Smooth Tasks
KDE4 Extensions
Score 93%
Description:

This is a fork of mbaszczewskis STasks plasmoid. For the original STasks code go there:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/STasks?content=99739

This taskbar replacement has window peeking similar to Windows 7 when you use the kwin 'highlight window' effect. Even if this effect is not used you can click the tooltip in order to activate the corresponding window.

About Launcher Support, Grouping and Sorting:
A feature often requested in the comments is support for launchers and a more comprehensive context menu. Because the information about which task items there are, their grouping, sorting and state (minimized, demands attention, is active, ...) and even their context menu is all provided by libtaskmanager, such feature requests should be directed to kdelibs. I wrote a wishlist entry in the kde bugtracker for these features: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=207902 If you want this feature vote for this wish.

Update:
Launcher support exists in KDE 4.6. I will incorporate this feature once KDE 4.6 is available in Fedora (and I have time).


Update 2:
I pulled all changes made by flupp and jimi312, which amongst other things add launcher support. You can download the most recent source directly from the mercurial repository:
https://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/get/tip.tar.bz2

However, because I experienced some bugs with the launcher support (sometimes they are shown when the associated app is running and sometimes they are not shown when the associated app is not running) I did not make a new release yet. If I can find the bugs in a few hours tomorrow (2nd Apr 2011) or flupp/jimi312 fix them I will make a new release. I don't know how much time I have to work on Smooth Tasks. :/

Update 3:
The mentioned bugs concerning launchers seem also to be present with KDE's original taskbar, so I think the bug lies in libtaskmanager and not in Smooth Tasks.

Bugreports and Wishes:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/issues/

Packages:
Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora have official packages.

Fedora:
sudo yum install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

And to get meaningful backtraces:
sudo debuginfo-install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

Note: I didn't check the validity of any of these packages!

Poll: Which Layout should stay?
I have created a poll about which of the various layouts supported by Smooth Tasks should be kept and which I can drop:
http://twtpoll.com/dm5m96

Please participate in this poll so I know whether I have to bother with supporting all of the currently provided layouts. In case you do not use multiple rows please choose the first option. In this case most layouts should look the same anyway.
Last changelog:

6 years ago

wip 2010-11-06:
FIX: drop whole groups onto pager (removed workaround for KDE < 4.5 which could not handle groups at all)
FIX: when dragging a task only a tiny bit it's position was not reset
Maybe FIX: a very rare tooltip positioning bug (I have o wait if it reoccurs)

wip 2010-11-05 update 1:
FIX: fixed unwanted highlight behaviour change which reintroduces flickering :(

wip 2010-11-05:
FIX: tooltip appearance and background blur under KDE 4.5 (someone once sent me a patch for this but I cant find this message any more so I figured it out myself by looking at KDE sources)
FIX: less flickering for the kwin highlight effect

wip 2010-02-27:
FIX: less flickering for the window preview effect because I removed the kwin highlight effect bug workaround (that bug was obviously fixed in kde 4.4)
FIX: crash when right-click on startup item, thanks to anonymous

wip 2010-02-13 update 2:
FIX: hopefully fixed bug concerning missing taskbar entries

For the full list of changes see:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/src/tip/ChangeLog

Landis

4 years ago

I think the look, feel and concept is very good, but on openSuSE 12.3, KDE 4.10.5 when selecting a task running on a desktop other than the one the widget currently resides, causes Plasma to crash, every time.
bummer,
Landis.

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joergm2706

5 years ago

Don't worry about smooth-task, this addon is outdated. You can use the build-in successor in KDE 4.8, which will be installed with the plasma-widget-addons. This is called there symbol window-bar (or similar, my desktop is in german language).

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Otamay

5 years ago

The flupp's Smooth Tasks Fork seems to work excellent.

https://bitbucket.org/flupp/smooth-tasks-fork

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jts74

5 years ago

Yes. The flupp fork with this patch seems to compile and work fine on KDE 4.8 RC2

https://bitbucket.org/flupp/smooth-tasks-fork/issue/13/compiling-fails-in-4780#comment-902594

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marcs

5 years ago

Hi! I am on gentoo and smooth-tasks is in portage which did the installation for me. Can you tell how this patch is applied?
Thanks!
PS: The "symbol windowbar" in kdeplasma-addons is nice but lacks the ability to display text.

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jts74

5 years ago

Download the flupp source

Save the patch as say fix_kde4.8_compilation.patch

Apply to the source with

patch -p 2 < fix_kde4.8_compilation.patch

compile as per instructions in INSTALL file in source folder

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ssri

5 years ago

I guess upstream took up Icon-Tasks: http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Icon+Tasks?content=144808. So long smooth-tasks, you worked like a charm for 2.5 years.

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Dhraakellian

5 years ago

Yeah, icon-tasks is more compact than the standard task manager, but it still lacks smooth-tasks' expanding entries on mouseover and/or focus.

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jts74

5 years ago

Yes. That is why I am continuing to use smooth tasks.

Icon tasks also has no option to disable automatic grouping, which is another major annoyance.

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ssri

5 years ago

@Dhraakellian

Thanks for making me eat my words, as I too noticed the lack of expanding tasks when I started using icon-tasks. Okay, off to compile flupp's fork.

