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Facebook Just Made It MUCH Harder to Chat on Ubuntu Phone

dXWIf you use an Ubuntu Phone: it just got a bit harder to keep in touch with your Facebook buddies. The social network giant is blocking access to the messages section of its web app, and is shepherding mobile web users to install its native Messenger app. The only problem is: there isn’t one for Ubuntu Phone. […]

This post, Facebook Just Made It MUCH Harder to Chat on Ubuntu Phone, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Franz Makes Using Telegram, WhatsApp & Other Chat Services More Manageable

franz-tileWhatsApp, Messenger, Skype and Telegram – great at helping me stay in touch, useless at helping me stay focused. Franz is a free desktop messaging app that groups together a bunch of popular chat & messaging services in one window. And —*slow-mo air punch* — it now supports Linux. The developers behind the app say the ‘annoyance’ of needing to have ‘different […]

This post, Franz Makes Using Telegram, WhatsApp & Other Chat Services More Manageable, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Facebook Qt’ Offers Linux Users Standalone Social Network Experience

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I’m going to mention a certain infamous social networking site and I don’t want you to pelt me with rotten fruit for doing so. Agreed? Awesome. Yes, it’s Facebook app time again.

Facebook desktop apps aren’t ‘new’ to Ubuntu, nor exclusive to. Some argue that they’re not even needed.

But where there’s a want there’s usually an app to satisfy.

‘Facebook Qt’ is the latest attempt at marrying the web’s most visited website with the traditional desktop OS. It can run on Windows, Linux and OS X, but since this is an Ubuntu-orientated site we’ll only be looking at from the Ubuntu perspective.

Features

On first glance it’s difficult to see Facebook Qt as anything more than a pretty-looking site-specific browser. Indeed, the blue-themed window frame makes it clear from le get go that the app is about one site, and one site in particular.

Shunning native window themeing the app houses navigation buttons within its frame, along with an ‘About’ button and a ‘Close’ button.

When open the app displays an icon in the system tray area. This turns red on receipt of new notifications, messages or requests, and stays blue when you’re unloved. Clicking on it offers up a drop-down menu with links that open in-app.

If the entire app seems familiar then I salute you on having a good memory. We saw a similarly-purposed, though arguably more featured, GTK version in last years Ubuntu App Showdown: the perfunctory-named ‘Facebook‘.

Key features at a glance:

  • Use Facebook free from a browser
  • Get alerted to new messages, requests, and notifications

Download

Annoyingly Facebook Qt has no pre-built packages. If you want to use it you’ll need to install QtCreator, some common Qt dependencies (including libqtwebkit-dev) and run the application’s project file from there.

Everything you need, including source and further information on the app, can be found at the link below.

Facebook Qt App Website

‘Facebook Qt’ Offers Linux Users Standalone Social Network Experience OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.

Shotwell 0.14 Released With Improved RAW Handling, Facebook Upload Tweaks

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Shotwell 0.14 – You Can Finally Hide The Sidebar

A new release of photo management and editing tool ‘Shotwell’ is available for download.

Primarily focusing on fixes, Shotwell 0.14 brings numerous improvements. These include:

  • Improved RAW support & handling
  • New slideshow effects
  • Uses Facebook Graph API [Facebook Uploading]
  • Photo titles appear as captions on Facebook [Facebook Uploading]
  • Video importing tweaks
  • Option to hide Shotwell sidebar

A full list of bug fixes can be found on the Yorba Issue Tracker.

Shotwell 0.14 will ship as a default application in Ubuntu 13.04. But if you can’t wait until then you’ll find packages for Ubuntu 12.04 & 12.10 available in the Yorba PPA.

Shotwell 0.14 in the Yorba PPA