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KDE's Dolphin Brings Faceted Browsing

KDE Releases Applications 4.6.0

January, 26th 2011. KDE is happy to announce the release of new versions of many of our applications. From games, education and even small utilities, these applications become more powerful, yet easy to use as they mature in this version. Below are just a few highlights from some of the new applications released today.

Dolphin Adds Faceted Browsing

The search interfaces of Kfind and Dolphin have been unified in a new, simplified search bar. Faceted browsing makes its public debut in the form of a Filter Panel that enables you to easily browse your indexed files using their metadata. A new sidebar allows for faceted searching, an enhancement to the traditional filebrowsing using metadata as additional filters.

Dolphin's faceted browsing lets you use multiple filters to find files by metadata
Dolphin's faceted browsing lets you use multiple filters to find files by metadata
  • Column View usability improves. Columns width is now adjustable automatically or by the user, file selecting using a rubberband is now available and the horizontal scrollbar is no longer needed for navigating neighboring columns.
  • To accompany the move of KDE development from SVN to Git, Dolphin features a new Git plugin, allowing updating and commiting from the GUI. The SVN plugin is of course still available.
  • Various Improvents to the Service Menus (http://ppenz.blogspot.com/2010/11/improved-service-menus.html)

Kate Gains SQL Client

Kate, the powerful text-editor has gained a lot of polish and new features with this release. In particular, this new version offers the ability to:
  • Recover unsaved data for local files on the next Kate startup (swap file support).
  • Always load plugins.
  • Add scripts to the menu and bind shortcuts.
  • Kate's new SQL Query plugin brings features of a basic SQL client to Kate and supports a wide variety of databases through Qt's SQL module.
  • A new GNU Debugger (GDB) Plugin
  • A new Highlight Selected Text Plugin.

Graphics Applications Go Social

Gwenview, the KDE image viewer, gets a “Share” button to advertise its abilities to export pictures to popular photo sharing and social networking web sites.

Gwenview can share images to many popular social networking sites
Gwenview can share images to many popular social networking sites

KSnapshot can now lasso regions to snapshot, has an option to include the mouse pointer and also a “Send to” button to instantly share screenshots.

KSnapshot can directly export screenshots to a number of 3rd party services
KSnapshot can directly export screenshots to a number of 3rd party services
The many other KDE applications updated today also receive new features and numerous bug fixes, while also gaining from the latest improvements in the KDE Platform to enhance speed and stability.

Marble Takes You Home, KStars Renders faster thanks to OpenGL

Marble, KDE's virtual globe, continues to shine with improved route planning support, now also allowing downloading of routing data. Its mobile version MarbleToGo is now a very capable turn-by-turn navigator. Pictures and videos are available on dot.kde.org, an illustrated feature guide can be found here.

Marble’s advanced routing can use a variety of configurable backends
Marble’s advanced routing can use a variety of configurable backends
The mobile version of Marble is a capable personal navigation tool
The mobile version of Marble is a capable personal navigation tool

KStars, KDE's desktop planetarium has gained optional support for rendering using openGL, enhancing its performance on hardware with openGL capabilities.

KDE Games

  • Klickety, an adaptation of the Clickomania game, makes a comeback in KDE Games 4.6, also replacing KSame through a compatibility mode.
  • The KGameRenderer framework unifies theming across games, giving a more consistent and smooth look and feel. About a dozen KDE games have been ported to this new architecture, reducing memory usage and allowing them to take advantage of multicore processors.
  • Palapeli's new puzzle slicer splits images into distinctive and authentic-looking pieces, a bevel effect makes pieces appear three-dimensional. Palapeli's “Create New Puzzle” dialog has seen usability improvements.
  • Kajongg's improved documentation explains the game to beginners. More intelligent robot player, and improved usability and playability due to better tile-handling make this traditional game more fun to play.
Palapeli, the KDE puzzle game, makes it easy to create jigsaws from your own images
Palapeli, the KDE puzzle game, makes it easy to create jigsaws from your own images

Installing KDE Applications

KDE software, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE software runs on various hardware configurations, operating systems and works with any kind of window manager or desktop environment. Besides Linux and other UNIX based operating systems you can find Microsoft Windows versions of most KDE applications on the KDE software on Windows site and Apple Mac OS X versions on the KDE software on Mac site. Experimental builds of KDE applications for various mobile platforms like MeeGo, MS Windows Mobile and Symbian can be found on the web but are currently unsupported.
KDE software can be obtained in source and various binary formats from http://download.kde.org and can also be obtained on CD-ROM or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.

Packages. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of 4.6.0 for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so.
Some of these binary packages are available for free download from KDE's http://download.kde.org. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, will become available over the coming weeks. Package Locations. For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE's Release Team has been informed, please visit the 4.6 Info Page.

The complete source code for 4.6.0 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE software 4.6.0 are available from the 4.6.0 Info Page.

System Requirements

In order to get the most out of these releases, we strongly recommend to use the latest version of Qt, as of today 4.7.2. This is necessary in order to assure a stable experience, as some improvements made to KDE software have actually been done in the underlying Qt framework.
Graphics drivers may under certain conditions fall back to XRender rather than OpenGL for compositing. If you have issues with notably slow graphics performance, switching off desktop effects is likely to help, depending on the graphics driver and setup used. In order to make full use of the capabilities of KDE's software, we also recommend to use the latest graphics drivers for your system, as this can improve the user experience substantially, both in optional functionality, and in overall performance and stability.

Credits

These release notes have been compiled by Vivek Prakash, Stefan Majewsky, Guillaume De Bure, Nikhil Marathe, Markus Slopianka, Stuart Jarvis, Jos Poortvliet, Nuno Pinheiro, Carl Symons, Marco Martin, Sebastian Kügler, Nick P and many others in the KDE Promotion Team.

About KDE

KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.


Trademark Notices. KDE® and the K Desktop Environment® logo are registered trademarks of KDE e.V. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks and copyrights referred to in this announcement are the property of their respective owners.


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Also Released Today:

Plasma Workspaces Put You in Control

The KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.6.0 The KDE Plasma Workspaces gain from a new Activities system, making it easier to associate applications with particular activities such as work or home tasks. Revised power management exposes new features but has a simpler configuration interface. KWin, the Plasma workspace window manager, receives a new scripting and the workspaces receive visual enhancements. Plasma Netbook, optimized for mobile computing devices receives speed enhancements and becomes easier to use via a touchscreen interface. For more details read the KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.6 announcement.

Mobile Target Makes KDE Platform Lose Weight

The KDE Development Platform 4.6.0 The KDE Platform, on which the Plasma Workspaces and KDE Applications are built also gains new capabilities available to all KDE applications. The introduction of a "mobile build target" allows for easier deployment of applications on mobile devices. The Plasma framework gains support for writing desktop widgets in QML, the declarative Qt language, and provides new Javascript interfaces for interacting with data. Nepomuk, the technology behind metadata and semantic search in KDE applications, now provides a graphical interface to back up and restore data. UPower, UDev and UDisks can be used instead of the deprecated HAL. Bluetooth support is improved. The Oxygen widget and style set is improved and a new Oxygen theme for GTK applications allows them to seamlessly merge into the Plasma workspaces and look just like KDE applications. For more details read the KDE Platform 4.6 announcement.

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