Smooth Tasks

Plasma 4 Widgets

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Description:

This is a fork of mbaszczewskis STasks plasmoid. For the original STasks code go there:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/STasks?content=99739

This taskbar replacement has window peeking similar to Windows 7 when you use the kwin 'highlight window' effect. Even if this effect is not used you can click the tooltip in order to activate the corresponding window.

About Launcher Support, Grouping and Sorting:
A feature often requested in the comments is support for launchers and a more comprehensive context menu. Because the information about which task items there are, their grouping, sorting and state (minimized, demands attention, is active, ...) and even their context menu is all provided by libtaskmanager, such feature requests should be directed to kdelibs. I wrote a wishlist entry in the kde bugtracker for these features: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=207902 If you want this feature vote for this wish.

Update:
Launcher support exists in KDE 4.6. I will incorporate this feature once KDE 4.6 is available in Fedora (and I have time).


Update 2:
I pulled all changes made by flupp and jimi312, which amongst other things add launcher support. You can download the most recent source directly from the mercurial repository:
https://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/get/tip.tar.bz2

However, because I experienced some bugs with the launcher support (sometimes they are shown when the associated app is running and sometimes they are not shown when the associated app is not running) I did not make a new release yet. If I can find the bugs in a few hours tomorrow (2nd Apr 2011) or flupp/jimi312 fix them I will make a new release. I don't know how much time I have to work on Smooth Tasks. :/

Update 3:
The mentioned bugs concerning launchers seem also to be present with KDE's original taskbar, so I think the bug lies in libtaskmanager and not in Smooth Tasks.

Bugreports and Wishes:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/issues/

Packages:
Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora have official packages.

Fedora:
sudo yum install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

And to get meaningful backtraces:
sudo debuginfo-install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

Note: I didn't check the validity of any of these packages!

Poll: Which Layout should stay?
I have created a poll about which of the various layouts supported by Smooth Tasks should be kept and which I can drop:
http://twtpoll.com/dm5m96

Please participate in this poll so I know whether I have to bother with supporting all of the currently provided layouts. In case you do not use multiple rows please choose the first option. In this case most layouts should look the same anyway.
Last changelog:

9 years ago

wip 2010-11-06:
FIX: drop whole groups onto pager (removed workaround for KDE < 4.5 which could not handle groups at all)
FIX: when dragging a task only a tiny bit it's position was not reset
Maybe FIX: a very rare tooltip positioning bug (I have o wait if it reoccurs)

wip 2010-11-05 update 1:
FIX: fixed unwanted highlight behaviour change which reintroduces flickering :(

wip 2010-11-05:
FIX: tooltip appearance and background blur under KDE 4.5 (someone once sent me a patch for this but I cant find this message any more so I figured it out myself by looking at KDE sources)
FIX: less flickering for the kwin highlight effect

wip 2010-02-27:
FIX: less flickering for the window preview effect because I removed the kwin highlight effect bug workaround (that bug was obviously fixed in kde 4.4)
FIX: crash when right-click on startup item, thanks to anonymous

wip 2010-02-13 update 2:
FIX: hopefully fixed bug concerning missing taskbar entries

For the full list of changes see:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/src/tip/ChangeLog

drsjlazar

9 years ago

+3

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Poseidon88

9 years ago

Hello, I'm currently using Kubuntu 9.10 with KDE SC 4.4 - my problem is that I only find sources for KDE 4.3. The kubuntu package crashes my plasma-desktop when I use it.

May you give information whether and when you'll support KDE SC 4.4 (and Kubuntu 10.04 when it'll be released) ?

kind regards

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gulp21

9 years ago

smooth-tasks-src-wip-2010-02-27.tar.bz2 works for me.

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koko2k

9 years ago

Am I missing something or it is impossible to show text in horizontal when smooth tasks is inside a vertical panel?
Reading task names is very difficoult that way.
If i am right, could you please consider to add a way to display text in the "common way"?

Thanks!

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KDesk

9 years ago

Hi, could you add the information to install Smooth Tasks in Arch Linux?

