Kronometer 2.0 released
Kronometer 2.0, the next major version of Kronometer, is now publicly available. This is the result of the port to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5, started one year ago.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the Start, Pause, Reset and Lap actions are now powered by Breeze icons. Kronometer got also a new, beautiful, application icon designed by Ken Vermette (thanks!).
This is the biggest change in this release. In order to save a Kronometer session, now you don’t have to deal with weird XML files anymore. Just click Save and choose a name for the session that you want to save. Kronometer will save the session for you under the hood, in a global sessions file. To open a saved session, a new, simple dialog is available:
If you suspend or hibernate your computer while a stopwatch is running, Kronometer will automatically pause that stopwatch for you. When you resume your system, you can resume the paused stopwatch as well, instead of finding an already running stopwatch. Note that this feature is only available on systemd/logind distributions at the moment.
There are also many other bugfixes and improvements: a more polished User Interface and Settings dialog, more reasonable settings and defaults, a new manual page available from command line. The complete changelog is available in the changelog page.
At the time of writing, there is only an AUR package available. I used to maintain a bunch of compiled packages for the old KDE4 version of Kronometer, but I have not yet updated them and I’m not sure I will. My hope is that official packages from the main distributions will be available in the next weeks. There is already some effort from Opensuse, Debian and Fedora packagers. Stay tuned for more news about this!
An official ebuild for Kronometer has been quickly provided by Gentoo! Thanks guys.
Kronometer 2.0.1 is already available, with a small fix to the default height of the Kronometer window.