Krita

For those sticking to the latest Krita release, the Krita Lime PPA has finally changed the official .deb binaries from Krita3-testing to stable builds, although Ubuntu 16.04 and old versions are not supported due to outdated version of Qt library provided.

So far the latest is Krita 3.1.1 that feathers:

  • Fully OS X support.
  • Krita can now, with FFmpeg render an animation to gif, mp4, mkv and ogg.
  • There is now automated tweening of opacity between frames in an animation.
  • New color selector
  • The Quick Brush engine
  • A stop-based gradient editor
  • Added a halftone filter

Install /Upgrade to Krita 3.1 via PPA:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

Type in password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

Krita Lime PPA

2. Then update package index and install krita 3 via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install krita

If you have installed the previous krita3-testing package, remove it via command sudo apt remove krita3-testing. For translations, install the krita-l10n package.

For those who are running with Krita version installed from Ubuntu Software App, you may upgrade it via Software Updater:

upgrade krita in Ubuntu 16.10

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA as well as downgrade Krita to the stock version in Ubuntu 16.10, purge the PPA via ppa-purge tool:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:kritalime/ppa

Corebird Twitter Client

Corebird, an open-source and native GTK+ twitter client, has reached the 1.4 release a few hours ago with some enhancements and bug-fixes.

The changes in Corebird 1.4 according to the release page:

  • Images in quoted tweets now look more like they actually belong to the quoted tweet instead of the quoting tweet.
  • Allow deleting tweets from the tweet info page and not just from timelines.
  • Fix the user completion not showing all possible results
  • Focus the already opened window for an account if the account gets selected in the accounts popover
  • Avoid window resizing when typing in the Direct Message text box
  • Add ‘q’ accelerator to tweet rows for quoting
  • Add spellchecking. This add a dependency to gspell
  • Increase gtk+ dependency to 3.18 to get rid of some workarounds.
  • Increase avatar size in profiles and slightly overlap them over the banner. Also, always show the full banner.
  • Fix completion popup positioning under Wayland
  • Add experimental meson build files
  • Fix some videos not playing correctly
  • Add a minimal video progress indicator to the video dialog
  • Fix the retweet/favorite count updating in the tweet info page

Corebird 1.2

How to Install Corebird 1.4 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The new release has been made into unofficial PPA, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Min 18 and derivatives. Spellcheck feature disabled due to build error.

Tip: The GetDeb repository also maintains the Corebird packages, see here.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

corebird-ppa

2. Then update and install Corebird 1.4 via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

If you have a previous release installed, you can also launch Software Updater to upgrade the software after checking for updates:

upgrade corebird

Or grab the .deb package directly from PPA archive page.

How to Uninstall:

To remove Corebird, simply run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove corebird && sudo apt autoremove

The PPA can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Aria Maestosa

The open source Aria Maestosa midi tracker/editor has reached the 1.4.13 release a few days ago with some bug-fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and Linux Mint 18.

Aria Maestosa lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a user-friendly interface offering score, keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views. It features:

  • Import and play MIDI files
  • Easily compose and edit music
  • See and use musical score notation, as well as piano roll, tablature and/or drum views
  • Print musical notation
  • Record from a MIDI instrument

Aria Maestosa Midi Tracker Editor

How to Install Aria Maestosa in Ubuntu:

The GetDeb repository contains the latest packages of Aria Maestosa, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and derivatives.

1. To add the repository, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu xenial-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

You may replace xenial (for 16.04 and derivatives) in the code with yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10.

Then setup the keyring via command:

wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

GetDeb repository for Ubuntu 16.04

2. After adding the repository, either search for and install the software using Synaptic Package Manager, or run the commands below one by one in terminal:

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install ariamaestosa

Uninstall:

To remove the software, either use Synaptic Package Manager or simply run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove ariamaestosa && sudo apt autoremove

The getdeb repository can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

DVDStyler 3.0.3

DVDStyler 3.0.3, a cross-platform free DVD authoring tool, was released on New Year’s Day 2017. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

Changes in DVDStyler 3.0.3:

  • disabled copy option for non-MPEG2 video streams
  • added parameter “-pix_fmt yuv420p” to transcoder
  • fixed displaying first video frame in frame button
  • changed transcoding caching to allow put multiple equal video files on DVD (e.g. with different cut points)
  • added support of EXIF metadata in slideshow
  • added CBR option for menu and slideshow enoding settings (disabled by default)
  • added Bulgarian translation (thanks to Ivan Dobrev)
  • win32/win64: updated Manolito’s VBR plug-in

How to Install DVDStyler 3.0.3 via PPA:

DVDStyler does not offer official binary packages for Linux. An unofficial PPA is available with the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17 / 18.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/dvdstyler

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

DVDStyler PPA

2. After that, search for and install dvdstyler via Synaptic (or other) Package Manager. Or run the commands below in terminal to update and install the tool:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install dvdstyler

With the PPA repository added, you can receive future updates via Software Updater once a new release is out and made into PPA.

upgrade DVDStyler

How to Uninstall:

To remove DVDStyler, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove dvdstyler dvdstyler-data && sudo apt autoremove

And the PPA can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Avidemux video editor

The open-source Avidemux video editor has reached the 2.6.16 release today on the last day of 2016 with core updates, UI / x265 enhancement and some fixes.

  • Avidemux can be built with visual c++ 2015 (losing some ASM)
  • Initialize fontconfig so that subtitling works for OS X
  • Update ffmpeg to 3.0.5
  • Improved build scripts (euma)
  • x265: Enforce complicancy with most devices
  • vaapi : Add resizer
  • Redone UI, revamped contrast filter
  • Dont use too much CPU on playback when there is no audio track
  • Reenabled nvenc + Fixed keyframe detection
  • Fixed a crash when encoding starts very slowly (x265)
  • Allow use of system libass, liba52,libmad (euma)

How to Install Avidemux 2.6.16 in Ubuntu:

Avidemux now has Appimage available for download in its official webpage.

For traditional Ubuntu packages, it refers to the GetDeb repository (no ready at the moment, check the link), and you can follow the steps below to add the repo and install Avidemux 2.6 (qt):

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command to add the repository for Ubuntu 16.04:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu xenial-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

For Ubuntu 16.10 and derivatives, replace xenial in code with yakkety.

2. Install the key so to trust the packages from that repository:

wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

GetDeb repository for Ubuntu 16.04

3. Finally update system package index and install Avidemux video editor:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install avidemux2.6-qt

Uninstall:

To remove Avidemux, use the command below in a terminal window:

sudo apt remove avidemux2.6-qt && sudo apt autoremove

And the GetDeb repository can be removed via Software & Updates utility (Other Software tab).