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Kamis, 24 Februari 2011

Unity Update (3.4.6) Brings New "Super" Shortcuts For The Launcher [Ubuntu 11.04 Development]

Unity screenshot

A new Compiz-based Unity version (3.4.6) was uploaded to the Ubuntu 11.04 repositories minutes ago, getting one of the features you've just seen in the Unity 2D video we've posted earlier: when pressing and holding the Super key, a number is displayed for each application in the Unity launcher and pressing that number will launch / raise that app. However, in the Compiz Unity you also have a shortcut for the application/file places, expo and trash as you'll see in the video below (this isn't available in Unity 2D yet).

Further more, pressing the Super key (without holding) will activate Dash - just like clicking the Ubuntu logo in the top left corner.

Another change that came with today's update is that now Dash covers the whole screen (at least that's how it works on my netbook):

Unity screenshot

Unity screenshot

Unity screenshot

Here's a video to understand exactly how this works:

As you can see in the video above (and compare it with the Unity 2D video we've posted today), the Compiz-based Unity seems behind Unity 2D in terms of both functionality and looks but both Unity versions should be at the same level once Ubuntu 11.04 is out.

For a complete list of changes, check out the Unity 3.4.6 changelog.

More Ubuntu 11.04 / Unity news and videos.

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