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== User Guide - Financial Software ==
 
  
Fedora offers software for the GNOME and KDE environments to manage your finances. '''GnuCash''' is the financial software recommended for users with the GNOME desktop environment, and '''KMyMoney''' is recommended financial software for the KDE environment. Although each financial software application is recommended for a specific desktop environment, remember both will work on any Fedora desktop environment. Both applications can be used for personal and business, and  configured for online banking.
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{{Admon/tip | Media formats not supported by default in Fedora | Because of licensing and patent encumbrances, Fedora cannot ship with certain audio and video playing capabilities, known as ''codecs''.  An example is the ''MP3'' codec. Refer to the section ''Fedora Project's Approach to Multimedia Support'', located below, for more information.}}
  
'''GnuCash''' and '''KMyMoney''' are not installed by default from the Live-CD or the DVD. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can install them with the Fedora DVD.  To install read [[User Guide - Managing Software|the chapter on managing software]].  You can install them by either [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software|using the PackageKit application]] or on the command line by [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software 2|using Yum]].
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== Fedora Project's Approach to Multimedia Support ==
  
== GnuCash ==
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In short, the Fedora Project encourages the use of open formats in place of restricted ones.
  
[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Financial_gnucash-icon.png]]  '''GnuCash''' allows you to track personal and business bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses, and is based on double entry accounting principles.   
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Fedora includes complete support for many freely-distributable formats. These include the Ogg media, Vorbis audio, Theora video, Speex audio, and FLAC audio formats.  These freely-distributable formats are not encumbered by patent or license restrictions, and provide powerful and flexible alternatives to popular yet restricted formats such as MP3 that are not legally distributable with Fedora. For more information, refer to the [[Multimedia| Fedora Multimedia wiki]].
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Fedora includes several tools for listening to audio and viewing video.
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== Multimedia Applications ==
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There are several multi-media applications available for '''GNOME''' and '''KDE''' desktops.  These applications will run in either Fedora desktop environment.  To install software packages not already installed, please read [[User Guide - Managing Software|the chapter on managing software]].  You can install applications by either [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software|using the PackageKit application]] or on the command line by [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software 2|using Yum]].
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By default, Fedora provides the following applications for audio and video:
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* '''Amarok''' is a music player that features tools for organizing music, CDs, Internet radio stations, and more, and is included in KDE by default.
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* '''CD/DVD Creator''' is an application for listening to audio CDs in GNOME.
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* '''Cheese Webcam Booth''' takes photos and videos with your webcam is installed in GNOME and KDE.
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* '''Dragon Player''' is a simple video player in KDE.
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* '''JuK''' is a collection and playlist manager as well as a music player installed in KDE.
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* '''Kaffeine''' is an application for viewing videos in KDE.
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* '''KMix''' is a Sound Mixer for KDE.
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* '''KsCD''' is an application for listening to audio CDs in KDE.
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* '''Rhythmbox''' is a music player that features tools for organizing music, CDs, Internet radio stations, and more, and is included in GNOME and KDE by default.
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* '''Sound Juicer''' is an application for converting CDs to music files (also known as ''ripping'') in GNOME and KDE.
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* '''Sound Recorder''' can record and play .flac, .oga (OGG audio), and .wav sound files.
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* '''Totem Movie Player''' is an application for viewing videos in GNOME and KDE.
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== Applications Installed in '''GNOME''' and '''KDE''' Desktops ==
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* To open these programs, in the '''GNOME''' desktop, select ''Applications > Sound and Video > YourApplication.''
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* For applications in the '''KDE''' desktop, click the ''Kickoff Application Launcher > Applications > Multimedia > YourApplication.''
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=== Cheese Webcam Booth ===
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[[Image:Cheese.png]]  '''Cheese Webcam Booth''' takes photos and videos with your webcam.
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==== Using Cheese Webcam Booth ====
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The top menu provides the following operations and options:
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* Selecting ''Cheese'' you can choose to turn on the ''Countdown'' timer, ''Take a photo'' or ''Record,'' depending on if you selected ''Photo'' or ''Video'' button, see the ''Fullscreen,'' and ''Quit'' the application.
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* ''Edit'' lets you turn on ''Effects, Move to Trash, Move All to Trash,'' and change the ''Preferences.''
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* Clicking on ''Help > Contents,'' or pressing '''[F1]''', opens the ''Cheese Manual.''
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The  tabs, between the windows, are shortcuts of the choices in top menu.
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More information is available on the [http://www.gnome.org/projects/cheese ''Cheese Website'']
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=== Rhythmbox Music Music Player ===
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[[Image:Rhythmbox.png]]  '''Rhythmbox Music Music Player''' plays CDs, internet radio, and is a music collection manager.
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The first time you launch the '''Rhythmbox Music Player''', an assistant will help you import your music. On the second panel of the assistant, press the '''[Browse]''' button and select the folder where your music is stored, normally in your ''/Home/Music/'' directory.
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==== Using Rhythmbox Music Player ====
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The main functions of the '''''Rhythmbox Music Player''''' window are:
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* The top panel Menubar which has all of the menus to perform tasks.  Press '''[F1]''' or ''Help > Contents'' on the menubar to pull up the manual.
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* The second Toolbar panel accesses the ''player functions'' and provides details about the track that is playing.
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* A ''Time Slider'', under the Toolbar panel, displays the position of the read of a track and allows you to jump to another part of a track.
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* In the left window the ''Source List'' lets you access your ''music library, internet radio, internet,'' your ''playlist,'' and ''CDs''.  This consists of:
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:* The '''''Rhythmbox Music Player''''' library, where all of the imported tracks are saved.
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:* The ''Radio'' with internet radio stations.
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:* ''Podcasts''.
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:* ''Online Stores'':
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:* All ''Playlists'' (normal and smart).
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:* ''Audio CD's'' inserted into the computer's drives.
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:* Portable players, such as an ''iPod,'' plugged in to your computer.
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If you have a wheel mouse you can adjust the volume by placing the cursor on the volume icon and turning the wheel.
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* In the ''Browser'', the rectangle window right of the ''Source List'',  you can browse and filter the ''Library'' tracks by ''genre, artist,'' or ''ablum'' name.  It also provides a ''Search'' function.
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* The ''Tracks'' list is the bottom window and contains the lists of the tracks that belong to the source you selected.
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* The ''Statusbar'' is the panel that runs along the bottom that displays information about the source you selected.
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Visit the [http://projects.gnome.org/rhythmbox/ ''Rhythmbox website''] for more information.
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=== Audio CD Extractor (Sound Juicer) ===
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[[Image:Sound-juicer2.png]]  '''Audio CD Extractor (Sound Juicer)''' lets you extract the audio from CDs and convert them to audio files your computer can play.  This program also plays CDs.
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[[Image:Kdesoundjuicer.png]]  '''KDE Audio CD Extractor (Sound Juicer)''' Icon.
