Unity Stacks Application `Drawers` Gets New Features

Drawers, an application that can be used to create stacks (drawers) on the Unity Launcher, has been updated to version 12.12.1, getting new features which some of you have requested such as an option to automatically close drawer when focus is lost and more.
Drawers lets you create launchers for Unity on which you can add applications as well as files, folders or even links so you can quickly access them from one place.

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Unity Stacks Application `Drawers` Gets New Features

Drawers, an application that can be used to create stacks (drawers) on the Unity Launcher, has been updated to version 12.12.1, getting new features which some of you have requested such as an option to automatically close drawer when focus is lost and more.
Drawers lets you create launchers for Unity on which you can add applications as well as files, folders or even links so you can quickly access them from one place.

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Evernote Linux Client `Everpad` Available For GNOME Shell, KDE

Everpad UnityEverpad, an Evernote (note taking service) client for Linux, has reached version 2.3, getting GNOME Shell support (TopIcon extension is recommended), along with other new features and improvements.
Everpad features:
supports Everpad notes, tags, netbooks, resources, placesUnity lens with previews supportUbuntu AppIndicator
The latest Everpad 2.3 should now work with GNOME Shell, however, since the GNOME Shell Message Tray is not intended for applications such as Everpad, it’s recommended to use it with the TopIcon extension.
Everpad GNOME Shell
Everpad GNOME Shell

That’s not all that’s new in the latest Everpad 2.3. The new version also brings drag’n’drop for images and files, printing and RTL support.
Since our last post on Everpad, the application has improved a lot! For instance, Everpad works under KDE and it even comes with Krunner integration (press ALT + F2 to open Krunner, then type “create note” to quickly create a new note with Everpad, or you can search for existing notes, etc.).

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Variety Wallpaper Changer Sees New Release

Variety, a cool wallpaper changer that works with most desktop environments (KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Unity, GNOME Shell, Cinnamon or Pantheon), has reached version 0.4.12.

Variety wallpaper changer
Changes in Variety 0.4.12:
quotes support – Variety can fetch quotes from QuotesDaddy and display them on top of the desktop. The quotes are highly customizable: you can change the text color, backdrop color, font, transparency, shadow, placement, and you can also filter quotes by tags or authors or set the interval between quotescustomizable appindicator icon: you can now select between dark and light appindicator icons but not only that. In the latest Variety, you can also use the current wallpaper to be used as an indicator icon (so the icon changes with the wallpaper). The icon can also be hidden in which case you can control Variety via keyboard shortcuts or using the Unity quickliststhe option to display a digital clock on top of the wallpaper has been enhanced: both the clock and the date font can be customized (the typeface as well as the font size)Preferences take effect immediatelySupport for XMP/EXIF image ratings
Variety wallpaper changer - quotes

For those not familiar with Variety, here’s a quick feature list:
should work under KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Unity, GNOME Shell, Cinnamon or Pantheon (elementary OS)can automatically download wallpaper from Flickr, Wallbase.cc, Wallpapers.net as well as NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day.Ubuntu appindicator support; you can scroll over the indicator icon to change the wallpapercan apply fancy filters to the images: grayscale, heavy blur, oil painting, charcoal painting, pointilism, pixellateoption to display the time on the desktop, using a nice digital clockclipboard support: can monitor the clipboard for image URLs and fetch themmore
Below you can see the latest Variety 0.4.12 in action:

Direct video link

Install Variety wallpaper changer
Variety is available in the Ubuntu Software Center (for Ubuntu 12.04 / 12.10), but the version is quite old so to install the latest version, you can use its official PPA, available for Ubuntu Precise and Quantal:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety
Arch Linux users can get Variety wallpaper changer via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, the Variety source code can be downloaded via Launchpad.

