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Development Release: Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.4

  • December 12, 2017
  • Sean

With each new release, the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin becomes more refined and better suited for Xfce users. The latest release adds support for the MPRIS Playlists specification and improves support for Spotify and other media players.

What’s New?

New Feature: MPRIS Playlists Support

  • This is a basic implementation of the MediaPlayer2.Playlists specification.
  • The 5 most recently played playlists are displayed (if supported by the player). Admittedly, I have not found a player that seems to implement the ordering portion of this specification.

New Feature: Experimental libwnck Support

  • libwnck is a window management library. This feature adds the “Raise” method for media players that do not support it, allowing the user to display the application window after clicking the menu item in the plugin.
  • Spotify for Linux is the only media player that I have found which does not implement this method. Since this is the media player I use most of the time, this was an important issue for me to resolve.

General

  • Unexpected error messages sent via DBUS are now handled gracefully. The previous release of Pithos (1.1.2) displayed a Python error when doing DBUS queries before, crashing the plugin.
  • Numerous memory leaks were patched.

Translation Updates

Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai

Downloads

The latest version of Xfce PulseAudio Plugin can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 0.3.4 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/panel-plugins/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin/0.3/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin-0.3.4.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 43fa39400eccab1f3980064f42dde76f5cf4546a6ea0a5dc5c4c5b9ed2a01220
  • SHA-1: 171f49ef0ffd1e4a65ba0a08f656c265a3d19108
  • MD5: 05633b8776dd3dcd4cda8580613644c3

Development Release: Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.3

  • November 27, 2017
  • Sean

Development on the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin has been moving along at a steady pace, and the latest release marks the completion of another great feature for the Sound Indicator replacement applet.

What’s New?

New Feature: Multimedia Key Support

Multimedia keyboard support has been hit and miss in the Linux space for as long as there’s been multimedia keyboards. Support for these keys has been entirely dependent on support baked into each individual application. The best current example of this is the Spotify Linux client. Users can control the media player with various panel plugins, but not with their keyboards.

With the new multimedia key support in Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.3, the recently added MPRIS2 integration has been complemented with key bindings for the Play/Pause, Previous, Next, and Stop keys. When these keys are pressed, any actively running player known to the plugin will be notified, enabling keyboard playback control.

You can check out the new feature in the video below, where I very excitedly inundate my media players with playback commands.

General Improvements

  • Simplified device menus: The bold section headers have been replaced in favor of a single menu per input and output device. If there’s only one option available, the menu is no longer displayed.
  • Improved volume scale increments: The old defaults were steps of 6% and a max of 153%. These seemed a bit unusual, and have been replaced with a more sensible 5% and 150%.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed builds with clang (Xfce #13889) (0.3.2)
  • Fixed panel icon size with high DPI (Xfce #13894) (0.3.2)
  • Show volume change notifications when changed with another application (Xfce #13677)
  • Change default device when changed with another application (Xfce #13908)
  • Fixed flag in g_bus_watch_name_on_connection() method (Xfce #13961)
  • Fix plugin size calculation with multiple rows (Xfce #13998)

Translation Updates

Chinese (China), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Kazakh, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Swedish, Ukrainian

Demo

Downloads

The latest version of Xfce PulseAudio Plugin can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 0.3.3 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/panel-plugins/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin/0.3/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin-0.3.3.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: d6aae9409714c5ddea975c350b4d517e078a5550190165b17ca062d0eb69f9a6
  • SHA-1: 5921f7c17b96dda09f035e546e06945f40398dc9
  • MD5: d3d3e012369af6d2302d4b70a7720a17

Xubuntu 17.10 “Artful Aardvark” Released

  • October 19, 2017
  • Sean

It’s another great Ubuntu release day, with fresh versions of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and my personal favorite: Xubuntu

This has been a comparatively quiet development cycle for Xubuntu. With increased development on Xfce as we prepare for Xfce 4.14, less Xubuntu-specific changes took place this cycle. Thankfully, there are still plenty of goodies to get excited about.

  • Appearance Updates: Greybird‘s client side decorations (CSD) have been refreshed and now consume much less space. elementary-xfce, our preferred icon theme, has been updated and includes new device, mimetype, and panel icons. And we have a fancy new wallpaper.
  • Application Updates: This is the first release of Xubuntu to feature GNOME Font Viewer, a handy tool for font management. LibreOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird have been updated to their latest versions (5.4, 56, and 52.4 respectively). On the Xfce side, Dictionary, Genmon Plugin, Mount Plugin, Exo, and Tumbler have been updated to take advantage of the latest GTK+ version and continue the march toward Xfce 4.14.
  • Technical Updates: GTK+ 3.26, Python 3.6, and Linux 4.13 are all included. Thanks to the Ubuntu Desktop team, hardware accelerated video, improved bluetooth audio, and driverless printing round out a solid development cycle.

