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Audacious 3.7 Beta 1 Available In PPA

4 hours 16 min ago
Audacious 3.7 beta 1 was released recently and is available in the WebUpd8 Unrelease/Backports PPA. The new beta version brings various new features such as playlist shuffle by album, record Internet streams and more, along with Qt interface improvements and bug fixes.
For those not familiar with Audacious, this is a fast, lightweight audio player that's focused on high audio quality and low system resource usage. 
The application ships with plugins for pretty much everything you'd need, like effects, visualisation, desktop integration and much more, along with multiple interfaces: GTK2, GTK3 (not available in our PPA since it requires building a different source; might be discontinued once the Qt interface is fully ready), Qt and Winamp2-like interface which supports Winamp 2 skins.
Here's Audacious 3.7 beta 1 using the GTK2, Qt and Winamp interfaces:

Changes in Audacious 3.7 beta 1:
  • playlists can be shuffled by whole albums rather than single tracks
  • an "Edit Lyrics" option has been added to the LyricWiki plugin, which opens the edit page for the current song;
  • guessing of missing tag fields can now be disabled;
  • decoding and playback of standard input is now possible with e.g. echo file.mp3 | audacious -;
  • GTK interface only:
    • Internet streams can be recorded while playing via a simple record button;
    • the playlist export window displays supported formats in a drop-down list;
    • a new, unified window has been added for managing equalizer presets;
    • the user interface automatically adjusts to be more usable on high-resolution screens;
  • Qt interface improvements:
    • the Qt interface can be customized with several new appearance setting;
    • various small fixes and improvements, such as a visualizer in the info bar, to bring the interface closer to feature-parity with the GTK+ interface;
    • plugins ported to Qt:
      • Winamp Classic Interface;
      • Playlist Manager;
      • Search Tool;
      • Status Icon;
  • in dual GTK and Qt builds (such as the ones available in the WebUpd8 PPA), incompatible plugins are hidden to avoid confusion;
  • various bug fixes.

Install Audacious 3.7 beta 1 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint
Audacious 3.7 beta 1 is available in the WebUpd8 Unreleased/Backports PPA for Ubuntu 15.10, 15.04 and 14.04 (and Linux Mint 17.x) and derivatives. Note that the Audacious packages in our PPAs (both this and the stable packages) are built with GTK2 and Qt interfaces and to use them, select "Audacious" from the menu for the GTK2 interface and "Audacious Qt Interface" for the Qt interface.
To add the PPA and install Audacious 3.7 beta 1, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get instal audaciousKeep in mind that Audacious 3.7 is in beta, so you may encounter issues or incomplete features!
If you'd like to use the latest stable Audacious instead of the beta, see THIS article.

Go For It!: A Simple Todo.txt-Based To-Do List Manager And Timer Productivity App

6 hours 20 sec ago
Go For It! is a simple, yet very useful 2 in 1 productivity app which includes to-do list management as well as a timer, available for Linux and Windows.
The to-do list and timer are used together: simply select a task and switch to the timer tab to activate it. From the Timer tab, you can choose to mark a task as done, skip or pause it at any time:

When the timer runs out (and 60 seconds before), a notification is displayed so you don't need to have the app focused the whole time.
To see the app in action, check out the video below created by the Go For It! developer:

(direct video link)
Go For it! stores to-do lists in the Todo.txt format, which we've covered a few times here, on WebUpd8 (like Todo Indicator - by the way, you can use in combination with Go For It! or any other Todo.txt app) and what makes this special is that it's easy to edit, migrate and synchronize across devices. Since there are numerous Todo.txt-based applications (GUIs for any OS, including mobile, command line tools, etc.), you can simply store the lists in Dropbox (or whatever cloud storage you're using) and access them on any device or even use a text editor to edit or add new tasks.
The application is written in Vala and GTK and its user interface is inspired by the elementary OS and GNOME design philosophy (and simplicity), which means it uses header bars however, it uses a traditional titlebar under desktop environments that don't fully support header bars, such as Unity.

