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Clutter-Flow Is A CoverFlow Plugin For Banshee

Clutter-Flow brings a CoverFlow interface to Banshee – allowing you to browse through your music in style.

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Any Good?
The extension uses the Clutter toolkit to provide the graphical interface and despite it currently being in Alpha, it is incredibly usable already.

Albums are sorted alphabetically and using your scroll wheel to flick through them really shows off the power of Clutter with seamless and slick animation.

The CoverFlow clone also works in full-screen mode – where it particularly shines!

Install
Now I’m sure you want to install this – and who am i to advise you not to? Just keep in mind that this plug-in is still in development, is an Alpha and ergo things may crash. Capisce? Awesome.

Installing Clutter-Flow itself is relatively easy, though it does require the following shopping-list of dependencies: -

  • Mono (v2.4 or later)
  • Monodevelop (v2.0 or later)
  • Banshee (v1.5 or later)
  • Clutter (v1.0.6 or later)
  • Clutter-gtk (v0.10.2 or later)
  • Clutter-sharp

Installing The Dependencies
Mono, monodevelop and Banshee can all be installed via the Ubuntu Software Centre/Center.

Clutter-GTK can be installed through the terminal using: -

  • sudo apt-get install libclutter-gtk-0.10-0 && libclutter-gtk-0.10-dev

To get the required versions of “the other” Clutter stuff with a minimum of fuss you’re going to need to get your hands dirty.

First of all install git-core

  • sudo apt-get install git-core

We need this to be able to pull the following branches. We’ll do them one at a time.

First up let’s get and install Clutter

  • git clone git://git.clutter-project.org/clutter
  • cd clutter
  • ./autogen.sh
  • make
  • sudo make install

Now we need to install Clutter-sharp.

  • git clone git://git.clutter-project.org/bindings/clutter-sharp
  • cd clutter-sharp
  • ./autogen.sh
  • make
  • sudo make install

Providing those have all installed okay move on and install the coverflow for Banshee extension.

  • Download the plugin by clicking here
  • Extract the archive
  • Press Alt+F2 and type
  • gksu nautilus /usr/lib/banshee-1/Extensions
  • Move the extracted Banshee.ClutterFlow folder into the folder that opened from the command above.

Now start Banshee!

The extension will have been automatically enabled. Select ‘Cover Flow’ from the ‘Music’ menu in the sidebar to go to the Clutter-Flow view.