Ubuntu 10.10 Message and Sound Indicator Updates

The indicator menus have seen some more slight improvements in the latest updates and they’re beginning to take shape nicely!

Messaging Menu Highlights

Messaging Menu updates bring highlighted message counts!

The new updates to the Messaging Menu have brought highlighted message counts so that new messages can be easily recognized. The updates aren’t final and have caused a slight misalignment (as you can see on the left margin of the menu), but they do look promising!

I was unaware that this change was in the pipeline, but I must say that I fully approve.

I suspect that the next step will be to configure a color change for the bubbles and text for when the menu entry is hovered, as the bubble and text are hardly legible in this instance.

Notice the difficulty in reading the message count.

Sound Menu Playlists

Menu updates bring Playlists into the picture.

You’ve probably seen, in my previous posts regarding the sound menu, that Playlist integration has been planned from the beginning. Only recently have the signs of inclusion seen the light of day.

The new Playlist sub-menu looks to be very promising and a real time saver if you’re the type of person to create mood-lists. 😛

That being said, it looks to be a while longer before your listed Playlists are of any use. The current listed Playlists as seen in the image above are apparently faux placeholders until the real code to embed them in menus is written and committed.

Sound Menu Play Buttons

In the latest updates, I also notice that the selected hot spots for the play buttons (previous, play/pause, next) have changed. Looking through the code last week I found the code behind the buttons and they are temporarily rectangular hot spots rather than shaped to form the visible buttons.

Seeing this, I spent a short bit of time writing a fix and submitted a potential patch for this to LaunchPad. In the latest updates, they’ve not yet included my patch or written their own fix, but the rectangular hot spots have been fine tuned a bit.

If you’re waiting for features to be completed or have found a nagging bug, I encourage you to download the source code, fix it and submit a patch! After all, this is what Open Source is all about! 😉

7 thoughts on “Ubuntu 10.10 Message and Sound Indicator Updates”

  1. Opera 10.60 Opera 10.60 GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en-GB) Presto/2.6.30 Version/10.60

    I’m really liking this new way of interacting with the system. It is actually making the notification area useful instead of just a hodgepodge of buttons as it seems to have become.

    Now if it could support the CLI apps I use for communication primarily, it’d be perfect. 😉

      1. BlackBerry BlackBerry BlackBerry BlackBerry
        Opera/9.80 (BlackBerry; Opera Mini/5.1.21052/19.892; U; en) Presto/2.5.25

        Alpine for email (basic I know–I used to use pine before that) and irssi for im (through bitterer) and arc.

        1. Opera Mini 5.0.0176 Opera Mini 5.0.0176 iPhone iPhone
          Opera/9.80 (iPhone; Opera Mini/5.0.0176/19.892; U; en) Presto/2.5.25

          The borrowed Blackberry mangled my text! I meant irssi and connecting to bitlebee for im and using it for irc in general. 🙂

  2. Firefox 3.6.12 Firefox 3.6.12 Ubuntu 10.10 x64 Ubuntu 10.10 x64
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.2.12) Gecko/20101027 Ubuntu/10.10 (maverick) Firefox/3.6.12

    Hi Kyle, how did you get irssi notifications to show up in the Ubuntu indicator applet?

    1. Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 Ubuntu 11.04 x64 Ubuntu 11.04 x64
      Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Ubuntu/11.04; en) Presto/2.7.39 Version/11.00

      I assume you’re referring to “NickServ” in the screenshots above. That is actually from the Empathy messenger with IRC enabled.

      1. Firefox 3.6.12 Firefox 3.6.12 Ubuntu 10.10 x64 Ubuntu 10.10 x64
        Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.2.12) Gecko/20101027 Ubuntu/10.10 (maverick) Firefox/3.6.12

        Yeah, that’s disappointing. I’m looking for a way for irssi to show those kind of notifications.

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