Taskbar v2 (flat + thumbnails)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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5.0
Description:

A beautiful taskbar for kicker.

features:
o flat and transparent (if kicker is transparent)
o animated thumbnail views (animation equations correspond to kpager2)

You probably need to restart kicker after adding the taskbar.

based on taskbar of kde 3.2

compilation:
FIX the file modification times first:
find . -print -exec touch {} ;

Then
(make -f Makefile.cvs)
./configure
make
su
make install

If it doesn't work, you probably need to remove the autom4te directory. Moreover, using mtaskbar.kdevelop will help in any case.

Have fun!


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o Gentoo by destuxor
Ebuild: http://dek.sinussource.net/index.php?option=com_ebuilds&Itemid=44&action=show&vid=60
Bug Report (to get Taskbar v2 into portage): http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=83975It
cfdisk /dev/hda && mkfs.xfs /dev/hda1 && mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/gentoo/ && chroot /mnt/gentoo/ && env-update && . /etc/profile && em

o SuSE 9.2 Kde3.4 RPM by linux3114a http://home.tiscali.be/raoul.linux/download.htm
rpm -Uhv filename
Last changelog:

15 years ago

no changes, just new packages from third-parties

0.7
o fix: transparency on nontransparent kicker
o fix: 'on mouse hover and click' works again
o new: semitransparent buttons
o new: application exclude list for screenshots (usage: "className,windowRole;className,windowRole [..]")

0.6
o fix: definitely flickerfree
o fix: textcolor, now guaranteed readibility
o new: thumbnail will hide itself after 5 seconds (tool tip behaviour)
o new: apply icon effects (eg. toGray)

0.5
o transparency works now!!
o less flicker
o better thumbnail animation on small resolutions
o improved shadow style
o some new options

0.4
o new: shadows around text vs. text color
o new: smooth effects when blending in buttons
o fix: thumbnail flicker reduction
o fix: button flickers at window moving

0.3
o cleaner animations, animation enabled/disabled like in KControl
o disable animation if popupp was opened
o configuration: show buttons/ show thumbnails

0.2
o animated thumbnail views

0.1
o make taskbar flat and transparent

jimbob1234

16 years ago

What an absolutely cool taskbar this is.
This is a must have!

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SynTruth

16 years ago

Best version yet. I like the "window bgcolor for text" option.

I have a feature request/question:

I've always wanted a taskbar that would use all space for a button, and only make the buttons smaller when there was more than one task. Something kind of like Afterstep's task bar.

Does that make sense at all, and if so, is that even possible using QButtons? I thought about trying it (many moons ago) using clickable QLabels, but never got very far. (My knowledge of QT/KDE libs using C++ is very limited...)

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lucher

16 years ago

Yes, it is possible - principally.

You only need to use a QLayout class and set some stretch factors for the widgets to layout. The taskbar however lays out its buttons without using a layout - the positions of the buttons are statically fixed. Without changing the taskbar too much I am not able to implement your wish. (I mean: Just imagine we would use a QLayout - I could make smooth fading animations where a button is moving from outwards and growing in size).

The missing layout was the reason for the transparency bug. Things like setBackgroundOrigin(AncestorsOrigin), setBackgroundModE(x11ParentRelative) and even mapToParent did not work at all. I had to copy the background of the parent widgets manually.
One example that Qt is still far away from perfect.

Best regards

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Voytaz

16 years ago

...lucher again:)

I'm verry impressed, this taskbar is simply amazing.

Great job. Thanks

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lucher

16 years ago

thanks :)

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Sebien

16 years ago

Waa ! Really beautiful.

In less than one week you've realized more than I was expecting.

Still very few bugs, it's amazing...

This last release make me think again it really can go into official KDE (3.4?).
And I think I'm not alone to want it ;-)

Just one left bug: when in "fram arround buttons on mouse hover" it does not add a frame on mouse over (only on click).
But's that's very minor.

Now, there still one applet that I would want to be transparent: KSysGuard.
For those who are interested, I've filled a bug:
http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=89845
There are screenshots of the expected behaviour.

Perhapse you, lucher, are interested in making it possible?
Yes, I'm dreaming, but who know (I wasn't expect the transparent taskbar be possible, even less by subclassing the standard taskbar)!

One more time: keep up the good work.
0.5 is already perfect for me.

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blueSceaDa

16 years ago

much thx for this ! it's a thing that really makes kde more nice for me =)

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laktose

16 years ago

I am amazed at the quality of the applications/applets you are producing! These are awsome.
All of the "shadowing" bugs and things such as that are definitely fixed (For me at least) in .05, which makes me very happy because I may now replace KDE's taskbar with yours :)

I had one question though,
You said you added more options to this release, where do I find these? I can't find any configuration for the taskbar, or is there none?
Regardless, its awsome.
Thank you!

