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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

synapse

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

miro-snapshot

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

shutter

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

eidete-snapshot

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

zim-wiki-snapshot

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

catlooking-snapshot

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

openshot-video-editor

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)

Best FTP/sFTP Client for Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client is a must have software for most of the web developers or webmaster. Web Masters using GNU/Linux based operating systems such as Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc often manages their web servers without any graphical or C-panel like interface, rather they use SSH (Secure Shell). FTP comes in handy in both of the cases – it doesn’t only upload files to remote servers but can do a lot of other things such as Deleting a File, Changing File Permission, editing/saving file directly, in an easy way.

FileZilla – The Best FTP Client for Ubuntu

filezilla-snapshot

Filezilla is the most popular cross-platform FTP Client. It is a sophisticated FTP Client with simple and easy to use GUI. The program has been written in C++. The most useful features are –

  • supports FTP, FTPS (FTP over TLS/SSL) and SSH (SFTP)
  • IPv6 support
  • available in 20+ language
  • Drag and Drop
  • Site Manager and Bookmarks
  • Supports large files (4GB+) with resume option
  • Multiple connections tabbed in one window
  • Remote File editing

Refer to official site for all features.

How to install FileZilla on Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 LTS

Open a terminal and type (or you could search in Software Center) –

sudo apt-get install filezilla

Now, you can open the FileZilla and you will get a window like this –

filezilla-ftp-client

Adding a New Site/Host in FileZilla

add-site-filezilla

Click on Site Manager Icon (Top Left corner) -> New site and add the FTP/SSH account details such as host name, port (leave it default/empty if you are not sure), FTP or sFTP (Recommended, because it is more secure, but it may be little slower).

10 Applications You Must Try on Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Ubuntu has now become the most popular GNU/Linux distribution among the desktop users and developers, so now a days you can find almost any application for any kind of task, most of them are free softwares but some are commercial too.

At the time of writing this post – I’m using Ubuntu 11.10 (which is the latest sable release) – so the applications has been tested on 11.10; Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will be out, in next few months, I’ve tried alpha versions and I’m sure these applications would also work well on 12.04 (and earlier versions such as 11.04/10.04 …) or other similar GNU/Linux distro such as Linux Mint, Debian, etc. So I’ve made a top 10 list of some cool Applications that is worth trying!

10 Awesome Free Softwares for Ubuntu

10. Zim

zim-wiki-snapshot

Zim is a cross-platform desktop wiki application that just works. it is well suitable for taking/organizing notes, TODO list, brainstorming thoughts or innovative ideas. You might have used a notes management application such as Evernote or OneNote (which is quite popular) but the simplicity of Zim will make you a fan of it. The notes are stored on the desktop in a plain text format and it’s saved automatically. You can even create new page just by linking to non-existing page.

A lot of cool plugins are available to add some extra cool features to Zim. Go to Edit -> Preferences ->Plugins and enable the plugins you want to use. Some of the most useful plugins are –

  • Spellchecker
  • tags
  • Insert Equation
  • Insert Diagram
  • Insert Screenshot
  • Insert Symbol
  • Tray Icon
  • quick note
  • version control (Bazzar VCS)
  • Link Map (some sort of Mind Map)

Most of the above plugins are really cool! Here is a snapshot of Link Map view (first enable the plugin and go to View -> Link Map View) – representing the structure of my notes.

link-map-view in Zim

In Ubuntu you can install it in one simple command –

sudo apt-get install zim

Other users can get it from official download page.

9. Steadyflow

steadyflow

Steadyflow a simple and easy to use Download Manager based on GTK+. The GUI tends to follow minimal approach, in order to encourage simplicity, it’s pretty clean and straightforward. To begin the download process, enter the URL of the file, then locate the folder where you want to save it, specify a file name (although it will be automatically done by the application – so you can leave the field default if you don’t want any specific file name) then There is one great feature – that can be used to execute commands or trigger another application when the download is complete, by default leave to “Do nothing upon completion” if you don’t want to trigger any action on completion.

