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NEWS for kupfer

kupfer's hastening insanity

  • Changes to the interface
    • Use an undecorated window with rounded corners
    • Increase icon size to 128px
    • Add a small menu button on the window for explicit access to preferences window and help.
    • Always show description field
    • Let the frame be slightly transparent if supported
  • Implement a preedit widget for input methods, also resolving the incompatibility with ibus (David Schneider) (:lp:`696727`)
  • Re-implement launching of applications
  • Allow the user to configure which terminal program is used. Applies to all of Run in Terminal, Open Terminal Here, for .desktop files that specify Terminal=true etc.
  • Implement an "alternatives" mechanism so that plugins can register mutually exclusive alternatives. Currently implemented are Terminals (see above) and Icon Renderers.
  • Add the function initialize_plugin to the plugin interface.
  • Thunar: Use Thunar 1.2's Copy and Move API and expose it in Kupfer.
  • Add Ascii & Unicode Icon Set for fun
  • Add Send Keys plugin that can send synthetic keyboard events, and prominently can be used for the Paste to Foreground Window action on text. Requires xautomation package. (:lp:`621453`)

kupfer v204

Released Friday, 18 March 2011

  • Expand and improve upon Kupfer's User Documentation.
  • Use and require Waf 1.6, which supports building using either Python 3 or Python 2.6+. Kupfer itself still uses Python 2.6+ only.
  • Add Gwibber plugin that allows integration with Twitter,, Buzz etc. (Karol Będkowski)
  • Add chat client Empathy plugin (Jakh Daven)
  • Remove the plugin Twitter since it is incompatible and has no updated implementation.
  • Add Show QRCode plugin by Thomas Renard (:lp:`611162`)
  • Periodically save data from plugins so it's not lost if Kupfer can't exit cleanly at logout
  • Commands: Add actions Pass to Command, Filter through Command, Send to Command which add a lot of shell script-related power to Kupfer. These actions, and Run (Get Output) as well, use a shell so that you can run shell pipelines.
  • Search the Web: Fix bug in OpenSearch parser (:lp:`682476`)
  • VirtualBox: Support vboxapi4 (Karol Będkowski)
  • Thunderbird: Fix problems in the mork parser (Karol Będkowski) (:lp:`694314`)
  • OpenOffice: Support LibreOffice too (Karol Będkowski)
  • Fix "Y2011 bug" where the time parameter overflowed INT32 in keybinder
  • Shorten Links: Use only services with stable API, added and removed services.
  • Google Search, Google Translate and in Shorten Links can use SSL for transport if a third-party plugin is installed.
  • Fix bug if evolution address book is missing (Luca Falavigna) (:lp:`691305`)
  • Fix Search the Web to use localized firefox-addons subdirectories for search engines (:lp:`735083`)
  • Fix bug with integer division (Francesco Marella)
  • APT: Workaround bug with subprocess (:lp:`711136`)
  • Find cover art files just like Rhythmbox (William Friesen) (:lp:`676433`)
  • Use readlink in kupfer-exec script too since realpath is not always available.
  • Allow plugins to use update notifications (William Friesen)
  • Bug :lp:`494237` is hopefully fixed once and for all.
  • The Large Type action will work with anything that has TextRepresentation
  • Localization updates: + (cs) Marek Černocký + (da) Joe Hansen + (de) Mario Blättermann + (es) Daniel Mustieles + (gl) Marcos Lans + (pl) Karol Będkowski + (sl) Andrej Žnidaršič + (sv) Ulrik + (zh_CN) Aron Xu, Yinghua Wang

kupfer v203

Released Saturday, 6 November 2010

kupfer v202

Released Sunday, 5 September 2010

  • Add option to hide Kupfer when focus is lost (and enable by default) (Grigory Javadyan) (:lp:`511972`)
  • Use application indicators when available (Francesco Marella) (:lp:`601861`)
  • Python module keyring is now optional for Kupfer (but required for the same plugins that used them before)
  • Update Google Translate for protocol changes (Karol, Ulrik) (:lp:`600406`)
  • Disable saving window position until a better solution is found
  • Use 'mailto:' as URL (:lp:`630489`)
  • Fix UI glictch with empty Source (William Friesen) (:lp:`630244`)
  • Small changes (Francesco Marella)
  • New Czech translation of the help pages (Marek Černocký)
  • New Italian translation of the help pages (Francesco Marella)
  • New Polish translation of the help pages (Karol Będkowski)
  • New Basque translation (Oier Mees, Iñaki Larrañaga Murgoitio)
  • New Galician translation (Fran Diéguez)
  • Localization updates:
    • cs (Marek Černocký)
    • de (Mario Blättermann)
    • pl (Karol Będkowski)
    • sl (Andrej Žnidaršič)
    • zh_CN (Aron Xu)

kupfer v201

Released Wednesday, 30 June 2010

  • New Logo and Icon by Nasser Alshammari!
  • New plugin Opera Mail by Chris Parsons
  • New plugin SSH Hosts by Fabian Carlström
  • New plugin Filezilla by Karol Będkowski
  • New plugin Getting Things GNOME! (Karol)
  • New plugin Vim (recent files)
  • Clipboard: Option Copy selection to primary clipboard (Karol)
  • Firefox: Option Include visited sites (Karol) (:lp:`584618`)
  • Thunar: Action Send To... (Karol)
  • New preferences tab for Catalog configuration
  • Allow disabling and "unloading" plugins at runtime
  • Support new tracker in plugin Tracker 0.8
  • Shell Commands: New Action Run (Get Output)
  • New plugin capabilities: ActionGenerator, Plugin setting change notifications (Karol)
  • Use setproctitle module if available to set process title to kupfer (new optional dependency)
  • Don't use a crypted keyring (partially addresses :lp:`593319`)
  • Fix :lp:`544908`: Retain window position across sessions
  • Fix :lp:`583747`: Use real theme colors for highlight
  • Fix :lp:`593312`: About window has no icon
  • More minor changes
  • Localization updates:
    • cs, Marek Černocký
    • de, Mario Blättermann
    • es, Jorge González
    • it, Francesco Marella
    • pl, Karol Będkowski
    • sl, Andrej Žnidaršič
    • sv, Ulrik