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New Icons For Ubuntu Software Center, Nautilus, Software Updater And Unity Launcher Revealed [Ubuntu 13.04]

A bug called “Update the default wallpaper in 13.04” has been reported on Launchpad today, revealing the new Ubuntu 13.04 wallpaper which, like we’re used to, is just a slightly modified version of the previous default wallpaper:
Ubuntu 13.04 default wallpaper
But the bug report I was talking about revealed something a lot more interesting than this: it links to bug reports about some new icons which will be used for Ubuntu Software Center, Nautilus, Software Updater and some launcher icons like the BFB icon (the Launcher icon that’s used to open Dash), or the workspace switcher (the new icon should change depending on which workspace is currently being utilised, but this hasn’t been implemented in Unity yet) which you can see below:
Ubuntu 13.04 new icons
Since the icons don’t exactly express what they do, let me explain: the icon in the middle of the ALT+TAB dialog in the screenshot above is the new Ubuntu Software Center icon, the one on the right of the USC icon is the Software Update icon (the green icon). And the icon on the left of USC, as you’ve probably figured out, is the Nautilus icon.
The new wallpaper / icons have not landed in Ubuntu 13.04 yet and are subject to change.
What do you think? Do you like the new icons?

wallpaper bug via iloveubuntu.net

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Patched NotifyOSD With Close On Click And Other Customizations Available For Ubuntu 12.10

Configurable notifyosd notifications UbuntuThe patched NotifyOSD maintained by Leolik has been updated recently to support Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.
Using this package, Ubuntu users can customize the NotifyOSD notifications bubbles color and size, position on the screen, close the notifications on click and tweak many other options.
Here’s an old video in which you can see the patched NotifyOSD and the tool to configure it – NotifyOSDConfig -, in action:

(direct video link)

Install the patched NotifyOSD and NotifyOSDConfig in Ubuntu
Configurable notifyosd notifications Ubuntu
The instructions below aren’t just for Ubuntu 12.10 – they work for Ubuntu 12.04 or 11.10 as well.
1. Install the patched NotifyOSD for Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:leolik/leolik
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin
pkill notify-osd

2. Install NotifyOSDConfig (a GUI to configure the patched NotifyOSD):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install notifyosdconfig

Now start NotifyOSDConfig and start tweaking the NotifyOSD notification bubbles.

The close-on-click feature is not enabled by default, so if you want to use this, enable it from NotifyOSDConfig!

NotifyOSDConfig doesn’t come with settings for moving the notification bubbles, so you must do this manually, by using the command below:gsettings set com.canonical.notify-osd gravity [number]where is [number] can be:

1 – top-right corner
2 – middle-right
3 – bottom-right corner
4 – bottom-left corner
5 – middle-left
6 – top-left corner
Thanks to Sukochev Roman (Leolik) for maintaining the patched NotifyOSD.

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Ubuntu Tweak Gets Full Ubuntu 12.10 Support With Version 0.8.2

ubuntu tweakUbuntu Tweak, a popular tweak tool, was updated yesterday to version 0.8.2, which brings full support for Ubuntu 12.10, so the features that weren’t working in the previous version, like changing the window titlebar theme, broken quicklist editor or the option to change the window button order, should all work now.
Besides getting the already existing features to work with Ubuntu 12.10, the latest Ubuntu tweak also adds support for some new features in the latest Ubuntu, like an option to turn off the Web Apps integration.

ubuntu tweak
The new version brings an improved Apps section as well, in which a green icon is displayed for installed applications, a feature which many of you have requested back when the “Apps” feature was introduced.
And finally, Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.2 comes with a feature that was released by mistake in 0.8.1 (without it being 100% ready): Love Wallpaper HD, located under Tweaks > Desktop, which allows you to get beautiful, fresh wallpapers with a double click.

If you want to save the wallpaper downloaded through Ubuntu Tweak, you’ll find it ~/.config/ubuntu-tweak/lovewallpaper.jpg (this file gets overwritten each time you set a new wallpaper through this Ubuntu Tweak option).
Install Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.2
Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10 users can install the latest Ubuntu Tweak by using its official PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
Ubuntu Tweak debs can also be downloaded via Launchpad.

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Tweak Unity With Unsettings 0.08, Now With Ubuntu 12.10 Support

