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Source (link to git-repo or to original if based on someone elses unmodified work): https://github.com/dangvd/ksmoothdock

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Description:

KSmoothDock is a cool desktop panel with parabolic zooming effect for KDE Plasma 5, with the focus on smooth zooming effect and being simple and easy to use.

KSmoothDock is written in C++ and depends on Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

For more information, please visit KSmoothDock's homepage: https://dangvd.github.io/ksmoothdock

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TO INSTALL:

You can either install from a binary package or from the source code package.

Option 1. (Preferably) Download and install from a binary package: Currently there is a DEB package for the Debian distribution and its derivatives (Ubuntu, Mint etc).
- To install the DEB package, use dpkg/apt command, or, simply click on the DEB package from the file manager to launch the default package installer (e.g. QApt)
- After the installation, KSmoothDock can be launched from the Application Menu (Utilities category), or from the command line by running:
$ ksmoothdock

Option 2. If you want to install from the source code (for example, if a package for your Linux distribution is not available), download the source code package and follow the steps below:

First, make sure you have required Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 development packages installed. On Debian-based distributions, they can be installed by running:
$ sudo apt install gettext extra-cmake-modules qtbase5-dev libkf5activities-dev libkf5config-dev libkf5coreaddons-dev libkf5dbusaddons-dev libkf5i18n-dev libkf5iconthemes-dev libkf5xmlgui-dev libkf5widgetsaddons-dev libkf5windowsystem-dev

For Fedora, install the following packages: extra-cmake-modules kf5-plasma-devel qt5-devel kf5-kactivities-devel kf5-kdbusaddons-devel kf5-ki18n-devel kf5-kiconthemes-devel kf5-kxmlgui-devel kf5-kwidgetsaddons-devel kf5-kwindowsystem-devel

To build, extract the ksmoothdock-6.1.tar.gz file, then, from within the extracted ksmoothdock-6.1 directory, run:
$ cmake src
$ make

You can now start the program by running the ksmoothdock binary created in that directory, i.e.:
$ ./ksmoothdock

You can also install the program by running:
$ sudo make install

After the installation, KSmoothDock can be launched from the Application Menu (Utilities category), or from the command line:
$ ksmoothdock

To uninstall, run:
$ sudo make uninstall

To execute the automated tests, run:
$ make test
Last changelog:

v6.1 18 days ago

1. Fixed some issues with building from source code on Arch, Manjaro and Fedora. Thanks the following github users for reporting and helping to fix the issues: omni6, shrinivas17081997, ttobsen, khongi, gzuaps.
2. New minor feature: added a shortcut-to-directory list in Edit Launchers dialog to make it more convenient to create a shortcut to a directory and make it more obvious that KSmoothDock supports it.

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dangvd

13 years ago

I meant "firefox URL" would go to that URL

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rshol

13 years ago

Great app. kooldock appears to be dead, kxdocker is as complicated to use as emacs, you are the last great hope.

Any chance of implementing dragging and dropping icons from the kmenu to the launcher to configure a quick launch item and removing items from quick launch with a right mouse click?

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dangvd

13 years ago

Thank you, I will implement the drag-and-drop capabilities and quick removing of quick launch in the next version.
Viet Dung

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zero1

13 years ago

when you launch ksmoothdock, it doesn't seem to show the wallpaper of the other desktops, unless you go to that desktop. is this a bug or what? :D

great app, by the way.

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dangvd

13 years ago

It is done like this by intention.

However, if anybody knows how to get the wallpapers from all desktops from the beginning please let me know.
Thanks,
Viet

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cadfael

13 years ago

Speaking of wallpaper...if you have a slideshow as your wallpaper and the dock is set to hide, then after the wallpaper changes, the dock will pop up with the first wallpaper in the series behind it. Also if it pops up in front of a maximized application, it will have the wallpaper behind it...after the application is minimized, the dock will pop up with part of the old window behind it. This is not very smooth, but other than that, very impressive!

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ndhol

13 years ago

Very nice apps! I like it. Btw can you make an autohide for this apps? Thx

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dangvd

13 years ago

In KSmoothDock 3.6.x there is an "autohide" option. It may not be perfect though, as at the moment the transparency is still "fake". When xorg with composite is mature I will implement KSmoothDock using it.
Thanks,
Viet Dung

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6thpink

13 years ago

I tried 3.6.1 today, removed all the old crap from ~/.ksmoothdock and ./kde/share/apps/ksmoothdock. But the creature does not appears on the screen. It compiles fine and runs fine, but I cant see anything, nor even the config dialog that should pop up (I removed all the config files).

The console as usuall says only:

└─[17]-> $ ksmoothdock
libpng error: Not a PNG file
libpng error: Not a PNG file
wallpaper loaded

But nothing more. I compiled it against 3.5 and using --without-arts.Hasn't anyone experienced a similar thing? Since there are no aparent errors I dont have any clue where to start looking. It just seems to work ok, but nothing appears.

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permafrost91

13 years ago

This is pretty cool ... I haven't given this a try for a while now and I really like the way this project is progressing.

I do have a question though, is there a systray available or in the works?

Keep up the good job!

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dangvd

13 years ago

The systray is not yet available. We will strive to make it in later on.

Thanks,
Viet

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6thpink

13 years ago

Compiled again manually and no difference. Thou I had to link /usr/kde/3.5/bin/ksmoothdock to /usr/bin/ksmoothdock, because otherwise I get:

┌─(jue ene 12, 21:11:39)-([email protected])-(~/.fvwm)-·
└─[16]-> $ ksmoothdock
-l: /usr/bin/ksmoothdock: No existe el fichero o el directorio

Maybe it is looking for something into a wrong place?

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6thpink

13 years ago

Thanks for this new release.

BTW: Ugly fast ebuild for gentoo (the previous did not work for me, so I made this ugly hack):

=================
# Copyright 1999-2005 Gentoo Foundation
# Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2
# $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo-x86/kde-misc/ksmoothdock/ksmoothdock-3.5.1.ebuild,v 1.7 2005/12/08 00:30:16 cryos Exp $

inherit kde eutils

DESCRIPTION="KSmoothDock is a dock program for KDE with smooth parabolic zooming."
HOMEPAGE="http://ksmoothdock.sourceforge.net"
SRC_URI="mirror://sourceforge/ksmoothdock/${P}.tar.gz"

SLOT="0"
LICENSE="GPL-2"
KEYWORDS="amd64 ppc sparc x86"
IUSE=""

S=${WORKDIR}/${PN}

need-kde 3.2

src_unpack() {
kde_src_unpack
}
=====================
Note that this has not been tested with arts and might completely fail to compile in your system.

I compiled it fine and seems to run fine, but I have a problem, nothing appears on the screen, in the console the only out is this:

┌─(jue ene 12, 21:04:49)-([email protected])-(~/.fvwm)-·
└─[11]-> $ ksmoothdock
libpng error: Not a PNG file
wallpaper loaded
wallpaper loaded

Any idea? Im using 3x2 desktops layout, if that matters. No compositte nor any other fancy stuff.

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rodgerSan

13 years ago

Is this dock also working at the top of the screen?? I didin't see if it was supported on release notes and I like my kicker at the bottom...

Sorry for my english... :)

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dangvd

13 years ago

Sorry, at the moment KSmoothDock can be placed only at the bottom of the screen. You can place kicker at the top, by the way :)

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swed

13 years ago

Link to Mandrake rpm file doesn't work.

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dangvd

13 years ago

Thanks, I have removed that link.

By the way, that was the RPM for the old version. If any of you have any RPM for 3.6, please send it to me.

Thanks in advance,
Viet

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viperteq

13 years ago

I thought about leaving this on your Sourceforge page, but here might be better. I downloaded and compiled the app great. Everything went smooth (no pun intended :) until I went to close my terminal. When i closed it ksmoothdock quit. I restarted my terminal and re-ran ksmoothdock, then I logged out of my session while leaving the Terminal open. I have noticed that with my baghira app, i had to do that in order for the app to continue to run so i thought that i'd try that here. When i logged back in though, no dice. So like I said I'm not sure if ksmoothdock not being able to stay open unless the terminal is open constitutes as a bug, but I thought you should know....

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dangvd

13 years ago

In Linux if you run a program from a terminal, then once you close the terminal, the program is also terminated.

However, you can either keep the terminal open or, create a short cut (a Link to Application) to the program then run the program from that short cut.

Best,
Viet

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mattdev121

14 years ago

I've got a problem running it on kde 3.5, it appears above the bottom of the screen and the graphics are messed up. Anyone managed to patch this yet? The error occured on gentoo, kde 3.5.0 and compiled with gcc 3.4.4 and -O2 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -march=pentium4

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dangvd

13 years ago

Fixed in KSmoothDock 3.6 (released on 12/Jan/2006).

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largesatchell

13 years ago

Same problem here. Happened as soon as I upgraded to KDE 3.5. Happens with 3.6beta and 3.5.1. Bug has been reported on ksmoothdock's SF.net bugs page a few times, but no one has answered. Looks like the software hasnt been updated in the last 18 months (from the cvs anyway)....

Shouldnt be too hard to patch it tho.....someone PLEASE do so and let us know!

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dangvd

13 years ago

I don't have KDE 3.5 so I can't test and fix it yet.

Btw, the CVS is not updated. The software itself has been updated few months ago, the project is active.

