Dianara v1.3.1 is upon us!

August 2, 2015

Time for another minor release of Dianara! Well, not so minor after all!

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Changes

The main changes since v1.3.0 are:

  • Option to browse posts from a user.
  • Option to set or change the e-mail address associated with your account.
  • Added a Privacy category in the settings, with a couple of new options related to following people and managing lists.
  • Nick autocompleter now shows user ID, too.
  • Proper links are made from URL’s found anywhere, when pasting plain text.

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The “browse messages” option will appear in the drop-down menu that’s available in any avatar, that is, in the Meanwhile activities, in all the posts and in all the comments. There’s, sadly, a big catch: due to limitations in the information provided by the Pump API, you can only use this option with people in your same server. If you’re jessie@microca.st, you can only browse posts by people @microca.st, etc. The feature loses a lot of usefulness at the moment due to this limitation, but still, it can be very useful when available.

The option to change the e-mail address of the account will allow users of the identi.ca server to change their e-mail address, unchangeable since the migration from StatusNet, and users of other servers, to set an e-mail address for the first time. Depending on the server, this could bring e-mail notifications for activities, and allow for password recovery.

The new Privacy category in the settings (if you’ve never visited this dialog, you really should) has two options, to avoid sending follow/unfollow activities to your followers, and to avoid sending add/remove (from list) activities.

This basically means that if you enable these options, only the person being followed, unfollowed, added, or removed will know about it, and nobody else. Keep in mind, however, that letting your followers receive this information helps the network grow!

Besides privacy, enabling these options helps if you are about to start following or stop following a lot of people. This way you don’t flood your followers’ feeds with a lot of “Jessie followed JohnDoe”, and the like 😉

Not much to tell about the fourth item… since v1.3.0, when typing @ you get a list of users to mention. Now, if you have, say, 3 contacts named “Albert” (and nothing else), you can know who’s who by their ID’s. As a bonus, the new popup is better positioned and sized!

As for the last one, up until now, if you pasted a url-looking text, like http://something, a proper HTML link was created, and all was fine. But if you pasted, say, from a text file, something like “check out this cool link: http://pump.io “, nothing special happened and the link was not really a link, and not clickable. Now, something like the latter case will work, as long as what you’re pasting is plain text.

If what you’re pasting is rich text (say, from a web browser or a rich text editor), links should already be links, so that works as always 😉

Check the CHANGELOG for a more detailed list of changes.

Dianara 1.3.1 is available in English, Catalan, Spanish, Italian and German languages. There’s a partial Polish translation included.

More translators would be welcome to translate it to more languages, of course 😉

Get it

Dianara is available in the repositories of several GNU/linux distributions. At this time, at least Debian 8 (Jessie) and newer, Mageia 4 and later, Chakra, Ubuntu 13.10 and later, KaosX, openSuse 13.2 and later, and Parabola. Hopefully they’ll have this release packaged soon, either in regular updates or in backports repositories. Thanks to all the great packagers who make this possible! 😉

You can find Fedora packages at HowCanUHaveMyUsername’s repo.

For Archlinux, you can find Dianara on the AUR, (also the -dev version), and for Gentoo, you can use the ebuild.

As for other platforms, LuisGF, a fellow pumper, provides builds of Dianara for MSwindows and is working on builds for OSX.

You can get the code from Qt-apps.org: http://qt-apps.org/content/show.php/Dianara?content=148103 or from GNU Savannah: http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/dianara/dianara-v1.3.1.tar.gz

If you need or want to build from source, check the INSTALL file for details on how to build it and the necessary build-time and runtime dependencies. Also, a reminder: the development version is now hosted at gitlab.com.

Enjoy!


Dianara v1.3.0 is out!

May 1, 2015

Finally, the new release of Dianara, with quite a lot of enhancements!

