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Unity 5.2 Lands in Precise, Brings Numerous Changes

Unity 5.2 has arrived in Ubuntu 12.04, a day after the release of alpha 2

Unity 5.2 has under gone rigorously testing over the past weeks or so ahead of its deposit in Ubuntu 12.04. Along with much improved multi-monitor support come a handful of other notable changes.

Holding down the ‘Super’ key displays a Keyboard shortcut overlay on the desktop:

Shortcut Overlay

The ‘Home Lens’ no longer displays 8 giant icons; the default view now provides you with an overview of recently used apps, documents and downloads. A rather smart implementation means applications already locked to the Unity launcher do not appear in the recently used list.

Home Lens

All of the stock lenses have benefitted from a visual tidy-up. In particular the Music Lens whose filter list is now displayed over a more spacious 3-columns:

The music lens in Unity 5.2

Hide ‘Apps for Download’

A new filter option in the Application Lens will please those who don’t care much for the ‘Apps Available to Download’ pane. Checking ‘Local Apps’ under ‘Sources‘ will remove software suggestions.

Local or Remote Apps

Elsewhere the Unity Launcher has gained ”push to reveal” launcher behaviour to avoid accidental revealing it when using applications, support for middle-click pasting in Alt+F2 has been added, and  the Alt+Tab switcher now only cycles through applications open on the present workspace.

A full list of what’s new and improved can be read in this changelog.