Pausing and Resuming download activities is very simple and there is one tray icon in bottom right corner to control the application.

tray-icon-steadyflow

To install Steadyflow Download Manager, execute the command or visit official page (for more detail) –

sudo apt-get install steadyflow

8. Pinta Image Editor

pinta-snapshot

Pinta is a simple and easy to use, beginner friendly image editing/drawing application, very similar to Microsoft Paint program. It is a free software, available for all platforms, the latest stable version is Pinta 1.1 (released few months ago). It has lot of cool features like Drawing Tools/Shapes, Customizable workspace, Unlimited layers, Full History etc, Adjustment and cool effects (e.g Artistic Effects for Oil Painting, Pencil Sketch and Ink Sketch), although it doesn’t have all sophisticated features like GIMP and Adobe Photoshop but still worth useful for quick editing, specially for beginners (probably due to its simplicity and ease of use).

Installing Pinta Image Editor in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

sudo apt-get install pinta

or Download It (older versions or other GNU/Linux distro)

7. K3b

k3b - Disc Creator

K3b is a CD/DVD burning application for GNU/Linux based distributions. K3b is a feature rich /sophisticated disc creating application – so you can create different kinds of CD/DVD – very easily using K3b.

Important Features of K3b at a Glance

  • Create Audio CD
  • Create Data CD
  • Create Mixed Mode CD
  • Create Video CD
  • CD Copy
  • DVD Burning
  • CD Ripping
  • DVD Ripping
  • Write ISO Image

Full Features List (Official Website)

Install K3b on Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install k3b

6. Pencil

pencil - cartoon creator

Pencil is a Cartoon drawing program. It focuses on simplicity but it has a lot of features – that will allow you to create cool cartoons/hand drawings and animations. Pencil is very easy to use and it is available not only for GNU/Linux but also for Windows and Mac.

Install Pencil in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install pencil

5. Synapse

synapse

Synapse is a semantic launcher that enables you to launch applications or find files/documents quickly using Zeitgeist Engine (a service that logs user activity and events, so it helps Synapse in searching stuffs semantically). Simply – start the application and kick start the apps or files you are looking for, and – it seems better than Unity’s Lens. If you haven’t tried any quick App launcher yet, then you must give it a try – as it may help you in boosting your overall productivity by cutting down the time you usually spends on searching files or starting applications.

Install Synapse in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install synapse

Now, just hit Ctrl+Space and Enjoy! (or you can launch (Vow!, that’s a Meta Launch :)) Synapse from Applications -> Accessories -> Synapse). Some plugins are also available – which can even help you in finding and executing terminal commands, take a look at the preferences section for more options.

4. Mount Manager

mount-manager

Mount Manager is a simple and easy to use Disk/Partition management software for Ubuntu users. You can Mount/Unmount partitions, edit settings/mount point, change /etc/fstab (which contains FileSystems details and used by many programs including GRUB bootloader, for more info look at man page). It is a robust, stable and easy to use, and of course it is a beginner friendly because on top right you can also read documentation about the options/things you are customizing.

To install Mount Manager in Ubuntu, just execute the command –

sudo apt-get install mountmanager

3. Clementine

Clementine Media Player on Ubuntu

Clementine is a sophisticated Music Player and Organizer, inspired from Amarok 1.4. The Application focuses on speed and easy search/play of your music files/albums. It has a lot of cool features including Smart/Dynamic playlists, tabbed playlists with various import/export options, tag editing, visualizations, supports Ogg, mp3, Vorbis, FLAC, AAC etc, queue manager, desktop notifications, go to official site for more details about the features. It is a cross-platform application, in Ubuntu you can find it in Software Center. It integrates seamlessly with Grooveshark, Last.fm, Spotify and others.

Install Clementine Music Player in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute –

sudo apt-get install clementine

2. digiKam

digikam-snapshot

digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application. it’s a cross platform Application that allows you to manage/organize collections of photo effectively, in a professional way. It is a cross-platform application. It has simple and easy to use interface.

digiKam will allow you to import pictures, organize, view, edit and share it in various ways. Check out the official site for Full List of Features and user guide/manual.

In Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 you can install digikam from terminal –

sudo apt-get install digikam

1. Miro

miro-snapshot

Miro is a Music and Video player, and you can play not only your local music files but also the internet TV, YouTube etc. Besides that, there is also an option to download the file if you want – so basically miro is a great application that will allow you to play all kinds of stuffs – from one place, it’s kind of ‘All in One’ Entertainment box. The user interface looks cool! and the application is available for all platforms.

