• BlueDevil 1.0.2 released

    The second minor version of BlueDevil (KDE's Bluetooth support) has been released and it is the most important release since 1.0 because it adds support for some basic bluetooth feature we have been missing since 1.0, regarding Device Pairing.

    The full changelog is:
    • Added support for Bluetooth 2.1 (SSP pairing)
    • Do not pair devices that don’t need it
    • Better automatic mode (Updated PIN database)
    • Randomized the default PIN
    • Random PIN of 6 characters, shrink if needed (depending on device)
    • Improved the wizard flow for a lot of devices
    • Do not show actions in systray when offline
    • Handle possible obex-data-server crashes (This is the cause for a looooooot of troubles receiving files.)
    • Fixed big file operations in kio_obexftp
    • The i18n should be fixed once for all (stable branch created)

    The tarbal can be downloaded here:
    MD5: c0c814146098b865144957bc8b3bd7e7

    By now almost all distributions have packages, so if your distribution doesn't poke them because this release is very important stability-wise.

    Happy hacking!


  • What is Kamoso

    A lot of people has been asking me (or complaining) what is Kamoso and what we intend to do with it, so I've decided to use a blog post to explain it.

    Short Description:
    Kamoso is an application for taking Pictures and Videos using any webcam.

    Long Description:
    Kamoso is an application between two worlds, "Multimedia" and "Toys". While its main propose may be seen as just "Take Pictures" and "Take Videos", our plan goes beyond that: we are planning to add a bunch of effects that will allow to the user to play with the webcam, we want it to be fun, in the end. All of these is followed by a tightly integration with the Web 2.0, by adding export features to the most common Web 2.0 services, such YouTube, Facebook, twitpic...

    Current 2.0 (aka Velázquez):
    • Make Kamoso rock solid
    • We moved to QtGStreamer (part of the last point)
    • Improve interface usability
    3.0 (Future):

    • Effects: investigate what GStreamer offers and try to get the best out of it
    • Simplify Web 2.0 integration: make it easier to add support for new services
    • Interface candy: make the interface more appealing to the eye, properly integrate the effects

    Screenshoots:

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Kamoso 1"][/caption]

    Videos:

    Small review of Kamoso 2.0
    Pre 2.0

    Help needed:

    • Semaphore designs (What happens from when you click at the shot button, and when the picture is actually taken)
    • Mockups, ideas, whatever!


  • First version of Kamoso 2.0 (Velázquez) released

    After few months of work, we're glad to announce the availability of Kamoso 2.0-alpha2.

    Despite of being an alpha version, it has demostrated to perform quite stable in all the test we did during the alpha1 (this was a private release), in fact judging by the feedback we got

    this version is way more stable than 1.0.5, so give it a try!

    Changelog:

    • Kamoso now uses QtGstreamer
    • Improvements in the interface (by Andrew Lake)
    • New semaphore
    • Make "action" non hidden features by adding a new button to "share".
    • Added "share" button to improve feature discoverability.?
    • Better Nepomuk integration
    • No more audio/video synchronitation problems.

    Errata:

    • Crash when switching from "Record Video" to "Photo" mode (some times)

    Test needed:

    • We need test in different environments with different webcams.
    • Take picture and then upload it to Facebook.
    • Record a video, and then upload it to Youtube

    With this version we're confident of the quality and future that Kamoso can achieve, because of that when 2.0-final is released, we will move Kamoso to kdereview, and if accepted to extragear/multimedia.

    Source Tarball can be downloaded at:

    http://download.kde.org/download.php?url=unstable/kamoso/2.0-alpha2/

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  • BlueDevil (stable) testing needed

    Hi there

    Since we released 1.0, we've been working hard to stabilize BlueDevil as much as possible and after fixing a bunch of bugs in kio_obexftp, now it's turn for the wizard.

    This is the changelog:

    • Added support for Bluetooth 2.1 (SSP pairing)
    • Do not pair devices that don't need it
    • Better automatic mode (Updated PIN database)
    • Randomized the default PIN
    • Random PIN of 6 characters, shrink if needed (depending on device)
    • Improved the flow for lot of devices

    As you can see, there are plenty changes for a minor release and that's why we need some testing before release BlueDevil 1.0.2

    This is already packaged in OpenSuse KDE:Unstable:Playground and to build it from the source you have to:

    git clone git://git.kde.org/bluedevil
    cd bluedevil
    git checkout stable
    cmake ./ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr (well this depends on your installation)
    make -j3 install (you will probably need root for this).

    Thanks!

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  • Improving KDE Applications Help menu "Actions Lookup"

    Today I have been working on a small Proof of Concept which intents to demostrate that improve the Help menu by adding an "Actions Lookup" is possible. 


    At the moment this is not a planned feature, so is not going to be in KDE Platform 4.6 or even not in 4.7. If the overall feedback I get during the next days is positive I will start a brainstorming (in kde-usability I guess?) to design the feature and try to implement it for 4.7.
    Some ideas I have in my mind:
    • Be able to use it as we use KRunner (shortcut + write text + enter)
    • Something to show where the action is (so the user can learn the app)
    • Search within the Handbook
    • Online search?
    What do you think? would be useful have something like that in our platform?

    Cyap!

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