Fancy Tasks

Plasma 4 Extensions

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Description:

Plasmoid providing fancy visualization of tasks, launchers and jobs for those who need full power of task manager and fresh look.
Developed and tested on KDE 4.8 with Qt 4.8 (Kubuntu 12.04).

Some screen casts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5i2S1xCKPk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj4W6cqycl8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfqtnncLNcQ

Milestone 1.1 (current) will be last one using libtaskamanager and hopefully will be soon replaced by currently developed data engine based version (which should lower requirements back to KDE 4.6 or maybe earlier, depending on which one shipped first functional version of tasks data engine).

Milestone 2.0 will bring new dock management library which will allow for more advanced features. There will be also new, QML based, applet interface (might be available earlier, depends on progress on library).

Note that included panel was made only for test and could make various problems, use it on your own risk (I'll focus on it later).

This applet uses standard libtaskmanager like other task managers in KDE, so before you report bug check if it also happens in other applets (for example default Tasks applet).

Tips:
- to make applet more usable you can put it on panel with enabled option "Windows can cover" or similar;
- you can use theme with panel background similar to that of dock (for example Sabre Tiger) or modify current one using Desktop Theme Details;
- you can add launchers to applet by drag and drop of URLs and desktop files when Plasma is unlocked or using configuration dialog;
- to show only launchers you need to remove tasks area item from arrangement;
- to show application jobs you need to add jobs area.

Hidden options:
You can set them in applets configuration file (usually located at ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc), in group containing line plugin=fancytasks or plugin=fancypanel;
- initialZoomLevel - initial zoom level for zoom move animations (value ranging from 0 to 1, default: 0.7);
- paintBackground - decides if background should be painted or not (true or false, default: true);
- paintReflections - decides if icon reflection should be painted or not, note that it won't change icon size because of space allocation for drawing task indicators (true or false, default: true).

Features:
- manages your tasks, launchers and application jobs;
- tasks filtering, grouping (including manual) and sorting;
- keyboard navigation (Tab and Shift+Tab);
- launcher to task transition with custom connecting rules (icons of launchers with running tasks are hidden if sorting other than manual is enabled);
- tool tips with live preview of windows when KWin Taskbar Thumbnail effect is enabled;
- highlighting windows when hovering cursor over task or window preview when KWin Highlight Window effect is enabled;
- dropping files on launchers runs command with parameters or gives option to move, copy or link them (if target is directory);
- visual drop indicator that helps in manual tasks sorting and rearranging launchers;
- possibility to browse directories of directory launchers using context menu;
- possibility to add application menus;
- menu with list of all icons shown after activating keyboard shortcut;
- configurable animations (zoom, jump, bounce, highlight, etc.) and appearance (optional thumbnails and text label);
- fully animated icons (including animations of starting applications, tasks needing attention and application jobs progress).

If you have found bugs or have suggestions you can contact me via email, message or using comments, before you will vote bad.
And remember that not everybody has enough time for fast replying. ;-)

Don't be silly, don't vote bad just for fun!
Last changelog:

8 years ago

1.1.2 (10.06.2012):
- increased task light size a bit;
- fixed label position for zoom animation;
- avoid hijacking of icons with launcher connected to task group (if grouping by program);
- clear thumbnail when launcher looses connected task.

1.1.1 (01.06.2012):
- reuse launcher icons by tasks also when using manual sorting;
- let startups connect to launcher icons (when there is no sorting or it set to manual);
- do not lose connection with launcher when group is created (if grouping by program);
- enable Apply button when configuration values are changed;
- do not propose to drop icon in place which equals its current index;
- enable Add / Remove action buttons;
- many other fixes and changes.

denisfalqueto

8 years ago

Hello,

The version listed on the top of the page is 1.0.99, but the source tar.bz2 is on 1.0.98.orig. Is that right?

Thanks!

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Emdek

8 years ago

No, it was wrong file (leftover from Kubuntu packaging attempt...), sorry for inconvenience and thanks for report.

