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advene (1.0) unstable; urgency=low

  * This release marks the end of a series that has been stable for a long
    time, but never earned its major release number. This version now
    enters a maintenance state, while development focuses on the next
    major version (new data model, interface revamp to handle simultaneous
    analysis of multiple video files...).
  * See the following 0.47 notes for more details about changes from
    previous release.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:31:19 +0100

advene (0.48) unstable; urgency=low

  * New stable release, candidate for 1.0. See the following 0.47 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:54:20 +0100

advene (0.47) unstable; urgency=low

  * Main GUI:

     * Left-clicking on the video slider jumps to the designated position.

  * Note-taking view - new shortcut: Ctrl-C to convert to annotations

  * Timeline:

     * The annotation inspector can be locked on an annotation by clicking
       on it. Clicking on the lock icon or in the timeline background unlocks
       the inspector. The annotation content can be edited through the
       inspector, and validated either with an icon, or with the
       Control-Return shortcut.

  * Annotation table view:

     * Annotation contents can be modified from the table view.

     * New shortcut: Ctrl-Return to play current annotation.

  * Transcription view - new shortcut: Ctrl-Return to play current annotation.

  * Importers:

     * WebVTT files can be imported.

     * Speech recognition has been implemented through the pocketsphinx
       speech recognition software. The pocketsphinx software is not bundled
       with Advene and has to be installed separately to enable this
       feature. See for

  * The additional videoplayer offset can be customized by drag and drop
    of an annotation.

  * The popup menu on screenshot and annotations now offers to save the
    screenshot as a PNG file. If the player supports it, the screenshot
    will be in video-resolution.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:29:49 +0200

advene (0.46) unstable; urgency=low

  * Stable release. See the following 0.45 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Tue, 04 Oct 2011 17:14:25 +0200

advene (0.45) unstable; urgency=low

  * Main GUI:

    * Timecode display: add HH:MM:SSfNN (frame number) display format in
      preferences. The same syntax can be used for timecode input too. Note
      that it uses 25 fps by default (smpte-25), this can be modified in the
      Time-related preferences (it does not yet get this information
      from each video file).

    * The snapshotter activity can be monitored and controlled through
      a green icon in the lower right-hand corner of the main window.

    * The imagecache can be reset from the Player menu.

    * Undo behaviour: implement Undo for annotation/query/view creation.

    * Allow storage of binary data in XML.

    * New menuitems "Create a montage from the relations" and "Create a
      dynamic view following relations" in relation-type popup menu.

    * The comment editor proposes multiple presentation modalities for
      dragged annotation-types.

  * Timeline:

    * Click twice on an annotation will not start playing anymore. This
      caused confusion with double clicks to edit.

    * Define generic relation types (from any annotation type to any type)
      when creating new relation types.

  * Exporters:

    * Two new json exporters.

  * Importers:

    * Advene2 (Cinelab) importer and AIFF (Final Cut Pro) importer

    * Audio/video extraction importers: sound enveloppe, sound detection,
      new shot detection algorithm, feature extraction (face, eyes...). The
      extraction importers can be invoked through the File/Process video

    * Options can be specified from the GUI for each import filter

    * For developers: the import framework has been simplified. If you
      want to import data from an external application, use
      util.importer.ExternalAppImporter (and see plugins/
      for an example).

  * Braille table:

    * Long text can be scrolled with left/right buttons in scroll mode.

  * Actions:

    * New parameters (balance, volume) for PlaySound / PlaySoundClip actions

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:00:00 +0200

advene (0.44) unstable; urgency=low

  * Stable release. See the following 0.43 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:54:23 +0200

advene (0.43) unstable; urgency=low

  * Timecode display can be customized through Edit/Preferences/Time-related

  * Timecodes can be entered as milliseconds (12300), seconds (12.300 ->
    floating point values) or complete timestamps (00:00:12.300)

  * Website export can now automatically generate HTML5 <video> code,
    thanks to Madjid Sadallah.

  * Popup menu:

    * Right-click on an annotation, annotation-type or package offers to do
      a search/replace on the concerned annotations content.

    * The video fragment corresponding to an annotation can be extracted
      through the annotation popup menu.

  * Player control

     * The player is automatically started and paused when loading a movie/package.

     * The Play/Pause button is now unique, and the Stop button has been removed.

     * The Mute/Unmute button has been replaced by a volume slider.

     * Rate control is available for the gstreamer plugin.

     * Control-Up/Down keys can be used to navigate with user-specified
       times (without Shift modifier), see Edit/Preferences/Time-related for

     * Fullscreen mode now has specific shortcuts. Basically, navigation
       keys (space, left/right, up/down...) can be used without holding
       Control. See
       for more details.

  * Timeline view:

     * If there are more than 1500 annotations, display only 2
       annotation types in the timeline (to speed package loading), and
       propose display options through a dialog.

     * Control+click in the timeline background creates and edits a new
       annotation at the current player position (and in the appropriate

     * When the player is paused, click once on an annotation goes to
       the annotation begin, a second click starts the movie.

     * New shortcuts :

          * Del deletes annotations (previously, it was necessary to hold

          * a on an annotation-type invokes the "Shot adjustment" interface

          * a/A on on annotation invokes the "Frame selector" interface

     * A new toolbar button toggles the display of all defined relations.

  * Table view:

    * Clicking on the snapshot column plays the movie at the specified

  * Cut validation interface

    * Control-click on a frame creates a new cut instead of adjusting the
      current cut.

