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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

KDE, Latest Announcements and Latest Applications.

Latest Announcements.

KDE Ships November Updates
On 3rd November 2010, KDE has released 4.5.3, containing translation updates, performance and stability improvements and other bugfixes. KDE recommends everybody running 4.5.2 or earlier versions to update.

KDE Releases Development Platform, Applications and Plasma Workspaces 4.5.0
On 10th August, 2010, KDE released new versions of the Plasma Workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Development Platform in version 4.5.0. While focus within this release cycle lay on stability, the overall polish and performance gain is well noticable. Features such as the reworked notification area, Marble's map routing and support for WebKit in Konqueror round up this release.

KDE Software Compilation 4.4.5 released
On 30th June 2010, KDE SC 4.4.5 was released. 4.4.5 provides bugfix and translation updates and is a recommended update for everybody running 4.4.4 or earlier versions.

View more announcements...


Latest Applications.


LyX
LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents, not their appearance.

LyX is for people that write and want their writing to look great, right out of the box. No more endless tinkering with formatting details, 'finger painting' font attributes or fuzzing around with page boundaries. You just write. In the background, Prof. Knuth's legendary TeX typesetting engine makes you look good.

On screen, LyX looks like any word processor; its printed output -- or richly cross-referenced PDF, just as readily produced -- looks like nothing else. Gone are the days of industrially bland .docs, all looking similarly not-quite-right, yet coming out unpredictably different on different printer drivers. Gone are the crashes 'eating' your dissertation the evening before going to press.




Flacon
Flacon extracts individual tracks from one big audio file containing the entire album of music and saves them as separate audio files. To do this, it uses information from the appropriate CUE file.
Besides, Flacon makes it possible to conveniently revise or specify tags both for all tracks at once or for each tag separately.
Features:
* Supported input formats: WAV, FLAC, APE, WavPack, True Audio (TTA).
* Supported out formats: FLAC, WAV, WavPack, OGG or MP3.
* Replay Gain analysis (album-gain and track-gain modes).
* Multi-threaded conversion process.


Requires:
* python
* PyQt
* shntool
* flac (optional, for decoding and encoding FLAC files)
* mac (optional, for decoding APE files)
* wavpack (optional, for decoding WV files)
* ttaenc (optional, for decoding TTA files)
* oggenc (optional, for encoding OGG files)
* lame (optional, for encoding MP3 files)
* metaflac (optional, for FLAC replay gain)
* vorbisgain (optional, for OGG replay gain)
* mp3gain (optional, for MP3 replay gain)

Now Flacon is a pure Qt application.



Xt7-Player
Yet another gui for mplayer. It aims to be a complete interface to its tons of options, while trying to keep usability in mind.

Please, double check your distribution ships latest gambas libraries, any version < 2.15 will cause problems, expecially with metacity under gnome.

Hint for mandriva users
Maybe you'll find a better package on MIB repositories:
http://mib.pianetalinux.org/mib/component/search/xt7-player



Screenshots and features:

http://xt7player.homelinux.org/xt7forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2


Please, submit bugs to xt7player@gmail.com


If you care to help me by
writing translations, documentation, ask for a new feature or else, feel free to write a line here:
http://xt7-player.sourceforge.net/xt7forum/viewforum.php?f=4



Random Album
An amarok script that monitors the playlist, and, when it's finished, repopulates it with a random album from the collection. Differently from amarok's built-in "random album" mode, you don't need to keep the whole collection in the playlist; so when you add new stuff to the collection the script will automatically pick it up, and it's easy to manually enqueue songs into the current playlist without the "random mode" triggering whenever the current album finishes playing.

This script is inspired and very loosely based on the randomalbum.py script for amarok 1.4, available at the following URL:

http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=42764



KGraphViewer and KGraphEditor
KGraphViewer is a Graphviz dot graph file viewer for KDE. It is part of the KDE extragear graphics package.

Release of version 2.1.1. This is a bugfix only release that makes the kgraphviewer library cleaner: all necessary headers are installed and no more and with a proper d-pointer in its sole exported class. There is also a little bugfix in the background color setting dialog.

Previous version (2.1) included one new visible feature (option to set the default background color) and a bunch of bug regression corrections (thanks to new contributors) and, more importantly, new integration possibilities as the viewer can now be integrated in an application either as a plugin (KPart) or as a real widget. Note that from now on, the kgraphviewer code is hosted on the KDE git repository instead of svn.

Last but not least, Milian Wolf has setup kgraphviewer to be built on OpenSuse build service, thus giving a bunch of new binary packages for various distributions (see links below).

The editor works but is still very young. It demonstrates the use of the KGraphViewer part (KDE plugins) as a changeable view of a graph.

KGraphViewer is now included in several GNU/Linux distributions !

The tool works very well for most dot graphs. Here are some of its currently implemented features:
- zooming
- threaded loading of several graphs in tabs;
- saving of the recent files list;
- manual reload of files;
- display of a bird-eye view of the graph;
- moving of the graph by dragging;
- full featured printing;
- perfect drawing of all graphviz example graphs;
- automaticaly choose dot for directed graphs and neato for undirected
- possibility to use an arbitrary layout algo as soon as it produces xdot format
- automatic reloading with user confirmation of (externaly) modified files (configurable) ;
- open new instances as new tabs in the existing window (configurable)
- help system
- internationalization
- background color selection

More Applications


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