Unity 6.8 landed in Ubuntu 12.10 with support to enable/disable online search results, visual refinements and numerous fixes
During the Quantal development cycle (in-progress at the moment), Unity has gone through numerous changes, enhancements, refinements, etc, bundle of actions targeted at delivering a more solid yet feature-full default desktop interface.
Unity has been updated to another exciting release, 6.8, presenting itself as both a completion (of previously landed features) and polishing, optimizing, etc, various components.
Weeks ago, Unity gained new default lenses, such as Unity Gwibber lens, Unity Shopping lens, Unity Photos lens, lenses oriented towards pushing online-based results into the Dash via a double-sided approach, meaning, performing searches in Dash's search area, summons both non-commercial results (such as Flickr images, Twitter links, etc) and commercial search results (like for instance, Amazon's).
After shifting Amazon's communication from HTTP to HTTPS (security-wise change), the developers have landed a clickable user-friendly manner of completely blocking online-based results in the Dash.
In order to block the mentioned online bits, navigate to
System Settings-->Privacy-->Search Results-->uncheck When searching in the Dash: Include online search results
The disabling-online-results approach has been deeply implemented into Unity, touching and affecting numerous lenses and scopes, both default (Dash home, Unity Gwibber lens, Unity Music lens, Unity Photos lens, Unity Video lens, Gdocs scope, Unity Shopping lens) and third-party (Unity AskUbuntu lens, Unity Wikipedia lens, Unity Help lens, Unity Radios lens).
The latter mentioned sustained feature is definitely a plus towards app discoverability, featuring numerous use cases, like for instance, newcomers, searching an application, are able to identify and discover recommended apps from USC, 1-click away extra details about potential about-to-be-installed software, etc.
Unity 6.8 comes with an optimized approach when rendering shadows, consequently, opening the Dash, renders the Dash without panel and launcher shadows, thus both removing the improper shadows and expressing a more compact one-piece look & feel.
Opening 3 (more than or equal to 2) Nautilus instances and clicking Nautilus' Unity launcher icon, pushes the three Nautilus windows in Spread mode, mode that recently gained numerous refinements, including the ability to directly close a window from inside the Spread; Unity 6.8 adds rounded corners to Spread's windows, as well as properly theming the in-Spread windows in relation to one's used GTK+ theme (like for instance, displaying the titlebar with warm gray and black text when on Radiance).
Unity Gwibber lens gathers and exposes, along with Twitter, various extra online services, consequently, the Twitter logo expresses (as used by the "old" Gwibber lens) only a Twitter functionality; the new 6.8 Unity introduces a new lens icon for the Gwibber lens, adopting a symbolic bird-like fancy icon, monochrome bird housing a multitude of services and functionalities.
The Previews are used for numerous reasons, such as easily accessing extra details related to a specific app, functionality that exposes various buttons when on Preview mode, including
Uninstall (the "old" behavior), thus, by hitting the
Uninstall button, the user can accidentally uninstall an important app; the latest updates remove the Previews'
Uninstall button, meaning, opening a default application (such as LibreOffice, Nautilus, etc), exposes only the
Launch button (in its preview), yet right-clicking on a non-default app (such as VLC media player), displays the
Uninstall button (and the related uninstall functionality).
Various visual alignments, improved Previews' icon rendering (the musical note from inside Unity Music lens' Previews is now rendered with a decreased size), option to properly preview Ubuntu One Music Store's albums directly from Dash home, etc, and numerous bug fixes come to deliver a more refined tweakable Unity release.
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