ANNOUNCE: Cheese 3.5.3 released

Initial rough port to GMenu for application-wide menu support. Also lots of fixes, big and small, thanks to Hans de Goede.

what is it?
Take photos and videos with your webcam, with fun graphical effects

what's changed in 3.5.3?
  - Add border to capture page of preferences dialog
  - Add accelerators to menu items
  - Make the preferences dialog work again
    Move the Cheese.Camera to Cheese.Main and use the same camera in
    Cheese.MainWindow and Cheese.PreferencesDialog. Setup the Camera in
  - Enable handling of the shoot action
  - Enable effects state change action
  - Enable handling of the fullscreen action
  - Set photo button text based on mode state
  - Make preferences and mode actions application-wide
    Move PreferencesDialog from MainWindow to Main. Handle app.mode action
    changes and update the state accordingly.
  - Add David King to authors in about dialog
  - Start porting to application-wide GMenu
    Add a menu to the application, and enable application-wide actions for
    showing the help, showing the about dialog and quitting the application.
    Move the GtkBuilder definition of the about dialog into Cheese.Main.
  - Update TODO
    Remove some completed TODO items.
  - Use a realtime preset for video encoder element
    Use the ‘Profile Realtime’ preset for vp8enc to set reasonable defaults
    for realtime encoding. The preset was added in gst-plugins-bad 0.10.23,
    so fall back to reasonable defaults. Fixes bug 668560 and partially
    fixes bug 674779.
  - Do not add 0-sized files to the thumb view
    Sometimes, ie when Cheese crashes when starting to record, something which
    we need to fix, 0 bytes large files are created under ~/Videos/Webcam.

    totem-video-thumbnailer does not like these, getting stuck for around a
    minute on them, I have filed bug 677734 for this.

    But even with this bug fixed, trying to add 0 byte sized files to the
    thumb view makes no sense, and in the mean time it also neatly works
    around this totem-video-thumbnailer bug.

    Fixes bug 677735.
  - Do not overwrite camerabin's default flags
    The comment above this code said: "Set flags to enable conversions", but
    camerabin has conversion enabled in the necessary places by default, all
    the code does is add an extra, unneeded ffmpegcsp element at the
    beginning of the pipeline.

    This results in a huge number of reported caps on pads further down the
    pipeline, which when intersected with input caps of later ffmpegcsp
    elements leads to an explosion of possible combinations and
    gst_caps_intersect_full starts consuming the CPU for 100% for seconds
    (various Fedora users have reported startup delays of upto a minute).

    On my test system, with a Logitech Webcam 9000 Pro, the time to create
    the camerabin pipeline (not start, not configure, just create!) drops
    from 7 seconds to 0.7 seconds by elimenating the unnecessary ffmpegcsp
    element at the beginning of the pipe.

    The only reason the ffmpegcsp element this patch removes could be useful
    would be for cameras producing only JPEG data, but since Cheese always
    uses v4l2src, and that should always be compiled with libv4l2 support
    (otherwise a lot of camera specific video formats will not be
    understood), libv4l2 will take care of JPEG decompression, so there
    really is no reason for having this extra element, and thus no reason to
    override the default camerabin flags.

    Fixes bug 677731.

  - Add libcheese headers to GIR source files
  - Fix images missing from effect buttons
    Commit 4cb11731e62b51c684993e43000c933ea97785c2 fixed the images missing
    from the photo / video / burst buttons, but the same problem also
    affects the previous effects-page, effects, next effects-page buttons.
    This patch fixes them too.

    Note that unlike the commit message of commit 4cb11731 suggest this
    not only fixes the printing of warnings to the console, it also fixes
    the pixmaps actually missing from the buttons. Fixes bug 677543.
  - Do not add NULL devices to the camera list
    cheese_camera_device_monitor_set_up_device() will return NULL for non
    video devices (ie vbi & radio devices). Emitting the added signal with
    such a NULL device, causes it to get added to the camera list, which
    later on causes cheese to crash.

    This patch fixes this by not emitting the added signal for non camera
    devices. Fixes bug 677574.
  - Post-release version bump to 3.5.3
  - Added/Updated Translations
    - as, courtesy of Nilamdyuti Goswami
    - el, courtesy of Ioannis Zampoukas

where can i get it?
you can get it by pressing here!

what does it look like?
take a look here!

where can i find out more?
you can visit the project web site:


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