News

Release 14.07
2014-08-01

Major fixes

  • In 'play_rhythm' activity fixed black background issue, this activity was not usable.

Minor

  • fixed confusion around translator context in geography fixed several typo in english
  • memory*, more appropriate difficulty level
  • Added new standard desktop file gcompris.appdata

Translation update

  • Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation by Rafael Ferreira
  • Updated Czech translation by Marek Černocký
  • Updated Scottish Gaelic translation by GunChleoc
  • Updated Greek translation by Yannis Kaskamanidis
KDE Randa Meeting
2014-06-10

GCompris coding session in the Alps

GCompris is now officially a KDE application. As such, our development community is proud to participate for the first time to the KDE Randa meeting. This is an excellent opportunity for the GCompris developers to meet in real life and get in touch with experienced KDE developers. Please consider making a donation to help us finance this development sprint.
Release 14.05
2014-06-01

Major fixes

  • Exclude known symbol fonts from the font selector
  • Now the python path separator is ';' on windows. Before that it was not possible to install GCompris on another disk drive on Windows (other than C:)
  • Added missing timer images (the balloon) in the multiplication table activity.

Translation update

  • Updated Russian translation by Yuri Myasoedov
  • Updated Greek translation by Yannis Kaskamanidis
  • Updated french translation by Bruno Coudoin
  • Updated Norwegian bokmål translation by Erlend Thune
Preview GCompris Qt 0.11
2014-05-25
Just a little video showing a gimpse of our progress on the port of GCompris in Qt Quick. So far we already have 44 activities on the 144. We now have a configuration dialog box and a menu similar to the old version.
Release 14.03
2014-03-29

Major feature

  • Added support for multigraph languages in click_on_letter by GunChleoc.
  • Added a font selector in the config dialog box by Bruno Coudoin. This feature replaces the skin selector. Removed the skin gartoon as it is useless now.
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GCompris's future
2014-02-09

I have been particularly discreet for several months. It is not a sign of disinterest in this project, quiet the opposite.

In fact as you imagine, many users are requesting us a tablet version of GCompris and I tried to evaluate the different technical possibilities to bring GCompris to this world. Sadly, Gtk+ the core technology we are based on does not provide any easy way to run on tablet.

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Release 13.11
2013-11-04

Major features

  • A new activity in the reading section that presents a set of image, text and voice to children and an exercise set around them. This includes about 1000 images and voices in English, Spanish, French, and Gaelic-Scottish. The images and voices come from the Art4Apps project, a big thanks to them for providing a such useful resource (under CC BY-SA). If you want to thanks Art4Apps for their hard work please consider making a donation on their site.
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New web site
2013-09-14

Our web site was ten years old, a major refresh was more than needed.

This new one is no more based on a CMS engine but is coded in python with the jinja2 template engine and generated statically.

The site is now generated on the fly including the screenshots pages. Very important, the new site translation is managed through po files like the GCompris code base making it easier for translators to localize the web site.

The source of the site can be found on github here

GCompris clone on Android
2013-05-06

A few month ago a developer team made an iOS port of GCompris. They just made another port, this time for Android. It is available under the name 'yellow duck' on Google Play.

The code is under GPL but you have to ask them to get the source, there is no public repository.

There are a lot of activities, sadly many are not enough polished as we may expect but what this team did is impressive.

GCompris clone on iOS (Apple iPhone / iPad)
2013-01-29

I am glad to announce that a small developper team made a clone of some GCompris activities running on iOS (Apple iPhone / iPad). It is named 'Yellow Duck'.

It works like GCompris on Windows, you can dowload it for free and perform an in app purchase to access all the activities.

Of course, as they use the resources in GCompris that are for most under GPL, their software is also released under GPL.

Release 12.11
2012-11-01

The GCompris development team is happy to propose you a new version of GCompris numbered 12.11. This release includes 13 new activities, probably more than any release of GCompris so far.

GCompris is a popular high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10.

And when we say multi-activities, we really mean a lot. We now have 136 activities in GCompris!

I would like to give a special thanks to Gnome and Google for their support in allowing us to have two students working three months full time on GCompris last summer.