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==== Using Sound Juicer ====
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Entering Track Data:
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* Insert an audio CD and '''Sound Juicer''' will locate and retrieve the data from ''MusicBrainz'' (a free service).  If ''MusicBrainz'' cannot match the CD you have the option to enter the track information manually. The notifier will also ask you if you want to submit your album to the ''MusicBrainz'' database.  You will need to open a ''MusicBrainz'' account to submit albums to their database.
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* To enter track data manually:
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:* Fill in the text boxes for the ''title, artist, year,'' and ''genre'' of the CD. 
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:* Below that is a list of the audio tracks on the CDYou can determine the ''track title'' and ''artist'' for each track.
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::* To edit the title of a track, first select the track, then click on the title.  When you have finished entering the title, press the '''[Enter]''' key.
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:* Each track of the CD is automatically updated if they matched the artist before the edit.
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Extracting Track Data:
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* Select the tracks you want to save by clicking on the boxes in front of the tracks.  You also use ''Edit > Select All'' or ''> Deselect All.''
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* Press the '''[Extract]''' button.  This will change to a '''[Stop]''' button when the program begins to extract the data.  You will see an icon next to the track being extracting.
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* Press '''[F1]''', or ''Help > Contents,'' to see the manual.
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For more information see the [http://burtonini.com/blog/computers/sound-juicer  '''''Sound Juicer''' website.'']
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=== Sound Recorder ===
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[[Image:Gnome-sound-recorder.png]]  '''Sound Recorder''' can record and play .flac, .oga (OGG audio), and .wav sound files.
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==== Using Sound Recorder ====
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* From the top menu select ''File > New,'' or press the '''[New]''' button on the second panel.
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* On the ''Record as'' drop-down choose what type of file you want to record to.
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* Press the red '''[Record]''' button or select ''Control > Record'' from the top menu to start recording.
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* Press the '''[Stop]''' button or use ''Control > Stop'', on the top menu, to end the recording.
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* Press the '''[Play]''' button or ''Control > Play'' to start the play-back.
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* To open the audio mixer select ''File > Open Volume Control''.
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* To save your file choose ''File > Save As'', and name your sound file.
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* You can play an existing sound file by clicking the '''[Open]''' button, or selecting ''File > Open'' on the top menu, choose the file and click the '''[Open]''' button. Now press the '''[Play]''' button, or ''Control > Play'', to play the selected file.
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* Selecting ''File > Properties'' displays information about the current sound file.
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* Access the Sound Recorder manual by choosing ''Help > Contents,'' or press the '''[F1]''' key.
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=== Totem Movie Player ===
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[[Image:Totem.png]]  '''Totem Movie Player''' plays DVDs, CDs, and VCDs.
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==== Using Totem Movie Player ====
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* To open an audio, or video, file, select ''Movie > Open.''  Select the file you want and click the '''[+Add]''' button.  You can also drag a file in to the '''Totem Movie Player''' window.  See [http://www.gnome.org/projects/totem/#codecs ''Totem Codecs''] if '''Totem Movie Player''' returns error messages when you try to play a file.
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* Select ''Movie > Open Location'' to open a file by URI location.
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* ''Movie > Play Disc'' will play a DVD, VCD, or CD.
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* ''Movie > Eject'' will eject the disc.
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* Under the ''Eject'' option is the ''Playlist.''
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* ''Movie > Play,'' and ''Movie > Pause,'' will play or pause the disc.
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* Choosing ''Movie > Properties'' opens the sidebar which displays the properties of the file.
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* From the ''Edit'' menu you can ''Take a Screenshot, Copy, Select All, Find, Find Next,'' go to the ''Previous'' file, configure ''Plugins,'' and set ''Preferences.''
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* ''View'' allows you to go to ''Fullscreen, Fit Window to Movie,'' set the ''Aspect Ratio, Switch Angles, Show Controls, Subtitles,'' and show, or hide, the ''Sidebar.''
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* ''Go'' will let you go to the ''DVD, Title, Audio, Angle,'' and ''Chapter'' menus, the ''Next Chapter'' or ''Movie,'' the ''Previous Chapter'' or Movie, Skip'' to a track, and ''Skip Forward'' or ''Backwards.''
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* The ''Sound'' drop-down menu lets you change ''Language'' and turn the ''Volume Up'' or ''Down.''
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* You can open the manual by selecting ''Help > Contents'' or pressing the '''[F1]''' key.
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For more information visit the [http://projects.gnome.org/totem/ '''''Totem Movie Player''' website.'']
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== '''GNOME''' Multimedia Applications ==
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=== CD/DVD Creator ===
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[[Image:Cd-dvd-creator.png]]'''CD/DVD Creator''' is a CD and DVD burner.
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==== Using CD/DVD Creator ====
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To open select ''System > '''CD/DVD Creator'''''.
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'''To create a data disc:'''
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* Drag the files and folders, that you want to write to CD or DVD, to  the '''CD/DVD Creator''' folder.
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* Insert a writeable CD or DVD into your writer device. Doing this step first usually opens the ''CD/DVD Creator'' automatically.  You can configure the ''CD/DVD Creator'' to open automatically by going to ''System > Preferences > Hardware > Multimedia Systems Selector > ''and on the ''Audio'' and ''Video'' tabs select ''Autodetect'' from the drop-down menu.
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* Click the '''''[Write to Disc]''''' button, or choose ''File > Write to CD/DVD.''
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:* Here you can choose write to your ''CD/DVD'' or to a ''File Image''. An image file (ISO) is a normal file that will be saved to your computer and you can write to a CD later.
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::* To write a disc image to a CD/DVD, right-click on the ''Disc Image File'', then choose ''Write to Disc'' from the popup menu.
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:* You can type a name for your CD/DVD in the ''Disc name'' window and select a ''Write speed'' from the drop-down under ''Write Options''.  You will also see the size of your data that will be written to the disc.
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* Press the '''''[Write]''''' button to copy your data to the CD/DVD.
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'''To make a copy of a CD or DVD:'''
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* Insert the disc you want to copy.
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* Choose ''Places  > '''CD/DVD Creator''''' from the top panel menu bar.
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* Right-click on the ''CD'' icon, and choose ''Copy Disc.''
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* Follow the ''Write to Disc'' dialogue as above.
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If you have only one write drive the program will first create a file on your computer. The original disk will be ejected, and ask you to change it for a blank disk to copy on.
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The ''Help'' manual can be accessed by pressing the '''[F1]''' key or clicking ''Help > Contents'' on the top menu bar.
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== '''GNOME''' Multimedia Applications in the Repository ==
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The applications below are not usually installed by default but are in the Repository. To install  these packages please, read [[User Guide - Managing Software|the chapter on managing software]].  You can install applications by either [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software|using the PackageKit application]] or on the command line by [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software 2|using Yum]].
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[[Image:Brasero.png]]  '''Brasero''' Copies and burns music, or data, to CD/DVDs.  Visit the [http://projects.gnome.org/brasero/ '''Brasero''' ''website''] for details.
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[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Media_gnomebaker-48.png‎]]  '''GNOMEBaker''' can burn music or data to a CD.  See the [http://www.biddell.co.uk/gnomebaker.php '''GNOMEBaker''' ''website''] for more information.
 
