"Weâ€™re excited to announce the launch of the new BluOS Controller
desktop app for macOS and Windows. Available this week, this powerful
new BluOS control interface has been redesigned and refined with a
fresh, modern look and features that streamline your music controls
across your desktop and mobile devices. Controls are clearer, smarter
and easier to understand, with enhancements and features that put
everything in one place and at your fingertips including music browsing,
grouping and multi-room playback.
â€œThe new BluOS Controller is
the future of the desktop experience with its incredible design and
amazing new features, all engineered to mirror the mobile app that our
customers love,â€ said Andrew Haines, BluOS Product Manager. â€œOur goal is
to always engineer our products, platforms, and applications together,
so we are able to create a seamless user experience across all
devices—no matter how you like to listen.â€
Here are more of the features that you and your customers will love in the new desktop controller.
Streamlined design makes working across phone, tablet, and desktop more seamless and fluid than ever
Enhanced user interface and improved layout provides users quick and easy access to music controls
Full access to the Navigation Drawer and its list of options including Player Settings and the Help Desk
New music share utility makes it easier to connect local music libraries from your computer
Simplified browse model allows you to filter search results when browsing your local music library
Updated search design displays results in categories like songs, artists, albums, etc.
Refined Player Drawer provides easy access to all your BluOS enabled devices when you need them
Create fixed groups in the updated Player Drawer to set up a stereo pair or surround sound system
Supported on macOS and Windows including high-resolution 4K displays and touch interfaces
Visit www.bluesound.com/downloads for more details. "
All features work.
What does not
App text display wrong from the get-go, so one needs to add appropriate fonts via winetricks.
The BluOS Windows initially fired right up inside a 32-bit wine environment, but it was largely unusable as the app's fonts were off-off-the-charts huge. I couldn't even recognize any of the text and labels because they were so large. So it took me several tries with the same failure to realize that BluOS Windows App v3.2.0 needs additional fonts. You do not need Mono or any of the .NET Frameworks.
Here's what I did. It all only takes about 10 minutes:
For Linux distro - Linux sparky-test 4.17.0-1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.17.8-1 (2018-07-20) x86_64 GNU/Linux
Install your OS' 32-bit version of wine. I used the available development version;
Install and run winetricks;
-Enable Silent Install
-Select The Default Wineprefix
-Install a font > allfonts
-Make sure that your wine version is Widows 7 or higher (use winecfg to verify).
I don't know if all the fonts are needed, or if only just a few fonts, but nonetheless, the app works great now.
What was not tested
Everything was tested.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Sparky Linux||Aug 10 2018||3.11||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Nick Zervas|