KDE 4: Gwenview

The default KDE image viewer has received quite some love from developers. The interface has change a lot, making it less cluttered, and there have been add some new little features.

View modes

Gwenview in KDE 3.x when opening an image used to show more information than what you actually wanted, so now when you launch it trough clicking the file in Dolphin/Konqueror it'll open just with the toolbar and the photo, nothing more, no sidebars, no anything. Screenshot of course:

That view mode you saw, is the "View" without the Information Sidebar.

Simple, right? But if you open Gwenview directly you'll get a different look, with far more data and options, incluiding a nice preview and Information sidebars. Screenshot:

The Dolphin kpart for Gwenview is simply amazing, it's beautiful, the little bar under it allow you to change the size of folders and preview, but it does it like iPhoto, totally animated.

Then, there it's the Browse view, which is essentially, the preview sidebar without the big view image part, mandatory screenshot:

And there is even more, if you hover a file it will give some nifty options, look:

It aloud you to see the image fullscreen, rotate it clock wise and inverse.

And there are even more improvements. What if I rotated an image or modified it?
That's what you'll get, a simple non-intrusive notification:

And, not being good enough, the images that have been modified get a little save button under them, always visible, and inclueded in the hover mini options too:

If you go into fullscreen mode and move your mouse to the top, you'll get this little nice looking pop-up with basic options:

Print Dialog, Extra Features and Configuration Dialog

Gwenview has the same dialog Okular has:

What if you want to save a part of an image as a new one? Easy, you just need to use the crop feauture under edit menu. You can easily use your mouse, or use coordinates.

You can resize images too, with a simple, still useful dialog, under edit too:

And, at last, the simple, almost empty, configuration dialog...:

Hey, wait, in those two last screenshots, the windows behind got darker. Why?! We'll get to that eventually :P

Once again we had come to an end, I hope you enjoyed it :)

See you next time covering: GAMES.

KDE 4: Okular

What is Okular? Okular is the new universal document viewer for KDE, it isn't just KPDF with a new name, it can read, aside from PDF, Postscript, DjVu, CHM, among others. It's KPDF evolved.

Toolbar and sidebar

As Dolphin, it has been conceptualized and designed for KDE 4, so unlike KDE 3 ported applications, it follows the "new" human KDE guidelines (a.k.a. easy to use and configure), as you can see in the next screenshot:

As you saw, it isn't bloated. It only shows a toolbar with the most important things, thumbnails and a sidebar with 4 options.

The toolbar clearly described itself, the selection tool is quite nice, it aloud you the selected part of the page and copy it to clipboard, this can be as an image, or detect the text in it, and translate it to plain text, very cool actually:

Then, there it's the sidebar, it can show thumbnails as I already showed.

The content tab show the pages of the document without the thumbnail:

The reviews tab have a lot of cool little features, you can make notes on the document, highlight text, etc, just as you would do reading a book, and, you can filter them:

The last one, show your bookmarks pages:

View Modes.

They aren't shown in the toolbar, but I believe they should, instead of those non-use next-previous buttons, because the same functionality is make by arrows on the lower part.

There are 3, inside the view menu, view modes.

The single page you have seen a lot today:

Facing pages, for looking documents with a more magazine feeling:

Overview, a way to have big thumbnails :P :

Configuration Dialogs, Print Dialog and other neat feature

Let's start with Configuration dialogs, look at them:

Those they look familiar? They are very easy to follow too, I don't have to explain them. I hope in a near future all KDE 4 applications have configurations as Dolphin and Okular.

Print Dialog is simple, sadly, Kprint didn't make it to KDE 4.0, but don't worry, it'll be back in KDE 4.1

And the simple neat feature that I liked, is the font detector :), under file, properties.

That's all for now, I hope you enjoy it reading it, as much as I enjoy writing it.

PS: I updated Dolphin article with an Embedded Console screenshot as somebody requested, and, I can't believe I forgot about it, I added some lines and screenshots showing the new open file dialog.

Coming up next: Gwenview. Stay Tuned.

