KDE Ships KDE Applications 17.04.0
April 20, 2017. KDE Applications 17.04 is here. On the whole, we have worked to make both the applications and the underlying libraries more stable and easier to use. By ironing out wrinkles and listening to your feedback, we have made the KDE Applications suite less prone to glitches and much friendlier.
Enjoy your new apps!
The developers of KAlgebra are on their own particular road to convergence, having ported the mobile version of the comprehensive educational program to Kirigami 2.0 -- the preferred framework for integrating KDE applications on desktop and mobile platforms.
Furthermore, the desktop version has also migrated the 3D back-end to GLES, the software that allows the program to render 3D functions both on the desktop and on mobile devices. This makes the code simpler and easier to maintain.
KDE's video editor is becoming more stable and more full-featured with every new version. This time, the developers have redesigned the profile selection dialog to make it easier to set screen size, framerate, and other parameters of your film.
Now you can also play your video directly from the notification when rendering is finished. Some crashes that happened when moving clips around on the timeline have been corrected, and the DVD Wizard has been improved.
Our favorite file explorer and portal to everything (except maybe the underworld) has had several makeovers and usability improvements to make it even more powerful.
The context menus in the Places panel (by default on the left of the main viewing area) have been cleaned up, and it is now possible to interact with the metadata widgets in the tooltips. The tooltips, by the way, now also work on Wayland.
The popular graphical app for creating, decompressing and managing compressed archives for files and folders now comes with a Search function to help you find files in crowded archives.
It also allows you to enable and disable plugins directly from the Configure dialog. Talking of plugins, the new Libzip plugin improves Zip archive support.
If you are teaching or learning to play music, you have to check out Minuet. The new version offers more scales exercises and ear-training tasks for bebop, harmonic minor/major, pentatonic, and symmetric scales.
You can also set or take tests using the new Test mode for answering exercises. You can monitor your progress by running a sequence of 10 exercises and you'll get hit ratio statistics when finished.
Okular, KDE's document viewer, has had at least half a dozen changes that add features and crank up its usability on touchscreens. Akonadi and several other apps that make up Kontact (KDE's email/calendar/groupware suite) have been revised, debugged and optimized to help you become more productive.
K3b has joined the KDE Applications release.
More than 95 bugs have been resolved in applications including Kopete, KWalletManager, Marble, Spectacle and more!
Full ChangelogYou can find the full list of changes here.
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
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.
For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the Community Wiki.
Compiling KDE Applications
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