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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 16 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.

galay

15 years ago

How to make the zooming more smooth? I have a Geforce FX and zooming is still laggy with parobolic zooming!! Who could possibly use this?

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yipiha

15 years ago

Hiya!

I get this error during the execution of the configure file...

Checking for Qt... configure: error: Qt (>= Qt 3.1.0) (headers and libraries) not found. Please check your installation! For more details about this problem, look at the end of config.log.

I downloaded the qt free sourcee, referred to it using --with-qt-dir= and get the same error but with (qt-mt) as the missing element rather than (headers and libraries).

I got a clean install of F2 using KDE only... Any ideas?

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ainsaur

15 years ago

I downloaded the tar file and followed the directions to "./configure".

Everything was going well but when it got to the line "checking for X", I got the following error message:

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

How do I find out the correct path and how can I "add the correct path"?

I'm using Mandrake 10.1 Community, KDE 3.2.

Thanks!

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browerj

15 years ago

You need to install the source. I am not using Mandrake 10.1 (i'm on 10) but usually the includes has to do with source. Look for a package about X11 and source and install it. Use the Mandrake Control Center to install it using urpmi . If you need any help, let me know via my e-mail at jb_02_98 at yahoo.com

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frankmulder

15 years ago

I still like it very much, but there's one problem: when I change my background, there is an area round the bar where the old background is used; that doesn't look nice. It would be nice if smoothdock updated the background (i.e. the area round the bar).

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frankmulder

15 years ago

Wow! I really like this bar! Thank you very much!

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johnnyICON

15 years ago

New to this whole scene, but I followed the instructions on this page precisely and still recieved an error when execusting the make install line as root.

Here's what I get:
[email protected] ksmoothdock-3.5.1 # make install
cd . && /bin/sh ./config.status Makefile
config.status: creating Makefile
Making install in ksmoothdock
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/johnnyicon/ProgramFiles/ksmoothdock-3.5.1/ksmoothdock'
if g++ -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I. -I.. -I/usr/kde/3.3/include -I/usr/qt/3/include -I/usr/X11R6/include -DQT_THREAD_SUPPORT -D_REENTRANT -Wnon-virtual-dtor -Wno-long-long -Wundef -Wall -pedantic -W -Wpointer-arith -Wwrite-strings -ansi -D_XOPEN_SOURCE=500 -D_BSD_SOURCE -Wcast-align -Wconversion -O2 -fno-exceptions -fno-check-new -MT showdesktop.o -MD -MP -MF ".deps/showdesktop.Tpo" \
-c -o showdesktop.o `test -f 'showdesktop.cpp' || echo './'`showdesktop.cpp; \
then mv -f ".deps/showdesktop.Tpo" ".deps/showdesktop.Po"; \
else rm -f ".deps/showdesktop.Tpo"; exit 1; \
fi
showdesktop.cpp:29:27: showdesktop.moc: No such file or directory
showdesktop.cpp: In member function `void ShowDesktop::slotWindowChanged(long
unsigned int, unsigned int)':
showdesktop.cpp:65: warning: `windowType' is deprecated (declared at
/usr/kde/3.3/include/netwm.h:1019)
showdesktop.cpp:65: warning: `windowType' is deprecated (declared at
/usr/kde/3.3/include/netwm.h:1019)
make[1]: *** [showdesktop.o] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/johnnyicon/ProgramFiles/ksmoothdock-3.5.1/ksmoothdock'
make: *** [install-recursive] Error 1
[email protected] ksmoothdock-3.5.1 #

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johnnyICON

15 years ago

I am using KDE 3.3.0 on Gentoo's 2.6 Kernel

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skuro

15 years ago

is it possible to put a quick browser element in it?

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itres

15 years ago

Great job...

But if 'Show windows from all desktops' is unchecked windows from other desktops still appear in the taskbar.

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mandrakian

15 years ago

As written above, I was unable to compile that programa on my own -
her is how the ./configure processes ends :

"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!

Where can I get these missed kde-headers?

thx

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mandrakian

15 years ago

Could anyone be so kind and provide a rpm for mandrake 10 ? (as posted earlier, the existing link is dead)

I was unable to compile it on my own :-(

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jakopo

15 years ago

If you give an email address.. I can send it to you.. or try aMule.. I have in it.

j

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mabs

15 years ago

Hallo.

I've found a bug.
Try to change resolution when using ksmoothdock, the problem should be clear.
The dock, is moved of center and isn't repainted so the background image on the desktop doesn't fit.
When try to change the resolution back, now the background is okay again, but isn't drawn is the bottom.
I'm using ksmoothdock 3.5.1 and kde 3.3.0.

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motor98

15 years ago

with xorg-x11 6.8 released, we can have true alpha blending now.

almost can't wait to put my hands on a new ksmoothdock which can make use of that feature.

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jakopo

15 years ago

the link for the mandrake rpm is broken

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p0tatis

15 years ago

is it possible to have quick browser entries in ksmoothdock?
great program. should be part of kde kicker!

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dangvd

15 years ago

Hi all,

First, thanks for all your comments.

Also, I would like to let you know about the current status of KSD development: At the moment, because I am busy with my work, KSD 3.6 development is very slow.

However, I will have more time soon (after 1-2 months) and you can expect to see 3.6 in a few months.

Best wishes,
Viet

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dynamitedane

15 years ago

hi, the tooltips will flicker while mousing over them, to fix this you need to add this code

this->setBackgroundMode(NoBackground);

to the constructor of tooltip.cpp

the text will then stop flickering

i am very interested in helping on this project although i have no kde programming experience
i just played around and searched on google for code to fix that problem,
I would like for this dock to be extremely customizable and also to work very much like the osx dock or objectdock for windows

would you like my help?
or should i start yet another fork? ;-)

Cheers,

Dane Harnett

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dangvd

15 years ago

Hi,
Thanks for joining KSD development mailing list!
We'll discuss in more detail in the mailing list then.
Cheers,
Viet

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trailcode

15 years ago

Just what I have been looking for.
It has some performance issues when drawing text. But if I set the descriptions for the icons to NULL it is really smooth and does not use that much cpu. It has some bugs with updating the background, but it still look nice.

Thank you!

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alfkde

15 years ago

In first place, my congratulations for this great application.

One question: can I add the screensaver and the exit button to the dock?

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demersus

15 years ago

This is the best docker i have used. I do however have one request. Please make it so that it stays transparent when the wallpaper changes. I have my wallpaper set to change every minute and ksmoothdock has to be restarted because it contains part of the old wallpaper in it's transparent part (behind the icons) when the wallpaper changes. I have been using kxdocker because it stays transparent, but I dont like it near as much as ksmoothdock. I wish I had more programming experience because I would try to contribute, instead of gripe!

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roror

15 years ago

Parabolic zoom is too jerky. That is the icons are too slow to change size when I move the cursor over them.

I am using it on gentoo 2.6.7 + xorg + kde 3.3 beta2. Is there any work around ?

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adrenalize

15 years ago

Hey guys, how are you?
Hope to see version 3.6 soon including an autohide function. That's the one thing I miss the most so far.
Besides that 3.5.1 is really great! :-)

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v6.1 16 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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product-maker baltolkien Aug 13 2019 9 excellent
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product-maker sgrayban Mar 02 2019 9 excellent
Nice !!
product-maker psychydyl Oct 29 2017 9 excellent
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.
product-maker andrecbarros Apr 10 2017 9 excellent
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