Introducing you Dash – File Browser Project by DanRabbit

This isn’t a mockup. It’s a GTK# app, that Dan is working on.. very slowly. The view is drawn completely with Cairo.

It’s not the best quality code in the world, but I’m learning”

If you want to check out the code, pop open a terminal and type “bzr branch lp:~elementaryart/+junk/Dash”

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Okay, so I haven’t made many visible changes, but here goes. The blue and green squares have been replaced by file and folder icons loaded from your theme. At the moment this is still boolean, more specifically, it won’t show different icons for different files types. Under the hood, I’ve been code cleaning. There’s now a nice method for drawing icons onto the grid, not a bunch of duplicate and sloppy code.

So, next couple things to do:
1. Center labels on icons.
2. Get icons based on file type.
3. Add a toggle to view hidden items.

Big Bugs:
1. The cairo view isn’t scrollable.
2. files with really long names don’t get elipsized.

So I recommend you to keep an eye on that app, and everyone who can help with C# is invited to.

Eye of GNOME will help you when setting image as wallpaper

The GNOME Image Viewer

Do you remember, when you set an image as wallpaper through EOG, then gnome-appearance-properties was opened at the wallpapers tab, allowing you to align the picture as you wish?

Forget it, it is already a history. Now The latest version of EOG is getting better, and better. Now when you try to set a picture as wallpaper, a nice pop-up dialogue will show up, asking you does you need to modify the image appearance, if no – defaulting to zoom. So if you are using latest development version of GNOME, be sure that you have this nice improvement, other way, just wait until your great distro includes the new stable version of GNOME – 2.30.

PS: Other long-waited improvement is, that, you will finally be able to load animated GIF’s through EOG, So prepare to be surprised with these improvements in the GNOME’s final release soon!

Nautilus gets nice thumbnail borders

Nautilus icon.svg

As I told you in the previous post about the nice thumbnails borders, that are coming into Nautilus, they are already a fact. Thanx to the nautilus developers for the fast reaction and Hylke Bons for his cool improvement! So if u cant see these borders, just update your system and they will be just on the right place.

the old look                                                                  &                                                                    the new look

Besides that amongst the other changes in Nautilus:

  • Don’t show weird border around desktop
  • Correctly put focus on view for new windows
  • Extra view does not get focus when created
  • Add nicer thumbnail border
  • Fix crash when hiding search bar
  • Support AIFF for audio preview

Even more… whoopee!

Nice thumbnails borders are coming into Nautilus

Nautilus icon.svg

We know that this is one of the bad little things in Nautilus that matters and need to be changed.

Hylke Bons, on the GNOME mailing list, has offered up his improvement on and as he says:

"I made a new thumbnail frame for image previews in nautilus. The current looks
old and really needed some love.
In my opinion, it looks much nicer and less crude than the current."

You can see the changes below:

the old look

and the new one


This change is going to be included in Nautilus in short (but i think, not in time for Lucid), so we are waiting for it.

Shutter 0.86 adds new features and a lot of bugfixes

logoShutter – Featureful Screenshot Tool

This is the next step of evolution. Shutter 0.86 is out and adds reasonable new features and includes a lot of bugfixes to make your screenshot taking experience better.

Redo Last Screenshot

Are you tired of selecting the same region of your screen several times until you have the perfect screenshot? Do you want to capture the same window multiple times to create a step-by-step guide?

In this case you will love Shutter’s new ‘Redo last screenshot’ feature. It allows you to redo the last screenshot without doing a selection again.

You can even redo every single screenshot in your session – easy isn’t it?

Pixelize

You want to hide private content from your screenshots? Check out the new Pixelize tool…

New Callout Shapes

We have added some nice callout shapes to the DrawingTool. Due to the fact that these files are in SVG format they can nicely be resized – here are some examples:

PDF + SVG Export

Shutter now uses cairo to render PDF and SVG documents. What does this mean to you? It allows you to export your current drawing to SVG format that can be edited with any vector graphics program, e.g. Inkscape. Additionally  PDF Export is integrated in the main program now and can be launched directly from the File menu.

Copy URL To Clipboard (FTP Upload)

When uploading into a FTP server’s directory that is accessible via HTTP you can now configure the website’s URL. This URL will be copied to clipboard when uploading. You can now use the URL to view your screenshot in your favorite browser or paste it into a web-forum etc..

Built-In Notifications

This version introduces a built-in notification system. Systemwide notification systems like Ubuntu’s Notify-OSD are not primarily designed to be used by in the way we want to use it and do have some limitations, e.g. you can not close the notifications immediately, that are critical in the context of taking screenshots.

The built-in system allows us to use the messages in a more flexible way. There are already some more features planned for future version, e.g. a button to cancel a running countdown. Users with lean desktop configurations where no notification daemon is installed, e.g. pure fluxbox, can now use the built-in system as well.

Please note that you can still use the system’s notification system if you wish. There is a setting in the preferences.

Detailed changelog is available here.

Downloads and PPA are available here

logoShutter – Featureful Screenshot Tool

Upgrading from 8.04 LTS or 9.10 to 10.04 LTS Beta

You can directly upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1 (“Lucid Lynx”) from Ubuntu 9.10 (“Karmic Koala”) or from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (“Hardy Heron”). This page contains instructions for both.

Upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04 LTS Beta:

You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.

  1. Open teminal or press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release
  2. Click the Check button to check for new updates.
  3. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
  4. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.
  5. Click Upgrade.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Upgrade from 8.04 LTS to 10.04 LTS Beta

You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.

  1. Press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release
  2. Click the Check button to check for new updates.
  3. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
  4. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.
  5. Click Upgrade.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions

Or if you don’t have super speed internet connection, you may prefer upgrading from the Alternate CD :

Upgrading Using the Alternate CD/DVD

Use this method if the system being upgraded is not connected to the Internet.

  1. Download the alternate installation CD (PC (Intel x86) alternate install CD or 64-bit PC (AMD64) alternate install CD)
  2. Burn the ISO to a CD and insert it into the CD-ROM drive of the computer to be upgraded.
    • If the ISO file is on the computer to be upgraded, you could avoid wasting a CD by mounting the ISO as a drive with a command like:
      sudo mount -o loop ~/Desktop/ubuntu-10.04-beta1-alternate-i386.iso /media/cdrom0
  3. A dialog will be displayed offering you the opportunity to upgrade using that CD.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

If the upgrade dialog is not displayed for any reason, you may also run the following command using Alt+F2:

gksu "sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade"

Happy Beta Testing!

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