KDE Gear 21.12 comes with improvements for Dolphin, ability to work on various projects in Kdenlive and more

Recently KDE Gear 21.12 December Cumulative Update Released, developed by the KDE project and which has been released since April under the name KDE Gear, instead of KDE Apps and KDE Applications.

In total, as part of the update, versions of 230 programs, libraries and plugins have been released, dozens KDE's classic daily tools, and the specialized sophisticated applications you use to work, be creative, and play, are receiving updates with design enhancements, new features, and performance and stability improvements.

KDE Gear 21.12 Key New Features

Dolphin has expanded the output filtering feature, which lets you list only files and directories that match the specified mask (for example, if you press "Ctrl + i" and enter the mask ".txt", only files with this extension will remain in the list). In the new version, filtering can now be applied in detailed view mode ("View mode"> "Details") to hide directories that do not contain files matching the specified mask.

Other improvements in Dolphin mention the appearance of the option «Menu> View> Sort by> Latest hidden files»To show hidden files at the bottom of the list of files and directories, plus the option to show hidden files in general order. (Menu> View> Show hidden files). What's more, added support for previewing files with comics (.cbz) based on WEBP images, improved icon scaling, as long as the position and size of the window is saved on the desktop.

In Spectacle, work has been done to simplify navigation through settings; Instead of a long open list, similar parameters are now combined into separate sections. Added the ability to define actions when starting and shutting down Spectacle, for example, you can enable automatic creation of a full screen capture or enable saving the parameters of the selected area before exiting.

The improved display of images when dragging them with the mouse from the preview area to the file manager or browser. The creation of images with the correct color reproduction is provided when taking screenshots on screens with the 10-bit per channel mode enabled. Added support for creating a snapshot of the active window in Wayland-based environments.

In Kdenlive a new sound effect was added to suppress background noise from the voice sound; improved tools to track movement; Simplified add transition effects between clips, new modes for trimming clips when adding them to the timeline (Slip and Ripple in the Tools menu) and added the ability to simultaneously work with multiple projects on different tabs associated with different directories.

In Konsole you have greatly simplified the toolbar, in which all functions related to window layout and partitioning have been moved to a separate drop-down menu. Too added an option to hide the menu and offered additional appearance settings They allow you to select separate color schemes for the terminal area and the interface, regardless of the desktop theme. To simplify working with remote hosts, a built-in SSH connection manager is implemented.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • Elisa Music Player has been redesigned and the organization of settings has been improved.
  • In the Gwenview image viewer, the image resizing tools provide information about the disk space that will be required to save the result of the operation.
  • In KDE Connect, the ability to send messages by pressing the Enter key has been added (for a line break without sending, you must now press "Shift + Enter").
  • The Kate text editor offers the ability to open multiple tabs at the same time in the integrated terminal.
  • The Git Integration Plugin added the ability to remove branches.
  • Support for sessions and automatic saving of session data (open documents, window layouts, etc.) have been implemented.
  • The appearance of the KolourPaint paint program has been redesigned.
  • Kontact, improved the stability of access to Outlook user accounts.
  • Akregator now has the ability to search the texts of articles that have already been read, and the process of updating news sources has been simplified.
  • The Konqueror web browser has expanded the error information of the SSL certificate.
  • The KCalc calculator offers the ability to view the history of recent calculations.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can do it on this page where you can also find information on the availability of Live assemblies with new versions of applications.

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