Restoring from backups

I’m currently in Málaga for the GStreamer hackfest. Hopefully, many bugs will perish. In the meantime, here’s a quick status update of stuff I’ve been doing in recent times in Pitivi. Continue reading

Pitivi’s startup time

So, since it seems everybody’s been talking about startup time these days, I’ll admit I tend to secretly obsess over that too. Well, it’s not so secret given that I’ve blogged about profiling work on Specto and PiTiVi before… anyway.

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Improving GNOME PackageKit on big screens

In the same vein as my don’t make me scroll post, I sent a couple of patches Richardwards to, among other things, solve one of the biggest itches I had with gpk: the fact that I had to care about sizing it up constantly on my 1920×1200 24″ monitor. Before, if you started gpk-application (or the update manager, or various other windows), it showed up like this:

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Various performance and usability improvements in PiTiVi

I have been attending the Desktop Summit since the opening on Saturday, and it’s been a great experience reconnecting with familiar faces and meeting new ones. Tomorrow, the PiTiVi and GES hackfest officially begins, in room “1.308/2″ (the building is at 24 Dorotheen Straße). Come join us at any time of the day (and since we’re slightly insane, we might also end up continuing hacking during the evenings too). This lasts until Friday.

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I really want to show icons

Okay, so GNOME/GTK+ doesn’t show icons on buttons anymore unless they are part of a toolbar or you specifically request that they show up. The problem is that because of this, PiTiVi’s play/pause button would end up not showing anything at all. Thus, back then Alessandro inserted this piece of code to force displaying icons on all buttons in PiTiVi.

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Evolution’s calendar: looking for love

It just occured to me that since I’m on Planet GNOME, I can shamelessly bribe people into fixing bugs in exchange for beer and cheese and whatnot. Wanna get drunk at the Desktop Summit this year? Then please fix these trivial-yet-infuriating usability issues that have been preventing me from using Evolution‘s calendar for years: Continue reading

On Cantarell

There was something bothering me with Evolution in GNOME 3 that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Turns out it was Cantarell, the official font for GNOME 3. While both the Droid family (Droid Sans/Serif/Mono) and Cantarell were “designed for on-screen reading”, I find Droid Sans to be much better than Cantarell for small font sizes.

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On GtkSwitch

GTK3 includes the new switch button. Sadly, at the time of this writing, there seems to be no HIG recommendation for it yet so I’m left to guess what its proper use should or shouldn’t be. I’m all for choice/flexibility for developers, but what has been worrying me slightly in the new Control Center is the possible abuse of this new widget. Currently, it’s all over the place.

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