This week in Usability & Productivity, part 48

This week in Usability & Productivity, our flagship Kate text editor got a lot of love–and there’s more in the pipeline too! But that’s not all…

New Features

Bugfixes & Performance Improvements

User Interface Improvements

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17 thoughts on “This week in Usability & Productivity, part 48

  1. Nice to see all the features coming in.

    Baloo: the tool that used to outright hang and peg a cpu, which became the tool that competes for full-rate disk io (when it isn’t hung), which became the tool that I now find and disable the first moment when KDE comes alive on a system.

    I see it’s gaining the abiliy to parse unpopular rarely used audio formats that have long been replaced or are deprecated with better alternatives. So baloo is likely adding corner case features that will be rarely used, however likely this parsing won’t be bugfree so baloo is getting more bloated and finding new ways to inspect and choke on file content. All the more reason to disable such a diseased beast!

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    1. If you don’t understand what you are talking about, you better keep your mouth shut …

      Unpopular audio formats – just because you don’t use it, nobody else should use it? What makes your choice more relevant than other persons choices? Why should everyone convert their existing files to a different format?

      Metadata extraction is *not* done by baloo, but by KFileMetaData, so no a single line of code added to baloo. KFileMetaData is used by baloo, but also by Dolphin to show information in the side bar. Although storing the metadata avoids extracting the metadata again and again and makes it searchable.

      Nobody forces you to use baloo. If you don’t like it, most likely because of bad past experience, switch it of. I have hundreds and thousands of eBooks, music files, PDF data sheets and more indexed by it, and its working fine for me.

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    2. This is my experience too. I have zillions of files that are all indexed and finding what I’m looking searching by content works great. Nothing’s perfect, but the bugs are being worked on.

      BTW everyone, lurchi is one of the people who’s working tirelessly to improve Baloo. He’s doing an amazing job and deserves a round of applause if you ask me!

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    3. Thank you and all the other contributors very much for the hard work on Baloo! Baloo is for me one of the most important Plasma components enabling me to find extremely fast my documents, something like a local Google search engine. 🙂

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  2. > Bluetooth devices now show their battery status in the power plasmoid

    Terrific, just terrific. Amazing job everyone! I hope you all remember to take breaks and vacations do you don’t burnout!

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  3. I like the new improvement of Kate. You can do file operation directly in Kate. It still miss one feature: create file in a folder of project view. This feature has been implemented by all kinds of IDE and some editors like VS Code. Web developers would love it because they create a lot of new files.

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  4. The Samba feature is one of the greatest improvement to me – can’t wait til 19.04!
    Hopefully you guys also find a solution to discover Windows shares. 🙂

    Keep going!


  5. Thanks for the work you are doing on Plasma 5 which is my favorite DE. I would have a curiosity … why the terminal-Konsole by default is not set on the theme Breeze? It’s a question I’ve always asked myself and it’s one of the changes I usually do.


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