Integrating Scream! with Ubuntu Dash

The Linux build of Scream! is intended to work with many different Linux distributions. For this reason, it does not include any distribution-specific features. It is usually possible to perform a few post-installation steps which improve the integration of Scream! with the host operating system. This document describes how to integrate Scream! into the Ubuntu Dash, which makes it behave more like a Ubuntu-supplied application.

This technique should work with any freedesktop.org-compliant desktop environments, such as GNOME, KDE and Unity. It has only been tested within GNOME under Ubuntu. Please let us know ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have good or bad experiennces with other platforms.

The process involves downloading three files, so an active Internet connection is required.

To proceed, bring up a terminal window by typing Ctrl + Alt + T

In the terminal window, enter the following commands:

sudo  wget  -O  /usr/share/applications/scream.desktop  http://www.guralp.com/download/scream/Ubuntu14-scream.desktop
sudo  wget  -O  /usr/share/applications/scream-viewer.desktop  http://www.guralp.com/download/scream/Ubuntu14-scream-viewer.desktop
sudo  wget  -O  /usr/share/pixmaps/scream.png  http://www.guralp.com/download/scream/scream-logo-48x48.png

entering your password when prompted.

Test your installation by starting to type the word "Scream!" in the search-box of the Dash: you should see the Scream! icons appearing amongst your applications:

Now open a Nautilus (file explorer) window and locate a GCF file. (You can download one from here if you don't have one.) Right-click on it and select "Open with Other Application…". Click the "View All Applications" button and scroll down to select "Scream Viewer" from the list. Click the "Select" button to complete the process.

When you click on .GCF files, they will now be opened using Scream in View mode.

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