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torsdag, 8 december 2022

KDE Gear ⚙️ is back with exciting new features, performance boosts, and bugfixes for all your favorite KDE apps!

In this release: Kate extends a warm welcome, Dolphin offers you more choices, and a lot of apps serve up hamburgers galore!

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What's New

Höjdpunkter

Dolphin

New Selection Mode

KDE Connect

Inline Message Replies

Dolphin

Dolphin is KDE's powerful file browser. It has supported connecting to and browsing Samba shares for many versions, but now it is also able to manage permissions remotely.

Another new feature is Selection Mode. Hit the spacebar (or tap the hamburger menu and check the Select files and folders checkbox) and a light green bar will appear at the top of the file view (see video). You can now click or tap files and folders and quickly and easily select the ones you want to work with.

Another toolbar will appear at the bottom of the view, giving you options of what you can do with the selected files. For example, if you select only images, it will offer to open them in Gwenview. The moment you select a file Gwenview cannot handle, the options will change to fit the new set of selected files.

Gwenview

Speaking of Gwenview, KDE's feature-rich image and video viewer becomes even... er... feature-richer, as Gwenview now also lets you adjust the brightness, contrast, and gamma of your pictures as you preview them.

Another welcome feature for people who use Free Software graphical editing tools is that Gwenview can now open GIMP's .xcf files.

Kate and KWrite

Kate and KWrite, KDE's text editors, add a welcome window when launched without any files open. The new window lets you create a new file, open an existing file from a list of recent files or anywhere else on the system, and consult the documentation.

Kate's new welcome screen

But probably the most useful new feature of them all is the Keyboard Macro tool. Activate it in Settings > Configure Kate... > Plugins, and then at the bottom of the Tools menu, you'll find tools to record, save, and play back macros. You can record a long sequence of key presses you need to type often and then hit Ctrl + Alt + K and Kate will type the sequence for you. You can name and save sequences you find particularly useful and use them again and again during different sessions.

In other news, you will find that Kate and KWrite have also adopted KHamburgerMenu for those who prefer to hide their menubars. Because these are large and complex apps, the menubar is still shown by default, like it is in Okular and Kdenlive.

Kdenlive

Kdenlive improves its guide/marker system with custom categories and search filters. Kdenlive also improves its integration with other video applications, and now you can send Kdenlive timelines as backgrounds to the Glaxnimate vector animation utility.

And like many other KDE apps, Kdenlive has also adopted KHamburgerMenu, although by default the regular menu is what you will see the first time you launch the app. If you turn off the normal menubar to gain some vertical real estate, all the menu options will be tucked away under the hamburger menu button in the toolbar.

KDE Connect

KDE Connect links up your phone to your desktop. It allows you to share files and the clipboard, use your phone as a mouse or a remote control, and answer messages from your desktop.

In version 22.12, when you want to reply to a text message using the KDE Connect widget, the text field is now inline rather than in a separate dialog window, making it more convenient to answer when working on your computer.

Kalendar

Kalendar is a new calendaring app from KDE. In the latest update, devs have introduced a new "basic" mode for views. These are ideal for use on low-performance or battery-powered devices, as this mode is not based on swipe gestures like the regular views, but rather presents a more static layout that is easier on the hardware.

Also new is that Kalendar now uses pop-up windows for displaying events, making it easier and more convenient to view and manage your schedule.

Developers have also been busy fixing bugs and improving the performance of Kalendar, so you can expect a smoother and more reliable experience when using the app.

Elisa

Elisa is a friendly music player with a cool, modern look. With version 22.12 Elisa is even friendlier, as it now shows a message explaining what didn't work in case you dragged-and-dropped a non-audio file onto its playlist.

You can also put Elisa into a true full-Screen mode, and the Artist view displays a grid of the artist's albums, rather than a sea of nondescript identical icons.

And all this too


Full changelog here.

KDE handlar om programmen

One of the Goals of KDE is to be All About the Apps. This means the KDE Community takes more charge of releasing our own software and delivering it directly to you. Although we fully support distributions that ship our software, KDE Gear 22.12 apps will also be available on these Linux app stores shortly:

Flathub
Snapcraft

Om du skulle vilja hjälpa oss att få in fler program i programbutikerna, stödja fler programbutiker och få programmen bättre integrerade med vår utvecklingsprocess, kom och hälsa i vårt chattrum All About the Apps.

Skärmbilder av många program

tisdag, 11 oktober 2022

Even with a bare-bones installation, Plasma lets you customize your desktop a lot. If you want more, there is always Plasma's vast ecosystem of widgets. Widgets add features and utilities to the Plasma desktop and today you can find out all the stuff you can do and what's new for widgets in Plasma 5.26.

