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Release GCompris Qt 0.81
2017-09-26 
gcompris banner

We are happy to bring you GCompris 0.81.

This is a bugfix release to correct some issues in previous version. All GNU/Linux distributions shipping 0.80 should update to 0.81.

Also, we introduce a new "light" version that doesn't require OpenGL to run. This means that it should work on any computer. We provide some special windows packages using this option, and also the standalone installer for Linux 32bit is using this option. In this light version, the transparency gradient on the menu is gone, and we had to adapt a dozen of activities that will look a little different in this mode, but should still be usable.

We also added a new Download page on the website, with instructions for each operating system.

Last but not least, we now have translation for Indonesian, thanks to some very nice contributors who organised a sprint in Indonesia to work on it.

The most important changes in this version are:

  • Categorization, fix the "Shape" category
  • Categorization, fix the menu layout
  • Categorization, display score in expert mode
  • Guesscount, fix invalid result
  • Add Indonesian locale
  • Fix the missing copyright and licence info
  • Fix a font issue on windows version
  • Add a new minimal version with software rendering (requires Qt 5.8)

  • Activities modified to run with software rendering:

  • crane
  • categorization
  • lang
  • hanoi
  • tangram
  • land_safe
  • click_on_letter
  • left/right
  • hexagon
  • magic_hat
  • color_mix
  • color_mix_light

  • You can find this new version here:

  • Android:
  • The new version is available in the Android store

  • Windows:
  • Windows 32bit or Windows 64bit version

  • Windows (light version - No OpenGL):
  • Windows 32bit - No OpenGL or Windows 64bit - No OpenGL version

  • Linux:
  • If your distribution doesn't provide an updated package, use one of those standalone installers. They must be launched from command line, after adding executable permission on the file. Check the Download page for more info.
    Linux 32bit or Linux 64bit version

  • Source code

  • md5sums :
  • For all downloads: md5sums

  • GPG verification :
  • The source tarball, the windows and the linux installers are signed. You can retrieve the public key over https here: 0x63d7264c05687d7e.asc.

    Thank you all,
    Timothée & Johnny

    Release GCompris Qt 0.80
    2017-08-12 
    screenshots of the new activities in version 0.80

    Hi,

    We are pleased to announce the release of GCompris version 0.80.

    This new version contains 6 new activities:

  • a categorization activity where the child has to categorize item depending on the theme (by Divyam Madaan)
  • a guess count game where the child has to find the good operation to find a given number (by Rahul Yadav)
  • a game where you have to let the opponent put the last ball (by Utkarsh Tiwari)
  • same as above but the child plays with a friend (by Utkarsh Tiwari)
  • a checkers game (by Johnny Jazeix)
  • same as above but the child plays with a friend (by Johnny Jazeix)

  • We always have new features and bug fixes:

  • Polish lang dataset by Łukasz Wojniłowicz
  • Swedish lang dataset by Stefan Asserhäll
  • Ukrainian lang dataset by Yuri Chornoivan
  • new icons
  • updated graphics on several activities
  • lots of bug fixes
  • website translation migrated to KDE infrastructure and translated in Belarusian, Catalan, Catalan (Valencia), Romanian, Portuguese and Ukrainian
  • new mingw windows builds
  • partial translations in Greek and Hindi

  • You can find this new version here:

  • Android:
  • The new version is available in the Android store

  • Windows:
  • Windows 32bit or Windows 64bit version

  • Linux:
  • If your distribution doesn't provide an updated package, use one of those standalone installers. They must be launched from command line, after adding executable permission on the file. (based on Centos7 - will not work on distributions with older system libraries).
    Linux 32bit or Linux 64bit version

  • Source code

  • md5sums :
  • For all downloads: md5sums

  • GPG verification :
  • The source tarball, the windows and the linux installers are signed. You can retrieve the public key over https here: 0x63d7264c05687d7e.asc.

    On the translation side, we have 17 languages fully supported: Belarusian, British English, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Catalan (Valencian), Dutch, French, Galician, Italian, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian; and some partially: Breton (75%), Chinese Simplified (88%), Chinese Traditional (90%), Estonian (91%), Finnish (63%), German (92%), Greek (90%), Hindi (98%), Russian (88%), Slovak (88%), Slovenian (80%).

    If you want to help, please make some posts in your community about GCompris.

    Thank you all,
    Timothée & Johnny

    Release GCompris Qt 0.70
    2016-12-23 
    screenshots of the new activities in version 0.61

    Hi,

    just in time for Christmas, we are pleased to announce you the new GCompris version 0.70.

    It is an important release because we officially drop the Gtk+ version for Windows to use the Qt one. Everyone who bought the full version for the last two years will get a new activation code in a few days.

    Also, for people who like numbers, we are beyond 100000 downloads in the google play store.