Here is a summary of the new activities sorted by contributors:

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GCompris on Tablets
2012-07-08

Who said GCompris does not run on tablet ?

You don’t imagine the number of people complaining the GCompris does not run on tablet, phone and tv. It is way too much work to port it. I am glad to show the world that choosing the proper hardware, developers don’t have to recode everything.

Look at the video here.

Release 12.05
2012-06-10

The release 12.05 is mostly a maintenance release, no new activities have been included. Many bug fixes and translation updates.

Beth Hadley:

  • Louis_braille activity: fixed a wrong fact

Bruno Brouard:

  • Updated French translation
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Release 12.01
2012-01-09

Bug fixes

  • Windows installer: fixed a potential directory erasing at uninstall or reinstall time. Properly erase all our files at unistallation time
  • Windows: updated the compilation chain for windows to compile against GTK 2.24
  • Desktop entry: Added the Education category
  • Compilation: Added ifdefs to compile with gdkpixbuf > 2.24 by Hans de Goede
  • Guessnumber: fixed a potential crash at exit time. Give focus on the entry box.
  • Braille fun: added audio feedback.
  • Braille alphabet: improved to audio play the letter to find
  • Baille lotto: fixed not to go back to the main menu at the end. Improved it a little bit the layour to accomodate with longer translated text. Added sound effects.
  • Shapegame: Fixed a random crash in shapegame activities that happened while dragging a piece. Minor, now clicking on the left/right image selector does not trig the ok check.
  • findit: Fixed to run on Windows 7
  • clockgame: the first levels now highlight the hour sectors to make them easier to recognize and to teach. (By Angelo Naselli)
  • Instruments activity: added a check for sound availability in the icon menu. Now the background music is muted when entering this activity.
  • Memory: minor fix in memory activity to fix their reference to their mandatory audio file. Without this, a little audio error does appear at run time in the activity icon.
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GCompris on Windows Seven
2011-12-27
Sadly, GCompris was not working at all on Windows Seven. I just made a new binary version (gcompris-11.12-2.exe) that fixes the problem.
Release 11.12
2011-11-20

Improvements

  • wordlist in Spanish: added more words to the spanish list. By Germana Oliveira.

Bug fixes

  • Updated French translation, there was a string with the text being there twice causing the gnumch activity to have the text over sized and unreadable.
  • By Hans de Goede rsvg: fixed deprecated issue releated to rsvg. wordsgame: manage depracation of the g_mutex_lock versus g_static_mutex_lock cleanup, replaced deprecated g_strcasecmp by g_ascii_strcasecmp wordsgame activity: fixed race conditions
  • minor: made bigger icons to avoid pixelized icon in desktop task switchers.
  • hangman: unsupported locale in GCompris was making this activity crash. Fixes bug https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=662576
  • core: now handle the ’C’ locale as en_US Currently a ’C’ locale was interpreted in GCompris by Catalan.

Translations updates

  • Updated Albanian translation by Abdulsalem Osmani
  • Fixed spelling mistake in Norwegian Nynorsk by Karl Ove Hufthammer
  • Updated Greek translation for gcompris by Yannis Kaskamanidis
  • Updated Slovenian translation by Matej Urbančič
  • Updated Czech translation by Marek Černocký
  • Updated German translation by Mario Blättermann
  • Updated Turkish translation by Muhammet Kara
  • Updated Spanish translation by Daniel Mustieles
  • Updated Spanish translation by Daniel Mustieles
Release 11.09
2011-09-25

New Activities

  • A set of activities to discover the Braille system. They have been made by Srishti Sethi this summer (part of the Gnome Summer of Code):
  • The history of Louis Braille
  • Discover the Braille system
  • Training using a funny game, like falling letters but with Braille
  • Braille lotto to remember Braille numbers.
  • click on letter uppercase: same as click on letter but with only upper case. Now the old activity ’click on letter’ poposes only lower case.