Screenshots

Download

Download Xubuntu 17.10 from Xubuntu.org.  It’s available in both 32-bit and 64-bit varieties.

What’s Next?

After the release festivities calm down, work will begin on Xubuntu 18.04, our next LTS release. These are always our most active cycles as we polish the work that we’ve been doing the past 18 months and prepare for a 3-year support window. A few things we already have planned…

  • Replacing the Sound Indicator with the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin, a very capable replacement with more features landing soon.
  • Replacing the Xfce Indicator Plugin with the Xfce StatusNotifier Plugin, a fully compatible and better maintained plugin with a few new tricks.
  • Another wallpaper contest to showcase the community’s artful taste.
  • And plenty more as we begin the blueprint process!

In Case You Missed It

Development Release: Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.1

  • October 2, 2017
  • Sean

A new release, some handy new features! But, I’ve never posted about this plugin before, so we’ll start with a proper introduction. 

Xfce PulseAudio Panel Plugin

This is a plugin for the Xfce panel that allows the user to easily adjust the audio volume of the PulseAudio sound system. As of the 0.3.0 release, this plugin was extended with support for controlling multimedia players via the MPRIS DBUS interface. And with this latest release, users can now easily toggle the default audio input and output devices.

Features

  • Control device volume, from 0% to 100% and beyond
  • Instantly mute volumes by middle-clicking the plugin or clicking the mute toggle
  • Launch the configured audio mixer
  • Open, raise, or control playback from known media players (since 0.3.0)
  • Select default input and output devices (since 0.3.1)

Screenshots

Downloads

The latest version of Xfce PulseAudio Plugin can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 0.3.1 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/panel-plugins/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin/0.3/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin-0.3.1.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 61a39f892e5e06723a08f919682362ebaf54792ed1076f5be828d0209a52f482
  • SHA-1: 6db0e12f5f171bd57b1330c7996d503aca7a4883
  • MD5: ab2a12283555db063db3abea26b3237e

 

Development Release: Exo 0.11.4

  • July 12, 2017
  • Sean

After quite some time, the first release candidate for the Exo 0.12.x series is ready for some serious testing!

What’s New in Exo 0.11.4?

This release completes the GTK+ 3 port and can now be used for GTK+ 2 or 3 Xfce application development.

New Features

Bug Fixes

  • Removed --disable-debug flag from make distcheck (Xfce #11556)

Icons

  • Replaced non-standard gnome-* icons
  • Replaced non-existent “missing-image” icon

Deprecations

  • Dropped gdk_window_process_updates for GTK+ 3.22
  • Replaced gdk_pixbuf_new_from_inline usage
  • Replaced gdk_screen_* usage
  • Replaced gtk_style_context_get_background_color usage
  • Removed warnings for gtk_dialog_get_action_area and GioScheduler

Translation Updates

Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (China), Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Korean, Lithuanian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Downloads

The latest version of Exo can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 0.11.4 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/xfce/exo/0.11/exo-0.11.4.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 54fc6d26eff4ca0525aed8484af822ac561cd26adad4a2a13a282b2d9f349d84
  • SHA-1: 49e0fdf6899eea7aa1050055c7fe2dcddd0d1d7a
  • MD5: 7ad88a19ccb4599fd46b53b04325552c

Development Release: Xfce Settings 4.13.1

  • June 19, 2017
  • Sean

The second release of the GTK+ 3 powered Xfce Settings is now ready for testing (and possibly general use).  Check it out!

What’s New?

This release now requires xfconf 4.13+.

New Features

  • Appearance Settings: New configuration option for default monospace font
  • Display Settings: Improved support for embedded DisplayPort connectors

Bug Fixes

  • Display Settings: Fixed drawing of displays, was hit and miss before, now its guaranteed
  • Display Settings: Fixed drag-n-drop functionality, the grab area occupied the space below the drawn displays
  • Display Settings (Minimal): The mini dialog now runs as a single instance, which should help with some display drivers (Xfce #11169)
  • Fixed linking to dbus-glib with xfconf 4.13+ (Xfce #13633)

Deprecations

  • Resolved gtk_menu_popup and gdk_error_trap_pop deprecations
  • Ignoring GdkScreen and GdkCairo deprecations for now. Xfce shares this code with GNOME and Mate, and they have not found a resolution yet.

Code Quality

  • Several indentation fixes
  • Dropped duplicate drawing code, elimination another deprecation in the process

Translation Updates

Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian

Downloads

The latest version of Xfce Settings can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 4.13.1 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/xfce/xfce4-settings/4.13/xfce4-settings-4.13.1.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 01b9e9df6801564b28f3609afee1628228cc24c0939555f60399e9675d183f7e
  • SHA-1: 9ffdf3b7f6fad24f4efd1993781933a2a18a6922
  • MD5: 300d317dd2bcbb0deece1e1943cac368

Development Release: Xfce Settings 4.13.1

  • June 19, 2017
  • Sean

The second release of the GTK+ 3 powered Xfce Settings is now ready for testing (and possibly general use).  Check it out!

