KDE presents a new KCommandBar option and another group of new features that will arrive in the medium-term future

aKCommandBar in KDE Plasma

This Saturday, like every seven days, Nate Graham He has written an article talking about news in which one stands out: KCommandBar. The "K" is clear what it means because almost all software KDE he uses it; what is not so clear is what is that Command Bar that follows. By the name, I had thought that it was something related to the terminal, but it is something simpler within everyone's reach.

As Graham explains, “KCommandBar is an expert user interface element that implements a HUD-style pop-up window that aggregates all actions from the entire menu structure of a KDE application, so you can quickly activate functions at the speed of thought. It is like a KRunner within applications. It can also be used as a search, if you think a function may exist somewhere but you don't know where«. What he has not explained is when it will arrive.

Bug fixes and performance improvements coming to KDE

  • Dolphin's split view close animation no longer briefly displays the wrong view content in the left view before being closed (Felix Ernst, Dolphin 21.08).
  • Plasma no longer crashes sometimes when using the Audio Volume widget with full PipeWire support (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22).
  • In Plasma Wayland, connecting or disconnecting an external display no longer sometimes causes Plasma to crash immediately (David Edmundson, Plasma 5.22).
  • In Plasma Wayland, windows that close automatically no longer get stuck on the screen like semi-transparent ghosts if they are dragged the moment they close (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 5.22).
  • Improved the solution to prevent the network applet from erroneously displaying a huge traffic spike the first time it is opened, which should definitely be fixed this time (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22).
  • System Monitor widgets now display the correct information when in a dashboard (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22).
  • The new Plasma System Monitor application no longer visibly flickers when the application or process table views are updated (David Edmundson, Plasma 5.22).
  • In Plasma Wayland, submenus for interactive notifications hamburger menus (for example, for newly taken screenshots) no longer open in their own separate windows (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22).
  • When in a Plasma Wayland session, displaying the applications menu from the title bar no longer makes an item called "KDE Daemon" appear temporarily in the task manager (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22).
  • In Plasma Wayland, Aurorae's window decorations are no longer visually corrupted when using high DPI scaling (David Edmundson, Plasma 5.22).
  • When using the Breeze application style, the cursor no longer gets stuck in the "double-headed arrow" shape when first moved over a resizable divider and then into a terminal panel, as in Dolphin (Fabian Vogt, Plasma 5.22).
  • The Icon Only Task Manager's "audio playing" indicator no longer overlaps with its numbered badge when the badge is visible (Bharadwaj Raju, Plasma 5.22).
  • The adaptive panel's transparency feature and the Minimize All applet now work correctly when using the KWin setting to "keep window thumbnails minimized" (Bharadwaj Raju and Abhijeet Viswa, Plasma 5.22).
  • In Plasma Wayland, external displays are now correctly detected on multi-GPU systems (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 5.23).
  • Folder selection in the folder chooser dialog now works for Flatpak applications and others using XDG portals. It is not clear to me if this will fix the bug that prevents selecting a different download folder in Telegram, for example (Bharadwaj Raju, Frameworks 5.83).
  • When using a recent version of Qt, automatic spell checking in Kate and KDevelop and other KTextEditor-based applications works immediately again without having to deactivate and reactivate it (Antonio Rojas, Frameworks 5.83).

Interface improvements

  • The tabs at the bottom of the Gwenview sidebar now convert to only icons in very small widths where text would have been eluded previously, and they become icons + text in very large widths (Noah Davis, Gwenview 21.08).
  • The Dolphin Trash entry in the Places panel now has a context menu item to open the Trash settings window (Saravanan K, Dolphin 21.08).
  • In Elisa, the online play button for playlist items now resumes playback when paused, instead of going back to the beginning of the song (Tranter Madi, Elisa 21.08).
  • System Tray applets with hamburger menus no longer redundantly display the same configuration action within them that is already visible available as a button in the header itself (Nate Graham, Plasma 5.22).
  • In the new System Monitor app, you can now kill the selected process / application by pressing the Del key, just like you could in KSysGuard (Kai Uwe Broulik, Plasma 5.22).
  • Clicking on any of the lock screen media controls no longer removes keyboard focus from the password field (Jan Blackquill, Plasma 5.22).
  • Using the task manager to "scroll through tasks with the mouse wheel" no longer minimizes minimized tasks (Abhijeet Viswa, Plasma 5.22).
  • Widgets on the desktop now have a blurred background, making them more readable and better looking compared to the previous transparent-no-blur background (Marco Martin, Plasma 5.23).
  • The Applications tab of the audio volume applet now distinguishes between applications that are playing or recording audio, and those that are not (Kai Uwe Broulik, Plasma 5.23).
  • The system configuration home page has been moved to the "Appearance" category (Nate Graham, Plasma 5.22).

When will these news arrive

Plasma 5.22 is coming June 8kdegear 21.04.2 will be available two days later, on June 10, and KDE Gear 21.08 will arrive in August, but we still don't know what day exactly. Two days after the set of apps will arrive Frameworks 5.83, specifically from June 12.

To enjoy all this as soon as possible we have to add the KDE Backports repository or use an operating system with special repositories like Kde neon or any distribution whose development model is Rolling Release, although the latter usually take a little longer than the KDE system.

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