31st January 2003 by Derek Kite

This Week...

Is the 3.1 the ultimate in KDE? The end of development? Not from looking at the commits for this week. Some of the less trivial fixes from Apple are getting applied to Konqueror. The user interface continues to be refined. The Kde PIM project and all it's parts are a beehive of activity. Utilities such as K3b and Cdbakeoven are actively worked on. I'm already impatient for 3.2!
I missed a couple things last week. Luboš Luňák wrote to me saying:
I've noticed you mentioned the kwin_iii branch in the latest KDE CVS digest, and I'd just like to say that Karol Szwed is working on this together with me. Could you please include his name there?
And Eric Laffoon wrote, wondering:
We've got stuff happening in Quanta CVS, we're being included in 3.1... somehow this inclusion suddenly feels like the unmentioned step-child. ;-) What do we do to get included?
Quanta, an impressive application by the way, is now included in 3.1 KDE. Feedback, even flames from readers and developers is always appreciated.

Sebastian Stein, anticipating the possibility of me missing the obvious, wrote:
Maybe you already noticed that in KDE CVS some commits occurred for kdesdk/umbrello.

Umbrello was moved last week from sourceforge.net into KDE. It should be released with KDE 3.2.

Umbrello is an UML (unified modelling language) tool. You draw diagrams and generate code (C++, Java,PHP) out of it. It also is possible to add comments to the source in doxygen and kdoc format.

Currently, there is a packaged version (1.1.1) avaible for KDE 3.0 but I'm pretty sure that we will offer a new release in some weeks for KDE 3.1.

You can find more information on the website:

Ok, I wrote this to you, that you don't have to do to much research for your KDE-CVS digest...
Of course, 3.1 was released on Tuesday to much fanfare. As an experienced KDE user, I was impressed by the plethora of features and capabilities. Check out the New Feature Guide.
KBabel announced a new version. This application is part of the KDE software development kit.
Here comes a preview of a pretty exciting version of KBabel. KBabel is a powerfull, easy to use editor for localization files (GNU gettext, Qt Linguist).

There are substantial improvements in the code base (a support for GNU gettext plural forms, validation plugins, a support for multiple file formats, a CVS support etc). Therefore, we go for a beta first.

We would like to hear your opinions, comments etc. You can reach us at kbabel@mail.kde.org or you can use KDE bugzilla http://bugs.kde.org.

Homepage: http://i18n.kde.org/tools/kbabel
Download: ftp://i18n.kde.org/tools/kbabel/kbabel-1.2beta1.tar.bz2

Major changes:
  • GNU gettext plural forms (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • Msgstr2plural - copy single text into plural forms (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • Validation tools are plugins now - integration into Catalog Manager as well (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • Non-breaking space is shown differently (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • Import/export plugin framework to load/save files. (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • Ported GNU gettext load/save to the new plugin framework (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • Qt Linguist load/save plugin (Marco Wegner)
  • It is not possible to edit raw header anymore (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • Character selection tool (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • CVS support in Catalog Manager (Marco Wegner)
  • KBabelDict module lookup using standard KDE KTrader (Stanislav Visnovsky)
  • Autosave feature (Marco Wegner)
  • DataTool to check for translations with only whitespace (Dwayne Bailey)
  • Bugfixes
Thanks to Jamie Kite for editing and proofreading. Thanks also to Melchior Franz for his assistance.

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