Widgets are not the only thing to look forward to in Plasma 5.26: check out all the new stuff landing on the desktop designed to make using Plasma easier, more accessible and enjoyable, as well as the two new utilities for Plasma Big Screen, KDE's interface for smart TVs.

Höjdpunkter

Dark Themes > Dark Wallpapers

When you change themes, so does your wallpaper

Animated Wallpapers

Make it move!

Big Screen

Two more apps for your Plasma (on a) TV

What's New

Widgets

Addons, widgets, plasmoids... They all refer to the same thing. The clock and calendar in your panel, the notifier, your KDE Connect monitor, the volume control; these are all widgets, and all can be added elsewhere, moved around, removed and, in true Plasma fashion, modified to an extreme degree.

You could always resize, and even rotate, your widgets floating on your desktop...

... But now you can also resize the widgets you have in your panel. Click on the digital clock, for example, hover your cursor over the edges or corners of the calendar, click, hold and pull until it is the size you want. The same goes for network manage, volume control, clipboard, etc.

There's a brand new Timer widget that ships with Plasma 5.26. Drop it onto your desktop, set the time for your boiled egg, coding session, or cup of tea and it will pop up a notification when it is done.

You can also add an action! Add

killall -s HUP firefox

to the Execute command text box, you will find in the Advanced tab in the settings, set the timer to 30 minutes, and Timer will stop you from spending all your day on Reddit! Or use SOX's play command to alert you with an audio tone when the time is up.

The Dictionary widget now lets you select more than one dictionary when looking for a definition or a translation of a word, and other widgets, like the Sticky notes, User switcher and Media Player all incorporate new features or tweaks to make them easier for the user.

You can also add widgets created by users, like the new (and very cool-looking) Control Centre, which gives you a brief overview of several services in your system, like the volume, media being played, KDE Connect, and more. Just right click on your panel, pick Add widgets... and look for it in Get new widgets....

Workspace

Of the more eye-catching novelties in 5.26, checkout the two new applications landing in Plasma Big Screen, KDE's Plasma for smart TVs — or dumb TVs with a Raspberry Pi attached.

Aura is a browser specially designed for Big Screen. Its big, clearly-labeled tiles allow you to navigate the world wide web using your remote control all the way over from your sofa. You can use a compatible remote control (and Big Screen supports more and more remotes with every new version) similar to a laser pointer to "click" on links and surf the web.

The second app is Plank Player, a simple and easy-to-use media player which will allow you to play videos from a storage device you plug into your TV.

On regular desktop Plasma, things have also been moving hard and fast. Developers push to make Plasma excellent on the next generation display protocol has hit a new landmark and scaled XWayland apps now look beautiful, sharp and clear on Wayland.

And now, it is not only the windows decorations that change when you move from a light theme to a dark theme: the wallpaper will change as well! Check out the highlight video above to see how this spectacular improvement looks like.

Talking of light and dark, you have been able to adjust the warmth of the colors of your desktop for some time now, using warmer, reddish colors at night (better for your eyes) and having Plasma adjust the color automatically when the sun goes down. New in Plasma 5.26 is that you can now do that for the day time too.

On the whole, the Plasma 5.26 workplace gets more pleasant (and safer) to use with every new version. The "15-minute bugs" project (that aims to solve the bugs and paper-cuts a new user may encounter in the first 15 minutes of using Plasma) is paying off, and things like animating calendar components and the virtual desktop pager, or showing the title of a playing song in the panel makes it easier to follow what is going on.

Being able to dismiss notifications popups just by clicking on them with the middle button and forcing the activation of a virtual keyboard in any application improves usability and accessibility; and warning you before you open an executable file boosts safety, as it can stop you from running a hazardous program unintentionally.

... And then there is this:

  • In the stuff-I-didn't-know-I-wanted-to-change-but-now-I-do department, you can now change the font size of the digital clock, and configure the volume step in the volume controller.
  • More things you can change: remove the icon from the application launcher/main menu/Kickoff widget and make it use a text (say, Applications) instead... Or make it use both, your choice. This is Plasma after all! A text only label for the launcher looks especially good when used in a top panel and can be helpful for new users having trouble finding their way around.
  • Finally, talking of Kickoff, you can now easily navigate the All Applications section easily using an alphabetized index.

... And there's much more going on. If you would like to see the full list of changes, check out the changelog for Plasma 5.26.

torsdag, 18 augusti 2022

KDE Gear ⚙️ 22.08 har landat!