    * Implement Undo and action notification

  * When editing textual content, abbreviations can be used to enter text
    more quickly, and automatic completion can be disabled. See
    Edit/Preferences/Text Content for customization.

  * Workspace is now always saved in the package and restored at loading
    in the standard configuration. See Edit/Preferences/Workspace for

  * Text-To-Speech engine can be more finely configured (cf
    Edit/Preferences). Available engines are: espeak, festival, MacOS X
    "say" command, MS SAPI5 interface, custom script.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:54:04 +0200

advene (0.42) unstable; urgency=low

  * Stable release. See the following 0.39 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:55:10 +0200

advene (0.41) unstable; urgency=low

  * SVG overlay over the video is available. It has performance issues on
    MacOS X though and is thus disable in the standard configuration. See
    Edit/Preferences/Video player settings to enable/disable this feature.

  * Multiple video players can be simultaneously opened. They are
    synchronized (with the possibility to specify an offset). This allows
    for instance the visualisation of multiple videos of the same event.

  * New global shortcut: Control-Shift-Up/Down moves player by a
    user-specified time value (initially 1ms)

  * Mouse wheel in video window moves frame-by-frame (if
    possible). Right-click in video window sets a bookmark.

  * Ad-hoc views:

     * A new frame-precise time selector can be invoked through the a
      (adjust begin time) or A (adjust end time) shortcut on an annotation.

     * A shot validation interface is accessible through the
       annotation-type popup menu ("Ajust annotation bounds").

     * Timeline:

        * annotations containing a series of numeric values can be
          displayed as bargraphs.

        * SVG graphics are displayed in the timeline widgets.

        * right-clicking in the timeline background now proposes to create
          an annotation at the current player position.

        * when selecting an empty zone, propose to zoom on region or limit
          display to region (in addition to creating an annotation).

        * when display is limited to a time range, display navigation
          tools in the upper left-hand corner.

     * Treeview: annotations are sorted according to their begin time.

     * New trace preview visualisation.

     * Trace timeline: various improvements.

     * Montage view: The current playing position is displayed.

     * Tag bag: add "Display all tags" option

     * Edit view: text completion vocabulary can be initialised per
       annotation-type: edit the annotation-type, select "Advanced" and enter
       a space-separated list of words in the "Completions" entry. This
       allows to have some kind of controlled vocabulary in annotations.

     * Popup accumulator: it is automatically put to front when a new
       popup is displayed

  * New exporter: TimedText

  * Log file can be displayed through Help/Display logfile

  * The brltty plugin has been included in the win32 installer package.

  * The shotdetect binary path can be specified in Edit/Preferences/Paths

  * New menuitem "Player/Update annotation screenshots" will try to grab
    screenshots for all annotation bounds.

  * State variables can hold non-numeric values.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:49:39 +0200

advene (0.40) unstable; urgency=low

  * Stable release. See the following 0.39 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:33:14 +0100

advene (0.39) unstable; urgency=low

  * The gstreamer player plugin now works correctly with gstreamer >=
    0.10.22. Additionnaly, the windows installer now comes with gstreamer
    support. gstreamer is now the default player on all platforms (with
    VLC being an alternative).

  * Website export improvements.

  * The FCKeditor browser-based WYSIWYG editor has been removed, in favor
    of the new HTML editor.

  * For text-to-speech, espeak is used if present (linux, mac). Else,
    festival is used (linux). On MacOS X, the standard /usr/bin/say
    command is used. A custom "pronounce" script can be used to customize
    the settings.

  * Trace timeline: interface improvements, previous traces can be reopened.

  * Multiple search sources can be specified in quicksearch.

  * Timeline:

    * optimal alignment of annotation sets (courtesy of <>)

    * basic statistics about annotation types are available from their
      popup menu.

  * Export:

    * a RDF export filter is available

    * annotation types can now be invidually exported (through their popup menu)

  * Import:

    * New Transcriber import filter (courtesy of <>)

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:32:56 +0100

advene (0.38) unstable; urgency=low

  * Stable release. See the following 0.37 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 16 Mar 2009 11:50:00 +0100

advene (0.37) unstable; urgency=low

  * New trace visualisation component (vertical display).

  * HTML editor: fix drag-and-drop on windows and improve HTML code generation.

  * Finder view: modify presentation.

  * Timeline: change behaviour when clicking on an annotation: go to its
    beginning even if the current player position is already inside.

  * Fix Alt-space shortcut on MacOS X (bookmark insertion).

  * Note taking view: font size can be specified from the preferences

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 16 Mar 2009 11:49:40 +0100

advene (0.36) unstable; urgency=low

  * Stable release. See the following 0.35 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 05 Jan 2009 16:03:08 +0100

advene (0.35) unstable; urgency=low

  * The shotdetect ( ) application has been
    integrated and is available through Player/Detect shots menu.

  * Very large medias (like 24h captures) can be edited in the timeline,
    and precise zoom can be achieved by limiting the timeline range to a
    specific fragment of the media, through the timeline contextual menu.

  * New event BrailleInput allows to handle cursor key events from a
    dynamic view.

  * New action: CreateBookmark

  * Static views output can be exported as a set of HTML files and
    accompanying resources, that can be put online (File/Website export

  * New webserver path ( /media/overlay/package_id/annotation_id ) returns
    the snapshot for the given annotation overlayed with its content
    (mostly used to render SVG annotations).

