Now announcing that the new release of frogr is finally out.
This time, I’m afraid you won’t find huge changes in the application, but a bunch of small improvements instead, in the way of subtle -yet handy- new features, bug fixes and new and uptaded translations mainly. Still, I can mention some of the new small features that I specially like, since I use it a lot:
- Uploading pictures stored in remote machines via well-known protocols like smb, ssh, ftp… well anything supported by GVFS, basically.
- Sort pictures in the interface by title and date taken (and keep the pictures sorted as you add more pictures!).
- Allow disabling tags autocompletion (seems to slow frogr down when you have thousands of tags).
- Tooltips with basic info about the pictures in the icon view (title, size, date taken).
- Show the total amount of data to be uploaded in the status bar.
- Allow filling the details for pictures right from the photoset details, when creating a new one.
- Correct picture orientation in the icon view, if needed (rotation).
- Support both for Gtk+2 and Gtk+3 (now this is the default toolkit for building).
- Support for generating MacOSX packages, thanks to the GTK-OSX project.
- As usual, several other bug fixes, improvements and nitpicky stuff.
As usual, you can get it through different ways:
- Source code: clone from the git repository at gnome.org.
- Tarballs: both in xz and bzip2 formats.
- Pre-compiled packages for Fedora: at my personal public folder in gnome.org.
- For the specific case of Ubuntu you can use this PPA at LaunchPad.
- MacOSX packages (Intel) in the GNOME FTP server (experimental, yet ready for everyday use)
[Update 31/05/2011]: If you have already installed frogr 0.5 for Ubuntu from my PPA or from the pre-compiled packages, please do upgrade to the latest version of the Ubuntu packages as soon as possible, as available in my PPA. If you already have the PPA configured in your system, you can upgrade just frogr by simply doing this:
sudo apt-get update && sudo install frogr
There was a problem with the generation of the previous version of the packages for Ubuntu (files being installed under /tmp/frogr, instead of /usr/share) and all of them are broken and need to be updated. Sorry for the hassle.
If you want to contribute, remember you can do it by proposing ideas, translating, coding, discussing or filing and/or fixing bugs.
Also if you want to see frogr packaged for your favourite distro and can help with that (maybe you’re a packager or know better than me the required steps for that), that would be awesome. At the moment only Debian has packaged it so far that I know of (thanks Berto!), but I would love to see it also in other distros (specially in Fedora, which is what I currently use) so more people can use it without having to use either the Frogr PPA or the homegrown packages I usually prepare with each release.
For more information, just check out its web site. Here you have a screenshot of how frogr 0.5 looks in the awesome GNOME 3 in my Fedora box:
> I would love to see it also in other distros (specially in Fedora)
Any reason why you are not pushing it yourself? No time/no interest in doing it? I was wondering this when reading frogr release notes, and then I read your blog post :)
> > I would love to see it also in other distros (specially in Fedora)
> Any reason why you are not pushing it yourself? No time/no interest in doing it?
> I was wondering this when reading frogr release notes, and then I read your blog post :)
Well, guess the reason for that is that I’m not very fond on packaging related tasks (specially when it comes to know the process of proposing something to be packaged in a distro works), so that’s why I went for this “really lazy” approach of releasing the tarball, providing some “homegrown” packages for ubuntu (using LP’s PPA) and Fedora 15 (using my own machine) and then asking the world for helping me to release frogr in distros, in a more “professional” way :-)
In the other hand, I must confess that the fact that my mate Berto already took care of packaging frogr for debian (whose immediate consequence is that frogr is already being packaged in the next release of Ubuntu “Oniric Oscelot”) got me even more relaxed in these matters because I kind of came to the conclusion that at some point the package would “magically” appear in those other distros apart than debian and ubuntu (yes, I kind of assumed that some kind of “automatic importing process” from debian to distro X exists).
So you see, because of one reason or another, I never got the right combo of motivation and free time to devote to learning more about these matters, and that’s the true reason behind me using this lazy approach.
But perhaps you’re right, and I should try to find the right slot to learn more about these matters and try to push them myself.
Thanks for triggering this in my mind, although I’m afraid I can’t commit to find the right time to push this forward anytime soon, so any help that anybody could provide will be still really appreciated ;-)
Oh I wasn’t asking for such a detailed explanation, “I’m don’t like doing packaging” would have been plenty enough for me, I perfectly understand this :) Since frogr became my favourite flickr uploader, and since I’m on f15, maybe I’ll look at pushing it in the coming weeks (no promises though ;)
> Oh I wasn’t asking for such a detailed explanation, “I’m don’t
> like doing packaging” would have been plenty enough for me,
> I perfectly understand this
Well, it’s not that I “don’t like it” but more something like “I don’t feel confident enough to do it right and did not have yet the time/motivation to get the knowledget to do it right, so I just put it off” :-)
> Since frogr became my favourite flickr uploader, and since I’m
> on f15, maybe I’ll look at pushing it in the coming weeks (no
> promises though
Happy to hear it’s your favourite uploader, and happy as well to hear you are thinking of helping with pushing it to fedora.
JFTR, frogr is finally on its way to Fedora o/. All the work being done is tracked in redhat bugzilla at:
Aargh!… As I already said in many places, “Users of frogr 0.5 in Ubuntu, please upgrade the package asap”