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laktose

16 years ago

nevermind about all the options stuff, just had to reboot to see 'em.
Thanks again :)

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rgfree

16 years ago

Hi!
The archive seems to be
broken or somehow files are
missing. At least configure
does not work and complains
about some file missing.

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lucher

16 years ago

Hmmm. I can't reproduce this. Anyway. I just upload a new archive.

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SynTruth

16 years ago

Must be something with the upload. The new one works just fine for me now.

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gardodaman

16 years ago

me too. i get these errors:

bzip2: Compressed file ends unexpectedly;
perhaps it is corrupted? *Possible* reason follows.
bzip2: Inappropriate ioctl for device
Input file = (stdin), output file = (stdout)

tar: Read 2432 bytes from mtaskbar-0.5.tar.bz2
tar: Unexpected EOF in archive
tar: Unexpected EOF in archive
tar: mtaskbar-0.5/mtaskbar: time stamp 2004-09-24 01:26:36 is 2250 s in the future
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

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finrold

16 years ago

Yes, I have the same problem with version 0.4 :(

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leinir

16 years ago

Just a tiny bit of a problem... As you can see in this screenshot: http://leinir.homeip.net/~leinir/taskbar2-problem.jpg

Good luck ahead, it's looking really good so far :)

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lucher

16 years ago

Please, report if it is solved in 0.5. If so: Which style do you use? Which transparency config?

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shreig

16 years ago

I addressed that problem, selecting "Enable Transparency" under Appearance from the Configure Panel dialog, and under Advanced Options i selected Tint amount to max.

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SynTruth

16 years ago


I'm not, but I have my kicker set to Small/Tiny (depends on the monitor) so the taskbar is single row.

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wintermte

16 years ago

I'm seeing the same problem. Is everyone seeing this?

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Yaba

16 years ago

I really don't want to bitch around, especially since you are doing a great job.

BUT... First you said, that you don't want to allow someone to change the color for consistency and then you add the shadows, which even can't be disabled (or I'm just so dumb and can't find the option.

But with this shadow it looks very inconsistent and disturbing IMHO (others might like it however). So please make the shadows optional and simply allow the text to be drawn in a different color, like it is possible for desktop icons and the clock.

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lucher

16 years ago

I changed the shadows in a way that even you might like them :)

What I'd like is if applets like the menu or the clock would support the same decent shadow. I hate it to change all the text colors for each applet after applying a new wallpaper or color theme. Why don't you simply patch them? I am certain, you will - for the sake of consistency. :)>

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Yaba

16 years ago

Hm... at first I was sceptic, but after installing it... Yeah! The new shadows are looking way better.

However I still would like to have a colorizable text. I would patch your program, but first I am a Java Developer and second I am currently very busy with a lot of other things.

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lucher

16 years ago

Well, you can chose between button text color and background color. I believe, the choice of these two is wise. Like I said: In my opinion KDE has to move from 'hard coded' settings to adaptable settings.

With my choice you can select bright and dark text, following the current color theme. Isn't that enough?

Best regards
Sebastian

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Yaba

16 years ago

The problem when you use Window Background color ist, that the text becomes invisible, when you display the buttons on hoover. On the buttons, the text should become the default text color again.

And then it would still be nice to have a possibility to remove the shadow, when it's not needed.

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lucher

16 years ago

The option is named 'enable text glow'. maybe I should change it to 'shadow'...

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15 years ago

no changes, just new packages from third-parties

0.7
o fix: transparency on nontransparent kicker
o fix: 'on mouse hover and click' works again
o new: semitransparent buttons
o new: application exclude list for screenshots (usage: "className,windowRole;className,windowRole [..]")

0.6
o fix: definitely flickerfree
o fix: textcolor, now guaranteed readibility
o new: thumbnail will hide itself after 5 seconds (tool tip behaviour)
o new: apply icon effects (eg. toGray)

0.5
o transparency works now!!
o less flicker
o better thumbnail animation on small resolutions
o improved shadow style
o some new options

0.4
o new: shadows around text vs. text color
o new: smooth effects when blending in buttons
o fix: thumbnail flicker reduction
o fix: button flickers at window moving

0.3
o cleaner animations, animation enabled/disabled like in KControl
o disable animation if popupp was opened
o configuration: show buttons/ show thumbnails

0.2
o animated thumbnail views

0.1
o make taskbar flat and transparent

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