  * Export filters can be activated from the command line.

  * Arrows can be drawn in the SVG editor

  * Video player plugins can be dynamically selected. Moreover, gstreamer
    works also for MacOS X.

  * Activity trace can be recorded and displayed.

  * Adhoc views can be opened embedded by default (cf Edit/Preferences/GUI)

  * The optional autosave feature can regularly save backup files.

  * An Edition History view display latest edited/created elements

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 05 Jan 2009 16:02:51 +0100

advene (0.34) unstable; urgency=low

  * Stable release. See the following 0.33 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 21 Aug 2008 18:15:19 +0200

advene (0.33) unstable; urgency=low

  * Undo support is available, only when modifying or suppressing an
    annotation, a view or a query.

  * A basic WYSIWYG HTML editor allows to edit HTML contents directly from
    the GUI (as opposed to the browser-based FCKEditor which is more
    complete and still available).

  * Drag-and-drop of an annotation or a selection over a viewbook proposes
    to create a new static view based on the annotations.

  * The export dialog uses a standard fileselector with an export filter

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 21 Aug 2008 18:14:36 +0200

advene (0.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Stable release. See the following 0.29 notes for more details.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Fri, 04 Jul 2008 15:45:00 +0200

advene (0.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Global shortcuts:
      * Control-Space plays/pauses the video (as Control-Tab)
      * pressing shift while navigating with
        Control-left/right or modifying a value with Control-scroll will use a
        larger step, customizable in Edit/Preferences/Time related.
      * Numeric keypad can be used to control video (5: play/pause,
        4/6: rewind/forward, 2/8: previous/next frame, 0: create a bookmark)
      * If BrlTTY is installed, the video can be controlled through a
        Braille display.

   * Experimental speech synthesis support is available on all
     platforms. You need to install the espeak application from

   * Automatize generation of "Caption annotation for a given annotation
     type" dynamic views through the annotation-type popup menu.

   * Web server reactiviy issues on Windows XP/Vista have been fixed, as
     well as a plugin bundling issue in the windows installer.

   * The experimental schema editor is available in expert mode.

   * Automatic workspace save/restore is now functional. See
     Edit/Preferences/Standard views for customization.

   * Timeline view :
      * discrete scrolling is now working similarly as in other
        applications (scroll when the cursor reaches the end of the visible
      * in quick-edit mode, Tab validates the annotation and edits the next one
      * when selecting annotations by drawing a frame, if the selection
        is empty, then propose to create a new annotation with the
        frame extent as dimension.
      * standard control/shift modifiers can be used in drag and drop actions

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 03 Jul 2008 17:20:11 +0200

advene (0.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Stable release

   * Important notes (see the following 0.29 notes for more details):

      * The shortcut to start/pause the player has changed: it is now
        Control+Tab (so that plain Tab/Shift-Tab can be used to navigate in
        the GUI)

      * New adhoc view: activebookmarks, which can be used to build
        annotations from timestamps. It can also be exported to HTML.  The old
        bookmarks view still exists, but is deprecated and will be replaced by
        activebookmarks in future releases.

      * New global shortcuts: Insert or Alt-Space creates a new active

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 19 May 2008 11:47:03 +0200

advene (0.29) unstable; urgency=low

   * The shortcut to start/pause the player has changed: it is now
     Control+Tab (so that plain Tab/Shift-Tab can be used to navigate in
     the GUI)

   * New adhoc view: activebookmarks, which can be used to build
     annotations from timestamps. It can also be exported to HTML.  The old
     bookmarks view still exists, but is deprecated and will be replaced by
     activebookmarks in future releases.

   * New global shortcuts: Insert or Alt-Space creates a new active

   * Fix XML parsing using standard python modules. It makes Advene usable
     on Ubuntu Hardy Heron.

   * New exporter: CMML

   * Timeline view:
      * annotations can be merged by DND
      * Dragging an annotation type to another one will propose to
       duplicate or move all annotations to the new type

   * Note-taking view: timestamp marks are now displaying a
     screenshot. Their size can be tuned.

   * Dynamic views: new actions have been defined

      * Braille (display a message in braille, depends on brltty)

      * OpenStaticView: open a static view in the web browser

      * State-related actions (StateSet, StateClear, StateIncr)
       have been added. They allow to manage a package-specific state in
       dynamic views. The counter "name" can be accessed through the TALES
       expression "package/state/name"

   * Various GUI and usability improvements

   * The gstreamer video plugin can display the video fullscreen

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 19 May 2008 11:45:25 +0200

advene (0.28) unstable; urgency=low

   * Stable release

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Tue, 12 Feb 2008 11:56:11 +0100

advene (0.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * ! On Win32, the home directory (where the "advene" folder for
    configuration files is stored) is now stored in the USERPROFILE
    directory - usually something like C:\Documents and settings\Loginname
    If you had a previous configuration file, please copy it to the new

   * Win32 bugfixes (relation creation, timestamp mark colors, montage...)

   * Win32: VLC can be bundled in the Advene installer package

   * New adhoc view : finder (column-based finder a la Mac OS X)

   * New actions:

      * Pronounce (through Text-To-Speech). Works on MacOS X
       (directly) and Linux (with festival configured to output through
       ALSA, cf ).