KDE Gear ⚙️ is the collection of KDE apps, frameworks and libraries that all release new versions at the same time. Version 22.08 brings updates for KDE programs for working, developing your creativity and enjoying your free time without having to submit yourself to extortionate licenses, intrusive advertising, or surrender your privacy.

Discover the most important changes added in the last four months to software designed to make your life better!

Vad är nytt

Höjdpunkter

Kate/KWrite

Multi-cursor support in KDE's text editors

Elisa

A music player also made for touchscreens

Spectacle

Spectacle is KDE's popular screen-capturing app, that gives you image annotating features, allows you to push your screencaps directly to social media, online image hosting services, instant messaging apps, and much more.

To help you up your screen-capturing game, Spectacle now displays the keyboard shortcuts with the different capture modes right there, in the capture mode selection combobox.

And once you have your image, Spectacle resizes itself in annotation mode, so you don't have to manually make the window big every time you want to annotate a big image. Once you're finished, Spectacle will return to its original size do you can carry on working as normal.

Kalendar

Kalendar is a modern calendar and life-organizer that can get your appointments and list of daily chores from many sources... And, among many other features, the new version includes contacts! As with calendars, you can add address books from a wide variety of sources and view them from a desktop/panel widget. Kalendar can also generate a QR Code for a contact in case you want to share it to a mobile device.

In other news, the calendar view has been enhanced and you can now see subtasks and parent tasks in the task sidebar, making it easier to navigate between them.

KDE Itinerary

Itinerary is KDE's travel assistant that helps you plan your trip; manages your tickets, boarding passes and even health certificates for you, and guides you through airports, train and bus stations, and other transport hubs.

Itinerary developers have been very busy over the last few months and have added an integrated barcode scanner that allows you to import paper tickets into the app, as well as support for flat rate tickets or discount program cards.

To make your travelling easier, train and bus trips can be imported from online journey queries, and, if you are travelling to a meet-up or work do, events can be imported from and exported to the system calendar.

Feel like a detour on a multi-stage trip? No problem: the alternate route option is now available for a single part of a journey.

IMPORTANT: If you are using Itinerary on Android, please note that new updates are NOT available in Google's Play Store any more. Download KDE Itinerary from KDE's F-Droid repo to keep up to date.

Kate/KWrite

Kate and KWrite are KDE's all-important and feature-rich text editors. While KWrite is simple and straightforward, ideal for quick edits without distractions, Kate packs a whole development environment under its hood and includes, multiple panels for a command line terminal, markup preview and project structure, integration with Git, and much more.

Both of Kate and KWrite have recently incorporated a nifty new feature that allows you to place several cursors throughout a document and add text or code in various places simultaneously.

KWrite has added another interesting new feature in that it now supports tabs and screen splitting so you can open several documents at the same time.

Meanwhile, Kate has become easier to use as it now shows its toolbar by default and its menu bar has been re-arranged to make each option less huge and intimidating. In particular, there is now a new "Selection" menu that holds actions which will be applied only to whatever is selected.

Filelight

Filelight let's you see clearly how much room you have in your storage and find out what is taking up so much space! Developers have overhauled Filelight's appearance to modernize its look and, in the process, made the code easier to maintain by porting it to QtQuick.

Another improvement is that the text in Filelight’s tooltips is no longer clipped away at the ends.

Partitionshanterare

...And talking of storage, Partition Manager, KDE's tool for creating, moving and resizing partitions on your disks, has corrected some glitches that affected text in the information panel, and now shows human-readable text for the amount of time that a disk has been powered on.

Dolphin

Dolphin is KDE's powerful file manager that lets you move, copy, remove files and directories, and connect to remote hosts over SAMBA, SSH, FTP, and more.

Dolphin now lets you sort files also by file extension if you prefer that and you can remove individual items from the "Recent Files" and "Recent Locations" lists in Dolphin, file dialogs, and other places. Also, when you cancel loading a slow folder in Dolphin, the message that appears in the middle of the window does not say "Folder is empty" anymore, but says "Loading canceled" instead.

Elisa

Elisa is KDE's elegant and compact music player, and has improved its accessibility features in this version by making the playlist sidebar once again keyboard-navigable. In version 22.08 it works even better than ever before, as you can reach and trigger all controls for each item in it.

Furthermore, if you are using a touchscreen, tapping a song in Elisa’s playlist will play it immediately rather than simply selecting it. We have also made the the items on the playlist taller and more finger-friendly, making it easier to use.

As for your music collection, you can now choose to disable the automatic scan on startup, and only run it manually, and sort tracks view by "Date Modified" — useful if you want to play things you've recently added or changed. Finally, Elisa's "Files" view starts at root in version 22.08, so you can easily access music that isn't in your home folder.

