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TBC - Run Dialog Mockup

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TBC - Run Dialog Mockup
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Submitted:  Feb 22 2007
Updated:  Feb 22 2007

Description:

I love Katapult and use it constantly, but it is missing a lot of features. The run dialog however, has a lot of these features, they just aren't very visible, and it is missing the key feature of launching apps by just typing part of their name. Also, the run dialog is being replaced in KDE 4 by krunner. Sure we could add plugins to katapult, but all we'd be doing is duplicating functionality that can already be had in the run dialog. I think we can redesign the run dialog (ie, krunner) to incorporate the best of both worlds. I've made some mockups to illustrate how this would work.

Screenshot 1 shows what the new run dialog would look like right after you bring it up. The editable combobox has been replaced by a regular text field, and the list view below it shows your execution history. As you can see, the last item I ran was Blender (it is selected in the list view), so if I just hit enter right away, I run Blender. I can use the up and down arrow keys to select other previous entries. Nothing changes from how this previously worked as far as keyboard shortcuts go. (If you really want to get picky, you actually use the down arrow to go back in time, instead of the up arrow. If this is really a problem, we can put the list view above the search box and work up the list)

Screenshot 2 shows what we see when the user starts typing something. On this system, there is a program with the command line "draw". Since this is an exact match, it is shown first and selected, so the user may execute it just by pressing enter. Once again, nothing changes from the old behaviour here. However, in addition, the system has matched "OpenOffice Draw" so by hitting the down arrow and enter, the user can execute that. The third item is there for illustration only, and shows that you can also add any sort of action as a plugin. So if you have a program where "Draw a conclusion" is an important action, it would show up here.

Screenshot 3 is one more example showing that the functionality of the old run dialog that we all love is not lost. The run dialog displays the results of a calculation inline, as well as giving the option to launch a calculator. Here the calculator entry is highlighted by default, since the result item cannot be executed.




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 two thumbs up!

 
 by caminoix on: Feb 22 2007
 
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it'd most certainly be a good idea to have a somewhat enhanced run dialog.
katapult, useful as it is, does indeed still miss quite a lot - especially compared to mac's quicksilver.
also, i don't think improving the looks of the run dialog could be a bad idea.
and thanks for telling me the run dialog can count! i'd've never found that out myself, probably :)


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 by extension

 
 by joshuafr on: Feb 23 2007
 
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Hi,
another great feature should be to search apps by files extensions, like typing:
".txt"
for:
-Kate
-Kwrite
-...
like we can have with the "Open with..." action menu.


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 Nice idea

 
 by ebbo on: Feb 23 2007
 
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The idea is really nice, but personally I like the widget style of katapult.
I think a combination would be the burner =)


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 Re: Nice idea

 
 by leos on: Feb 24 2007
 
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I see your point, but for inclusion into standard KDE I don't think a look like katapult's would fly. I want to see something like this go into kdebase in place of the standard run dialog, not as an extra tool.


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 Re: Re: Nice idea

 
 by ebbo on: Feb 24 2007
 
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ok thats right
the basicfunctionality iss the point we need to get to.

how everything is visualized shouldn't be the big problem.

free after the mvc pattern ;)


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 krunner

 
 by Superstoned on: Feb 26 2007
 
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lucky you, the new KDE 4 run command dialog does many of the things you're asking for ;-)


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 Re: krunner

 
 by leos on: Feb 26 2007
 
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Indeed. It seems Aaron has incorporated the ideas from the mockup into krunner as I had hoped. Now I don't have to do it myself :)


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