Category Archives: unity

It’s About To Get Easier to Enable Low Graphics Mode on Ubuntu

low-graphics-mode-switch-in-ubuntuWe’ve shown you how to enable low-graphics mode in Unity 7 on both Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 — but there’s no denying that this method is far from user-friendly.  As touched on in our earlier posts, there may be reasons why you may want to use Unity low-graphics mode, despite having a machine capable of running the […]

This post, It’s About To Get Easier to Enable Low Graphics Mode on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Unity 7 Low Graphics Mode Is Super Fast [Video]

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-20-02-56Curious to know more about Unity low graphics mode in Ubuntu? Canonical has explained more.  We first reported that Unity 7 was getting low graphics mode back in July. Since then, the feature rolled out as part of Ubuntu 16.10, and the first LTS point update to Ubuntu 16.04. Canonical software engineer Eleni Maria Stea is part of the team […]

This post, Unity 7 Low Graphics Mode Is Super Fast [Video], was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Simple Script Instantly Improves the Look of Unity Desktop

unity launcher background tilesYou can make the Unity Launcher looks far nicer if you ditch the glossy square tile that traps each and every app that appears on the launcher. There are several ways to do this. The easiest/most common method is to switch to a GTK+ theme that has replacement Unity Launcher assets. Numix and Arc are two popular Linux themes that do. But what […]

This post, This Simple Script Instantly Improves the Look of Unity Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Switch Between Different Lists of Pinned Apps on the Unity Launcher

app-tile-guideThis indicator applet lets you switch between different sets of pinned apps on the Unity launcher with a quick click. Ideal for those with cluttered Ubuntu desktops.

This post, How To Switch Between Different Lists of Pinned Apps on the Unity Launcher, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

What Happened to Ubuntu’s Innovative Unity Web Apps?

webapps-tileAm I the only person who misses Unity web apps?  The feature debuted in the Ubuntu 12.10 release, and it was, in my opinion, far ahead of its time. In one broad stroke Ubuntu valued the web as something than an “other place” to get stuff done. Websites and web services could interact directly with the desktop experience in a way that felt truly […]

This post, What Happened to Ubuntu’s Innovative Unity Web Apps?, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 16.10: What To Expect from Unity 7

yakkety codenameLast week saw planning for the Ubuntu 16.10 development cycle get underway last week as the Ubuntu Online Summit, The three-day long event provides us with a rough map on the direction the ‘Yakkety Yak’ is headed and what it means for you. I thought I’d plot some of the sketchy mile markers here, in a post for OMG! Ubuntu!, […]

This post, Ubuntu 16.10: What To Expect from Unity 7, was written by Scott Bouvier and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Design Team Ask: How Do You Use Unity Search?

unity dashUbuntu’s design team want to know how you use Unity’s Dash to search for products.

In a survey running until June 24th, users are being invited to share their approach to search with Unity’s designers.

‘We are interested in finding out how you interact with the Dash on Ubuntu, as well as with a large e-commerce website’, Canonical say.

‘Understanding our users is an integral part of the Canonical design process.’

So, as the team seek to improve the user experience of the Unity Dash, they’re turning to Ubuntu users for guidance.

How To Help

Taking part in the research is straightforward.

You need to be using Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04 and have the Shopping Lens enabled and be willing to:

  1. Record two videos of your screen whilst searching for a product in the Dash and on a website (relax, no need to actually buy anything)
  2. Send those videos to Canonical via a special e-mail address
  3. Complete a short survey on how you search in the Dash/website

We’ve been assured that the survey is completely anonymous and that all videos and data sent in will only be used by Canonical for analysis.

So what are you waiting for? Here’s your chance to help shape Unity. Hit the button below for a full briefing on what’s involved and how to get involved.

Take Part in Unity User Testing

Deadline for all replies is June 24th, 2013 – so get your skates on!

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Ubuntu 13.10 Tweaks Dash Click Behaviour

If you’ve used a recent release of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop then you’ll know that opening apps, files and folders from the Dash requires nothing more than a left-click

But in Ubuntu 13.10 that behaviour has changed. And it’s a little annoying.

Left Click, Right Click

Over in Ubuntu development land a recent change in Dash behaviour has ticked off a handful of testers.

Left-clicking on an app icon or search result in the Dash no longer opens that item instantly. Instead, a Unity Preview of the item unfolds.

Unity Previews, introduced a few releases back, and previously opened by right-clicking on a result tile, offer up snippets of information, larger thumbnails, and context-specific ‘actions’ such as ‘install app’; ‘send via e-mail’ or ‘set as wallpaper’.

But in Ubuntu 13.10 both left and right clicking on an item in the Dash will open the Preview, where a ‘Launch’ action is available.

2 Clicks And It’s Open

Applications and folders can still be opened instantly from the Dash by double-clicking on a result tile.

One assumes that this change has two main motivations behind it:

  • Increase exposure to Unity Previews
  • Meet expectations of Windows switchers

It’s possible that user testing of Previews has shown that they are hard to discover.

Think about it: how many people are likely to right-click on a result tile if left-clicking – the norm – does what they expect?

With 13.10 bringing a barrage of web results into the Dash the Previews feature really comes into its own, so making them default is a smart, if annoying, move.

For Example

For example, Chuck Hamtowski searches for ‘hamsters’ in the Dash. He sees an app result – ‘Hamster TIme Tracker‘ – an image – Hamster-In-A-Wheel.jpg – and, with the Smart Scopes Service enabled, a variety of Hamster related web results, including music and reference items, are also shown.

If this was Ubuntu 13.04 then clicking on any result would see the Dash close and the application/file open.

With Smart Scopes this would mean that clicking on the hamster thumbnail for the Wikipedia result would open his browser.

But I thought it was a picture! Why has Firefox opened?” he might say.

Showing Chuck a Preview – a snippet of useful information from which to make a decision on – rather than shunting him out of the Dash – is by far the better option. This way he remains where he is; he can see what the item is about; and, if it’s what he’s looking for he can opt to ‘View’ it in his browser.

Hamsters in the Dash - Great Band Name

Hamsters in the Dash – Great Band Name

Can Be Disabled

This early on in Ubuntu 13.10′s development it’s best to assume that this change isn’t set in stone. It may simply being trialled to see how well it works.

If you find the change really annoying you can disable it via the Dconf editor tool:

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dconf write /com/canonical/unity/double-click-activate false

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