What’s New?

This release now requires xfconf 4.13+.

New Features

  • Appearance Settings: New configuration option for default monospace font
  • Display Settings: Improved support for embedded DisplayPort connectors

Bug Fixes

  • Display Settings: Fixed drawing of displays, was hit and miss before, now its guaranteed
  • Display Settings: Fixed drag-n-drop functionality, the grab area occupied the space below the drawn displays
  • Display Settings (Minimal): The mini dialog now runs as a single instance, which should help with some display drivers (Xfce #11169)
  • Fixed linking to dbus-glib with xfconf 4.13+ (Xfce #13633)

Deprecations

  • Resolved gtk_menu_popup and gdk_error_trap_pop deprecations
  • Ignoring GdkScreen and GdkCairo deprecations for now. Xfce shares this code with GNOME and Mate, and they have not found a resolution yet.

Code Quality

  • Several indentation fixes
  • Dropped duplicate drawing code, elimination another deprecation in the process

Translation Updates

Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian

Downloads

The latest version of Xfce Settings can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 4.13.1 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/xfce/xfce4-settings/4.13/xfce4-settings-4.13.1.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 01b9e9df6801564b28f3609afee1628228cc24c0939555f60399e9675d183f7e
  • SHA-1: 9ffdf3b7f6fad24f4efd1993781933a2a18a6922
  • MD5: 300d317dd2bcbb0deece1e1943cac368

Development Release: Exo 0.11.3

  • June 18, 2017
  • Sean

Xfce 4.14 development has been picking up steam in the past few months.  With the release of Exo 0.11.3, things are only going to get steamier.  

What is Exo?

Exo is an Xfce library for application development. It was introduced years ago to aid the development of Xfce applications.  It’s not used quite as heavily these days, but you’ll still find Exo components in Thunar (the file manager) and Xfce Settings Manager.

Exo provides custom widgets and APIs that extend the functionality of GLib and GTK+ (both 2 and 3).  It also provides the mechanisms for defining preferred applications in Xfce.

What’s New in Exo 0.11.3?

New Features

  • exo-csource: Added a new --output flag to write the generated output to a file (Xfce #12901)
  • exo-helper: Added a new --query flag to determine the preferred application (Xfce #8579)

Build Changes

  • Build requirements were updated.  Exo now requires GTK+ 2.24, GTK 3.20, GLib 2.42, and libxfce4ui 4.12
  • Building GTK+ 3 libraries is no longer optional
  • Default debug setting is now “yes” instead of “full”. This means that builds will not fail if there are deprecated GTK+ symbols (and there are plenty).

Bug Fixes

  • Discard preferred application selection if dialog is canceled (Xfce #8802)
  • Do not ship generic category icons, these are standard (Xfce #9992)
  • Do not abort builds due to deprecated declarations (Xfce #11556)
  • Fix crash in Thunar on selection change after directory change (Xfce #13238)
  • Fix crash in exo-helper-1 from GTK 3 migration (Xfce #13374)
  • Fix ExoIconView being unable to decrease its size (Xfce #13402)

Documentation Updates

Available here

  • Add missing per-release API indices
  • Resolve undocumented symbols (100% symbol coverage)
  • Updated project documentation (HACKING, README, THANKS)

Translation Updates

Amharic, Asturian, Catalan, Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Galician, Greek, Indonesian, Kazakh,  Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Thai

Downloads

The latest version of Exo can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 0.11.3 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/xfce/exo/0.11/exo-0.11.3.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 448d7f2b88074455d54a4c44aed08d977b482dc6063175f62a1abfcf0204420a
  • SHA-1: 758ced83d97650e0428563b42877aecfc9fc3c81
  • MD5: c1801052163cbd79490113f80431674a

Development Release: Parole 0.9.2

  • June 4, 2017
  • Sean
With a huge code cleanup effort, complete plugin development documentation, and numerous bug fixes, Parole Media Player 0.9.2 paves the way for future development.  What’s New? General Homepage updated to docs.xfce.org Xfce URLs were switched to HTTPS New Features A new keyboard shortcuts helper was added to the Help menu New and keybindings for previous … Continue reading Development Release: Parole 0.9.2

Xubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus” Released

  • April 13, 2017
  • Sean
Xubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus” was released on April 13, 2017 with several fresh Xfce GTK+ 3 releases, bug fixes, and new features in tow. What’s New? Several Xfce panel plugins and applications have been ported to GTK+ 3 Core Xfce libraries exo and libxfce4ui have been updated with full GTK+ 3 support Greybird and Numix were … Continue reading Xubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus” Released