Install / Download Go For It!
Go For It! is available in a PPA, for Ubuntu 15.04, 14.04 and 12.04 (and Linux Mint 17.x and 13). To add the PPA and install it in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivatives, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mank319/go-for-it
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install go-for-it
There are no packages for Ubuntu 15.10 yet, but you can install the Ubuntu 15.04 package in Ubuntu 15.10 and it should work.

Arch Linux users can install Go For It! via AUR (git).
For other Linux distributions, grab the source from GitHub.
Windows binaries can be downloaded from HERE.
Thanks to Mehdi for the tip!

Circular App Launcher `Gnome Pie` 0.6.7 Gets New Clipboard Slice Group, Other Changes

Tuesday 6th of October 2015 10:18:00 AM
Gnome Pie 0.6.7 was released recently with a new experimental feature: clipboard slice group, along with other changes.

Update: version 0.6.8 was released which adds two new themes (Simple Clock and Space clock along with other minor changes).

Gnome Pie is an application launcher inspired by a World of Warcraft addon called OPie. The app consists of multiple "pies", each being triggered by a keyboard shortcut or mouse button you set. Each pie has its own role: applications, bookmarks, main menu, multimedia (play/pause/previous/next), a pie that allows you to control the focused window (maximize, close, etc.) and so on.

Pies are customizable so you can create new pies, delete existing ones, etc. You can even access pies from a dock (screenshot above) or the desktop.
The new Clipboard slice group remembers an adjustable amount of your last copied items and allows quickly pasting them:

This feature is currently considered experimental because, according to its author, it's hard to use quickly because it contains a variable amount of items and also, because it's not exactly easy in some cases to tell the entries apart (this also depends on the Pie theme you're using because the copied text is displayed in the center but some themes don't offer this).
Besides this, I would also add the lack of a way to clear the clipboard to this list.
If you have an idea on how to improve this, submit a bug on GitHub!
Despite this, the new Gnome Pie clipboard feature is actually quite useful, especially if you're already a Gnome Pie user and you do a lot of copy/pasting.
To enable the new Clipboard slice feature, from the Gnome Pie settings, select a pie on the left, then on the right click "+" to add a new slice and add select "Group: Clipbord" from the slice type list:

Other changes in Gnome Pie 0.6.7:
  • It's now possible to delete imported themes;
  • Slices can now be activated with the key pad’s return key;
  • It's now possible to load themes which are stored in a directory in an archive;
  • The window list groups have been merged into one group. This new group has an option whether to show windows of the current workspace only;
  • Updated default configuration of Gnome-Pie with a Window List group;
  • Updated default configuration to hide Slice labels.

Also, since our last article about Gnome Pie (0.6.1), the app has received quite a few improvements, including theme import/export, a new Numix theme and the ability to select slices by typing their names, among others.
Furthermore, a while back, the app's preferences dialog was updated to use Header Bars by default (which unfortunately means it doesn't look very pretty under Unity), but you can change this by launching the app with the "--no-header-bar" argument (for instance, you can add this to the gnome-pie.desktop file).

Install Gnome Pie in Ubuntu or Linux Mint
To install the latest Gnome Pie in Ubuntu 15.10, 15.04 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.x and derivatives, you can use its official PPA. Add the PPA and install Gnome Pie using the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:simonschneegans/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-pie

If you're not using Ubuntu / Linux Mint, you can download the Gnome Pie source via GitHub.
Once installed, launch Gnome Pie from the menu / Dash and then use CTRL + ALT + A to launch some applications, CTRL + Alt + B for bookmarks, etc. You can find all these keyboard shortcuts, change them or create new "pies" in the Gnome Pie Preferences (which you can access via its AppIndicator / Notification Area icon). For more info on using Gnome Pie, see THIS page.

