Yakuake 2.8-beta1 released
Posted on: 05/07/2007 10:04 AM
Yakuake is a Quake-style drop-down terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole technology residing in the Utilities section of the KDE Extragear module.
Website: http://extragear.kde.org/apps/yakuake/ http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=29153
Yakuake 2.8-beta1 is the first pre-release leading up to the next major version of Yakuake. It adds a large number of new features, among them a config dialog, skin management UI, a fullscreen mode and the ability to split sessions into multiple terminals, and more. Due to the beta nature of this version, it may contain bugs (however, it also fixes many known bugs from previous versions). Also, translation coverage in beta releases is limited and will be expanded for the final version.
Changes in 2.8-beta1:
* Added a proper config dialog. Scale and position settings are
previewed in real-time as the controls are moved.
* Added a Skins page to the config dialog, allowing to list, choose,
install and remove (given the necessary write permissions) skins. The
skin format has been slightly augmented to allow skins to ship a pre-
view icon for the list. Skins can be switched at runtime without a
* The Plastik skin by Daniel 'suslik' D. has been added to the base
* Added support for splitting a session into multiple terminals.
Horizontal and vertical splits can be added and removed at will, as
well as resized and collapsed. To add a split at the active
terminal's position, use the keyboard shortcuts or the session tab
context menu. To open a session preconfigred with a certain split
layout click and hold the New Session button on the tab bar, then
choose from the list, or set up keyboard shortcuts for the preconfi-
gured session types in the shortcut dialog.
* The main menu has been redesigned to conform more to established KDE
practices in layout and naming. Several items have been added
corresponding to new Yakuake features.
* Added a fullscreen mode.
* Improved support for Xinerama multi-head setups.
* Added a first-run dialog to allow changing the open/close shortcut
before it is needed. Note: First-time users of this Yakuake version
will be greeted by this dialog as well.
* Added an About dialog.
* The startup notification popup can now be disabled in the config
* Activating the open/close shortcut will now bring the Yakuake window
to the foreground and focus it if it was already open but unfocussed,
at popular request.
* Opening dialogs from Yakuake will no longer cause the window to
* Tabs can now be moved. Added corresponding keyboard shortcuts.
* Tabs now have context menus containing several relevant actions, such
as moving and closing them.
* Double-clicking the tab-bar will now open a new session, consistent
with Konsole and other KDE applications.
* Renaming a tab using the in-line edit feature now requires a
double-click on the tab, consistent with established KDE behavior.
* The in-line tab renaming control can now be cancelled with ESC.
* Fixed the interaction model of the tab bar and the buttons to allow
cancelling activations by releasing the mouse button outside of them.
* Added various new keyboard shortcuts corresponding to new Yakuake
features and improved consistency with Konsole in existing shortcuts
(e.g. added the alternate new session shortcut from Konsole).
* Added keyboard shortcuts to switch to session 1 through 12.
* Added keyboard shortcuts to adjust the width and height of the window.
* Added an action and shortcut to paste the X11 selection buffer.
* Added an action to quit Yakuake.
* Made the quit warning with multiple open sessions behave consistently
* Greatly expanded DCOP interface. Added various new calls corresponding
to new Yakuake features. Made it easier to get information about the
application's state out of it, e.g. the title text of a session or
sub-terminal. Fixed bugs that caused related calls to reply with
* Added What's This help and tooltips to interface elements.
* Optimized the title bar to avoid unnecessary repaints.
* Fixed crashes when using the slotRunCommandInSession DCOP call due to
lack of bounds-checking. Fixed a similar problem with
* Bugs that caused the background updating of translucent parts of the
Yakuake window to stop have been fixed.
* Adding a translucent session while the window is closed should no
longer result in a corrupted terminal background when opening the
* Yakuake will now fall back to the default skin on startup if the skin
stored in the settings cannot be found, rather than crash.
* Fixed a crash when loading non-translucent button images from skins.
* Bugs that caused the quick access options in the menu to come out of
sync with the actual settings have been fixed.
* Fixed " - " postfix showing after the session title text when using
skins without their own postfix.
* Fixed a crash when a terminal in a tab other than the currently
selected tab exits.
* Ported preferences handling to KDE's KConfigXT framework. Aside from
cleaner code, this improves over the old preferences handling by
avoiding unnecessary disk activity (and thus spurious hard drive
spin-ups on laptop computers and other battery-bound devices).
* Disabled startup notifications (i.e. KDE's bouncing cursor) for
* Updated the installation colation of the .desktop menu file to
conform to modern XDG standards.