Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Aug 2009 00:12 UTC, submitted by rexstuff
KDE The KDE team has released KDE 4.3. This release comes packed with improvements and bug fixes - in fact, over the last six months, 10000 bugs were squashed, 2000 feature requests handled, and 63000 changes were checked in by 700 people. We've already talked about this new release in quite some detail last week, but let's take a look at the most important new features anyway.
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Mouse gestures!
by bralkein on Wed 5th Aug 2009 00:53 UTC
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I didn't see this mentioned anywhere else, so I thought I'd mention it here, since it involves a feature I think is really cool.

Mouse gesture support in KDE 4.3 is really good. It's so accurate I can map it so that I write my name (Jack) on the screen in cursive and it recognises it okay no matter what the size. Hopefully my mentioning it will be useful to someone!

Mouse gestures are assigned using System Settings -> Input Actions. One of the more useful bindings is from a mouse gesture to a D-Bus call. I had real problems making this work because the D-Bus explorer doesn't make it obvious how to actually call the D-Bus function of your choice. To help illustrate I have an example of it here:

Remote application: org.kde.amarok
Remote object: /Player
Function: org.freedesktop.MediaPlayer.Pause

Anyway have a go and tell me what you reckon, I'd be really interested to see what you guys think about mouse gestures, I really loved them since I saw them in Opera even though I'm a CLI freak. Cheers!

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