Create A Custom Ubuntu Or Linux Mint ISO With PinguyBuilder

Tuesday 6th of October 2015 09:17:00 AM
PinguyBuilder is a script which allows creating a customized Live CD/Live USB (remaster) of Ubuntu or Linux Mint, that can be used either as a distributable ISO or as a backup.

The script is a fork of remastersys, created by the Pinguy OS developer and it's actually the tool used to build Pinguy OS.
PinguyBuilder allows creating a complete system backup (including user data) or a distributable ISO or filesystem and from its UI, it allows selecting a boot menu picture, Plymouth theme as well as the user whose settings will be used as default.
Other features include: EFI support (including EFI partition on ISO), offline install of grub-efi-amd64-signed (so it works with Linux Mint), MDM and GDM support and more.
The tool comes with a GTK user interface but it can also be used from the command line - simply run "sudo PinguyBuilder" and follow the instructions.
It's important to mention that you can't build an ISO larger than 4GB and you'll need GDebi to install PinguyBuilder or else the app may not start, according to its release notes (GDebi is no longer required).

Download PinguyBuilder
Download PinguyBuilder
Version 3.x is for Ubuntu 14.04 and version 4.x is for Ubuntu 15.04+. For Ubuntu 15.10, you'll need to manually download and install xresprobe (download: 32bit | 64bit) because this package is not available in the official repositories any more.

Important note: remove remastersys before installing PinguyBuilder to avoid any incompatibility issues.
Make sure you read the FAQ on its download page before installing PinguyBuilder!
Thanks to Antoni for the tip!

Ubuntu 15.10 And 15.04 Update Disables JAyatana (Global Menu And HUD For Java Swing Applications) By Default

Thursday 1st of October 2015 11:50:00 AM

JAyatana is a project that integrates Java Swing applications (such as NetBeans IDE, IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio, jDownloader and so on) with Ubuntu's global menu and HUD.
Starting with Ubuntu 15.04, JAyatana was installed by default and it was configured to allow all Java Swing applications to use Ubuntu's global menu and HUD. This was changed yesterday when JAyatana was updated to no longer export the JAVA_TOOL_OPTION session file, meaning that Ubuntu no longer supports HUD or global menu for Java Swing applications by default.
This change affects both Ubuntu 15.10 and 15.04 (though for Ubuntu 15.04, this update is still in the proposed repository).
The reason behind the change is that by enabling JAyatana globally, each time you run a Java application, this would be displayed in the output:Picked up JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS: -javaagent:/usr/share/java/jayatanaag.jarAnd this breaks some programs that are running "java -version" and grep the output.
If this doesn't affect the applications you're using, you can re-enable JAyatana globally, by creating a file called "jayatana.conf" under /usr/share/upstart/sessions/ and paste this in the file:description "Java Ayatana"

start on starting dbus

initctl set-env --global JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS="-javaagent:/usr/share/java/jayatanaag.jar $JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS"
end scriptThen save the file, restart the session and Unity's global menu and HUD should work again for Java Swing applications.
You can also enable it on a per-program basis, by adding the following line in the program start script, etc.:JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS="-javaagent:/usr/share/java/jayatanaag.jar $JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS"

SMPlayer 15.9 (Stable) Released With mpv Support, More

Wednesday 30th of September 2015 12:13:00 PM
SMPlayer, a Qt front-end for mplayer, has reached version 15.9.0 recently, this being the first stable version to support mpv. There are various other new features as well, like support for 3D stereo filter, MPRIS v2 support, a new default theme and more.

