10 Awesome Apps to Improve Your GNOME Desktop Experience [Part 5]

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Here, we showcase the next set of 10 GNOME Apps that will improve your productivity while using your favourite GNOME Desktop.

At debugpoint.com, we showcase some cool and helpful GNOME apps over a five-part series. The main reason is to raise awareness about the rich GNOME ecosystems with these awesome apps. And it also helps the developers as our readers give these awesome GNOME apps much-needed recognition.

This post is the final part, i.e. part 5 of the awesome GNOME app series. In this part 5, we will showcase ten applications.

If you missed the last parts, you can read the other parts of this series via the below links.

In this article, we covered the following list of awesome GNOME Apps.

10 Awesome GNOME Apps

Podcasts – podcast client

We all love Podcasts, and it’s still going strong. Podcasts are native GNOME applications that cover all of your podcast needs. Armed with nice and clean UI, Podcasts offers you unique features such as remembering where you stopped listening to start over where you left off. Also, this application can integrate with popular podcast services such as iTunes, Soundcloud, etc.

Here’s a quick summary of the features:

  • Nice and clean user interface UI
  • Play, update and complete management of your podcasts from UI
  • Well, integration with GNOME Desktop such as notifications.
  • Bookmark your listening to start listening over again
  • Support of RSS/Atop for podcasting service via Soundcloud and iTunes
  • Import option via OPML files
Podcasts App
Podcasts App

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Podcasts

Tootle – Mastodon client

The next app we would like to feature is Tootle – a Mastodon client for the GNOME desktop. Mastodon is a decentralized, microblogging platform gaining momentum considering privacy and other modern matters. So, that said, Tootle is an excellent little utility for accessing Mastodon and helps you to “Toot” (like “Tweet” for Twitter) contents of your choice.

This application well integrates with the GNOME desktop and comes with a Flatpak build for installation.

Tootle
Tootle

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Tootle

Tangram – Web app browser

This application is one of my favourites. And I am sure it would be for you as well. Tangram is a browser for Web Apps. Web Apps behaves as desktop apps for your favourite websites. So, using Tangram, you can manage your multiple web applications together with its unique vertical tab browser.

Each of the tabs is persistent and independent. That means, for example, you can open multiple Google accounts together in separate tabs without worrying about login conflicts or expiry. You can also group the type of web apps using this application. Suppose you would like to group all messager applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook Meeesagner & Telegram. In that case, you can do that quickly, and it’s easier for you to monitor and be productive.

If used and appropriately configured, Tangram can reduce digital notification overhead in your mobile, save time and eventually help you focus more.

Tangram - an awesome GNOME app for all
Tangram

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Tangram

Wike – Wikipedia Browser

We all love Wikipedia. There is a GNOME native application to browse Wikipedia, right from your desktop if I tell you. The app’s name is Wike, and it comes with the below set of features.

  • Open multiple articles in tabs
  • Multiple languages
  • Search suggestions
  • List of recent articles
  • Simple bookmarks management
  • Text search in articles
  • Article table of contents
  • View article in other languages
  • GNOME Shell search integration
  • Light, dark and sepia themes

I am sure you can get the most out of Wikipedia for your research, knowledge gathering, or work with the above features.

Wike - an awesome GNOME app
Wike – an awesome GNOME app

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Wike

Devhelp – API Browser

The next app we would like to highlight is Devhelp. As its name says, this desktop application is created to help developers give them offline access to API documentation. Yes, you read it right. If installed locally, you can browse API documentation without internet connections. A perfect app for developers who travels frequently and may not have internet connections available on the go.

By default, it comes with GTK-doc, i.e. GTK documentation are available as per the installations. However, you can configure it for other development languages provided; you have the API documentation HTML and *.devhelp2 index file is generated.

A fantastic tool, I must say.

Devhelp - an awesome gnome app for developers
Devhelp

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Devhelp

Lorem – Random Text Generator

We often need placeholder text for various needs. And for that, the famous “Lorem Ipsum” text is widely used. It is mainly used by web developers, documentation writers or specific applications where you need to put some text to demonstrate a specific font size, colour or some functionalities.

This GNOME app, named Lorem, does just that. Based on your input, it can generate blocks of text that you can easily copy and use for your work.

Lorem
Lorem

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Lorem

Rnote – Whiteboard Tool

Rnote is an excellent application for taking handwritten notes via touch devices. This application is vector image-based and helps to draw annotate pictures and PDFs. It brings native .rnote file format with import/export options for png, jpeg, SVG and PDF.

One of the cool features of Rnote is that it supports Xournal++ file format support which makes it a must-have tool.

Rnote - Whiteboard Application for Linux based on GTK4 and Rust
Rnote – Whiteboard Application for Linux based on GTK4 and Rust

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Rnote

Frogr – Flickr Client

If you still love and use the image hosting platform Flickr, then Frogr is the tool you need. Frogr is a Flickr desktop client that helps you manage your Flickr account. Using this GNOME application, you can easily upload photos directly to your account, add tags, modify descriptions, add geolocation data and many such actions. You can also manage multiple Flickr accounts using this utility.

It is a perfect application for those whose workflow deals with heavy photo management and doesn’t want to deal with web browsers.

Frogr
Frogr

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Frogr

GTG – Getting Things GNOME: To do manager

Are you procrastinating too much or having trouble finishing small to larger tasks in your day to day life. Then this next application is perfect for you. GTG, aka Getting Things Gnome, is one of the best personal tasks and to-do managers and organizers for GNOME Desktop. It is inspired by the Getting Things Done methodology and brings more features to manage your time while accomplishing tasks perfectly.

GTG user interface is neat with flexibility that helps you create and manage tasks with tagging, dependencies, colour codes, search, and many search features. If you have not tried this app yet, you should check it out.

GTG - an awesome gnome app
GTG

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about GTG

Recipes – Cooking helper

And the final application in this list has something to do with cooking. Everyone (who cooks regularly) deals with the question – “what should I cook today?” Right. To help those poor GNOME chefs, GNOME has an app called Recipes.

Right from its user interface, you can discover what to cook today, tomorrow or even the rest of the week! You can search and explore types of recipes such as Vegan, Nut-free recipes etc. The featured Chef section is one of its best features while exploring mouth-watering recipes from fellow GNOME users.

Interested? Here’s how to install it.

Recipes - an awesome gnome apps
Recipes

How to Install

You need to Setup Flatpak for your Linux distribution. And then click on the below button to launch the native software manager to install (such as Software or Discover).

More details about Recipes

Closing Notes

This concludes part 5 and the GNOME Apps series. I hope you get to know many unknown GNOME Apps you are planning to use in the future or already using it. Also, I hope the developers of these apps get well-deserved attention via debugpoint.com readers and inspire them to create more such applications for the future.

If you missed the previous stories, you could read them here.

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

And finally, do let me know your comments, suggestions, or anything in the comment box below. And stay tuned for the next series on a different topic.

Cheers.

Some image credit: GNOME and respective developers


Arindam

Creator of debugpoint.com. All time Linux user and open-source supporter. Connect with me via Telegram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or send us an email.
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