Add repository: kdemod-extragear
Install package: kdemod-extragear-taskhandlers-smoothtasks

More info for repos here: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/KDEmod

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realturner

9 years ago

hello, I've made up two more options for keep expand: unminimized, unminimized & current desktop. They do better cooperation with plasma themes that can't tell if a task is minimized(like naked theme).
patch is here: http://www.mediafire.com/?wzyxgyhfarx

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morfeusz

9 years ago

I think that it is lacking for pinning shortcuts feature.

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molecule-eye

9 years ago

I'm using Kubuntu 9.10, KDE 4.1.1, and the Smooth Tasks package from Sam Rog's PPA (version wip20100213~karmic~ppa1), and every time I try to add the Smooth Tasks widget it crashes plasma-desktop. Is there a work around besides building from source?

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molecule-eye

9 years ago

I found a package at http://ppa.launchpad.net/yoann-laissus/latest-kde/ubuntu that worked.

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Azz

9 years ago

Sorry I forgot to say that it worked for me as well.

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Azz

9 years ago

I'll try this later when I get home. I belive I got the same problem as you so this might be the solution for me as well :)

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Azz

9 years ago

Thx for this beuty, I really love it but...

Today I upgraded to KDE 4.4.1 and then my plasma crashed. Had a hard time figure out what was the problem and I sorted out that smooth task was making it :(

Kubuntu 9.10
2.6.31-21-generic
4.4.1 (i486-linux-gnu)

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mikala

9 years ago

maybe you should try to rebuild smooth-tasks plasmoid.

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Naraku

9 years ago

Really great widget, i like it.
But it seems a bit buggy if you use different activities for each workspace (i think that this is the reason).
From time to time NO windows is shown in the taskbar, although there are opened windows.

Filter: Only current Desktop

But if i change workspace, they are still shown.

Great work! :)

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Naraku

9 years ago

KDE 4.4.1
Fedora 11

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panzi

9 years ago

Hm, I never used activities. I have to debug this when I've time.

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dajomu

9 years ago

Why are the images in smooth task so small? When I hover over Dolphin I do not need a text telling me it is Dolphin. Use the whole square to show the image of the program.

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panzi

9 years ago

You can configure the preview size.

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Samuel2006

9 years ago

Why not include smoothtask in kde 4 as default ?
I want to thank the great work done.

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Dorsai

9 years ago

I think so too. Its better in any way. The only problem with smooth tasks is, that it takes the devs some time to adjust to a new kde release.

It would be much better if it was used and supported by upstream kde.

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morfeusz

9 years ago

I completely agree,

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brizz

9 years ago

the plasma preview is nice but is there a way to make the previewed window non-transparent?? I can barely even see it in the preview.

I'm talking about when you hover over one of the preview popups and it tries to hide everything but the hovered window.

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edio

9 years ago

It is impossible to select grouped tasks if tooltips are turnet off.
I think, there should be option, to display tooltips without thumbnails on grouped items.

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panzi

9 years ago

You can use right-click.

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ionux

9 years ago

you should combine tasks with application launcers... you know... like in windows 7...
fancytasks implemented somthing like that... it should be possible for you :)

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9 years ago

wip 2010-11-06:
FIX: drop whole groups onto pager (removed workaround for KDE < 4.5 which could not handle groups at all)
FIX: when dragging a task only a tiny bit it's position was not reset
Maybe FIX: a very rare tooltip positioning bug (I have o wait if it reoccurs)

wip 2010-11-05 update 1:
FIX: fixed unwanted highlight behaviour change which reintroduces flickering :(

wip 2010-11-05:
FIX: tooltip appearance and background blur under KDE 4.5 (someone once sent me a patch for this but I cant find this message any more so I figured it out myself by looking at KDE sources)
FIX: less flickering for the kwin highlight effect

wip 2010-02-27:
FIX: less flickering for the window preview effect because I removed the kwin highlight effect bug workaround (that bug was obviously fixed in kde 4.4)
FIX: crash when right-click on startup item, thanks to anonymous

wip 2010-02-13 update 2:
FIX: hopefully fixed bug concerning missing taskbar entries

For the full list of changes see:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/src/tip/ChangeLog

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