Category Archives: Applications

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UI Prototyping and Mockup Tools for Ubuntu / Linux Mint

UI prototypes and sketches/mock-ups are really very useful in early stage of Application development (Mobile, Web or Desktop App), it works as a great communication medium between the designers, developers, customers and users. Most of the UI designers/developers prefer – starting with sketches before jumping into the code (HTML, CSS etc). Some designers prefer sketching on paper while some prefer using some tools or both.

Sketching on paper is a good practice but if you use prototyping tools, then you can easily create great-looking mock-ups, much faster and of course it’s easy to share and collaborate (for example, in a presentation to your fellow developers, VCs or investors). For Ubuntu, native tools are also available, or you can just use the web based mockup tools.

Pencil – Free and Open Source ‘Sketching Tool’

it’s a free and open source sketching/prototyping tool. it’s a cross-platform application, available in stand-alone form or as a Firefox Add-on. Pencil has lot of great features – UI elements, icons, etc that allow you to easily create sketches for desktop and web apps.

The sketches can be easily exported to pdf, png, odt or templates (such as HTML Templates, but first you need to install the templates, Go to pencil -> Tools -> Manage Export Templates and locate the template downloaded from official site).

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Installing Pencil Prototyping Tool in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Download This Add-On (Latest stable version : 1.3.4) and Open with Mozilla Firefox (requires version 4+) to install the add-on. Then restart the browser and go to Firefox -> Tools -> Pencil Sketching and start creating cool sketches as you want.

Download Standalone version of Pencil (From the Official Page)

Other prototyping tools that you may should checkout

Keynotopia

If you want to quickly create mockups for you web/mobile apps, then you should try Keynotopia. They have lots of awesome templates and wireframing components – so you can transform your ideas into a prototype – in minutes. It works with Microsoft Power Point, Open Office and Apple Keynote.

MockingBird

it’s a cool web application, for creating mock-ups and prototypes. it’s easy to use and it has nice widgets and icons to sketch UI quickly. The application is based on Cappuccino, an open source framework for creating desktop like apps in a browser; so you don’t need any flash player or something to use this app. The personal plans starts at $9 but there is also a free plan to get started with (1 project with 10 pages).

Checkout The MockingBird App

GIMP Magazine

GIMP Magazine (#1) is available for download!

GIMP Magazine is a dedicated magazine for GIMP Image Editor! – It features design works and other GIMP related stuffs such as latest cool plugins (for GIMP), tutorials etc for GIMP users!

The first issue was available in digital format only but from the next issue there is even plan for printed edition (print on demand). The main goal of the project is to promote the GIMP and other relevant open source softwares. The magazine is available free to download (no registration or anything like that) from the site.

GIMP Magazine

Download The Sep Issue

Download GIMP Magazine (PDF)

or visit the official page (refer recommended links section) for more download options.

GIMP Magazine contains some great tutorials, design effects & techniques, resources and cool examples (as an inspiration) for GIMP users! So whether you’re GIMP beginner or an expert (you can even share your experience) – it’s recommended for you.

Recommended Link(s)

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Ubuntu Software Center for Linux Mint [13]

For Applications management, Linux Mint 13 has Software Manager by default. Synaptic Package Manager is also there, but most beginners prefer Software Manager (over the synaptic or command line utility).

In Ubuntu, beginners prefer – Ubuntu Software Center, it’s easy to use and it has a lot of exciting features. Linux Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, so most of the ubuntu apps works seamlessly on Linux Mint. Ubuntu Software Center is also available for Linux Mint, via the PPA. So if you’re looking for a more user friendly App management software in Linux Mint, then you should try Ubuntu Software Center.

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Installing Ubuntu Software Center in Linux Mint 13

In Linux Mint 13 (Maya), the software center is already available in package repository, so it can be installed in one command (without any external PPA or something, app size is around 12 MB) –

sudo apt-get install software-center

That’s All, now start exploring the cool Apps in a cool way.

