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Fade out inactive windows

  

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Fade out inactive windows
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Submitted:  Jan 25 2006

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Unlike making inactive transparent windows, how about other effects, e.g. fading out inactive windows by reducing contrast and fading colors to grey?




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 cool, but

 
 by HessiJames on: Jan 25 2006
 
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Would be cool but must be configureable.
If all colors are gone an inactive window may not be very productive if you are working with two windows side by side. Or if you want to view two pictures at once.


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 Re: cool, but

 
 by ibc on: Jan 25 2006
 
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And be careful with apps like amarok that can use two windows (player and playlist). Would you like to see the playlist gray when you press "Play" in the player window?


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 Re: cool, but

 
 by Yaba on: Jan 25 2006
 
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Of course... IMHO this should be exactly as configurable as the advanced Icon settings.


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 Re: cool, but

 
 by schnoopy on: Jan 25 2006
 
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first of all, configurable is not a question anyway, ist it - i mean, this is KDE ;-)

Howerver, addressing the amarok thingy, that's one app, so the application should stay "coloured" as a whole, no matter which window does actually have the focus.

And reguarding other concerns when there's hwo apps side by side neccessary, one passive as in reading/viewing/whatsoever, the other one needs the focus:
I did like someone else's Brainstorming idea of being able to "connect" two windows to one. That's right what's solve most of these problems anyway and we could well have such a strikin feature like that. I'm not too much a fan of making everything transparent, with a lot of windows it does _really_ get slow and cluttert...

Just me 2¢...


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 good idea but

 
 by Superstoned on: Jan 25 2006
 
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with transparancy and stuff you can make them transparant, almost same effect...


and what style do you use???


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 Re: good idea but

 
 by Paulus on: Jan 25 2006
 
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that is true about transparency, but when you have several transparent inactive windows with full contrast on the desktop at once it becomes very confusing imo! I think this should/could be somehow combined with the transparency/opaque effects that already exist in kde, this would add great clarity and useability.

fantastic idea


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 Re: good idea but

 
 by Yaba on: Jan 25 2006
 
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Style is QtCurve.

And as already written, there is a big difference between fading an opaque window and transparency when dealing with a lot of windows.


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 ....

 
 by nuka on: Jan 25 2006
 
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I dont see how this adds functionality, and there are many cases where this can actually be harmfull, such as when you are looking at a picture in another window or something.


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 Re: ....

 
 by Yaba on: Jan 25 2006
 
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It makes it easier to distinguish between the active window and the rest at a glance.

Windows for example fades the colors of menus of some (consistency made by Microsoft) windows, when they are inactive.


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 another problem

 
 by fyzix on: Jan 25 2006
 
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If you like to watch TV in the corner of your screen while browsing, it would be very annoying if you could only watch in Black/white


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 Re: another problem

 
 by Yaba on: Jan 25 2006
 
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How about exception lists? The already existing Window-Specific-Settings would already do it.


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 Patent issue

 
 by lando on: Jan 27 2006
 
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Apple patented this idea in 2004. So you might have to contact Steve inc. Before you roll this into KDE. :D
http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20040090467.PGNR.&OS=dn/20040090467&RS=DN/20040090467?TjmKotMo


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 Re: Patent issue

 
 by Yaba on: Jan 27 2006
 
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Thanks for this issue. However to me it seems like we already have an issue here with the built in transparency of inactive windows?


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 Re: Patent issue

 
 by Yaba on: Jan 30 2006
 
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After reading this once again it appears to me that Apple meant something completely different. Windows are faded depending on the time nothing occured in the window up to that clicks are passed through the underlying window.


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 Chains of filters?

 
 by Mineral on: Feb 4 2006
 
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Why only 2 simply effects: transparent and desaturation? May be make other simply effects, like contrast, hue - saturation - luma, gamma, additive color (color tone)? May be effects like blur (gaussian and direction), image overlay, emboss, shadows, glow? And make possible to combine this, making "chains" of filters. For example: first desaturate window, then colorize and add image with black lines, for effect pieces of "broken" window. So most windows are static (don't change while they inactive) may be make cache images for reduce cpu usage.

exception lists are good, but will only 2 types of windows: using styles and ignores it. May be make profiles for windows with different options? Search in window's title some keyword and apply corresponding profile, otherwise apply default profile. It's make possible do some special options for some applications, like "top most" windows (tv-tuners)

make option when all windows of one application (process) using behaviour of single window? (for GIMP)

Sorry for my bad English :(


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