I’m very glad to be able to be making new posts about stuff I like, though my situation still not finished, we have sent some papers to lawyers at Argentina and since this year booking is too much expensive my wife will only be going there next year. The donations money helped a lot but almost half of it is already gone, we still need to pay the Germany lawyer and if you know BRL vs EUR it doesn’t play nice 😛 Maybe next year I’ll set another pledgie, and I hope to be able to have payed most of bank debts till next year…
Back to the topic, I’ve already said I was planning a new updater, and now I want to share it with you. I’m so happy about it because it makes the updating use case much easier… come on! Just click the icon (maybe do a quick) and press update 😛 how easier could it be?
Apper 0.8.0 will probably be released next week, tomorrow I’ll try to do the last strings changes, and then I’ll give the translators a week to update the few missing strings, 0.8.1 hopefully will follow by January to fix the new introduced features that certainly broke something.
I’m not entirely happy yet with how it works but it works. I still have to show some KDialogs to review dependencies, agree with not trusted packages… hopefully in near future all of that will be inside the plasmoid.
The old tray icon will be gone with this and more changes (I’ll blog when I handle the release) to move away from the regular tray have been done too.
And really thank you very much for your support, thanks to everyone that cared about me I was able to be at my wife’s birthday 7th, my soon 8th and today mine on the coolest day of the year 12/12/12 😀
Enjoy the screen shots:
UPDATE – I forgot to put the screen shot when you click and expand an update, to see it’s changelog (still misses some info):
This will be a quick post, I’m about to travel to my parent’s house this weekend, it’s elections on Sunday, so I’ll go right to the point.
When I first started Apper (well it was KPackageKit), people were all “wow plasmoids are so cool”, and well they were indeed but 99.9% of my time I don’t even see my wallpaper, my desktop has nothing but the default wallpaper, so I thought “Why should I make a plasmoid for it?”, well it isn’t a fancy comic strip, or an cool CPU usage widget.. Who would want to go to the desktop just to search for a package?
It turns out that after I wrote a plasmoid for print-manager and realized it was really that easy to do, and also that for some releases now you can even put them on the systray I started thinking what else can I make? It was fun so I wanted more…
It turns out that I sort of hate systray, but for system (and only for that) stuff it’s quite handy to have smaller icons. Now that PackageKit 0.8.x has it’s API frozen and I have fixed all changes in packagekit-qt a new Apper release is needed. The new PackageKit is awesome, though most backends (including my aptcc) doesn’t support parallel transaction, adjusting to this new ability is a must for Apper, so I started hacking in it again, I want to replace the current UI with QML but there are distros waiting for my release so I will do this change slower.
Apper-sentinel has 3 systray icons, one for reboots, one for backend messages, and one for updates. It turn outs that I can get rid of the three of them. The reboots can be made a persistent notification, if the user doesn’t care it will just go away. The backend messages should already be simple notifications, and the updates icon can be a plasmoid! Yup a plasmoid!
Wouldn’t it be cool to see the updates icon on the tray click it and see the updates right away, push an “Update” button, and have it started? And if you don’t want it on the systray you can move to another place, it makes you free from systray!
I have the pleasure to announce my new app PhotoBook! I’ve been waiting for quite some time to put the code on public and I just did this today. So what is PhotoBook?
PhotoBook is a photo management application. I know what you are just thinking! Don’t we have gwenview and digikam already?
So before everyone starts a flamewar let me explain why I did not put my ideas on those two apps (though after talking to Aurilen – gwenview he might end up using some of the ideas into gwenview).
Starting with gwenview we have an excellent Image Viewer (It’s the application description), an Image Viewer as the name says allows for viewing images, you may think “well a photo is an Image”, but not all images are photos, gwenview is an application oriented on your file system (if you enable nepomuk you can also tag all your images), you can just browse your files and view any kind of image it supports, it even has slide shows and can play clips. You don’t organize by events for example your Krita drawings…
On the other hand we have digikam a professional application with tons of filters, geolocation, tags, lighttable, colorcorrection and the list goes on. Due to this it’s more oriented for a photographer.
Both applications integrate KIPI plugins so you can even export your images/photos to several webservices.
What I noticed is that we have a gap here, well I’d like an application to manage my photos with some of the features that digikam has, but it must be a simpler application since I want my with using it. Her files are just a mess, photos all around the hard drive if it’s not me to organize it sometimes it would be a huge mess, being honest I even prefer not touching it, apart from that, every time she’s going to upload her photos she opens KolourPaint and resize image by image so the upload is faster, I tryied several times teaching how to do that with KIPI but she always forget it.
At the beginning of this year my boss showed me iPhoto, wow, that had everything I was looking for, a pretty smart importer, photos organized by events, tags, faces, places and facebook integration, not to mention that it organizes all the photos you import so you don’t have to pass through the PAIN of manually create a directory structure…
After that day I searched for a Linux app that did that, the closest was ShotWell a Gnome app, I’d use if it wasn’t by the fact that it doesn’t has an smart importer, and well I’m not a Gtk fan so I decided to do a Qt application that could fill my needs.
QML is everywhere on the news, it’s the Qt hype, I had never tried it (it was before the printer-manager QML plasmoid), playing with some Qt demos I said to myself this will look awesome with QML, drawing the solution and playing with it at first was a frustrating experience, without Desktop components it’s a major pain as I’m not very skilled with inkscape and I don’t like to waste time learning a tool just for one or two icons… so I gave up a few months ago.
Time passed and I got robbed, the window of my car got crashed, my company’s laptop stolen and so was my wife’s camera, 8 GB + what was on the laptop of photos lost, the laptop could have a backup (my fault), but the 8 GB was actually the fault of not having a tool to smart handle the import. At the same time Marco Martin (notmart), posted his improvements on a QML File Browser for Active that had a feature I couldn’t reproduce in QML.
This motivated me to get back to my old code, now I had more experience with QML, but still the pain of creating everything was there, but now I don’t really care, Qt 5.(something) will have it… then I just replace 😀 the core of the app is just pure Qt, even the code that provides the images, the thumbnails are all C++ code.
I have a bunch of stuff to say about what this app already does, and what it will do, but this post got too huge already… If I were you I’d be sleeping by now… 😛
As I’m no CMake expert after you compile the code you will need to create a link called qml_files that points to the qml files, and run photobook from the directory containing this link. If you know how to improve this please give me a hand.
The ui is still a bit of a mess, and PLEASE this is alpha software, the indexer might change, the directory layout might change, right now is just a tech preview…
I’ll soon make more posts about how the importer works and what you can do with it 😀