   
 
   
==='''Configuring GnuCash'''===
 
  
* Launch '''GnuCash''' by clicking ''Applications > Office > Gnucash Finance Management''.
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* Click the '''[Close]''' button to close the ''Tip of the Day'' window.
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* From the ''Welcome Window'' select which wizard you want to open and click the '''[OK]''' button.
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* Select ''Create a new set of accounts'' select the '''[Forward]''' button on the ''Setup Account Hierarchy'' window.
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== '''KDE''' Multimedia Applications ==
:* Choose your curency and click the '''[Forward]''' button.
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* To open applications in the '''KDE''' desktop, click the ''Kickoff Application Launcher > Applications > Multimedia > YourApplication.''
:* Select all of the boxes next to the accounts you want to create in the ''Categories'' window, then push the '''[Forward]''' button.
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:* Follow the directions in the ''Setup new accounts'' window, then click '''[Forward].'''
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=== Amarok ===
:* Press the '''[Apply]''' button to finish your account setup.
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[[Image:Amarok.png]] '''Amarok''' which is a CD player and collection manager.
* If you choose to import a Qif file, select the box then press the '''[Forward]''' button.
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:* Select your QIF file to load and click the '''[Forward]''' button.
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==== Using Amarok ====
:* Now you have the option to load more QIF files for additional accounts. Select the'''[Forward]''' button.
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* When you select '''Amarok''', from menu, you can choose ''Play Media'' to play existing sound files, go to a ''Previous Track, Play/Pause, Stop,'' go to the ''Next Track,'' or ''Quit'' the application.
:* Pressing the '''[Forward]''' button guides you through ''Matching QIF accounts'' with '''''GnuCash''''' ''account'', ''Matching QIF categories'' with '''''GnuCash''''' ''accounts,'' and currency selection.
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* ''Playlist'' lets you ''Add Media, Add Stream, Save Playlist, Undo, Redo, Clear Playlist, Repeat,'' and choose ''Random'' play.
:* Click the '''[Apply]''' button to import your data, or the '''[Back]''' button to review your matchings.
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* ''Tools'' lets you access the ''Cover Manager, Script Manager,'' and to ''Update Collection''.
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* Under ''Settings'' you can ''Configure Shortcuts'' and ''Configure '''Amarok'''.''
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* Selecting ''Help > '''Amarok''' Handbook'', or pressing '''[F1]''' key, opens the manual.
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* On the left side of the application window you can select the ''Files'' you want to play, ''Playlist, Collections,'' or access the internet for ''music, podcasts,'' and ''radio'' stations. Details about your selection are displayed in the window to the right.
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* The bottom center icons are: '''''[+]''' Adds a Widget, '''[-]''' Deletes a Widget,'' the arrows let you go to a ''Previous'' or ''Next Group'', and you can ''Zoom'' in or out.
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* In the ''Playlist'' window you can do a ''Search'', go to the ''Next'' or ''Previous'' selection, and ''Search Preferences''. The options along the bottom allow you to ''Clear Playlist, Show Active Track, Undo, Redo, Save a Playlist'', and ''Export a Playlist As''.
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Fom more information see the [http://amarok.kde.org/ '''''Amarok KDE''' website''.]
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=== Dragon Player ===
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[[Image:Dragonplayer.png]]  '''Dragon Player''' is a simple video player.
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==== Using Dragon Player ====
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* When you first open '''Dragon Player''' a pop-up window asks what you would like to play:
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:* ''Play File'' or ''Play Disc''. If you choose one of these the program loads the file.
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:* You can also ''Close'' the window or ''Quit'' the application.
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* Selecting ''Play > Play Media'' allows you to play a ''DVD, VCD'', or ''Video File'', ''Play/Pause'' lets you pause and re-start the movie, ''Stop'' will stop the playback, and ''Quit'' closes the application
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* The ''Settings'' menu lets you choose the ''Full Screen Mode, Aspect Ratio, Subtitles, Audio Channels'', to ''Confgure Shortcuts'' and ''Toolbars'' or to ''Show Toolbar.''
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* ''Help > '''Dragon Player''' Handbook'', or pressing the '''[F1]''' key, opens the manual.
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More details are available on the [http://dragonplayer.org/ '''''Dragon Player''' website.'']
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=== Music Player (JuK) ===
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[[Image:Juk.png]]  '''Music Player (JuK)''' is a collection and playlist manager as well as a music player.
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==== Using JuK ====
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* When the application opens you can choose to ''Add'' or ''Remove a Folder'', and ''Import playlists'', from the pop-up window.
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* Selecting ''File'', on the top menu bar, you can choose to open a ''New'' file, ''Open'' an existing file, ''Add Folder, Rename, Edit, Search, Duplicate, Reload, Remove Save, Save As,'' or ''Quit'' the application.
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* ''Edit'' allows you to ''Undo, Cut, Copy Paste, Clear,'' or ''Select All''.
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* Under ''View'' you can configure '''JuK''' to ''Show the Search Bar, Show Tag Editor, Show History, Show Play Queue'' or ''Columns, Resize Playlist Columns Manually,'' and ''View Modes (Default, Compact or Tree).''
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* From the ''Player'' drop list you select to ''Random Play, Loop Playlist, Play, Pause, Stop, Next, Previous,'' and ''Play the Next Album.''
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* ''Tagger'' lets you ''Save'' or ''Delete tags, Refresh, Guess Tag Information,'' open the ''Cover Manager,'' and ''Rename a File.''
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* From the ''Settings'' menu you can choose which ''Toolbars'' to display, ''Show Splash Screen on Startup, Dock in System Tray, Stay in System Tray on Close, Open Track Announcement, Tag Guesser, File Renamer,'' and ''Configure Shortcuts'' or ''Toolbars''.
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* The second menu panel displays icons of the most used commands, which are also located in the top menu bar.
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* The right window is home to your ''collection'' or ''playlist''.
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* The main window displays information about the file, such as:  ''Track Name, Artist, Album, Cover, Track, Genre, Year,'' and ''Length''.
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* To open the manual select ''Help > '''JuK''' Handbook'' or press the '''[F1]''' key.
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More information is available on the [http://developer.kde.org/~wheeler/juk.html '''''JuK''' website'']
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=== Media Player (Kaffeine) ===
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[[Image:Kaffeine.png]]'''Kaffeine''' is a media player that can play streaming content, DVBs, DVDs, and CDs. 
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You need the [http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?groupname=kaffeine&filename=kaffeine-mozilla-0.2.tar.bz2&use_mirror=internap  Mozilla plugin] for the program to get streaming content over the web.
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==== Using Kaffeine Media Player ====
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The first window that opens contains five shortcut icons:
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:* ''Play Playlist'' takes you to a current playlist.
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:* ''Audio CD encoding'' will help you rip a track, or tracks, from a CD.
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:* ''Play Audio CD'' plays a CD.
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:* ''Play DVD'' will play a DVD.
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:* ''Play VCD'' connects to streaming content.
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* On the left side of the window are four small icons:
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:* The '''''KDE''' icon,'' on top, brings up the first window, wherever you are in the program.
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:* The '''''Kaffeine''' icon'' opens the ''Player Window.''
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:* Clicking the next ''icon'' will open the ''Playlist.''
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:* The ''Disc Icon'' takes you to the ''Play CD window'' that lists the details of the CD.
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* The ''Toolbar,'' along the bottom of this window, allows you to ''Play, Pause, Skip Backward'' or ''Forward, Stop,'' and ''Adjust the Volume.''
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The top menu panel has:
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* ''File'' which allows you to ''Open a File, URL,'' or ''Directory, Open'' a ''DVD, VCD, Audio CD,'' and ''Network Broadcasting.''  You can also ''Save Stream, Save a Screenshot, Quit with Options, or Quit.''
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* From the ''View'' menu you have the options for the ''Full Screen Mode, Minimal Mode, Toggle Playlist/Player, Enable Auto Resize,'' or ''Keep Original Aspect.''
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* Selecting ''Player'' gives you the option to ''Play, Pause, Stop, Next'' or ''Previous'' (track), ''Fast Forward, Slow Motion, ''and ''Jump to Position.''  You can also ''Navigate'' a ''DVD, CD, Video,'' configure ''Subtitles,'' pull up ''Track Info,'' and Enable/Disable ''Plugins.''
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* The ''Playlist'' drop-down lets you ''Shuffle, Repeat, Download covers, Clear Current Playlist,'' start a ''New Playlist, Import, Save,'' or ''Remove a Playlist.''
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* ''Settings'' allow you to select a ''Player Engine'' (Xine or GStreamer), choose the ''Toolbars, Configure Shortcuts, Toolbars,'' and '''''Kaffeine''' Player'', and to set ''xine Engine Paramenters''.
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* ''Clicking Help > '''Kaffeine''' Player Handbook,'' or pressing the '''[F1]''' key, opens the manual.
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More information is available on the [http://kaffeine.kde.org/ '''''Kaffeine''' website''.]
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=== KMix Sound Mixer ===
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[[Image:Kmix.png]]  '''Sound Mixer (KMix)'''
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==== Using KMix Sound Mixer ====
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*The application Window has three sections with different controls: ''Output, Input'' and ''Switches.'' These sections contain ''volume sliders, switches'' for enabling/disabling ''record'' or ''playback,'' and ''multiple-choice selectors.''
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:* ''Output'' controls are playback related, like the ''Master volume control.''
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:* ''Input'' controls are ''record'' related, like ''Capture.''
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:* ''Switches'' has all controls allowing you to switch some functionalities ''ON'' or ''OFF'' (like "Mic Boost (+20dB)"), and ''multiple-choice controls'' (like ''Mic Select: Mic1 or Mic2)''.
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* '''KMix''' also features ''LED's'':
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:* ''Green'' for ''playback.''
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:* ''Red'' for ''recording.''
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:* ''Yellow'' is for ''special soundcard functions.''
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* Most of these controls have a context menu, you can access by a ''right mouse click'' on the icon.
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:* For ''Split Channels,'' the right slider controls right side volume, and the left controls left side volume.
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:* ''Muted'' can be on or off.
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:* You can select ''Hide'' to hide this device
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* To configure '''KMix''', from the menubar choose ''Preferences > Use Settings > Configure '''KMix'''.''  The options are:
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:* ''Dock into panel'' will dock in the systray when pressing the window '''[Close]''' button.
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:* ''Show labels'' will display labels for each of the sound devices.
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:* ''Show lines'' to mark positions on the sliders.  
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More information is available on the [http://docs.kde.org/stable/en/kdemultimedia/kmix/index.html '''''KMix''' website'']
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=== KsCD ===
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[[Image:KsCD.png]]'''KsCD''' is a simple CD player.
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==== Using KsCD ====
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* The button cluster on the left side contains:
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:* ''Play'' in the center.  
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:* ''Previous'' to the left.
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:* ''Next'' on the right side.
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:* ''Stop'' on the bottom.
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:* ''Eject'' on the top.
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* The center window displays information about the file being played.
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* The icons along the bottom allow you to setup ''Random'' play,'' Loop, Tracklist'', and ''Mute.''
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* The three buttons on the top and center right are:
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:* ''Volume control.''  Place your cursor on the white dot, hold down the right mouse key and drag it to the desired level.
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:* The '''[-]''' button lets you ''minumize'' '''KsCD'''.
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:* The '''[X]''' icon ''closes'' the application.
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 +
== '''KDE''' Multimedia Programs in the Repository ==
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 +
The applications below are not usually installed by default but are in the Repository. To install  these packages please, read [[User Guide - Managing Software|the chapter on managing software]].  You can install applications by either [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software|using the PackageKit application]] or on the command line by [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software 2|using Yum]].
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[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Media_k3b.png]]: '''K3b''' is a CD and DVD burning application.  More information is available on the [http://www.k3b.org/ '''K3b''' website]
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== Playing Audio CDs (CD Player) ==
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 +
'''CD Player''' is the default application for playing CDs in GNOME.  Audio CDs begin playing automatically when the disc is inserted into the CD-ROM drive.
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In GNOME, this program can be launched by clicking on the menu entry ''Applications > Sound & Video > CD Player''. In KDE, this program can be launched by clicking on the menu entry ''KMenu > Applications > Multimedia > CD Player''.
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== Playing Audio CDs (KsCD) ==
 +
 