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erosenninrho

8 years ago

I will need that deb installer, jajaja (joking...). I've installed and compiled, everything ok... but plasma does not show me the applet... :( I moved to kde4.8 to test fancytasks even!!! ...afetr install and compile run kbuildsycoca4 several times and restarted plasma-desktop, reboot, reinstalled everything... I cant get it work :(
Thanks in advance for your assistance :)

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Emdek

8 years ago

I've not gave up on .deb yet, but it will take some time (I hope to get it for 1.1.0 version which should be available in this month)...
Try running plasmoidviewer fancytasks, if it shows up there then it is installed properly, however it could be available under different name (desktop file contains some translations, which usually are very different from English name...).

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erosenninrho

8 years ago

Yay!!!! Thanks man. That tip helped me out. The APPLET NAME for whom got their desktop in SPANISH language is TAREAS ELEGANTES, and not fancy tasks.
:)
Thanks a lot!!!!

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erosenninrho

8 years ago

BTW... is there a way to put it back in english? (Probably the spanish translation is not that clear, if you need help with that, I will be glad to help).

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Emdek

8 years ago

You mean title or translation file?
For title just edit applet/plasma-applet-fancytasks.desktop (change / remove entries with [es]).
To remove translation file you will need to remove (as root, so do it carefully) /usr/share/locale/es/LC_MESSAGES/plasma_applet_fancytasks.mo (or similar path, could be different).
You will need to remove that file each time after installing (or remove applet/locale/es.mo before installing - but you need to remove current one anyway).

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erosenninrho

8 years ago

Hy there.First of all. Thank you. The app is amazing. I had an old version and I will (re)install this new one. The application is amazing.

Probably this request bothers you, but please, since you made packages for the most popular distros, might you be able to make a .deb one? It will save a lot of work regarding compilation and dependencies problems...

Thanks in advance for your replay and of course for your work.

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Emdek

8 years ago

In fact those are only links to packages done by others (not always up to date also) but I'm thinking about creating packages for my applets (as even if they are included then they are horribly outdated).
But for now there is no ETA for that and I've never tried creating them. Additionally, those would be only for KDE 4.8 only, which is only available through special backports repository AFAIK (or maybe this was already pushed as official update?).

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erosenninrho

8 years ago

:) Looking forward to it.

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Emdek

8 years ago

Come and get it. ;-)
It was generated with CPack, with KDE 4.8.1 and Qt 4.8.0.
It's my first package at all, so feedback is highly appreciated. :-)

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rangerGR

8 years ago

md5sum of today's version is the same with the previous one
86cc97321c5e6b29d4920bea27c8133c

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Emdek

8 years ago

Not the same. ;-)
Check folder name, one has -4.8 suffix, also:

md5sum 99737-fancytasks-1.0.96-4.8.tar.bz2
f3bf7fc8d1dbfb8cfc6d2f1a7bc56c2b 99737-fancytasks-1.0.96-4.8.tar.bz2

md5sum 99737-fancytasks-1.0.96.tar.bz2
86cc97321c5e6b29d4920bea27c8133c 99737-fancytasks-1.0.96.tar.bz2

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rangerGR

8 years ago

You are right, I didn't notice the -4.8 suffix and my PKGBUILD downloaded the previous version.

Thanks

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kitterma

9 years ago

Some classes were removed from libtaskmanager during KDE SC 4.8 development, so this package no longer builds. It will have to be ported to something new (ktorrent switched to some DBus based method).