Note that if you've been using the official SMPlayer PPA, you've got SMPlayer with mpv support for quite some time - that's because the SMPlayer developers have been updating this PPA for a while with SVN builds which had this feature.
mpv is a media player based on mplayer2 (and MPlayer), which comes with extra features and improvements, like native support for VAAPI and VDA along with improved VDPAU video output, precise seeking, gapeless audio support, better MKV support (including ordered chapters, 3D metadata) and more. You can see a list of changes / differences between mpv and mplayer2, HERE.
Changes in SMPlayer 15.9:
  • mpv can now be used instead of mplayer;
  • mpv only features:
    • you can now use two subtitles in the same time;
    • it's now possible to play videos from streaming websites like DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many others (previously, only YouTube was supported). mpv uses youtube-dl so you'll be able to play videos from any website supported by it;
    • added an option to step back one frame;
    • a new option was added which allows setting a template for screenshots;
  • support for the 3D stereo filter;
  • better support for YouTube (VEVO videos);
  • you can now use a proxy with SMPlayer;
  • added a new action (assigned by default to key "I") which shows the current playback time, total time and percentage, for 2 seconds on the OSD;
  • added the possibility to use the mouse buttons for "next chapter" and "previous chapter";
  • a new option was added which allows deleting a file in the playlist from the filesystem;
  • MPRIS v2 support;
  • a new theme, called H2O is now the default theme.

To be able to use SMPlayer with mpv, you'll need mpv 0.6.2 or newer! Also, some mpv-only features may require an even newer mpv version (for instance, to be able to play videos from websites such as DailyMotion, Vimeo, etc., you'll need mpv 0.7.0 or newer).
The new default theme is only used for new installs and if you don't like it, you can go back to the previous style from the SMPlayer Preferences > Interface (select "Default" for the "Icon set" - in my test, this also affected the UI colors for some reason).

Install SMPlayer and mpv in Ubuntu or Linux Mint
To add the official SMPlayer PPA and install the latest SMPlayer 15.9 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer
For Ubuntu 15.04 and 15.10, mpv is available in the official repositories so to install it, simply use the following command:
sudo apt-get install mpv

For Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.x, the mpv version available in the repositories is very old and not compatible with SMPlayer. However, you can install a newer version by using Doug McMahon's PPA. To add the PPA and install mpv, use the following command:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mpv
To configure SMPlayer to use mpv, open its Preferences and under "General", on the "General" tab, set "mpv" (without the quotes" as the "MPlayer/MPV executable" and click Apply:

And an extra tip: to be able to play videos from all the streaming websites supported by youtube-dl (again: this requires mpv 0.7.0 or newer), in the SMPlayer Preferences click "Network" on the left and check the "Enable MPV's support for streaming websites" checkbox:

This feature requires youtube-dl so make sure you've installed it (I recommend installing it via the main WebUpd8 PPA to get the latest version).
For other Linux distributions and Windows, see the SMPlayer downloads page.

Foxit PDF Reader Sees New Linux Release

Wednesday 30th of September 2015 11:48:00 AM
Foxit PDF Reader for Linux was updated recently, after years of no new releases. The new version brings support for opening PDFs in tabs, annotations and more.

Foxit Reader is a popular free to use (but proprietary) PDF viewer available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Compared to the Windows version, Foxit PDF Reader for Linux lacks some features - most importantly, the ability to create PDF files, but the app still has quite a few useful features.
The latest Foxit Reader for Linux features a new user interface as well as new features such as annotations (called commenting tools in Foxit), multiple views, bookmarks, printing both the documents and annotations (you can print the document, the documment with annotations or just the annotations) and more. 
Among the available "comment tools" are highlighting text, underline, strikeout, replace or insert text, add a note or draw using a pencil (and erase):

For the comments, you can choose from various icons such as an arrow, pointer, cross, star and more, useful for both adding notes for yourself or for collaboration.
I should also mention that in my test, the application was able to open a large PDF file (which contains a large number of images) very quickly and it allowed me to scroll through it easily, without any lag, as opposed to Evince for instance, which took 1-2 seconds to load new pages, so as far as performance is concerned, Foxit Reader works great.