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sumski

5 years ago

Are you planning to add support for KDE 4.8?
I'm getting build errors:
https://build.opensuse.org/package/rawlog?arch=x86_64&package=plasmoid-smooth-tasks&project=home%3Asumski%3AKDE%3AUnstable%3APlayground&repository=openSUSE_12.1

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sumski

5 years ago

https://build.opensuse.org/package/live_build_log?arch=x86_64&package=plasmoid-smooth-tasks&project=home%3Asumski%3AKDE%3AUnstable%3APlayground&repository=openSUSE_12.1_Update_standard

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kitterma

5 years ago

Same problem on Ubuntu with 4.8. Some classes were removed from libtaskmanager in 4.8.

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Oyster69

5 years ago

Same here on Kubuntu 11.10 KDE4.8 RC2

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superamer

4 years ago

Did you help Smooth Tasks 2 ?

http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Smooth+Tasks+2?content=148813

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HugoPereira

5 years ago

Hello, with the new shadow system introduced in kde for KDE4.7, the smoothtask tooltips get a new shadow (installed by the widget style) on top of the plasma one, when using oxygen as a style, and it does not look good.

See screenshot at:

http://i.imgur.com/B8RpI.png

To "fix" this, simply add:

setProperty( "_KDE_NET_WM_SKIP_SHADOW", true );

in TooltipWidget's constructor.
(... I know: there is no documentation for this)

Cheers,

Hugo

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koko2k

5 years ago

Starting from kde 4.7.1, when using smooth tasks, as soon as i configure a plasmoid and close the configurazion window, plasma-desktop starts eating cycles; and they are proportional to the fps i set in smooth tasks!
removing smooth tasks or just set fps to (1) and effect turation to 1ms workarounds the issue,

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floopy1962

5 years ago

Hi i got a strange question for you :P it's about the light's when you hovering task's (like in win 7).Is there a way to manipulate the rectangular region of the light's ? :) May be some object ID in the tasks.svgz... i don't know... is this possible at all... i hope so :D
Thank you :)

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Flupp

5 years ago

Actually, the lights are some kind of a hack. They are not intended by the plasma themes. The following smooth-tasks version contains a possibility to change the size of the rectangular light region.

http://bitbucket.org/flupp/smooth-tasks-fork

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floopy1962

5 years ago

thank's for the respond :P good to know that :)

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franksouza183

5 years ago

Would also include the feature display tasks of the current activity? I did not see this option in the settings. Thanks man, this is a great tool! I love it

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Naraku

5 years ago

Use the latest version from https://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/downloads, there you have support for current activity :)

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franksouza183

5 years ago

I am getting this error when using the command "make-j 2":

[frank@frankdora build]$ make -j 2
[ 0%] Built target plasma_applet_smooth-tasks_automoc
[ 0%] Built target translations
[ 3%] [ 6%] Building CXX object applet/CMakeFiles/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.dir/SmoothTasks/Applet.o
Building CXX object applet/CMakeFiles/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.dir/SmoothTasks/Task.o
/home/frank/Downloads/panzi-smooth-tasks-tip/applet/SmoothTasks/Task.cpp: In constructor ‘SmoothTasks::Task::Task(TaskManager::AbstractGroupableItem*, QObject*)’:
/home/frank/Downloads/panzi-smooth-tasks-tip/applet/SmoothTasks/Task.cpp:48:32: warning: ‘virtual bool TaskManager::AbstractGroupableItem::isGroupItem() const’ is deprecated (declared at /usr/include/kde4/taskmanager/abstractgroupableitem.h:90) [-Wdeprecated-declarations]
/home/frank/Downloads/panzi-smooth-tasks-tip/applet/SmoothTasks/Applet.cpp: In member function ‘void SmoothTasks::Applet::launcherAdded(TaskManager::LauncherItem*)’:
/home/frank/Downloads/panzi-smooth-tasks-tip/applet/SmoothTasks/Applet.cpp:266:42: error: ‘class TaskManager::LauncherItem’ has no member named ‘url’
make[2]: ** [applet/CMakeFiles/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.dir/SmoothTasks/Applet.o] Erro 1
make[2]: *** Esperando que os outros processos terminem....
make[1]: ** [applet/CMakeFiles/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.dir/all] Erro 2
make: ** [all] Erro 2

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franksouza183

5 years ago

Resolved, that the same mistake was one of the users had.

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gulp21

5 years ago

Would it be possible to include the "option to show job progress over task icon" of "Icon Tasks"?

That's the only thing I really miss while using SmoothTasks (which is a great plasmoid, btw).

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6 years ago

wip 2010-11-06:
FIX: drop whole groups onto pager (removed workaround for KDE < 4.5 which could not handle groups at all)
FIX: when dragging a task only a tiny bit it's position was not reset
Maybe FIX: a very rare tooltip positioning bug (I have o wait if it reoccurs)

wip 2010-11-05 update 1:
FIX: fixed unwanted highlight behaviour change which reintroduces flickering :(

wip 2010-11-05:
FIX: tooltip appearance and background blur under KDE 4.5 (someone once sent me a patch for this but I cant find this message any more so I figured it out myself by looking at KDE sources)
FIX: less flickering for the kwin highlight effect

wip 2010-02-27:
FIX: less flickering for the window preview effect because I removed the kwin highlight effect bug workaround (that bug was obviously fixed in kde 4.4)
FIX: crash when right-click on startup item, thanks to anonymous

wip 2010-02-13 update 2:
FIX: hopefully fixed bug concerning missing taskbar entries

For the full list of changes see:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/src/tip/ChangeLog

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