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'''KsCD''' is the default application for playing CDs in KDE.  Audio CDs begin playing automatically when the disc is inserted into the CD-ROM drive.
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In KDE, this program can be started by clicking on the menu entry ''KMenu > Applications > Multimedia > CD Player''. In GNOME, this program can be started by clicking on the menu entry ''Applications > Sound & Video > KsCD''.
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== Organizing your Multimedia Files (Rhythmbox) ==
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 +
To organize multimedia files, you can use '''Rhythmbox'''.  It is accessed by clicking on ''Applications > Sound & Video > Rhythmbox Music Player'' in GNOME.
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 +
'''Rhythmbox''' provides a front-end for music services, Internet radio stations, podcasts, and your own library of multimedia.
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== Organizing your Multimedia Files (Amarok) ==
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 +
To organize multimedia files, you can use '''Amarok''', accessible in KDE by clicking ''KMenu > Applications > Sound & Video > Amarok''.
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 +
'''Amarok''' provides a front-end for music services, Internet radio stations, podcasts, and your own library of multimedia including any videos you have.
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To learn more about using '''Amarok''', you can access the ''Amarok Manual'' through the ''Help > Amarok Handbook'' menu entry within the program.
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== Playing Videos (Totem) ==
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The '''Totem Movie Player''' can play a variety of videos.  Found at ''Applications > Sound & Video > Movie Player'', '''Totem''' plays any format that can be legally supplied with Fedora.  For help with '''Totem''', click on the ''Totem Movie Player Manual'', accessible through the ''Help > Contents'' menu.
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The '''Kaffeine Movie Player''' can play a variety of videos.  Found at ''Applications > Sound & Video > Kaffeine'', '''Kaffeine''' plays any format that can be legally supplied with Fedora.  For usage help, the ''Kaffeine Player Manual'' is accessed through the ''Help > Kaffeing Player Handbook'' menu.
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== mp3 Players ==
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 +
Personal digital media players can be used to store and listen to music away from a computer.  These are often referred to as ''mp3 players'', a potentially misleading name; not all of these players use mp3 files to store music.
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 +
Many mp3 players can be mounted as storage mediums, and music can be added to them just like a file can be added to any other disk.  See [[User Guide - Media| the chapter on media]] for more information.
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 +
Some players, however, require special applications to transfer music.
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=== Grip ===
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 +
[[Image:Grip-logo.png]] '''Grip''' is a CD player and a ripper for the Gnome desktop. It  provides an automated frontend for MP3, and other audio format, encoders, letting you transform the disc straight into MP3s.  Internet disc lookups are supported for retrieving track information.
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'''Grip''' is not installed by default but it is in the repository for installation with either [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software|using the PackageKit application]] or on the command line by [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software 2|using Yum]].
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Details are available on the [http://nostatic.org/grip/doc/index.html '''''Grip''' website'']
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=== iPod Connectivity ===
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<!-- [[Image:IPod_Line.png|right|thumb|A series of Apple iPods.]] -->
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Because of the proprietary nature of the '''Apple iPod''', it can be difficult to use it on your Linux platform without guidance.  Unfortunately, Apple has not (and has never announced plans to) release a Linux version of iTunes, and iTunes is not yet stable through Wine.  Luckily, there are several high-quality tools available for Linux users to manage media content on the iPod.  Among them are [http://www.gtkpod.org/about.html gtkpod], [http://www.yamipod.com YamiPod], and tools built into media players such as AmaroK, Rhythmbox, and Banshee.
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The Fedora Project does not by default offer the ability to interact with the Apple iPod. However, a program called '''Gtkpod''' can be used to sync music, podcasts, and other content to your iPod.
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[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Multimedia_gtkpod.png]]  '''Gtkpod''' is not installed by default from the Live-CD or the DVD. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can use the Fedora DVD to install '''Gtkpod'''.  You can install applications by either [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software|using the PackageKit application]] or on the command line by [[User Guide - Managing Software#Installing Software 2|using Yum]].
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After you install '''Gtkpod''' using one of the methods described above, launch the program by clicking ''Applications > Music and Video > gtkpod''.
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[[Image:IPod_Line.png|right|thumb|A series of Apple iPods.]]
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Because of the proprietary nature of the '''Apple iPod''', it can be difficult to use it on your Linux platform without guidance. Unfortunately, Apple has not (and has never announced plans to) release a Linux version of iTunes, and iTunes is not yet stable through Wine.  Luckily, there are several high-quality tools available for Linux users to manage media content on the iPod.  Among them are [http://www.gtkpod.org/about.html gtkpod], [http://www.yamipod.com YamiPod], and tools built into media players such as '''AmaroK, Rhythmbox,''' and '''Banshee'''.
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This article will examine how to use several of these applications to synchronize music files and more to your iPod.  It is worth noting that iPods - especially newer models - will almost always have features that are not supported on Linux.  The only way to use such features is to use Apple's officially supported iTunes software.
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== Making your iPod work ==
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the Linux kernel does not support journalling on hfsplus,  which will cause you ipod to be mounted read-only.  to fix this  you have two options
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[[Category:How to]]
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== mp3 Players ==
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==='''Using GnuCash'''===
 
