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.