HP Linux Imaging and Printing

A new monthly release of HPLIP, HP developed Linux drivers for HP inkjet and laser based printers, was announced earlier today.

HPLIP 3.18.6 is a small release that only adds 3 new printers support:

  • HP DesignJet Z6810 42in PostScript
  • HP DesignJet Z6810 60in PostScript
  • HP DesignJet Z6610 60in PostScript

Download / Install HPLIP 3.18.6 in Ubuntu:

To install the software, download the package “hplip-3.18.6.run” from the link below:

HPLIP Download Page

Then open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or search for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

cd ~/Downloads/ && chmod +x hplip-3.18.6.run && ./hplip-3.18.6.run

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

Then follow the terminal outputs, answer some questions to build and install HPLIP on your system. When everything is done, plug/re-plug your printers and enjoy!

For those who are still sticking to the Scribus 1.4 stable series, here’s how to install the latest stable Scribus 1.4.7 in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 14.04.

Scribus 1.4.7 was announced a few weeks ago along with the 1.5.4 preview release:

“Scribus 1.4.7 is almost exclusively a bugfixing and update release and will be the last iteration of the Scribus 1.4.x line. All future development efforts will go into the upcoming new stable version 1.6.x.”

How to install Scribus 1.4.7 in Ubuntu

The official PPA repository has built the packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

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:scribus/ppa

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

2. Then upgrade Scribus using Software Updater:

or run commands in terminal to install or upgrade the desktop publishing software:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install scribus

Uninstall:

You can remove the PPA repository via Software & Updates utility -> Other Software tab.

To remove Scribus, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove scribus

Avidemux video editor

Avidemux video editor 2.7.1 was released a few days ago with new encoder support and various improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04.

Avidemux 2.7.1 release highlights:

  • Add LibVA based HW accelerated H.264 encoder (Intel/Linux)
  • Fix last frames of video not retrieved from decoder
  • Fix keyframe-based navigation in field-encoded MPEG-2 video
  • Fix crash in the Matroska demuxer with high bitrate audio
  • Fix too short duration reported for MKV and MP4 with B-frames
  • Fix PTS delay calculation in the Matroska demuxer
  • Fix audio delay ignored by the Mp4 demuxer
  • Allow to force display aspect ratio in the configuration of the MP4 muxer
  • Fix crash in the AVI muxer on switch to OpenDML
  • Add PNG export, fix wrong colors with some colorspaces
  • Add feature to export selection as JPEG images
  • Fix AVI with H.264 / HEVC without B-frames being not seekable
  • Make AVI with H.264 / HEVC containing B-frames seekable by decoding the entire video
  • Implement fade-in / fade-out transition for “Add logo”
  • Add Opus encoder
  • Allow LPCM in FFmpeg-based muxers

How to Install Avidemux in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04, you can install the new Avidemux packages via the unofficial PPA.

Sorry that the package names are still avidemux2.6 due to lack of time and my poor language skill.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/avidemux

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

avidemux ppa

2. Then install avidemux2.6-qt package either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install avidemux2.6-qt avidemux2.6-plugins-qt

Uninstall:

For any reason remove the software via command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove avidemux2.6-qt avidemux2.6-plugins-qt

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

Darktable 2.2.5

Open source photography workflow software and raw developer Darktable 2.4.4 was released a day ago as the fourth bugfix release for the 2.4 series. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04.

Darktable 2.4.4 release highlights:

  • Added 50% zoom option in darkroom mode to the navigation dropdown
  • Usability improvement – allow setting the radius when (de)selecting lines
  • OpenCL: better readability of debug output on memory usage
  • Drop unused clone masks when loading xmp files
  • Remove all sub masks when clearing cloning masks
  • PPM: Handle byte order when loading files
  • Fix #12165: Don’t try to show dialog without gui
  • Fix an out-of-bounds memory access
  • And more bug-fixes.
  • White balance presets: Sony ILCE-6500
  • Noise profiles: Canon EOS 800D, Canon EOS Kiss X9i, Canon EOS Rebel T7i, Nikon COOLPIX B700, Nikon D5600, Olympus TG-5

How to Install Darktable 2.4.4 in Ubuntu:

The software has a stable PPA contains the latest Darktable packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or searching for “Terminal” from app menu, when it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when prompts and hit Enter.

Darktable PPA for Xenial

2. Then you can upgrade Darktable from an existing release using Software Updater:

upgrade darktable

Or run the commands below one by one to install or upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install darktable

How to Restore

For any reason, you can easily remove the PPA repository and restore Darktable to the stock version in your Ubuntu main repositories via command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

Qt5 graphical MPD client Cantata 2.3.1 was released earlier today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 14.04.

Cantata 2.3.1 was released with a large number of changes. Here are some of them:

  • Set Smart rules ‘files added in the last days’ limit to 10*365
  • Fix enabling of add/replace play queue actions for Jamendo/Magnatune.
  • Use JSON to encode song details when adding online tracks.
  • Fix crash if try to expand dirble and --no-network passed to Cantata.
  • Remove custom icon theme, and just use FontAwesome.
  • Add genius.com to list of lyrics providers.
  • Some lyrics improvements.
  • Fix playback of downloaded podcasts.
  • Fix saving of podcast images to JPG.
  • Limit SoundCloud results to 200 matches.
  • Add file max-age to dynamic playlist rules.
  • Some UI improvements, and translation updates.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.1 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.1 via the unofficial PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt

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

2. For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade Cantata via Software Updater:

or install it for the first time via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata mpd

Uninstall:

To remove cantata MPD client either use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove cantata

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