Weekly Feature Digest 28 – Photos of the new AppCafe re-design.
Hey everyone just a quick update tonight as much of the work has been the same as last week :). I’ve uploaded a couple of pics to show how the new AppCafe integration with pkgng will look. In the first picture below you’ll see a similar looking app information screen with some sweet new features. The biggest thing you might notice right away is the 5 star rating system in the top left corner under “Firefox”. In the new AppCafe clicking the stars will immediately pop-up the app’s wiki page allowing you to rate the program. We are also looking into the ability to add comments as well that will also populate into AppCafe. Also many programs (especially GUI based applications) will have screenshots in AppCafe to allow you to check them out before you download them to your system.
Notice below right this is the main “installed applications” screen. Here you’ll be able to view all of your installed apps and also filter them based on a few presets built into AppCafe. Similar to the package manager, the new AppCafe will pull more information from the package repository about installed packages for you to review.
Important Correction: I realized after talking with Kris and Ken that I was slightly confused over the new role of pkgng and how it will affect PC-BSD going forward. pkgng is replacing the PBI system in future versions of PC-BSD and AppCafe. PBI’s will be immediately & automatically converted over to use pkgng instead once users update to the next big PC-BSD release. If you have any further questions we will be glad to answer them for you, and I aplogize for the information discrepancy!
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