If you're looking for an open source PDF reader that can open large PDF files quickly, check out MuPDF.
Unfortunately there's no official changelog for the latest Foxit PDF Reader for Linux so I can't tell you what's new under the hood.
Download Foxit Reader for Linux

(click the "Free Download" link on the left and select Linux from the Platform drop-down).
To install it, simply extract the downloaded archive, double click the extracted .run file and follow the instructions.

Also see: Modify PDF Files In Linux With Master PDF Editor
Thanks to bhaismachine for the tip!

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Final Beta Available For Download

Friday 25th of September 2015 06:33:00 AM

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf final beta (beta 2 for the flavors) was released last night, bringing updated applications (including most GNOME 3.16.x apps), GNOME's overlay scrollbars by default for GTK3 applications and of course, numerous bug fixes.

Changes in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf final beta
There are very few visual changes in this release, at least as far as Unity is concerned. While even Ubuntu 14.04, which is a LTS, got some major Unity changes, such as LIM, a new lockscreen, minimize on click and much more, there's not much to say about Unity in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf final beta.
There are of course quite a few bug fixes, the replacement of Unity's overlay scrollbars with the new GNOME overlay scrollbars for GTK3 applications, along with few minor changes that are worth mentioning but that's about it.
Unity's overlay scrollbars were announced back in March 2011 and were used by default starting with Ubuntu 11.04, being designed to maximize screen real estate.
GNOME's overlay scrollbars share this goal and thus, Unity's overlay scrollbars became redundant and were replaced, "to minimize the maintenance effort", said Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Manager.
The new GNOME overlay scrollbars are only displayed when they are needed: there's no scrollbar by default but a small scrollbar is displayed when the pointer is moved and a larger scrollbar is displayed when the user wants to interact with it:

GNOME's overlay scrollbars are only used for GTK3 applications. Unity's overlay scrollbars continue to be used in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf final beta for GTK2 applications (and Dash continues to use this scrollbar style).
A side effect of not using Unity's GTK3 overlay scrollbars any more is a fix for an old bug that was causing some parts of GTK3 applications (mostly CSD apps) to be transparent.
And speaking of client-side decorations, applications using this look better in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf (they now have a shadow, etc.), but there's still an annoying visual bug: the upper window corners are not rounded and instead, there are a few black pixels:

Other Unity changes include:
  • new dconf setting to control the delay to show the menu when pressing the Alt key;
  • dragging an app from Dash to the Desktop should now work properly;
  • added option to enable and disable Unity low graphics mode on the fly in CCSM or via gsettings;
  • fixed issues with "Always on Top" windows and Dash / HUD.

A complete Unity changelog can be found HERE.

Applications / packages

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf final beta has transitioned to GCC 5 and it ships with GNOME 3.16 for the most part - this includes GTK+ as well as applications like Totem (3.16.4), GNOME System Monitor (3.16.0), Disks (3.16.2), Image Viewer (3.16.3), Evince (3.16.1), Terminal (3.16.2) and so on, while a few important apps are still at behind and this includes Nautilus (3.14.2) and Gedit (3.10.4).
From the GNOME 3.16 apps, the most notable UI changes are for GNOME's Image Viewer (Eye of GNOME), which now uses client-side decorations but under Unity, it was patched to use a traditional titlebar. 
Unfortunately, it looks like someone forgot to also patch the app to use a traditional menu and because Eye of Gnome's GMenu doesn't show up, you can't access the app's preferences. Furthermore, there are some theming issues with the next/previous and rotate buttons as you can see in the screenshot below:

Nautilus also received some significant changes in GNOME 3.16, but like I said, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf continues to use Nautilus 3.14.
Other default applications shipped with Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf final beta include: Firefox 41.0, Thunderbird 38.2.0, LibreOffice 5.0.1, Rhythmbox 3.2.1, Transmission 2.84, Deja Dup 34, Shotwell 0.22.0, Brasero 3.12.1 and Empathy 3.12.10, on top of Unity 7.3.2 (+dailybuild) and GTK+ 3.16.7.
I should mention that Brasero 3.12.1 and Empathy 3.12.10 are the latest version for both of these apps.
Under the hood, Wily final beta ships with Mesa 11.0.0, Xorg server 1.17.2 and the Ubuntu Linux Kernel 4.2.0-11, based on the upstream 4.2.1 Linux Kernel.

