Test version of Diodon with its new Zeitgeist integration has been out for a while. In the first test version there was only a limited version of Unity Diodon Scope available. We have been working on improving this integration to bring the Unity Scope to its full potential. In this post do I want to describe what new features have been integrated and how you can testrun those before we hopefully release them soon.
When the Unity Scope (resp. Lens back then) has been introduced in Diodon version 0.4.0 it was fairly limited and it was only possible to search in the recent clipboard history which had a limit of 100 items. With the recent change of Zeitgeist and infinitive clipboard history this limit has been removed and makes the Unity Scope more powerful itself.
But there is more like the new filters for category (Text, Files, Images) or time when a clipboard item has been copied.
With this filter and text search available you hopefully find any item you have copied before. There is also a preview available when you click on a clipboard item. The preview will show you the full content of the item (especially helpful when verifying a longer piece of text) with additional information what application the item has been copied from and the date copied.
You can open Unity Diodon Scope with the hotkey <Super>b or simply by pressing the clip icon on the right hand side on the dash and start search your clipboard history.
The Diodon Scope used to be an plugin which caused some issues as Smart Scopes service was not able to start and stop it itself. We therefore have now turned the scope into its own service as it should be which also gives the advantage that the scope can be closed when not needed to safe resources, but started as soon as requested.
This brought about some changes in the packages to install it – we have removed the package diodon-plugins (will be added again as soon as we have other plugins available again) and added a new package unity-scope-diodon. As soon as you have installed this package and logged in and out again the scope will be available. No need to activate it as before.
If you are interested and want to test it use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diodon-team/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install diodon unity-scope-diodon
Let us know what you think and report a bug if you find any glitches or have suggestion to improve it.
I herewith also want to thank all translators who took the time to update the Diodon translations. Great work. There are still some translations which are not quite up-to-date yet. Have a look whether you can help out.
I am glad to announce that with version 1.0.2 Diodon has made it into the official Ubuntu repository for Raring. This means that from Ubuntu 13.04 onwards no PPA will be needed to install Diodon. So simply install it with apt-get or use the Ubuntu Software Center.
Of course the Stable Diodon PPA will remain for other versions of Ubuntu and to release stable packages which have not made it into the official repository yet. And for all lovers of cutting edge software, there is still the Daily PPA for the daily snapshots of Diodon.
Additionally with version 1.0.2 comes there a Apport integration so you can simply report bugs. Just use the following command to do so:
Apport is collecting data like what version of Diodon is installed, what are the dependencies etc. and then also ask you whether you want to include your clipboard history. It then puts all this together and uploads it to Launchpad.net, where you can input a bug description. And then hopefully with all this information we will be able to find the cause of the issue quickly and provide a fix.
So therefore have fun using Diodon and do not hesitate to file any bug or annoyance you find.
It has been two years when the first version 0.1.0 of Diodon has been released. A lot of work has been done since when it comes to features but mainly to integration into the desktop. This new release is just one of those little steps to make Diodon better integrated and even more useful (see issues solved). And there are still many ideas to be implemented in the future.
Nevertheless is this new version of Diodon a special milestone and therefore I want to give it the version 1.0.0. This is mainly to its long overdue new icons set which gives it’s unique look and feel. razvi of iloveubuntu.net has summarized the significance of this change in this blog post which I want to quote here:
Usually, app icons play an important role on establishing the identity of applications, visual items that contain essential aspects of applications and/or shapes, colors, patterns, etc, designed with an easy-app-identification process in mind. [...] Diodon has just been enriched with new icons, refreshing its identity and properly expressing itself via simplistic yet interesting monochrome icons, as well as adopting colored icons.
As a celebration of this new milestone I think it is also time to start promoting Diodon even more. I therefore put a list together with possibilities for you to help out. And I am sure you will have plenty of more ideas.
- Post about Diodon on your blog
- You use another distribution then Ubuntu? Create packages for this distribution (I promise that I will soon look into making a package for the official Ubuntu repository).
- Add Diodon to your software stack on Ohloh.net by using the I Use This! button.
- Mark Diodon as “Like” on AlternativeTo and add alternatives
- Now, there is also a Diodon user group on launchpad. Join in to show your appreciation to Diodon and also optionally take part in the mailing list conversations.
- Or simply follow Diodon on Freecode
I am looking forward to see Diodon getting more adapted in 2013. I herewith also wanted to take the opportunity to thanks the Diodon user community for all the valuable feedback I have received and for you loyalty ;). Thanks… and have a happy new year 2013…
Diodon version 0.9.0 has been released today which is basically a maintenance release so it runs smoothly on Ubuntu 12.10. However, behind the scenes a few more things have changed.
For instance is there now a unit testing framework in place which I wrote about in a previous post.
What I want to introduce you in this post though is a start into a new Diodon era using Zeitgeist. You might ask yourself: What is Zeitgeist?
That’s a good question and I think best answered by the Zeitgeist folks themselves. So here is a quote from there website:
Zeitgeist is a service which logs the users’ activities and events, anywhere from files opened to websites visited and conversations had.
It makes this information readily available for other applications to use. It is able to establish relationships between items based on similarity and usage patterns.
As Diodon is basically keeping a history of the last users’ copy events it makes perfect sense to store those events in Zeitgeist. Therefore is there now a Zeitgeist plugin (a so called Data Source) available for Diodon. You simply have to install the package diodon-plugins and enable the plugin by going to Preferences -> Plugins.
What this plugin for now basically does is storing a description of what has been copied at a certain time plus the path to the original application content has been copied from. It also points to a clipboard id. However as items currently get deleted when a certain history size has been reached, this id can not be used to execute a copy/paste event again. There are some ideas though for the future that it might be possible to replace the current xml based storage with Zeitgeist completely. This is however only an idea so far. This Diodon Zeitgeist Plugin therefore is a playground to really see what Zeitgeist is capable of and how well it works with a clipboard manager. So if you have any feedback where we can go further from here, please let me know.
Will keep you updated about more exciting news when it comes to Diodon.
Today, Ubuntu Precise has been released. Is this not a good time to release another Diodon version as well?
Well, here it is ;). This new release of Diodon, however, does not bring many new feature but is a polish of the application you are (hopefully) already used to. Changes have been done so it compiles smoothly in Ubuntu Precise with its new Unity Lens api. And now you should be able to use python plugins without any hassle as well.
But there is one small change which might interest you much more, if you often use Diodon on your laptop running on battery…
You might now ask yourself, what does Diodon have to do with my battery? Let me dive into this a bit deeper by explaining how Diodon works.
So to be able to create a history of clipboard items Diodon has to tell the clipboard that it has to call Diodon when there is any new content. Diodon will than add such to its history.
This works great for the normal clipboard which you use with Ctrl + C. Unfortunately the clipboard is not able to tell Diodon, when a primary selection has changed (an area on the screen which is selected by the mouse). To get around this, Diodon has to check in a regular interval whether the primary selection has changed. This works quite well on desktop machines and plugged in laptops.
However, imagine when your CPU wants to go to sleep and just before it wants to the interval is over and will check whether the primary selection has changed. This of course will wake up the CPU again. As this happens over and over again it will discharge your battery faster than it would be really necessary.
There is now good news to this. In Diodon version prior to 0.8.0 there was no way to stop this timer but closing Diodon. In this new version, however, you can simple go the preferences and uncheck “Use primary selection”. This way you can still use Diodon (of course whit the restriction that the primary selection is not added to the history) but not uselessly waking up the CPU and therefore saving power.
Here you can find the new version to be installed for Ubuntu Precise. Let me know what you think.