Activity updates

  • erase activity: added new animals from picture by Adrien Grellier and Claire Gegout from their Antarctic trip.
  • shapegame activities: now we display the ok button when all shapes are placed even with errors We also show a red cross indicating the children errors. Thanks to Arnaud Limon for the suggestion. Fixed a potential crash when a piece was overwritten by another in their wrong position.
  • Changed the combo locale system to display the language in their textual form instead of their locale code. Maintain them sorted to make it even easier to use. Now activites with locale configuration use this feature.
  • Mostly full rewrite of the click on letter activity to allow a specific configuration per language and per user. Now this activity takes a desktop formated file as input. It contains for each level the questions and answers charaters to propose. This file can be edited in the game through the config button, in this case a local data file is save under the user’s My GCompris folder and is reused. Now for each country we must provide a data file, this is much better than before where it was fully random and was not respecting the natural difficulties of a language. If this file is missing we create the level automatically from the alphabet (or from the english one for Latin based alphabet) now display the text of the question if we cannot play it for any reason which makes this activity playable even if we don’t have the voice set or the sound is disabled. Also if one letter is missing from the voice set it remains playable. Improved the graphism. based on an openclipart image. Splitted click on letter in two activities, on with lowercase one with uppercase as suggested by Sylvain Dechy.
  • memory sound activity: the tux band background image with the bsd devil is considered offensive in some country. Now the bsd devil looks less like a devil and more like a red little boy.
  • wordsgame activity: changed the text color of the falling words to be back and white I found out that reading text in color other than black and white is very hard.
  • In login.py and tuxpaint, reactivated the config button that was missing.
  • memory activity: fixed several potential crash cases when the memory was run with sound disabled.
  • Now in the hangman, we display the name of the current language.
  • Advanced color activity: fixed color names not to include _ when composed of 2 names.
  • Fixed the 2 click drag mode ( run it with gcompris -g 2clicks).
  • findit: no more ask several times a missing answer at the end of the level
  • geo-country activity: added the italian country map with 3 sub levels, north, central and south.
  • bar: added the keyboard shortcut ctrl-b do hide/show the GCompris control bar. Now when changing the level, the sound is played before starting the activity in order not to flush the own activity sound.
  • advanced_color: remade this activity based on the new findit engine.
  • details-activity: Fixed the TajMahal level. References to images was wrong.

Voices

  • New voice set for Thai by Thummarat Phromphing
  • English voices: new recordset of our english voices by Julia Wycherley with the help of Philip Morris.
Google Summer of Code
2011-05-18

We have 2 students working on GCompris this summer as part of the Google Summer of Code 2011. This year for the first time I proposed GCompris as a project and myself as a mentor.

Srishti will be working on adding activities to let non blind children discover the blind world by learning the Braille code.

Karthik will let our children discover the music world, an important domain in which GCompris is weak.

Release 9.6.1
2011-04-03

This is a bug fix release that includes the following changes:

  • submarine: Reworked it deeply. It had several stability issues. At the same time, improved the graphism a little bit. Fixed major crash in submarine that arrived when the children won.
  • click and draw: Fixed, it was not starting at all.
  • renewable energy: On some system the wind farm was taking too much CPU.
Release 9.6
2011-03-05

New features

  • Added 2 new activities to learn to give money make in a shop. This is based on the money activity but now the children must give back money to Tux.
  • Now the erase activity reads the .jpg file in its data directory instead of being hardcoded. In the erase activity we have a large number of animal backgrounds. Now these are found at run time instead of being hard coded. Also the user can add its own images in the directory /My GCompris/erase. Added more animal images taken from wikipedia.
  • New renewable energy activity. Learn about electric dam, wind farm and solar panels works. This is heavily based on the watercycle activity.
  • In money activity, we no more auto check the answer, there is now an OK button Created 3 price categories in money activtiy to make the game more realistic. As suggested by Arnaud Champollion, it is just too easy for the children.
  • improved the drawnumber activity to have its dataset taken from a file instead of hardcoded. Now we have a text file named activity.txt that contains the images and points coordinate. converted .png files in .jpg in drawnumber activity to save disk space.

