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KDE panel background manager

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KDE panel background manager
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KDE panel background manager
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KDE panel background manager
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Link:  Link
Downloads:  3706
Submitted:  Aug 9 2003
Updated:  Sep 22 2003

Description:

The KDE panel background is usually just a flat gray color. This is a program that allows you to make it have different backgrounds and switch from one to another easily. For example, if you have a "Blue Keramik" color scheme like in the second screenshot, you can take the "Blue scratch" background to make the panel be also shaded with blue. In the third screenshot I used "Wood (light)" that looks fine with the color scheme.



Installing note:
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You don't need to do any installation. Just uncompress to any directory you want and directly run the binary "panelbackgroundmanager". It doesn't create any file anywhere.

If you are upgrading from an older version, you should remove it first instead of just
overwriting it.



Adding new backgrounds:
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Since version 0.5 it's possible to install your own backgrounds so that you can choose them
from the list. Installing new themes is not implemented yet, but you just have to copy any
background image you want to the subdirectory "panelbackgroundmanager-0.5/pics/custom".
Close and reopen the program and you'll see it in the list.



Developers note:
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I distribute this program precompiled so that people not used to compiling programs can use it directly without any complication, but of course its license is GPL. I can't include the source code in the tarball because there's not enough space for it (kde-look.org doesn't allow people to submit files greather than 750 kb). Anyway, you can download the source from here:
http://djworldmoz.ods.org/panelshadesmanager/panelbackgroundmanager-source-0.5.tar.gz

Don't do a "make install" as it's not correctly configured yet and will produce unexpected results. Just do "./configure" and "make", and then look for the binary inside the "panelshadesmanager/panelshadesmanager" directory. I'll fix this as soon as I know what do I have to do in KDevelop to make the "make install" also copy the subdirectory "pics".




Changelog:

Version 0.5 (2003-09-21): The program has been renamed to "KDE panel background manager". It has some improvements:

   It can handle backgrounds optimized for different panel sizes, for example the "LCD grid" one. The optimized backgrounds theirself will come in the next version.
   The preview now matches the KDE panel size
   If you're using another background, a copy of it is made so that it will also appear in the list.
   Now you can add new backgrounds (manually). There's no GUI for doing it yet, but it will be implemented in the next version.
   Added a button to undo the background changes and restore the one at the program startup.


Version 0.4.4 (2003-08-25): This is the "fix for the fix". If you downloaded the versions 0.4.2 or 0.4.3 and experienced problems, you should download this.


Version 0.4.3 (2003-08-24): Some people experienced crashes with the last version. I've made some changes that should fix this problem till I release the next version.


Version 0.4.2 (2003-08-21):
   Added the metal and wood skins.
   Small changes to the preview funcion. To make the preview now it tiles the background instead of resampling it. That way it uses the same mechanism as Kicker (the KDE panel) does.


Version 0.4.1 (2003-08-19): Added the "Kickback" panel backgrounds made by Simon Golicnik. You can find them at:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=1007


Version 0.4 (2003-08-18):
   Added the *-pipe shades.
   Improved the preview system. Now it generates the preview instead of loading it from a file. That way, in the next version you'll be able to add your own backgrounds. I'll probably change the application name to something like "KDE panel background manager".




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 Autostart?

 
 by RinkyDinksRJ on: Sep 7 2003
 
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I think you should add an option so that it automatically loads the previous panel background at the start of KDE.


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 Re: Autostart?

 
 by djworld on: Sep 7 2003
 
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Ok, don't worry. I'll implement that in one of the next versions. Right now I have exams in the university, so I can't work on it, but when I finish them I'll continue developing this program, and that's in the TODO list.


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 Re: Autostart?

 
 by djworld on: Sep 22 2003
 
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I've implemented it now. The only thing it requires to work is to have write permissions in the pics/custom subdirectory. Actually it makes a copy of your current background if it's not one of the built-in ones.


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 gentoo

 
 by kleinishere on: Nov 6 2003
 
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I recently noticed in your readme the program has been tested on mandrake, knoppix, suse, etc. I am running gentoo and the binary works perfectly. nice job!


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 Error

 
 by ryushe on: Jan 1 2004
 
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As soon as I start up ./panelbackgroundmanager I get the following error:

"./panelbackgroundmanager: error while loading shared libraries: libpng.so.3: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

Any ideas?


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 Re: Error

 
 by ryushe on: Jan 1 2004
 
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forgot to add specs:
KDE 3.1.4 running on Debian SID.


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 Re: Re: Error

 
 by djworld on: Jan 3 2004
 
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That error means the program can't find the libpng library. I don't use Debian, so I'm not sure if this will work, but try:

apt-get install libpng

If that doesn't work, try to see if there is some "libpng.so" anywhere (maybe in /usr/lib) and make a symbolic link and an "ldconfig" to see if works.

Good luck!


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 Broken source link

 
 by djworld on: Jan 3 2004
 
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The link to the source code is wroken. Here's the new link:

http://www.deejayworld.net/panelshadesmanager/panelbackgroundmanager-source-0.5.tar.gz


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 @ ryushe

 
 by fuzz on: Feb 16 2004
 
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I was getting the same error as you "error while loading shared libraries: libpng.so.3"

Fix if your on debian. Install libpng3 and libpng3-dev

It works for me now.


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 Great!

 
 by balcis on: Nov 23 2007
 
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yeah, that's what KDE needed for a long time about styling, great work.. I was just thinking about to write to KDE4 brainstorm that KDE is a way behind about panel styles than gnome, that just a gray colour is so poor for the panel, liked your work so much, thanx.


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