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Ulauncher is a super fast Linux application launcher written in Python with GTK+. By pressing a keyboard shortcut and then typing a name in search box, you can quickly launch an application or access a file / file directory.

Ulauncher app launcher features:

  • Fuzzy search, type in app name without worrying about spelling.
  • 4 built-in themes, and custom color themes support.
  • customizable shortcuts, and wide range of plugins.
  • Fast directory browser, type ~ or / to start
  • Search Google, Wikiepdia, and Stack Overflow.

How to Install Ulauncher in Ubuntu:

The official PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 19.04 so far.

1.) Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) from application menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:agornostal/ulauncher

Type user password for sudo prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then check updates and install the app launcher via 2 commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install ulauncher

Once installed, open Ulauncher from application menu. You’ll see the app applet in system tray area. Click and open its Preferences dialog and set up theme, shortcut, auto-run, etc.

Uninstall Ulauncher:

To remove the PPA repository, either open ‘Software & Updates -> Other Software’ tab, or run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:agornostal/ulauncher

To remove the app launcher, simply run command:

sudo apt remove ulauncher

Qimgv is a Qt5 image viewer with simple, fast, and easy to use user interface. The software features basic image editing and optional video support.

Qimgv image viewer features:

  • Basic image editing: Crop, Flip, Rotate, and Resize.
  • Ability to quickly copy / move images to different folders
  • Video playback via libmpv, including webm support.
  • Ability to run shell scripts
  • Folder view
  • Keyboard shortcuts (Settings > Controls)
  • Extend APng support via QtApng, Raw support via Qtraw (Both included in Windows package)

How to Install Qimgv in Ubuntu 18.04:

The software developer maintains a PPA repository that contains the most recent packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Linux Mint 19.x.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:easymodo/qimgv

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

2.) Then either install Qimgv via Synaptic package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt install qimgv

Note for Linux Mint you may need to run sudo apt update to check update first.

Once installed, either use the image viewer via picture file’s right-click menu or launch it from application menu.

Uninstall Qimgv:

To remove the PPA, either open Software & Updates -> Other Software or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:easymodo/qimgv

To remove the image viewer, simply run command:

sudo apt remove qimgv

PDF Split and Merge (PDFsam) is an open-source and easy-to-use desktop application to extract pages, split, merge, mix and rotate PDF files.

PDFsam is available in Ubuntu universe repository. However, it’s always old and won’t receive future software updates.

The latest release at the moment of writing is PDFsam 4.0.4 released a day ago with following changes:

  • Upgraded PDF engine (Sejda) to latest version (3.2.84)
  • Upgraded AdoptOpenJDK to latest version (11.0.4)
  • Upgraded translations
  • Drag and drop of directories now asks the user if he wants to also add PDFs in subdirectories
  • Numerical sort of file names starting with digits
  • Fixed a couple of bugs

How to Install PDF Split and Merge 4.0.4 in Ubuntu:

The software offers official .deb package for 64-bit Ubuntu available to download at the link below:

Download PDFsam (.deb)

Grab the pdfsam_x.x.x_amd64.deb package and install it either via Gdebi (install it from Ubuntu Software) or just by double-clicking.

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

AppEditor is an open-source tool allows you to edit application entries shown in application menu and their properties.

AppEditor features:

  • Hide and show applications from the application menu
  • Create new application entries
  • Change application’s display name, icon and more

How to Install AppEditor in Ubuntu 18.04 / Higher:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu.

2. Paste below command and run to install flatpak framework:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

3. Add flathub repository, which hosts a large list of flatpak applications:

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

4. Finally install AppEditor via command:

flatpak install flathub com.github.donadigo.appeditor

Once installed, launch the software from application menu and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove AppEditor flatpak package, run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall com.github.donadigo.appeditor

Translatium is an open-source translation application that translate words, phrases, and text between over 90 languages.

Translatium works in Linux, mac OS, and Windows. And features:

  • auto detect language.
  • Listen to translations using text-to-speech.
  • Take a picture to translate.
  • History support.
  • Personalize your experience with beautiful themes and colors.

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, Translatium snap package can be easily installed from Ubuntu Software utility:

For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and first install snapd by running command:

sudo apt-get install snapd

Then install the tool via command:

sudo snap install translatium

(Optional) To remove translatium, either use Ubuntu Software or run command:

sudo snap remove translatium