Bug Fixes

  • In the submarine activity, we now destroy and reset the frigate motion when we enter the help. Not doing so makes the children loose the game while reading the manual.
  • Added a reset button for the locale in the configuration dialog. It is now easier to get back on the default locale. Sorted the locales following their english name instead of the locale code
  • Deadlock occurs if new playback is scheduled from callback. Observed with sound-memory activity, while playing ’bonus’. In this fix, the sound is player in the gtk idle loop instead of being called directly (Fixed by Andreas Fenkart)
  • Major random crash fix. In python activity, a call to gcompris.skin.svg_get() was freeing the skin object but it should not. This resulted in random crashes at any point in GCompris when trying to read the skin svg_handle.
  • Fixed code to compile with the -Werror=unused-but-set-variable gcc new compilation flag.
  • Fixed invisible cursor on 64 bits systems. The propoerty struct is now properly initialized even on 64 bits systems. Fixed by Peter Ujfalusi.
  • Watercycle activity: Added toolips to explain the different items. Fixed a minor race issue. Added a bonus flower feedback in watercycle to let the children knows he completed the level. Thanks to Clara Coudoin for the feedback, it is great to have close beta testers.
  • Added missing image files for money activity.
  • Added missing activity files for drawnumber.
  • String updates, requested translation for paintings. As reported by Friedel Wolff: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=636887
  • Cleanup, removed unused concept of activity board_dir This concept is no more use. Now we use the concept of a global package_data_dir found in the properties.

Translations updates

  • Added Montenegrin translation by Montenegro Consulting Company by Montenegro Consulting Company
  • Added Slovenian translation by Matej Urbančič
  • Much longer word list for Norwegian Nynorsk. by Karl Ove Hufthammer
  • New word list for Czech by Marek Černocký by Bruno Coudoin
  • Updated Czech translation by Marek Cernocky by Petr Kovar
  • Updated Arabic translation by Khaled Hosny
  • Updated Arabic translation by Khaled Hosny
  • Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation by Frederico Gonçalves Guimarães
  • Updated Czech translation by Marek Černocký
  • Updated Czech translation by Marek Černocký
  • Updated Danish translation by Joe Hansen
  • Updated Danish translation by Joe Hansen
  • Updated Esperanto translation by Kristjan SCHMIDT
  • Updated French translation by Claude Paroz
  • Updated Galician translations by Fran Diéguez
  • Updated Galician translations by Gonçalo Cordeiro
  • Updated German translation by Christian Kirbach
  • Updated Greek translation by Yannis Kaskamanidis
  • Updated Hungarian translation by Gabor Kelemen
  • Updated Norwegian Nynorsk translation (still some missing strings). by Karl Ove Hufthammer
  • Updated Slovenian translation by Andrej Žnidaršič
  • Updated Spanish translation by Daniel Mustieles
  • Updated Spanish translation by Sylvia Sánchez
  • Updated Swedish translation by Daniel Nylander
  • Updated Swedish translation by Daniel Nylander
  • Updated Swedish translation by Daniel Nylander
  • Updated Traditional Chinese translation(Hong Kong and Taiwan) by Chao-Hsiung Liao
  • Updated asturian translation by Xandru Armesto
  • Updated breton translation by Alan Monfort
  • Updated translation and added new word list for Afrikaans (af) by Friedel Wolff
  • Updated German translation by Mario Blättermann
  • Updated Russian translation by Yuri Myasoedov
  • New translation for Zulu by Priscilla Mahlangu
Release 9.4 (2010/11/06) / 9.5
2010-12-06
Warning: Due to a last minute packaging issue, this release has been re-issued under the number 9.5.