    This new version contains 8 new activities, half of them being created by last Google Summer of Code students:

  • an activity where the child has to move elements to build a given model (crane by Stefan Toncu)
  • an activity to draw the numbers from 0 to 9 (drawnumbers by Nitish Chauhan)
  • an activity to draw the letters (drawletters by Nitish Chauhan)
  • an activity to find on which words a given letter belongs (letter-in-word by Akshat Tandon)
  • the nine men morris game against Tux (nine_men_morris by Pulkit Gupta)
  • the nine men morris game with a friend (nine_men_morris_2_players by Pulkit Gupta)
  • an activity to learn to split a given number of candies amonst children (share by Stefan Toncu)
  • an activity to learn roman numbers (roman_numerals by Bruno Coudoin)

  • We always have new features and bug fixes:

  • search feature by Rishabh Gupta
  • windows build by Bruno Coudoin and Johnny Jazeix
  • hint icon in the bar (used in photohunter) by Johnny Jazeix
  • neon build by Jonathan Riddell
  • we are now in openSUSE Tumbleweed repository thanks to the Bruno Friedmann
  • archlinux (https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/gcompris-qt/) by Jose Riha
  • package on mageia cauldron by Timothee Giet
  • package for KaOS by demm
  • word list for Slovakia by Jose Riha
  • word list for Belarusian by Antos Vaclauski
  • various updates on Romanian wordlists and voices (probably the most complete one) by Horia Pelle
  • voices added for Portuguese Brazilian by Marcos D.
  • new graphics for crane by Timothee Giet
  • screenshots on gcompris.net updated to the Qt version by Timothee and Johnny

  • You can find this new version here:
    Android version
    Windows 32bit or Windows 64bit version
    Linux version (64bit)
    source code

    On the translation side, we have 15 languages fully supported: Belarusian, British English, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Catalan (Valencian), Dutch, Estonian, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian and some partially: Breton (82%), Chinese Simplified (93%), Chinese Traditional (91%), Finnish (70%), Galician (93%), German (97%), Norwegian Nynorsk (98%), Russian (83%), Slovak (85%), Slovenian (88%), Turkish (77%).

    If you want to help, please make some posts in your community about GCompris.

    Release GCompris Qt 0.61
    2016-08-07 
    screenshots of the new activities in version 0.61

    After 7 months, we are proud to announce the new version of GCompris 0.61.

    One important change on the commercial side of GCompris. Bruno Coudoin is now replaced by Timothée Giet as the commercial entity. Timothée is a graphic artist with a long list of contributions on GCompris and in the KDE community. After 16 years of continuous development on GCompris, Bruno is willing to step down and gives the opportunity to a new team to bring the project forward. For now, all sales go to Timothée and he is in charge of the commercial support. There are no changes in the licensing nor in the development process which is still under the responsability of the KDE community (Johnny Jazeix being the most active contributor).

    The new activities are:

  • A simple wordprocessor (baby_word_processor by Bruno Coudoin), this activity is not available on mobile platforms due to issues with the virtual keyboard: if we only use the real keyboard, styles don't apply and if we only use the virtual keyboard, we can't navigate in the text, select it...
  • A tangram (by Bruno Coudoin). It starts with children friendly levels to introduce each concepts little by little and end up in the real tangram.
  • Explore the monuments of the world (explore_monuments by Ayush Agrawal during SoK).
  • An activity in which the children must color a graph so that no two adjacent nodes have the same color (graph_coloring by Akshat Tandon during SoK).
  • Pilot the spaceship towards the green landing area (land_safe by Holger Kaelberer).
  • Find the differences between the two pictures (photo_hunter by Stefan Toncu).
  • Timothée Giet updated images for chess, hangman and horizontal/vertical reading activities along with the gcompris logo.

    Lots of little fixes/improvements have been done (storing and restoring the window's width/height at start-up, docbook updated, levels/images bonus, adding an internal dataset for words games so that we no more expect the network to run GCompris (except for the voices but they also can be bundled in the binary).

    On translation side, we have 17 languages fully supported: Belarusian, British English, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Catalan (Valencian), Chinese Simplified, Dutch, French, Galician, Italian, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian and some partially: Breton (88%), Chinese Traditional (97%), Estonian (82%), Finnish (74%), German (93%), Russian (83%), Slovak (76%), Slovenian (82%), Turkish (82%)

    If you want to help, please make some posts in your community about GCompris.

    The source code tarball is available here (GNU/Linux packagers are welcome)

    For Android it is available on the Google play store.

    GCompris now available on Apple iOS Store (iPad and iPhone)
    2016-02-06 

    I am glad to announce that GCompris is now available on the Apple iOS store (iPad and iPhone).

    Two years ago I just went out with the insane project of rewriting GCompris in Qt Quick and provide a version to mobile users. Many of you joined the project and made the dream comes true. We now have a free software for children available on all major platforms and most important we give them the ability to choose a free operating system.