      * PopupGotoOutgoingRelated: displays a navigation popup based on

      * PlaySoundClip: plays a soundclip from the 'soundclips' resource
       folder of the package

      * PlaySound: plays a sound file

   * General:

      * Package data can be exported to other formats (SMIL, SVG, MPEG7...)
       through the File/Export menuitem.

      * The package can automatically be saved when saving the package. This
       behaviour is tunable in Edit/Preferences/Standard views

      * A first-time simple configuration dialog is displayed for new users.

      * Advene can check daily if a new release exists, if the appropriate
       option (menu Edit/Preferences/General) is turned on, or through the
       Help/Check for updates menu.

      * The SVG-subset editor handles text shapes and links, and shapes can
       be reordered

      * A new content mimetype, application/x-advene-values, allows to
       represent a series of values as a bargraph in annotation content

   * Quicksearch:

      * Search-options are now displayed when left-clicking on the search

      * A Google-like syntax can be used: search for multiple word,
       use +word and -word to include/exclude words from the search, use
       quotes to specify "words with whitespaces"

      * When searching for a single word, it will also be highlighted in
       opened transcription and note-taking views.

      * It is possible to search/replace text in the content of the
       annotations in a query result.

   * Timeline:

      * Double click on an annotation will open its edit window rather than
       simply edit its content (which is always possible with Return)

      * It is possible to select multiple annotations, either with
       shift-click on the annotation widget or by defining a region around
       the annotations. It is then possible to edit, duplicate, delete or
       zoom over selected annotations, through the selection toolbar item or
       the timeline context menu.

      * Screenshots can be displayed in the timeline scale, by
       redimensionning the scale vertical dimension. Screenshots are usually
       generated on annotation bounds, but can also be generated every 500ms
       through the Player/Generate Screenshots menuitem.

      * Buttons for previous/next annotation are present at the right of
       the annotation-type widget. The legend must be resized for them to
       appear, in order not to take too much space by default.

      * If the timeline displays only a subset of annotations (e.g. the
       result of a search), the "Restrict playing" will play only the
       selected annotations in the type.

   * Note-taking:

      * Marks are inserted with double-click

      * It is possible to search for a string

      * Text automatically scrolls to the current timestamp mark

      * New buttons: "Center on current mark", "Activate automatic mark
       insertion" (toggle)

      * Note-taking views can be saved as adhoc-views

      * The convert dialog has been revamped

   * Transcription:

      * Double-click in the text will play the corresponding annotation

   * Dynamic views:

      * The TALES expression for the predefined values is displayed in the

      * The composition operator for conditions can be chosen (and/or)

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Wed, 09 Jan 2008 17:31:39 +0100

advene (0.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Stable release

   * When using next/previous navigation button in annotation edit widgets,
    automatically validate the annotation

   * Bookmarks: use multiline comments

   * New shortcuts:
      * Control-return: split annotation at the current player position
      * Shift-delete: delete the annotation
      * Control-k: select the quicksearch entry field

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Wed, 21 Nov 2007 17:55:26 +0100

advene (0.25) unstable; urgency=low

   * Interface language can be specified in the Edit/Preferences/GUI window

   * The standard adhoc-views, opened at startup, now must be defined
    through the File/Save worskpace as standard workspace menuitem. The
    previous way (Edit/Preferences/GUI) has been removed.

   * New adhoc view: montage, proposing a dynamic montage of a sequence of

   * Timeline:

      * new shortcut 'h' to un/highlight the annotation in all open

      * new shortcut 'c' to center the view on the current player position

      * a single left-click on an annotation will play it. This feature can
      be disabled by a toggle in the toolbar.

      * it is possible to restrict the playing to a specific annotation-type
      by clicking the play button at the left of the annotation title. Click
      again to deactivate it.

      * transtyping annotations can be done by drag and dropping an
      annotation directly in the timeline (it was previously necessary to
      drop it on the annotation-type title). It is also possible to directly
      duplicate the annotation and create a relation.

      * when creating relations by drag-and-drop of an annotation on another
      one, offer to create a new annotation-type

      * drag and drop of an annotation-type on another one will propose to
      copy all annotations or annotations containing a search string.

      * an annotation preview is now displayed at the right of the timeline

      * fix display problem on MacOS X and annotation-types update bug

      * a montage view opened from the timeline (button in the top
      right-hand corner) will have a zoom level coordinated with the

      * if the loop toggle button in the timeline toolbar is active, then
      playing an annotation (by left-click) will automatically loop on it.

   * Note-taking view

      * improve the behaviour of the automatic mark insertion feature

      * text auto-completion is activated

   * Bookmarks: it is possible to add comments to bookmarks

   * Transcription view: new "quick switch" button to switch between
    different representations.

   * Element edit popups: they now are updated if the edited element is
    updated by another way (e.g. quick-edit for annotations). For
    annotations, Previous/Next buttons allow to edit the previous/next
    annotation of the same type. It also possible to highlight the edited
    annotation in opened views.

   * Dynamic views:

      * The syntax for TALES expression input has changed: input fields are
      considered as strings by default. The ${expr} syntax must be used to
      enter TALES paths.

      * They can now specify subviews (other views that should also be
      activated upon view activation)

      * Predefined values are proposed for action parameters

   * To rename a view, double-click on its tab.

