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Michael Hall

Convergent File ManagerConvergence is going to be a major theme for Ubuntu 14.04, not just at the OS and Unity 8 levels, but also for the apps that run on it. The Core Apps, those apps that were developed by the community and included by default in the last release, are no exception to this. We want to make sure they all converge neatly and usefully on both a tablet and on the desktop. So once again we are asking for community design input, this time to take the existing application interfaces and extend them to new form factors.

How to submit your designs

We have detailed the kind of features we want to see for each of the Core Apps on a Convergence wiki page. If you have a convergence design idea you would like to submit, send it as a file attachment or link to it online in an email to design@canonical.com along with any additional notes, descriptions, or user stories.  The design team will be reviewing the submitted designs live on their bi-weekly Design Clinics (Dec 4th and Dec 18th) at 1400 UTC.  But before you submit your ideas, keep reading to see what they should include.

Extend what’s there

We don’t want to add too many features this cycle, there’s going to be enough work to do just building the convergence into the app.  Use the existing features and designs as your starting point, and re-imagine those same features and designs on a tablet or desktop.  Design new features or modify existing ones when it makes the experience better on a different form factor, but remember that we want the user to experience it as the same application across the board, so try and keep the differences to a minimum.

Form follows function

There’s more to a good design than just a good looking UI, especially when designing convergence.  Make sure that you take the user’s activity into account, plan out how they will access the different features of the app, make sure it’s both intuitive and simple.  The more detail you put into this the more likely you are to discover possible problems with your designs, or come up with better solutions that you had originally intended.

Think outside the screen

There is more to convergence that just a different screen size, and your designs should take that into consideration.  While it’s important to make good use of the added space in the UI, think about how the user is going to interact with it.  You hold a tablet differently than you do a phone, so make sure your designs work well there.

On the desktop you have even more to think about, when the user has a keyboard and mouse, but likely not a touch screen, you want to make sure the interface isn’t cumbersome.  Think about how scrolling will be different too, while it’s easy to swipe both vertically and horizontally on a phone or tablet, you usually only have a vertical scroll wheel on a desktop mouse.  But, you also have more precise control over a mouse pointer than you do with a finger-tip, so your interface should take advantage of that too.

Resources available to you

Now that you know what’s needed, here are some resources to help you.  Once again we have our community Balsamiq account available to anybody who wants to use it to create mockups (email me if you need an account).  I have created a new project for Core Apps Convergence that you can use to add your designs.  You can then submit links to your designs to the Design Team’s email above.  The Design Team has also provided a detailed Design Guide for Ubuntu SDK apps, including a section on Responsive Layouts that give some suggested patterns for different form factors.  You can also choose to use any tools you are comfortable with, as long as they Design Team and community developers can view it.

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John Pugh

Oh boy. June stormed in and the May installment is late! Not much changed at the top. The Northern Hemisphere spring storms keep Stormcloud at the top with Fluendo DVD staying put at the number two spot. Steam continues its top of the chart spree on the Free Top 10.

Want to develop for the new Phone and Tablet OS, Ubuntu Touch? Be sure to check out the “Go Mobile” site for details.

Top 10 paid apps

  1. Stormcloud
  2. Fluendo DVD Player
  3. Filebot
  4. Quick ‘n Easy Web Builder
  5. MC-Launcher
  6. Mini Minecraft Launcher
  7. Braid
  8. UberWriter
  9. Drawers
  10. Bastion

Top 10 free apps

  1. Steam
  2. Motorbike
  3. Master PDF Editor
  4. Youtube to MP3
  5. Screencloud
  6. Nitro
  7. Splashtop Remote Desktop App for Linux
  8. CrossOver (Trial)
  9. Plex Media Server
  10. IntelliJ IDEA 12 Community Edition

Would you like to see your app featured in this list and on millions of user’s computers? It’s a lot easier than you think:

Notes:

  • The lists of top 10 app downloads includes only those applications submitted through My Apps on the Ubuntu App Developer Site. For more information about of usage of other applications in the Ubuntu archive, check out the Ubuntu Popularity Contest statistics.
  • The top 10 free apps list contains gratis applications that are distributed under different types of licenses, some of which may not be open source. For detailed license information, please check each application’s description in the Ubuntu Software Center.

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John Pugh

 

 

MumboJumbo, a leading developer and publisher of casual games,  has added four titlesto the Ubuntu Software Center. Chainz Galaxy, 7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour, Unlikely Suspects, and Midnight Mysteries3 Devil on the Mississippi are now available for Ubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 11.04. The same titles will be available for Ubuntu 11.10 very soon.

Chainz Galaxy

Chainz Galaxy is a puzzle game where the user twists links to create link-matches of three or more to clear the board. You earn bonuses by getting power-ups and gathering charms.

7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour

7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour is an all new release in the 7 Wonders series. In this game you’ll take a fantastic journey to some of the most enchanting sites in mythology and folklore.  With a team of master builders, you’ll match colorful runes to collect the building blocks needed for Camelot, El Dorado, Atlantis, Shangri-La, and many others.  Build all 7 Wonders and then unlock a magical 8th location, Nazca Valley!

Unlikely Suspects

Unlikely Suspects is a hidden object whodunit where you track 16 criminals across the globe! The Superintendent of Interpol needs your help to sort through evidence and decipher clues. With over 4,000 different outcomes, there’s always a new case to crack!

Midnight Mysteries 3 Devil on the Mississippi

In Midnight Mysteries 3 Devil on the Mississippi Mark Twain’s fleeing ghost begs you to free his soul from demons, both literal and emotional. Find objects and solve puzzles to unravel the mystery behind Shakspeare’s identity, squash the awakened evil spirit, and set history straight!

Check out these new titles in the Ubuntu Software Center today! If you have an application you wish to include in the Software Center submit it today in the MyApps portal on the Ubuntu App Developers site.

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John Pugh

Things are really ramping up with submissions into the Ubuntu Software Center. With a app per day being submitted, the packaging team is getting busy keeping up with the cool applications arriving!

TRAUMA is likely the most interesting new submission. Very unique. You are in the mind of a traumatized young woman as she has just been in a car accident. You experience her dreams in a interactive way.

Check out the trailer:

Buy TRAUMA from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Books and Magazines

We also added some magazines to the mix. Several recent issues of Ubuntu User magazine by Linux New Media are available on the Software Center. You can find the most recent issues up through Ubuntu User issue #9 which has a section dedicated to Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity. Keep your eyes peeled for book titles about Linux and Ubuntu arriving soon.

Photobomb

Another really interesting title recently released is called Photobomb. It’s described as a “Easy and Social Image Editor”. It’s like a mashup tool for your images. Pretty slick and at $2.99 it’s a cinch to check out. Go buy it and provide some feedback today.

We have some very cool submissions pending the packaging process in the queue. Thanks to all of our interested developers out there we have officially backed up the packaging team! Don’t worry though…we’ll soon work through that backlog and have a lot of new and interesting titles showing up regularly in the software center.

Check them out, provide some feeback, and even submit more!
To submit a new application go to https://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com

And one last thing – keep your eye out for the updated developer.ubuntu.com website coming in early October!

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