Little introduction:

I was bored, so I decided start making a KDE 4.0 features/screenshots walktrough. I'll try to cover all major applications, improvements and new features without boring you.

So expect a lot of screenshots, and not so technical details about them, instead I'll cover the feature itself, not its background.
I hope you'll enjoy it.

This is article was updated on 11/13/2008

KDE 4: Dolphin

As most of you already know, it's the new KDE 4 default file manager. The KDE 3.x version introduce a new way for file management on KDE, You're probably asking yourself: New? In which way? Let me answer that, it introduced for the first time in KDE world a simple KDE file manager, easy to follow and use, because I believe users will agree that Konqueror (and don't even make me talk about Krusader) isn't the user friendliness application out there.

And now, having covered a little of it's history, let's see how it looks, and how it's an improved on File management:

As default:

As you can see, it's quite a simple interface, it looks clean, uncluttered and easy. It only shows the folders, favorites places and simple navigation tools.

And it's featuring the breadcrumb, but, for making it even more usable, and powerful, if you clicked it and doesn't release the click it will expand and show all foders inside.


Dolphin has 3 views available, Icons, Details and Columns, and the possibility to load/unload previews.

Icons is the default view you already saw.


And finally columns:

But, hey, you may need details view to certain folders, and icon view for others, so Dolphin is available to remember which setting you used for any folder automatically, so If you select details view in folder X when you come back to it, It'll be just like you leaved it, pretty neat actually (it can be disabled, if you don't like it ;). The next screenshot show what I'm saying (how can you show that on a screenshot? :P ):

Yes, showing another feature, The Split button on Dolphin aloud you to divide your view in two, making easy to drag, copy, or check folders contents easily (if you clicked the button again, it'll close the extra view).


Dolphin has different panels, they all are movable, can be on tabs, resize, and all that is animated. By default only one panel is shown, places.

Information Panel: It can show preview of the file on hover, as well as the information you may add and a it's rating, mandatory screenshot:

Folders panel: The old tree view is there too

And there's and embedded console too, it even follow your moves trough folders! I guessed there'll be a lot of happy power-users:

Tabs, zoom, grouping and easy item selection
Straight from 4.1.72

This is small update, Dolphin got some new features, the first one was quite requested (tough I sincerely prefer split mode), and those are the famous tabs

Did you read the Gwenview article? If you did, then you probably remember that you could zoom in/out folders and previews in the browser, well, this is now available everywhere

Grouping: It will sort your files per group basis, which can name, type, date, etc. It's nice looking and keeps things better organized in my opinion

If you click the group all files are selected

Easy item selection: Just hover a file, and a little plus icon will appear, if you click it, the file will be selected (if it's already selected, then a minus will appear in order to undo the selection) , then you can hover another one, and click, a lot better than ctrl selection and easier to discover too :)

The hover file:

Showing it in practice:

Configurations dialogs:

Konqueror was a little too complicated to configure (issue that still exists, since it's the default web browser), but, at least for file management now it's easy, yet powerful to configure Dolphin. As you can see in the next screenshot, it's so easy to understand, that I don't even have to explain it:

Check it out:

And all dialogs are as easy to follow:

Open File Dialogs

KDE 4, trough Dolphin, has new open file dialogs. They're feature rich, and solved size issue problems, the GUI is easy to configure trough a little menu, you can even add bookmarks, and the places sidebar is shared with Dolphin, this means that it shows the exact same places as the File Manager :)

With Previews enabled:

Little features that makes everything better:

Dolphin has a lot of small details that make it nice:
  • Animated hover over folder and files
  • Animated panels, and previews
  • If you hover a file, the complete file name will be show at the bottom, if it's too big, the lower part will resize, so it can fit in it.
  • A lot more...
You can even find youtube videos about it, however, I didn't find any video that looked nearly as good as it does when you actually use it, so I decided not to include them.

Well, this is all for now, I hope you like it, and I'm open to suggestions, I will try to make one of this mini articles per week :)

Next week: Okular, stay tuned.