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gizmobay

14 years ago

Ok, I figured out the KDE error. It's working but I'm receiving this error while running.

wallpaper loaded
libpng error: Not a PNG file
X Error: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) 3
Major opcode: 20
Minor opcode: 0
Resource id: 0x2e00756

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dcubed20

13 years ago

The problem you are getting with libpng is that in order for transparency to work, your background needs to be a png image. If your background is an svg, like the kde default background, then this error is thrown and transparency doesn't work.

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v6.1 18 days ago

1. Fixed some issues with building from source code on Arch, Manjaro and Fedora. Thanks the following github users for reporting and helping to fix the issues: omni6, shrinivas17081997, ttobsen, khongi, gzuaps.
2. New minor feature: added a shortcut-to-directory list in Edit Launchers dialog to make it more convenient to create a shortcut to a directory and make it more obvious that KSmoothDock supports it.

v6.0 1 month ago

1. Major change: Combines launchers and tasks, similar to Mac OS X and Windows 7/10, including the ability to pin/unpin a program.
2. Bug fixes:
- Fixed a crash after removing a dock then change wallpapers

v5.15 4 months ago

1. New feature: New visibility mode: Windows Can Cover (Quiet)
- With this mode, the windows will completely cover the dock and the dock will not be activated if the user moves the mouse to that edge of the screen. The only way to see it is to resize/minimize the covering windows to uncover the dock.
2. Bug fix: Fixed a bug that caused a flicker if the user interacts with another dock on the same screen.

v5.14 4 months ago

1. Fixed a bug with panel transparency level conversion in the Appearance Settings dialog. For example, setting transparency to 42%, OK and reopening it would display 41%.
2. Changed the default values for panel transparency level back to 58% and show border to true. As default, this only affects running the dock for the first time and when the user selects Defaults in the Appearance Settings dialog.

v5.12 5 months ago

1. Added an option to change space between icons
2. Some optimization for the Task Manager
3. Minor fix/clean-up

v5.11 11 months ago

1. Added Panel Settings to the (right-click) context menu of optional components e.g. Pager, TaskManager and Clock, so that it is accessible from any part of the dock.

2. Fixed the bug where some of the non-KDE apps (e.g. Nautilus) don't show up in the Task Manager.

3. Minor bug fixes with the Task Manager, for example, with handling invalid window name regex in the icon override rules, or when checking skip-taskbar tasks.

v5.10 1 year ago

1. New feature: Task manager
- Task icons are sorted by program and creation time
- Can set up icon override rules to change the task icon depending on the program and task description, to help the user more easily identify the tasks belonging to the same program. For example, a Gmail Chrome window can be set to use a different icon from that of a YouTube Chrome window.
- Standard settings such as show tasks from all desktops/screens or only the current one.
- Only show tasks from the current activity to avoid accidentally switching activities.
- Task manager can be turned on/off from the main context menu.
- Right-click on the task manager shows the context menu for standard settings and icon override rules settings.

2. Minor Improvements:
- Launchers now show a visual effect when launching
- Improved visual in the borderless, 100% background transparency mode (which is now the default)
- Don't do the parabolic zooming if the mouse is just near the border, as quite often the user was just scrolling a window etc

v5.9 1 year ago

1. New feature: More visibility options for dock panels.
- There are now 4 visibility options: Always Visible, Auto Hide, Windows Can Cover (new) and Windows Go Below (new).
- Windows Can Cover (i.e. Intellihide) allows maximized windows to cover a dock panel. If covered, the dock panel will show itself when the user moves the mouse to the edge of the screen that the dock resides.
- Windows Go Below doesn't reserve screen space but maximized windows will go below a dock, unless the window is set to "Keep Above Others"

2. New feature: Wallpaper settings dialog.
- There is now a dedicate wallpaper settings dialog that allows the user to preview the wallpaper
- For multi-screen users: different wallpapers for different screens can be set. Note that KSmoothDock already provides the ability to set different wallpapers for different desktops. Thus, now, for example, if you have 4 virtual desktops and 2 screens, you can set 8 different wallpapers.

3. Minor improvements:
- Application Menu: now has an option to turn on/off reserving screen space when showing.
- Pager: now has an option to show desktop number.
- Pager: if no custom wallpaper has been set, it will draw rectangular translucent background with desktop number (like the pager in Plasma panel etc) instead of using "user-desktop" icon. If a custom wallpaper has been set, it will use the mini version of the wallpaper like the existing behaviour.
- Welcome dialog and Add Panel dialog: now have options to select the components
- Edit Launchers dialog: now has a Remove All button that will remove all existing launchers from the launcher list in the dialog. Of course the change doesn't take effect until and unless the user clicks Ok/Apply.

