KDE Usability & Productivity week 76 confirms the arrival of Night Color to X11

KDE Usability & Productivity

In the past week we inform you of the imminent arrival of Night Color Plasma. We were wrong, in part: Night Color is already available in Wayland, so the news related to "Night Light" in Plasma were functions that will be added to an option already present. Where we do not find this option is in X11, but the week 76 de KDE Usability & Productivity confirms that Night Color will also come to X11 together with Plasma 5.17.

We remember again what this function is about: currently, Ubuntu has Night Light, that is, a system that reduces the blue tones on our screen so that our body "understands" that it is already night, which helps us rest better at night. Operating systems like Kubuntu lack this feature, but it looks like it will definitely arrive next October as long as Kubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine arrives with plasma 5.17. If not, we can enjoy this feature by adding the Kubuntu Backports repository, when the release of Plasma v5.17 is official.

Other new features mentioned this week in KDE Usability & Productivity

  • Spectacle 19.08 shows and allows us to configure the shortcuts used to invoke it.
  • When taking a delay capture with Spectacle 19.08, it now shows an animation in the lower panel where we see how long it is until it is done.
  • Gwenview 19.08 includes a "Share" menu from which we can send the images to various places, such as other KDE or Imgur applications.

Bug fixes and performance improvements

  • The KRunner calculator works correctly again when AppStream is enabled (AppStream 0.12.7).
  • The option to suspend the device with KRunner works again (Plasma 5.16.1, now available).
  • The system settings no longer close unexpectedly when navigating the touch panel settings as there is no touch panel connected (Plasma 5.16.2).
  • Critical battery notifications are resent (Plasma 5.16.2).
  • Spectacle's "Exit after saving or copying" function finally works (Plasma 5.16.2).
  • GIMP can now be added to the task manager. Until now it could be added, but not released due to a GIMP bug that KDE Community has fixed (Plasma 5.16.2).
  • The Calculator Widget displays a popup window with the correct size when in the panel (Plasma 5.16.2).
  • The Kickoff application launcher selects the first search result by default (Plasma 5.16.2).
  • Using the arrows on the KSysGuard 'Priority' slider now moves in the correct direction (Plasma 5.17).
  • Fixed an unexpected crash when using some GTK-based applications with the Breeze theme (Plasma 5.17).
  • Fixed a case where the splash screen could freeze when logging in under some multi-screen settings (Plasma 5.17).
  • The icons on the yellow post-it can be read in a dark theme (Plasma 5.17).
  • The energy saving page looks better and we can open it from the battery widget (Plasma 5.17).
  • The Disk Quota widget displays an icon in the systray. This icon is now displayed in the dark theme (Plasma 5.17 / Frameworks 5.60).
  • KDE applications no longer set invalid modification times on files copied under certain circumstances (Frameworks 5.60).
  • KRunner is faster at displaying results (Frameworks 5.60).
  • Kirigami's list of articles with inline buttons are tall enough to contain the buttons (Frameworks 5.60).
  • Tool Buttons in Kirigami-based applications that currently show Tooltips now hide their Tooltips when clicked (Frameworks 5.60).
  • The list of printers is no longer case sensitive (KDE Applications 19.04.3).
  • Konsole 19.08 no longer closes when copying highlighted text under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed some bugs in the unreleased "open new folders as new tabs" function in Dolphin 19.08: it is once again possible to manually open new instances of Dolphin, and the "Open containing folder" function now works again.
  • Okular 1.8.0's presentation markup tool looks smoother when used in high DPI mode.

Interface improvements

  • Possibility to perform calculations and convert units from the Dashboard and the Kickoff application launcher (Plasma 5.17).
  • The context menu of the task manager correctly separates "Pin to task manager" and "Drop from task manager" (Plasma 5.17).
  • The animation of fade to desktop from the splash screen is faster (Plasma 5.17).
  • It is again possible to configure the Present Window effect to close windows on center click (Plasma 5.17).
  • When creating new files or folders, comments and error messages are now displayed online as you type, rather than in modal dialog boxes after you finish (Frameworks 5.60).
  • The "Joystick" system settings page is renamed "Game Controller" and uses a new icon according to the change (Plasma 5.17 / Frameworks 5.60).
  • The "Send To" window for sharing plugins has improved its image and no longer sends an error notification if we cancel the share action (Frameworks 5.60).

Some (few) of these changes are already present in the latest version of Plasma, namely v5.16.1. Of the rest of the changes, the closest ones will arrive on June 25, on Tuesday. The KDE Applications 19.08 will arrive already in August. Plasma's next big release, v5.17, will arrive as early as October 15th to be exact. Feel like trying something from the KDE Usability & Productivity week 76 checklist?


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