Gwenview on KDE Gear 21.08

What joy I have been to read that the this week’s note from future news of KDE It bore the headline “Gwenview and More.” And it is that I change the size to, for example, the captures with Gwenview. It is quick and easy, but when we select more than one image, the option disappears. I’d like Gwenview to allow basic batch edits, but it’s not possible and I end up using BIMP.

One of the novelties for which they have titled the entry like this is one that will make it easier for the images to look good if they have a background of a color that stands out badly. For example, in the image in the header capture, there are white bands at the top and bottom. In the future, Gwenview will allow us to change them to black or other colors, so everything will be better. It is a basic edition, but far from what I would like, partly because it is individual.

News coming to KDE, or more specifically to Gwenview

This week they have mentioned only two new features, both for Gwenview 08/21:

  • Gwenview now uses a combo box to keep all of its zoom / size modes, which has freed up enough space in the bottom bar to add a background color picker. This handy feature lets you quickly change the background color behind an image to be dark, light, medium, or follow the background color of your active color scheme. This can be useful if the active image looks better with a different background color and we are looking for a quick way to change it (Noah Davis, Gwenview 21.08).
  • Gwenview now supports color management for images with 16-bit color depth (Daniel Novomeský, Gwenview 21.08).

Bug fixes and performance improvements

  • In Plasma Wayland, Skanlite now opens (Alexander Stippich, Skanlite 21.08).
  • Also in Plasma Wayland, Okular no longer hangs when dragging the document in such a way that the cursor touches an edge of the window. It still doesn’t wrap like it does in X11, but they are working on it (David Hurka, Okular 21.08).
  • Konsole’s default window size the first time it starts up is no longer ridiculously small (Tomaz Canabrava, Konsole 21.08).
  • When running a Flatpak application in sandbox and switching to another, the popup asking us to approve the background activity no longer causes the xdg-desktop-portal process to crash (Jan Grulich, Plasma 5.22.3).
  • In X11, the process that runs the Plasma logout screen no longer sometimes hangs on disappearing (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22.3).
  • In the Plasma System Monitor, killing a process in tree view mode now kills the correct process (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22.3).
  • System tray icons that use the xembedsniproxy process and implement context menus are no longer invisible (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22.3).
  • The Plasma Audio Volume applet now consumes less CPU resources in the background (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22.3).
  • The Media Player applet now removes an audio source from your audio source list immediately after it stops playing, rather than only after all audio sources have stopped playing (Kai Uwe Broulik, Plasma 5.22. 3).
  • Dialogs in GTK applications can now be moved correctly using a touch screen (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 5.22.3).
  • The KWin window manager no longer sometimes crashes when trying to render window thumbnails when compositing is disabled (David Edmundson, KWin 5.23).
  • The search speed for SVG elements has been improved, which should mean a slight increase in responsiveness and a reduction in CPU consumption in all of Plasma (Aleix Pol González, Frameworks 5.84).
  • When the system font is changed, it is now immediately updated in QtQuick-based applications without needing to relaunch them first (David Redondo, Frameworks 5.84).

Improvements in the user’s interface

  • Discover now displays a more sensible name for the Kate Snippet category (Christoph Cullmann, Kate 21.08).
  • Dolphin now displays “Loading …” text in the center of the window while folders are loading (Mufeed Ali, Dolphin 21.08).
  • In Yakuake, you can now switch terminals in a split view with Ctrl + Tab (Alexander Lohnau, Yakuake 21.08).
  • System Preferences release feedback page has been moved to Appearance category Nate Graham, Plasma 5.23).

When will all this get to the KDE desktop

Plasma 5.22.3 is coming July 6 and KDE Gear 21.08 will arrive on August 12. Frameworks 5.84 will arrive on July 10, and already after the summer, Plasma 5.23 will land with the new theme, among other things, on October 12.

To enjoy all this as soon as possible we have to add the KDE Backports repository or use an operating system with special repositories like KDE neon or any distribution whose development model is Rolling Release, although the latter usually take a little longer than the KDE system.