  
* Open '''GnuCash''' by selecting ''Applications > Office > '''GnuCash''' ''on the top menu panel.
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Some players, however, require special applications to transfer music.
* The ''Accounts'' tab opens.  The top menu bar allows you to manipulate your accounts.  You can:
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:* ''Edit, Delete'' and ''Create new accounts''.
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:* ''Set Preferences''.
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:* ''Schedule Transactions''.
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:*  Do ''transfers''.
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:* ''Reconcile'' an account.
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:* Enter ''Stock Splits''.
+
:* Add ''Customers, Vendors'', and ''Employees'' for a business.
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:* ''Set Reminders''.
+
:* Generate ''reports''.
+
:* ''Setup Online Banking''.
+
:* ''Edit Prices'' of inventory.
+
:* Access the ''General Ledger''.
+
* Double click on an account to bring up a check book type register for that account. The top menu bar changes to allow manipulation of transactions. This menu includes the options above, plus you can:
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:* Change the view of the ledger from ''Basic Ledger'' to ''Auto-Split Ledger'', ''Transaction Journal'', or ''Double Entry''.
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:* ''Cut, Copy, Paste, Duplicate, Delete, Void'', and ''Enter'' transactions.
+
:* ''Set Billing Terms'' for customers.
+
:* Create ''Bills, Invoices,'' and ''Vouchers''.
+
  
==='''Setup Online Banking'''===
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=== iPod Connectivity ===
  
Online banking setup begins from the ''Accounts'' window or the ''Register.'' 
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The Fedora Project does not by default offer the ability to interact with the Apple iPod. However, a program called Gtkpod can be used to sync music, podcasts, and other content to your iPod.   
* On the top menu bar select ''Tools > Online Banking Setup.'' 
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* The ''Initial Online Banking Setup'' window lists what you need to complete the setup.
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* Click the '''[Forward]'''  button.
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* Select the '''[Start AqBanking Wizard]''' in the ''Start Online Banking Wizard'' window.
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* The ''Configuration'' window ''Intro'' provides a summary of what you can do.
+
* Type in the information required in the '''[Users], [Accounts],''' and '''[Backends]''' tabs on the top of the window.
+
* Select ''OFX-Direct'' Backend if you are not sure which one to use.
+
* You may need to call your bank to get their server URLIf you chose the ''OFX-Direct'' backend it is likely their URL is ''<nowiki>https://ofx.yourbank.com/.</nowiki>''
+
* Return to the ''Start Online Banking Wizard'' and click the '''[Forward]''' button.
+
* Check the boxe(s) under the ''New?'' column to match the bank accounts with your '''GnuCash''' accounts.
+
* Press the '''[Forward]''' button.
+
* Now select the '''[Apply]''' button to finish.
+
* To download your bank transactions select the ''Accounts'' or ''Register'' tab then: ''Actions > Online Actions > Get Transactions'' or ''> Get Balance'' and fill in the information asked for to complete the operation.
+
  
  
For additional help using the application, please refer to the [http://www.gnucash.org/docs.phtml documents]  on the [http://www.gnucash.org/ Gnucash]  website.
 
  
== KMyMoney ==
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== gtkpod ==
  
[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Financial_kmymoney-icon.png]] '''KMyMoney''' Is a double entry accounting software package, for personal and small business use.
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One of the open-source iPod management programs that has been around for the longest time is gtkpod. It features a simple interface that makes a lot of sense and runs on most Linux distributions.  On the gtkpod.org website, it is described as "a platform independent Graphical User Interface for Apple's iPod using GTK2. It supports the first to fifth Generation including the iPod mini, iPod Photo, iPod Shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod Video."
  
==='''Configuring KMyMoney'''===
+
Gtkpod has an extensive users guide in the form of [http://www.gtkpod.org/README their README file], which is available on their [http://www.gtkpod.org website].  This article tries to summarize the key points needed for the average user.
  
* Open KMyMoney by selecting ''>Applications > Office > '''KMyMoney'''''.
+
=== Zune Connectivity ===
* Click the '''[Next]''' button on the ''Welcome to '''KMyMoney''''' screen.
+
* Type in the information and press '''[Next]'''.
+
* Select your currency and click '''[Next]'''.
+
* Now type in the information for your bank account. Then select '''[Next]''' again.
+
* Choose your country and click on the '''[+]''' next to country.
+
* Select the type of account you want setup, then click '''[Next]'''.
+
* Press the '''[Configure preferences now]''' button.
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* You can keep the default path where '''KMyMoney''' will save your files, type in a path, or browse by clicking the ''small folder'' button on the right of the path window.
+
* Click the '''[Finish]''' button and your ''Home'' window opens.
+
* Open the account register by clicking on your account's link in ''Your Financial Summary'' window.
+
* Select the ''Show '''KMyMoney''' welcome page'' link at the bottom to:
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:* ''Set Up a New Data File.''
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:* ''Use an Existing Data File''.
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:* ''Visit the '''KMyMoney''' Website.''
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:* ''See What's New in this Version.''
+
  
==='''Using KMyMoney'''===
+
There are currently no established methods for safely transferring files to Microsoft's Zune device on Linux.  If you own a properly licensed version of Microsoft Windows, running a virtual machine may be an option, but is beyond the scope of this guide.
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* Selecting ''File'' from the top menu bar shows the options to:
+
== Further Information ==
:* ''Create, Open,'' and ''Save'' files. 
+
:* ''Import'' QIF, GnuCash, and OFX files.
+
:* ''Export'' QIF files. 
+
:* ''Backup'' your data.
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:* ''Edit'' your personal information.
+
* Choosing ''View'' will:
+
:* ''Show Transaction Details.''
+
:* ''Hide reconciled transactions.''
+
:* ''Hide unused categories.''
+
:* ''Show all accounts.''
+
* Clicking on ''Institution'' allows you to:
+
:* Set up a ''New Institution.''
+
:* ''Edit an institution.''
+
:* ''Delete and institution.''
+
* The ''Account'' drop-down menu lets you:
+
:* Create a ''New account.''
+
:* ''Edit accounts.''
+
:* ''Delete accounts.''
+
:* '' Open the ledger.''
+
:* ''Reconcile.''
+
:* ''Close'' or ''Reopen'' an account.
+
:* ''Map, Unmap,'' and ''Update'' an online account.
+
* In the ''Catagory'' menu you can:
+
:* ''Create, Edit'' or ''delete'' a category.
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:* ''Open the ledger.''
+
* Under ''Transaction'' are the options to:
+
:* ''Create, Edit, Delete,'' and ''Mark'' transactions.
+
:* ''Goto account'' and ''Goto payee.''
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:* ''Match, Accept, Combine,'' or ''Select all'' transactions.
+
* ''Tools'' menu has:
+
:* ''QIF Profile, Securities, Currencies,'' and ''Prices Editor.''
+
:* ''Update Stock'' and ''Currency Prices.''
+
:* ''Consistency'' and ''Performance Tests.''
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:* ''Plug-ins.''
+
:* Option to ''Debug Traces'' and ''Timers.''
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* From the ''Settings'' menu you can:
+
:* ''Hide the Toolbar'' and ''Statusbar.''
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:* ''Enable all messages.''
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:* Change the ''KDE language settings.''
+
:* ''Configure Shortcuts, Toolbars,'' and '''''KMyMoney.'''''
+
:* ''Help'' provides access to '''''KMyMoney''' Handbook, Bug Report,'' and ''program information.''
+
  
==='''Setup Online Banking'''===
+
For more information on freely-distributable formats and how to use them, refer to the Xiph.Org Foundation's web site [http://www.xiph.org/ here.]
  