   * Error messages are now saved to ~/.advene/advene.log (for win32 users,
    it is in \Documents and Settings\Username\Advene, for MacOS X users,
    it is in $HOME/Libray/Preferences/Advene)

   * Quicksearch:

      * A search result can be converted to new annotations, or into a montage
      of existing annotations (from the context menu on view tab)

      * It is possible to search annotations and relations based on tags

   * Context menu for elements :

      * Automatic numbering of annotations: available from the annotation-type
      popup menu

      * New actions for annotation types (display in table, use as
      a montage...). Note that most actions are more readily accessible by
      drag-and-drop of the annotation-type into an view zone.

   * Settings and logs are saved in $HOME/Library/Preferences/Advene on MacOS X

   * Importers:

      * MPEG7 importer (handles FreeTextAnnotations only)

      * Anvil importer

      * AnnotationGraph importer

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:44:28 +0100

advene (0.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * An expert-mode toggle proposes more features in the GUI

   * Transcription view: text is now searchable

   * Timeline: left click in the upper part (timestamps) sets
    the player position

   * Default options for adhoc views can now be saved (through the view
    contextual menu, right-click on the view name in the tab).

   * The workspace (GUI layout + opened views) can be saved, either as an
    adhoc-view, or as a default workspace that will be presented on
    application startup.

   * A periodic auto-save feature has been implemented. Refer to the
    application preferences to activate it.

   * Timeline:

      * the behaviour of double-click (goto annotation or edit annotation
        content) can be tuned in the timeline options.

      * annotations tooltips are re-enabled

   * Drag and drop of annotations and annotation types to a viewbook
    proposes to open appropriate views.

   * Text autocompletion is activated for textual content of annotations
    and views.

   * New proposed mimetype for annotations: image/svg+xml. The graphical
    editor has been extended to load/parse a subset of SVG.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 19 Sep 2007 15:21:00 +0200

advene (0.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * Model: it is possible to open uncompressed .azp packages. The
    directory name must end with the .azp extension.

   * The FCK editor, WYSISWYG browser-based HTML editor, has been

   * GUI:
      * Dialogs position is centered on the mouse cursor
      * New layout: adhoc views can be put at the west, east and south
      of the video window, as well as the right side of the application
      * Allow to move adhoc views from one zone to another, through a popup
      menu or drag and drop.
      * Quicksearch functionality (text entry at the top right hand corner),
      with options through right-click on the search icon
      * Search results are displayed in a table
      * Clicking on an adhoc-view icon will display a contextual menu to
      offer various display options (embed, popup...)
      * Element creation: ask for a title, and generate a valid id from it

   * Widget colors:
      * container types (schema, annotation-type,
      relation-type) have a 'color' and 'item_color' metadata attribute,
      which hold TALES expressions returning color (names or code in the
      form #RRGGBB). An element will first check if it has a valid color
      attribute. If not, it will check if its container has a valid
      item_color attribute. If not, it will use its container color.
      * colored annotations work on Win32

   * Timeline: GUI rework
      * replace zoom slider by a zoom combo box + zoom in/out buttons
      * draw separators between annotation type lines
      * replace toolbar mode buttons by a popup menu when drag-and-dropping
      annotations (relation creation, annotation alignment...)
      * annotation tooltips are replaced by a status line in the toolbar

   * Treeview:
      * views are sorted alphabetically and categorized (static, dynamic, adhoc)

   * New global method: representation, which returns a concise
    representation for the element.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 07 Jun 2007 13:56:59 +0200

advene (0.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * It is possible to enter a googlevideo/youtube/dailymotion URL in the
    "File/Select a video stream" dialog.

   * Annotation coloring: a new global method, tag_color, has been
    introduced to offer a color tagging facility. To use it, you must
    specify the TALES expression "here/tag_color" as the "color" attribute
    of the annotation type, and set the tag color through the tag bag

   * DVD device/drive: it can be configured from the Player preferences window

   * File import: allow to choose the desired import filter, and display a
    progress bar

   * Adhoc-views (timeline, transcription...): parametered adhoc-views can
    be saved as Advene views (for instance, choosing the displayed
    annotation types in the timeline) and restored. To save them, use the
    "Save view" menuitem from the view tab contextual menu (right click on
    the view name). To restore them, do a right-click or drag and drop
    from the item in the tree view.

        * Transcription view: it now uses a TALES expression as
          argument. It can thus display query results or any set of annotations
          as a transcription. Preferences offer a set of predefined separators.

        * Bag of tags: this new view allows to manage tags applied to
          elements (mostly annotations), through drag-and-drop.

        * Timeline: new shortcut ('t') to toggle tooltips display

        * Navigation history:
          * items from the history are removable (by drag and drop on the
          Remove button)
          * it is possible to open many history views. They can be populated
          by drag and drop from the other history views or the timeline, and
          act as a visual table of contents.

        * Interactive query: offer to activate/desactivate result annotations

   * Web server:

        * webserver logs are stored in ~/.advene/webserver.log

        * the old mainloop-based mode (1) for webservers has been
        removed. The['mode'] parameter is now a

        * an experimental webcherry-based webserver has been
        implemented. To test it, install cherrypy 3.0 and add the
        following line to advene.ini:['engine']='cherrypy'

   * gstreamer plugin: it can display text subtitles, and make snapshots

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu,  5 Apr 2007 11:04:36 +0200

advene (0.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * New command line options. Do advene --help to see them. It is possible
    to specify the alias for packages loaded from the command line, with
    the syntax: alias=uri

   * New file format: .apl (Advene package list). It is used to save a work
        session (list of opened packages), from the File/Save session menu.

   * The default template is now template.azp, so that new packages have a
    Resources reference by default.

