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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 20 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.

gizmobay

14 years ago

I get this error at the end of the ./configure run

checking for KDE... configure: error:
in the prefix, you've chosen, are no KDE headers installed. This will fail.
So, check this please and use another prefix!

Anyone know how to fix this?

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dangvd

13 years ago

Do you have kde-devel or kde-sdk package installed on your machine?

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angrykeyboarder

14 years ago

All the documentation you have here for compiling is nice, but if it's only going to be in one place, it belongs with the source code, which has very inadequate documentation. Adding this to it, would make a world of difference.

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angrykeyboarder

14 years ago

You might want to look at an update to the Debian sid package (which like any sid package was out of date a week after it was compiled). I'm running sid and I had to complile from source. I have one question: How do I get an Icon for the Trash on there? Thanks and thanks for an awesome app!

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dangvd

14 years ago

Thanks.

About the trash, that's a special icon so at the moment there is no support for it yet.

I'll add support for it later.

Best,
Viet

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angrykeyboarder

14 years ago

AFAIC, it's the most important icon on there...

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lamb

14 years ago

linux noob here. could someone give me a script or a way to start ksmoothdock when kde starts

thanks

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enodr

14 years ago

$ cd ~/.kde/Autostart/ $ ln -s /usr/bin/ksmoothdock ./ksmoothdock

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gunnicom

14 years ago

I installed KSmoothdock a while ago, but removed it, because of following:

I like my taskbar complete at the bottom of the page.
If i have my taskbar at the bottom AND KSmoothdock at the bottom it fills twice the space, because there is the taskbar AND KSmoothdock ...
If i choose autohide for the Taskbar, there is a unfine behaviour, that KSmoothdock is pushed to above to the taskbar, or under. I am @work, so i cant test it right now. There was an other strange behaviour, if i did a preference for the taskbar it was aplied to KSMoothdock (like autohide).
Now to my question:

Is it possible to install KSmoothdock as a replacdement for kicker, so that it integrates into the normal taskbar, and is not above or under it?

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dangvd

14 years ago

You can put kicker at the top and hide it, while have KSmoothDock running at the bottom, I guess?
Cheers,
Viet

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6thpink

14 years ago

Gentoo, kde-3.5_beta1 and qt-3.3.4-r8.

First I tried ./configure --without-arts --prefix=/usr/kde/3.5/ && make && su -c 'make install'. I got:

configure.in:43: version mismatch. This is Automake 1.9.6,
configure.in:43: but the definition used by this AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE
configure.in:43: comes from Automake 1.9.1. You should recreate
configure.in:43: aclocal.m4 with aclocal and run automake again.
make[2]: *** [Makefile.in] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/i92guboj/opt/kde/ksmoothdock/src'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/i92guboj/opt/kde/ksmoothdock'
make: *** [all] Error 2

Well, I ran "aclocal && automake" and now it start compiling ok. But at some point I get:

if g++ -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I. -I.. -I/usr/kde/3.5/include -I/usr/qt/3/include -I. -DQT_THREAD_SUPPORT -D_REENTRANT -Wnon-virtual-dtor -Wno-long-long -Wundef -ansi -D_XOPEN_SOURCE=500 -D_BSD_SOURCE -Wcast-align -Wconversion -Wchar-subscripts -Wall -W -Wpointer-arith -Wwrite-strings -O2 -Wformat-security -Wmissing-format-attribute -fno-exceptions -fno-check-new -fno-common -MT confmenudialog.o -MD -MP -MF ".deps/confmenudialog.Tpo" -c -o confmenudialog.o confmenudialog.cpp; \
then mv -f ".deps/confmenudialog.Tpo" ".deps/confmenudialog.Po"; else rm -f ".deps/confmenudialog.Tpo"; exit 1; fi
confmenudialog.cpp: In member function `virtual void ConfMenuDialog::btRemove_clicked()':
confmenudialog.cpp:223: warning: comparison between signed and unsigned integer expressions
confmenudialog.cpp: In member function `virtual void ConfMenuDialog::btMoveDown_clicked()':
confmenudialog.cpp:272: warning: comparison between signed and unsigned integer expressions
confmenudialog.cpp: In member function `void ConfMenuDialog::selectedItemChanged()':
confmenudialog.cpp:345: warning: comparison between signed and unsigned integer expressions
confmenudialog.cpp: In member function `void ConfMenuDialog::saveAll()':
confmenudialog.cpp:378: warning: comparison between signed and unsigned integer expressions
confmenudialog.cpp:396:30: confmenudialog.moc: No such file or directory
make[2]: *** [confmenudialog.o] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/i92guboj/opt/kde/ksmoothdock/src'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/i92guboj/opt/kde/ksmoothdock'
make: *** [all] Error 2