Major changes

  • Fixed level 8 of babyshapes. The makefile was missing all the images for this level. I reworked the files so that they lie in the resource directory instead of subdirectories.
  • New hangman activity. Icon is a a modified one from Mathieu’s icon set. The cute background is based on a drawing Franck Doucet made for our bargame activity. This activity uses our default-.xml files to propose words to the children. It is thus very important now to have them properly filled. For now I did the work for English and French. Translators, please refer to this page for instructions
  • Added details activity by Marc Levivier. In the spirit of famous painting discovery, in this activity the painting is complete and the children must put painting parts on the right places.
  • New feature in the chat activity. The user has a shared white boards now. This has been developped by Fionn Ziegler.
  • First release of an in progress tool that converts wiktionary xml dumps in an xml file. For now, it works only for French, this page tracks the progress. The idea behind this is to get an xml formatted dictionnary to create new activities in the reading / writing area. For now this is just not used in GCompris.
  • In planegame now the numbers are spoken when the plane hit the correct cloud.
  • Added missing configuration button in several activites where it makes sense. Now teachers / children can set force uppercase in click on letter, falling wards, falling letter, horizontal/vertical reading. Thanks to Luciana from sleducacional.org
  • Added missing level for photohunter by Marc Levivier
  • Added the option —disable-level. Some teacher want to be sure the children don’t skip a level.
  • Now the click on letter activity can be played also with the keybord. This has been suggested by Sini Ruohomaa.
  • Fixed reference to tuxpaint dataset. Now we display saved tuxpaint images in our image selector again. Thanks to the person in Latinoware 2010 who reported me that this feature has been lost.
  • The configuration of the ’missing letter’ activity was not working for UTF-8 multibyte characters (bugzilla). Added a tooltip to better explain the different fields.
  • Refined the sudoku’s level for scholl usage (By Sylvain Dechy).
  • Changed the difficulty level of the maze activity to make it more usable in classrooms. (By Sylvain Dechy)

Voices

New voice set for Slovenian by Saša Batistič

Translations

As for each release, many translation have been updated

  • Alan Monfort (br)
  • Aleksey Lim (es)
  • Andrej Žnidaršič (sl)
  • Bruno Brouard (fr)
  • Christian Kirbach (de)
  • Fran Diéguez (gl)
  • Frederico Goncalves Guimaraes (pt_BR)
  • Gabor Kelemen (hu)
  • Giannis Kaskamanidis (el)
  • Gonçalo Cordeiro (gl)
  • Inaki Larranaga Murgoitio (eu)
  • Joe Hansen (da)
  • Jorge González (es)
  • Karl Ove Hufthammer (nn)
  • Mantas Kriaučiūnas (lt)
  • Marek Černocký (cs)
  • Mario Blättermann (de)
  • Petr Kovar (cs)
  • Reuma Mordechai (he)
  • Xandru Armesto (ast)
  • Yannis Kaskamanidis (el)
Introducing http://sleducacional.org/
2010-11-27
picture of the sleducational group with bruno picture of the sleducational group with bruno

Back from Latinoware in Brazil, it was a great experience for me to go that far and discover how much GCompris is appreciated.

I met the organisation sleducational.org which is focused on free software in education and driven by teachers. They are making a great job in explaining how free software can be used in day to day training. They know pretty well GCompris since Frederico, the team leader, is also the translator of GCompris in Brazilian Portuguese.

To me, it is an excellent news to see an organisation taking our work further and providing a local support to teachers in Brazil looking for educational tools.

Also, I got a lot of feedback and this is mandatory to make sure we continue to be focused on the needs of our users.

And of course it gave me a lot of new ideas for GCompris, just need to find some time to code, hopefully when the release 9.4 will be released.

PS: The mug offered by sleducacional to Bruno.

Bruno goes to Brazil
2010-10-10

I will be in Brazil at Latinoware 2010 from the 10th to the 12th of November.

It will be a pleasure to meat you there and discuss about the future of GCompris.

Release 9.3
2010-04-27

This version is a minor update of the 9.2. The main new feature is that we now distribute a MacOSX version (Intel 10.4 and above).