Download Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf final beta
Before downloading it, remember that Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf is in beta, so you may encounter issues!

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Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf beta 2 flavors downloads/release notes:

GNOME 3.18 Released, See What`s New

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015 04:44:00 PM

After six months of work, GNOME 3.18 was released today, bringing some important Files application improvements, built-in Firmware upgrades, as well as a new preview application called 'To Do'.

Changes in GNOME 3.18
Unlike most of the previous GNOME 3.x releases, the latest GNOME 3.18 focuses more stability and under the hood features and less on redesigning applications or GNOME Shell.
One of the most important new features in GNOME Shell 3.18 is the ability to access Google Drive directly from Files (Nautilus) and file chooser dialogs (via GVFS). This allows easily downloading your Google Drive files directly from the Files app as well as uploading new files:

Other similar (well, more or less) solutions were already available for some time, like google-drive-ocamlfuse, but having this built-in is definitely a nice feature, especially since it's very easy to setup: all you have to do is add your Google account to Online Accounts.
Another useful new feature is the integration of the Linux Vendor Firmware Service with GNOME. This is a project that aims to make it possible for hardware manufacturers to distribute firmware updates for Linux (like a BIOS update, network card firmware, etc.). With GNOME 3.18, Software automatically displays firmware just like any other software updates and furthermore, this feature should also work with other devices such as monitors or USB hubs.
Yet another new feature in GNOME 3.18, which you might not notice at first, is automatic screen brightness, for computers that have an integrated light sensor. This feature is enabled by default and it can be disabled from the Power settings.

As for GNOME Shell, there aren't any major new features or changes, just a few minor enhancements, like showing Display Settings entry in the background menu, using the same style for the system modal dialogs as GTK's modal dialogs and a menu option to allow moving a window to a different monitor, along with bug fixes.

Other changes:
  • improved touchscreen support: it's now easier to select, cut, copy and paste text using a touchscreen, via new popovers and also, the handles used to adjust text selections have been made bigger;
  • Kinetic scrolling (scrolling feels physical) is now handled by GTK+ - this should fix this type of scrolling if it didn't work for you previously. Furthermore, a new auto-scroll feature has been added (to activate it, press the scrollbar with the right mouse or touchpad button);
  • the latest GTK+ 3.18 includes new typographic features such as colored underlines, letterspacing and translucent font colors as well as support for custom font maps and font options;
  • various Wayland improvements, including HiDPI support (as well as HiDPI cursor support), support for copy, paste and drag and drop between windows, including between two Wayland apps and between Wayland and X11 apps, GTK+ OpenGL support under Wayland and more. Also, it's now possible to use multitouch gestures such as pinch to zoom and rotate with a touchpad (previously, they were only available with a touchscreen);
  • Bluetooth sharing has been merged into the main Bluetooth settings, so it is easier to find;
  • The animation of progress spinners has been made super smooth.

GNOME applications
The application that has received most attention this development cycle is Files (Nautilus), which includes the following changes:
  • the files places sidebar, displayed in the Files app and in open and save dialogs, has been reworked and it now includes a new location, called "Other Locations", which provides a useful overview of local and network locations;
  • the copy/move dialog is now in the form of a button on the Files toolbar which shows progress information along with more information when pressed;
  • improved folder creation as well as file and folder renaming - these now use dialogs and popovers (according to the release notes, these changes were introduced following user testing results);
  • 'search as you type' has been added to the open and save dialogs;
  • placeholders are now displayed when folders are empty, or when no search results are found;
  • recursive search is now automatically disabled when searching remote locations, in order to prevent performance problems;
  • there's a new option in Dconf (org > gnome > nautilus > preferences) which allows disabling recursive search. When disabled, the search will only look for files and folders in the current directory, ignoring subfolders.
  • recent files lists have been improved, and now show the full location of each file;
  • Google Drive integration (which I already mentioned above).
Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:

