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NEWS for kupfer

kupfer version cXX

Not Released Yet

  • New plugin: Triggers: Add global keybindings to any command you can perform in Kupfer.
  • The Favorites plugin is completely revamped: you may favorite (almost) any object. Favorites get a rank boost.

kupfer version c19.1

Released 31 December 2009

  • New plugin: Shorten Links by Karol Będkowski
  • Implemented Ctrl+C (and Ctrl+X) to copy (cut) selected object
  • Fix bug LP #498542: restore window position code to c18
  • Partial fix of bug LP #494237, window is sometimes blank
  • Fix bug LP #500395, column order in Top plugin (Karol)
  • Fix bug LP #500619, handle network errors in Google Translate plugin (Karol)
  • Localization updates:
    • pl (Karol)
    • sv

kupfer version c19

Released 18 December 2009

  • New plugins:
    • Gnome Terminal Profiles by Chmouel Boudjnah
    • OpenOffice recent documents in OpenOffice by Karol Będkowski
    • Top show and send signals to running tasks (Karol)
    • Truecrypt show volumes in truecrypt history and allow mounting them (Karol)
    • Vinagre Remote Desktop Viewer (Karol)
    • XFCE Session Management (Karol)
    • Audacious by Horia V. Corcalciuc
  • New Slovenian translation by Andrej Žnidaršič
  • Some plugins will now explicitly require a D-Bus connection and fail to load if no connection was found.
  • Add accelerators Page Up, Page Down and Home in the result list. (Karol)
  • Use customized or localized desktop directory instead of hardcoding ~/Desktop by default. It will not affect users who already customized which directories Kupfer indexes.
  • It now is possible to favorite shell commandlines
  • Gajim plugin now works with version 0.13 (Karol) (LP #489484)
  • Basic support for Right-to-left (RTL) interface
  • Fix bugs with "loose" Applications (not in system directories), reported by Chmouel.
  • Add accelerator Ctrl+Return for Compose Command: You may compose a command object out of an (Object, Action) combination, to be used with the new action Run After Delay....
  • Added file action Send by Email to Claws Mail plugin (Karol)
  • Added file action Mount as TrueCrypt Volume to TrueCrypt plugin (Karol)
  • Many small bugfixes

Localization updates:

  • de: Mario Blättermann
  • es: Jorge González
  • it: Francesco Marella
  • pl: Karol Będkowski
  • sl: new (Andrej)
  • sv: Ulrik Sverdrup

kupfer version c18.1

Released 20 November 2009

  • Fix bug to toss out malfunctioning plugins properly (Reported by Jan)
  • Fix bug in showing the shutdown dialog, reported by user sillyfofilly (LP 484664)
  • Fix bug in plugin Document Templates, reported by Francesco Marella (part of LP 471462)

kupfer version c18

Released 18 November 2009


  • New plugins:
    • Pidgin by Chmouel Boudjnah
    • Google Translate by Karol Będkowski
    • APT (package manager APT) by Martin Koelewijn and Ulrik
    • Document Templates
    • Kupfer Plugins
    • Show Text
  • Gajim plugin matches contacts by jid as well as name, suggested by Stanislav G-E (LP 462866)
  • Action Rescan on sources is now debug only (should not be needed)
  • Kupfer installs its Python package into $PREFIX/share by default, instead of installing as a system-wide Python module.
  • Kupfer can take input on stdin and pass as text to an already running instance
  • Fix bug in Services for Arch Linux, reported by lh (LP 463071)
  • Changes for plugin authors:
    • May use uiutils.show_text_result to show text
    • kupfer.task.ThreadTask is now a reliable way to run actions asynchronously (in a thread)
    • You can use item Restart Kupfer to restart (in debug mode)
    • Plugins may be implemented as Python packages, as well as modules
  • Updated the dependencies in the README. pygobject 2.18 is required. Added gvfs as very recommended.
  • Other bugfixes

Localization updates:

  • de (Mario Blättermann)
  • es (Jorge González)
  • nl (Martin Koelewijn)
  • pl (Karol Będkowski)
  • sv
  • zh_CH (lh)

kupfer version c17

Released, 25 October 2009

"A fire lit by nine kinds of wood"