Minor changes

  • Fixed superbrain by Julian Gilbey. In some case the proposesed solution was wrong. This is a long lasting bug.
  • Added support for MacOSX 10.4 Intel.
  • Updated icons to reflect latest art work.
  • Removed flags from GCompris. Flags create political issue. There is not always a clear relationship between a country flag and a language.
  • Fixed a typo in sudoku tutorial.
  • Improved graphism new skins babytoy by Cabaraux Stephane.
  • Improved many graphism (connect4, ballcatch) by Cabaraux Stephane.
  • Added a copy of gnome-gnuchess internally since the regular gnuchess crashes on macosx. This is activated only on MacOSX.
  • Fixed missing translation request for the "Yes I Saw it" string in the reading activity.
  • Workaround for the fullscreen mode on macosx. now set a huge max ratio hint when fullscreen is set.
  • Added an ongoing progress status at GCompris startup. This is used to avoid the long delay at startup without user feedback.
  • Fixed the audio tooltip in the bar.
  • Fixed a segfault in the GCompris dialog box.
  • New activity lights off by Bruno and Clement Coudoin. Added more simple levels in lightsoff.
  • More art work content for photohunter activity Contributed by Marc Levivier Based on paintings by Le Douanier Rousseau.
  • Improved wordsgame activity to support language selection.
  • Fixed score counting in advanced color
  • Now we give 4 chances at each sublevel. After that the sublevel restarts.
  • Fixed redraw activity, several level was impossible to complete. There was many colors in the image target that was impossible to do.
  • Fixed SDL audio backend to allow playing with effects and no backgroundd music.
  • Fixed usa map due to missing rhode island.

Translations added

  • Added Traditional Chinese by Chao-Hsiung Liao
  • Added asturian translation by Xandru Armesto Fernandez

Translations updated

  • Updated French translation by Zohra Coudoin.
  • Updated Arabic translation by Khaled Hosny
  • Update Chinese (Simplified) translation by Ray Wang
  • Updated Galician translations by Fran Dieguez
  • Updated Greek translation for gcompris by Yannis Kaskamanidis
  • Update Czech translation by Marek Cernocky
  • Updated Spanish translation by Jorge Gonzalez
  • Updated German translation by Mario Blattermann
  • Updated Norwegian Nynorsk translation by Karl Ove Hufthammer
  • Updated Greek translation for gcomprixogoo by Yannis Kaskamanidis
  • Updated Basque translation by Inaki Larranaga
  • Updated Czech translation by Marek Cernocky
  • Updated Swedish translation by Daniel Nylander
  • Updated Slovenian translation by Andrej Znidarsic
  • Updated russian translation by Slava Dubrovskiy
Release 9.2
2010-02-13

New feature

  • Created a new U.S.A map for our geography activity
  • Completed the Windows port. Now use the cute GCompris cursor. Fixed SDL audio back-end

Fixed bugs

  • Fixed geography activities. Many dot where missing, hidden by the background.
  • Fixed drawn case in the chess activity, it was ending in an infinite loop.
  • Improved a little bit the layout in the penalty activity.
  • Replaced the yellow by white the text color of the score.
  • Now the text dialog is centered in the height.
  • Added an API entry to get the current cursor. This allow the help dialog to get the previous cursor, set the default one and change again to the caller one in the end.
  • In erase activity, the sponge cursor is setback when exiting the pause state. This allow the about box to set the default cursor which is more suitable.
  • In the menu, the display of the description is now centered. Minor change, better layout.
  • In python, now import sqlite3 instead of pysqlite2 For backyard compatibility, there is a fall back to sill import pysqlite2.
  • Added a missing background to the simple color activity It is based on the artwork of Mathieu Ignacio (from the target activity.)
  • Fixed algebra activity to report the level properly.
  • Better error checking in case the database cannot be loaded or created. Before that patch, a failure was exiting the startup sequence without warning the user Now, in case we cannot load the database of cannot created it we follow the procedure: - rename the database under the name gcompris_db.broken - recreate it from scratch - we failed again, fall back in no database mode.

Translation

  • Updated Arabic translation by Khaled Hosny
  • Updated Greek translation by Yannis Kaskamanidis
  • Updated Greek translation by Yannis Kaskamanidis
  • Updated Hungarian translation updated by Gabor Kelemen
  • Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation by Frederico Goncalves Guimaraes
  • Updated Russian translation by Андрей Черепанов
  • Updated Swedish translation by Daniel Nylander
Release 9.1
2010-01-26

In short, this release is a bug fix release of the 9.0. It is mandatory for all packager to use this one due to the large number of problems we fixed.

