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This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest Photoflare, simple but powerful image editor inspired by PhotoFiltre, in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

Photoflare is an open-source, cross-platform image editor written in C++ with Qt5 framework. It features:

  • Simple but powerful, and very fast to do everything.
  • Works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.
  • Basic image editing capabilities
  • Paint brushes
  • Image filters
  • Color adjustments
  • And more advanced features such as Batch image processing.

How to Install PhotoFlare in Ubuntu:

The image editing software is available in Ubuntu universe repositories since Ubuntu 19.04, though it may be old as Ubuntu does not offer the software updates.

To install the latest version, and receive future updates via Software Updater utility, the official Photoflare stable PPA maintains the packages with support for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10 so far.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

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

2.) After adding the PPA, install the image editor via command:

sudo apt install photoflare

Some Ubuntu derivatives may need to run sudo apt update first.

If an old version was installed, you can upgrade the software simply via Software Updater (Update Manager) utility.

Uninstall:

To remove the image editor, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove photoflare

To remove the PPA repository, go to Software & Udpates -> Other Software tab and remove the repository line.

Open Surge, a fun 2D retro platformer inspired by Sonic games, available to install in Ubuntu Software easily via Snap package.

Open Surge is also a game creation system that lets you unleash your creativity! It’s free, open-source, and written from the ground up in C language, using the Allegro game programming library.

You can play the using a keyboard or a joystick.

  • Arrows: Move
  • Space: Jump
  • Enter: Pause
  • Esc: Quit
  • Left Ctrl: Switch character
  • Equals: Take snapshot
  • F12: Open the editor

Install Open Surge in Ubuntu:

Open Surge has been made available as Snap package (runs in sandbox), Ubuntu 18.04 and higher users can easily install it from Ubuntu Software utility:

VokoscreenNG, open-source screen recording software formerly called Vokoscreen, released its first stable version days ago.

Vokoscreen 2.5 is the last version with ffmpeg and will not more continue developed. The new VokoscreenNG, which is based of Qt and GStreamer, has been rewritten from scratch with new modern UI. And it works on Linux and Windows.

VokoscreenNG so far does not provide any binary packages, though Linux binary Appimage and Flatpak package were requested. At the moment, you can build the software from the source.

VokoscreenNG 3.0.0 screenshots:

Nutty is a free open-source network utility made for Linux. It monitors the devices on your network and check bandwidth and speed details.

Nutty is made for elementary OS and it works on Ubuntu. The software features:

  • Display basic and detailed information for the device network card
  • Provides network data usage in two views: historical usage and current usage
  • Check Upload and Download speeds and get route times to a host
  • Provides information on active ports and application using them on the local device
  • Monitors, alerts and provides information on the other devices connected on the network

To install Nutty in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, open terminal from application launcher or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run following commands one by one.

1.) Run command to add the Nutty main PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bablu-boy/nutty

Type user password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Also add Elementary OS stable PPA (can be removed later) for libgranite5 library. ()

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable

You may skip the step in UBUNTU 19.04 and higher since libgranite5 available in main repositories.

3.) Finally refresh system package cache and install the utility via command:

sudo apt update; sudo apt install com.github.babluboy.nutty

Once installed, launch the tool from your system application menu and enjoy!

Uninstall:

You HAVE to remove the Elementary OS stable PPA as it contains many eos specific packages that may break your Ubuntu desktop.

Simply open Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab. There remove the line for Elementary OS PPA, and Nutty PPA if you want.

You can also remove Nutty network utility by running command:

sudo apt remove com.github.babluboy.nutty

Cozy is an open-source audio book player with a modern user interface. It’s written in Python with GTK+ 3, and works in Linux and Mac OS.

Cozy audio-book player features:

  • Sort audio books by author, reader & name
  • Remembers playback position
  • Sleep timer
  • Playback speed control
  • Offline Mode
  • Drag & Drop to import audio books
  • Support for DRM free mp3, m4a (aac, ALAC, …), flac, ogg, wav files
  • Mpris integration (Media keys & playback info for desktop environment)

How to Install Cozy in Ubuntu 18.04 & Higher:

Cozy audio book player is available as Flatpak package which runs in sandbox.

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run following commands one by one.

1. Copy and paste the command and run to install flatpak framework:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

2. Add flathub, the official repository hosts most Flatpak packages:

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

4. Finally install Cozy by running command:

flatpak install flathub com.github.geigi.cozy

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

Uninstall:

To remove the Cozy audio book player, run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall com.github.geigi.cozy