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Kupfer is a quick launcher (like Gnome DO or Synapse) which comes with many very useful plugins but always lacked a nice user interface. Well, an update today finally brings some UI love for Kupfer. Check out the new Kupfer interface:

Kupfer 205


Further more, you can theme it however you want - see this page for info: http://kaizer.se/wiki/kupfer/GTKTheming.html


You can also select the icon style you want Kupfer to use: GTK+, Ascii or Unicode:

Kupfer

Kupfer


The icon set can be changed from the Kupfer Preferences (no, I don't know who the dude in the Kupfer Preferences window is):

Kupfer preferences


Besides the interface changes, there are some other new features in the latest Kupfer v205 worth mentioning:
  • Add context action "Set X as default action for object Y"
  • Implement a preedit widget for input methods, also resolving the incompatibility with ibus so it should fix the issues with non-English languages


Install Kupfer v205 in Ubuntu


Kupfer quicklauncher

Add the Kupfer PPA and install the latest v205 in Ubuntu Maverick and Natty using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kupfer-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kupfer


Don't know how to use Kupfer? Check out its new HELP page and user manual. There's also a page with quick usage tips @ Gnome.org.
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