Notes – 3.12

Notes is close to 3.12, and i wanted to take a brief look at 3.12 changes. There was not big huge revamps this release, which is sometimes necessary for the sake of the code and its users. However,

The most visible part. is probably that list view is now fixed, meaning, there are now several columns, and i’m a bit shameful there was not before


A trash bin has been added, so you can restore or really delete trashed notes. This will work with previous version, since former "delete" is current "trash". Access this through application menu.


Also, Notes is now is single-window application : you can still "detach" notes, but you will not have several main views. Notice that detached window has no "back" button – second window only allows to visit a note. Why would you have two "main windows"? This made no sense. As a consequence, I added the bit to memorize window position and size and use it at next startup. Still, default width changed. Use "open in another window" from the selection toolbar or from the note gear menu.


(You might have noticed former "collection" is now renamed "notebook".)

Some nice fixes : now you need to scroll at the lowest part to see the "load more button". Search does not propose anymore completion since anyway you have results as you type. For the sake of developers, Zeigeist is now optional, which might be useful in some situations.

Hopefully, contributors helped me. For example, as usual, Yosef Or Boczo detected itches on the code. Shobha Tyagi updated the documentation. Arnaud Bonatti added –version and –help arg to commandline. Thanks to Richard work on App data, I recently saw there are now around 40 translations, each one about 75% complete, so big kudos to GNOME translation team!

OK. I missed time to work on this release – and no, discovering Emacs Org Mode did not help, far from this =). Lot of work remains to be done. I did not work yet on important stuff like supporting IMAP backend to store notes, or getting rid of Clutter, or migrating to WebKit2, or adding features to the editor. Just wait and see? Or contribute!

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Notes for 3.10

Bijiben is now "Notes". Collections appeared to replace old "tags" which were not consistent with other applications.



The selection mode had to evolve, too. Welcome to the new design pattern!



The preferences had a bit of UI change.


Why a "primary book" in preferences? Because there is now a first online notes support. Currently it only works with ownCloud, and assume you setup the ownCloud account into gnome-control-center.

Which means you can setup your private ownCloud or get an account.

This was the main work this release, sadly Google Keep has no API yet but I still hope to work on other services.


I’m glad the manual received some love.


Still a lot to code for the future, but GNOME is getting better every day!

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Input Chinese with wubi 98

When typing chinese, I try to stick to wubi input method. And when using wubi, I want to use a recent version : 1998.

I don’t know why, but google did remove their Wubi 98 ibus tables from their pack. When using fedora, there are two Wubi 86 available packages, but no way to input wubi 98 using ibus.

* I tryed fcitx. It’s a nice alernative IME. But seems younger.

* Fortunately, Google still provides the source to build 98 . Here is the related package (.rpm) which just installs an ibus-table ( eg one row says ke= 另 ) and an associated icon.

And here is the package :

PS : There is a bug, when typing dee, you won’t be able to input 历  because too much entries starting with dee. I’ll update the package with a patch soon to remove some entries like 有助 (deeg) . But amending "frequencies" might work, too.

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