Select, Drag-n-Drop Text StackFolder

KLook and StackFolder are two really cool features on the K Desktop Environment. Currently, they are only available by default on KDE editions of ROSA Linux, a line of Linux distributions from ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia.

KLook is a multi-file-type viewer. It is not an application that can be started standalone, but is integrated into other applications, like Dolphin, KDE’s file manager. StackFolder, on the other hand, is a widget application that makes it possible to browse the contents of a directory, or your entire home folder, without opening Dolphin. It is similar, to the Directory Menu of the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE).

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In its first incarnation, KLook had support for viewing images (png and jpg), text files, audio (MIDI not supported) and video files supported by Phonon (see KLook: A Swiss Army Knife of media type viewers). The latest update brings support for ODT (.odt) and PDF files. The image below shows KLook displaying a document created in LibreOffice Word.
KLook View ODT Document

This one shows it (KLook) displaying a PDF document.
KLook View PDF Document

For StackFolder, the new update brings drag-n-drop. Now, you can drag files to and from a StackFolder widget. For example, as illustrated in the image below, you can drag a file from a StackFolder widget and drop it in Dolphin.
Drag-n-Drop From StackFolder

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And it works the other way too: Drag a file from Dolphin and drop it in a StackFolder widget.
Drag-n-Drop To StackFolder

Another angle to this drag-n-drop feature is you can select a block of text from, say, a .odt file, and drag it to a StackFolder widget. The block of text is saved to a file, after you give it a name.
Select, Drag-n-Drop Text StackFolder

Very cool features. just another user-friendly additions for KDE. Unfortunately, they are only available on a KDE edition of ROSA Desktop at this time. I thought some of this could ship with KDE 4.9, but do not bank on it. You may read the original announcement here.

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