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Synapse 0.2.8

Synapse is a semantic launcher similar to Gnome Do or Kupfer, powered by Zeitgeist. It comes with many plugins for controlling Rhythmbox or Banshee, connect to SSH hosts, upload to Imgur, search the web, Dictionary and more.

To use it, press Ctrl + Space (you can configure this in it's options), and start typing the name of an application you want to launch - Synapse will display the applications matching what you type, based on how frequently you've used them. Or start typing the name of a file and once you select it, press TAB and select an action to perform like: copy it to the clipboard, open the file with some application and so on.

A new stable Synapse version has been released - 2.8, which brings a new theme called "Side Doish" along with a completely re-written UI, a new Related Files plugin as well as a new Places category.

Here are a few screenshots:

Side Doish synapse theme
(Side Doish theme - inherits the colors from your current GTK theme)

(new Places category)

Synapse launcher
("Find Related" plugin)

Other changes in Synapse 0.2.8 include: faster rendering and startup time, optimized Zeitgeist searches and bug fixes (including the IBus input bug and fixed SSH plugin).

These features were already available in Synapse from the bleeding edge PPA, but they are now finally available for those who prefer to use the stable PPA too.

What's next?

Alberto, one of the Synapse developers, mentions on his blog that Synapse 0.3.0 should bring GTK 3 support, an instant messaging plugin, complex actions (like file > move to > folder) and more.

Install Synapse in Ubuntu

To add the stable Synapse PPA and install the latest Synapse 0.2.8 in Ubuntu (10.04, 10.10 or 11.04), use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:synapse-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install synapse

Unfortunately, the latest Synapse 0.2.8 failed to build for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot but hopefully this will be fixed soon.

For more data providers (which Synapse uses to display various items), see THIS post.

If you're not using Ubuntu, you can download Synapse from HERE.

Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.