Fancy Tasks

Plasma 4 Extensions

Source (link to git-repo or to original if based on someone elses unmodified work): Add the source-code for this project on opencode.net

68
8.4
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.

antoniolucas

10 years ago

Thanks for the explanation. I am not really a Qt programmer, and do not look so deep to understand all the code, but I know that maintanance is important.

I did not remember to the actions, which is very good

I am waiting for the new versions, for the applets inclusion. I think it will be a great step =)

Report

VictorOnKde

10 years ago

Is there any progress on 4.4 ?
Thanks for your work already, I love this plasmoid!! It should become the default task-bar.

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

Thanks. :-)

It's currently suspended, until I'll finish my exams.

Well, I'm not sure if everybody likes docks (personally I don't like them too much...) but for sure it's important to have possibility to choose.

Report

negas

10 years ago

The only dock that i like is that one that is well implemented... and that is: Mac OS Dock. But as you said, it is good to have choices.

Report

rougegoat

10 years ago

I hate how I have to open up the configure menu if I open any application that has a launcher set on it in order to keep the "moving between applications" animation. Any idea when this would be fixed up?

(up to date on KDE 4.3.5 on OpenSuSE11.1)

Report

rougegoat

10 years ago

er, nvrmnd. i'm dumb, and had something set up weird.

Report

suppenkaspar

10 years ago

I love Fancytask, great job.

have only two small problems with it:
First shows me it gives me the tool tips and menu `s at the top of the screen even though it is down to the taskbar.
Second, often starting when several are open Task disappear unfortunately can not behave more accurately describe / reproduce.

Mandriva 2010.1 Cooker x86_64 system

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

Strange, I'm using Mandriva 2010.1 Cooker too, only difference that's 32 bit version...

That positioning problem was described earlier, maybe it's only 64 bits system related? But anyway it shouldn't happen as menus and tool tips are positioned by Plasma itself, not applet.

And the second problem, I can't understand what you mean. What disappears? Task entries or applet? Or you have grouping enabled and task entries for same application are merged into one entry?

Report

suppenkaspar

10 years ago

No, KDE makes the tooltips in the right place

've Made two screenshots where you can see the problem of disappearing launcher

bevor
http://www.fotos-hochladen.net/vorherg32yik6a.png
after
http://www.fotos-hochladen.net/nachhercxjuak38.png

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

Yes, but applet uses Plasma to position them, in fact it only sets data (texts, icon, window id) and tells over which widget show it (in this case icon). Method checks location of widget on screen and calculates where to put item on screen (using it's size to align it nicely).
But it/s strange that somehow it behaves wrong with icon widgets in applet, probably only on 64 bit architecture.

I can create some test cases to determine what triggers it if you have time to test it.

Report

brand80

10 years ago

Hi,
good work ;)

* only a issue, task active icon more visible :) snap[1]

* I have created a debian package
-- version: 1.0.93
-- kde4: 4.4.3 from debian unstable

snap and debian package:
http://www.nmapsi4.org/pkg/

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

Thanks. :-)

UI will be reworked, to use some new hot stuff from Kinetick (some experiments already started).

Report

drdanz

10 years ago

@brand80
Hi, trying to rebuild your package for amd64, but it failed because kdebase-workspace-dev is not included in build-dependencies.

Report

brand80

10 years ago

ops,

* fixed dep
* update rules to dpkg-source 3.0 ;)

Report

alfkde

10 years ago

Hi.

Good plasmoid, but there is a thing, I can't find.

Is it possible to add plasmoids to Fancy Tasks?

Greetings.

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

Thanks. :-)

I guess that you are talking about custom panel distributed with applet?
Currently it's only experimental and was meant to contain only tasks applet - it needs to be rethought now.
For now you can use standard panel with applets on it but using Plasma theme that has dock like bottom panel background (link to one of them is in comments), this can be adjusted using theme details KCM (for example use only panel background from that theme).

Report

alfkde

10 years ago

Thanks.

Yes, I refer to possibility of include kickoff, by example.

The theme panels like a dock don't like me much. I think your plasmoid is very better.

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

I'll think about this, but the only way I can see it making sense is to include small change which would cause other applets to be lower than task manager, to make their height as big as height of non transparent part of panel background.
Maybe it's possible using some spacing for other items. I'll experiment with this.

Report

rusins

10 years ago

how did you get a triangular panel? (screenshot)

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

I'm using there this theme:
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Sabre-Toothed+Tiger?content=100426

You can also try using Fancy Panel but it's experimental only.

Report

jajaxor

10 years ago

Hi (sorry for my bad english !)

I upgrade to lucid in few days.
before, I'm using cairo-dock and now, I add a (kde) panel like a dock to the top on my screen.
I would like test fancy task, panel only for see.
I would like move the panel to the top of my screen but when I do that, nothing happends. plasma take 100% on my cpu. I must kill plasma :-/
I test on lucid 64 bits. I can test on lucid 32 bits too.

note : for try to move the panel, I use kde panel option.

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

Panel is still experimental only, because of problems like this.
It probably tried to resize to full height.
It's better to use standard panel with applet on it, in fact the only advantage of custom panel is custom background...

Report

jajaxor

10 years ago

ok, I keep my standard panel for this moment.

thanks for your answer ;)

Report

jiuren

10 years ago

hi, great job! I add some launchers on the plasmoid, but some of their icons will disappear later though I can find them in the settings. Is it a known bug?

thx for the fantastic task manager
best regards!

Report

C

Emdek

10 years ago

Thanks. :-)

Aren't these launchers for running tasks?
Check in tasks icons if these don't have in menu, on bottom, options typical for launchers.

