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The easy guide to Ubuntu 12.04's Unity lenses

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS was released just days ago, nevertheless, there are already numerous Unity lenses available for 12.04, some of them developed and strengthened prior to its release, others just "in time" for the new Ubuntu LTS:

  • Unity Gwibber lens exposes Messages, Replies, Images, Videos, Links, etc from one's account taking advantage of the new card view with properly displayed pictures, messages preview and support to filter exposed items by account types (like for instance, showing only messages from Identi.ca).

    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-gwibber

  • Unity Askubuntu lens allows users to easily type a desired word and then click on results like Questions With Accepted Answers, Answered Questions, Unanswered Questions (clicking on a result will open an askubuntu web-page via the default web-browser).

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:markjtully/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-askubuntu

  • Unity Binary Clock lens displays in a definitely interesting "format" the time (hours, minutes, seconds) via a simple method (in order to find out the hour, add up the orange circles as such: if under an orange circle is the number 1 and under other orange circle is number 16, the correct time is 17 hours, etc).

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:markjtully/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-binaryclock-lens

  • Unity Reddit lens exposes Reddit's What Hot, Controversial, New, Top in the handiness of the Dash with support to click and launch (via the default web-browser) the relevant items.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:markjtully/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-reddit-lens

  • Unity Cooking lens introduces a domestic applicability into the Dash by delivering plenty of food recipes ranging from pizza to meat, soup and ice-creams, recipes exposed with "love" amount, required cooking time and difficulty level.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-cooking

  • Unity Graphic Design lens combines a solid amount of design resources.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-graphicdesign unity-scope-deviantart

  • Unity Photo lens combines and displays images from both online and local sources, such as Flickr and Shotwell with a double-sided approach: clicking on a local image, opens it in Eye Of Gnome/Image Viewer and clicking on a Flickr item, opens it via the default web-browser.
    In order to expose images from Shotwell, one must first import them via Shotwell-->File-->Import From Folder or/and Import From Application

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-photo unity-scope-flickr unity-scope-shotwell

  • Unity Torrents lens displays Pirate Bay torrents categorized in Audio, Video, Applications, etc (with exposed details such as size and seeders) and opens them via Ubuntu's default Transmission.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-torrents unity-scope-piratebay

  • Unity Utilities lens exposes (in Dash's home view), by simply typing in the search are city names with country support, the city's clock, temperature, wind speed and Google Maps-powered coordinates, as well as a handy calculator utility (typing in Dash's home view 3+7 triggers the result due to it).

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-utilities unity-scope-cities unity-scope-calculator

  • Unity Wikipedia lens allows a fast and easy search through Wikipedia's massive base and, when clicked, opens the desired result via the default web-browser.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-wikipedia

  • Unity Stock Ticker lens presents various economic symbols in headlines from reputable financial sources, as well as a presenting graphs in Yahoo! Finance (when opened in the default web-browser).

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-stock-ticker-lens

  • Unity Adult lens is a powerful adult-oriented lens that gathers various pornographic clips categorized in Amateur, Group, Webcam, etc, clips that, when clicked, are opened in VLC media player (if it is installed), thus removing the need for web-browsers and, furthermore, with a plus a playing quality.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/adult-scopes

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-adult unity-scope-youporn