   * A RelationType can specify a "Any annotation type" as member

   * Importers: implemented importer for .iri files

   * preliminary tags support has been implemented for annotations and
    relations (based on Frank Wagner work)

   * new annotation methods to deal with relations:
      * relatedOut and relatedIn return a list of related (outgoing or
      incoming) annotations.
      * typedRelatedOut and typedRelatedIn return a dictionary indexed by
      relation type id, which holds the list of related annotations.
      * typedIncomingRelations/typedOutgoingRelations: return categorized relations

   * GUI:

      * it is possible to load multiple packages in the GUI. Only one
      package is active at a time (for movie, dynamic views...) but it is
      possible to easily switch between packages (through the Packages
      menuitem) and access to all packages data is possible through the

      The /packages/advene expression always represents the currently active
      package. Other packages are accessed through expressions like

      The alias is automatically generated from the filename, and can be
      modified in the file selector dialog.

      * merge functionality (menu File/Merge): elements from another package
      can be merged into the current package.

      * the player control toolbar has been put beneath the video output,
      and is hidden in embedded adhoc views. The main player control
      toolbar presents a volume control widget.

      * non-text resources/contents are handled by a GenericContentHandler,
      that offers loading/saving to/from a file.

      * it is possible to insert a resource directly from a file

      * if the user tries to open a videofile through the Open package
      menuitem, do what is expected (select the videofile).

      * default adhoc views to be opened/embedded on application startup can
      be specified through the Preferences menu

      * better drag and drop interaction with other applications

      * optionally ask to save the imagecache on exit (cf preferences)

      * in interactive query (menu Edit/Find), propose multiple output modes
        (timeline, edit window, python evaluator), and offer a simplified
        search box to search for a string in the annotations content.

   * Views:

      * view notebooks are also used for the right-hand side of the video

      * added a GenericContentHandler to edit non-text resources

      * snapshots can be invalidated from the annotation edition popup
     (right-click on the snapshot)

      * in transcription view, annotations can be modified and update the
      content accordingly

      * the history view is cleared on media change

      * it is possible to duplicate an annotation (same duration)

      * new 'Caption' view widget intended to replace the caption
      functionality in non-complete players (experimental)

      * "Loop on annotation" feature, accessible from the context menu of

      * timeline:

      * it is possible to specify the ordered list of
        displayed annotation types

      * annotations can be resized by dragging the bounds (must be dragged
        on the layout background, not on another annotation)

      * relations are represented by lines, with a dot as starting
        point. Annotations with relations are underlined (rather than bold)

      * annotations can be split through their context menu

      * annotations can be created from the popup menu (with a default
        duration of 1/20 of the media duration)

      * control + scrollwheel on an annotation widget
        increments/decrements the value of the begin or
        end. Control+shift+scrollwheel moves the whole annotation.

      * control+click on the begin or end of the annotation sets the
        bound to the current player position value

      * autoscroll can either scroll discontinuously, or keep the current
        mark centered and continuously scroll the widgets

      * annotation widget shortcuts: 'e' to edit, 'p' to play (begin or
        end, depending on the cursor position), 'Return' to quickly edit the
        content, space plays the active annotation (even it the cursor is
        not on the annotation widget)

      * shortcut: 'p' in the timeline background plays the movie at the
        cursor position.

      * annotations can be colored according to a TALES expression from
        their type

      * new button "Center on current position"

      * new contextual action "Center and zoom", to center and zoom on the
        given annotation

      * some basic type checking and conversion is done when transmuting

      * Return on an annotation type will create a new annotation "on the
        fly" (aligned with the current video time).

      * display parameters of the timeline (font-size, button height...) are
      customizable through the Preferences dialog

      * if the gtkmozembed or gtkhtml2 library is present, DnD of the web
      browser button will embed a HTML view in the GUI.

      * transcription:

      * allow to get a transcription either for the whole package, or for
        a given annotation type

      * note-taking widget:

      * it is possible to import existing annotations

      * when converting to annotations, propose to delete existing
        annotations of the given type

      * control+scroll on a timestamp mark updates the timestamp. If the
        play-on-scroll option is active, the player will play the new
        timestamp when the control key is released.

      * control+click on a mark sets the timestamp to the current movie time

      * timestamps marks can be auto-inserted when starting to type, by
        setting an appropriate delay in the Preferences

   * Actions:

      * new actions: Entry (to allow entry of information through a popup),
                   SetVolume, SetRate

      * new TALES root element: packages (to access all the loaded packages)

      * TALES global methods can be applied on non-advene elements (for
      instance lists)

      * Registered actions propose meaningful default values

   * Webserver

      * /action displays links (with form if necessary for
        parameters) in the list of actions

      * /media/current returns the current media file

   * Players

      * There is a new gstreamer plugin. It depends on python-gst >= 0.10

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu,  1 Jun 2006 16:01:10 +0200

advene (0.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * New package format (.azp, for Advene Zip Package) allowing to embed
    resources (files) in packages. You can save old .xml files into .azp
    files to get them converted. For instance,
    access to resources is done through the TALES expression
    To use this resource in a TAL template, you can then use:
    <link tal:attributes="href package/resources/style.css/absolute_url" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" />

   * A filename extension (.azp or .xml) is automatically appended if not

   * Advene now depends on gtk >= 2.8

   * New global method: related. Returns, for an annotation, its related
    annotation. It is a shortcut useful for the case of binary relations:
    is equivalent to

   * global methods can be defined by user plugins (in .advene/plugins
    directory) through controller.register_global_method

   * ! Moved config and preferences files to ~/.advene directory
    (UserDir/advene on Windows)

   * New annotation mimetype (application/x-advene-zone) which allows to
    define rectangular zones.

