As part of the KDE project, not only the plasma desktop environment is being created, but also a whole bundle of applications tailored to it. After four months, the program collection KDE Gear summarizes the respective development status.
The Dolphin file manager belongs to KDE Gear in particular. This now hides temporary files and backups by default. This should give you a clear view of the actual files. In addition, users run less risk of accidentally deleting the wrong file. In the split view (Split View) you can quickly copy or move files and folders between the two areas with new menu items in the context menu and suitable keyboard shortcuts. Sub-windows (tabs) quickly duplicated by double-clicking on the tab.
KDE Gears: Small corrections and a renaming
A major change concerns the calendar: The appointment calendar now also manages contacts and is even supposed to juggle with e-mails in the future. For this reason, the application now operates under the name Merkuro. In addition, the calendar and contact management each exist as independent applications. Finally, the developers have optimized their user interfaces a bit. Due to the conversions and the new functions, Merkuro is slowly becoming a competitor for the in-house PIM suite Kontact.
For the other applications from KDE Gear 23.08, the changes remain manageable. The Skanpage scan tool allows you to conveniently rearrange the pages using drag-and-drop and adjust the brightness, contrast, gamma value and color balance. The shuffle and repeat functions of the Elisa music player can be controlled via Mpris and can therefore be controlled from a smartphone with KDE Connect, among other things.
The Itinerary travel assistant can import booked Deutsche Bahn and French SNCF train tickets. The chat clients NeoChat (for the Matrix network) and Tokodon (Mastodon) received revised user interfaces. With Tokodon you can also manage and moderate your own Mastodon instances. Console can notify the user about the end of a long-running command line program, while the Okular document viewer comes up with extended certificate functions.
If you want to read through all the changes and error corrections of all components, you will find them in the very extensive and detailed changelog.
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