A new release of semantic file launcher Synapse has been made available for download.

The release, coming two weeks after the application first launched, sees many bug and performance issues addressed as well as the addition of several new features and enhancements.

Three new plugins

  • OpenSearch – launch a standard Google or Google Maps search through Synapse
  • Locate – find files on your computer
  • Gnome screensaver – quickly lock your screen through Synapse

Better theming

Want a dark Synapse? You can now override Synapse’s default themeing by using a custom ‘gtkrc’ file.

Application indicator

Already landed in a previous update but now has the ability to turn it off.

Better results

Your most frequently used apps will be logged and offered up first thanks a newly implemented relevancy service using Zeitgeist.

Adaptive to you

Finally, and this is a much welcome improvement for many, support for ‘basic transliteration when searching for applications’ has been added; users of non-english languages will not need to enter accented characters to bring up search results.


Ubuntu users can automatically upgrade using the Synapse PPA @ ppa:synapse-core/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:synapse-core/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install synapse

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