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Changes

The main change since v1.2.5 has been the refactoring of the way the timelines are handled, which makes updates much faster and the interface a lot smoother. The number of unread posts is not reset on each update anymore. If you get more new posts than what you have configured to show in one page, you’ll be notified of how many more posts are pending to be received in the next update. The posts opened from the Meanwhile feed via the “+” button will now be able to load the comments much more often.

Other smaller enhancements are a few new options in the Configuration dialog, such as the options to highlight comments made by you, or comments made by the author of a post and to choose the size of avatars, or more obvious “frames” for shared posts.

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There’s also an option to hide duplicated posts; that is, posts which were already visible in the timeline will not be shown again when someone shares them.

One new feature that is not visible is nickname completion, a.k.a. “mentioning”. If you type ‘@‘ while composing a post, you’ll get a list of the people you follow. You can then type the first characters of a name and use the arrows and enter keys to select the contact you wish to mention. When creating a note, this will add that contact to the “To” list, which means they’ll get your post in their “direct messages” inbox. This was possible before, using the “To” and “Cc” menus, but now it’s simpler.

Check the CHANGELOG for a more detailed list of changes.

Dianara 1.3.0 is available in English, Catalan, Spanish, Italian and German languages. There’s a partial Polish translation included.

More translators would be welcome to translate it to more languages, of course 😉

Get it

Dianara is available in the repositories of several GNU/linux distributions. At this time, at least Debian 8 (Jessie) and newer, Mageia 4 and later, Chakra, Ubuntu 13.10 and later, KaosX and openSuse 13.2 and later. Hopefully they’ll have this release packaged soon, either in regular updates or in backports repositories. Thanks to all the great packagers who make this possible! 😉

You can find Fedora packages at HowCanUHaveMyUsername’s repo.

For Archlinux, you can find Dianara on the AUR, and for Gentoo, you can use the ebuild.

As for other platforms, LuisGF, a fellow pumper, provides builds of Dianara for MSwindows and is working on builds for OSX.

You can get the code from Qt-apps.org: http://qt-apps.org/content/show.php/Dianara?content=148103 or from GNU Savannah: http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/dianara/dianara-v1.3.0.tar.gz

If you need or wish to build from source, check the INSTALL file for details on how to build it and the necessary dependencies. Also, a reminder: the development version is now hosted at gitlab.com.

Cheers!


First beta for Dianara v1.3.0

March 10, 2015

Hi there! A few weeks ago I posted about Dianara-dev being usable again.

Now that some of the rough edges have been polished, it’s time for a beta.

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The main change since v1.2.5 has been the refactoring of the way the timelines are handled, which makes updates much faster. Also, the annoying “timeline goes to top on update” effect is mostly gone, though the timeline still moves around when updates are received, this needs fixing. The number of unread posts is not reset on each update. If you get more new posts than what you have configured to show in one page, you’ll be notified of how many more posts are pending to be received. The posts opened from the Meanwhile feed via the “+” button will now be able to load the comments much more often.

Other smaller enhancements are a few new options in the Configuration dialog, such as the options to highlight comments made by you, or comments made by the author of a post and to choose the size of avatars, or more obvious “frames” for shared posts.

There’s also an option to hide duplicated posts; that is, posts which were already visible in the timeline will not be shown again when someone shares them.

One new feature that is not visible is nickname completion, a.k.a. “mentioning”. If you type ‘@‘ while composing a post, you’ll get a list of the people you follow. You can then type the first characters of a name and use the arrows and enter keys to select the contact you wish to mention. When creating a note, this will add that contact to the “To” list, which means they’ll get your post in their “direct messages” inbox. This was possible before, using the “To” and “Cc” menus, but now it’s simpler.

Check the current CHANGELOG for a more detailed list of changes.

If you didn’t already use the development version of Dianara and wish to try it out, you can find it here: https://gitorious.org/dianara

If you prefer, here’s a source code tarball of this beta release:

http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/dianara/dianara-v1.3.0beta1.tar.gz

The INSTALL file has instructions on how to build it and dependencies.

Feedback is welcome!

Cheers! o/


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