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KDE Ships KDE Applications 18.04.0

April 19, 2018. KDE Applications 18.04.0 are now released.

We continuously work on improving the software included in our KDE Application series, and we hope you will find all the new enhancements and bug fixes useful!

What’s new in KDE Applications 18.04

System

The first major release in 2018 of Dolphin, KDE’s powerful file manager, features many improvements to its panels:

The folder view and the menus have been updated as well:

Further improvements include:

To make working on the command line even more enjoyable, Konsole, KDE’s terminal emulator application, can now look prettier:

Konsole’s contributors did not stop there, and introduced many new features:

Further improvements include:

Multimedia

JuK, KDE’s music player, now has Wayland support. New UI features include the ability to hide the menu bar and having a visual indication of the currently playing track. While docking to the system tray is disabled, JuK will no longer crash when attempting to quit via the window ‘close’ icon and the user interface will remain visible. Bugs regarding JuK autoplaying unexpectedly when resuming from sleep in Plasma 5 and handling the playlist column have also been fixed.

For the 18.04 release, contributors of Kdenlive, KDE’s non-linear video editor, focused on maintenance:

Graphics

Over the last months, contributors of Gwenview, KDE’s image viewer and organizer, worked on a plethora of improvements. Highlights include:

Attention to detail is important, so Gwenview has been polished in the following areas:

Even smaller enhancements often can make user’s workflows more enjoyable:

Office

In Okular, KDE’s universal document viewer, PDF rendering and text extraction can now be cancelled if you have poppler version 0.63 or higher, which means that if you have a complex PDF file and you change the zoom while it’s rendering it will cancel immediately instead of waiting for the render to finish.

You will find improved PDF JavaScript support for AFSimple_Calculate, and if you have poppler version 0.64 or higher, Okular will support PDF JavaScript changes in read-only state of forms.

Management of booking confirmation emails in KMail, KDE’s powerful email client, has been significantly enhanced to support train bookings and uses a Wikidata-based airport database for showing flights with correct timezone information. To make things easier for you, a new extractor has been implemented for emails not containing structured booking data.

Further improvements include:

Utilities

Improving the user interface of Spectacle, KDE’s versatile screenshot tool, was a major focus area:

In addition, users will be able to simplify their workflows with these new features:

Important bug fixes include:

With Kleopatra, KDE’s certificate manager and universal crypto GUI, Curve 25519 EdDSA keys can be generated when used with a recent version of GnuPG. A ‘Notepad’ view has been added for text based crypto actions and you can now sign/encrypt and decrypt/verify directly in the application. Under the ‘Certificate details’ view you will now find an export action, which you can use to export as text to copy and paste. What’s more, you can import the result via the new ‘Notepad’ view.

In Ark, KDE’s graphical file compression/decompression tool with support for multiple formats, it is now possible to stop compressions or extractions while using the libzip backend for ZIP archives.

Applications joining the KDE Applications release schedule

KDE’s webcam recorder Kamoso and backup program KBackup will now follow the Applications releases. The instant messenger Kopete is also being reintroduced after being ported to KDE Frameworks 5.

Applications moving to their own release schedule

The hex editor Okteta will have its own release schedule after a request from its maintainer.

Bug Stomping

More than 170 bugs have been resolved in applications including the Kontact Suite, Ark, Dolphin, Gwenview, K3b, Kate, Kdenlive, Konsole, Okular, Umbrello and more!

Full Changelog

Spread the Word

Non-technical contributors are an important part of KDE’s success. While proprietary software companies have huge advertising budgets for new software releases, KDE depends on people talking with other people. Even for those who are not software developers, there are many ways to support the KDE Applications release. Report bugs. Encourage others to join the KDE Community. Or support the nonprofit organization behind the KDE community

Please spread the word on the Social Web. Submit stories to news sites, use channels like delicious, digg, reddit, and twitter. Upload screenshots of your new set-up to services like Facebook, Flickr, ipernity and Picasa, and post them to appropriate groups. Create screencasts and upload them to YouTube, Blip.tv, and Vimeo. Please tag posts and uploaded materials with 'KDE'. This makes them easy to find, and gives the KDE Promo Team a way to analyze coverage for this KDE Applications release.

Installing KDE Applications Binary Packages

Packages

Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE Applications for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.

Package Locations

For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the Community Wiki.

Compiling KDE Applications

The complete source code for KDE Applications may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing are available from the KDE Applications 18.04.0 Info Page.

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