  • 8 new plugins by Karol Będkowski:
    • Claws Mail, Contacts and actions
    • Gajim, Access to gajim contacts
    • Opera Bookmarks, for the web browser Opera
    • PuTTY Sessions, access to PuTTY sessions
    • System Services, start, stop or restart system services
    • Terminal Server Client, access to TSClient sessions
    • VirtualBox, control virtual machines, Sun or OSE version
    • Zim, access pages in the desktop wiki
  • New plugin Chromium Bookmarks by Francesco Marella
  • Plugins missing dependencies will be presented in the GUI with a clear error message.
  • Firefox Bookmarks plugin: Workaround Firefox 3.5 writing invalid JSON (Karol, Ulrik)
  • Locate plugin: Ignore case by default, add option to control this. (Karol)
  • Kupfer is much more friendly and says "Type to search in Catalog" when it is ready to be used.
  • Localization updates:
    • New Simplified Chinese localization (lh)
    • New Dutch localization (Martin Koelewijn)
    • New Portuguese localization (Carlos Pais)
    • Updated pl (Karol)
    • Updated es (Jesús Barbero Rodríguez)

kupfer version c16

Released 5 October 2009

  • Translation to German (Thibaud Roth)
  • Polish translation updated (Maciej Kwiatkowski)
  • Add search engine descriptions from firefox-addons (Francesco Marella)
  • Speed up directory browsing by using much less system calls
  • Improve documentation and put it together into a Manual.
  • Generate man page from reStructuredText document Quickstart.
  • Evaluate valid actions (per object) lazily to save work.
  • Add accelerators Ctrl+Q (select quit) and Alt+A (activate)
  • Parse even horribly wrong search engine descriptions (Bug reported by Martin Koelewijn)

kupfer version c15

  • Translation to Polish by Maciej Kwiatkowski
  • Speed up the string ranker tremendously; 3x faster in common cases.
  • All objects now have an alias in the basic latin alphabet (if possible) so that, for example, query wylacz matches item _Wyłącz_.
  • Show notification icon by default
  • Read XML with cElementTree (Faster.)
  • Read Firefox 3's bookmarks (Python2.5 requires cjson module)
  • New Plugin: Image Tools, with action _Scale..._ and JPEG rotation actions (_Scale_ requires ImageMagick (convert), JPEG actions jpegtran and jhead)
  • Basic support for a Magic Keybinding: summon kupfer with current selection

kupfer version c14.1

  • Fix two bugs with new browisng mode (soft reset for text mode, backspace or left to erase a subcatalog search)

kupfer version c14

  • Rewrite and improve browsing mode: * Browsing the catalog or folders is much improved; it is easier to keep the

    overview and be oriented.

    • Returning to kupfer after having performed an action, the old object is still available, but without locking the catalog to its location. When spawning kupfer again, the previous context is available if you immediately browse; if you search, you search the whole catalog.
    • The search times out after 2 seconds if no key is typed. Now the highlight text will fade to show this.
  • Add accelerators Ctrl+G and Ctrl+T to get current selection in nautilus and currently selected text (if available).

kupfer version c13.1

  • Fix two bugs with _Rename To..._

kupfer version c13

  • New Plugin: Calculator
  • New Action: _Rename To..._ in File Actions Plugin
  • Smaller changes (Stop learned mnemonics database from growing indefinitely, Catch SIGINT without python's handler, _Copy To..._ requires pygobject 2.18 now)

kupfer version c12

  • Translation to Spanish by Leandro Leites
  • Preferences. Display plugin settings and options beside the plugin list, and allow configuring included (and watched) directories.
  • Support the new Gnome session protocol to save state on log out.
  • Improve embarassingly bad shell command quoting for _Execute_ and Tracker tag actions.
  • Specify user data locations with X-UserData
  • Fix an AttributeError in Notes plugin reported by Francesco Marella
  • Smaller fixes (Add/remove favorite could cease to work, Track intantiated sources better)

kupfer version c11

The "this one goes to 11" release

  • New plugin: Notes (Gnote and Tomboy support) * Access notes, Actions: _Create Note_ and _Append to Note..._

  • New plugin: Selected File * Kupfer ships with a Nautilus python extension that once installed,

    you can access the currently selected file in Nautilus from Kupfer, as the _Selected File_ object

This release is localized in: Swedish (100%), Italian (90%)

kupfer version c10.1

  • Spanish Translation by Leandro Leites

kupfer version c10

  • Updated italian localization
  • New plugins: Url Actions, Web Search (rewritten to use all Firefox' search engines)
  • New actions: _Set Default Application_, _Create Archive In..._, _Restore_ (Restore trashed file)
  • Add accelerators Control+R for reset, Control+S for select first (source) pane and Control+. for untoggle text mode.
  • Only the bookmarks plugins can toggle "include in toplevel" now.
  • Other smaller changes (Refuse invalid Application objects from the cache)

This release is localized in: Swedish (100%), Italian (93%)

kupfer version c9.1

  • User interface consistency and behaviour improvements. UI is simpler and better.
  • Other improvements.