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6thpink

14 years ago

Maybe this helps another Gentoo user or anyone getting the same error. I did: make clean make -f Makefile.cvs ./configure --prefix=/usr/kde/3.5 --without-arts make su -c 'make install' Now it compiles fine. :)

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mattdev121

14 years ago

Hey. I tried the same thing on slackware and it failed, then used your instructions and it works fine:
make -f Makefile.cvs./configure --without-artsmakesu, make install.The only thing is that now i need to re-configure everything. Also, a bit of an important bug that needs fixing is that ksmoothdock appears on the alt-tab list. Is there any patch for kde 3.4.2 to stop this? Thanks

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amdecko

14 years ago

Try edit file aclocal.m4, where is AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE, this change to 1.9.6, and:
./configure --without-arts --prefix=/usr/kde/3.4

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rodesiao

14 years ago

Hello!

Is the Dock compatible with KDE 3.3.2?

Thx in advance

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dangvd

14 years ago

Yes it should be compatible to KDE 3.2 AND above.

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Javi2

14 years ago

I was looking through kde-look for a toolbar that was similar to the MacOSX toolbar without straight up xeroxing it.

Being a noob to linux, I find this toolbar so easy to set up and use.

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OM3GA

14 years ago

Hi There! Ksmoothdock is awesome! Used it with my SuSE 9.1 box but I have since switched to Fedora Core 4. I'm looking for the RPM. Can anyone help me? I cant compile the source as I cant install the Dev. Packages because my Fedora Disc 2 is corrupted so I have to have a rpm. PLEASE HELP!!

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gimbab

14 years ago

I can't see how to get 3.5.1 to have KSD to start off the bottom of the screen (invisible until mouse goes to bottom edge) which was possible in 3.4.

Any way to do this?

Thanks,


George

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syadnom

14 years ago

how about use the recently launched programs list for the dock programs list.

then the most popular programs will always be there and you wont have to worry about adding stuff and removing stuff you dont use.

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polrus

14 years ago

rounded corners and fancy borders are the things that would make ksmoothdock even better :)thx for this nice app

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pawn

14 years ago

hi

ive a big problem running ksd outside kde (in fluxbox) : take a look at http://users.skynet.be/am038186/op0.png
The transparency doesnt work at all, and even with opacity set to 100 (like in the shot), it looks ugly :( The labels are shown perfectly, btw

it would also be nice to be able to place the dock every where, i mean verticaly on the side as well at top and bottom. I couldnt find any option to do that.

Anyway, your apps looks great. It seems very stable and usable. Great work!

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mattdev121

14 years ago

Is there any way to get ksmoothdock to run without responding to alt-f4, because if I don't have a window selected and I hit alt-f4 i have to go and open a konsole window and re-launch ksmoothdock & exit.

or if that won't work, maybe a script that automatically launches ksmoothdock if it is exited?

Thanks

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jtwadsworth

14 years ago

I get the following error when I run ./configure:

checking for X... configure: error: Can't find X includes. Please check your installation and add the correct paths!


How do I fix this so I can try this dock?

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dwbolster

14 years ago

Great Panel! One question, I'm trying to add Firefox to my quicklaunch buttons and have added it via the quicklaunch menu. However it refuses to launch, it is pointed to the correct executable, but other things will not launch as well when pointed to. My firefox directory is in my /home/username folder.

Thanks

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v6.1 20 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 5 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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product-maker sgrayban Mar 02 2019 9 excellent
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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