KDE Usability and Productivity: the initiative launched to improve KDE is already in week 73

KDE Usability and Productivity: Week 75KDE Community or the KDE community in Spanish is one of the best in the world Linux. I think I'm being objective when I say it and I dare to assure it because it shows that they are the most active ones correcting bugs and launching new functions. For that, almost a year and a half ago, more specifically on January 11, 2018, the initiative was launched KDE Usability & Productivitythe KDE Usability and Productivity in Spanish. This is the week 73 and in this article, as in this otherLet's talk about what they have added this week and when it will be available in Plasma, KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications.

Week 72 of the KDE Usability and Productivity initiative brought us news such as that Gwenview would show general thumbnails if it could not create a thumbnail of the selected image, that Okular will be more fluid or that KRunner will appear with its name in the different menus (before it put Run). This week's KDE Usability and Productivity note has included fewer changes, but I think all users of Kubuntu, KDE Neon or other systems with a Plasma graphical environment, we will be interested in seeing what is to come.

KDE Usability and Productivity was launched a year and a half ago

The news they are talking about this week and in which versions they will be available are:

  • Kate has a menu with the standard keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + O) to reset the font size and return it to the default value (KDE Frameworks 5.59).
  • In X11, when Dolphin 19.08.0 is already open and another application asks to show the same folder, it will open it in a new tab instead of opening a new window.
  • Spectacle can take full screen captures in 4K (Plasma 5.12.9).
  • The home button in the Discover bar is activated by clicking and releasing, not just clicking (I don't know what you mean. It will arrive in Plasma 5.16).
  • More fixes and refinements in new notifications (Plasma 5.16):
    • The panel no longer displays a blue icon when there are active notifications on the screen.
    • KDE Connect notifications are configurable.
    • Discord Snap version notifications appear correctly.
    • When plugging in a mouse is configured to disable the touchpad, the notification that appears also disappears when the mouse is unplugged.
    • Apps that show multiple notifications but don't tell Plasma their App ID show correctly in history.
    • "Show even in Do Not Disturb" now also works in Spectacle.
    • Notifications that are nearly identical are no longer discarded.
  • Horizontal separators in Kirigami and QML interfaces now have the same top and bottom margin (KDE Frameworks 5.59).
  • Kate 19.08.0's "Quick Open" function once again has the above article selected by default.
  • Akonadi applications such as KMail can now automatically and silently recover from the "Multiple Merge Candidates" error (KDE Applications 19.08.0).

Improvements in the user's interface

  • The System Preferences page for configuring Baloo has an improved UI (Plasma 5.16).
  • Important improvements in the types of fonts, starting because a softer one will be used by default (Plasma 5.17).
  • Combobox menus and pop-ups in QML and Kirigami-based applications no longer animate their highlight effects when closed, giving them visual consistency with their QWidgets counterparts (KDE Frameworks 5.59).
  • When using Kate or other KTextEditor-based applications to save over another file, they now delegate the commit message to the file dialog, so there is never a double message or an unconfirmed overwrite (KDE Frameworks 5.59).
  • When using Breeze Light or dark themes, the panel now reads accent, highlight, and offset colors from the active color scheme instead of using hard-coded colors (KDE Framweworks 5.59).
  • Kolourpaint uses an improved icon when using a dark theme (KDE Frameworks 5.60).

As for the date on which we can enjoy all these functions, Plasma 5.16 will be released on June 11, while Plasma 5.17 will arrive on October 15. Like most, both versions will have 5 maintenance updates. As for the KDE Applications, the numbering indicates the year and month in which they should be released, so v19.08 should arrive in August. In order to install them, it will be necessary that we have installed its Backports repository.

Is there anything new from week 73 of KDE Usability and Productivity that you would like to try?

 


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