   * GUI:
      * a view notebook holds the popupaccumulator below the video. It allows
      to embed other views (timeline, treeview, transcription...) simply by
      drag and drop of the view toolbutton into the notebook
      * the treeview can be displayed by default on the right of the video
      window (replacing the less used, for now, URL stack window), see the
      preferences panel
      * added an element creation toolbar
      * generic player control shortcuts are used throughout the program:
        Tab: play/pause
        Control-Left, Control-Right: move forward/backwards
        Home: goto start of the movie
      * Edit/Preferences now allows to modify paths (data, movies, player, imagecache) (from Frank Wagner)
      * Imagecache saves files with a .png extension
      * The not_yet_available image is now loaded from share/pixmaps/notavailable.png
      * Automatically close non-updateable views on package loading

   * The dummy player now returns a running time

   * Importer
      * implemented CMML import

   * Timeline
      * Add shortcut to edit an annotation: 'e' to edit the selected
      annotation (selection can be moved with arrow keys)

   * TranscriptionEdit:
      * clicking on a mark now goes to the position. Use the popup menu to remove marks.
      * control-space now sets a mark and pauses the movie

   * Snapshot cache now saves files with a .png extension (from Frank Wagner)

   * Implemented plugin architecture (user-defined plugins in ~/.advene/plugins)

   * webserver:
      * message log is now available from the menu (View->Webserver log), and
      not displayed on the console
      * new action: /admin/halt (useful for the standalone case)
      * new action: /admin/methods displays the list of available TALES methods
      * new path: /action/ActionName?param=TALESexpr to invoke actions defined
      in the ECA framework

   * Advene no longer depends on the Image module. It only uses it if image
    type conversion is necessary.

   * Added spanish translations (courtesy of Emmanuel Ayala)
   * Bugfix in path initialization

   * Multiple instances can now run simultaneously (only the first instance
    activates its webserver)

   * evaluator: changed some shortcuts (see help), implemented expression history

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Wed, 15 Mar 2006 13:04:10 +0100

advene (0.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * TranscriptionEdit:
      * It is now embedded into the main GUI
      * New keybindings:
      Tab: player play/pause
      Control-Return: insert a timestamp mark with the current position value
      Control-left/right: forward/backward in video
      Control-home: go to beginning of the video
      Control-PageDown/Up: goto the next/previous mark
   * TranscriptionView:
      * Sort annotations before displaying them
   * Textual annotation/view editing:
      handle open/save to a file, with corresponding
      keyboard shortcuts (control-o, control-s), and reload (control-r)
   * Package properties :
      * Add a Open button to select associated video file

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Sun, 29 May 2005 18:39:30 +0200

advene (0.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Main GUI :
      * Video output is now embedded
      * Added a --no-embedded option
      * Added some views (navigation history, urlstack, popups)
      around the video window
      * Popups now use the AccumulatorPopup
      * Screenshots are now displayed in popups
      * File history is available (next to the open button)
      * Added -c<configfile> command line option
      * remove all elements from a given annotationtype or relationtype from
      the contextual menu
      * The webbrowser icon now displays a UTBV menu
      * The Edit/Find functionality is implemented (using InteractiveQuery)
      * Results from the Advene browser can be displayed in a line

   * New action: OpenURL

   * Added default_utbv and default_stbv metadata to package

   * New config variables:
      *['displaymode'] : default display
       mode (default or raw)
      *['moviepath'] : movie files search path

   * Webserver:
      * Default display mode is now 'raw'
      * query parameters are available through the 'request' root element
      * /media/play now accepts a ?stbv=... parameter
      * implemented /application/adhoc to open GUI views and
       /application/stbv to activate STBVs

   * Timeline :
      * implemented annotation alignment (by drag'n drop)
      * annotations can be transmuted (by DND on an annotation type)
      * all annotation types (event empty ones) are displayed
      * new zoom possibility by clicking on timestamps labels
      * relations can be displayed by moving the cursor
       over the annotation widgets (option controlled by toolbar)

   * New player module: mplayer (incomplete)

   * TranscriptionEdit :
      * added adjustment possibilities for the marks, using adjustable
       reaction time value
      * it is now possible to create a new annotation type/schema
       when doing the conversion
      * "Save" action preserves timestamps
      * "Ignore text" functionality
      * Load/save transcription files handles [] timestamps,
       and ignored text
      * added player control toolbar
      * C-s shortcut to save transcription
      * Insert a default 0-mark

   * Importer
      * implemented PRAAT import
      * use the userid as author for imported elements

   * Internal
      * Identifiers are now generated through the IDGenerator
      module (more readable ids)
      * Evaluator: implemented dict key completion
      * Use an event queue for notify events, so that the GUI
      does not freeze when receiving input from webserver
      (player interaction, STBV selection, etc)
      * Edit elements forms now do a simple check
      for the validity of TALES expressions
      * Re-generated API documentation in doc/html
      * Added an example bin/sample_player

