Nuvola Brings Redesigned Preferences Dialog, More Appearance Settings, and Bug Fixes

The latest flatpak builds of Nuvola Apps bring redesigned Preferences dialog with expanded Appearance section as well as a few bug fixes.

To install Nuvola, follow installation instructions at the Nuvola Apps Repository Index. To update Nuvola, run flatpak update --system && flatpak update --user in terminal (as a regular user, not root/sudo) or use a package manager which supports Flatpak (e.g., a recent GNOME Software application with the Flatpak plugin).

This blog post applies to the genuine flatpak builds of Nuvola. If you use a third-party build, contact your distributor to find out which features are available.

Redesigned Preferences Dialog

The Preferences dialog was redesigned to bring the configuration of various Nuvola features to the very first screen under Optional Features. Previously, they were hidden under the very last tab Features.

Various options mixed together in General tab were split into two panels: Appearance, which also got new options (see below), and Web App Settings.

In addition, the wording of some labels was improved or expanded. If you have any suggestion on how to improve it further, don’t hesitate to tell us.

New Preferences dialog.

More Appearance Settings

The wording of the theme selector was improved to be more useful. The option to prefer dark theme variant has returned because some themes don’t provide a separate dark theme, e.g. Adwaita is accompanied by Adwaita-dark, but Greybird isn’t.

Nuvola attempts to guess whether your desktop environment prefers client-side decorations and enables them accordingly, typically under GNOME and elementaryOS Pantheon. However, this guessing is tricky and may not always work reliably, so Nuvola now provides you with an option to overrule its decision.

New Appearance settings.

Other Changes in Nuvola 4.11.60

Changes since version 4.11.41:

  • A crash that occurred after a click on the Close button in the activation popover was fixed. [GitHub ticket]
  • An issue when Nuvola didn’t quit correctly after the window was closed was fixed. As a consequence of this bug, the Nuvola process was hanging around with MPRIS interface, notifications, etc., but when it was activated via these interfaces, both the original and new instance exited instead of showing Nuvola window as expected. [GitHub ticket]
  • A bug causing the sidebar to always appear on start-up even though it was closed previously was fixed.
  • “Free trial” was replaced with “Free tier” to be less confusing. [GitHub ticket]

Nuvola Contributes to Good Angel Foundation

Jiri Janousek, the core developer of Nuvola Apps project, is glad to contribute a part of the project’s revenue to the Good Angel foundation. This way, he can regularly help families with children, which face financial distress as a result of severe illness. Even small monetary donations can help these families overcome a tough period.

Nuvola contributes to Good Angel Foundation.

Thank You for Your Support

At the time of writing, the awesome people listed bellow and a few others are Nuvola Patrons, who support the development of Nuvola Apps Runtime. Thank you all!

Christian Dannie Storgaard, José Antonio Rey, Ryan Wagner, Simon Law, Bart Libert, Chris Beeley, Andrew Azores, Bryan Wyatt, Balázs, Denton Davenport, Ben MacLeod, Duco van Amstel, David Wiczer, Andrew Allen, Nathan Warkentin, Chuck Talk.

If you are a Nuvola Patron but your name is not listed, you have to enable the “Show my name and a link to my external profile page in a list of Patrons.” option in your profile settings. Obviously, it is not enabled by default to protect privacy of our patrons.