restore your playlists.


Technical Details
=================
SonosController is created using Hollywood 9.0 and its plugins RapaGUI 2.0, 
hURL 1.1 and XMLParser 1.1.

Side Note & Thanks
==================
SonosController is my very first Amiga program (I do C# normally) and would
not have been possible without the help of Andreas Falkenhahn and the great
Hollywood community at https://forums.hollywood-mal.com/. Thank you all for
your support!

Disclaimer
==========
All use of SonosController is at your own risk and I can't be held
responsible for any damage it might do to your Sonos or other equipment.
But really, I can't see any way how that might be possible.
And finally: note that I'm not associated with Sonos in any way other than
being a user of their products. Please visit https://www.sonos.com/ to find
out more about them and their excellent sound systems.

History
================
1.1 (27.09.2021)
----------------
- NEW: first release for AmigaOS 3.x besides 4.1 and MorphOS
- NEW: lots of performance improvements to make it usable on a 68060 cpu, 
  resulting in being blazingly fast on PPC-Amigas.
- NEW: MUI 3.8 compatibility (instead of 5.0)
- NEW: zones (= rooms) are now saved in the config file so when starting the
  app the next time no network scan is necessary, resulting in a much quicker
  startup.
- NEW: to save on network traffic and CPU load, loading of the current queue
  can now be deactivated in the Preferences.
- NEW: network scan can now be cancelled and it's no longer possible to start
  a second scan while one is already running (this led to speakers being
  listed multiple times in v1.0).
- NEW: queue lists are now cached in memory and are only reloaded if a change
  has been reported by the according UPNP event.
- NEW: various zone values are now cached in memory and are no longer reloaded
  when switching between zones.
- NEW: loading of album art for radio stations
- NEW: timeout for UPNP subscription has been increased from 10 minutes to
  1 hour (same as with the original Sonos app).
- NEW: added progress in percent while loading a list in the music source
- NEW: added the possibility to cancel loading a list in the music source
- NEW: "Settings" menu to accomodate the menuitems "Preferences..." and "MUI..."
- NEW: "About MUI..." menuitem to follow the MUI styleguide
- CHANGED: shortcuts for "Next" / "Previous" from Ctrl-LEFT/RIGHT to Alt-
  LEFT/RIGHT because on an Amiga keyboard the Ctrl key is quite far away from
  the cursor keys.
- REMOVED: browsing the music library by song: it was useless and took ages,
  it's much better to use the search instead.
- FIXED: renewal of UPNP subscription as well as unsubscription
- FIXED: TV input is now handled correctly.
- FIXED: improved handling when clicking like mad into the track position
slider.
- FIXED: disable play button if action "Play" is not available
- FIXED: lots of minor bugfixes

----------------
1.0 (16.08.2021)
----------------
- first public release for AmigaOS 4.1 and MorphOS 3.x


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