Report

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.

12345678910
244
product-maker mirkogennari Dec 02 2016 9 excellent
product-maker Henri Nov 12 2012 9 excellent
product-maker skarapat Oct 26 2012 9 excellent
product-maker kaznovac Oct 04 2012 3 bad
product-maker Sweyn78 Aug 27 2012 9 excellent
product-maker darthroe Aug 04 2012 9 excellent
product-maker Lechio Jul 14 2012 9 excellent
product-maker lucaspatis Jul 13 2012 9 excellent
product-maker RAIDENSUB Jun 12 2012 9 excellent
product-maker Koali-Fran Jun 11 2012 9 excellent
product-maker ArthurTaborda Jun 11 2012 9 excellent
product-maker nowardev Jun 04 2012 3 bad
product-maker lazx888 Jun 01 2012 9 excellent
product-maker atimus May 15 2012 9 excellent
product-maker remix Apr 03 2012 9 excellent
product-maker e1nste1n Mar 21 2012 9 excellent
product-maker reves121 Mar 21 2012 9 excellent
product-maker erosenninrho Feb 27 2012 9 excellent
product-maker fri Feb 26 2012 9 excellent
product-maker rangerGR Jan 27 2012 9 excellent
product-maker gerstavros Dec 30 2011 9 excellent
product-maker pvt14 Dec 02 2011 9 excellent
product-maker brucew Dec 01 2011 9 excellent
product-maker 0712wc Sep 17 2011 9 excellent
product-maker gericom Aug 19 2011 9 excellent
product-maker Pyruzan Aug 05 2011 9 excellent
product-maker screemo Aug 05 2011 9 excellent
product-maker ObiWahn Aug 05 2011 9 excellent
product-maker soee Aug 05 2011 9 excellent
product-maker ctown Aug 05 2011 9 excellent
product-maker vitoubien Aug 05 2011 9 excellent
product-maker unikum111 Aug 05 2011 9 excellent
product-maker cyberconan Aug 05 2011 9 excellent
product-maker tcat Jun 26 2011 9 excellent
product-maker Sagittarius May 29 2011 9 excellent
product-maker unknownSpirit May 27 2011 9 excellent
product-maker maxvanceffer May 04 2011 9 excellent
product-maker adhalanay Mar 16 2011 9 excellent
product-maker terrorbaby92 Mar 03 2011 9 excellent
product-maker Apoclypse Jan 26 2011 9 excellent
product-maker gfretes Dec 29 2010 9 excellent
product-maker flanello Dec 23 2010 9 excellent
product-maker ZomAur Nov 09 2010 9 excellent
product-maker KDesk Nov 05 2010 9 excellent
product-maker melanias Nov 04 2010 9 excellent
product-maker phongth Oct 26 2010 9 excellent
Be the first to comment
darthroe
Aug 04 2012
swiftscythe
Jun 02 2012
ObiWahn
Mar 06 2012
erosenninrho
Feb 27 2012
abelau
Oct 24 2011
HATRED
Aug 19 2011
gericom
Aug 19 2011
soee
Aug 05 2011
cosmoslx
Jul 31 2011
tcat
Jun 26 2011
unknownSpirit
May 27 2011
sinozzuke
Apr 28 2011
denisfalqueto
Jan 23 2011
flanello
Dec 23 2010
edio
Aug 29 2010
VictorOnKde
Jun 20 2010
BenderBendingRodriguez
Jun 14 2010
Lole
Apr 28 2010
paran0idx
Apr 27 2010
stribianese91
Apr 27 2010
jajaxor
Apr 26 2010
MoonBlossom
Apr 11 2010
gzu
Feb 02 2010
Siminin
Jan 11 2010
flyingsheep
Jan 09 2010
Thule
Dec 30 2009
kenleyrob
Dec 27 2009
pvt14
Dec 26 2009
sabaal
Dec 24 2009
DreadKnight
Dec 20 2009
vkos
Nov 08 2009
dbenoot
Oct 16 2009
matteo81
Oct 06 2009
t3ddy
Sep 22 2009
faemir
Sep 13 2009
KMelon
Aug 25 2009
panzi
Aug 24 2009
sokar620
Aug 17 2009
mikala
Aug 17 2009
FSchulz
Aug 09 2009
iggybolly
Jul 28 2009
daltinn
Jul 24 2009
aidosl
Jun 06 2009
madsheytan
May 19 2009
pagesailor
May 17 2009
jzakrzewski
Apr 30 2009
jalpaka
Apr 24 2009
universe777
Apr 18 2009
mtz92
Mar 31 2009
marcotangaro
Mar 30 2009
Montblanc
Mar 27 2009
warlockrf
Mar 23 2009
tintix
Mar 19 2009
daelph
Mar 18 2009
Logicoh
Mar 11 2009
groo
Mar 11 2009
gimox
Mar 10 2009
mck182
Feb 28 2009
CobraDOT
Feb 26 2009
Znurre
Feb 25 2009
horchi
Feb 23 2009
pepedopolous
Feb 22 2009
arxus
Feb 21 2009
hash87
Feb 21 2009
oldfield
Feb 21 2009
lzfy
Feb 20 2009
Diablo
Feb 20 2009
mbaszczewski
Feb 20 2009
File (click to download) Version Description Downloads Date Filesize DL OCS-Install MD5SUM
*Needs pling-store or ocs-url to install things
Pling
0 Affiliates
Details
license
version
1.1.2 "back in game"
updated Jun 10 2012
added Feb 20 2009
downloads 24h
0
mediaviews 24h 0
pageviews 24h 4