Kinovea 0.8.7

I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of the latest release of Kinovea, the version 0.8.7!

The installer is available here : Kinovea.Setup.0.8.7.exe.

The main new features (relatively to 0.7.10) are the following:

* Massive work from translators all over the world -> Kinovea is now available in 14 languages.
* Measurements of line length and point speed.
* Overview feature -> Visual summary of the video.
* Export data to OpenOffice calc, MS-Excel, simple text.
* Shortcuts tab in the file explorer -> Fast access to your video folders.
* A lot of other improvements all over the place.

Many thanks to all the persons involved in testing and translations! A lot of bugs and usability issues were fixed with the help of your feedback on the various experimental versions.

If you are new to Kinovea or want a quick view of what it does:

- Quick tour (also available in Italian and French).
- List of features [pdf] – (in Italian, in French, in Romanian).


Project of the month on CodingTeam

For those who don’t know, CodingTeam is where the source code of Kinovea lives. It is a so-called forge, a site where an Open Source project can store code, documents, and organize itself.

Kinovea is the project of the month for April! (with a little interview :-D )

CodingTeam is a relatively small forge compared to some of the big players, but it offers many nice features. If you are looking for a place for your (open source) project and don’t want the hassle of setting up all the tools yourself, it’s definitely a nice place to check.


The many ways to contribute to Kinovea

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Here is a quick list and where the contributions may happen :

Provide forum support
Share your knowledge of Kinovea on the forum by pointing other users to specific online documentation pages.
Provide troubleshooting steps for their individual questions.

Reproduce bugs
Get to the bug tracker and locate the bugs highlighted in red.
Read the comments, try to reproduce the issue. Add more infos on how to reproduce, if it is only reproduced on a specific version, etc.

Participate in feature design
Threads will be posted on the forum to discuss how a particular feature should work.
Your input and feedback is highly needed.

Participate in architecture design
Discussions will be started on the development mailing list to design how a particular feature should be implemented.

Fix bugs
Check out the source code and send some patches.

Improve the user manual
A special section on the wiki is exported to the user manual.
Read the instructions and start editing pages.

Translate interface into other languages
Threads will be posted on the forum when development is freezed and translations synchronized.

Translate the user guide into other languages
The user manual section on the wiki has namespaces for some languages. You can edit pages directly from there.
Ask in the forum to have your language there if it’s not already.

(The discussion follows elsewhere)


Download stats : the 50 000 mark is behind !?

I wanted to post a small article with some server stats and see where we are in terms of overall downloads.

It turns out the stats are actually quite impressive (At least I am impressed :-) ).

Stats
version 0.7.10 – (02/2009) ~ 39 400 downloads.
version 0.7.6 – (11/2008) ~ 11 200 downloads.
version 0.7.2 – (07/2008) ~ 2 100 downloads.

So overall that is more than 50 000 downloads, which is a great achievment.

Note: These stats were computed by dividing the total bandwidth registered for each file by this file size.
I think that is more reliable than the raw number of hits on the file, because some people use download managers which register several hits for a unique download. (The raw hits numbers are higher).

The version 0.7.10 has been the latest stable version for a little more than a year now (that is going to change soon), that means more than 2500 downloads per month.


Temporary freeze : Translation call !

We are getting closer to a formal release and the latest experimental releases are becoming more and more stable.

I’m not sure about what other features and fixes are going to be included into the next official release, but I can guarantee that there will not be any changes to the interface during the next 4 to 5 weeks. (because I’m on vacation :D )

This is a good time to update the localizations, and catch up with all the new strings added or modified since 0.7.10.

So to all concerned : ding ding ding, feature freeze ! :D
I already sent a mail to some of you that had contributed to this effort before or proposed to help.

Already confirmed : Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish !

If you want to start a language that is not in the list yet, you are more than welcome.

Please add your name to this new dedicated forum thread, stating which language you are starting to work on.

I think it’s best to have at most 1 or 2 people per language for the initial translation. (Then of course after this initial stage any one can suggest adjustments).
If someone is already working on the language you could do, ask if help is needed and we’ll try to organize.

As always, this is a great opportunity to add value to the project, by allowing many users world while to use Kinovea in their native language.

Thank you !