KDE UI Tweaking

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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Micro-patches frenzy!

1. A little patch for plastik to get a bigger slider. I dont know if it looks better or not, but it certainly helps usability a bit.
I have now a better example for this : kmix.

REF : Screenshot #1

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2. The status bar for the iconview doesnt have ugly frames.

###UPDATE : Thanks to daywalker636 we now have a fix for the frames!

###Warning : This will remove status bar frames in all kde apps (with the plastik style), not just konqy, so there might be some apps that will look weird without them... Also, i fear some apps will misbehave too...

REF : Screenshot #2

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3. This is from the mock-up hall of shame. A little detail that make our good ole konqy look better, i hope.

The sidebar goes down all the way, no more status bar. (This is hard for me to do, it implies tweaking the kparts code in konqueror...)

PS.: The current drawback with the new sidebar is that it takes more vertical space than the old one. I think it can be solved quite simply by grouping the various entries into more general folders like "File Management", "Web Browsing" and a "Services" to put things like the CD Audio browser, settings:/, applications:/, etc. because this is what they really are : Services.

REF : Screenshot #3

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4. Next is small patch for the gtk-qt-engine (http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/gtk-qt) to fix the slider (Im obssesed with sliders it seems...) in the current CVS version.

Instructions included.
Last changelog:

15 years ago

-Patch for the slider now works for both the horizontal and vertical sliders.
-Status bar frames be gone, thanks to daywalker636.

daywalker636

15 years ago

This hack does not cause problems (at least not for me). I am using a patched version for several weeks and I don't have any trouble. Some styles e.g. Comix do not paint the lines, so removing them can't be wrong.

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PaT

15 years ago

You must be right...
Its just that while i was first using the fix, gimp would make kicker crash everytime i saved a file... but that was most surely completely unrelated to "not drawing frames"... i put the warning there as a reminder that some weird things could happen... although, as you imply, thats quite improbable.

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MMax

15 years ago

I think it would be good idea to redesigne the whole kmix. Stereo and surround outputs could be seperated. Something similar to "Creative Surround Mixer".

I think that "Creative Surround Mixer" is simple to use.

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Superstoned

15 years ago

and add a equalizer... but why talking about kmix here?

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MMax

15 years ago

where can I suggest that kmix change?

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oliverthered

15 years ago

bugs.kde.org, or mock up and post to kde-apps or get the source for KMix and hack it out, or the kde mailing lists.

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PaT

15 years ago

Yeah! I remember this program with my old sb live on windows... Was nice...
Thats a great idea, lets see if someone comes up with an implementation.

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daywalker636

15 years ago

With 2b I can help you a little
search for this in plastik.cpp:
case PE_StatusBarSection: {
renderContour(p, r, cg.background(), cg.background().dark(160), Draw_Left|Draw_Right|Draw_Top|Draw_Bottom);
break;
}
and comment out the 2 lines. This should remove the frames in the status bars.
btw: You did a good job!

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DarkLord

15 years ago

Hurray for 2a, 2b and 3...

With 1. I'm not so sure. I think the (small) sliders are meant to be the way they are and could look out of place in many areas if made bigger. I kinda think it's a misuse to use it in playbar style areas, where it's moving without user interaction. But I think there might not be the right sized widged around these days (a 1cm long bar that would be), so the devs are forced to use this type of slider.

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telex

15 years ago

It a slider widget shouldn't be controlled, then the program should simple disable user control over it.

From a usability point of view, the bigger slider is a great idea. It would only be a problem if the slider widget was so short that the handle took up most of the slider's length.

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15 years ago

-Patch for the slider now works for both the horizontal and vertical sliders.
-Status bar frames be gone, thanks to daywalker636.

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