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10 Awesome Apps for Ubuntu 12.04

In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, you can explore new upcoming apps or undiscovered cool apps – easily using Ubuntu Software Center. Now, some proprietary cool games are also available, besides the huge collection of free softwares. Here are some cool – collection of some most useful apps – that you must try in Ubuntu 12.04 or equivalent distributions such as kubuntu, Linux Mint etc.

Top 10 Apps for Ubuntu 12.04 users!

#1. Nitro

nitrotasks - Task Management App

Nitro is a cool app for managing your tasks, your todo list – in an easy way.

Installing Nitro-tasks in Ubuntu/Linux Mint (Using PPA)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cooperjona/nitrotasks
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nitrotasks

#2. Synapse

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Synapse is a graphical launcher (more accurately – a semantic file launcher), also very useful in searching stuffs. If you’re looking for an equivalent of Unity HUD (e.g while using Cinnamon or XFCE on Ubuntu) then you must try it.

Installing Synapse File launcher in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

sudo apt-get install synapse

#3. Miro

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Miro is a music player – that can play videos from the web, you can also download it if you want. Enjoy watching videos from the popular sites like YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Mp3 store as well as the podcasts and video feeds. Additionally, it can also do some video format conversion works for you.

Installing Miro Video aggregator in Ubuntu /Linux Mint

sudo apt-get install miro

#4. Shutter

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Shutter is a full featured screenshot application. You can easily capture screenshot of a window or a specified rectangular area – with or without a delay. You can also edit your screenshot using the embedded drawing tool, apply cool effects, and upload/export images automatically to the configured ftp host or Ubuntu One.

Installing Shutter in Ubuntu [12.04] /Linux Mint (13)

sudo apt-get install shutter

#5. Eidete

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Eidite is a Screencasting application, it’s designed for simplicity and it works! You must checkout if you’re not happy with the other screen recording application such as recordMyDesktop or Kazam.

Installing Eidete in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/eidete-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install eidete

#6. Steadyflow

steadyflow Download Manager

Steadyflow is a simple download manager, with an easy to use GUI and great features.

Installing Steadyflow download manager in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

sudo apt-get install steadyflow

#7. Zim

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Zim is a wiki application. It has some nice features (sync, links, formatting, images etc) with a nice UI. it’s really good for wiki style notes. The sync features keeps your notes updated (if you use it on multiple computer, using Ubuntu One or Dropbox) and safe.

Installing Zim Desktop Wiki in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

sudo apt-get install zim

#8. Catlooking

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Catlooking is a distraction free writing app for those who love writing and looking for a text editor with minimal features.

Download Catlooking and install it using a gdebi package installer (in Linux Mint) or Ubuntu Software Center (in Ubuntu).

#9. Handbrake

Handbrake is a video transcoder application, available for all platforms. It has lot of cool features and it supports variety of formats, so it can convert your video files for any devices you want.

Installing Handbrake Converter in Ubuntu 12.04

open a terminal and type the commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake

#10. OpenShot

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OpenShot is a simple and easy to use video editor, like a good substitute for the windows movie maker. it has nice features and it’s really good for beginners.

Installing OpenShot Video editor in Ubuntu [12.04] / Linux Mint (13 – Maya)

If it’s not already there in your system package, install it using the PPA (otherwise skip the first two commands)

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot

Update 1 : Added the ppa for nitro tasks. (Thanks to reddit users)

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Firefox or Google Chrome ? What’s your primary browser in Ubuntu 12.04 ? [Poll]

Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browser on the Planet, it’s a free and open source browser, available for all platforms. In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Firefox comes installed by default (it’s also true for most GNU/Linux distributions).

In last few years – Google Chrome has also become very popular. For Ubuntu users there are lot of open source web browsers available such as – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Chromium (The base project, on which the Chrome is based on), Midori, Konqueror Browser (Default browser for KDE based distributions), Opera etc.

So what’s your most favorite browser in Ubuntu [12.04] or similar Linux distro such as Linux Mint, Kubuntu, Xubuntu etc ? Firefox, Chrome or what ? VOTE for your primary browser – the one you use often, more than any other browsers.