kupfer v200

Released Wednesday, 7 April 2010

  • Add Keyboard Shortcut configuration (Karol Będkowski)
  • Make it easier to copy and move files (William Friesen), while showing user-friendly errors when action is not possible (Ulrik) (:lp:`516530`)
  • Collect results in a Command Results subcatalog, including results from asynchronous commands (Pro tip: Bind a trigger to Command ResultsSearch Contents, for quick access to copied files, downloaded files etc)
  • Last Result proxy object implemented
  • Add Cliboards -> Clear action (Karol)
  • Add Rescan action for some sources (Karol)
  • Add an icon in the plugin list search field to enable clearing it (Karol)
  • Fix spelling (Francesco Marella)
  • Fix bug `544289`:lp:
  • Require python module keyring (since pandoras-box-1.99, but was not mentioned)
  • Recommend python-keybinder version 0.0.9 or later
  • Localization updates:
    • cs Marek Černocký
    • de Mario Blättermann
    • es Jorge González
    • pl Karol Będkowski
    • sl Andrej Žnidaršič
    • sv Ulrik
    • zh_CN Aron Xu

kupfer version pandoras-box-1.99

Released Tuesday, 16 March 2010

  • Plugins can be loaded at runtime, although not unloaded can they not
  • Plugins can bundle icons, and plugins can be packaged in .zip files
  • New plugins Google Search, Textfiles and Thunar
  • New plugin Deep Archives to browse inside .zip and .tar files
  • New plugins Twitter, Gmail and Google Picasa by Karol Będkowski
  • New plugin Evolution by Francesco Marella
  • New action Get Note Search Results... in Notes by William Friesen (LP#511954)
  • New plugin capabilities (user credentials, background loader) by Karol
  • Added Next Window proxy object to Window List plugin
  • Allow saving Kupfer commands to .kfcom files, and executing them with the kupfer-exec helper script.
  • Display error notifications to the user when some actions can not be carried out.
  • Allow collecting selections with the Clipboard plugin (Karol)
  • Include Gnome/Yelp documentation written using Mallard (Mario Blättermann)
  • Make Zim plugin compatible with newer Zim (Karol, Ulrik)
  • Detect multiple volume rar files (William Friesen) (LP#516021)
  • Detect XFCE logout better (Karol) (LP#517819)
  • Fix reading VirtualBox config files (Alexey Porotnikov) (LP#520987)
  • Fixed module name collision in user plugins (LP#518958), favoriting "loose" applications (LP#518908), bookmarked folders description (LP#509385), Locate plugin on OpenSUSE (LP#517819), Encoding problem for application aliases (LP#537730)
  • New French translation by Christophe Benz
  • New Norwegian (Bokmål) translation by Kjartan Maraas
  • Kupfer now requires Python 2.6
  • Localization updates:
    • cs Marek Černocký
    • de Mario Blättermann
    • es Jorge González
    • fr Christophe Benz
    • it Francesco Marella
    • nb Kjartan Maraas
    • pl Karol Będkowski
    • pt Carlos Pais
    • sl Andrej Žnidaršič
    • sv Ulrik

kupfer version pandoras-box-1.1

Released Monday, 8 February 2010

  • Fix bug in contact grouping code that could cause unusable Kupfer with Pidgin plugin. Reported by Vadim Peretokin (LP#517548)
  • Chromium plugin will index Google Chrome bookmarks as fallback, by William Friesen (LP#513602)
  • Kupfer's nautilus plugin was changed to be easier to reuse for others
  • Some minor changes
  • Localization updates:
    • pt (Carlos Pais)

kupfer version pandoras-box-1

"Pandora's box"

Released Monday, 1 February 2010

  • Implement the famous "comma trick": Press , (comma) in the first or third pane to make a stack of objects to perform actions on. This allows actions on many objects and even many-to-many actions.
  • New plugin: Triggers: Add global keybindings to any command you can perform in Kupfer.
  • New plugin Skype by Karol Będkowski
  • New plugin Thunderbird (or Icedove) (Karol)
  • Implement merging of contacts and hosts: All contacts of the same name are merged into one object. (Karol, Ulrik)
  • New plugin Higher-order Actions to work with saved commands as objects
  • The Favorites plugin was reimplemented: you may favorite (almost) any object. Favorites get a star and a rank boost.
  • Window List plugin was improved, most notably a Frontmost Window proxy object was added
  • New proxy object Last Command
  • The Firefox plugin now includes most-visited sites from browser history (William Friesen, Karol, Ulrik)
  • The list of plugins has a field to allow filtering the list (Karol)
  • New Czech localization by Marek Černocký
  • Many smaller changes.
  • Localization updates:
    • cs (Marek Černocký, Petr Kovar)
    • de (Mario Blättermann)
    • nl (Martin Koelewijn)
    • pl (Karol)
    • sv
    • sl (Andrej Žnidaršič)

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