* Click the  '''[Institutions]''' icon on the left panel to make sure your bank information is linked to your new account. 
 
* Highlight your account under the bank in the main window.
 
* On the top menu, choose ''Account > Map Account'' and the program will load a list of financial institutions in the ''Online Banking Account Setup'' window.
 
* Type the name of your bank in the ''Search'' bar, or scroll down the list to find it.
 
* Click on your bank's name to select it then press the '''[Next]''' button.
 
* Fill in your ''Username'' and ''Password.''
 
* Choose an option for ''Indentify as'' (the format(s) you bank downloads too) and click the '''[Next]''' key.
 
* This window shows the accounts you have available at the bank.  Click on the whichever one you want to link to your '''KMyMoney''' account and press '''[Next].'''
 
* Select the '''Finish''' button to complete the setup.
 
* Press the blue icon on the top menu to ''Update the Account,'' or select ''Account > Account update,'' also on the top menu bar.
 
* The program connects to your bank and the ''Account selection'' window asks you which '''KMyMoney''' account you want the information downloaded too.  You also have the option here to ''Create'' a new account. 
 
* Select your account and press '''[Ok].'''
 
* The ''Statement stats - '''KMyMoney''''' window summarizes the information downloaded, click the '''[OK]''' button.
 
* Select the ''Ledger'' icon on the left menu panel to see the loaded information. 
 
  
For additional help using the application, please refer to the [http://kmymoney2.sourceforge.net/faq.html FAQs]  on the [http://kmymoney2.sourceforge.net/index-home.html KMyMoney]  website.
 
  
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Media formats not supported by default in Fedora
Because of licensing and patent encumbrances, Fedora cannot ship with certain audio and video playing capabilities, known as codecs. An example is the MP3 codec. Refer to the section Fedora Project's Approach to Multimedia Support, located below, for more information.

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[edit] Fedora Project's Approach to Multimedia Support

In short, the Fedora Project encourages the use of open formats in place of restricted ones.

Fedora includes complete support for many freely-distributable formats. These include the Ogg media, Vorbis audio, Theora video, Speex audio, and FLAC audio formats. These freely-distributable formats are not encumbered by patent or license restrictions, and provide powerful and flexible alternatives to popular yet restricted formats such as MP3 that are not legally distributable with Fedora. For more information, refer to the Fedora Multimedia wiki. Fedora includes several tools for listening to audio and viewing video.

[edit] Multimedia Applications

There are several multi-media applications available for GNOME and KDE desktops. These applications will run in either Fedora desktop environment. To install software packages not already installed, please read the chapter on managing software. You can install applications by either using the PackageKit application or on the command line by using Yum.

By default, Fedora provides the following applications for audio and video:

  • Amarok is a music player that features tools for organizing music, CDs, Internet radio stations, and more, and is included in KDE by default.
  • CD/DVD Creator is an application for listening to audio CDs in GNOME.
  • Cheese Webcam Booth takes photos and videos with your webcam is installed in GNOME and KDE.
  • Dragon Player is a simple video player in KDE.
  • JuK is a collection and playlist manager as well as a music player installed in KDE.
  • Kaffeine is an application for viewing videos in KDE.
  • KMix is a Sound Mixer for KDE.
  • KsCD is an application for listening to audio CDs in KDE.
  • Rhythmbox is a music player that features tools for organizing music, CDs, Internet radio stations, and more, and is included in GNOME and KDE by default.
  • Sound Juicer is an application for converting CDs to music files (also known as ripping) in GNOME and KDE.
  • Sound Recorder can record and play .flac, .oga (OGG audio), and .wav sound files.
  • Totem Movie Player is an application for viewing videos in GNOME and KDE.

[edit] Applications Installed in GNOME and KDE Desktops

  • To open these programs, in the GNOME desktop, select Applications > Sound and Video > YourApplication.
  • For applications in the KDE desktop, click the Kickoff Application Launcher > Applications > Multimedia > YourApplication.

[edit] Cheese Webcam Booth

Cheese.png Cheese Webcam Booth takes photos and videos with your webcam.

[edit] Using Cheese Webcam Booth

The top menu provides the following operations and options:

  • Selecting Cheese you can choose to turn on the Countdown timer, Take a photo or Record, depending on if you selected Photo or Video button, see the Fullscreen, and Quit the application.
  • Edit lets you turn on Effects, Move to Trash, Move All to Trash, and change the Preferences.
  • Clicking on Help > Contents, or pressing [F1], opens the Cheese Manual.

The tabs, between the windows, are shortcuts of the choices in top menu.

More information is available on the Cheese Website

[edit] Rhythmbox Music Music Player

Rhythmbox.png Rhythmbox Music Music Player plays CDs, internet radio, and is a music collection manager. The first time you launch the Rhythmbox Music Player, an assistant will help you import your music. On the second panel of the assistant, press the [Browse] button and select the folder where your music is stored, normally in your /Home/Music/ directory.

[edit] Using Rhythmbox Music Player

The main functions of the Rhythmbox Music Player window are:

  • The top panel Menubar which has all of the menus to perform tasks. Press [F1] or Help > Contents on the menubar to pull up the manual.
  • The second Toolbar panel accesses the player functions and provides details about the track that is playing.
  • A Time Slider, under the Toolbar panel, displays the position of the read of a track and allows you to jump to another part of a track.
  • In the left window the Source List lets you access your music library, internet radio, internet, your playlist, and CDs. This consists of:
  • The Rhythmbox Music Player library, where all of the imported tracks are saved.
  • The Radio with internet radio stations.
  • Podcasts.
  • Online Stores:
  • All Playlists (normal and smart).
  • Audio CD's inserted into the computer's drives.
  • Portable players, such as an iPod, plugged in to your computer.

If you have a wheel mouse you can adjust the volume by placing the cursor on the volume icon and turning the wheel.

  • In the Browser, the rectangle window right of the Source List, you can browse and filter the Library tracks by genre, artist, or ablum name. It also provides a Search function.
  • The Tracks list is the bottom window and contains the lists of the tracks that belong to the source you selected.
  • The Statusbar is the panel that runs along the bottom that displays information about the source you selected.

Visit the Rhythmbox website for more information.

[edit] Audio CD Extractor (Sound Juicer)

Sound-juicer2.png Audio CD Extractor (Sound Juicer) lets you extract the audio from CDs and convert them to audio files your computer can play. This program also plays CDs.

Kdesoundjuicer.png KDE Audio CD Extractor (Sound Juicer) Icon.