Allmänt

Apart for new versions of apps, KDE Gear delivers updates to the underlying frameworks that power the apps. That means that upgrades in a framework will pop up also in apps that depend on it.

Like Dolphin, Gwenview, and Spectacle now use the XDG Portals interface for dragged-and-dropped files. This allows them to successfully drop files into sandboxed apps without punching a hole in the sandbox by giving it access to your entire home folder or the system’s temp folder.

And in the Plasma Wayland session, a wide variety of single-window KDE apps now have their existing windows brought to the front when re-launched from Kickoff, KRunner, etc.

Och dessutom allt detta...


Fullständig ändringslogg här.

KDE handlar om programmen

En av KDE:s mål är att KDE ska handla om programmen. Det betyder att KDE-gemenskapen tar bättre hand om att ge ut vår egen programvara och leverera den direkt till dig. Även om vi stöder distributioner som levererar vår programvara fullt ut, är också programmen i KDE Gear 22.04 snart tillgängliga på dessa Linux programbutiker:

Snapcraft
Flathub

Om du skulle vilja hjälpa oss att få in fler program i programbutikerna, stödja fler programbutiker och få programmen bättre integrerade med vår utvecklingsprocess, kom och hälsa i vårt chattrum All About the Apps.

Skärmbilder av många program

tisdag, 14 juni 2022

En mängd nya funktioner och häftiga nya koncept i Plasma 5.25 ger en inblick i framtiden för KDE:s skrivbord.

Höjdpunkter

Gester

Gester på tryckplattor och pekskärmar ger Plasma fingertoppskänsla

Färger

Uttråkad av grått? Plasma ger bokstavligen en regnbåge av möjligheter till ditt förfogande

Skräddarsydd

Det har aldrig varit enklare att anpassa skrivbordet .. eller roligare!

KDE Plasma 5.25 konstruerar om och förbättrar hur du navigerar mellan fönster och arbetsytor.

Översikt

Översiktseffekter visar alla öppna fönster och virtuella skrivbord.

Du kan söka efter program, dokument, och webbläsarflikar med Kör program och Starta program.

Du kan lägga till, ta bort, och byta namn på virtuella skrivbord.

Gester

tryckplattan:

Att "knipa ihop fyra fingrar" visar översikten.
Att dra med tre fingrar i någon riktning byter mellan Virtuella skrivbord
Att dra nedåt med fyra fingrar visar Befintliga fönster
Att dra fyra fingrar uppåt aktiverar Skrivbordsrutnätet.

pekskärmen:

Du kan ställa in dra från skärmkanten att visa Översikt, Skrivbordsrutnät, Befintliga fönster, och Visa skrivbord eftersom de direkt följer fingret.

Färger

Synkronisera accentfärg med skrivbordsunderlägget Den nominerande färgen på bakgrundsbilden kan användas för alla komponenter som använder accentfärgen.

Med bildspel av skrivbordsunderlägg, uppdateras färger när skrivbordsunderlägget ändras.

Färga alla färger med accentfärg och anpassa färgen på element i varje fönster till bakgrunden. Du kan också välja hur mycket färgning du vill se inblandat i det normala färgschemat.

While configuring your color scheme, you can also make the header area or titlebar use the accent color.

Pekkänsla

Activate Touch Mode by detaching the screen, rotating it 360°, or enabling it manually.

The Task Manager and the System Tray become bigger when in Touch Mode making it easier on your fingers. You can customize the size of the icons when Touch Mode is disabled, too.

Titlebars of KDE apps become taller when in Touch Mode, making it easier to press, drag, and close windows with touch. Context menu items become taller when in Touch Mode, giving you more space to tap the correct one.

Anpassning

Frikopplade paneler lägger till en marginal omkring panelen för att frikoppla den, medan den animeras tillbaka för att se normal ut när ett fönster är maximerat.

Blandningseffekter animerar övergången behagligt när färgscheman ändras.

Move your entire desktop, with folders, widgets and panels, from one monitor to another with the Containment Management window.

Övriga uppdateringar

  • The Global Theme settings page lets you pick and choose which parts to apply so you can apply only the parts of a global theme that you like best.
  • The Application page for Discover has been redesigned and gives you links to the application's documentation and website, and shows what system resources it has access to.
  • If you get your password wrong, the lock and login screens shake, giving you a visual cue to try again.
  • The KWin Scripts settings page has been rewritten making it easier to manage your window manager scripts.
  • Plasma panels can now be navigated with the keyboard, and you can assign custom shortcuts to focus individual panels.

... Och mycket mer är på gång. Om du vill se hela listan över ändringar, titta i ändringsloggen för Plasma 5.25.