    We now have a solid software foundation, a vibrant little community and almost completed the Gtk+ port. There are still many things to do. I would like to see more innovative activities, we can experiment, exchange with teachers and find activities that will help them and the children in their teaching.

    Release GCompris Qt 0.50
    2015-12-20 
    screenshots of the new activities in version 0.50

    Just on time for Christmas and after 6 months of hard work we are shipping GCompris 0.50. So far we have many fixes and improvements all around in 563 commits done by 17 contributors and more than 20 translators.

    Just looking at the 12 new activities:

  • Bruno: A single player and two player chess activity. It shows the children the possibilities of each pieces and is very easy to win against at first levels.
  • Bruno: An activity where the children listen to the sound sequence played, and reproduce it by clicking on xylophone's bars.
  • Siddhesh Suthar (part of GSoC): The children is proposed a set of words. Each word is shown with a voice, a text and an image. When done, an exercise asks him to find the right word given the voice.
  • Pulkit Gupta: A puzzle with famous paintings.
  • Johnny Jazeix, A reading practice activity. Some words are moving, it trains the children to read.
  • Sagar Chand Agarwal (part of GSoC): A scientific simulation where the children click on the different stages to make up the power supply.
  • Sagar Chand Agarwal (part of GSoC): The water system. In it, the children has to click on different active elements: sun, cloud, pumping station, and the sewage treatment plant, in order to reactivate the entire water system.
  • Holger: A fine motor skill practice activity. The children must navigate the ball to the door. Be careful to not make it fall into the holes. On mobile it uses the accelerometer. For this activity we have integrated the box2d engine ( https://github.com/qml-box2d/qml-box2d ).
  • Rajdeep Kaur: The classical hangman. The children must guess the letters of the given word. To help, on every wrong try, a part of the image representing the word will be revealed.
  • Languages supported: Brazilian Portuguese, British English, Catalan, Catalan (Valencian), Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, Finnish (92% translated), French, Galician, German, Italian, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian (98% translated), Slovak (92% translated), Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian.

    A loading overlay is now available to let the user know that some actions (loading a level in an activity for example) is taking place and can take some seconds. We also fixed visual glitches in some activities due to a misuse of ColorOverlay and Colorize items.

    Thanks to all of you who step by step make GCompris the outstanding educational software it is now.

    So far 2 years after the start of the Qt Quick port we completed the rewrite of 114 activities out of the 140 of the Gtk+version. You can check the status of the port. If we keep this momentum we can expect to announce the completion of the port somewhere next year.

    If you want to help, please make some posts in your community about GCompris.

    The source code tarball is available here (GNU/Linux packagers are welcome)

    For Android it is available on the Google play store.

    Release GCompris Gtk+ 15.10
    2015-10-18 

    Bug fixes and improvements:

    • core, proper locale detection from the env variable
    • explore_wold_animals, changed the map background
    • german translation fix for letter 'b' broken in hangman
    • play_piano, fix string too large for button in some languages
    • play_rhythm, made a bigger text area to accomodate larger translations
    • add a generic-name entry in our desktop file
    • windows, set a bat file as a startup entry point to avoid the R6034 error
    • piano_composition, fix image name (eighth instead of quarter) by Johnny Jazeix

    Translations update:

    • Added Bosnian translation by Samir Ribic
    • Fixes to Catalan translation by Jordi Mas
    • Updated ALL_LINGUAS by Piotr Drąg
    • Updated Czech translation by Marek Černocký
    • Updated Hebrew translation by Yosef Or Boczko
    • Updated Hungarian translation by Balázs Úr
    • Updated Lithuanian translation by Aurimas Černius
    • Updated Portuguese translation by Pedro Albuquerque
    • Updated Scottish Gaelic translation
    • Updated Spanish translation by Daniel Mustieles
    • Updated Swedish translation by Anders Jonsson and Josef Andersson
    • Updated Turkish translation by Atilla ÖNTAŞ

    Voices:

    • Updated Brazilian Portuguese by Marcos Dias Meneghel
    • Initial catalan voices by Antoni Bella Pérez
    GCompris goes to KDE Randa Meeting 2015
    2015-08-12 

    The Randa meeting is an annual KDE sprint that takes place in Randa, Switzerland from the 6th to the 13th of September.

    Participants donate their time to help improve the software you love and this is why we need money to cover hard expenses like accommodation and travel to get the volunteer contributors to Randa. The Randa Meetings will benefit everyone who uses KDE software.

    This year, the GCompris team will go to Randa Meetings to continue and finalize the Qt Quick port. After one and a half year of development we ported 100 activities on the 140 of the Gtk+ version. We have several activities in the pipe coming from our Google of Code students. In Randa we will continue the review and integration of the pending activities, and define how we will implement the most challenging ones that remains to be ported. We will also take this opportunity to record the voice of any participant to improve our international support.

    You can support the Randa Meetings by making a donation, following the official page.

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