[edit] Using Sound Juicer

Entering Track Data:

  • Insert an audio CD and Sound Juicer will locate and retrieve the data from MusicBrainz (a free service). If MusicBrainz cannot match the CD you have the option to enter the track information manually. The notifier will also ask you if you want to submit your album to the MusicBrainz database. You will need to open a MusicBrainz account to submit albums to their database.
  • To enter track data manually:
  • Fill in the text boxes for the title, artist, year, and genre of the CD.
  • Below that is a list of the audio tracks on the CD. You can determine the track title and artist for each track.
  • To edit the title of a track, first select the track, then click on the title. When you have finished entering the title, press the [Enter] key.
  • Each track of the CD is automatically updated if they matched the artist before the edit.

Extracting Track Data:

  • Select the tracks you want to save by clicking on the boxes in front of the tracks. You also use Edit > Select All or > Deselect All.
  • Press the [Extract] button. This will change to a [Stop] button when the program begins to extract the data. You will see an icon next to the track being extracting.
  • Press [F1], or Help > Contents, to see the manual.

For more information see the Sound Juicer website.

[edit] Sound Recorder

Gnome-sound-recorder.png Sound Recorder can record and play .flac, .oga (OGG audio), and .wav sound files.

[edit] Using Sound Recorder

  • From the top menu select File > New, or press the [New] button on the second panel.
  • On the Record as drop-down choose what type of file you want to record to.
  • Press the red [Record] button or select Control > Record from the top menu to start recording.
  • Press the [Stop] button or use Control > Stop, on the top menu, to end the recording.
  • Press the [Play] button or Control > Play to start the play-back.
  • To open the audio mixer select File > Open Volume Control.
  • To save your file choose File > Save As, and name your sound file.
  • You can play an existing sound file by clicking the [Open] button, or selecting File > Open on the top menu, choose the file and click the [Open] button. Now press the [Play] button, or Control > Play, to play the selected file.
  • Selecting File > Properties displays information about the current sound file.
  • Access the Sound Recorder manual by choosing Help > Contents, or press the [F1] key.

[edit] Totem Movie Player

Totem.png Totem Movie Player plays DVDs, CDs, and VCDs.

[edit] Using Totem Movie Player

  • To open an audio, or video, file, select Movie > Open. Select the file you want and click the [+Add] button. You can also drag a file in to the Totem Movie Player window. See Totem Codecs if Totem Movie Player returns error messages when you try to play a file.
  • Select Movie > Open Location to open a file by URI location.
  • Movie > Play Disc will play a DVD, VCD, or CD.
  • Movie > Eject will eject the disc.
  • Under the Eject option is the Playlist.
  • Movie > Play, and Movie > Pause, will play or pause the disc.
  • Choosing Movie > Properties opens the sidebar which displays the properties of the file.
  • From the Edit menu you can Take a Screenshot, Copy, Select All, Find, Find Next, go to the Previous file, configure Plugins, and set Preferences.
  • View allows you to go to Fullscreen, Fit Window to Movie, set the Aspect Ratio, Switch Angles, Show Controls, Subtitles, and show, or hide, the Sidebar.
  • Go will let you go to the DVD, Title, Audio, Angle, and Chapter menus, the Next Chapter or Movie, the Previous Chapter or Movie, Skip to a track, and Skip Forward or Backwards.
  • The Sound drop-down menu lets you change Language and turn the Volume Up or Down.
  • You can open the manual by selecting Help > Contents or pressing the [F1] key.

For more information visit the Totem Movie Player website.

[edit] GNOME Multimedia Applications

[edit] CD/DVD Creator

Cd-dvd-creator.pngCD/DVD Creator is a CD and DVD burner.

[edit] Using CD/DVD Creator

To open select System > CD/DVD Creator.

To create a data disc:

  • Drag the files and folders, that you want to write to CD or DVD, to the CD/DVD Creator folder.
  • Insert a writeable CD or DVD into your writer device. Doing this step first usually opens the CD/DVD Creator automatically. You can configure the CD/DVD Creator to open automatically by going to System > Preferences > Hardware > Multimedia Systems Selector > and on the Audio and Video tabs select Autodetect from the drop-down menu.
  • Click the [Write to Disc] button, or choose File > Write to CD/DVD.
  • Here you can choose write to your CD/DVD or to a File Image. An image file (ISO) is a normal file that will be saved to your computer and you can write to a CD later.
  • To write a disc image to a CD/DVD, right-click on the Disc Image File, then choose Write to Disc from the popup menu.
  • You can type a name for your CD/DVD in the Disc name window and select a Write speed from the drop-down under Write Options. You will also see the size of your data that will be written to the disc.
  • Press the [Write] button to copy your data to the CD/DVD.

To make a copy of a CD or DVD:

  • Insert the disc you want to copy.
  • Choose Places > CD/DVD Creator from the top panel menu bar.
  • Right-click on the CD icon, and choose Copy Disc.
  • Follow the Write to Disc dialogue as above.

If you have only one write drive the program will first create a file on your computer. The original disk will be ejected, and ask you to change it for a blank disk to copy on.

The Help manual can be accessed by pressing the [F1] key or clicking Help > Contents on the top menu bar.

[edit] GNOME Multimedia Applications in the Repository

The applications below are not usually installed by default but are in the Repository. To install these packages please, read the chapter on managing software. You can install applications by either using the PackageKit application or on the command line by using Yum.

Brasero.png Brasero Copies and burns music, or data, to CD/DVDs. Visit the Brasero website for details.

Docs Drafts DesktopUserGuide Media gnomebaker-48.png GNOMEBaker can burn music or data to a CD. See the GNOMEBaker website for more information.


[edit] KDE Multimedia Applications

  • To open applications in the KDE desktop, click the Kickoff Application Launcher > Applications > Multimedia > YourApplication.

[edit] Amarok

Amarok.png Amarok which is a CD player and collection manager.

[edit] Using Amarok

  • When you select Amarok, from menu, you can choose Play Media to play existing sound files, go to a Previous Track, Play/Pause, Stop, go to the Next Track, or Quit the application.
  • Playlist lets you Add Media, Add Stream, Save Playlist, Undo, Redo, Clear Playlist, Repeat, and choose Random play.
  • Tools lets you access the Cover Manager, Script Manager, and to Update Collection.
  • Under Settings you can Configure Shortcuts and Configure Amarok.
  • Selecting Help > Amarok Handbook, or pressing [F1] key, opens the manual.
  • On the left side of the application window you can select the Files you want to play, Playlist, Collections, or access the internet for music, podcasts, and radio stations. Details about your selection are displayed in the window to the right.
  • The bottom center icons are: [+] Adds a Widget, [-] Deletes a Widget, the arrows let you go to a Previous or Next Group, and you can Zoom in or out.
  • In the Playlist window you can do a Search, go to the Next or Previous selection, and Search Preferences. The options along the bottom allow you to Clear Playlist, Show Active Track, Undo, Redo, Save a Playlist, and Export a Playlist As.

Fom more information see the Amarok KDE website.

[edit] Dragon Player

Dragonplayer.png Dragon Player is a simple video player.

[edit] Using Dragon Player

  • When you first open Dragon Player a pop-up window asks what you would like to play:
  • Play File or Play Disc. If you choose one of these the program loads the file.
  • You can also Close the window or Quit the application.
  • Selecting Play > Play Media allows you to play a DVD, VCD, or Video File, Play/Pause lets you pause and re-start the movie, Stop will stop the playback, and Quit closes the application
  • The Settings menu lets you choose the Full Screen Mode, Aspect Ratio, Subtitles, Audio Channels, to Confgure Shortcuts and Toolbars or to Show Toolbar.
  • Help > Dragon Player Handbook, or pressing the [F1] key, opens the manual.