Install Miro Music/Video Player / Downloader in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

sudo apt-get install miro
screencasting in gnome-shell

Best Screencasting Software for Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

For Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) or 12.04 (Precise Pangolin, right now, only alpha version is available) LTS there are lot of ways to record desktop – to create screencast. Some of the most popular applications include – xvidcap, Tibesti, RecordMyDesktop, Kazam etc. Screencasting has become a very popular medium for delivering tutorials, so it must record screen without any lagging or distortion, and of course the HD quality should be supported. In this post I’ve described two popular tools – out of which first one is only for Gnome Shell users while second one will work with most of the Gnu/Linux distributions.

Recording Screen in Gnome Shell Desktop

screencasting in gnome-shell
Recording Screencast in Gnome Shell

If you’re using Gnome Shell Desktop rather then the default one which is unity, then you can start capturing your screen without any extra software – because it’s a built in feature.

Just hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+r and start capturing your screen. You will notice an indicating red dot in bottom right corner. To stop recording, press the same keys again. The output file will be saved in ~/shell-*.webm , but there is one problem! it won’t record any audio. But you can fix that by recording the voice simultaneously using Sound Recorder (installed by default) and finally merge he Audio and captured screen video using OpenShot (or any other video editor of your choice).

recordMyDesktop – Best Screencasting Application for Ubuntu

recordMyDesktop

recordMyDesktop (or Desktop Recorder) is a simple and easy to use screencasting software for Ubuntu or other GNU/Linux distributions which are based on Gnome or KDE desktop. The core program is written in C language – it’s a command line tool for recording screen, while the UI has been implemented in two ways – One Python based (pyGTK) for Gnome users while other one is Qt (pyQt4) based for KDE desktop users.

desktop-recorder
Encoding Process after Screencasting

recordMyDesktop is a free software and uses only open formats such as ogg for audio and theora for video. It has a lot of features and options to customize the recording and other settings, and of course it also records audio. If it’s not recording audio properly then go to Sound Settings and correct the input device settings for audio recording. The user interface seems little confusing (you may need to provide the save as location and file name first before starting recording process) but it works fine.

How to install recordMyDesktop in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command (or search in Software Center) –

sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

Update 1. Added Eidete

Eidete : Another Great Application for Screencasting on Ubuntu

If recordMyDesktop doesn’t work for you, then you may want to try Eidete. It’s a very simple application but it works great (I’ve tried in Ubuntu 12.04). It has some awesome features like – tracking mouse clicks, colored circle for mouse movements etc.

eidete

Install Eidete in Ubuntu

First, you need to add the PPA for Eidete, then update the repository and install it. So, open a terminal and execute –

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

Update #2

Here is another one (probably the best) : SimpleScreenRecorder. It has simple and easy to use UI and lots of features to control the quality and recording experience. In my experience, it’s the best one.

simple screen recorder

Install SSR in Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder
Sound-converter snapshot

Sound Converter : Best Audio Converter for Ubuntu

Audio Converter is probably one of the must have application now a days, because it allows you to convert one audio format into another desirable audio format (songs/music for for your mobile or ipod or Android/iPhone or whatever). There are lot of free softwares available for audio conversion but SoundConverter is the most popular audio converter application for the Gnome based Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc.

SoundConverter is an easy to use application with all the basic plus cool features you could expect from such application. It supports a lot of formats – in fact it can accept all the input formats that is supported by GStreamer i.e the input format supported by SoundConverter are – MP3, FLAC, WAV, MPEG, ALAC, Ogg, Vorbis, AAC, AVI, DTS, MOD, S3M, XM, APE etc and the most common output formats are MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3), AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), FLAC (Free Audio Lossless Codec), WAV etc.

Sound-converter snapshot

Important Features of SoundConverter

  • it’s simple to use, with an intuitive interface
  • it is very fast and uses multithreaded conversion
  • it can process a number of files easily, because of its efficient use of processing power of CPU
  • Powerful Automated Renaming (also patterns and removal of unwanted/messy characters)

Install SoundConverter in Ubuntu (11.10/12.04/other versions)

sudo apt-get install soundconverter

When the installation is complete, you can drag the input files to the main window and click on Convert Button. You may want to set the type/quality of output audio files under preferences.

sound-converter-options

Visit official website for information about SoundConverter.