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Claws Mail, the lightweight fast GTK+ email clent, has reached 3.15.1 release recently. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and higher via PPA repository.

Claws Mail 3.15.1 is a bug-fix release with following fixes:

  • Contact pictures not deleted when contact is deleted
  • Fails to build in Debian kfreebsd-*
  • Crash upon deleting tags.
  • AttRemover deletes message and fails to create new one when disk is full
  • “Re-edit” should not recycle the Message-ID header
  • autogen.sh fails with invalid test on line 33
  • segfault at startup with old profile and IMAP account
  • slibtool causes compile failure
  • fix crash in sieve manager window when no account has sieve enabled.
  • fix incorrect labels in folder selection dialog.
  • fix RSSyl feeds getting renamed to “Untitled feed”.
  • fix Resent-Date value.
  • fix typo around libarchive in configure.ac.

claws mail 3.15.1

How to Install Claws Mail via PPA:

For those who want to install the latest 3.15.1 release of the email client in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and derivatives, do following steps to get it from PPA:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/claws-mail

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

2. Then upgrade via Software Updater if you have a previous release installed:

or run following commands to check updates and install Claws Mail:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install claws-mail

Uninstall:

To remove Claws Mail email reader, either use your system package manage or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove claws-mail

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

Visual Studio Code IDE

Visual Studio Code has reached the 1.16 release earlier today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu.

Visual Studio Code 1.16 release highlights:

  • Easily extract JavaScript or TypeScript code into methods or functions with new code actions.
  • Improved editor productivity with automatic close tags.
  • You can now use the VS Code color picker in HTML files.
  • The Integrated Terminal can now be launched in Quick Open.
  • Drag and drop from Search results and Problems panel
  • Support for having multiple source control providers simultaneously
  • New online documentation and more.

How to Install VS Code 1.16 in Ubuntu:

The official .deb package for Debian/Ubuntu is available for download at the link below:

Download VS Code (.deb)

Install the package via either Gdebi package manager or command (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/code_*.deb; sudo apt -f install

For those who want to receive updates for VS Code via Software Updater utility, add the Microsoft repository via following steps (64bit only):

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

2. Download and install the repository key via commands:

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg

sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg

Install VS Code Snap app in Ubuntu:

Microsoft Visual Studio Code is available via Snap app in Ubuntu, though it’s not updated to version 1.16 at the moment of writing, see how to install VS Code vis Snap in Ubuntu.

OpenShot Video Editor

The openshot video editor has reached the 2.4 release earlier today with stability improvements. Here’s how to install it in all current Ubuntu releases.

OpenShot 2.4 mainly features following changes:

  • Vastly improved stability, improved undo/redo history (now being saved inside each project file).
  • Fixed Image Sequence exporting. Supports PNG, JPG, PPM, BMP and a few others.
  • Added ‘Audio Only’ and ‘Video Only’ export options.
  • New freeze and zoom menu
  • Prevent crashes related to too many threads
  • Fix many crash issues and other bugs.
  • See the release note for details.

openshot 2.4

How to Install OpenShot 2.4 in Ubuntu:

A 64-bit AppImage is available for download at the link below. Just download, make executable and run the file to launch OpenShot:

Download OpenShot AppImage

For traditional packages, OpenShot’s official PPA contains the .deb packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.04, though OpenShot 2.4 build it not ready at the moment of writing.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

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

2. Then upgrade the editor via “Software Updater”, if you have a previous openshot-qt package installed.

Or run commands to check updates and install / upgrade OpenShot:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

Uninstall:

To uninstall openshot video editor, run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove openshot-qt

And remove the PPA by launching “Software & Updates” and navigating to Other Software tab.

Darktable 2.2.5

The latest release of Darktable photo workflow software 2.2.5 now is available as Snap app for Ubuntu desktop.

The Darktable snap app bundles most of the required libraries and runtimes. So you can run the latest Darktable 2.2.5 in Ubuntu 14.04 though the stable PPA does no longer update for it.

And all other current Ubuntu releases, Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 17.04, can install Darktable snap app without affecting the rest of the system.

Darktable 2.2.5

1. For Ubuntu 14.04 only, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher. Then run command to install snapd daemon.

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

2. Then install the Darktable snap app via command:

sudo snap install darktable-empanada --classic

install darktable snap

Once installed, launch the software either from your application launcher, or by running command:

/snap/bin/darktable-empanada

Uninstall:

To remove the snap version of Darktable, open terminal and run command:

sudo snap remove darktable-empanada

Shotcut, a free, open-source, and cross-platform video editor application, has reached the 17.09 release earlier today.

Shotcut 17.09 contains various bug fixes and translation updates, it also contains following changes:

  • Renewed the code signing certificate for the Windows installer and executable.
  • Updated SDL to v2.0
  • Updated FFmpeg to v3.2
  • Updated x264, x265, and vp8/9 to the latest stable versions.
  • Add the ability to turn off the welcome message

How to Install Shotcut 17.09 in Ubuntu:

The software offers portable Linux package available for download at the link below:

Download Shotcut

Simply extract the Linux tarball, and run executable to launch the editor.

For better Ubuntu integration, install the Shotcut snap app via following commands:

1. For Ubuntu 14.04 & Ubuntu 16.04 who’ve never installed a snap app, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install snapd daemon:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

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

2. Then install Shotcut snap app via command:

sudo snap install shotcut --classic

Once installed, launch it from your application launcher and enjoy!

Uninstall:

The snap app will be upgrade automatically once a new release is published. To remove it, open terminal and run command:

sudo snap remove shotcut