4. Under the hood: Code quality improvements.
- Better code separation between the model and the view
- Better automated testing coverage
- Increased usage of modern C++ style (C++ 11/14)

v5.8 1 year ago

1. New feature: Multiple Panels (Multiple Docks)
- The user can now add/clone/remove a panel
- The panels share the same appearance settings (e.g. background color, icon min/max sizes) but can be configured individually otherwise (e.g. the components, the launchers, whether auto-hide is enabled).

2. Minor improvements/bugfixes:
- Edit Launchers dialog now has a 'Launch a Website' command list to make it more convenient to create launchers to open Websites/WebApps.
- Using D-Bus Lock Screen command on a Launcher item now works properly, and it's been added to the D-Bus command list in the Edit Launchers dialog.
- Adds an option to set clock's font size to Large, Medium or Small. The clock's font size is still calculated automatically, but it will be scaled according to this setting.

v5.7 2 years ago

1. New feature: Application Menu
- Traditional cascading application menu, organized by categories
- Special menus/items such as Session, Power and Search (using krunner)
- Consistent look with the dock
- Automatically showing part of the screen to improve menu readability with translucent effect.
- Supporting drag action (dragging the menu items from the application menu to other destinations)
- Automatically updating itself when the desktop entries have changed
2. Various minor improvements/bug fixes

v5.6 2 years ago

1. New feature: Clock
- Can be turned on/off from the main context menu
- Left click on the clock shows calendar
- Right click on the clock shows clock's context menu with 24/12 clock format option and date&time settings
2. New: better support for multi-monitor
- If multi-screen is detected, there will be an option from the main context menu to select the screen for the dock to reside on
3. Various minor improvements/bug fixes

v5.5 2 years ago

1. New:
- Add settings for background opacity and whether to show border
- Add an Online Documentation menu item to the context menu
2. Various bug fixes and minor improvements in terms of display and UI
3. Improve automated testing

v5.4 2 years ago

1. New: Install/uninstall:
- Installing the program (by running "sudo make install") now adds an entry to the Application Menu (Utilities category) for easy access to it
- You can now uninstall the program by running "sudo make uninstall"
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Scale the pager icons to the screen's width/height ratio if needed

v5.3 2 years ago

1. New feature: Edit Launchers dialog
- Easy to add/remove/edit the launchers
- Drag and drop within the launcher list to reorder the launchers
- You can also drag and drop from an external source such as K Menu to create new launchers
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Add some icons to context menu
- Pager now refreshes automatically when the number of desktops has changed
- Pager: Non-zoomed items now do not clip zoomed items
- Pager: Setting wallpaper for a non-current desktop now doesn't temporarily affect the current desktop's wallpaper
- When loading launchers, the field codes (%) are now filtered out from the command

v5.2 2 years ago

1. New feature: Auto Hide
- Can be turned on/off from the context menu
- If turned on, hide the dock when the user leaves it and show it when the user moves the mouse on the edge of the screen that the dock resides
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Corrects dock's height in vertical position with pager turned on
- Handles wallpaper loading error better
- Adds "Do-not-show-again" to wallpaper setting info message box
- If custom wallpaper is set with pager, draws a border around the pager icon for the current desktop
- Message box that recommends on the wallpaper setting feature of the pager, if it's not used (can be turned off with "Do-not-show-again")
- Corrects the icon of the default System Settings launcher item (the one created automatically when the user starts the dock for the first time)

v5.1 2 years ago

- New feature: Pager
+ Can turn on/off pager from KSmoothDock's context menu
+ Click on a desktop icon switch to that virtual desktop, or, if it's already the current desktop, show/hide the desktop
+ Can set different wallpapers for different desktops (this requires Plasma desktop widgets to stay unlocked)
+ If individual wallpapers are set, the icons will be the mini version of the wallpapers
- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock now shows on all virtual desktops even if launched from Plasma Quicklaunch

v5.0.3 2 years ago

- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock is now visible on all virtual desktops (if the user has multiple virtual desktops enabled).

v5.0.2 2 years ago

- Sync the settings to disk immediately when the user clicks Ok/Apply from the Settings dialog. Previously the sync only happened when the user exited the program.
- Use stricter compiling flags to help prevent potential bugs.

v5.0.1 2 years ago

- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock is now limited to one single instance only.
- Clean-up: Show Desktop is now more consistent with Plasma's show-desktop behavior.

v5.0 2 years ago

Major rewrite for KDE Plasma 5. Depends on Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

Currently the panel only supports launchers (including a Show Desktop item), but more features will be considered.

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Nice !!
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product-maker dequire Jun 29 2017 9 excellent
Excellent dock! Are there polans to provide an option to keep the dock visible on the desktop, but allow apps to cover them (i.e. when full-screen)? Either way, glad I found this. Nice work.
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