Deskbar-Applet 2.24 preview

  • 2 September 2008
  • sebp

We are in UI freeze already and string freeze starts today. It's time to show the world what's new in Deskbar-Applet in 2.24.

There's only one major UI change in the new version. History is not in the main search window anymore but in a separate window as it was in 2.18 and earlier. New is that you can delete the selected item from history if you press the delete key.

(I wasn't able to take a screenshot when history was displayed. I can't even take a screenshot if I open any right-click menu.)

The biggest changes regard modules. We have 7 new modules and improved existing modules.

Let's start with the calculator module which originally was written by Callum McKenzie, Johannes Buchner and Michael Hofmann.
The usage is simple, just type in want you want to calculate and it will tell you the result..

We supported Google search a while back already, but it has been removed because Google stopped providing the API. Now a new API is available and so is the module. You'll need the simplejson Pyton module installed to use it, though.

Speaking of Google, another new module is the Google Code Search module. You can type in the name of function or package and it will return a list of packages that include that term.

Not only you can use Google to search the internet, but Yahoo!, too. You can now search for specific file formats only. Type in "format: my query" to search for documents of the specified format only. can be one of html, msword, pdf, ppt, rss, txt or xls.

Another addition is the Yahoo! Suggestions module. It suggests search terms based on your query.

Talking of suggestions the same works for Wikipedia articles, too.

The programs module now recognizes all programs that are in $PATH and start with the term you entered.

Mikkel contributed two new modules to post to Twitter and identi.ca. Check out his blog post for more details.

If you think that all those modules aren't enough you can now easily install new modules form the internet using Capuchin.

If you want to have your module added to Deskbar's Capuchin repository, I'll post instructions soon.

In addition, Wikipedia suggest, Google search and Yahoo! search modules support various languages, too. The correct language should be detected automatically, but can be configured in preferences, too. Needless to say, a lot of bugs have been fixed, too.

Now, please download Deskbar-Applet 2.23.91 and have fun with all the new modules and report any bugs you may encounter.

Update: Added screenshot of new history menu. Thanks for the hints.

Comments

for timed screenshots, when you, for example, want to shoot a right-click menu, you can use gimp (File -> Acquire -> Screenshot) and set delay

I can NEVER compile code on my system. It's always something else. Would you happen to have an i686 .deb or .rpm?

Something about dbus not being in the right place, after I install pygobject stuff.. I love beta testing and submitting bugs, but man, I just can not get source working.

Sorry, but I don't have any .deb or .rpm. However, most distros will package it for their development branch soon. If you want to try it out you can install e.g. Ubuntu intrepid in a VM.

I just installed the last version and it's working great but the tracker plugins doesn't appear in the searches list anymore (nor in the plugins with errors list).
If you want I can report the bug and Bugzilla. I'm running Ubuntu Hardy Heron.
Thanks.

Tracker isn't an official Deskbar module, you have to install it yourself.

I have libdeskbar-tracker installed and it worked with previous versions of deskbar. I need something else?

I don't think so. You can run deskbar from the command line with "/usr/lib/deskbar-applet -w -d" to see debug messages. Maybe you can find the cause there.

Does it have to ability to be inline on the panel again? Will it ever? Oh and keep up the good work ...

No it doesn't have this mode and there are no plans to bring it back.

I really really miss the inpanel command line applet.

It was one of the best applets. All my commands were there in one click.

It made my desktop usable.

In Gnome, just take a screenshot from the Accessories menu and change the delay to five seconds or so. You'll be able to take a right-click menu.

Hopefully, before it's too late, I'd like to mention that Deskbar fails to take advantage of Fitts’ Law when placed in the corner (top-right in my case). It's a real productivity-killer. Bug 542861 seems to be the right bug.

Thanks.

I'll second David's comment here. GNOME itself is very conducive to Fitt's law of the 5 easy targets of a pointing device. I'd love to see this handled properly.

Good work on the new release!

I like this blog.Nice work.

Thanks for bringing back the seperate button and history UI. I might actually start using this leaner Deskbar again.

Now I'm crossing my fingers that the panel entry UI will return...

Gracias por el post, era muy interesante leer

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