The latest Gedit 3.18 brings a new minimap, which shows an overview of a file next to the scrollbar, as well as a new plugin which allows searching in all files:

Evince, the GNOME document viewer, was updated with just a few, but important new features. The app can now display inline multimedia, such as video and audio by using GStreamer and it supports adding highlight annotations. Also, text annotations can now be moved:

Changes in other GNOME applications:
  • Maps is now able to indicate your direction as well as location. It is also possible to enter latitude/longitude coordinates or a geoURI;
  • Web, the GNOME browser is faster and also, the screen will no longer automatically lock when you are watching a fullscreen video in Web;
  • Builder has a new workspace system which allows different panels to be added and removed, a new appearance for the pop-up command bar, a new shortcuts window (to open it, use Ctrl + Shift + ?) as well as a new plug-in system which allows plug-ins to be written using Python 3, C or Vala;
  • the collections dialog has been greatly improved in Documents, with a better layout and easier renaming and deletion;
  • the layout of the Logs application has been improved, so that it is more efficient and easier to read. It is also possible to select which boot to view logs from;
  • GNOME's IRC application, Polari, has received paste service integration along with other improvements such as a better first run experience, improved feedback for connection errors and better indicators for new messages;
  • Boxes includes a new list view with more details about your boxes along with other improvements.

GNOME Builder
With GNOME 3.18, there are two new official applications, which have graduated from the "preview" status they had in the previous GNOME release: Calendar (calendar app) and Characters (character map app):

GNOME Calendar features month and year views, search, allows adding calendars from files or remote URLs, it integrates with GNOME's Online Accounts integration and more.
And finally, a brand new application is available as a technical preview with GNOME 3.18: To Do, which you can see in the screenshots below:

As you may have guessed from its name, this is a todo list management application and in this early release, it allows creating new tasks (and schedule tasks), grouping, prioritizing tasks and attaching notes to tasks. Furthermore, the app integrates with GNOME Online Accounts, which means it can keep your tasks in sync with Google Tasks.

Getting GNOME 3.18
Among the Linux distributions that will ship with GNOME 3.18 are Fedora 23 (currently in beta) as well as the next openSUSE release (scheduled for November 4, 2015).
GNOME 3.18 isn't yet available in Debian Unstable (though some GNOME 3.18 RC packages are available in Experimental) or Arch Linux at the time I'm writing this article.
As for Ubuntu / Ubuntu GNOME, part of GNOME 3.18 is available in the GNOME 3 Staging PPA for Ubuntu 15.10 only (there are still missing pieces, like Gedit 3.18 and others).
You may also want to check out the official GNOME 3.18 release notes.

Extract Individual Tracks From Audio CD Images With Flacon

Thursday 10th of September 2015 12:01:00 PM
Flacon is a Qt tool which can be used to extract individual tracks from audio CD images which contain an entire album, such as WavPack, APE, FLAC, WAV or True Audio, based on the information provided in the CUE file.

The application provides output format-specific settings: you can set the output quality, compression and so on as well as ReplayGain, either per album or per track.
Another useful Flacon feature is its ability to tag the resulting tracks, either based on the information provided in the CUE file or manually.
Complete Flacon feature list:
  • supports the following input formats: WAV, FLAC, APE, WavPack, True Audio (TTA).
  • supported output formats: LAC, WAV, WavPack, AAC, OGG, MP3 and Opus (with the latest Flacon 1.2.0) with preset and quality settings, etc.;
  • replay Gain analysis (album-gain and track-gain modes);
  • multi-threaded conversion process;
  • automatic character set detection for CUE files;
  • automatially tag resulting track files;

Flacon 1.2.0, released recently, brings Qt5 support along with Opus output support. However, please note that the packages available in the official Flacon PPA are still built with Qt4.

Install Flacon in Ubuntu or Linux Mint
To install Flacon in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, you can use its official PPA. To add the PPA and install the application, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flacon/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flaconFor other Linux distributions, see the Flacon downloads page.

Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.

Enpass Password Manager 5.0 RC Released With Browser Extensions For Auto-Filling Login Credentials

Thursday 10th of September 2015 09:52:00 AM
Enpass 5.0 RC was released recently (64bit only for Linux), bringing one of the most requested features: browser extensions for both Firefox and Chrome on Linux and Windows (and for Safari on Mac), which allows auto-filling your username/password and other sensitive information directly from the web browser.

For those not familiar with Enpass, this is a proprietary cross-platform password manager which uses SQLCipher under the hood, an open source extension to SQLite that provides transparent 256-bit AES encryption of database files.
The app comes with many useful features, including built-in (encrypted) backup/sync to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and ownCloud/WebDAV and is available for Linux, Windows and Mac as well as iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. The desktop apps are free to use with no limitations while the mobile apps offer in-app purchases (Android, iOS) or cost 9.99$ (Windows Phone).
From the newly released Firefox and Chrome extensions, you can automatically fill the login credentials (as well as any other data you store in Enpass, like credit card details, etc.) stored in your Enpass desktop app in the web browser, either by clicking on the extension icon, which provides a recently used items list as well as a search, or by using a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + \). You can also save new logins you enter in the browser to Enpass.

The browser extension also ships with a few other minor but useful features like generating secure passwords, locking/unlocking Enpass (which locks/unlocks both the extension and the desktop app) as well as launching or quitting the desktop app.
That's not all that's new in Enpass 5.0 RC - other changes include:
  • support for password history in the password generator;
  • a new Password Audit helps change old and weak passwords;
  • fixed various sync issues with WebDAV/ownCloud;
  • new icons and other UI improvements;
  • on Linux, there's now an option (Tools > Settings, on the General tab) to minimize the app to the tray instead of closing it but this feature only worked under Unity in my test (I also tested it under MATE and Cinnamon and there was no tray icon);
  • bug fixes.

Note that Enpass 5.0 is currently available as a release candidate so you may encounter small issues. For instance, in my test I had to restart Firefox to get the extension to work (note: this feature also requires enabling the Browser Extensions feature from the Enpass application settings), even though after installing the extension, Firefox didn't request a restart. Other than that and the tray issue I mentioned above, both extensions as well as the desktop application worked great in my test.
I should also mention that since this is not a final, stable release, the app will not interfere with existing stable Enpass data: version 5.0 RC will be installed in parallel with the stable 4.x version.
The final Enpass 5.0 version should be released around the first week of October.

Download Enpass

Download Enpass Password Manager 5.0 RC (available for desktops: Linux 64-bit deb only, Mac OS X and Windows as well as mobile: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry)
The actual Enpass download link will be emailed to you, so you must provide a valid email address on the download page linked above. The desktop apps are free to use, with no limitations.
The Enpass 5.0 RC Chrome extension can be installed from the Chrome Web Store while the Firefox extension is provided in the downloaded desktop app archive (to install it, drag and drop the .xpi file to Firefox and the extension installer should pop up). After installing the extension, make sure you enable the "Browser Extensions" feature in the desktop application (Tools > Settings > Browser) to be able to use it.
Since the release candidate is not available in the Mac App Store, iCloud Sync is not available in this version.
If you prefer to download the stable Enpass 4.x version, see THIS page (the Enpass developers also provide an Ubuntu/Debian repository which you can use to install the latest stable Enpass on both 32bit and 64bit - you'll find it on the downloads page)

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