Some days ago I had posted about the new upcoming Gnome mail application and a reader let a comment about Geary. What is Geary? A mail client app, written in Vala which seems to share many common design goals with Gnome Mail.
I didn’t know about Geary since then, so I checked it and.. Wow, it is a fantastic App, the best mail client by far, -in its special kind. But this post isn’t about just Geary, it is about this modern company. YORBA!
yorba is famous from..
..Shotwell! Yeap, you all have this awesome photo manager App but how many did you know that was a product from yorba?
There is no reason to talk about Shotwell (Shotwell Vs F-Spot) as it is one of the most famous Apps for Gnome, but yorba has more to present us.
I won’t even review Geary because it doesn’t need to. It simply rocks, just try it!
I will only spend some words in here about its installation. First of, Geary is on version 0.1 and the next version 0.2 will be released in September (together with Gnome 3.6) with awesome new features. If you want to try it and you have an Ubuntu 12.04 you are lucky because yorba gives an installation repository. But if you have another distro, just forget it!
I tried to build Geary from its stable source (o.1) and from Git, in Fedora 17, Fedora 18, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 12.04 with none luck. I even recompiled Vala in order to build it, but what I managed was to waist for nothing 4-5 hours.
However all the building issues are already in Geary’s bugzilla so I guess that will be gone by the next weeks and of course I’ll try it again and make a review. for now:
Under Ubuntu 12.04
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install geary
But there is more!
Yorba also gives two nice tools for developers:
Valencia: Valencia is a plugin that turns gedit into a lightweight IDE for Vala
- No configuration needed: simply open a .vala file and browse its symbols immediately
- Jump to definitions of classes, methods, fields, and variables
- Build your project within gedit, with build output in a gedit pane
- Double-click any build error to jump to the line where it occurred
- Use the Run command to run your program, with output appearing in a gedit pane
- Tooltips displaying method prototypes
- Autocompletion suggestions
It makes the basic features of Exiv2 available to GNOME applications.
And there is much more!
yorba also develop two more apps, that they are some inactive as they lack in resources.
They are lacking in resources but..
yorba is hiring!
Are you interested to work in yorba? Learn more!
when people love what they do!
yorba not only make some great software but they also maintain a great webpage. On there you’ll find an answer to everything. Documentation, roadmaps, features, tutorials. This is an example how a modern Gnome software should behave, both offline and online!