In file included from /tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/../../applet/FancyTasksLauncher.h:24:0,
from /tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/moc_FancyTasksLauncher.cpp:10,
from /tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/plasma_applet_fancytasks_automoc.cpp:5:
/tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/../../applet/FancyTasksApplet.h:51:20: error: 'TaskManager::TaskPtr' has not been declared
/tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/../../applet/FancyTasksApplet.h:52:20: error: 'TaskManager::StartupPtr' has not been declared
In file included from /tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/moc_FancyTasksIcon.cpp:10:0,
from /tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/plasma_applet_fancytasks_automoc.cpp:8:
/tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/../../applet/FancyTasksIcon.h:51:20: error: 'TaskManager::TaskPtr' has not been declared
/tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/../../applet/FancyTasksIcon.h:52:20: error: 'TaskManager::StartupPtr' has not been declared
In file included from /tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/moc_FancyTasksTask.cpp:10:0,
from /tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/plasma_applet_fancytasks_automoc.cpp:10:
/tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/../../applet/FancyTasksTask.h:41:20: error: 'TaskManager::TaskPtr' has not been declared
/tmp/buildd/plasma-widget-fancytasks-1.0.96/obj-i686-linux-gnu/applet/../../applet/FancyTasksTask.h:42:20: error: 'TaskManager::StartupPtr' has not been declared
make[3]: *** [applet/CMakeFiles/plasma_applet_fancytasks.dir/plasma_applet_fancytasks_automoc.o] Error 1

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Emdek

8 years ago

There is now mostly working version for 4.8, mostly and not fully due to bigger than usual changes in libtaskmanager.
Data engine version is currently work in progress, hopefully I will be able to replace this hackish version by proper solution in next two weeks...

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Emdek

9 years ago

Possible, that library is very unstable...
I'm going to switch to using data engine (but I'm not sure in which version it was introduced...) or finish own implementation. In both cases missing part is sorting and grouping.
Having own library means lower requirements (but I'm not sure if there is sense in supporting KDE versions older that 4.5) but in case of using data engine I get reliable maintenance for free (also support for platforms other than Linux / BSD) and features like activities hooked in...

There is still some time before 4.8 release and I'm currently compiling it (it was way easier and more straightforward in SVN times ;-)).

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HardinComp

9 years ago

There are all sorts of reasons why I love Fancy tasks, but I need to be able to have some widgets on my panel and I can't figure out how to add them. Is this even possible or am I just missing something?

I'm an old AWN user back in my Ubuntu days so Fancy Tasks seems like a dream come true if I can get the widget issue resolved.

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Emdek

9 years ago

Such as version of containment waits for polishing for many months already (has some sizing issues etc., but basically worked when I've checked it last time).
Hopefully I'll have some time to touch this in next days.

But still best way to have custom panel background is to modify Plasma theme, if you have only one panel then it is enough to set custom file for background panel in theme details using System Settings (in case of more panels this might have ugly side effects, it will be applied to all of them, this is annoying limitation).

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fatino

9 years ago

It doesnt show up in widgets lists... Compiled fine on arch linux from PKGBUILD but I cant add it.

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jfilipe

9 years ago

Hi !

I experimented Fancy Tasks, but with time to using that, i verify that is very buggy !

Now im using Cairo Dock with OpenGl, it has a lot of very cool efects, many themes, its easy, and rarely Crashes ! :-)

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jfilipe

9 years ago

And Cairo dock has a KDE very, very good integration, im surprised with it ! :-)

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Emdek

9 years ago

Yes, yes, advertising other apps is not very good idea...
Also you should list bugs (and not bugs of libtaskmanager) when making such as statements.
Moreover, as version number indicates current version is not stable and included panel is completely experimental still.

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Emdek

9 years ago

Did you run kbuildsycoca after installing?
If this doesn't help then there might be a bug in package or something got messed on your system.

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fatino

9 years ago

Yes I did everything what is written in instructions... Whats interesting I tried to compile it manually but it shows error although when compiling using PKBUILD from aur it compiles just fine...

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8 years ago

1.1.2 (10.06.2012):
- increased task light size a bit;
- fixed label position for zoom animation;
- avoid hijacking of icons with launcher connected to task group (if grouping by program);
- clear thumbnail when launcher looses connected task.

1.1.1 (01.06.2012):
- reuse launcher icons by tasks also when using manual sorting;
- let startups connect to launcher icons (when there is no sorting or it set to manual);
- do not lose connection with launcher when group is created (if grouping by program);
- enable Apply button when configuration values are changed;
- do not propose to drop icon in place which equals its current index;
- enable Add / Remove action buttons;
- many other fixes and changes.

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