I my last post, I talked about Junior Jobs in KMail a bit. Now, I want to write about the progress of those Junior Jobs that was made during the last few weeks.
I think the Junior Jobs program was a success, the wiki page where I listed ideas was almost empty at one point. Some of the developers who started with Junior Jobs later picked something else up by themselves, which is the way it should go. Especially since it is not easy to actually come up with ideas🙂
Now, without too much further talking, let me present you the progress, including pretty screenshots. Note that the order here is totally random, and also I probably forgot many things here, so don’t feel left out when you committed something that isn’t listed here.
James Bendig improved the usability of the options of the new message list. There is now an unified way to configure tooltips for the folder list and the message list. Remember all the buttons next to the quick search field that appeared in KDE 4.2? Those buttons were confusing to new users, who often didn’t discover how to change the theme or the aggregation. Also, those buttons cluttered the UI a bit. This is how it looked like:
This is how it looks now:
As you can see, the buttons have been removed. Vincent Dupont helped with converting the filter to a combo box again. But where are the options to change the theme, aggregation and sort order now? They are now in two places: The View menu, and in the context menu of the header. The global theme and aggregation now can also be changed in the config dialog. Setting a per-folder theme or aggregation is now also easier, it can be done in the folder properties dialog now:
Overall the options for the new message list are now much more user-friendly.
Bruno Bigras ported over some long forgotten features from the old kdepim 3.5.5+ branch, for example an improved recipients picker that shows the alternative mail addresses as children of the contact and has more grouping capabilities like grouping per address book category.
Bruno also added a new filter action that can add people to the addressbook automatically. Also, you can now filter messages in KMail before they are sent.
Torgny Nyblom again converted one hardcoded dialog into an UI file. I remember a year ago or so, there were no UI files in KMail, but now those keep increasing.
Jonathan Armond brought back searching by status and added searching by tag. Tags can now also be added by filters. Switching the identity in the composer now switches the template as well, if you have not modified the message already. For some people, adding the signature at the beginning or the end is not enough, so now the %SIGNATURE command is supported in templates.
Jaime Torres, whom you probably know as a member of the bugsquad, also contributed a couple of bugfixes.
Apart from the Junior Jobs listed above, there were of course more commits in KMail, but I don’t want to talk about those now. One person deserves special mention though: Martin Koller. He is by no way a “junior”, since he was listed in the KMail about dialog long before I was added there. But recently he started coding for KMail again and fixed a lot of bugs, over 30 I think. He also went through bugzilla and closed a lot of bugs there as well.
A big thank you to all the people who contributed to KMail and help making it better!
Last but not least, there has been much progress in the akonadi-ports branch. Kevin blogged about progress with the ports of the message list and the reader widget, you should read that if you haven’t already. Constantin made good progress with the port of the composer, which does not sound exciting, but it is a very important step. His work will eventually make it easier to implement HTML replies, share the composer library with other applications, make it easier to support native Exchange sending methods instead of SMTP and much more. But there is so much stuff in Akonadi-land that I really should do a separate post about this.