We are pleased to announce a bug fix release for Quirkos that takes us to version 1.5.2.
This is a fairly minor update, but includes 4 bug fixes people had reported:
• Quirks that got ‘stuck’ and couldn’t be dragged
• An issue with deleting sources that sometimes caused properties to have extra ‘not defined’ responses
• A bug with some CSV import that led to “ characters being read incorrectly
• A bug with docx import that would sometimes create extra spaces in the source text
As always, you can download and install the new version over the old one, and the update will not affect your licence or project files. There is no change to the file format, so backward compatibility is also maintained.
For this release, we have also created a new distribution method for Quirkos on Linux – a ‘Snap’ image. This solves several issues that Linux users had seen on some distributions, with unresolvable dependency issues and reports not launching correctly.
If you haven’t used Snap before, it aims to be a cross-distro package installation system, that should take care of most of the dependencies for you. It is included by default in Ubuntu 18.04, but the package manager snap (or snapd) must be installed first.
We’ve tested it on all releases of Ubuntu from 14.04, and Fedora 27/28. Many more distributions should be fine – please let us know if you have any issues, and we will help get around them. We are aware of two dependencies at the moment, on Fedora 28 if you are using the new Wayland driver (to replace the X window system) you will need to install the package qt5-qtwayland. On ubuntu systems using the proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers, you need to manually copy the libs:
sudo cp -r /usr/lib/nvidia-version/* /var/lib/snapd/lib/gl/
This seems to be a known issue with snapd at the moment.
Once you have downloaded it, you can install with a command like:
snap install quirkos_1.5.2_amd64.snap
and Quirkos can then by started from the command line by typing ‘quirkos’. Note that on some distros you will have to log out and back in again before bash is updated and typing ‘quirkos’ will link to the binary.
Please let us know how you get on, and as always we keep our older binary (32bit) and AppImage available for people that have had better luck with that. We hope to make Quirkos available in the Snap store in the future, which will make getting Quirks even easier for those on Ubuntu. We love Linux and supporting it, so please let us know your feedback, good or bad – there are so many different distributions and configurations of them we can’t test them all!
This now makes the 10th free update since Quirkos was publicly released more than 3 and a half years ago. However, check the blog next week for some very exciting news for later in the year and the future of Quirkos...