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KDE's 20.08 Apps Updates: New Features land in Dolphin, digiKam, KStars, Konsole and More

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The updates to KDE apps released today are many, contain a wide array of changes, and cover an impressive number of applications.

Dolphin, KDE's file explorer, for example, adds previews for more types of files and improvements to the way long names are summarized, allowing you to better see what each file is or does. Dolphin also improves the way you can reach files and directories on remote machines, making working from home a much smoother experience. It also remembers the location you were viewing the last time you closed it, making it easier to pick up from where you left off.

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KDE's August 2020 Apps Update

  • KDE's August 2020 Apps Update

    Dozens of KDE apps are getting new releases from KDE’s release service. New features, usability improvements, re-designs and bug fixes all contribute to helping boost your productivity and making this new batch of applications more efficient and pleasant to use.

    [...]

    Dolphin is KDE’s file explorer that helps you search, copy, and open files and folders. As such, one of its main functions is to give you a clear idea of what each file contains. Showing thumbnails is crucial for this and Dolphin has been able to show you previews of images, video clips, even Blender 3D files for a long time now.

    In this new version, Dolphin adds thumbnails for 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) files to the list and you can also see previews of files and folders on encrypted file systems such as Plasma Vaults. This is done securely by storing the cached thumbnails on the file system itself, or falling back to generating them but not storing cached versions anywhere if necessary. Either way, you are still in absolute control of how and when Dolphin shows you a file’s content, as you can independently configure the file size cut-off for displaying previews for local and remote files.

    Another way of identifying files is through their names. In case the file name is too long to display, developers have refined the file name shortening behavior. Instead of cutting out the middle of a long file and folder name as Dolphin did in prior versions, the new version cuts off the end and always keeps the file extension (if present) visible after the ellipses. This makes identifying files with long names much easier.

    Dolphin now remembers and restores the location you were viewing, as well as the open tabs, and split views you had open when you last closed it. This feature is on by default, but can be turned off in the “Startup” page of Dolphin’s “Settings” window.

    Talking of usability improvements, Dolphin has always let you mount and explore remote shares, be it via FTP, SSH, or other protocols. But now Dolphin shows remote and FUSE mounts with user-friendly display names rather than the full path. Even better: You can also mount ISO images using a new menu item in the context menu. This means you can download and explore a file system you will later burn to a disk or USB stick.

Article by Marius Nestor

  • KDE Applications 20.08 Released with Many Improvements to Dolphin, Konsole, and More

    The KDE Project released today the KDE Applications 20.08 open-source office suite as the August 2020 apps update, but, in fact, a massive release that brings countless improvements and new features.

    KDE Applications 20.08 marks the end of life of the KDE Applications 20.04 series and it’s here to bring your KDE apps to the next level, implementing numerous new features and improving existing functionality to many of your favorite apps, including Dolphin, Konsole, Yakuake, Digikam, Kate, Elisa, KStars, Okular, Gwenview, and more.

    [...]

    The Konsole terminal emulator received much-needed attention too during the development of KDE Applications 20.08 and it brings some exciting new features, including the ability to copy the full path of a file or directory and paste it into another app or terminal, the ability to display a subtle highlight for new lines when the terminal output is rapidly scrolling, as well as to show thumbnail previews of image files when hovered with the mouse cursor.

KDE Ships 20.08 Application Updates

  • KDE Ships 20.08 Application Updates

    KDE has shipped their latest collection of applications with newest feature updates.

    The KDE "20.08" application updates include changes like:

    - Many improvements to the Dolphin file manager to improve its usability and a number of refinements that make it feel more polished.

KDE Apps 20.08 now available for Debian

  • KDE Apps 20.08 now available for Debian

    KDE Apps bundle 20.08 has been released recently, and some of the packages are already updated in Debian/unstable. I have updated also all my packages to 20.08 and they are now available for x86_64, i586, and hopefully aarch64 (some issues remaining here still).

    With the new release 20.08 I have also switched to versioned app repositories, so you need to update the apt sources directive. The new one is

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