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Sun, 13 Mar 2005 22:03:50 +0100

advene (0.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Normalize DVD naming scheme: dvd@title:chapter
   * Implemented TALESEntry (use browser to get TALES expressions)
   * Implemented TranscriptionEdit
   * Fixed template file (missing mimetype for simpletext annotation type)
   * Added OpenView action (open a GUI view)
   * ELANImporter: generate annotation types based on LINGUISTIC_TYPE_REF + TIER_ID
   * Added '-p' command-line option to select a player ('dummy', 'vlcnative', 'vlcorbit')
   * New global method: length
   * Annotations can be resized from the timeline view

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Sun, 13 Feb 2005 15:16:40 +0100

advene (0.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * New Win32 related fixes (mostly build-related)

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Mon, 31 Jan 2005 12:09:19 +0100

advene (0.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * Misc Win32 related fixes:
      * advene.iss file for InnoSetup
      * get misc parameters from registry
      * creation of for py2exe support

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 27 Jan 2005 17:47:38 +0100

advene (0.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * Check that no relation use the annotation on annotation delete

   * Update to pygtk 2.4

   * Added three toolbars: player control, file operations, views access

   * The package explorer now displays categories for elements (members, attributes, methods)

   * Use the new FileChooser from gtk 2.4

   * Added a "display preview" button in the file selector

   * Added a description parameter to the PopupGoto action

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 27 Jan 2005 17:46:24 +0100

advene (0.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * Action and Condition selection is now categorized

   * Implemented (unusable) vlchttp (too slow)

   * Implemented update of relationtype.membertypes

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Tue, 12 Oct 2004 19:49:47 +0200

advene (0.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * It is possible to save the output of the transcription view

   * Update to match the API changes in simpletal 3.9

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu, 16 Sep 2004 13:05:50 +0200

advene (0.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added ELAN conversion capability

   * Added "Offset" method in popup menu

   * Implemented Allen's relations in conditions

   * Implemented TranscriptionView (accessible from popup menu on
    AnnotationType, or from the Views menu).

   * Implemented read-only edit popup for imported elements

   * The MIME-Type is displayed/editable on all content-editing windows

   * Autocompletion facility in evaluator window

   * All imports (view, schema, ...) work. A GUI is accessible to edit them from
    the Edit menu

   * New actions: ActivateSTBV, DisplayPopup2, DisplayPopup3, SendUserEvent

   * Added UserEvent event

   * Window sizes are memorized from one session to another

   * Navigation popups now use SingletonPopup (only one is displayed, timeout handled)

   * Basic GUI for importing external data (menu File/Import).

   * DVD chapter import is accessible in the File menu (it needs the chaplin program)

   * Added members edition GUI for RelationTypes (but the model does not
    support updating them yet)

   * Implemented DnD of rules in RuleSet editing popups (through the "Copy" button
    in the lower right hand corner)

   * Parameters values are now remembered when editing the action name (so that
    scrolling the action name list by mistake does not erase all the values)

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Thu,  2 Sep 2004 12:13:10 +0200

advene (0.9) unstable; urgency=low

   * New action: DisplayMarker

   * When editing actions, parameters are now sorted

   * New component: advene.util.importer which can import data from text
    files, srt files, lsdvd, chaplin, xi files. Usable as command-line
    tool for the moment.

   * Validity checks in data input (fragment-related)

   * The player is now launched at application start

   * It is now possible to save the output of the evaluator window with C-s

   * Browser is now accessible from generic popup for all elements

   * New shortcut: Control-Return validates current annotation and begins
    editing a new one

   * Annotations in timeline are bold if they have relations

   * Added the possibility to edit the description of schemas and its elements

   * Annotation-highlighting is accessible from popup menu

   * Annotations are accessible from the relation popup menu

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Fri, 18 Jun 2004 19:36:20 +0200

advene (0.8) unstable; urgency=low

   * New actions: PlayerGoto, Popup, PopupGoto
   * Added regexp support in conditions
   * Added missing dependency on python-imaging
   * The "display" meta-attribute for annotationTypes has been renamed
   * It is now possible to edit the 'representation' attribute for
   * Added a python evaluator window (Control-e to invoke)

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Tue,  1 Jun 2004 00:14:31 +0200

advene (0.7) unstable; urgency=low

   * Unicode-related bug fixes
   * Some user documentation (doc/user.txt)
   * Added a "display" meta-attribute to AnnotationTypes and
    RelationTypes. When present, it defines a TALES expression returning
    the representation of the annotation in the timeline view. It is
    useful for structured content for instance.
   * The timeline legend is now vertically synchronized with the elements
   * We can now parse XML content data (using the 'parsed' global method)
   * Implemented Query support and editing

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Tue, 11 May 2004 23:12:37 +0200

advene (0.6) unstable; urgency=low

   * A treeview is available in the main application window
   * Implemented history navigation
   * DVD title/chapter selector
   * Display a warning when trying to quit the application with unsaved data
   * Added a button to quickly edit the current STBV
   * Numerous bug fixes

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Wed,  5 May 2004 13:19:30 +0200

advene (0.5) unstable; urgency=low

   * The "Update snapshots" functionality is back.
   * The duration of the stream is now stored as metadata in the package
   * You can now create elements from the tree view (right-click on package
    or annotation-/relation-type) and delete elements from the tree view
    and timeline.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Fri, 23 Apr 2004 15:28:41 +0200

advene (0.4-1) unstable; urgency=low

   * The Debian package is now generated through debhelper.

 -- Olivier Aubert <>  Sun,  7 Mar 2004 16:11:17 +0100

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