Blursk is a visualization plugin for the Linux
XMMS MP3 player (a clone of WinAmp).
It was inspired by the "Blur Scope" plugin, but Blursk goes far beyond that.
It supports a wide variety of colormaps, blur patterns, plotting styles,
and other options.
The only things that haven't changed are portions of the XMMS interface and
I've added some features to Blursk to make it easier to live with than
most other visualization plugins...
- You can bring up its
Configure window by right-clicking
on the image.
This is much more convenient than the usual "Go to XMMS,
press <Ctrl-V>, select the plugin, click [Configure]" sequence
(although that method works too).
About window contains a scrollable description of the
Configure window has an [About] button on it, so you
don't need to bring up XMMS' visualization list just for that.
- You can move the image window by dragging it with the left mouse button.
When moved this way, it will remember its position the next time you
If you accidentally move it off-screen, then the saved position will
be ignored the next time you start Blursk.
- You can save your favorite configurations as "presets".
- Blursk can be told to randomly choose a different preset for each song.
- You can cut & paste Blursk configurations.
The configuration is represented by a short string.
The Configuration dialog has a [Copy] button which allows you to paste
the current configuration into another document such as email or a web
Later, you can select that string in some other program's window, and then
middle-click on the Blursk window.
The screenshots page contains some strings
that you can paste in this way.
The biggest changes since 1.2 are:
- Some of the options from the Configure dialog have been moved to a new
"Advanced" dialog. Presets store all the options from the Configure
dialog but none from the Advanced dialog.
- Full-screen modes! A variety of full-screen modes are supported;
you can select one via the Advanced dialog.
You can even use the Blursk animation as your wallpaper!
- It can display information about the current song.
- The background color is configurable. Previously it was always black.
- The sensitivity of the beat detector is now adjustable, on the Advanced
- The "Random dots" option has been replaced by a new "Floaters" option.
- The window position is remembered exactly.
Previously it would drift slightly each time Blursk was restarted.
- A new "Show window title" option has been added to the Advanced dialog.
This controls whether the Blursk animation window will be opened as a
regular top-level application window, or a dialog window.
Depending on which window manager you're running, this may affect
the window's placement as well as the appearance of its titlebar.
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This will unpack into a directory named "Blursk-1.3".
Go into that directory and run "
followed by "
Then (as root) run "
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For Redhat, SuSE, and related distributions -- install it in the usual way.
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Install this in your XMMS "Visualization" directory.
You can run "
to find the top of XMMS' plugin tree;
the Visualization directory is a subdirectory under that.
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Save this as "~/.xmms/blursk-presets".