You get the tarball at the usual place on Sourceforge

If you prefer, on the git side, this comes from the ’gcomprixogoo’ branch.

If full, the change log is:

Core fixes

  • Added support of Sugar look and feel by Aleksey Lim
  • Now the group menus are ordered based on an embedded difficulty level so that they appear in the same order.
  • Fixes to compile with GTK 2.19 by Johan Cwiklinski
  • Removed unused import rsvg in watercycle and penalty. PACKAGERS: This mean we no more need on python-rsvg.

Activity fixes

  • scale Added a sign on the scale The scale activity is sometimes annoying because you cannot easiliy see which side the scale goes. I added a sign < > or = on it to ease the task.
  • photo hunter Major rework of he photo hunter activity that can now detect the image difference automagically. This makes it easy to contribute new data set to this activity, just provide it 2 images having some differences. BTW, I added some more content to it. Photo hunter has been fixed to work in full screen and now has an explanation string when started
  • erase Fixed events on the canvas that where not taken in account. Now clicking beside the fish does speed them like it was before.
  • reversecount Fixed reversecount, it was not restarting on loose case. Now when the children loose he restarts the same level.
  • follow line Adapted the follow line to work on touch screen. This was reported by Ronny Standtke. Now not only the motion events are catched but also click events.
  • animation activity Added tooltip in the animation activity.
  • smallnumber Fixed a crash case in smallnumber activity. This has also been improved to avoid overlaps of dices. Fixed smallnumber2 activity regarding dice pair not close enough.
  • electricity Fixed electricity activity, image was referenced badly.
  • geography Added translation on tooltips in the geography activity.
  • missingletter Fixed missingletter crash uppon changing its locale.
  • erase double click Reintroduced the erase double click activity.
  • memory word number Fixed memory word number activity. It was broken related to translations.
  • smallnumber No more display the sublevel 11/10.
  • ball catch Added the manual in the first start of ballcatch.
  • traffic Simplified level for traffic. A contribution from a French teacher Sylvain Dechy who teaches in Hérimoncourt. This introduces a set of simplified level in the traffic activity best suited for children.
  • tuxpaint Fixed tuxpaint activity. Was completely broken.
  • memory sound Now in memory_sound activity the intro is heard.
  • melody Added an OK button to start the melody activity. This avoids the intro voice to be skipped.

Translation updates

  • Updated Ukrainian translation by Ivan Onyshchuk
  • Updated French translation by Bruno Coudoin
  • Updated Hungarian translation by Gabor Kelemen
  • Updated Czech translation by Marek Černocký
  • Updated Simplified Chinese translation by Ray Wang
  • Updated Arabic translation by Khaled Hosny
  • Updated Afrikaans translation by Friedel Wolff
  • Updated Portuguese translation by Duarte Loreto
  • Updated Czech translation by Marek Cernocky
  • Updated Bulgarian translation by Alexander Shopov
  • Updated Brazilian Portuguese by Frederico Goncalves Guimaraes

Voice pack

  • Several voices where not played due to name mismatch
  • Added a new Chinese voice set read out by Feng Jie and others, translated and post processed by littlebat at http://www.learndiary.com/
Release 9.0
2010-01-03

After two years of work, the GCompris development team is happy to share with you the release of the version 9.0.

GCompris is almost 10 years old and it required some deep code restructuring. This release brings many mandatory changes to make it easier to enhance, maintain and distribute.

The first major change has been driven by the Sugar community. On the XO there was a need to distribute the activities individually. Since the early days of GCompris, we had properly separated the core engine and the activities but the laters were shared in a single folder. Now each activity in GCompris have a single directory. This includes its code and its data (menu, icon, images, sounds, data set).

Beside allowing per activity distribution, it is also makes it easier to contribute to GCompris, there is even an activity called pythontemplate that can be used as a starting point to create your own.

The second major change has been to replace the old, unmaintained gnome-canvas toolkit by the more modern, Cairo based toolkit named goocanvas. This makes the rendering of GCompris much better, we now have an alpha channel and the antialiasing.

The third change is our skin format that is now fully SVG based and uses the elements IDs. This way creating a skin can be done by editing a single file instead of 70 files.

