This is part four of the the successful series All About the Apps, reminding us that while KDE 4 development may be fun, to watch to find great apps working today KDE 3 beats them all. This time we report on the Linux equivalent of Cubase - Rosengarden, the great Basket, KPhotoAlbum and the next version of KDevelop.
You know Klipper, the advanced KDE-clipboard? You have a large notes.txt-file
on your home-directory? Your monitor is full of yellow notes? If only one
anwser was yes you should have a look at Basket!
The author is currently working on the next version, 0.6, which makes it
easier to handle a lot more data
and has a range of usability improvements while
looking much better.
KPhotoAlbum is the new name of the
famous KimDaBa. It is a very powerful photomanager with a very strong
tagging-system. In early May 2006, version 2.2 was released featuring many
long awaited features. Currently, there is a
Summer of Code project for KPhotoAlbum which will switch its backend from XML to a much more performant SQL table. Learn more about this great app by watching
Flash videos of it.
If you're into music composition, Rosegarden
may be of interest. It's a MIDI sequencer and notation editor, which also has
basic audio capabilities (recording and playback). Connecting with
Jack, LADSPA and
DSSI plugins, featuring a powerful notation editor,
Rosegarden should fit nicely into your home studio. If classical notation
doesn't fit your needs it also offers a "piano roll" editor along with a
percussion editor. The next version should feature lots of improvement in
notation handling, along with other modes like guitar tablature for instance.
After more than seven months of hot development the KDevelop-developers are
going into the beta-stage for 3.4. On the 6th of July they released 3.4beta1
including an incredible list of new
The list is by far too long to post here, it ranges from user interface improvements to a lot of C++ improvements, a better Ruby-parser and Qt 4 support.
With all those exiting applications you should not forget about KDE itself, KDE 3.5.4 will be released very soon! Stay tuned to The Dot.