Auralquiz 0.9.0 released!

July 4, 2016

It’s been a really long time since I released the current stable version of Auralquiz, my music guessing game, and it’s about time for a new release, updated for Qt 5, and with fixes all over the place.

auralquiz-v0.9.0

Changelog

The most notable changes since v0.8.1 are:

  • Support for building with Qt 5, which is now the recommended version, since Qt 4 is no longer maintained.
  • Many Phonon fixes, which should avoid sound problems.
  • Added Galician translation, thanks to Miguel Anxo Bouzada.
  • Answering with the keyboard now can be done using the following keys:  1/2/3/4, Z/X/C/V, 7/8/9/0 and U/I/O/P.

Getting it

Auralquiz is available in the repositories of several GNU/linux distributions. At the time of this post, at least Debian 7 (Wheezy) and newer, Mageia 2 and later, Ubuntu 13.10 and newer, and ALT Linux. 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 get the code from linux-games.org (old qt-apps.org): https://www.linux-games.org/p/1109384/ or from GNU Savannah: http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/auralquiz/auralquiz-v0.9.0.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.

Cheers! o/


AkariXB v0.4, a Jabber/XMPP bot, released!

June 27, 2016

Back in March, I introduced a new project, AkariXB, which is a bot for the decentralized jabber/XMPP network, and today I’m releasing version 0.4!

akarixb

The main changes for this release include:

  • New Keyword (dictionary-like) command type.
  • New Alias command type.
  • Basic variable replacement in replies. If a command reply contains {a|b|c}, one of the three characters will replace the whole thing, at random.
  • Basic activity handling.
  • Option to reply to commands always in private.
  • Support for password-protected MUCs.
  • Configurable popup notifications.
  • Configurable XMPP keepalive timeout.

 

Adding a new keyword-based command

Adding a new keyword-based command

The source code for this release can be downloaded from linux-apps.com, part of the opendesktop.org network.

They’re in the middle of a big migration/renovation, so if the “Download” button doesn’t work for you, scroll down to the “Files” section and get it from there😉

Development repository is at gitlab.com/akarixb/akarixb-dev.

The main dependencies are Qt and the QXmpp library. Qt 5.x is preferred. Building with Qt 4.8 still works at this time, but it’s not officially supported. Most GNU distributions have QXmpp built for Qt 5 anyway.

I hope this can be included in some GNU distributions soon, but for now, you’ll need to build it yourself😉

 

Cheers! o/


Dianara Pump.io client v1.3.4 is out!

June 11, 2016

Once again, a new release of Dianara, my desktop client for the Pump.io social network.

dianara-v1.3.4-alpha-demo

The screenshot shows two of the main changes in this version:

  1. If you’re not at the top of the main timeline, Dianara will consider you’re reading, and the timeline will not be updated automatically. Instead, a banner notification will appear below, to avoid interrupting you.
  2. The “snippets” feature now has an additional snippets limit setting, for snippets of highlighted activities. The default limit for snippets of regular activities has been reduced, and therefore, the snippets feature has been enabled by default, making the Meanwhile feed more informative. You can get the old behavior easily in the settings, if you want.

Changelog

The most notable changes since v1.3.3 are:

  • Automatic timeline updates will avoid interrupting the user.
  • Different snippet limits for regular and highlighted activities.
  • Snippets set to ‘Always’ by default.
  • More detailed new post notifications.
  • Clicking “Comment” in posts will show an option to check for comments, if the post doesn’t have (or show) any comments yet.
  • Filtering (searching) contact lists will show the number of matches.
  • Items in the list of configured filtering rules can be sorted manually, via drag-and-drop.
  • Fixed a possible crash when pasting a URL which points to an image. Thanks to larjona for the report!

Getting it

Dianara is available in the repositories of several GNU/linux distributions. At the time of this post, at least Debian 8 (Jessie) and newer, Mageia 4 and later, Chakra, Ubuntu 13.10 and newer, KaosX, openSuse 13.2 and later, Parabola and Salix OS. 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 Rye’s COPR repo, and at HowCanUHaveMyUsername’s repo (outdated).

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. He could use a hand creating updated packages, though!

Another fellow pumper, Alex Jordan 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-v1.3.4.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 currently hosted at gitlab.com (for over a year now).

 

Cheers! o/


Dianara v1.3.3 released

March 21, 2016

Time for a new version of Dianara, my desktop client for the Pump.io social network.

dianara-v1.3.3-release

Warning after trying to follow a non-existing address

Changes

The most notable features since v1.3.2 are:

  • When trying to follow a contact, the user ID is verified. If the server is down, not a Pump-compatible server, or the username is wrong, you’ll get a warning, and will be allowed to cancel the process.
  • The image viewer gained basic zoom capabilities.
  • Only thumbnails of embedded images (which load fast) will be loaded in the timelines, and the full size versions will be loaded if you click to see them in the viewer.
  • When pasting text in a post or comment, proper links will be made from URLs, even when the pasted text is rich format. Whatever you paste, from whatever source, should get clickable URLs for texts that look like links.

Getting 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 newer, KaosX, openSuse 13.2 and later, Parabola and Salix OS. 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 Rye’s COPR repo, and at HowCanUHaveMyUsername’s repo (outdated).

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. He could use a hand creating updated packages, though!

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-v1.3.3.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 (for over a year).

Cheers!


Dianara v1.3.2 is out

October 31, 2015

New Dianara release right in time for Halloween!

dianara-v1.3.2-preview

Changes

The most notable features since v1.3.1, starting with the ones not visible in the screenshot, are:

  • A basic D-Bus interface for ‘remote’ control, on systems which have D-Bus, of course. This interface allows the user to control Dianara to a certain degree (quite basic at the moment) from other programs, such as qdbus or dbus-send. There are two methods, ‘toggle’ and ‘post <title> <content>’. The former shows or hides the main window, and the latter creates a post, with the given title and content, ready to be completed and posted (this still requires manual intervention, for now).
  • New privacy option, private likes. If you enable this, when liking a post or a comment from your timelines, only the author will see your ‘like’ activity in their minor feeds. It won’t appear in your followers feeds or in your public profile. You’ll still appear in the list of likes for that post though.
  • Support for non-https servers. These are not common, but Dianara can be used with servers without SSL support, which use the http:// scheme, by adding the command line parameter –nohttps.
  • A Hebrew translation has also been added, thanks to GreenLunar! Localization was improved in several areas.

Then, as visible in the screenshot, there is also:

  • A new “Neighbors” tab, under Contacts, where you can get a list of the newest 50 users registered on your Pump.io server. You can follow them from there directly. However, due to the basic information the server provides for this, the users listed here will not have avatars or any bio info. You can still use the ‘User options’ button to browse their messages directly, or check their profiles in the web interface. But beware of spammers!
  • A “welcome wizard”, with direct access to the first steps on using the program and the Pump network. This will appear every time you run the program until you uncheck the “show this again…” checkbox.

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, Parabola and Salix OS. 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 Rye’s COPR repo, and at HowCanUHaveMyUsername’s repo (outdated).

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-v1.3.2.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 v1.3.1 is upon us!

August 2, 2015

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

dianara-v1.3.1-release-main

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.

dianara-v1.3.1-final-summary

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!

dianara-v1.3.0-release-main-1

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.

dianara-v1.3.0beta1-shares

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!


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