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:
The wizard was too complicated with too many pages bko
No way of sending files via Terminal or from other Apps
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
All that have been reduced to:
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
And finally, we get to one of the most requested features, sending files from konqueror and dolphin !
Dolphin sending bluetooth files
Konqui sending files!
We hope you like the changes and as always the mandatory video: Direct Link
See you in the next post: BlueDevil 1.1, The new Pairing Wizard
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
And this is the old 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.