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Audacity audio editor 2.2.2 was released two days ago with some improvements and several bug-fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04.

Audacity 2.2.2 release highlights:

  • Easier zooming in and out with mousewheel, new Zoom Toggle command, and context menu for vertical rulers.
  • Easy access to change keyboard bindings of menu commands by holding Shift key
  • Detection of dropout errors while recording with overburdened CPU
  • Improved contrasts in Light and Dark themes
  • Half-wave display option
  • Several bugs/annoyances in 2.2.1 are now fixed
  • See Release Notes for details.

How to Install Audacity 2.2.2 in Ubuntu:

The Audacity team does not offer pre-compiled Linux binaries. Other than building from source, a third-party PPA is available with Audacity 2.2.2 packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter to add the PPA.

audacity ppa

2. If you have a previous version installed, you can upgrade Audacity via Software Updater after adding the PPA.

upgrade audacity

or run following commands one by one to check updates and install (or upgrade) audacity 2.2:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacity

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab.

To remove Audacity audio software, either use system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove audacity audacity-data

PhotoQt, a free open-source Qt5 image viewer supports for touch-screen, slideshow, and uploading to imgur.com, reached the 1.6 release earlier today.

PhotoQt 1.6 features:

  • Re-structuring of code, taking better advantage of QML property bindings
  • Hide most elements behind Loader items for faster start-up
  • Add proper touchscreen support
  • Add uploading of images to imgur.com
  • Add copy images to clipboard
  • Add ability to freely move main image
  • Add split ‘ThumbnailKeepVisible’ setting into 1) always visible, 2) visible when image not zoomed
  • Add Export/Import configuration and shortcuts
  • Add handle case of directory passed on command line (instead of image)
  • Add Transparency marker option
  • Add one shortcut for multiple functions
  • Redo ‘Open File’ element, more versatile and reliable
  • Open File now has two hover preview modes: quick (uses thumbnail) or full
  • Left pane of Open File element can be hidden (hides if nothing is there or window is resized rather small)
  • New ‘loading image’ indicator

How to Install PhotoQt in Ubuntu:

The developer offers a PPA repository with the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 17.10.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher.

When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lumas/photoqt

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then install the image viewer either via Synaptic package manager or by running commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install photoqt

Uninstall:

To remove the software, either use Synaptic or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove photoqt

You can remove PPA repositories via “Software & Updates” utility under “Other Software” tab.

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors can now be installed in Ubuntu easily via Snap package, the universal Linux app packaging format, though it’s in candidate channel for testing so far.

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors are free open-source office editors for text documents, spreadsheets and presentations working offline. The software features:

  • Work with all popular formats – DOC, DOCX, ODT, RTF, TXT, PDF, HTML, EPUB, XPS, DjVu, XLS, XLSX, ODS, CSV, PPT, PPTX, ODP, FODS, FODT, FODP.
  • View, create and edit documents of any size and complexity.
  • Extend editing capabilities with the pre-installed plugin set (e.g. insert special symbols, YouTube videos, ClipArt, create templates and more).
  • Automate your routine activities with macros.
  • Ability to switch to online mode to collaborate with your teammates in real time.

1. For Ubuntu 16.04 users never installed a snap, you need to install snapd first via command:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. To install the office suite, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher, and run command:

snap install --candidate onlyoffice-desktopeditors

The snap has been tested on Ubuntu 16.04, Solus OS, and Fedora 27. For any issue, report on Github page.

Uninstall:

To remove the snap, run command in terminal:

snap remove onlyoffice-desktopeditors

SMplayer

SMPlayer media player 18.2.2 was released earlier today. It has been made into PPA repository for all current Ubuntu releases.

SMPlayer 18.2.2 features:

  • The option Open -> URL can now also load YouTube playlists.
  • New option in Preferences -> Subtitles to select the opacity of the background of the subtitles (available when the “border style” is set to “opaque box”).
  • The options to select the preferred number of track for audio and subtitles are back.
  • (mpv) Now the direct3d is the default video output for Windows, since some users reported problems with the gpu output.

SMPlayer with Mac skin

How to Install SMPlayer 18.2.2 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04, and derivatives, do following steps to install or upgrade SMPlayer via PPA.

1. Search for and launch “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it asks and hit Enter.

Smplayer PPA

2. Then upgrade SMPlayer using Software Updater (or Update Manager):

upgrade smplayer

or run commands in terminal to install (or upgrade) the media player:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes

Uninstall:

To remove SMPlayer, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove smplayer smtube smplayer-*

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility under Other Software tab.

Wine Stable

Wine, a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on Linux, reached 3.2 development release a day ago.

Wine 3.2 release highlights:

  • Separate implementation of USER controls for ComCtl32 v6.
  • Multisample texture support in Direct3D.
  • Support for HID gamepads.
  • More event support in MSHTML.
  • Obsolete DOS code removed.
  • A total of 34 bug-fixes to notepad++, Visual C++ 2010, MS Office 2010, and more.

How to Install Wine 3.2 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Linux Mint 17.x and 18.x, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run following commands one by one:

1. Add the official wine repository via command:

sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/

For Linux Mint 18.x, use following command instead to add the repository:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ xenial main'

For Linux Mint 17.x, replace xenial in the code with trusty.

2. Install the GPG key to be able to receive software updates:

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key && sudo apt-key add Release.key

3. Finally update and install the latest Wine development release:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel

If you got dependencies issue, install aptitude (sudo apt-get install aptitude) and replace apt-get in last command with aptitude.

Uninstall:

To remove wine dev release, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove winehq-devel

And you can remove the repository via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.