unsettingsUnsettings, a tool that lets you tweak Unity, has reached version 0.08, getting support for Unity 6 and thus Ubuntu 12.10.
Unsettings 0.08 brings some new features as well:
option to force fast minimize animationoption to force low graphics modeshow real name on paneloption to disable online search results in DashUnity WebApps supportUI tweaksmore
Unsettings can be used to tweak most Unity settings, like disabling the global menu or overlay scrollbars, change the GTK or icon theme and many others. Here’s a list of Unsettings features:Launcher look: change size, opacity, background colourLauncher behaviour: change visibility, reveal trigger, edge responsiveness, reveal pressure, autohide animation, urgent animation, launch animation, backlight modeDash: change size, blur, enable or disable apps available for download, recently used apps, search all files, online search resultsPanel: change opacity, opaque if maximized, show real name on the panel, show/hide battery status and an option to whitelist application to show up in the systrayIndicators: show/hide bluetooth and sound indicators, set which media players are ignored by the Ubuntu sound indicatorFonts: change the font (for the desktop, window title, monospaced, etc.), hinting and antialiasingWindows: set minimize animation, overlay scrollbars behaviour (including an option to disable it), enable/disable global menu, HUD, click to focus, auto raise, set the automaximize valueDesktop: change the number of workspaces, enable/disable icons on the desktop, shortcut overlay, alt-tab behaviour, set the next monitor pressureWeb Apps: enable/disable webapps, set pre-authorized web apps, enable or disable specified web appsThemes: options to change the theme: GTK, window, icon or cursor theme. There’s also an option to force low graphics modeGTK: show mnemonics, display icons in buttons or menus, cursor blink.
A few more Unsettings screenshots:

unsettings
unsettings
unsettings
unsettings

Install Unsettings
Unsettings 0.08 supports Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10, but obviously the options available in Unsettings depend on the Unity version you’re using. To add the PPA and install the latest Unsettings, use the commands below:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unsettings
You can also download Unsettings without adding the PPA, from HERE.

If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad.

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    Tweak Unity With Unsettings 0.08, Now With Ubuntu 12.10 Support

    unsettingsUnsettings, a tool that lets you tweak Unity, has reached version 0.08, getting support for Unity 6 and thus Ubuntu 12.10.
    Unsettings 0.08 brings some new features as well:
    option to force fast minimize animationoption to force low graphics modeshow real name on paneloption to disable online search results in DashUnity WebApps supportUI tweaksmore
    Unsettings can be used to tweak most Unity settings, like disabling the global menu or overlay scrollbars, change the GTK or icon theme and many others. Here’s a list of Unsettings features:Launcher look: change size, opacity, background colourLauncher behaviour: change visibility, reveal trigger, edge responsiveness, reveal pressure, autohide animation, urgent animation, launch animation, backlight modeDash: change size, blur, enable or disable apps available for download, recently used apps, search all files, online search resultsPanel: change opacity, opaque if maximized, show real name on the panel, show/hide battery status and an option to whitelist application to show up in the systrayIndicators: show/hide bluetooth and sound indicators, set which media players are ignored by the Ubuntu sound indicatorFonts: change the font (for the desktop, window title, monospaced, etc.), hinting and antialiasingWindows: set minimize animation, overlay scrollbars behaviour (including an option to disable it), enable/disable global menu, HUD, click to focus, auto raise, set the automaximize valueDesktop: change the number of workspaces, enable/disable icons on the desktop, shortcut overlay, alt-tab behaviour, set the next monitor pressureWeb Apps: enable/disable webapps, set pre-authorized web apps, enable or disable specified web appsThemes: options to change the theme: GTK, window, icon or cursor theme. There’s also an option to force low graphics modeGTK: show mnemonics, display icons in buttons or menus, cursor blink.
    A few more Unsettings screenshots:

    unsettings
    unsettings
    unsettings
    unsettings

    Install Unsettings
    Unsettings 0.08 supports Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10, but obviously the options available in Unsettings depend on the Unity version you’re using. To add the PPA and install the latest Unsettings, use the commands below:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unsettings
    You can also download Unsettings without adding the PPA, from HERE.

    If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad.

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      Things You Do After Installing Ubuntu 12.10

      ubuntu 12.10If you’ve been following WebUpd8 for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we used to make a post with things to tweak after each Ubuntu release (here are the 12.04 and 11.10 posts). This time, let’s do things differently!
      I’ll start by sharing with you the first things I did after installing the latest Ubuntu 12.10 and you, the readers, can post comments, telling us what you’ve installed / customized / tweaked after installing 12.10, no matter what Ubuntu flavour you’re using.

      What I did after installing Ubuntu 12.10
      The first thing I did after installing Ubuntu 12.10 was to restore my PPAs backup from Ubuntu 12.04. That’s right, I’m addicted to PPAs. That’s because, even though Ubuntu 12.10 has the latest version of most packages, there are some apps which aren’t available in the official repositories that I can’t live without. For this I’ve used Y PPA Manager which imports the GPG keys automatically and can also update the PPAs that work with the latest Ubuntu release.

      Firefox extensions and webapps.

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