The new adventures of Deskbar-Applet

Today Deskbar-Applet 2.23.1, the first release of the unstable series that will lead to 2.24, has been released. A lot has changed since 2.22.0:

80 files changed, 7592 insertions(+), 2377 deletions(-)

You can download Deskbar-Applet 2.23.1 at http://download.gnome.org/sources/deskbar-applet/2.23/

In the following text, I’ll present the most significant changes.

First of all, the programs module finds programs in your path that start with query term. You don’t have to type the whole command anymore.

Deskbar-Applet now supports Capuchin. This allows you to check if updates for the modules are available or download new modules. You need latest Capuchin from svn. This feature is still experimental. When something doesn’t work please report it.

KDE and XFCE users can now use Deskbar-Applet as well. Deskbar-Applet can be run in the system tray when it’s started from the command line with the -t option. However, you can only use the Window UI in this mode, because the sticky UI depends on the applet.

The Yahoo! Module has been refactored. It now displays a description of the search result in the second line. In addition, you can now choose in which language the search results should be in in preferences. When the query contains format:x, where x is one of html, msword, pdf, ppt, rss, txt or xls, only search results for that particular type are displayed. The new Yahoo! Suggestions module suggests new search terms based on the submitted query.

Another new module is the the Google Code Search module that allows you to search public source code for function definitions and sample code. You can directly download the package the code belongs to or view the code on the Google site.

The Beagle Live module has been rewritten. It splits files in the new categories video, audio and images and if more than 20 results for a particular category are available you can only search for that category with beagle-search.

Module author’s can now use the set_snippet method of the Match interface. A snippet will be displayed under the description of the default action as seen in the Yahoo! screenshot.

Last but least, as always, numerous bugs have been fixed.

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Sebastian Pölsterl
Post-Doctoral Researcher

My research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter.