This quick tutorial shows how to install the latest free collaborative drawing program Drawpile (2.1.10 so far) in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04.

Drawpile is a Free/Libre networked drawing program that allows multiple people to sketch on the same image simultaneously. It supports the OpenRaster image file format and thus works well with applications such as MyPaint, Krita and GIMP.

Drawpile is a KDE software. Besides building from source, Ubuntu users can install it via flatpak (containerized software package) by doing following steps:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command to install Flatpak first:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then add Flathub repository via command:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

3. Finally install Drawpile via command:

flatpak install flathub net.drawpile.drawpile

Once installed, launch it from system application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the software run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall net.drawpile.drawpile

Qmmp Qt-based multimedia player

Qmmp, Qt based audio player, released version 1.3.3 with improvements and bug fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04.

Qmmp 1.3.3 release highlights:

  • added float output support for PulseAudio, ALSA and OSS4
  • added AppStream information
  • added more icon sizes
  • improved channel conversion
  • fixed feature to remove tracks when using quick search in the qsui plugin
  • fixed crash on some corrupted archives
  • fixed logo animation in the qsui plugin
  • fixed freezing in the ffmpeg plugin
  • translation updates.

Qmmp

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa

Input your password (no asterisk feedback while typing) and hit Enter to continue.

2. If a previous version exists, upgrade Qmmp using Software Updater:

Or run commands to install or upgrade Qmmp and its plugins:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

For qt4 version, use qmmp-qt4 and qmmp-plugin-pack-qt4 instead in the last command.

Uninstall:

You can manage the PPA repository via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

To remove Qmmp music player, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove qmmp qmmp-*

Wing Python IDE 7 now can be easily installed via Snap package in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04, and higher.

Snap is a containerized software package runs in most Linux desktop. The official Wing snap packages include:

  • Wing Pro, full-featured Python IDE for professional developers
  • Wing Personal, free Python IDE for students and hobbyists
  • Wing 101, very simple free Python IDE for beginning programmers

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply search for and install Wing snap packages in Ubuntu Software:

For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal and run command to install snapd daemon first.

sudo apt-get install snapd

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

Then install Wing personal 7 via command:

sudo snap install wing-personal7 --classic

Replace wing-personal7 in last command with wing7 for Wing Pro, or wing-101-7 for very simple version.

Uninstall:

To remove the Python IDE, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove wing-personal7

Also replace wing-personal7 with wing7 or wing-101-7 depends on which version you installed.

Leafpad text editor now is available to install via Snap package for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and higher.

Leafpad is a simple GTK+ based text editor aims to be lighter than Gedit and KWrite. It has been removed from Ubuntu repositories since Ubuntu 19.04.

Leafpad snap package maintained by Ken VanDine makes it again easy to install in Ubuntu 19.04 and higher.

Simply open Ubuntu Software utility, search for ‘leafpad’ and you’ll see the snap package. For Ubuntu 19.04 and higher, there’s no native Leafpad Ubuntu package any more.

Or open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install the snap package:

snap install leafpad --classic

Like normal software package, you can either open Leafpad from files’ context menu ‘Open With’ menu, or launch it from application menu.

GIMP extra color palettes

GIMP image editor 2.10.12 was released a day ago with mostly fixes for some annoying bugs.

There’s also some cool improvements in GIMP 2.10.12:

  • Improved Curves tool
  • Layers support for TIFF exporting
  • Support for user-installed fonts on Windows
  • Faster painting
  • Improved symmetry painting support
  • Incremental mode in the Dodge/Burn tool
  • Free Select tool now creates a preliminary selection
  • New Offset tool

GIMP 2.10 Splash

How to Install Latest GIMP in Ubuntu & Linux Mint:

Ubuntu users can install the latest GIMP via 3 ways: GIMP PPA, Snap package, Flatpak package.

1.) GIMP Snap package:

GIMP Snap is still in v2.10.10 at the moment of writing. As usual it will be updated in a few days.

GIMP Snap is a containerized software package. Once installed, it will be updated automatically when maintainer published a new release package.

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, install GIMP snap package from Ubuntu Software:

For Ubuntu 16.04, run following commands one by one to install GIMP snap:

sudo apt-get install snapd
sudo snap install gimp

2.) GIMP PPA:

There’s an unofficial GIMP PPA that maintains native GIMP for Ubuntu packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

The PPA is not updated at the moment of writing. Check the PPA link above. It should be updated in 2 or 3 days.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

2. Then you can upgrade GIMP using Software Updater is an old version was installed.

Or run following command to install GIMP:

sudo apt-get install gimp

3.) GIMP Flatpak:

Flatpak is a containerized software package. GIMP Flatpak package is available in flathub repositoy.

Uninstall:

To remove GIMP snap package, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove gimp

To remove GIMP PPA package, and restore to original status, run command in terminal to purge PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp