BlueDevil 1.1, Three different ways of sending files.

Let’s talk about “File Sending” in BlueDevil 1.1, and area that has been highly improved in this version.

We had mainly three complains about the 1.0 version:

  1. The wizard was too complicated with too many pages bko
  2. No way of sending files via Terminal or from other Apps
  3. No way of sending files from Konqueror/Dolphin

I’d like to remark one thing before continuing, the first point of the list was reported in a proper way in the right place, by adding a bug in http://bugs.kde.org , and the process until we get the right solution was “beautiful”, getting feedback from a different user of who reported the bug int he first place. So please! instead of comment blogs, if you want to be sure that you feature is not going to get lost, report it on the bko, we will be glad to help you in any way we can.

So, let’s start by showing the old wizard process:

BlueDevil old send files

BlueDevil old send files

All that have been reduced to:

New wizard single step

New wizard single step

Quite an improvement, eh? idea inspired by Martin Koller at bko

Then, we had the terminal/application problem, solved by adding 2 new options:

New terminal options

New terminal options

 

And finally, we get to one of the most requested features, sending files from konqueror and dolphin !

Dolphin sending bluetooth files

Dolphin sending bluetooth files

Konqui sending files!

Konqui sending files!

We hope you like the changes and as always the mandatory video:
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See you in the next post: BlueDevil 1.1, The new Pairing Wizard

BlueDevil 1.1, the new SystemTray

With the 1.1 BlueDevil version, the system tray has been improved adding new features as well of revising the usability, this is the new aspect:

BlueDevil 1.1 system tray

BlueDevil 1.1 system tray

And this is the old 1.0 system tray:

BlueDevil 1.0 system tray

BlueDevil 1.0 system tray

A few changes can be notice here:

  • The most common actions have been placed at the top and at the bottom
  • The configuration action have been merged to just “Configure Bluetooth”
  • The list of known devices is homogenous with no separator between types
  • Active/Disable discoverable mode has been added
  • Added “Turn off” for
  • Small overlay icon indicating that at least there is one device connected
  • Tooltip (not visible at the screenshot) indicating if there is any activity

We’re now quite happy with our most important interface, its usage is fast and it is feature complete, because of that no new changes are expected, though we may work on a plasmoid to replace it, but that is at least for +2 versions.

And, here it is the mandatory video:
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Next review: Three different ways of sending files.

BlueDevil 1.0.4 released

Fourth patch version or our KDE Bluetooth Stack, this time containing an important fix:

  • Unregister the agent correctly (important)
  • Don’t launch the wizard if the input device doesn’t require pairing

Downloads:

BlueDevil tarball:
md5sum: 016e8b048bd834548a436fb0440667a9
download: here

Note:
This version, as the one before (1.0.3) depends on libbluedevil 1.8.1, so be sure to ship them both!

The tag and tarball for 1.1 are done, I will try to publish a graphic/video changelog shortly!

 

New BlueDevil releases are coming

In a few days we will be released the fourth “patch version” of our KDE Bluetooth stack together with the second “featured version” 1.1.

After that point, we will be changing our release policy to a “Release Soon Release Often”, which is the natural next step since BlueDevil reaching maturity.

For the next days, I will try to make a post each day explaining the new features and changes in BlueDevil 1.1.

Cheers and Happy Hacking!