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This page reflects the changelog of KDE Software Compilation 4.4.
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= Plasma Workspace =
== Basic Functionality and Work-flow ==
* Storage devices can now automatically be mounted
* Widgets can be published on the network and be accessed remotely
* Desktop configuration is now scriptable using JavaScript
* Browsing through recent notifications
* Work-flow and layout improvements in the device manager widget
* System tray items can now be automatically shown or hidden
* New Plasma Netbook shell (Technology Preview)
* Applets can now be associated to an application (e.g. picture frame with gwenview, etc.) Makes it possible to open the associated application using an icon on the hover bar
* Mouse action plugins allow flexible interaction configuration
* New widget explorer improves the work-flow of adding widgets to the desktop
* Plasma widgets can now be added to the system tray
* Wallpapers can now be set using drag&drop
** Support for dropping remote content to use as wallpapers or create a desktop widget
* KNetworkmanager: new Network Management frontend
** Additionally, a richer Plasma widget as technology preview
== User Interface ==
* Kinetic scrolling
* Taskbar entries, window buttons and other elements of the Plasma interface now have sublte animations
* Animation of popups uses OpenGL for animations
* Improved KMix on-screen display
* Improved layout for the battery widget's popup
* Taskbar previews are now clickable
* Desktop theme configuration has been moved to System Settings -> Style
* Plasma's default Air theme has been further polished and improved
== Window & Compositing Manager ==
* New: Window maximizing and tiling by snapping to the screen-edges ("Aero Snap")
* Native window tabs: Arbitrary windows can be grouped in tabs
* Window Management Plugin for KRunner
* Subtle animations in the window decoration, and other options to customize the window behavior
* Alt+Tab window switching improvements
* Improvements in present windows, flip switch, logout effect
== Other widgets and addons ==
* NEW Blackboard: a simple paint canvas, it's possible to paint with the mouse or with multitouch events on platforms that supports them
* NEW KDE Observatory: keep track of the development of your favorite KDE projects
* NEW KIMPanel: KDE Input Method Panel for multibyte input
* NEW Knowledge Base: query the knowledgebase of opendesktop.org
* NEW On-screen keyboard
* NEW OpenDesktop.org Activities: activity infomration from opendesktop.org
* NEW Qalculate math expression evaluator, based on libqalculate
* NEW Spellcheck: a quick spell checking area
* NEW Webslice: a plasmoid displaying a part of a web page
* NEW Window list
* Battery: Improved layout, better support for bigger fonts
* Clock/Calendar: Ability to configure Calendar System to display
* Device notifier
** Visual revamp to make it look and feel more Plasma
** Supports non-removable volumes
** Can show/hide devices from the interface
** Popup autohides after 10s of inactivity
* Picture Frame: now supports loading and displaying of remote images
* Microblog: can view replies and direct messages
* Quicklaunch: ascending and descending sort for applications in quicklaunch applet.
* SystemTray
** Now can embed other Plasma widgets
** Supports the finalized version of the StatusNotifier specification
** Old notifications remains accessible for a while, separated by application name, browseable with a tabbar widget
* Tasks
** Clicking on a window preview now activates that window
** Mouse over on a window preview highlights the window if the highlight windows KWin effect is activated
** Control+click on a window group launches the KWin present windows effect if activated
** New taskbar animations
* Weather widget now supports wetter.com
=== KRunner ===
* NEW audioplayercontrol: control any MPRIS enabled audio application (amarok is the default)
* NEW plasma-desktop: "desktop console [script file]" triggers the interactive scripting window
* NEW solid: devices and hotplug support using Solid
* NEW mediawiki: generic mediawiki searching with .desktop files for wikipedia, techbase, wikitravel and userbase by default
* NEW windows: switch between and control windows and desktops
* Service runner: a query on a freedesktop application category, like "network" will show all applications of that category
* Bookmarks runner:
** The query "bookmarks" (or its translation) lists all the bookmarks
** Also supports Firefox' bookmarks
* Contacts runner: the query "contacts" shows all contacts
* NEW Pastebin dataengine
* DataEngines can now also be written in JavaScript
* Image wallpaper combobox has been replaced with a nicer view.
* Image wallpaper offers 'Next Wallpaper Image' contextual action in slide-show mode.
= KDE Development Platform =
* KAuth: Authorization framework, harnesses PolicyKit, currently used in Font installer and System Activity
* Multitouch resize, rotate and move on platforms that support multitouch
* New high-level animation API in Plasma, based on Qt Kinetic
* Nepomuk Semantic Desktop:
** New Virtuoso storage backend, significantly faster and more scalable
** Nepomuk: KIO slave for querying Nepomuk resources
** Nepomuk is now able to search on non-mounted media
* libksane (scanner library): basic scanner support for Windows
* Improved exiv2 support in libkexiv2
* Printing: Add Odd/Even page selection and server-side page selection when using CUPS
* KDE integration of QtWebKit (cookies, proxies, etc. but not KPart)
* Thumbnail previews for Comicbook format
* New calendar systems: Indian Civil (Saka), Ethiopian, Coptic, Julian, Proleptic Gregorian
= KDE Applications =
== Basic ==
* Dolphin File Manager:
** Integrated searching
** Version control integration
** New timeline view, accessible as timeline:/, showing files by modification date
* Gwenview Image Viewer
** Image thumbnails on Folders
** Reworked start page
** New picture importing tool
== PIM / Groupware ==
* KAddressbook now uses Akonadi for storing contacts
* KMail:
** Archiving of emails
** Improved recipient picker
** Searching by tag
** Clickable HTML statusbar
** Collapsible recipient fields
** Error messages are now passive, less disturbant to workflow
** Templating improvements for e.g. signatures
== Accessibility ==
* KDE's text-to-speach subsystem now uses Speech Dispatcher for synthesis
== Educational & Games ==
* New Edu app: Cantor
* New Edu app: Rocs
* New game: Granatier (bomberman game)
* New game: Palapeli (puzzle game)
* KStars: new observation plan manager
* KAlgebra
** Support for lists
** Better MathML presentation support, lambda expressions, jump detections
** New 2d parametric function plotting
== Network ==
* Kopete: Create avatars from a webcam
* KRDC Remote Desktop Client:
** Telepathy Tubes support
** Full screen switching
* KGet Download Manager:
** better support for verification of downloaded files
** Broken downloads can be repaired
** Support for adding mirrors, moving and renaming files while downloading
** New assistant to create metalinks
== Utilities ==
* Okteta Hex Editor:
** NEW Analyzing/Editing with user-defineable data structure templates
** NEW Editing of values in the decoding table now possible
** NEW Split views
** NEW Storing of bookmarks

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