This release is localized in: Swedish (100%), Italian (60%)

kupfer version c9

The "c9" release

  • Search and browse perform better
  • The interface is now modal. In command mode we can bind special keys to new functions. Type period . to enter free-text mode (just like in QS).
  • Pressing kupfer's keybinding again will hide the window.
  • Other smaller improvements

This release is localized in: Swedish (100%), Italian (60%)

kupfer version c8

  • Make the use of the indirect object pane much more fluid
  • Apply interface polish (proper english capitalization of actions and other objects, other changes)
  • Add Copy To... action
  • Try xdg-terminal first in _Open Terminal Here_ (non-Gnome users can either install xdg-terminal or symlink it to their terminal program)
  • Allow unbinding the keybinding
  • Fix a bug with tracker tags

[Please file bug reports and feature requests.][lp]. Read the files in Documentation/ and see how you can add new plugins with object and application knowledge to kupfer.

This release is localized in: Swedish (100%), Italian (60%)


kupfer version c7

The "choice" release

This is a followup with some small changes after the c6 release, which introduced lots of major changes, including a preferences window and "application content."

  • Allow wnck to be optional. Kupfer needs wnck to do application matching and focusing of already running applications, but can now run without it if wnck is not available. Window List plugin also needs wnck
  • Rhythmbox plugin should not crash even if library is not found, now kupfer can run even if rhythmbox's files are not there.
  • Applications will match names as well as the executables, so that "gedit" matches Text Editor regardless of what the displayed localized name is.

[Please file bug reports and feature requests.][lp]. Read the files in Documentation/ and see how you can add new plugins with object and application knowledge to kupfer.

This release is localized in: Swedish (100%), Italian (60%)


kupfer version c6

The "Sisyphus incremental improvements" release

  • Preferences window * Allows setting keybinding on the fly * List and enable/disable plugins and set plugin options

  • Everything was improved slightly, but steadily

  • Understands more applications, provides more files and objects, and actions with new plugins: Rhythmbox, Abiword, Clipboards, Dictionary, Favorites, Selected Text, Wikipedia

  • Connect applications with their related object sources and make it their content, such as Rhythmbox music for the Rhythmbox application. * Applications contain their recently used documents, if


    • Firefox and Epiphany bookmarks are identified with each application
  • Miscellaneous improvements: * Kupfer object icon ("blue box") * _Some_ default application associations are installed (others

    are learned by launching applications).

    • Experimental UI with two-line title+description in browse mode
    • Thumbnails for files and albums in browse mode
    • Allow sending files and queries to kupfer from the commandline using kupfer 'query' or kupfer docs/file.pdf.
    • Even more plugins listen to change callbacks or filesystem monitors to be up to date to the instant.
    • Do not display nonexisting files as results
    • Fine-tune how sources are loaded and refreshed on load

This release deserves lots of testing. [File bug reports and feature requests.][bug] Read the files in Documentation/ and see how you can add new plugins with object and application knowledge to kupfer.

This release is localized in: Swedish (100%), Italian (60%)

Future: part 2 of beautification is refactoring of the interface, so that the UI can be modularized and exchanged in plugins.


kupfer version c5

The "Beauty from the inside, part 1" release

  • Big refactorings of the whole data model * Move all of the data model to * Allow actions with indirect objects "threepane kupfer" (with

    means to configure which objects to use for an action etc)

    • Uses unicode internally, instead of UTF-8-encoded strings
  • Some new actions using new possibilities (Open with any, Move file to new location, Add/Remove tracker tags) but more is possible.

  • Basic manual page included

  • Fileactions plugin includes unpack archive/create archive

  • Ship extra and demonstration plugins in contrib/ and interals documentation in Documentation/

  • Change learning algorithm to recognize an item's type as well (so that two objects named "project" can be ranked differently)

  • Small fixes (alphabethic sorting for applications, sources, check if objects still exist after an action, rank_adjust default actions slightly)

This release deserves lots of testing. File bug reports and feature requests. Read the files in Documentation/ and see how you can add new plugins with object and application knowledge to kupfer.

This release is localized in: Swedish (100%), Italian (80%)

Future: part 2 of beautification is refactoring of the interface, so that the UI can be exchanged. And preferences will hopefully be implemented