After two months’ development, I am proud to announce the new version of Ubuntu Tweak, so called “Precise Tweak” (Sorry, I just stole the code name from Ubuntu 12.04 ).
I set the release date just one day before the final release of Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, because I want every one is able to upgrade your Ubuntu Tweak while upgrading Ubuntu. If you haven’t installed Ubuntu Tweak, I would suggest you to install it, this is a must-have tool on your Ubuntu.
If you don’t agree, let’s see what’s new in Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.0.
Let’s start the introduction with the highlights of Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.0:
- Four great features have returned: App Center, Source Center, Templates and Scripts
- Source Center is integrated with PPA Purge feature and App Center with “Installed Apps” view
- Improved Janitor with cleaning apps cache
- Global fuzzy search
- QuickLists Editor to edit the Unity Launcher
- Login settings for 12.04
- More Unity settings and new Workspace settings
The first screen of Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.0, as you can see, there’re some UI polishes compared to Ubuntu Tweak 0.6.0, the information clips are now scrollable and a new “search entry” has been added.
So how do you use it? As you can see on the next picture, it’s dead SIMPLE.
After you launch Ubuntu Tweak, the search entry will be focused by default, you can type any keywords of “Tweaks”, like “theme”, “font”, “sound”…
Ubuntu Tweak will return the results that matches your keywords immediately, and you can press “tab” to navigate and launch the target feature.
If you want to disable the “HUD”, but you don’t know where it is, just try to search “hud”. Tell me you are going to love it.
Next, let’s see the new UI of Ubuntu Tweak 0.7. In the old days, Ubuntu Tweak will eat up all the space and fill it up with large wide widgets.
The 0.7 is much “precise” than 0.6, right? And there’s one more option “Install theme”. This feature helps you install the third-party themes (currently only support icon theme).
As Unity desktop is the core of Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu Tweak is also following up by enabling you to tweak the latest technologies.
In Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.0′s Unity settings, you can disable HUD and Shortcuts Hits Overlay if you don’t need it. Also we provide you the easy to use “Reset” button (the right one) to revert back to the default settings in case you mess things up.
The Compiz settings has been simplified as a new name called “Workspace”, here you can still set the action of screen edge, and adjust the workspace numbers.
You may notice that the Login window (LightDM) has been modified to follow the user background, but there’re still something you can tweak: draw grid, play login sound, or the theme of login window.
The most exciting news is that I put four good old features back: Application Center, Source Center, Templates and Scripts.
Due to the fact that, a lot of users miss these features and some technical issues were solved, they are back, and of course, more powerful than ever.
In Application Center, there’s one more “Installed Apps” view, you can view the most common used and installed apps here.
In Source Center, there’s also a similar view called “Enabled PPAs” view, but more useful , because I integrated the “PPA Purge” feature. So now you can select the PPAs and click the “Purge PPA” to safely downgrade packages and disable PPAs.
Another major new feature of Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.0 is the “QuickLists Editor”.
Do you often use the Quicklists in Unity Launcher? It is really a powerful feature. What the new Ubuntu Tweak can do is to make it more powerful and easier to use!
In Quicklist Editor, you can add any action to any pinned icon, like the example below, you can add an “SSH” item to Terminal, so in the future you can launch an SSH session without launch terminal before. Of course, manage and reorder the items are easy too.
The Computer Janitor also has some improvements: new “Apps” category makes you clean the apps cache easily, you can clean many apps cache in one operation. And I’ve also improved the display of result, you can see the size of individual items clearly.
Oh, so much! There’re also a lot of small improvements. I don’t have so much time to tell you all, if you’re interested, you can view the release notes here.
So…No matter whether you’ve upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 or not, Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.0 is ready for you, both for Ubuntu 11.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.
Please download it from the official website:https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-tweak/+download
And it is also ready in the Stable PPA: https://launchpad.net/~tualatrix/+archive/ppa
I hope you enjoy the Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.0, and if you like it, don’t forget to like it in the following sites:
And one more thing to tell, the translations are not completed yet, please help to translate it here, so that I can update for the next release. Thank you!