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Plasma 5.9

Jonathan Riddell-3
KDE Plasma 5.9

Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Today KDE releases this year’s first Plasma feature
update, Plasma 5.9. While this release brings many exciting new features to
your desktop, we'll continue to provide bugfixes to Plasma 5.8 LTS.

Be even more productive

Spectacle screenshot notifications can now be dragged into e-mail composers
(including web mail) Spectacle screenshot notifications can now be dragged into
e-mail composers (including web mail)

In our ongoing effort to make you more productive with Plasma we added
interactive previews to our notifications. This is most noticeable when you
take a screenshot using Spectacle's global keyboard shortcuts (Shift+Print
Scr): you can drag the resulting file from the notification popup directly into
a chat window, an email composer or a web browser form, without ever having to
leave the application you're currently working with. Drag and drop was improved
throughout the desktop, with new drag and drop functionality to add widgets
directly to the system tray. Widgets can also be added directly from the full
screen Application Dashboard launcher.

Icon Widget Properties Icon Widget Properties

The icon widget that is created for you when you drag an application or
document onto your desktop or a panel sees the return of a settings dialog: you
can now change the icon, label text, working directory, and other properties.
Its context menu now also sports an 'Open with' section as well as a link to
open the folder the file it points to is located in.

Muting from Panel Task Manager Muting from Panel Task Manager

Due to popular demand we implemented switching between windows in Task Manager
using Meta + number shortcuts for heavy multi-tasking. Also new in Task Manager
is the ability to pin different applications in each of your activities. And
should you rather want to focus on one particular task, applications currently
playing audio are marked in Task Manager similar to how it’s done in modern web
browsers. Together with a button to mute the offending application, this can
help you stay focused.

Search Actions Search Actions

The Quick Launch applet now supports jump list actions, bringing it to feature
parity with the other launchers in Plasma. KRunner actions, such as “Run in
Terminal” and “Open containing folder” are now also shown for the
KRunner-powered search results in the application launchers.

A new applet was added restoring an earlier KDE 4 feature of being able to
group multiple widgets together in a single widget operated by a tabbed
interface. This allows you to quickly access multiple arrangements and setups
at your fingertips.

More streamlined visuals

 New Breeze Scrollbar Design

Improvements have been made to the look and feel of the Plasma Desktop and its
applications. Scroll bars in the Breeze style, for instance, have transitioned
to a more compact and beautiful design, giving our applications a sleek and
modern look.

Global Menus

Global Menus in a Plasma Widget Global Menus in a Plasma Widget Global Menus in
the Window Bar Global Menus in the Window Bar

Global Menus have returned. KDE's pioneering feature to separate the menu bar
from the application window allows for new user interface paradigm with either
a Plasma Widget showing the menu or neatly tucked away in the window bar.

Neater Task Manager Tooltips Neat Task Manager Tooltips

Task Manager tooltips have been redesigned to provide more information while
being significantly more compact. Folder View is now able to display file
emblems which are used, for example, to indicate symlinks. Overall user
experience when navigating and renaming files has been greatly improved.

More powerful Look and Feel import & export

Look and Feel Themes

The global Look and Feel desktop themes now support changing the window
decoration as well – the 'lookandfeelexplorer' theme creation utility will
export your current window decoration to the theme you create.

If you install, from the KDE store, themes that depend on other artwork packs
also present on the KDE store (such as Plasma themes and Icon themes) they will
be automatically downloaded, in order to give you the full experience intended
by the theme creator.

New network configuration module

Network Connections Configuration Network Connections Configuration

A new configuration module for network connections has been added to System
Settings, using QML and bringing a new fresh look. Design of the module is
inspired by our network applet, while the configuration functionality itself is
based on the previous Connection Editor. This means that although it features a
new design, functionality remains using the proven codebase.


Pointer Gesture Support Touchpad Configuration Wayland Touchpad Configuration

Wayland has been an ongoing transitional task, getting closer to feature
completion with every release. This release makes it even more accessible for
enthusiastic followers to try Wayland and start reporting any bugs they might
find. Notable improvements in this release include:

An ability to take screenshots or use a color picker. Fullscreen users will be
pleased at borderless maximized windows.

Pointers can now be confined by applications, gestures are supported (see video
right) and relative motions used by games were added. Input devices were made
more configurable and now save between sessions. There is also a new settings
tool for touchpads.

Using the Breeze style you can now drag applications by clicking on an empty
area of the UI just like in X. When running X applications the window icon will
show up properly on the panel. Panels can now auto-hide. Custom color schemes
can be set for windows, useful for accessibility.

Full Plasma 5.9.0 changelog