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Xfce’s Apps Update for May 2021 Brings Improvements to Thunar, Mousepad, and More

Xfce’s apps May 2021


The May 2021 issue of my exclusive Xfce’s apps update roundup is out with news about new releases of Thunar, Mousepad, Xfce Settings, Xfce Panel, Xfce Screenshooter, and more.

May has been a great month for Xfce, which is still one of the lightest, customizable, and modern desktop environments for Linux-based operating systems. The star of this month is the famous Thunar file manager, which received no less than three stable and two development releases.

The stable releases bump the version number to 4.16.8 for the Xfce 4.16 series, bringing various bug fixes for crashes, regressions, or security issues, in an attempt to make Thunar more stable, secure and reliable. On the other hand, the two development releases introduced numerous new features and improvements that you’ll be enjoying as part of the upcoming Xfce 4.18 release.

Among these, there’s support for “Today” and “Yesterday” options for custom date styles, renaming of the “Create Shortcut” sendto-menu item to “Add Bookmark,” a new option to keep focus on the window while opening a folder in a new tab, a new refresh button to the toolbar, a column for file creation time, improvements to the bulk renamer, the ability to sort items by Date Deleted, and an improve UI for the Computer:// view.

The Mousepad text editor has been updated to version 0.5.5 this month, a release that finally adopts CSDs (client-side decorations), and also introduces support for plugins, along with a new GSpell plugin, a new command-line option to open the preferences dialog, a .desktop file to make Mousepad appear in Xfce Settings, support for -ve line and column values in the “Go to” location, and the ability to disable and wipe recent history.

Xfce’s apps update for May 2021 also brings new versions of the Xfce Settings and Panel components, both of which receiving various bug fixes and updated translations, as well as a new release of xfce4-clipman-plugin for Xfce’s Clipman clipboard manager utility, which now offers faster shutdown and paste functionality.

Other than that, the xfce4-screenshooter screen capture utility received a hefty update that brought new options to capture windows with or without borders and disable Imgur uploads, the ability to remember the last used extension, the ability to save screenshots as JPG or BMP, support for correctly calculating the size of a window, the ability to respect the scaling of windows, and more.

In other news, the Xfce project has recently moved to Open Collective for financial contributions, and a total of three students were accepted into GSoC (Google Summer of Code) 2021, two of which are working to improve the Thunar file manager.

Images courtesy of XFCE Nation

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