The last change is the image ratio (width versus height). In the old version we were using 800x600 (4/3) and could only do fullscreen by changing the screen resolution. Now, to accomodate newer monitors, we are using the 800x520 resolution which is wider. But GCompris playing area is not smaller because we managed to replace the big button bar to something more integrated. The full screen is done by rescaling ourself, you can even rescale GCompris in window mode.

A good side effect is that GCompris can be used on big monitor and on smaller devices.

Beside the major changes, there has been a lot of minor changes all around, it would take too many time to report all of them.

At least, I have to mention

  • The new graphism from Stephane Cabaraux for the canal lock and water cycle activities.
  • The new photo hunter activity by Marc Le Douarain
  • More famous paintings by Marc Levivier.
  • A full rewrite of the animation activity that allows now editing previous frames at will with a time line.
  • A new mode for our scale activity where the children now learn the weight units gram and kilo by Wolfram Sang.
  • I you can see, we make a lot of work and now we need your help to report us bugs or send patches to stabilize it.

Thanks to all the contributors and supporters of all kinds who provide help to GCompris.

Windows users, please be patient, I will work on it as soon as the 9.0 is stabilized.

Release 8.4.9
2009-03-09

I would like first to apologise towards the Portuguese children and teachers who have faced the translation issue.

A special thanks to our Gnome Portuguese translation team, Duarte Loreto and António Lima. They spent the week-end working on a rework of the translation under the pressure of the bad press we have been facing in some Portugal’s news paper.

GCompris supports over 50 languages and its a community based effort. Yes in some case we may ship incomplete or incorrect translations. We have always considered that we need to start somewhere and that an incomplete translation is better than no translation at all. This has worked pretty well so far because once people sees that the translation is not correct they join the project to improve it.

Over the years, the Gnome Translation team gets stronger but for historical reason I kept the bad custom to release po files myself. I now understand how wrong I was. I call again the Gnome translation team to take over the languages I still commit myself. You can find which in the po/ChangeLog file.

So this is pretty unusual for us to be in the headline. I hope this will calm down so we can go back to what we like to do, help the children learning.

Now the release notes for the 8.4.9

  • Fixes to compile on Ubuntu 8.10
  • Improved robustness, fixed potential crash cases
  • Miguel DE Izarra implemented a word selector. Now the teacher can easily put their own words in the reading and falling word activities.
  • Integrated several patches from Vitali Perchonok related to Right to Left languages support.
  • Matieu Ignacio: New original background for the target activity.
  • Vitali Perchonok provided several images from OpenClipart to replace ours.
  • Miguel De Izarra added support for a network mode to let teachers centralise their customisations. This save custom data in user_dir and make a content.txt (a md5sum like file) listing custom files. Simply put this files in a web server to diffuse in classroom. GCompris clients are launched with —server
  • Miquel De Izarra Added support for editing the content of the missing letter activity.
  • Fixed the empty date field in the admin section on Windows.
  • Now properly points use images in My GCompris/Images In the animation activity, the image selector will display all images from this directory.
  • gnet library is now enabled by default at compile time.
  • Voices in Punjabi by Ankit Sahai

Translation updates

  • af.po: Created translation for Afrikaans by Friedel Wolff and Samuel Murray
  • bg.po: Updated Bulgarian translation by
  • de.po: Updated German translation
  • el.po: Updated Greek translation by Yannis Kaskamanidis
  • es.po: Updated Spanish translation
  • fr.po: Updated French translation.
  • he.po: Updated Hebrew translation by Jorge Mariano.
  • hu.po: Translation updated.
  • ka.po: Updated Georgian translation by Gia Shervashidze.
  • nn.po: Updated Norwegian Nynorsk by Karl Ove Hufthammer
  • pa.po: Updated Punjabi translation by Ankit Sahai
  • pt.po: Updated Portuguese translation by Duarte Loreto and António Lima
  • pt_BR.po: Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation.
  • sv.po: Updated Swedish translation.
  • ta.po: Tamil Translation updated by Tirumurthi Vasudevan