More details are available on the Dragon Player website.

[edit] Music Player (JuK)

Juk.png Music Player (JuK) is a collection and playlist manager as well as a music player.

[edit] Using JuK

  • When the application opens you can choose to Add or Remove a Folder, and Import playlists, from the pop-up window.
  • Selecting File, on the top menu bar, you can choose to open a New file, Open an existing file, Add Folder, Rename, Edit, Search, Duplicate, Reload, Remove Save, Save As, or Quit the application.
  • Edit allows you to Undo, Cut, Copy Paste, Clear, or Select All.
  • Under View you can configure JuK to Show the Search Bar, Show Tag Editor, Show History, Show Play Queue or Columns, Resize Playlist Columns Manually, and View Modes (Default, Compact or Tree).
  • From the Player drop list you select to Random Play, Loop Playlist, Play, Pause, Stop, Next, Previous, and Play the Next Album.
  • Tagger lets you Save or Delete tags, Refresh, Guess Tag Information, open the Cover Manager, and Rename a File.
  • From the Settings menu you can choose which Toolbars to display, Show Splash Screen on Startup, Dock in System Tray, Stay in System Tray on Close, Open Track Announcement, Tag Guesser, File Renamer, and Configure Shortcuts or Toolbars.
  • The second menu panel displays icons of the most used commands, which are also located in the top menu bar.
  • The right window is home to your collection or playlist.
  • The main window displays information about the file, such as: Track Name, Artist, Album, Cover, Track, Genre, Year, and Length.
  • To open the manual select Help > JuK Handbook or press the [F1] key.

More information is available on the JuK website

[edit] Media Player (Kaffeine)

Kaffeine.pngKaffeine is a media player that can play streaming content, DVBs, DVDs, and CDs. You need the Mozilla plugin for the program to get streaming content over the web.

[edit] Using Kaffeine Media Player

The first window that opens contains five shortcut icons:

  • Play Playlist takes you to a current playlist.
  • Audio CD encoding will help you rip a track, or tracks, from a CD.
  • Play Audio CD plays a CD.
  • Play DVD will play a DVD.
  • Play VCD connects to streaming content.
  • On the left side of the window are four small icons:
  • The KDE icon, on top, brings up the first window, wherever you are in the program.
  • The Kaffeine icon opens the Player Window.
  • Clicking the next icon will open the Playlist.
  • The Disc Icon takes you to the Play CD window that lists the details of the CD.
  • The Toolbar, along the bottom of this window, allows you to Play, Pause, Skip Backward or Forward, Stop, and Adjust the Volume.

The top menu panel has:

  • File which allows you to Open a File, URL, or Directory, Open a DVD, VCD, Audio CD, and Network Broadcasting. You can also Save Stream, Save a Screenshot, Quit with Options, or Quit.
  • From the View menu you have the options for the Full Screen Mode, Minimal Mode, Toggle Playlist/Player, Enable Auto Resize, or Keep Original Aspect.
  • Selecting Player gives you the option to Play, Pause, Stop, Next or Previous (track), Fast Forward, Slow Motion, and Jump to Position. You can also Navigate a DVD, CD, Video, configure Subtitles, pull up Track Info, and Enable/Disable Plugins.
  • The Playlist drop-down lets you Shuffle, Repeat, Download covers, Clear Current Playlist, start a New Playlist, Import, Save, or Remove a Playlist.
  • Settings allow you to select a Player Engine (Xine or GStreamer), choose the Toolbars, Configure Shortcuts, Toolbars, and Kaffeine Player, and to set xine Engine Paramenters.
  • Clicking Help > Kaffeine Player Handbook, or pressing the [F1] key, opens the manual.


More information is available on the Kaffeine website.

[edit] KMix Sound Mixer

Kmix.png Sound Mixer (KMix)

[edit] Using KMix Sound Mixer

  • The application Window has three sections with different controls: Output, Input and Switches. These sections contain volume sliders, switches for enabling/disabling record or playback, and multiple-choice selectors.
  • Output controls are playback related, like the Master volume control.
  • Input controls are record related, like Capture.
  • Switches has all controls allowing you to switch some functionalities ON or OFF (like "Mic Boost (+20dB)"), and multiple-choice controls (like Mic Select: Mic1 or Mic2).
  • KMix also features LED's:
  • Green for playback.
  • Red for recording.
  • Yellow is for special soundcard functions.
  • Most of these controls have a context menu, you can access by a right mouse click on the icon.
  • For Split Channels, the right slider controls right side volume, and the left controls left side volume.
  • Muted can be on or off.
  • You can select Hide to hide this device
  • To configure KMix, from the menubar choose Preferences > Use Settings > Configure KMix. The options are:
  • Dock into panel will dock in the systray when pressing the window [Close] button.
  • Show labels will display labels for each of the sound devices.
  • Show lines to mark positions on the sliders.

More information is available on the KMix website

[edit] KsCD

KsCD.pngKsCD is a simple CD player.

[edit] Using KsCD

  • The button cluster on the left side contains:
  • Play in the center.
  • Previous to the left.
  • Next on the right side.
  • Stop on the bottom.
  • Eject on the top.
  • The center window displays information about the file being played.
  • The icons along the bottom allow you to setup Random play, Loop, Tracklist, and Mute.
  • The three buttons on the top and center right are:
  • Volume control. Place your cursor on the white dot, hold down the right mouse key and drag it to the desired level.
  • The [-] button lets you minumize KsCD.
  • The [X] icon closes the application.

[edit] KDE Multimedia Programs in the Repository

The applications below are not usually installed by default but are in the Repository. To install these packages please, read the chapter on managing software. You can install applications by either using the PackageKit application or on the command line by using Yum.

Docs Drafts DesktopUserGuide Media k3b.png: K3b is a CD and DVD burning application. More information is available on the K3b website

[edit] mp3 Players

Personal digital media players can be used to store and listen to music away from a computer. These are often referred to as mp3 players, a potentially misleading name; not all of these players use mp3 files to store music.

Many mp3 players can be mounted as storage mediums, and music can be added to them just like a file can be added to any other disk. See the chapter on media for more information.

Some players, however, require special applications to transfer music.

[edit] Grip

Grip-logo.png Grip is a CD player and a ripper for the Gnome desktop. It provides an automated frontend for MP3, and other audio format, encoders, letting you transform the disc straight into MP3s. Internet disc lookups are supported for retrieving track information. Grip is not installed by default but it is in the repository for installation with either using the PackageKit application or on the command line by using Yum.

Details are available on the Grip website

[edit] iPod Connectivity

Because of the proprietary nature of the Apple iPod, it can be difficult to use it on your Linux platform without guidance. Unfortunately, Apple has not (and has never announced plans to) release a Linux version of iTunes, and iTunes is not yet stable through Wine. Luckily, there are several high-quality tools available for Linux users to manage media content on the iPod. Among them are gtkpod, YamiPod, and tools built into media players such as AmaroK, Rhythmbox, and Banshee.

The Fedora Project does not by default offer the ability to interact with the Apple iPod. However, a program called Gtkpod can be used to sync music, podcasts, and other content to your iPod.

Docs Drafts DesktopUserGuide Multimedia gtkpod.png Gtkpod is not installed by default from the Live-CD or the DVD. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can use the Fedora DVD to install Gtkpod. You can install applications by either using the PackageKit application or on the command line by using Yum.

After you install Gtkpod using one of the methods described above, launch the program by clicking Applications > Music and Video > gtkpod.

For further help on iPod support, you can go to the Gtkpod website.


[edit] Further Information

For more information on freely-distributable formats and how to use them, refer to the Xiph.Org Foundation's web site here.



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